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The MIPC family and Pastor Shepp Lawrence welcomes you!!!
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March 2 is Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday
This is the occasion in the liturgical calendar to commemorate the "transfiguration" of Jesus as recorded in the synoptic Gospels (Matthew 17:1-6, Mark 9:1-8, Luke 9:28-36). On this Sunday, we will celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper in both worship services.
The liturgical season of Lent begins this year on March 5. Lent is a season of spiritual discipline and preparation anticipating the remembrance of Christ's death on the cross and the celebration of his resurrection. By tradition, Lent begins 40 days prior to Easter (not counting Sundays) on Ash Wednesday. The 40-day duration serves as a remembrance of the forty days and nights that Jesus spent fasting in the desert, tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1-11). Lent is a time for us to work on putting the distractions of the world into proper perspective and refocusing our devotion to Christ.
Taizé Prayer Service on Ash Wednesday (March 5).
To help our church family enter into the focus of the Lenten season, we are planning a special evening prayer service to be held on Ash Wednesday (March 5th) at 7:00 p.m. This will be a Taizé service – a style of worship that incorporates prayerful, meditative songs. This beautiful and deeply meaningful Ash Wednesday service will include the traditional imposition of ashes. We encourage everyone to come and share in the blessings of this unique prayer service.
Rev. Mike Andrews on March 9
As our special 50th Anniversary celebration event for March, we will be privileged to have former MIPC pastor Rev. Mike Andrews as our guest preacher for a joyful recollection of earlier times when our congregation met for worship in what is now Fellowship Hall and remembrance of the exciting occasion of moving into our current sanctuary building!. Rev. Andrews will preach at both morning services. The early (8:45 a.m.) service will be held in the sanctuary per usual. Between services, beginning at 9:45 a.m., our church family will enjoy brunch together in the Fellowship Hall. Our latter (11:00 a.m.) worship service will begin in the Fellowship Hall at the conclusion of brunch; we will then process together from the Fellowship Hall to the Sanctuary building at about 11:00 and continue worship there. Don't miss this delightful remembrance of this chapter of our congregation's history. Special Reminder: Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9. Remember to set your clock ahead one hour before bedtime Saturday to ensure that you arrive at church at the correct time!
Handbells on March 16 and 30!
On March 16, the Second Sunday of Lent, we will be blessed and delighted through the music of our Ringers of Tomorrow and by our Angel Chimes. On March 30, our Generation Ringers will share their wonderful offerings of joyous handbell music.
Special Presentation Between Services on March 30
In preparation for our April 6 Kirkin o' the Tartan, we will be privileged on March 30 to welcome Rich Shader to MIPC for a presentation between the two worship services (starting at 10:00) on Scottish heritage in the Presbyterian church and its influence on form of government in America.
Upcoming events include reenacting the move from the Fellowship Hall to the sanctuary with Rev. Mike Andrews on March 9, and Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans on April 6 at 3pm.
Mission Committee News:
March 2: 2 Cents Per Meal. Please think about the many comfortable, easy meals you have eaten in the last few months. Consider donating at least 2 cents for each of those meals in celebration of how blessed we are and to support hunger programs sponsored by the Presbytery and PCUSA. If you enjoyed 3 meals a day, this would be 6 cents a day, 42 cents a week, or about $1.70 a month! Please bring your coins to donate during services on March 2, a day when we celebrate Holy Communion before the beginning of Lent. Even if you missed this opprtunity-it is never too late-bring your donation any time!!
March 9: Begin sign up for CROP Walk; walkers pick up envelopes!
March 13 (tentative): Mission Committee meeting, 5:15 pm, Session Room.
March 16: Sign up for CROP Walk. Please sign up to walk or sponsor those who will walk. (See below.)
March 23: CROP Walk. 2:00 pm, Larry Shultz Park, 2540 Fiske Boulevard, Rockledge. The CROP Walk draws attention to the plight of people around the world who have to walk miles just for a meal. In our own Brevard County, the demands for emergency food has increased 145% over the past 4 years. 75% of the funds raised during the CROP Walk will support Church World Services Missions; 25% will go directly to Central Brevard Sharing Center Community Kitchen Program. Please support this important event!
RED TENT WOMEN'S GROUP
The Red Tent group has met fairly regularly for several years now! This informal women's gathering is a fun time of fellowship over a meal at a different local restaurant each month. If anyone would like to assist in the very easy task of choosing a location and sending out an email once a month, please contact the church office. March's gathering is set for March 20, 6:30 pm at Molly's Seafood Shack (in front of WalMart.)
Kirkin' O' the Tartan Service Sunday, April 6th 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Celebrating Scottish/Celtic Heritage: What does "Kirkin' O' the Tartan" mean? A loose translation would be "blessing of the tartans" or "blessing of the families." "Kirk" is the Scottish word for church and a "tartan" is the crisscross-patterned fabric, usually wool, that clan families use to distinguish themselves from other clan families. You would probably call it "plaid."
In the mid-18th century, there was a time when the Scots were banned from carrying weapons, speaking Gaelic, wearing Highland dress and playing the pipes. This ban lasted 35 years. During this time, clansmen would carry small pieces of their tartan cloth into the local parish kirk to have the clergy bless the clan family represented.
73 years ago on a Sunday evening in April, 1941, a special service was held in Washington, D.C., led by the Rev. Dr. Peter Marshall, originally from Coatbridge, Scotland, Pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church and later Chaplain to the United States Senate. His sermon title was "Kirkin' O' the Tartan." In the church bulletin, it stated this service was designed to raise funds to aid Scottish churches during the early days of World War II, as well as the British war effort, by providing a mobile kitchen. This initial service evolved in to what is today a service held in many locations around the world. Since 1954, an annual Kirkin' O' the Tartan service has been held at the National Cathedral in our nation's capital.
In the present day, Kirkin' O' the Tartan worship services are celebrated by numerous Scottish heritage groups and churches. Most services are held in Presbyterian churches though you will find them in Episcopalian, Methodist, Catholic and even Orthodox churches.
In our Kirkin' service, we remember ancient times as well as past and present kith and kin, while asking God's help and blessings in the future.
So come!----wear your kilt, kilted skirt, tartan sash, tie, hat, tam, cap, argyle socks or something plaid! It is also National Tartan Day in the USA!
As we proceed with our 50th Anniversary monthly Sunday celebrations we want to include as many as possible of our past members who live both near and far away. The first weekend in May will culminate a year long journey lifting up our various ministries. The 50th Anniversary committee has decided to have a picnic on Saturday, May 3, at Kiwanis Park from 3 - 7 pm. Games and fellowship will start us off, and the food will be served later. On Sunday, May 4, there will be one worship service at 10 am with our Choir and Brass, WLT Praise Team and Generation Ringers. We have invited former pastors of MIPC to participate in the service as well. Following worship we will enjoy a covered dish luncheon. Please take time to think about as many former members as you can that would relish an invite to our festivities and send the office their address, email and phone. As with any event the best way to get the word out is by "word of mouth."
Ordination of Elders and Deacons on January 26, During our worship services on January 26, we will celebrate the Ordination and Installation of elders and deacons. Between the two morning worship services, the MIPC family will come together for brunch and a Congregational meeting in the Fellowship Hall. Special Thanks
The Worship & Music Committee would like to offer its heartfelt thanks to everybody who shared gifts of their time, talents, and treasure to help make worship services during Advent and Christmas so richly meaningful. Special thanks are extended to those who helped decorate and undecorate our worship spaces, to the crafters who made the Anchor Crosses, to those who helped set up tables, chairs, AV equipment or musical instruments, to our talented Chancel Choir and Handbell Choirs and Worship Leadership Team who blessed us so lavishly through the sharing of their special musical offerings, to those whose gifts in memory of Carmen Graziano helped cover the costs of instrumentalists for our Cantata, to those whose labor of love and patient encouragement of children made possible our Unrehearsed Christmas Pageant, to those who served generously as ushers, greeters, offering counters, Scripture readers, and Advent wreath candle lighters, to those who prepared or served fellowship refreshments, to those who donated the beautiful poinsettias, to those who helped in the Cherub Room, to those who and to those who helped outin the church office or in other special ways during this busy time.
MIPC Mission Committee
Tutoring Program: Thank you to our tutors for working with children each Thursday in the fall. Tutoring began again January 16th and continues through April.
Carepacks for Homeless – Consider packing several gallon size ziploc bags to keep in your car to give to people who are asking for food or donations. Suggested items: non-perishable snack items, bottles of water, toiletries (travel size items of toothpaste, soap, etc.).
Help MIPC reach its goal to support Central Brevard Sharing Center to feed Brevard's Hungry....bring in cans/jars/packages of food to every event!! Coming to Kids Klub? Help feed the Hungry. Coming to Ruth Circle? Help feed the Hungry. Are you willing to help?
- Next event Saturday, February 15, for the monthly Chapel Bazaar and Scrapbooking, beginning at 8:30am. There are always treasures to be found so please join us!!
The MIPC Tutoring program is back in full swing-Thursdays 3-5 pm .
Mission Trip to Haiti
On Tremendous Tuesday, Jan 21st and Jan 28th the Mission Team will be giving a presentation with pictures from the Novenber Mission Trip to Haiti.
We were with the children of the Matthew 28 orphanage (remember our mission speaker in February 2013, Hein Vingerlin?) near Bohoc, Haiti, which is well out of the city. This is not only a fact-finding trip to lay the groundwork for a potential long relationship, but an actual hands-on mission activity, though without the very hard labor needed on the last Yucatan trip.
We drove to Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday, November 10th after the delicious Thanksgiving Dinner (thank you Fellowship Committtee)and departed for Haiti early the 11th. We returned home Tuesday, November 19th. We took the generous donations that you made, down to the orphanage and school.
Please lift Matthew 28 up in prayer and keep all of the Haitians in your prayers. We look forward to seeing you at Tremendous Tuesday on Jan 28th and sharing with you !!
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From the Pastor
What's the saying about March coming in like a lion? Well, February certainly has taken us by storm. So much is going on at the church it makes your head spin. Hopefully this newsletter will help fill you in. One obvious change is the reshuffling of our child care center. All the classrooms are newly located on the first floor of the two-story building. The single story building we are now renting to the Ambassador Academy. The child center, including the parents, find that the rooms are easier to clean, and more attractive with less clutter.
What this means for the church revolves around the purpose for these classroom buildings: the Christian education and nurture of children and youth. We accomplish this through our center, our Sunday education and music programs, our mentoring, Kids Klub and our partnership with the Academy. Such growth and activity have called for endowment funds to provide architectural drawings for a possible multi-purpose building to rise up on the North side of the church. Nothing about a new building will be final until the congregation and the Presbytery give their approval.
Further excitement comes with the Rev. Mike Andrews returning to our pulpit on March 9, to remember the time when we moved from Fellowship Hall to occupy our present sanctuary. Following our 8:45 service we will enjoy a covered dish brunch in Fellowship Hall, begin worship and march over to the sanctuary to start the 11:00 worship. Don't miss this one.
Future events include the coming season of Lent, Tremendous Tuesday dinners and programs the first and third of the month, with committees and session meeting the second and fourth Tuesdays respectively. Looking ahead, we celebrate our Scottish heritage the first Sunday in April at 3pm and the 50th Anniversary Picnic the first Saturday in May. Make reservations now by calling the church office. As you can see with the winds blowing and the spirit moving, there's no moss growing on our trees.
Mar 5-Taize Service 7 pm Ash Wednesday
Mar 6 Tutoring 3-5 pm.
Mar 9-8:30 am Worship in Fellowship Hall followed by Pot-luck Brunch. 11 am worship starts in Fellowship Hall and then will proceed to the Sanctuary along with past MIPC pastor, Rev Mike Andrews in reenactment of the move to our new sanctuary. Worship will continue and conclude in the Sanctuary. 7 pm WLT5
Mar 10- Office closed
Mar 11-9:30 am-Big Girls Only; Kids Klub 3 pm; Tremendous Tuesday dinner at 5:45; Ringers of Tomorrow 6:15 pm; Committee Meetings 6:30 pm
Mar 12-Generation Ringers 6:00 pm; Chancel Choir 7:30 pm
Mar 14: Merritt Island Women's Club Bazaar 9:30 am- 5 pm
Mar 15: Our monthly church bazaar starts at 8:30 am in the Chapel, and this month the scrapbooking group will meet in the Activities Room. Noon-9 pm PraiseFest in the Riverfront Park Cocoa Fl Family Day 12 pm-3 pm: The MIPC WLT plays at 12:45 pm!!!
Mar 16: We will be blessed with our wonderful handbell choirs at both 8:45 and 11:00 services! 8:45 am Contemporary Worship; 9:45 am Sunday School; 11:00 am Traditional Worship; 5 pm Youth Group;
Mar 17-Office Closed
Mar 18-Tremendous Tuesday: Big Girls Only-9:30 am; Kids Klub-3pm; TT Dinner 5:45 pm; Ringers of Tomorrow 6:15 pm; Deacon's Meeting 6:30 pm
Mar 19-Generation Ringers-6 PM; Chancel Choir-7:30 PM
Mar 20-Tutoring-3-5 PM; Red Tent at Molly's Seafood Shack 6:30 pm
Mar 21-Spagetti to go Child Care Fundraiser
Mar 22-Via de Cristo Reunion Service in Sanctuary 7 pm
Mar 23- 8:45 am Contemporary Worship; 9:45 am Sunday School; 11:00 am Traditional Worship; 2 pm Crop Walk; 5 pm Youth Group;
Mar 24-Office Closed
Mar 24-28-Brevard Public Schools Spring Break-
Mar 25-Tremendous Tuesday: Big Girls Only-9:30 am; NO Kids Klub; Dinner and Program 5:45 pm; No Ringers of Tomorrow: Session 7:30 pm
Mar 26-Generation Ringers-6 PM; Chancel Choir-7:30 PM
Mar 27-Game Day 10-1 pm; No Tutoring
Mar 30-Handbells in Worship 8:45 am and 11 am; Combined Sunday School at 9:45 am with Rich Shader; Youth Group 5 pm; WLT 7 pm
Mondays: Church Office closed
Saturday, March 15th, Family Day at the Park, details TBD
March 24-28th, BCPS Spring Break