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ADVENT & CHRISTMAS AT MPC

ADVENT MISSION PROJECT:
COLD WEATHER KITS FOR HOMEpdx

 

Thank you to everyone who donated their items or their time to this effort.

 

We supplied 50 winter kits to HOMEpdx, who will distribute them to our neighbors living outside. Additional clothing items were also donated to Rose Haven.

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SUNDAY WORSHIP IN ADVENT, BEGINS 11/26

Sundays at 10:30AM
both in-person and live-streamed on YouTube

Join us for Advent worship as we anticipate and prepare for the Savior's birth! 

Christ was born into a weary world. King Herod ruled the land with a legacy of ruthlessness. The Romans treated the people of Israel with contempt, imposing harsh taxes and land seizures that forced many into subsistence farming. Poverty and destitution were pervasive. And yet, Christ was born, bringing good news of great joy for all people. 

As Advent comes again to a weary world, we ask, “How does a weary world rejoice?” From the opening chapters of Luke’s Gospel, we have found a few answers: we acknowledge our weariness, we find joy in connection, we allow ourselves to be amazed, we sing stories of hope, we make room, we root ourselves in ritual, and most importantly, we trust our belovedness. In the parallel birth stories of Jesus and John, joy arrives—despite trepidation, fear, or grief. In these stories, we find rhythms for rejoicing. As we move through our series, we hope to create space for acknowledging the weariness of our world while celebrating God’s closeness with great joy.

And so, this Advent, we will hold space for our weariness and our joy. We will seek a “thrill of hope” in our hurting world. We will welcome joy—even if, like the prophet Isaiah, we cry out for comfort (Isaiah 40:1). In this weary world, may we find many ways to rejoice.

THE HOLLY AND THE IVORIES PIANO CONCERT

Now on YouTube

Music director Ray McKean will be presenting a solo piano concert of Advent music on Wednesday, November 29th at Noon. Come and listen to holiday music arranged in various styles (classical, jazz, pop, celtic, etc.) by today’s best sacred music composers. The concert is free and open to the public. Please invite friends & family to come enjoy this event and help spread the good news!

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YOUTH HOLIDAY OVERNIGHT

For Middle & High School Students

Friday, Dec. 8th from 7PM to 9AM Saturday, Dec. 9th

Friday December 8th is our annual holiday overnight event. It will start 7pm Friday and continue to 9am Saturday the 9th. It is for middle and high school students. Fill out this Google form to register and more information, or see Heather.

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UKULELE CAROLS SING-ALONG

 Sunday, December 10th

Stay after the worship service on the 10th and join the ukuleles for caroling and donuts!

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WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE:

A 1940s CHRISTMAS COFFEEHOUSE CONCERT

Friday, Dec. 15th at 7:30PM & Sunday, Dec. 17th at 10:30AM

Now on YouTube

You are invited to be part of a live studio audience at radio station KMPC. Step back in time and experience a 1940s Christmas radio broadcast, brought to you by the KMPC Choir and Jazz Ensemble. Join Private Detective James Murray as he searches for the missing Wise Men and uncovers more than he bargained for in the radio serial “When Worlds Collide.” Enjoy homemade cookies, coffee, and hot chocolate as the KMPC Choir and special guests fill the Sanctuary with music, drama, intrigue, and laughter.

 

Both concerts are free for all to attend, with the Friday concert's donations benefitting Howard's Heart, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing individual and non-transactional support for teens and young adults in the foster care system within Multnomah County. Their caring community of activists work to amplify the diverse and frequently marginalized voices of teens and fulfill personal requests that are as varied as their lived experiences. Every young person deserves respect, dignity, and the necessities of life.

 

Join us Friday night, or Sunday morning!

CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP

Sunday, Dec. 24th at 4PM & 7PM
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n-person and streamed live on YouTube

We invite you to celebrate Christmas with us and reconnect with our MPC community at either service. Both services will feature the candlelight singing of Silent Night at the end, and both will be full of wonderful music and worship for all ages. There will be activity bags and jingle bells for kids at both services, as well as a children's message and a sermon that are accessible for everyone. The youth marimba ensemble will be performing at 4pm, and the adult marimba ensemble will perform at 7pm along with the choir. Whether you are a regular attender, watch online, or only come once a year, we are excited to see you! And if you are feeling under the weather or out of town, you can always join with us online. ​

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