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Life@Morningside for February 22, 2015
Anna Best


Life @ Morningside for February 22, 2015

 

 

WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY

Welcome to worship at Morningside Presbyterian

Church. Baron Mullis, Senior Pastor, will be our

preacher, and Josh Stanley will be our lay liturgist.

Please complete the information in the Friendship

Pad at the end of the pews and pass the pads down

and back again during the Concerns portion of worship.

Worship notebooks and books for children are

in the library. Nursery for infants and toddlers is in

Room 105; 2-3 year olds are in Room 012. Children

ages 2-10 are invited to leave after the Peace

of Christ for special classes: Fours and fives in

Room 011; K-1st grade in Room 001; 2nd-3rd

grade in Room 003; 4th-5th grade in Room 005.

 

SERVICE MUSIC

Dear friends in Christ, this week as I pondered about

music notes, I began to think, “What does the season

of Lent mean to me?” Many find Lent to be a somber

and gloomy season of the liturgical calendar when

we ask for our Lord’s forgiveness and prepare for

the Lord’s Paschal sacrifice. As we begin our fortyday

journey through Lent, I encourage you to be still

and listen. Meditate during the preludes, and reflect

during postludes. Listen to the anthem texts. This

season is a time to remember God’s love and mercy

for us as we await the Resurrection of our Lord and

Savior Jesus Christ. Lent, in many aspects, parallels

Advent. They both incorporate the sacrament of reconciliation,

a gift from God. It allows us to unburden

ourselves from the guilt of sin. Lent is filled

with the Light of Christ. Lent is not somber but rather

hope-filled. Dear friends, come to worship with

open hearts and minds. See “What Wondrous Love”

the Lord bestows upon us. - Mason Copeland

 

BAPTISMS THIS SUNDAY

This morning the following children will receive the

sacrament of baptism: Gus and Leo Libby, sons of

Stephanie and Kasey Libby; Dixon Sapp, son of

Hunter and Lee Anne Sapp; and Emmy Schreiber,

daughter of Fred and Becky Schreiber.

 

INCREASING OUR FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE

One of the larger initiatives of our capital campaign,

Standing and Serving for Generations, is

to increase our financial independence. Our previous

campaign, A Time of Promise, which ushered in an

era of significant growth in membership and stewardship

had some unexpected construction costs that

forced the church to borrow $800,000. As we celebrated

recently, advanced giving to the current campaign

allowed us to retire a portion of this debt with

a balloon payment at the end of 2014. There is still

an outstanding loan in the amount of $535,000

which is serviced through our annual budget. This

campaign allows us to eliminate all of the church’s

debt and frees up about $52,000 per year in our annual

budget. The money that is freed up will allow

us to begin our next phase of growth as we seek to

call a senior- level staff member to lead our Church

Education Ministry, which will align our staffing

with the size of the congregation, engage people

more deeply and enhance our program offerings.

The distribution of campaign packets will continue

this Sunday before and after worship in the Narthex.

Please remember that Pledge Sunday is March 15

and that your pledge can be paid out over the course

of three years, beginning in 2015 and continuing

through 2017.

 

WOMEN’S ROUNDTABLE

Join the group for dinner and fellowship tomorrow,

February 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Lynn

Young, 277 The Prado, 30309. Their speaker will

be Marie Tingle, Director of Prevention at Night-

Light Atlanta. This faith-based organization addresses

complex issues of commercial sexual exploitation

through prevention, intervention, restoration and

education. RSVP to rsbrownlee1046@att.net.

 

LENTEN BANNERS

Lenten Banner #1 entitled “Hand in Hand

Amidst the Journey,” represents the beginning of

Lent with the unsettled turmoil that we come

with to the beginning of Lent. The issues of life,

questions, cares and deep sighs of the soul, along

with the story of Jesus' death stir us deeply. The

maroons, golds, rusts and burgundy batik fabrics

represent the thunderstorm of emotions that

come with Lent. Lenten Banner #2 entitled

“Labor Along the Journey,” represents the last few

weeks of Lent. The thunderstorm has subsided.

We are coming to the end of Lent. Though many

questions and concerns linger, the peace of Christ

walks with us along the journey. The work or labor

continues but the reassurance of the Holy

Love of God through Jesus gives us comfort. The

batik fabrics in shades of blue, gold and rusts represent

the calming and comfort of God, as we

come to the last few weeks of Lent.

 

DAY AT THE CAPITOL

If you're looking for ways to actively engage your

legislators, we hope you'll join Central Outreach &

Advocacy Center and Presbyterians for a Better

Georgia for "A Day at The Capitol" on Tuesday,

February 24 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. We'll gather

at Central Presbyterian Church for coffee, networking,

and legislative updates before walking across

the street to the Capitol for guided visits and meetings

with your legislators. For more information,

contact Drew Stockstill dstockstill@morningsidepc.org.

 

DINE OUT TO SUPPORT THE PRESCHOOL

All are invited to enjoy dinner at La Tavola (992

Virginia Ave.) this Tuesday, February 24 to benefit

MPP. 20% of the evening’s profits are donated

to the preschool. Mention MPC when you make

a reservation and check in that evening. Parties

including children are invited to dine before 7 p.m.

 

YOUNG ADULTS SERVING OTHERS

Contact Katye Watts katyemae@gmail.com if you

are interested in joining the Young Adults in planning

and leading an activity for homeless children

or teens this Thursday, February 26, from 7:30 to

8:30 p.m. while their parents are in life skills

training at Nicholas House.

 

LENT ADVENTURES AT 9:45

Elementary age children are invited to some special

morning activities in Room 001 at 9:45 a.m.

March 1, 8 and 15. Our intern Josh Stanley will

lead a lesson on Lent, and we will do some outreach

projects and learn some Lent and Easter

songs. RSVP to Melinda by this Wednesday, February

25 for any or all Sundays.

 

THEOLOGY ON TAP

Men of Morningside mark your calendars for the

next TOT to be hosted by Peter Cobb on Tuesday,

March 3 at 7 p.m. (1150 St. Charles Place,

30306). RSVP to the church office

office@morningsidepc.org.

 

CONGREGATIONAL SOCIAL HOUR MARCH 1
WILL BE ALL ABOUT BABY STOCKSTILL

Drew and Ellen Stockstill are expecting their first

child. The congregation is invited to celebrate

with them during our social time after worship

next Sunday, March 1. This isn't a shower, exactly

-simply a time to rejoice and celebrate with Drew

and Ellen. The Stockstills are registered at

http://babyli.st/baby-stockstill. For more information,

contact Cindy Humphries cindy52@bellsouth.net

or Sarah Brownlee rsbrownlee1046@att.net.

 

OUR HOUSE

MPC and MPP are partnering to collect diapers (all

sizes), baby wipes and gently used spring and summer

clothing for children, infant through 5 years

old, for Our House, the preschool in Decatur and

shelter in Atlanta that serves families facing homelessness.

Please place your items in baskets in the

Welcome Center and the Preschool entrance

March 1 through March 27.

 

Faith Development at Morningside

ADULT CLASSES... Next Sunday, March 1, Thomas D. Bever, criminal defense attorney and colleague of MPC member Jim Martin, will present "Proving the Resurrection Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" - a closing argument on the Resurrection. Tom has presented this program to other Sunday School classes over the years. Everyone is invited to join the class at 9:45 a.m. in Room 201.

CHILDREN’S CLASSES... This morning, in the story A Scary Storm preschool children will learn what happened when Jesus' helpers were frightened by a storm. Elementary classes will learn about some time Jesus spent with Mary and Martha.

 

THIS WEEK AT MORNINGSIDE


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22
Volunteer at Shearith Israel Shelter

9:30 a.m. Coffee and Conversation

9:45 a.m. Faith Development Class; Confirmation Class

11 a.m. Worship with Baptism

12 noon Fellowship

5-7 p.m. Youth Group


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23

8:15 & 9:30 a.m. MPP Creative Movement

9 a.m. MPP

1 p.m. MPP Ballet/Tap

6:30 p.m. Women’s Roundtable

7 p.m. Mandolin Society; Parliamentarians


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24

8:30 a.m. Day at the Capitol

9 a.m. MPP

11 a.m. Yoga

1 p.m. MPP Playball; Mini-Monets

2:15 p.m. Parkinson Tai Chi

4:30 p.m. Tai Chi

6:30 p.m. Weight Watchers

7 p.m. MPP Dine Out

7:30 p.m. Scout Troop 455


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25

9 a.m. MPP

1 p.m. Music Canopy; Brick4Kids

4:15 p.m. Treble Choir

5 p.m. Cherub Choir

7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26

9 a.m. MPP

11 a.m. Weights to the Oldies

1 p.m. MPP Playball

7 p.m. Love and Logic Parenting Course

7:30 p.m. Handbell Choir


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27
MPP closed to attend Georgia Preschool Conference


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28

8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Habitat for Humanity Build

8:30 a.m. Weight Watchers

9 a.m. Women’s AA Meeting


SUNDAY, MARCH 1

9:30 a.m. Coffee and Conversation

9:45 a.m. Faith Development Class; Confirmation Class

11 a.m. Worship with Communion

12 noon Stockstill Fellowship

5-7 p.m. Youth Group

 

PARTICIPATE IN FOCUS GROUPS

Morningside's Evangelism/Communications Team is interested in

learning how our communications vehicles are being used and is

interested in discovering opportunities for improvement. Consider

participating in a 1-hour focus group to share your valuable input

on Monday, March 9: 6-7 p.m., age 50+; 7:15-8:15 p.m., age 18-

49; 8:15-9:15 p.m., all ages. To sign-up, contact Jeff

Peters 404.731.9291 or jeffcpeters@gmail.com.

 

NEW “OUR DAILY BREAD” AVAILABLE

Copies of the devotional booklet, Our Daily Bread, (March through

May) are available in the Narthex and Welcome Center. Pick one

up as you leave the sanctuary this morning.

 

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR VBS AND MISSION CAMP

As you plan your summer camps and vacations, don’t forget to

mark June 15-19 on your calendars for Vacation Bible School and

July 20-24 for Mission Camp. VBS is open to those turning four

years old by September 1 through 5th grade. We are pleased to

offer a drama camp in conjunction with VBS. Mission Camp is for

those who have completed 2nd through 6th grade. Registration

forms are on the church website and bulletin boards. Contact

Melinda Sandkam msandkam@morningsidepc.org with questions

including inquiries regarding scholarships.

 

Children are always welcome in the Sanctuary during worship. Should you find that your child grows restless, there is child care available. Infants/toddlers are cared for in the Nursery in Room 105, two year olds in Room 012.

ELDER ON CALL: Rob Payne 404.219.0538

DEACON ON CALL: Robin Hackney 404.329.1574

USHERS: Peter and Carolyn Cobb, Monirah Womack, Jane Stack

COFFEE AND CONVERSATION HOST: Carol Senf

GREETERS: Betsy Holland, Lynsley Tyler, Carol Senf, Gail Kitchens

COUNTERS: Lynsley Tyler, Laura Fillyaw

FLOATER VOLUNTEER: Charlotte Spears

INFANT/TODDLER VOLUNTEER: Laura Fillyaw

TWOS/THREES VOLUNTEER: Alex Tuuk

3s, 4s, & 5s VOLUNTEERS: Sue Ballay, Betsy Holland

K-1st GRADE VOLUNTEERS: Jen James, Amanda Lewis

2nd-3rd GRADE VOLUNTEER : Preston Ladds

4th-5th GRADE VOLUNTEER: Mindy Potter

FELLOWSHIP: RHO Readers

 

Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7


Keep in your prayers...

Grace Bittick (daughter of former members Charles and Mimi Bittick)

The Rev. Canon Domenic Ciannella (Rebecca Shipley’s father)

Sandra Crawford

Connie Crowley (Hugh Bell’s sister-in-law)

Mary Ann Embleton (Rob Payne and Stephen Smith’s friend)

John Garner (father of Stephen Smith)

Hamilton Family (friends of the Nuckols)

Karen Hancock and family (Shirley Adair’s friend)

Ann Herndon (Will’s mother)

Penny Hill (Executive Presbyter)

Finley Holaway

Friends and relatives of Linda Johnson: Kaitlin Andry, Melanie Donnelly, Ellen Hardeman, Ron and Ann Reggio, Peggy Johnson Smith, Warren Johnson, Sr.

Vicky Langford (James Beasley’s mother)

Rhett Laurens (Sarah and Richard Brownlee’s neighbor)

Philip Marshall (Georgia Marshall’s brother-inlaw)

Jan McMahan

Marilyn Neforas (Hugh Bell’s friend)

Jason Perryman (Anthony Owens’ nephew)

Anne and Nate Reid

Linda and Mike Robinson (Bill Smith’s family)

Greg and Mary Ann Smith and family (friends of the Bach family)

Kent Smith (Hugh Bell’s friend)

Jennifer and Jason Swafford (Sandy Jones’ friends)

Grady Ulep

Ronnie Vincent (Bill Smith’s friend)

John Vytal (Katye Watts’ father)

Please submit prayer requests using the prayer cards in the pew racks.

Last Published: February 20, 2015 7:37 PM