Christmas Offering 2013. On March 29 - 30, 2014, instead of gathering on our campuses for worship, we will go out into the Bay Area to serve needs from San Francisco to San Jose to Fremont, and everywhere in between. The funds for every project (including building supplies, paint, meals for the hungry), all come from the Christmas offering. Gifts to the Christmas offering will be used for Compassion Weekend: Life Unleashed, and other local mission needs as funds allow. Thank you for your generosity—every dollar counts! Mark Swarner, [email protected].
China Mission Trip Information Meeting. Sunday, December 8, 12:30 pm, Open Door Church San Mateo: 4150 Piccadilly Lane, Student Ministries Room. Trip dates are July 5-19, 2014. Our team will partner with PESI (Professional & Educational Services International) to teach an English camp in rural China. We will work with high school students and offer encouragement and support to the teachers. Mandarin speakers and those with a background in Education/Teaching are especially needed, but anyone with a heart for China is encouraged to apply. Application deadline is January 26. Jen Ko, [email protected].
Tecate Family Mission Trip Information Meeting. December 15, 12:30 pm, Menlo Park: 700B Santa Cruz Avenue, The Café. Trip dates are February 15 - 21, 2014. Our team will help build the children’s living quarters of the Mi Casa Children’s Home. Our ministry partner, ULBC Casabuilders, has been building homes and churches in Baja California since 2002. Application deadline is January 17. Barney Huang, 650.575.7455 or Arne Lim, 650.799.7431.
Stephen Ministry. MPPC will be training another class of Stephen Ministers beginning January 6, 2014. We provide emotional and spiritual support and care to people who are going through a difficult time, such as divorce, unemployment, or terminal illness. If you have gifts for caring, encouragement and listening, please prayerfully consider joining us. Visit mppc.org/serve/stephen-ministry. Contact us at 650.330.7516 or [email protected].
The Concert Before Christmas. Sunday, December 8, 7 pm. Menlo Park: 950 Santa Cruz Avenue, Sanctuary. Come one, come all! The tradition returns this year as Sanctuary hosts "The Concert Before Christmas." Bring your kids, your neighbors, your coworkers and friends - all are welcome to join in. It will be an evening of worship and merriment that you won’t want to miss! Childcare will be available for children ages 3 months to 5 years. Brittany Williams, [email protected].
Menlo Park Mothers Together Christmas Brunch. Tuesday, December 10, 9 -11:30 am, Menlo Park: 950 Santa Cruz Avenue, Fellowship Hall. Brunch will be served from 9 - 9:45 am. We will then move to the Sanctuary for music and a message from Christina Dudley: “The Perils of Christmas.” Cost is $25 per person. Childcare available. Register now at mppc.org/brunch. Sarah Chai, [email protected]
Good to Great Dads. Friday, December 13, 7 - 8:15 am, Menlo Park: 950 Santa Cruz Avenue, Garden Court. We are a fellowship for married and single fathers to explore how Christian faith can shape their family priorities and offer fulfillment and balance in a busy world. Michael Griego, president of MXL Partners, will facilitate a discussion about “The Dad 100% Club.” Mark Reynolds, [email protected].
Healing Prayer Service. Sunday, December 15, 12:15 pm, Menlo Park: 950 Santa Cruz Avenue, Garden Court. Receive extended, personalized, confidential prayer for healing - physical, emotional and spiritual. Drop in for prayer, whether your need is large or small. Beth Seabolt, 6503638303, [email protected].
Help Furnish East Palo Alto Homeless Shelter. December 1 - 31. We have a new 40-bed year-round homeless shelter coming online this winter in East Palo Alto, thanks to a grant from San Mateo County and assistance from MPPC, Habitat for Humanity and other organizations. Help furnish the Project We H.O.P.E. shelter with new or gently used: flat twin sheets (no fitted, please), twin blankets, hand towels, bath towels, robes and flip flops. Donation bins are located in the 950 campus breezeway near the Connection Center and in Cafe Too. Bob Arrington, 650.619.4997.
Kirk House Preschool Enrollment for fall 2014. Registration begins in January 2014. Children must be 3 by September 1, 2014. For more information, visit kirkhousepreschool.org. Carol Day, 650.323.8667, [email protected].