Ministry Spotlight: Charlotte Family Housing

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Charlotte Family Housing (CFH) is a shelter-to-housing program whose mission is to empower homeless families to achieve long-term self-sufficiency through shelter, housing, supportive services, and advocacy. For a number of years, members of Myers Park Presbyterian have served in partnership with CFH to ease the transition of those experiencing homelessness into independence. For the Grahl and Reese families, serving with … Read More

Ministry Spotlight: Montreat Youth Conference

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A few weeks ago, the high school youth of Myers Park Presbyterian Church attended the annual Montreat Youth Conference. The theme for this year, “A Missing Peace,” focused on finding peace in spite of the chaos surrounding us daily. For three of our youth—Zach Cline, Ella Price, and Chris Gantt—the trip was so much more. They experienced God in many … Read More

Ministry Spotlight: Betty Bridges

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Betty Bridges has been a faithful member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church for 70 years. She has participated in the life of the church in a variety of ways, including serving as an Elder, but she is best known for her ministry as the in-house Wedding Director for MPPC. Planning a sacred and momentous occasion like a wedding is no … Read More

Help Needed: Calling on the Charlotte Faith Community

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When a three-alarm fire ripped through the Woodscape Apartments on Farm Pond Road in Charlotte last week, 139 residents and 41 families were left homeless. Ninety-four percent of them are low-income, 113 are non-English speaking and 37 are children. They were devastated; many lost everything and their lives were destabilized. Because these families were not prepared to pay rental or … Read More

Ministry Spotlight: Mike Burnett

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The Reading Buddies program is a partnership between MPPC and Freedom School. Once a week MPPC volunteers meet with elementary school students to work on reading and comprehension in a one-on-one, nurturing environment. As a first year Reading Buddy, Mike Burnett has found his involvement to be a worthwhile and gratifying experience. Mike has a deep passion for children and … Read More

Ministry Spotlight: Shelby & Halsey Patrick

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The Reading Buddies program is a partnership between MPPC and Freedom School. Once a week MPPC volunteers meet with elementary school students to work on reading and comprehension in a one-on-one and nurturing environment. For Shelby Patrick and daughter Halsey, it has been an enriching experience for them both and serving together has only strengthened their already close relationship. Having … Read More

Ministry Spotlight: Anne Rankowitz

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Children’s Sunday School is an important ministry in the life of MPPC. Teaching children about what God has already done as proclaimed in Scripture is a joyous responsibility we take on as members of Christ’s church. “As Christians, as ‘story’ people, we are all enriched and nurtured by hearing and understanding the story of God’s love for God’s people,” says … Read More

Living Out Love: Philadelphia

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Philadelphia – what comes to mind when you think of this historic city? Is it the Liberty Bell or Independence Hall, or the taste of an authentic Philly cheesesteak? The city is a big, beautiful melting pot of cultures, people, and history. It was here that the framework for freedom was laid out and a new nation was born. In … Read More

Ministry Spotlight: Tricia Rudisill

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“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” These comforting words are found in Matthew 11:28-30, a scripture … Read More

Ministry Spotlight: The Nelsons & Melissa Wall

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Coming into the last week of offering for Loaves & Fishes, we highlight Janet and Lowell Nelson as well as Melissa Wall who actively serve our homeless and hungry neighbors through this ministry. Janet has been involved with Loaves & Fishes for some years first coming in through friends in the ministry team. Her late father, Norris Preyer, served with … Read More

Ministry Spotlight: Loaves & Fishes Volunteers

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This week we continue to highlight Loaves & Fishes and the volunteers that make this ministry possible. Two such volunteers are Barbara Merlie and Bryn Miles who have been serving at Loaves and Fishes for many years. Both women are drawn to this ministry because they believe food is a powerful tool for ministry and a basic necessity that nobody … Read More

Mission Stories: WDS Canned Food Drive

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Weekday School teacher CaryAnn Wonderly often helps facilitate the WDS Canned Food Drive at MPPC. Each year, the kids spend an entire month collecting non-perishable food items to donate to Loaves & Fishes ending with the donation pick up day. Here she shares how the power of ministry affects even the youngest among us. “This past spring was our seventh … Read More