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Fostering Social Capital,
January 6, 9:45 a.m., A105/107
Interested in making a difference within the Charlotte community? Wanting to improve the outcomes for all youth and young adults in Charlotte? Join us as Commissioned hosts a panel session to provide expert insight and awareness of social capital issues around Charlotte and includes the following individuals:
- Dee O’Dell: Senior VP Group Head at US Bank and Co-Chair of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force
- Charles Bowman: Market President at Bank of America who has led many social capital programs for the bank
- Boris Henderson: Chief Strategy Officer at Aldersgate and past Board Chair of Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte
- Stacey Brown: Head of Grier Heights Neighborhood Improvement
The panel session will be followed up by two Sunday school classes including:
- January 13: Reflect and discuss personal experiences of social capital and how we can create a culture of caring within Charlotte.
- January 27: With support from the outreach council, discover ways to shift hopes and aspirations into action.
Kate Bowler Book Discussion
Teacher: Rev. Anna Dickson
February 3, 10, 17 & 24 | 9:45 a.m. | A106
Join our very own Parish Associate, Anna Dickson, as she leads us in a discussion of Kate Bowler’s new book, Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved. Kate Bowler is an assistant professor at Duke Divinity School and a graduate of Yale Divinity School and Duke University. She’s also authored Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel.
This new book has been described as a meditation on sense-making when there’s no sense to be made, on letting go when we can’t hold on, and on being unafraid even when we’re terrified. Join Anna as we dive into the pages of this timely book and learn what it has to say to us!
Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life –
You and Your Spiritual Gifts!
February 3, 10, 17, & 24 | March 3, 10, 17, & 24
9:45 a.m. | A101/103
$15 fee for Spiritual Gifts Inventory
Have you ever wondered or taken an online quiz to determine what spiritual gifts you possess? Do you excel with organizational skills or working with people who are homeless? For eight weeks in February & March, join us as we offer this course to enrich your Lenten experience
this year! This new comprehensive set of integrated resources, designed by Stephen Ministries, will guide you to discover your God-given spiritual gifts – resulting in your participation in ministries that best reflect these Spiritual gifts. Through the eight hour series, we will explore the meaning of spiritual gifts, understand through The Haugk Spiritual Gifts Inventory our own spiritual gifts, and find the ministries that best fit our gifts.
- What Does God Want Me to do with My Life?
- Unwrapping My Gifts Package
- God’s Vision and Your Vision Coming Together
Come to the Table
March 3, 10, 17, & 24| 9:45 a.m. | A104
How do you feel about dinner parties? Apparently, Jesus really enjoyed them. At the least, he went to a number of them. If the gospels were put into the format of a stage play in a contemporary context, one of the central sets would be a dining room. In dozens of instances, Jesus is eating meals at tables with all sorts of people. Sometimes it’s with sinners and tax collectors, (Matthew 9, Luke 5, Mark 2.) Sometimes it’s with Pharisees and Scribes, (Matthew 22, Luke 14.) Sometimes it’s with his closest disciples,
(Luke 10, John 13, Matthew 26, Mark 14.) Sometimes it’s with crowds, (Luke 9, Matthew 14, John 6, Mark 6;) sometimes it’s with a couple of people, (Luke 24.) Every time, Jesus has something significant to teach us about the nature of the kingdom of God. There is always room at God’s table for everyone –
even those who are lost. Jesus shows us that God wants to bring back broken and lost people to His table.
In this series, join the Executive Directors from four of MPPC’s ministry partners who will explore focusing on Jesus at the table, what happens in all these various settings and what God’s word to us might be today.
- March 3rd – Dale Mullenix, Executive Director of
Urban Ministry Center
- March 10th – Tony Marciano, President and CEO
of Charlotte Rescue Mission
- March 17th – Lucy Bush-Carter, Executive
Director of Friendship Trays
- March 24th – Colin Pinkney, Executive Director
of The Harvest Center
Discovering Jesus in the 1st Century
Teacher: Rev. Von Clemans
April 7 | 9:45 a.m. | A104
Former Associate Pastor, Von Clemans, will explore how archaeology and Biblical scholarship opens the story of Jesus for people of faith in the 21st century.
Eyes Wide Open: A Pilgrimage on
the Camino de Santiago
Teacher: Rev. Julie Hester
April 28th | 9:45 a.m. | A106
Join Julie Hester as she shares her sabbatical experience on the Camino de Santiago. Over 11 days she walked 102 miles, and learned a new way to pray — with eyes wide open.