Dear friends on the journey,
The Spirit is coming!
The Spirit is coming!
. . . as we gather our “totally tubular” red plastic whirlwind pipes
for the children and youth to “swish and whirl” this Sunday to the tune
of the Prelude and the Story of the Rushing of the Wind in the Book of
. . . as we stir up our red pancake batter (or something of the
sort) for our fabulous breakfast prepared by Mac Holmes and crew. (9:00 –
. . . as we let go of everything we think we know about
where the Spirit of God is leading . . . and embrace the invitation to
hear and see and explore the whole new way of life that the Spirit is
unfolding in our midst.
The Spirit is coming!
The Spirit is coming!
And we get to “swoosh” along for the ride!
Looking forward to the fun,
The “Totally Tubular” Spirit Returns!
and Youth of all ages are invited to welcome the Holy Spirit in worship
with the “totally tubular” red tubes during the prelude. Let Miss Susan,
Chaplain Gin, or Pastor Gusti know if you want to join in the fun!
Ordination Anniversary Celebration
will be celebrating the fourth anniversary of her ordination to the
office of Teaching Elder by renewing her ordination vows in worship.
Graduating senior, Augusta Fite, will lead the renewal of the vows. The
entire congregation is invited to renew our own commitment to the
ministry of our calling on this special Spirit-filled day!
Pentecost Offering 2013
The Pentecost Offering is
one of four denominational offerings taken up each year to support
different aspects of our denominational mission. The focus of the
Pentecost Offering is on children, youth and young adults. Sixty cents
of each dollar collected supports programs for at-risk children, youth
and young adults. The remaining forty cents will remain here in Mission
Presbytery and will be donated to Change for Children, a
program of Mo Ranch Presbyterian Assembly providing scholarships for
at-risk children in our area. Please give generously using the special
offering envelope included in Sunday’s bulletin. Thank you!
AND DON’T FORGET TO WEAR RED! (Hot pink is also acceptable)
Adult Education May 12 – July 7
Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life
people today identify ourselves as “spiritual but not religious.” But
does it have to be an either/or? Are there uniquely “Christian”
spiritual practices that are not about the dogma and doctrine of
building up a religious institution but instead about tending to our
spiritual center as individuals and as a community? This book by
Marjorie Thompson says YES! Come find out more in our adult education
Books have been ordered by the church office and are available for purchase ($13).
NEXT Sunday, May 26:
Chapter Three: “Communication and Communion with God: Approaches to Prayer.”
How do we attune ourselves to the conversation with God that is already going on deep in our hearts? What practices of listening . . . and
speaking . . . invite us to release our own agenda and wait patiently
for God’s purposes to be disclosed? DCE Susan Shaw-Meadow will lead our
June 2nd—“Celebrate the One Who Loves You/The Ones Who Love You!”
Madison Square, we celebrate the diversity of our families by honoring
all those who love and support us – moms, dads, grandparents, aunts and
uncles, mentors and friends, in a special recognition in worship on June
2nd, and at the fellowship time, following. Our children and
youth have been having a great time preparing for this day and invite
their fabulous church family to join in. See you on the 2nd!
June 9th—Calling All Graduates!
On June 9th we will honor our graduates in worship and at the fellowship time,
following. High school, college, graduate school…. Please let us know
if this means you and you would like to be included in this special
recognition. Contact Director of Christian Education, Susan Shaw-Meadow, firstname.lastname@example.org, (210) 383-9262.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL IS COMING TO MADISON SQUARE!
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus
June 24 – 28
9 AM – 12 Noon
Age 3 – 5th Grade
Vacation Bible School at Madison Square will again be offered to the
children at the Child Development Center as well as to children from the
congregation, neighbors and friends. Help us spread the word.
Volunteers of all ages and stages are needed and very welcome. Please
contact Susan Shaw-Meadow, Director of Christian Education, for more
CLOTHING NEEDED FOR HAVEN FOR HOPE AND CAM
are culling your winter [or summer] clothes, please bring those that
are "gently used" to the Church Fellowship Hall and put them in the
baskets for Haven for Hope and CAM. All reasonably good clothes and
shoes are greatly appreciated!
PLEASE HAVE YOUR PHOTO MADE!
If you are a member
and your photo is not in the member directory, please get your photo
made on the breezeway or in the fellowship hall after worship. We really
need it to build stronger a stronger Church community. Jim Berbiglia
Deacon of the Month
Did you know the Madison
Square Deacons are available for visiting homebound members of the
congregation, for offering hospitality at memorial services, and for
providing continuing care for members of the congregation with ongoing
We also recently adopted a “Deacon-of-the-Month” program to identify
1-2 Deacons each month to take the lead in joining the pastor in
responding to any particular concerns that arise in that month. So . . .
if you need anything from a hospital visit to a covered dish to a ride
to church, please don’t hesitate to call the Deacon of the Month:
May: Edwin Blanton – 394-3637 & Mike Ballentine – 545-4949
June: Sharon Wallace – 829-5738 & Spaz Schneider – 818-4667
MSqPC Book Club
Book club will be reading Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. The discussion, our last until the fall, will be on Friday, June 7. For information email email@example.com.
Flowers for Worship
Would you like to dedicate
the flowers in church in honor or in memory of someone special? How does
it work? Sign up on the flower chart in the back of the church, donate
$50, and count on some wonderful flowers both for worship and to take
home to enjoy and/or share for weeks. There are still some Sundays left.
Questions? Contact Carol Frere firstname.lastname@example.org.
THINKING ABOUT STEWARDSHIP IN MAY?
Presbyterians think about stewardship as something about money that we
hear about in the Fall when we get ready to prepare a budget for the
next year, right? Well, let’s remember what we heard last year and
change all that.
Let’s remember that we agreed that stewardship is our grateful
response to the love of God in the way we live our lives and use our
time, talent and treasure. Remember the “Pledge Card” you filled out
You listed the Church activities you were already involved in and the
areas you wanted to volunteer for in this year. So, how are you doing
in fulfilling your pledge, both in giving and in volunteering?
Are you already working in the area of the Church that you enjoy? That is stewardship of time and talents.
If you are still looking for a place to volunteer, why not talk to
some of the committee chairs [see Church website], call the Church
office [226-6254], or visit a committee meeting? If you are more
interested in community work, you may want to check out the list of our
Church’s mission projects like CAM, SAMM, Haven for Hope, Habitat for
Humanity, Food Banks. And, don’t forget to think about ushering, the
Choir, Youth Work, Children’s Work, or the new membership committee.
Madison Square Presbyterian Church is a community of active stewards
extending the love of God to everyone and making our world a little
better. The more you are involved, the more you will feel a part of our
Baptist Hospital Garage Renovations Affecting Madison Square
Baptist Hospital is undergoing an assessment of the structural
integrity of the parking garage adjacent to Madison Square’s playground
and parking lot. This is an important safety issue, particularly for the
children of the Madison Square Child Development Center.
Scaffolding and fencing along the side of their parking garage
continues to slightly encroach upon our parking lot. This means you will
not be able to exit the parking lot onto Quincy Street but must enter
and exit onto Lexington.
Please stay tuned to the weekly email and Sunday morning
announcements for further updates. And please know that your safety is
the highest concern of all involved.