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October 2nd festivities

Celebration on October 2nd is going to be one you won’t want to miss. A lot of fun things are happening, all at the same time!
First: in tune with the global church, we celebrate World Communion Sunday with breads of the world. If you want to bring traditional bread from your culture, contact Marilee Bailey. Or, dress in the traditional clothes of your country of origin (or a country near to your heart).


Get ready for the Fall Kickoff Sunday – celebrating the start of a new school and church program year. The full choir is back, Godly Play classes will resume, the new Beacon program will be rolled out, and everyone gets a chance to enjoy food and fellowship with one another. This is a great time to visit, or to bring a friend who hasn’t been to church before. We’ll be in Hawaiian shirts, so no worries about formal dress!

Enter my world

Just back from vacation… I (Talitha) spent a week with great people on a lake in Massachusetts. There I learned a fantastic new game. The youngest of our company, not yet two years old, went around asking people: “Do you wanna be a pirate?” To this query you would either answer “no” or “Arrrr, matey!” with a pirate hook finger – causing her to giggle with glee.
That was it. That’s the whole game. And it was complicated enough for her, serving to transform an otherwise boring day at the lake into an exciting search for fellow pirates.

This little girl, with her game, was in the business of invitation.

Interfaith on September 11th

MPC partners with Kehilla Synagogue and the Islamic Cultural Center in a fellowship called the Faith Trio. We are glad to be hosting an interfaith service on Sunday, September 11th (the ten-year anniversary of 9/11). This sad anniversary is a crucial time to remember the importance of interfaith cooperation.

Grafting the family tree

Last Friday I went to a friend’s wedding. Instead of the bride taking the groom’s name (too patriarchal) or hyphenating both their names (too long and ridiculous) they took their favorite  letters from each name and put them together. Haxton + Medema = Haxtema. In doing so they each said goodbye to their own last name and, in a way, their family lineage… but greeted their new life with a new identity. Some MPC folks have chosen this route as well. It does of course risk sending future genealogists into a whirl… but there are cultures who do not use family names and manage to keep track of their family lineage anyway.

Community gathers… around food & farming

On Saturday, August 20th, we’ll spend a fun day volunteering at a farm in Rancho Cordova, learning hands-on about sustainable agriculture. This is an intergenerational event! It was instigated by the youth group’s demand to volunteer on a Real Big Farm… but the invitation is extended to the whole MPC family. Some young families have already signed up. Yes, there’s room for YOU to join us too!

Assisting others with their oxygen masks

Caregiving – taking care of one another – is an important part of family life.  We are all born defenseless and in need of care, and many of us will end our lives in a similar “second childhood” dependent on others to care for us. And with very few exceptions, most of us will spend some of our lives as caregivers. Expectant…

Celebrating 25 years on the journey

Montclair Presbyterian Church invites all to a special celebration on Sunday, August 7th at 10 AM, followed by a lunch from 12-2. The Rev. Beth Buckingham-Brown (MPC’s interim pastor) and the should-be-Rev. Lisa Larges have been on parallel journeys for 25 years:

What do you love?

iPhones?  facebook? tech-free life? or toys that beep?

knitting? gardening? skateboarding? or trapeze-ing?

fine lace? ripped jeans? sweater vests? or tube tops?

twittering? texting? sending postcards? or visiting?

I’m imagining a large-scale poll, administered by Gallup or the like, that tracks dozens of statements  in the form  “I love____” across ages 1-100.  “I love facebook” would probably spike at the 25-30 range, “I love David Letterman” a decade or two older, “I love xbox” around 15 or so, “I love canasta” certainly in the later generations of the graph. My point being: different generations like different things.

Who is in your family?

In Uganda nearly six years ago, I took a little boy to the hospital. He was a resident of the orphanage where I volunteered, and he had to go to the hospital fairly regularly for checkups; he’d lived with HIV since birth. He loved going to the hospital because he got to ride in a truck, and miss school, and eat special treats like a biscuit or banana… or even candy, if his chaperon was feeling generous. A few days later we were watching a sports event at his school, and he entertained himself by rattling off all the nicknames he could call me. L’s and R’s interchange in Luganda to give him many options: “Talitha, or Terither, or Tally, or Terry, or T, or mummy… can I call you mummy?”