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Talitha’s Take (Page 11)

A weblog by Rev. Talitha G Phillips, Associate Pastor and Coordinator for Children, Youth, and Family Life

My Favorite Holiday

We are coming up to World Communion Sunday, which is my favorite minor church holiday of the year. Perhaps because it’s the most delicious, or perhaps because being so minor has saved the holiday from being coopted or commercialized, I will always have a special place in my heart for the first Sunday in October. On this day we remember that we…

How Do You Grieve?

First, the good news: Kickoff Sunday was a terrific amount of fun, and our Godly Play and Youth Group programs are full to bursting. We had 16 children between the two Godly Play classrooms, and 28 youth meant the Youth Group room was barely big enough to fit us, much less play active games in. I am careful to steer clear of…

Kickoff Sunday!

We are looking forward to seeing you all at Kickoff Sunday! This is such a great MPC tradition and I do believe everyone will enjoy the fun program we have planned. See below for details and reminders of what to bring. Kickoff Sunday is a good excuse to get together and be merry, but it also marks important beginnings for the year.…

Youth Group begins

Youth Group had our first evening meeting last night, a huge event with 28 youth present! Although we strongly believe in quality over quantity, it’s hard not to be super excited by such a big group. We got to enjoy the newly redecorated youth group room with its many chalkboard surfaces for drawing on. We enjoyed getting to know one another one-on-one…

My Ordination Process

Some of you have asked more about my ordination process, so I want to update you. I am really thrilled about the outpouring of support for my ministry here and I do appreciate that many of you are eager to see the process completed. I love working here and look forward to solidifying a long-term arrangement. However, as we are Presbyterians we…

Mission Trip to Memphis

Our Youth Group Mission Trip traveled to Memphis this year. We learned and served with several organizations doing food justice work, from farming to harvesting, to packing and cooking and serving food. Memphis is one of the hungriest cities in the nation as well as one of the most obese, so the work that these people are doing to get good, fresh,…

Why Go On A Mission Trip?

Why go on a mission trip? Why go to help people other places when so many need help right here? Why waste so much money on airfare and luggage? Why, why, why? I am, of course, leading our youth on a mission trip starting this Saturday morning, so you may guess that I will find ways to answer these questions. But let…

What Is Spiritual Care?

This week and last week I experienced a bit of a lull in my work load. Halfway between Family Camp and the Youth Mission Trip I have fewer things on my plate for a blessed moment… which means that I get to devote more of my time to one thing that is not calendar-driven: spiritual care. I am lucky to have this…

Youth Group Garden (work) Party

We had a (work) party in the garden this weekend! For those who do not know, this garden (“Susan’s Seeds” after our previous youth director) was built in 2011 following a youth group mission trip to Portland, OR where they learned a lot about community gardening and food justice. Chris Singer reminded us of the story… during some free time they were…

Honoring the Saints

Many cultures place a lot of emphasis on honoring your elders. Some do so to an oppressive degree, effectively squashing the dignity of the younger generations. When I was in Uganda I was shocked to see children kneeling before their elders, even before young teachers. When they knelt before me I would promptly commit a cultural faux pas, kneeling down to their…