Missions Monday: Pray for our missionaries, Wes and Jami Baker (Peru Mission). Wes and Jami are from small towns near San Antonio, Texas. Wes and Jami have been on the field since the beginning of 2000 and they have seven children. Wes is the team leader in Trujillo, Pastor at Iglesia Cristo Rey, and professor of New Testament and Systematics at the Areopago Cristiano.
Please mark your calendars now for our annual Missions Festival - Sunday, February 11, through Sunday, February 18. Mr. Les Newsom (RUF Area Coordinator for AR, west TN, MS, and AL), Dr. David Strain (Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson), and Dr. Elias Madeiros will be our guest preachers. More information to come!
Children’s Choirs resume on January 7 and new singers are welcome to join us. Children are dismissed to choir from the evening service. Cherub Choir, age 4–first grade, meets in the Outback Room in the Multi-Purpose Building, Praise Troop, 2nd–4th grade, meets in the Choir Room 138 in the Ed. Building, and Covenant, 5th– 8th grade, meets in Room 238 in the Ed. Building.
Many thanks to all our musicians who led us so beautifully to God’s throne this Christmas season. Children’s Choirs, Sanctuary Choir, Worship Team, leaders, directors, volunteers, sound technicians and supportive parents, your love for Christ and your desire to glorify and worship Him is a great blessing to POPC and stirs us all to worship our Lord more fully.
TEASER: We have a completely out of the box missions endeavor
in incubation stage for 2019. We will drop some clues between
now and the 2018 Missions Festival. If you already know the
answer, please keep it quiet until the reveal!
DID YOU KNOW? We have approved planning 2018 mission
trips to Peru Missions, Yakama Indians, JAF Family Retreat and
PRAYER REQUEST: We need to finish strong to meet our
2017 Missions Giving Goals. Please pray that we will be led to
Join us at the home of Nash and Lindsey Evans (109 Pinnacle Cove in Madison) from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share. We're planning a "new newlywed" tournament game, so we need you to let us know you are coming by registering. Dress is holiday casual. Childcare is not provided. Invite your young married friends to join us!
Many THANKS to all who participated in OCC this year. We had a great year with collections of over 48,000 shoeboxes! Praise the Lord for his gracious provision and for allowing us the privilege to serve Him in this ministry. Please continue to pray for the children who will receive the boxes, and all involved in the process of getting the boxes delivered. May this be a tradition that our church family participates in annually to prepare our hearts for the season. Merry Christmas!
How long have you been at Pear Orchard on staff?
I began as MMO director in Jan 1989 and the added position of Nursery Director 2001
Where did you grow up?
Carrollton , MS
What are some of your hobbies?
Sewing & crafts
Fun fact about yourself:
I was an extra in the movie "The Reivers" which was filmed in my hometown.
Thanks, Mary Lou, for all you do to serve our church families!
Sonbeams and JAF Jackson will deliver Christmas packages to families with special needs on the evening of Tuesday, December 12. We are now accepting donations for purchasing gifts for these families. If you would like to give, please make your checks payable to POPC and denote "Sonbeams/Christmas" on the memo line. Checks may be placed in the offering plate or given to John Kwasny. For more information, or to sign up to help with deliveries, please contact Martie Kwasny (601-594-0148).
Join us at the home of Nash and Lindsey Evans from 7-9 p.m. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share. We're planning a "new newlywed" tournament game, so we need you to let us know you are coming by registering here. Dress is holiday casual. Childcare is not provided. Invite your young married friends to join us!
More than just a ministry on the university campus, RUF seeks to be a ministry for the university. They strive to serve in this unique stage in a student's life in the world they live in, exploring together how the Lordship of Christ informs every area of life. POPC supports RUF on the campuses of Ole Miss, MSU, JSU, Delta State, Belhaven, and MC. To learn more about RUF, visit their website here.
Do you want to go to Peru next Summer? We will be taking a mission trip to Trujillo, Peru, from June 1-9. Peru Mission would especially welcome medical professionals to work in their clinic, teachers to conduct workshops in their area of speciality, and those in finance to work with their microfinance ministry. The rest of us will work in construction and Vacation Bible School. If you are interested in going, please contact Pastor Caleb.
This Sunday is Operation Christmas Child Sunday! We will be putting together Operation Christmas Child boxes in all children's Sunday School classes. Empty boxes will be in the classrooms for packing. Students are encouraged to bring toys, toiletries, and other appropriate items to their classes to pack in the boxes. It is very important to include a $9 check to help cover shipping.
***New this year: As you are
packing your shoeboxes, please remember candy and toothpaste are not
allowed due to customs regulations.
Ladies, high school age and up, are invited to a festive evening of delicious holiday fare and warm fellowship. You won't want to miss our special speaker, Emily Hartman, who is on staff with Parakaleo, a ministry that provides support and training for wives of church planters and women in vocational ministry. Her theme is "Tidings of Comfort and Joy" and her teaching will come from John 14-17. Plan to join us and bring a friend, neighbor, co-worker, family member! No cost and no reservation required.
During the month of November, Moses' Basket will collect monetary donations for orphan transition homes in Ukraine. Michelle Maly, a POPC supported missionary, is involved with
the building of these homes. When teens age out of orphanages in Ukraine, they have nowhere to go and many end up on the streets. These transition homes give the kids a place to live while discipling them spiritually and helping them learn life skills. Be on the lookout for collection buckets in Sunday school classes throughout the month of November and for a flyer with current orphan and foster needs in the state of Mississippi.
Trail Life USA is a Christian Outdoor Adventure, Character, and Leadership Program for boys and young men ages 5-17 years old and centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man's skills and allow him to grow on a personal level, as a role model and a leader for his peers. Living the Trail Life is a journey established on timeless values derived from the Word of God with a goal of producing Godly and responsible husbands, fathers, and citizens.
Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week is November 13-20. OCC partners with churches worldwide to share the good news of Jesus to hurting children through simple gifts. To volunteer at POPC during Collection Week please call or text Jenny Murphy at 601-906-9776. **New this year: As you are packing your shoeboxes, please remember candy and toothpaste are not allowed due to customs regulations, and a $9 donation per shoebox should be included to cover shipping and other ministry expenses.
Men, please register for the Men's Retreat by Monday! . It will be this coming Friday-Saturday, November 3-4, at the Barnes’ Barn (directions are on the registration form online). Billy Dempsey, Minister of Congregational Care at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, will be speaking on friendship, calling, and worldliness. The retreat will begin with dinner on Friday at 6:00ish (but feel free to arrive earlier), and end before lunchtime. The cost is $15. Bring your own linens and towel. You can register here.
There will be an interest meeting for the summer mission trip Sunday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the CCS Library. This is for current 9th–12th grade students and their parents. Come learn about this great opportunity to serve our Native American neighbors! The trip will be June 1-9, 2018.
Celebrate the 500th anniversary of our great reformation heritage! On October 29 we will celebrate with hymns accompanied by a brass quintet at both morning services. On Sunday night, October 29, our Sunday evening service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson at 6:00 p.m. We will join with our entire Presbytery to remember God's grace to His people in this turning point in church history.