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.
Sonbeams is the special needs ministry at Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS. Our vision is to see God glorified through integrating children and adults with differing abilities into the life and the mission of the church.
We believe that individuals with disabilities are precious gifts from God. We consider it a privilege and a calling from God to reach out to those who are disabled because this ministry represents the very heart of God. We are committed not just to serving these individuals, but in equipping them to become vital members of the body of Christ. Ultimately, we live to demonstrate the magnificent beauty of Jesus Christ and the power of His life-transforming presence to individuals with special needs.
We would love to have you join us in worship and Sunday School each and every Sunday. If you have any questions about our ministry to special needs families email Martie Kwasny or call her at 601-919-8605.
Men, register now for our fall men's retreat! It will be on Friday-Saturday, November 3-4, at the Barnes’ Barn (we’ll have directions soon). Billy Dempsey, Minister of Congregational Care at First
Presbyterian Church in Jackson, will be our speaker. The retreat will begin with dinner on Friday at 6:00ish (but feel free to arrive earlier), and end before lunchtime. Billy will speak once on Friday evening and twice Saturday morning. The cost is $15. You can register here.
High school juniors and seniors are encouraged to join the youth staff for a road trip to Mississippi State's RUF on Thursday, October 19. Please meet at the church at 4:00 p.m. We will return around 10:30 p.m. that night. Let Wilson or Molly know if you're interested in going!
Moses' Basket, a ministry of POPC, seeks to provide care for the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of children at risk who are suffering locally and throughout the world, by encouraging, educating, equipping and supporting our church body towards adoption, orphan care and foster care so that in this we may live to demonstrate to the world the magnificent beauty of Jesus Christ and the power of His life transforming presence.
To learn more about Moses' Basket, click here to visit the page on our website.
POPC Supports American Heritage Girls POPC Troop. AHG is the premier national character development organization for young women that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement. "Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country".
If you would like more information about AHG Troop MS-1423, please email email@example.com and someone will be happy to put you in contact with the AHG troop leadership.