Missions Monday

Missions Monday:

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
JAF India?

PRAYER REQUEST: We need to finish strong to meet our
2017 Missions Giving Goals. Please pray that we will be led to
give generously.

Operation Christmas Child report

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!

Staff Highlight: Mary Lou Heaney

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!

Christmas packages to families with special needs

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).
 

Missions Monday: RUF Mississippi

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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.

Peru Mission Trip

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.

Operation Christmas Child Sunday this Sunday for Children's Sunday School classes

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.

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Comfort & Joy Christmas Celebration

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.

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Orphan Sunday on November 12

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.
 

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Missions Monday: Trail Life USA, POPC Troop

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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 Collection Week Volunteer Information

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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's Retreat - Info and Registration deadline on Monday

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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.

Reformation Celebration

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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.

Missions Monday: Sonbeams Ministry

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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.

Registration for the Men's Retreat

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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.

Missions Monday: Moses' Basket

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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.