Coats for Mission First/Neighborhood Christian Center

Pear Orchard has supported Mission First (and Neighborhood Christian Center) in downtown Jackson for the past several years. One of the ways we have supported them is by helping with their Christmas store each December.

Mission First/Neighborhood Christian Center sponsors a Christmas store for the children who attend their after-school program. Many of the parents are unable to provide essentials for their children, so they are given the opportunity to shop (for a small fee) for their child. Each child is provided with a new school uniform, book bag, devotional, some toys and essentials such as underwear, socks, pajamas, and coats.

This year we will be providing coats for the students. If you would like to help please visit https://buff.ly/2zLhp7k to sign up to donate coats or read more about giving money toward a coat. Please note: in the past, we have donated fleeces, but they are wanting winter coats this year.

November 11 is Operation Christmas Child Sunday!

Sunday, November 11th is Operation Christmas Child Sunday! On that Sunday, we will be putting together Operation Christmas Child boxes in all children’s Sunday School classes. Empty boxes will be placed in the classrooms for packing.

The 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 $9.00 check (or more if felt led) to help cover the shipping cost the attached brochure gives you all the details or you can pay for your shoebox shipping online at Samaritanspurse.org.

If you do not have a student but would like to donate items for the shoes boxes in the Sunday School classes please leave your items and checks in the Children’s Ministry office during the week or on Sunday morning.

Youth Retreat

Youth Fall Retreat is November 9 -11! We would love prayers for our speaker, Elliott Everitt, as well as prayer for all of the 73 students and chaperones attending the retreat. Please be sure to have health/t-shirt forms turned in no later than November 9. The link is on the POPC Youth page on the website.

Orphan Sunday: Moses Basket collecting funds

In honor of orphan Sunday, November 11, Moses’ Basket will be collecting funds for The Boys’ Home Project in Odessa, Ukraine. This project headed up by our POPC supported missionary, Michelle Maly, provides rent-to-own housing for orphan graduates. Each home costs $36,000 to build. Currently, 3 homes are occupied and 3 more are under construction. Please pray for these graduates and consider donating to help these orphans transition into independent living. Moses’ Basket will have a table on the first floor of the education building on November 4 and 11 with more information. Throughout the month of November, donations will be taken in Sunday School and online under the giving option “Orphan Sunday”.

Operation Christmas Child Collection Week

Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week: November 12-19, 2018

What can you do?

Pray: No ministry is possible without the fervent prayers of all involved- for the collection, processing, and delivery of the Gospel Opportunity boxes around the world and for the children and families receiving them. Pray that they will come to a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus and Christ and be able to share that same love with others.

Prepare: Help enlist families, schools, other churches, scout troops, neighborhoods, community groups and businesses to take part in creating many shoebox gifts for needy children all over the world.

Pack: Pack a shoebox! Don't forget to include your donation of $9 to cover the costs of shipping, distribution and training. Give online through Follow Your Box to discover the destination of your shoebox. Step-by-step packing instructions are available at www.samaritanspurse.org.

Volunteer: Many volunteers are needed at POPC during National Collection Week. Sign up to help pack shoeboxes into cartons, greet people as they drop off boxes, and pray with over the boxes received. Children over 10 are welcome. If you or your family are interested in volunteering or have questions, contact Jenny Murphy at 601-906-9776 or jmurphy61@yahoo.com.j

Annual Fall Retreat for 7th-12th graders

All 7th-12th graders are invited to attend our annual Fall Retreat, November 9-11, at Central Hills Baptist Retreat Center. So far, we have 61 students that have signed up! This is a great time of fellowship, fun, and study of God’s Word. Elliott Everitt, from MSU RUF, will teach through Philippians. There is still time, so please bring a $110 (total cost) check made out to POPC by Wednesday, October 31, to secure your spot. Scholarships are available. Please email Dottie at defird@ccs.ms for more information, to sign up, or hear about scholarship opportunities.

Joni & Friends Barnyard Dance


JONI AND FRIENDS ANNUAL BARNYARD DANCE: Join us on this Saturday, October 27, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the home of Michael and Myra Penn, 1141 Midway Road, Lena, MS. Help Joni and Friends serve and fellowship with our friends in the disability community. Dinner is provided, but donations are welcomed. Enjoy a family day on the farm with us! For more information, contact Martie Kwasny (601-594-0148).

POPC Cookbook

We are so excited about the POPC Cookbook and we need your favorite recipes! Here are a few things to consider:

It does not need to be your original recipe. It can come from other sources including other cookbooks. Just include a few of your favorite recipes you enjoy cooking!

Recipes from men: If any men have any favorite recipes they enjoy cooking/grilling, we are definitely accepting recipes from men as well!

Kids Can Cook: We will be including a section of easy to cook food/kid friendly food (“Kids Can Cook”). We welcome this type of recipe in addition to the other recipes you enjoy!

Forms are located around the church and online: You may find forms in the sanctuary foyer, the parlor, Liz Taylor’s box, and Sunday School clipboards. You may also download a form/instructions at https://buff.ly/2QsJR4F. The online form can be typed in, if that is easier than writing your recipe out! You may email your completed forms to ltaylor@pearorchard.org.

Forms are due by November 4 – please place them in Linda Morris’s box or hand them to Megan Adcock, Jan Johnson, Linda Morris, or Liz Taylor. You may also e-mail forms to ltaylor@pearorchard.org.

If you have any other questions, feel free to send us an e-mail at ltaylor@pearorchard.org.

New campus signage

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Very soon you will see new campus signs on Pear Orchard Road, the North Park Drive entrance, and internal driveway directional signs. The church family is deeply grateful to our own Christ Covenant School ministry for their most gracious gift of paying for this wonderful campus improvement entirely from resources that they have given to fund this upgrade.
The School Board approached the church officers with this gracious proposal and the church has humbly accepted this generous gift that will benefit the whole campus for many years to come. Please join in giving thanks to the Lord for providing the resources and the heart to do so through CCS!

Staff Spotlight: Dr. John Kwasny

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Dr. John Kwasny is Director of Christian Education and Children’s Ministries here at POPC! He is also the Director of One Story Ministries, authoring curriculum for children and youth for use in the church, home, and school. He and his wife Martie have eight children. He grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. Some things he enjoys are reading, writing, TV series binge-watching, and watching college sports.

Meet our new Covenant Choir director!

Grace Anna Lane is originally from outside of Atlanta, though she now considers Jackson to be her home. After graduating in 2015 from Belhaven University with a degree in Music Performance, Grace Anna has performed with the Mississippi Opera and teaches voice lessons. She and her husband, John, and daughter, Lilly, live on campus at Reformed Theological Seminary where her husband is a student. In addition to music, Grace Anna also enjoys blogging, running, and being silly with her toddler.

Wednesday Night Ministries

Wednesday Night Ministries have begun! It's not too late to join! This fall, while Children's Catechism (4 yrs. - 6th grade) and Youth Group (7th-12th grades) are meeting, there are several options for adults. The ladies will be studying In All Things – A Study of Philippians, by Melissa Kruger, and the men will be studying Tim Witmer’s book, The Shepherd Leader at Home. Pastor Carl will be teaching an Inquirers Class which will begin on September 19. The Sonbeams adult Bible study will be on the gospel of John, and the Sanctuary Choir rehearses each Wednesday night. As always, dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and ministries are from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Please note that registration is required for meals and nursery (click here to register).

Moses' Basket Connect 4 - Respite night for foster families

Moses' Basket will host our last Connect 4 (respite for foster families) on Saturday, Sept . 22, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Foster families are registered for this event, and we cannot do it without our faithful volunteers. Email mosesbasket@pearorchard.org to volunteer or register a foster family. This is a wonderful way for us to reach out to the community and serve foster families. The Moses' Basket team continues to be thankful for all the ways you have partnered with us. Thank you to everyone who donated baby items, gifts for Ukrainian orphans, and mone y to the ministry during VBS!   

Join us for Wednesday Night Ministries, starting up tonight!

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There are opportunities for all ages on Wednesday nights! Dinner is served in the cafeteria from 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. followed by classes which start at 6:30 pm. Dinner cost is $5/person, $15 max per family. To register, please visit our Wednesday Night Ministries page.

Women will meet in the parlor for the Philippians Bible Study using Melissa Kruger's book, In All Things from 6:15-7:30 pm. Register by e-mailing thaynes@pearorchard.org.

Men will study the book The Shepherd Leader at Home by Timothy Witmer.

Sonbeams Adult Bible Study - A special needs Bible Study led by the Sonbeams team will also meet Wednesday evenings. View the flyer for details

Margaret Sprow will lead the Sanctuary Choir rehearsal from 6:30-7:30 in room 138 in the Education Building. If you're interested in joining choir, email margaret@pearorchard.org, or come to rehearsal tonight! 

Youth Bible studies (Rendezvous) for 7th – 12th graders meets in the Multi-Purpose building.

Children’s Catechism Class – Children 4 years to 6th grade will be taught the truths from Catechism questions, which meets in the Multi-Purpose building from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Nursery: For our youngest, a nursery is offered for infants-3 years old. To register, please visit our Wednesday Night Ministries page.

Pastor Carl will be teaching an Inquirers' Class which will begin on September 19 in Room 127. Please call Jan Duran in the church office and let her know if you plan to attend and if you will have childcare needs.

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Team Access

Attention, all 5th-12th graders! We would love to have you join Sonbeam's Team Access. Team Access is the youth branch of the disability ministry. Current members must fill out a new application. Applications are available in the foyer of sanctuary and in youth building and should be turned in by September 2. Please contact Ford or Nicole Franklin for more information. Nicole’s number is 713-906-7247.