Sonbeams and JAF Mississippi will deliver Christmas packages to families with special needs on the evening of Tuesday, December 11. 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 Morgan Vitart (601-717-4058).
All 7th-12th graders are invited to our annual Youth Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 5! We will meet in the Multi-Purpose Building from 5:30-7:30 p. m. for pancakes and hot chocolate. Wear your PJ’s and bring a $5, wrapped gift for the White Elephant exchange. There is a $5 fee at the door for food! This will be our last Wednesday night meeting for the semester.
If you are interested in purchasing a Palmer Home poinsettia for the Christmas Eve worship service, please sign-up in Sunday School or complete an order form located near the entrances, and place in the offering plate. The cost is $18.00. Orders must be placed by December 2. You may get your poinsettia after the Christmas Eve service on the 24th.
Grown in the Hope Grows greenhouses at Palmer Home for Children, each poinsettia purchase you make will go toward rescuing and restoring children who have had their childhoods stripped away, providing them with a home and a family this holiday season.
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.
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 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.
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”.
Men’s Fall Retreat is November 9-10 at the Barnes’ Barn. Our speaker will be Abraham Hamilton, III, the American Family Association General Counsel and Public Policy Analyst. The cost will be $25. Register online by this Wednesday at www.pearorchard.org/mens–ministry.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com for more information, to sign up, or hear about scholarship opportunities.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
If you have any other questions, feel free to send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.
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 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).