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You Shall Love Program January
Photos by Melissa McGill
The Future of the Church 2015
Photos by Melissa McGill.
Vacation Bible School 2014
Photos by Erica Mark.
The Children's Circle Spring Carnival 2014
April 26, 2014. Photos by Claire Asbury.
Easter 2014
April 20, 2014.
Stop Hunger Now
March 23, 2014. Photos by Ken Garfield.
Kneeling at the Manger and Annual Youth Love Feast

December 15, 2013. Photos by Bill and Will Walton.

Preparing the Church for Advent

December 6, 2013. Photos by Ken Garfield.

Advent Wreath Making

December 4, 2013. Photos by Ken Garfield.

Good-Bye to Rev. Shane Page

November 24, 2013. Photos by Claire Asbury.

Trinity's Table

November 21, 2013. Photos by Ken Garfield.

Phantom of the Organ

October 30, 2013. Photos by Ken Garfield.

Blessing of the Animals

October 6, 2013. Photos by Ken Garfield.

Stop Hunger Now

October 6, 2013. Photos by Ken Garfield.

Third Grade Bible Sunday 2013

Photos by Ken Garfield.



Blessing of the Hands 2013

Photos by Claire Asbury.

Blessing of the Backpacks 2013

Photos by Ken Garfield. 

Disciple Bible Study Signup 2013

Photos by Ken Garfield. 

Hymn Sing 2013 

Photos by Ken Garfield. 

Freedom School Finale 2013

Photos by Claire Asbury.

Summer Fun Days 2013

Photos by Claire Asbury

Vacation Bible School 2013

Photos by Claire Asbury

Confirmation Sunday 2013

Photos by Mac Willard

Senior Recognition 2013

The Children's Circle Spring Carnival

American Jukebox

Photos by Lauren Taylor

Easter Scenes, 2013

Flood Buckets
Photos by Cindy Withers.



All Saints Sunday

Director of Communications Ken Garfield shares a reflection.

We marked All Saints Sunday together on November 4, lighting a candle and tolling the church bell for the 42 church members (and loved ones) we lost this past year. It's a tender, inspiring service, but it's painful, too, even thought we believe there is more to life than what we know here. I scanned the list of names and thought about the people with whom I had had a connection, including at least one young woman who died before her time. The woman beside me in the back of the Sanctuary, her eyes welled with tears during the reading of the names, then she left before Amazing Grace closed the service. I noticed she shared a last name, and who knows how many memories, with one of the people listed in the bulletin.
Tears, memories, faith, hope, community, all together on this Sunday.

I like how Rev. Shane Page put it: "Today, on All Saints Sunday, we gather to remember those who have gone before us, whose faith has made our belief possible, and who still beckon us forward, reminding us that the grave our culture denies is, for us, the womb of a new creation."

Women's Choir anthem premiere: Arise, My Soul, Arise

Left to right: Director of Music Jimmy Jones, composer Dan Forrest, Music Associate and Organist Dr. Patrick Scott

More from the Blessing of the Animals

Dr. Howell and Jim Noble Lead Dialogue on Hospitality

Dr. Howell and restaurateur Jim Noble (shown above) kicked off the hospitality series. He talked about his faith and the restaurant business to 300-plus in Jubilee Hall.

The Conventions: A Common Witness
Dr. Howell authored this prayer, which appeared in The Charlotte Observer and Tampa Tribune, signed by 30 clergy in the two cities.

     In late August and early September, tens of thousands will descend upon Tampa and then Charlotte for the Republican and Democratic Conventions. We clergy welcome our guests.
    A nine hour drive separates our two cities. The platforms of our two political parties might feel even further apart. And yet in both Charlotte and Tampa, we have conservatives and liberals, undecideds, many who’ve given up caring, and others who are waiting for somebody to show them a better way. We believe that what all these have in common, although we forget this in the heat of debate, is that we are people who love, strive for happiness, long for meaning, and wish to be part of something exciting. We are all made in God’s image, yet find we are all broken, capable of doing well but also flawed, and in need of mercy.
     While a growing number of folks in our country claim no religious affiliation, or just don’t believe in God at all, prayer seems to be in order. To pray for a convention is risky. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have played the religion card when it helps them get votes. It may be that attaching God to a particular political agenda makes the public cynical about faith, and its leaders.
     But we do believe it is possible to offer up non-partisan prayers, especially during these anxious days in our world. And so we pray for our country, that we might be a nation where goodness matters, where justice and kindness are our passions, where truth matters, and is told. 
     We pray for peace – in the world, and in our own communities. Conventions can bring out the worst in people. We have far too much rancor in our country as is. We forget how to disagree respectfully, and to consider the possibility that the other person might have a point. Anger is toxic and poisons us all. Working together might be better than getting our own way, even if we are dead sure we’re right.
     As clergy in the host cities of Tampa and Charlotte, we think of the delegates, media, protesters and other visitors who are far from home. We pray for their families and friends who miss them. We pray for them, that they may be strong and alert, and be filled with wisdom and good judgment.
     Residents of Charlotte and Tampa have mixed feelings about hosting a convention. Some are proud and energized. Others are annoyed and inconvenienced. We pray for the citizens of both Tampa and Charlotte, that they might be patient, and hospitable.
     Both cities will put on their best appearances, striving to look impressive on this stage of history. But in both cities, as in our country and world, we have those who are poor, hungry, homeless, children nobody cares about, military veterans who’ve never been appreciated, garbage collectors and school teachers who never get thanked, policemen and firefighters who keep everyone safe. We pray for them, and for all of us to be a better society that can embrace in whatever way might be best for those who have fallen on hard times.
     We pray that all of us, because of conventions and the political process, will not let our cynicism balloon into bitterness; rather, we pray that all this might lead to a renewed sense of citizenship, and pride in community and nation – and that we will learn to be participants in finding solutions, instead of just critical onlookers.
     As clergy, we believe that all people in our cities and in the nation harbor deep longings for meaning, purpose, and belonging; we would say these yearnings are for God. We can pray, for those who are overtly religious as well as for those who remain unpersuaded of the things of God, and everyone in between, that we will discover the richness in our selves, and the wonder beyond ourselves. We pray that we might tap into our dreams for better lives, and a better world, and that because of these conventions, and the simple goodness of being alive to see it all unfold, we might stretch upward, and become more, closer to our ultimate destiny.
     This is our prayer as clergy friends who live nine hours apart but are united in love and hope.

Charlotte Clergy:
Bishop Claude Alexander, Jr., Pastor, The Park Ministries
The Reverend Dr. Alton Cadenhead, Jr., Senior Minister, Providence Baptist Church
The Reverend Dr. David Chadwick, Senior Pastor, Forest Hill Church
The Reverend John M. Cleghorn, Pastor, Caldwell Presbyterian Church
The Reverend Russ Dean and The Reverend Amy Jacks Dean, Pastors, Park Road Baptist Church
The Reverend Dr. Steven P. Eason, Senior Pastor, Myers Park Presbyterian Church
Imam John Ederer, Religious Director of the Muslim American Society of Charlotte
Rabbi Murray Ezring, Temple Israel
Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster, Western North Carolina Conference, The United Methodist Church
The Reverend Dr. Robert W. Henderson, Sr., Senior Minister, Covenant Presbyterian Church
The Reverend Dr. James C. Howell, Senior Minister, Myers Park United Methodist Church
The Reverend James C. Leach, Senior Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte
Monsignor John J. McSweeney, Pastor, St. Matthew Catholic Church
Father Frank O’Rouke, Pastor, St. Gabriel Catholic Church
The Reverend Dr. Rodney S. Sadler, Jr., Associate Professor of Bible, Union Presbyterian Seminary
The Reverend Dr. Scott J. Suskovic, Senior Pastor, Christ Lutheran Church
Tampa Clergy
Rabbi Richard J. Birnholz, Congregation Schaarai Zedek, Tampa
Mr. Robert Blount, President, Abe Brown Ministries, Inc.
The Reverend Charles E. Connelly, Associate Rector, St. John's Episcopal Church, Tampa
The Reverend Fitz Conner and the Reverend Kathy Conner, Pastors, First Presbyterian Church, Tampa
The Reverend John T. DeBevoise, Pastor, Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, Tampa
Sister Anne Dougherty, The Franciscan Center
Franciscan Friars of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tampa
The Reverend Dr. James A. Harnish, Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Tampa
Joshua and Alison Haupt, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, University of Tampa
The Reverend John Reese, Rector, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Tampa
The Reverend Douglas E. Remer, Rector, St. John's Episcopal Church, Tampa
Rabbi Marc Sack, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Tampa
The Reverend Ken Shick, Lead Pastor, Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, Tampa
The Reverend Stefanie E. Taylor, Curate, St. John's Episcopal Church, Tampa



Freedom School, And Possibilities

Director of Communications Ken Garfield reports from the Freedom School Jubilee.

It’s one of the sweetest, and noisiest, traditions of summer – 1,600 Freedom School students and hundreds of community folks packed into an uptown ballroom, celebrating this ministry devoted to shaping a better future for kids.
The Jubilee raises awareness, and money, for Freedom School. It also gives these kids, many from difficult homes, a chance to unleash the energy and optimism that drives Freedom School. They sing the words of their anthem – Something inside so strong – and you believe they can shake the chains of poverty and brokenness and grow up to know life’s blessings. All we have to do is teach them to read, mentor them, pray for them and maybe write a generous check at this annual extravaganza.

Talk about going to a righteous cause...













The Sunday Morning Shuttle

On Sundays, the shuttle bus runs continuously from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. between the church and Myers Park Traditional School at 2132 Radcliffe Avenue. Pick-up and drop-off is under the portico of the Parish Life Building.

Those who ride and park on their own each Sunday morning, remember to leave the closest spots for the elderly, families and others who need them most. And please reserve the handicapped and senior citizen spots in the Parish Life lot for those wno need them most.





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