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During the 10 o’clock worship service, our Chancel Choir, with soloists, will present the Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel’s timeless Messiah. The service will run a few minutes longer than usual, but we hope to make it worth your time! Please plan to celebrate this occasion with us.

G.F. Handel (1685-1759) spent most of his career living in London composing and producing operas (secular, staged) and oratorios (sacred, usually not staged or only semi-staged). As Italianate opera was falling out of favor among the London audiences, it was his settings of sacred texts that secured his popularity as a composer. Though, he never lost his love for the dramatic flair of the opera stage.

Part One of Messiah includes five scenes, though, for time, we will omit “the coming judgement” scene. We’ll begin with “Isaiah’s prophecy of salvation” from Isaiah 40:1-5, then move to the “prophecy of Christ’s birth” from Isaiah 7, 9, 40, and 60. Then, “the angels announce to the shepherds,” Luke 2:8-14. Finally, we’ll conclude with “Christ’s healing and redemption,” from Zechariah 9, Isaiah 35 and 40, and Matthew 11:28-30. Of course, we’ll end the service with that great statement of victory, the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

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Sun. 12/3/17

Care of Creation Tip of the Week:  I’m dreaming of a GREEN Christmas

According to the Nature Conservancy “Household waste increases by more than 25% from Thanksgiving to New Years Day. And in the U.S., annual trash from gift-wrap and shopping bags totals 4 million tons!”  So this is a particularly important time to remember to take your RE-USEABLE bags with you when you shop! 

Bags can also be a great re-useable GIFT WRAP ALTERNATIVE– whether they be commercial gift bags stuffed with colorful tissue, re-useable shopping bags from stores or non-profits (like TPC’s own blue bags), or re-useable fabric gift bags (such as those sold at TPC’s Alternative Gift Market or craft shows).  These all make gift-wrapping colorful, quick, and GREEN!

Sun. 12/10/17

Care of Creation Tip of the Week:  Under the Christmas Tree

We’re all familiar with the environmental mantra “reduce, re-use, recycle”.  There’s a reason “reduce” comes 1st – it often has the biggest impact.  So in addition to “greening” your gift wrapping (to reduce waste), consider ways to green your gift giving.

TPC’s own Alternative Gift Market provides many opportunities – fair trade coffees, teas and chocolates, re-useable cloth gift bags, support for the Intergenerational Garden, Honduras Mission trip and many other activities that work to improve life for all of God’s Creation.

Our own PCUSA Mission Office also has a wonderful document with “Ideas for Reclaiming Advent and Christmas” with some great alternative gift giving ideas.

In our household we’ve looked to reduce our accumulation of “stuff”, and have enjoyed giving gifts of time and skills – a gift certificate for a meal prepared (and cleaned up!), a car wash, a computer tutorial, a bush planted, a week of dog walks, and so on.

 Sun. 12/17/17

Care of Creation Tip of the Week: O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree…

For those who love a “real” Christmas tree, there are some ways you can green this experience too. 

1) Consider buying a LIVE tree and then planting it outside after the ground thaws in the Spring.  A young, vigorously growing tree absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere.

2) Use energy efficient LED lights on your tree.

3) If you’ve bought a cut tree, put it out for Baltimore County’s curbside pick-up when you’re done so it will get recycled (mulched) rather than land-filled.

4) When I was growing up, when we took our Christmas tree down we’d then put it out in the woods to provide shelter and habitat for small creatures.



Sun. 12/24/17 

Care of Creation Tip of the Week:  Party Green

Tis the season for PARTIES – school, work, neighborhood, friends and family.  There are many opportunities to “green” your Christmas and New Year’s parties.

  1. Online party invitations – saves paper, delivery.
  2. Use candles and LED holiday lights instead of your regular lights – saves electricity.
  3. Use natural decorations – pinecones, holly, magnolia leaves, string cranberries & popcorn (and then compost), instead of store bought (and later trashed).
  4. Food and drinks – go for local, seasonal, fair trade, organic options when possible.
  5. Dishes – use yours (and wash), or buy 100% recycled/eco-friendly compostable dinnerware.
  6. Clean-up – make sure recycling bins are well marked and in easy reach for those empty bottles and cans.

Sun. 12/31/17 

Care of Creation Tip of the Week:  New Year’s Resolutions

As 2017 winds down and 2018 looms, it’s the time of year many people think about making New Year’s Resolutions. One of the great gifts former Assoc. Pastor Roger Rice gave to our Earth Corps group was sharing the “8 Modes of Ministry” with us.  It challenged us to expand our efforts to care for creation in many new and different ways. 

There’s not enough space here to go through all 8, but I encourage you to make a New Year’s resolution to expand your creation care ministry.  So in addition to action (the focus of the past weeks’ tips), consider some of the other areas of ministry including advocacy (working for changes in laws, regulations, policies that impact the environment), education (learning more about our environment, our impacts and remedies), and spiritual (praying for creation and experiencing God in nature).  

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2017 Annual Report

To prepare for the Congregational meeting on Sunday, January 28 in the Sanctuary, after the 10:00 a.m. worship service; please review the 2017 Annual report. To view the report; please click the link below: 2017 Annual Report
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Small Groups Sign Up begins January 14

Small Groups for Winter - Spring 2018 in Thompson Hall  Sunday, January 14 after the 10 a.m. worship service See attached brochure/schedule
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Daring * Life* Faith* Women

A Women's Reteat utilizing the work of Dr. Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly Registration begins on January 14, 2018 Friday - 3/16/18 at 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m at Towson Presbyterian Church Saturday - 3/17/18 at 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.- Mt Washington Conference Center More information: Contact Dotsie Bregel or Ann Lehwald This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Flyer
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Plan for Next Year's Camp BeeTree!

For Future Planning!!! Camp BeeTree Vacation Bible School July  9-13, 2018. Fun and formation will abound. Please watch the fantastic video from this past year’s camp: Link to Camp BeeTree Video
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