November Advent Study "Finding Jesus in History"

Advent Study: “Finding Jesus in History.”

A three-part study of the “Quest for the Historical Jesus” in the last 3 centuries, culminating in the a study of the so-called “New Quest”, considering especially works by those such as James Robinson, John Dominic Crossan, and N.T. Wright. What can we know about ‘the real Jesus’, and why is there such debate?

The dates are Mondays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14.
Those interested in registering for ths study should contact either the church office or Rod Hutton at rodhutton48@gmail.com.

October Educational Offering: “Hell, the Dead, and Christ’s Victory”

October Educational Offering: “Hell, the Dead, and Christ’s Victory”

The stores have their Halloween supplies front and center! In our spiritual preparation for the celebration of All Hallows Eve (Oct. 31) and All Saint’s Day (Nov. 1), Mountain Shadows Presbyterian Church is offering a three-session study of the topic during the month of October. Mark your calendars for Mondays, Oct. 5, 12 and 19, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. each of those days. The three planned sessions are:

Oct. 5: The Concept of Hell and the Netherworld in Ancient and Biblical Tradition

Oct. 12: Christ’s ‘Descent into Hell’ in Christian Tradition

Oct. 19: The Festival of the ‘Dia de los Muertos’ in popular (Hispanic) Culture

Please contact Rod Hutton to indicate your interest in joining our Zoom conversations, including your email address. We hope that you might consider preparing for the little Trick-Or-Treaters with some theological reflection. Rod’s email: rodhutton48@gmail.com

Director of Music Leadership 9 Year Anniversary

Please join everyone in our congregation as we recognize Charmaine Piane Dame celebrating her ninth year as our Director of Music.
Her talents and leadership are a blessing for our Church.

CPD and ChoirCharmaine Celebration

 

 

Sign-up for Tai Chi Beginners

Laura Carey is leading a NEW Tai Chi class for Beginner's on Tuesdays 10am -11am  starting September 15th. 
Contact Laura to sign up and get your Zoom invite.  Most of the exercises can be done from an armchair in your own home.  
Stay active, stay balanced, and come exercise with your church friends! 
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Church Campus COVID-19 Current Status

Trusting in God as Lord of the conscience, Mountain Shadows Presbyterian Church’s Session has made the following careful, conscientious decisions:
• to keep Mountain Shadows’ church facilities closed through at least January 31, 2021;
• to continue providing worship services via videos accessible on YouTube;
• to continue the curtailment of all in-person ministries (including one-on-one spiritual care visits) through at least January 31, 2021;
• to review public health realities monthly to determine whether or not circumstances have improved sufficiently to warrant changes to these closure and curtailment decisions;
• to communicate clearly and regularly with the congregation by every available means.

Good, True, and Beautiful: Three Ways of Loving God

Good True Beautiful

A Gathering for Spiritual Formation and Practice among Friends
Presented online by Pastor Rachel Srubas, via Zoom
Wednesday mornings, September 30, October 14, and October 28 at 10:00
Deepen your own relationship with God and honor others’ ways, too.
All are welcome. All are beloved by God.

All are encouraged to email rachelsrubas@gmail.com to receive the necessary Zoom link to join this gathering.

GIVE – ONLINE at GIVE >>> Button

GIVE – ONLINE at GIVE >>> Button

Now you can give to the church directly from this Website! No more check writing or bringing cash for the offering plate!

See the BIG RED “Give >>>” button on this page. Just click on it!

You will be taken to a donation page.

Enter your offering amount for any one or more of our several funds where the offering should be used; then enter your bank or credit card information and you’re done.

If you want, you can create an account with a password to save your giving information.

Offerings of all amounts are accepted and can be set up to be made on a one time, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual basis.

Try it- it’s easy, you’ll be surprised.

The Finance, Stewardship Teams recommend that you consider establishing an automatic donation account. It’s convenient and improves efficiency for yourself and the church.

Truly a Win-Win!

Saturday Hymn Sing

Sing Along   

Saturday Hymn Sing – OPEN TO EVERYONE! Please join us on Zoom Saturdays at 10:45 for visiting and checking in. Followed by singing all our favorite hymns at 11:00 am!

Mountain Shadows Introduces On-Line Giving

Now you can give to the church directly from this Website! No more check writing or bringing cash for the offering plate!

See the BIG RED “Give >>> button on the Home Page. Just click on it!

You will be taken to a donation page. Enter your offering amount for your selected fund directing where the offering should be used; then enter your bank or credit card information and you’re done.
It’s convenient and improves efficiency for yourself and the church-truly a Win-Win!
In addition, you can create an account with a password to save your giving information. Offerings for all amounts are accepted beginning at $5.00. Your offerings can be set up as a one-time, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual basis.
Try it- it’s easy, you’ll be surprised.
The Finance, Stewardship Teams recommend that you consider establishing an automatic donation account.

No Means No!

No Means No!

No in-person gatherings and no off-campus meetings of any kind in the church's name are allowed to take place during the continuing church closure period. This is a mandate, faithfully and firmly determined by the Session of Mountain Shadows Presbyterian Church, for the protection and safety of God's people. No exceptions are allowed. None. No in-person Home Communion visits, no in-person spiritual care visits, no in-person Ministry Team meetings, no Mission-related outings, no face-to-face encounters of any kind are allowed to take place in the church's name through at least the month of August, 2020. The COVID-19 disease is on the rise. It is deadly. Our congregation is at high risk for the disease. Please, for the love of God and your neighbor, take this seriously. No means no.

Faithful Allies Address Racism Juneteenth (June 19)

Faithful Allies Addressing Racism: Juneteenth (June 19) 2020 on Zoom


Facilitator: Pastor Rachel Srubas Report by Therese M. Griffin


On June 19th Mounatin Shadows presbyterian Chruch congregants had a prayerful morning, listening to our Lord, and each other.

They read articles and a poem by MSPC Church member, Barbara Gray. They reflected and shared as they discerned: how is God calling us to respond to systemic racism and dismantle white privilege?

How could I have white privilege? I once worked in a factory. Oh, I had the opportunity of saying, "Twenty-one, white, and free." As a young adult, I was naive because I thought anyone could say that, simply adding their own skin tone to the statement. Not true. I had no idea that the term “white privilege” refers to the unearned advantages that are enjoyed by some of us at the expense of others.

Our Reflective Questions included these:


Are you being called to organize the next steps to dismantle white supremacy?
Are you being called to join an organized antiracist effort?
What had your faith got to do with the next steps you'll take?
What has your church got to do with it?

Top Row: Rachel Srubas, Therese Griffin, Charmaine Piane Dame, Barbara Gray, Madeline Bosma
2nd Row: Jayne Raffety, Elizabeth Houle, Dennis Nelson, Denise Edwards, Mary Ann Bulter
3rd Row: Laura Carey, Kathy Moyer, Ginny & Harvey Durand, Dorothy Grimm, Karen Thomas
4th Row: Suzie Phelps, Joy Lewis & Chuck Sherman, Shirin McArthur, Jospeh Panessidi, Nan Nasser

 

 

Worship Service Videos

The YAV's Have Arrived!

The YAVs Have Arrived! Volunteers in Tucson

Six young women have arrived in Tucson to begin a year as Young Adult Volunteers (YAV’s), in an ecumenical faith based period of service provided by Presbyterian Church (PCUSA).  Under the auspices of Presbytery de Cristo the women will work with 6 different area agencies, addressing the root causes of poverty.  These volunteers are between the ages of 19-30 and go through a process of applications and interviews to be selected for this program.

Emma will work with The Inn, a short-term hospitality ministry that hosts asylum seekers en route to their sponsors in other parts of the USA.  Haley will take part in the Community Home Repair Projects of AZ.  Katie is serving at Keep Tucson Together, a free immigration legal clinic.  Laura is working with the same project as Haley.

Two women who were not able to attend a recent visit to Mountain Shadows Presbyterian Church are serving a border ministry in Agua Prieta, Mexico as support to Primavera Foundation which provides pathways out of poverty.

Mountain Shadows Presbyterian Church in North Tucson Catalina will be supporting these volunteers throughout their year.  A large collection of essential items for home living was gifted to the 4 women who attended a recent service at MSPC and the church will work with  these volunteers throughout the year.

MSPC is Centered in Christ, Caring for Community.

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2020 YAV's   Emma, Haley, Katie, Laura at MSPC sharing their experiences with congregants

New Solar System at MSPC Operational

Mountain Shadows is going GREEN! A new 12.96 KW solar system has been installed in the area just east of the Education Building.

The new system will produce electricity that exceeds our average demand. This will erase our “carbon footprint,” allowing us to care for our environment.

Over time, we will also reduce our energy costs. We will see modest energy savings over the next 15 years as the system pays for itself.

After year 15, Mountain Shadows will own the system and our energy cost savings will exceed $2,000 per year.

This system was purchased by a new Mountain Shadows member, Bruce Clark.

Bruce has a passion for using solar to reduce the use of coal and gas to produce power, which improves the air quality we breathe.

We are blessed to have Bruce as part of our congregation, and thank him for this generous gift.

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