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Summer schedule (6/18 - 9/3):
9:30AM - summer worship service
Text for before: In the winter, the men head to the Poconos Mountains for a weekend of fellowship, sharing, and good eating. After the sessions, there is plenty of time to enjoy the local activities! This year's theme is "Don't Be a Caveman", led by Doug Hoglund, Senior Pastor at Woodside Presbyterian. For more details, including directions, check out our brochure. All men are invited to join us January 27-29, 2017. Please register by Sunday, January 8. The cost to attend is $80 You may register and pay below, or if you prefer to pay by check, please make your check payable to TMPC and put "Men's Retreat" in the memo line.
Text for after: In the winter, the men head to the Poconos Mountains for a weekend of fellowship, sharing, and good eating. After the sessions, there is plenty of time to enjoy the local activities. The men had a wonderful weekend of enrichment, fellowship, fun, and food! Plan on joining us next year!
Holy Cross Retreat
The spring retreat will take place May 31 - June 3, 2016. The theme is
"What's in a Phrase? Pausing Where Scripture Gives You Pause"
based on the book by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre.
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The fall retreat will be held November 14-17, 2017 this year. The theme is "The Jesus Prayer: A Cry for Mercy, a Path of Renewal", based on the book of the same title by John Michael Talbot (books will be distributed the first day). See our brochure for more information.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THIS FALL'S WOMEN'S RETREAT - OCT. 21-23!
Join us for a gorgeous fall Women’s Weekend Getaway at Sandy Cove! Leaves turning color, crisp fall air – and a weekend retreat of worshiping and fellowship with hundreds of other women, will refresh your Spirit!
This weekend's theme is Living, Loving and Overcoming! We will address the issues that are closest to a woman’s heart – examining the things that promote wholeness in herself, her relationships and her life calling. Speaker Michelle McKinney Hammond's message is “get yourself in spiritual order and your natural life will come together.” Her passion is to give relevant and workable solutions to people’s questions based on timeless spiritual truths. She will be sharing some of her journey and her wisdom with us over the weekend, while Alison Everill leads us in worship.
'Inside Out' is the theme for The Church Has Left The Building 2016. On Saturday, November 5, and Sunday, November 6, we will live our faith outside the walls of our church by participating in 16 service projects to minister to the local community and beyond! Our goal is to have 200 participants this year -- invite your friends, neighbors, and family to join us -- all are welcome.
We will have projects for all ages and abilities. Some of our projects: pack breakfast bags at the church for shut-ins; provide coffee hour and fellowship at an outdoor church for the homeless; clean-up seniors' yards; collect donated goods for a thrift shop that benefits local children; solicit food donations at a local grocery store, get our youth camp ready for winter -- you get the idea! You may also participate by donating books, household items, or food for a variety of projects. Visit the sign-up link to see a description of all the projects, including details such as time/date/location. You may also sign-up to donate food and furniture there.
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Be sure to take part in our Renewal Weekend March 24/25, 2017. A Renewal Weekend is a retreat that comes to the church. The weekend provides many opportunities to go to deeper places in our faith with your brothers and sisters in Christ from Thompson Church.
We welcome Brother Joseph Wallace-Williams, a monk at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY. On Saturday, March 25, Brother Joseph will lead a half-day prayer retreat on forgiveness:
Coldness of mind,
coldness of heart,
coldness of soul,
The decision is really yours.
In the book of Deuteronomy we hear: "Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life. . .Deuteronomy 30:19 -New Living Translation. In choosing not to forgive we are in effect choosing death. death of soul, death of heart, death of body, death of mind. Forgiveness is not simply an act that we do, or one decision that we make, rather it is a process a way of living. Come spend some time with Br. Joseph as we together grow deeper in our discipleship with The Living Christ!
Saturday, the retreat begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes 1:00 p.m. Lunch is provided and coffee will be available at 8:45 a.m. The fee for the retreat is $10. You can register here, or by signing up on the Table of Well Wishing.
On Sunday morning, Brother Joseph preaches at both services; and on Sunday evening, we conclude our Renewal Weekend with a special Vespers Service at 5:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. The Princeton Seminary Gospel Choir joins us for worship. Following worship, everyone is invited to Fellowship Hall for a Covered-Dish Dinner. Look for the signup sheet on the Table of Well Wishing.
Christmas Poinsettias -- The Christmas season is a time for joyful celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who came to Earth to share in our human life and to offer life eternal. (check this text from bulletin insert) One of the ways we celebrate is through special decorations in our Sanctuary. You are invited to share in this joyful time by purchasing poinsettias in remembrance of or in honor of loved ones. We are asking for a donation of $8.00 for each poinsettia. Once we have met the cost of the plants, the balance of funds will support the various missions of TMPC. The names of all who are honored or remembered through the donations of the poinsettias will be listed in the bulletin at Christmas time. You are encouraged to take the plants home with you after the final Christmas Eve Service. The deadline for orders is Tuesday, December 6, 2016.
As Easter approaches, we are reminded of the abundant joy that the Giver of Life has given us, primarily through His Spirit but also in the lives of our loved ones. You are invited to take this opportunity to honor or to remember loved ones by purchasing azaleas that will be decorating our worship spaces at Easter. The cost is $12.00 per plant. The balance of the funds collected above the cost of the azaleas will go to support the various missions of TMPC. The deadline to submit contributions is Tuesday, April 4. The list of names that are being honored or remembered will be included with the Easter bulletin. After the 11:00 a.m. service on Easter, please pick up the azaleas and deliver them to those who would appreciate them.
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Something New This Summer -- Stroll with Stuart!
Cardiologists at Doylestown Hospital periodically offer their patients a chance to “Walk with a Doc” around the campus of the hospital. Doctor and patient can talk about health concerns or get to know each other.
This summer, Pastor Spencer would love to take a stroll with you for the sake of getting to know you better, hear about your life and your heart, and enjoy God’s glory in Bucks County while getting a little bit of exercise.
There are three levels of walks: Easy (walking around the cemetery), Moderate (walking along the tow path), Slightly Challenging (a hike at Kinser Mountain or Ralph Stover State Park.
Stuart will meet you wherever you wish. He will walk or hike with you for an hour. He will also bring some water to keep hydrated! And if you aren’t up for a walk in the summer heat, he will gladly come to your home and sit for an hour too.
Holy Cross Prayer Retreat
Thompson heads to Holy Cross Monastery twice a year, usually in May and November, for a four-day retreat. Come and join a group of friends from a number of churches for time away from the rush of daily life. Enter into the life of the Holy Cross Monastery through worship, tradition, and daily living. This three-night, four-day, retreat affords the time to step away from the regular demands of our lives and to enjoy a place of rest and welcome. Located on a bluff on the western bank of the Hudson River in New York State, Holy Cross Monastery is a Benedictine place of prayer of the Episcopal Church. The monks graciously welcome all who come. The monastery is a lovely setting with comfortable private rooms and simple yet exquisite meals. We join the monks in their five offices of prayer throughout the day. In the evening, starting at 9:00 pm, we are invited to participate in the Greater Silence, a time for silence that continues until the Eucharist the next day.
The spring retreat will be held May 29 - June 1, 2018 this year. Dr. Jonathan Miller will lead a study on the Lord's Prayer using The Lord and His Prayer by N.T. Wright. The group will meet for sessions in the morning and evening each day where we will learn, share, and pray. The days of the Prayer Retreat afford plenty of time for personal prayer, meditation, conversations, reflection, exploring, hiking, and enjoying a cup of coffee. To learn more, please see our brochure.
From Prayer Ministry page:
Pastor Stuart Spencer leads a retreat twice a year to Holy Cross Monastery for those who want to learn how to pray or who wish to go to deeper places in their prayer lives. Guests and friends are always welcome!
To learn more about the Holy Cross Retreat or to register, please visit our Retreats webpage.