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We are so glad that you have visited our website and hope that you find among these pages a hope and a vibrancy that is ours through Jesus Christ.  It is an exciting time to be a Christian as God is the only one who can bring peace out of chaos and hope out of fear.

The world in which we live can be disappointing.  But with the help and hope of God as revealed through Jesus Christ, a promise of a better life can be realized.
 
We at Memorial have been called by God to reflect the love of Jesus Christ in our church, community, and throughout the world.  We have an active church that helps individuals and families grow in the grace and love of Jesus Christ. 
 
We offer a variety of programs for individuals and families and pride ourselves as a friendly church which knows each of our members personally.  We would love for you to call our church “home.”

A Reflection

July 1, 2020

It’s July! Usually we look forward to cook-outs, family reunions and vacations to the beach. This July is different and we are forced to take a closer look at what brings us joy.

When the people we know and love are unable to come over and bring potato salad and homemade pound cake, we are forced to take a closer look at what it means to love without benefit or expectation of reward.

Perhaps this is a time for us to look in the mirror and see who we see. Perhaps this is a time to celebrate our strengths and acknowledge our shortcomings. Perhaps this time presents an opportunity to reevaluate our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Fortunately, Jesus’ relationship with us is unchanging. We sometimes forget that. We pray that God will hear us, remember us, bless us, prosper us, restore us, heal us, forgive us, nurture us, provide for us. Jesus hears our prayers and in time, Jesus answers our prayers. In turn, we are called to be obedient to the commandments. We try, but from time to time, we stray. We focus on other gods and we give our attention and our allegiance to them. Sometimes, when our prayers are answered in ways that disappoints us, our relationship with God falters. We question our faith. We question God’s promises and sometimes we lose our spiritual vitality. But God remains constant. God gives us grace and mercy to navigate our ambivalence. God waits patiently as we work out our frustrations and our doubts.

Then God gives us the gift of discernment. We can use such a time as this to look deeper into God’s Word and into God’s plan for our lives.

We can look around us to see how God’s kingdom is breaking through despite the appearance of apocalypse. We can see it in the flowers growing in the yard. We can see it in the smile of a child at his 1st birthday party. We can see it when we bite into an ear of sweet corn from the roadside vegetable market. God is yet with us. God’s relationship with us is unchanged. God has claimed us as God’s own. Whoever we see in the mirror, know that somewhere in that visage is the image of God.

The songwriter says it this way, “Hold to his hand, God’s unchanging hand. Build your hopes on things eternal. Hold to God’s unchanging hand.”

 
Blessings,
Dot

 

Memorial News

Announcements

  • Memorial Presbyterian Church welcomes Dr. Tony McNeill, as our guest musical director today and next Sunday, July 19. Our Musical Director, Mrs. Jocelyn Thompson is taking some much-deserved time for rest and renewal. Dr. McNeill is no stranger to Memorial. He is a noted worship educator, consultant, and choral musician. Dr. McNeill is the founder of The Call 2 Worship Group, a music and arts ministry resource. We look forward to working with Dr. T.

  • We are also pleased to have Common Ground join us in worship this morning. Carl Ratliff and I have been friends for many years and his daughter, Olivia was one of our church babies at Hermon Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill. Carl, Olivia, and Lovell Bradford make up Common Ground. Carl was here with us last year for our Jazz Brunch sponsored by the Social Action Committee. He promised he’d come back, and he kept his word. So, welcome Common Ground.

  • The July Stated Meeting of the Session of Memorial Presbyterian Church will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at 6:30 p.m.

  • As all of you know 2020 is a census year. The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—who we are, where we live, and so much more. The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives and are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. For the first time, you can choose to respond online, by phone, or by mail. Responding helps shape resources for children and our community over the next decade.

    Click on the button above to see more information about the census and the status of Self-Responses as of June 26th.  If you have not completed your census, do so at https://my2020census.gov/.

    Online, phone and mailed self-responses continue March 12th — October 31st.

    Support Your Community. Your Response Matters.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

  • Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Memorial Church Office is closed.  If you need to contact us, you may do so at (704) 392-4752.
  • All in person church events have been postponed until further notice.
  • We will continue to broadcast Sunday Services Online at 11:00 a.m. until further notice.  You are encouraged to join us online on our website every Sunday by CLICKING HERE or on FACEBOOK.
  • You may pay your pledge/tithe online via credit/debit card HERE or mail it to us at:

Memorial Presbyterian Church
ATTN: Church Treasurer
2600 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216