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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: ADJUSTING

Dear Memorial Family:
 
Our hearts are filled with sadness as we relive the agonizing deaths of George Floyd, Armaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Keith Lamont Scott, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Jordan Davis, and the countless named and nameless victims of police violence in this country. Each time, the wound grows deeper and wider, and we search for some way of understanding, of digesting, of explaining to our children and our grandchildren how and why this is happening. We are well acquainted with the source of these atrocities. We know well the roots of hatred and violence and oppression. The institution of slavery in this nation and all of the institutions that grew out from slavery including, sadly, the modern church, promote the social construct of race. It espouses and sustains an ideology that black people are inferior to white people, and that it is well within the rights of white people to discriminate against, to oppress, to disrespect, to inflict physical and emotional injury, and to kill black people. The history of America is replete with the long and painful story of the inhumane treatment of black people.  Many of us have marched and chanted, and attended meetings and rallies to try and resolve racial, economic, social, educational, and political inequality. We have supported the NAACP and the  Urban League and memorized the writings and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., believing that our efforts would produce an environment in which our children and grandchildren would not be subjected to the kinds of injustice we experienced. But here we are in 2020, staring in the face of the exact same kinds of violence inflicted upon Emmett Till and the thousands of black men and women who were lynched and left hanging from a tree. The only difference is that now the perpetrators of this unspeakable violence wear uniforms with badges. Even if there are charges brought, they are seldom convicted.
 
We do not condemn all law enforcement. We do condemn all systems which promote and enable racial violence. We do condemn and speak out against systems which sustain housing inequality and food inequality and educational inequality. We do condemn the use of excessive force and police brutality. But, condemnation is not enough. Sadness is not enough. Anger is not enough.
 
As the people of God, we are called to address injustice any where it rears its ugly head. We are called to shine a bright light on those systems that continue to oppress and trample  the health and well being of our people. We are called to stand in solidarity with those who are oppressed and dehumanized. We are called to name the sin and be about the business of repentance and reconciliation. What are you willing to do?
 
What sacrifices are you willing to make so that this long night of weeping ends? What risks are you willing to take in your life and in the life of your church to initiate lasting peace?
 
Blessings,
Dot

 

Memorial News

Announcements

  • Erika Brittini NelsonErika Brittini Nelson, granddaughter of Elder Samuel & Deacon Jean Cunningham, and great-granddaughter of Helena Lester graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA Tech) on May 15, 2020. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture, with a minor in Leadership & Service. On May 16, 2020, she commissioned into the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant, Combat Systems Officer. Her grandfather administered her the oath of office and pinned her.

  • Pentecost Sunday is May 31st. Each year on Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church. The Holy Spirit remains with us still, connecting us with the church of the past, continuing to inspire the church of today, and pointing us to the church of the future. Each year, this celebration is marked by receiving the Pentecost Offering which nurtures the faith of those who are the church to come – children, youth, and young adults

    A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering can be retained by individual congregations wanting to make an impact in the lives of young people within their own community. The remaining 60% is used to support children-at-risk, youth, and young adults.

  • The Deacon Board would like to take this time to thank you tremendously for your consistent contributions to the ongoing Loaves and Fishes food drive. Because of your kindness, Memorial donated to the Statesville Avenue Presbyterian Church Food Pantry 814 pounds of food in 2019 and 356 pounds in 2018. So far this year, we have contributed 372 pounds, but due to the unfortunate circumstances that have shut down corporate Sunday worship, we have been unable to collect and donate food. However, the Deacon Board has made a monetary donation to the Statesville Pantry in the amount of $200, with plans to later make an additional $200 donation. In the meantime, we ask that you continue to think of those in our community who need this assistance by continuing to pick up items when you do your essential shopping to contribute to the food drive. When we return to corporate worship, bring your items and we will have a tidy collection to donate to the Statesville Pantry. We also ask that you remember the ministry of kindness fund when tithing. The Deacon Board wishes all members good health in body, mind and spirit as we continue to wait on God to see us through these challenging times. Again, thank you for your continued faithfulness. To God be the glory.
    Tamera Sanders, Lesa Gassaway- Co-Moderators

  • GRADUATION 2020
    The Educating and Equipping Ministry Team will honor 2020 high school, college, graduate and professional school graduates on June 14, 2020. Please submit the names, school, degree, and any other information relevant to the graduation you would like to share to the EEMT Ministry Team. You may email the information to jgassaway3@bellsouth.net or cmer919@prodigy.net. Please look for additional information about the celebration in the bulletin, on the website, and on our FACEBOOK page.

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 every Sunday by CLICKING HERE.
  • 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