Imagination Library Outreach 2021

Duquesne Presbyterian church has decided to start the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Duquesne. This program will send every child in Duquesne a book each month from birth until they go to kindergarten. You can learn more about the program here:   
                         https://imaginationlibrary.com/
Pastor Judy has invited us to help in funding this program, which gets books to an under resourced community! There are a few ways to think about supporting this ministry. Twenty-five Dollars will support a child for 1 year. If you give $125 you would support a child with books until they get to kindergarten. Of course, any other amount will help support as well. The outreach pillar at JMPC has offered a $1,000 matching gift for the program. If JMPC members raise $1,000 Outreach will give an additional $1,000. This is an amazing program that tangibly will help kids now, and in their future! If you would like to donate send a check to JMPC and write Dolly in the memo section. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Matt. This is a great cause to support so spread the word and let’s get some books into the hands of kids!


SHIM Garden Update 2021

The SHIM Garden has been tilled and some early vegetables planted. The pandemic has not kept us from growing food for our neighbors in need. You can help us with this
worthwhile endeavor by:
Donating money. Please put “SHIM Garden” in the memo on your check.
Donating your time. We still need volunteers to help with the gardening.
Thank you to those who saved newspapers for the SHIM garden. We now have enough for this year
 
Contact Carolyn Brow to be placed on our email information list and we will contact you.
Last year over 15,000 pounds of produce was distributed at the three food pantries operated by SHIM.
We grew a significant portion of that in our garden behind the church.


Upcoming Book Club Picks

Book Club: The following is our Monday @ 7:00 pm schedule from Feb. – June. When the weather and the daylight make it possible, we will transition from Zoom to outside again.
April 26 – American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
May 24 – The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
June 28 – The Beekeeper’s Daughter by Santa Montefiore


Reopening the Sanctuary for Worship

At the Session meeting on January 9, a
report was received from the Church Re-Opening Task Force. That report informed Session that the previously adopted criteria consideration of re-opening the church for worship was no longer appropriate. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has recommended that the criteria for safe indoor
gatherings is a metric of less than 10 cases per 100,000 and a positive test rate of less than 5%. Session has adopted this criterion as the minimum requirement for considering the re-opening of the church for worship.
Session also reminds us that even if these criteria are met, Session must consider other factors before re-opening the church for worship.
 
Remember, Jesus calls us to love our neighbor, which means protecting our neighbor from COVID-19 infection. Read more…