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With the goal of making service simple, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and its campuses in San Mateo, Mountain View and San Jose invite the public to join in serving on 41 projects on Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 — its 10th annual Compassion Weekend. Instead of attending church that weekend, congregants participate in service projects throughout the Bay Area.

This year, there are opportunities for 5,000 volunteers to participate. Compassion Weekend expenses for supplies and materials are funded by MPPC’s Christmas offering which raised $423,000 that will go directly out into the community. To sign up, visit www.cw2105.org.

Compassion Weekend was created in an effort for the church to better understand and engage with its local community. This year the 41 projects have an emphasis on supporting low-income and at-risk community members.

“On the tenth anniversary of Compassion Weekend we see the deep impact this event has made in the Bay Area,” says Mark Swarner, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Mission Pastor. “Aside from the measurable impact of things like houses built and meals served; there has been an immeasurable impact from ongoing relationships with local non-profits, churches, schools, and ministry partners and individual members of the congregation and community who have gone on to committed and consistent service.”

New projects in Menlo Park this year include a project with the non-profit Big Lift Little Libraries to build, paint and decorate mini-libraries and assemble book bags for children in low income areas; beautification, renovation, and cleaning projects at Garfield Elementary School; and toiletry kit assembly for those living on the streets of the Peninsula with Street Life Ministries.

Photo caption: Compassion Weekend volunteers build playhouses with the non-profit, Habitat for Humanity.

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Parenting teens is focus of one day conference at MPPC on Feb. 28

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Eats & Beats fundraiser for GAIA’s work in Malawi set for Feb. 8 at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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Don your African prints (your own or buy  at the door) to enjoy an evening of fun and inspiration featuring: African food African music & dance featuring Baba Ken and the Nigerian Brothers And a brief new film about GAIA’s work in Malawi The public is welcome at this event which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 8 from […]

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Spotted: St. Nicholas at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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St. Nicholas made his annual appearance at Trinity Church in Menlo Park this morning. It’s a tradition that’s been continuing for 30 plus years, which we recounted in detail in last year’s post. Photo courtesy of Trinity Church

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6th annual Gingerbread House decorating fundraiser set for Dec. 6

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The Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin made a right turn in grad school, which led her to the priesthood

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The Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin, the rector of St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Menlo Park, first heard God calling to her when she was a freshman at Xavier. “I was at Mass at the campus chapel and had this experience of God speaking to me through scripture,” she recalled. While she was a practicing Roman Catholic […]

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MPPC hosts annual Global Gift Fair Nov. 22 & 23

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Church Songs of Ireland concert offered by Nativity Church on Oct. 26

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Survivor Carissa Phelps is one of the featured speakers at Trinity Church program on human trafficking

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