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Vol. XXI, No. 19 | September 17, 2011


Ground School

Patrick Lafferty and Tim Jeffress will teach what we believe in the PCA by looking at the Westminster Confession of Faith. Join us Sundays, September 18–May 6, 11:00 am–noon, Oak Lawn West. Contact or 214-224-2740.

Aging with Grace

Our guest speakers, Angela Thomas and Ben Pegues, will discuss how to age well and find good hospice care. Join us Sunday, September 18, 10:45 am, Room 259. During Q & A you'll enjoy a light lunch. Contact or 214-224-2771.


PCPC Family!


From the 20 Sunday, September 25

David Goa to lead Art as Soul Work   2

The Knot  2

Join us for worship, dinner, fellowship, and teaching on Wednesdays, 5:30–6:45 pm. Feel free to pick up a MIDWEEK brochure in the literature racks or download one at Don't forget to RSVP for dinner at 214-224-2826 by 4:00 pm on Mondays and for childcare for birth to five-year-olds at 214-706-2797. Contact or 214-224-2744.


We invite those seeking help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce. Join us Wednesdays, September 21–December 14, 7:00–8:30 pm, Room 263. $15 for materials per semester (scholarships are available). Contact or 214-224-2683.

From the 20

We're on our 20th—so HUDDLE UP with your PCPC family and enjoy live music, live videos on the Jumbotron, lots of kid games, table games for adults, and a delicious dinner from Mi Cocina. Join us Sunday, September 25, 4:30–8:00 pm, SMU—Gerald J. Ford Stadium. You'll also get to tour the new locker room and press box at the stadium. It's all free—but we do need a headcount. So please let us know who is coming by choosing one of the following ways: 1. completing a two-question survey at, 2. e-mailing us at, or 3. calling 214-224-2793 and leaving a message with your name and numbers. DOWN. SET. HUT! Contact or 214-224-2738.

Prayer for the city and world  2

Caregiver support group lunch meeting  4

Park Cities Presbyterian Church exists to extend the transforming presence of the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ in Dallas and to the world.

o u r fa m i ly

announcements The Knot—RUM4EO

Births zz Jill Hope Pennington daughter of Kiki and Jeff Pennington, on August 30, 2011

Marriages zz Laurie Jean Butterfield and Gregory Robert Higgins on August 20, 2011

Sympathies zz Laurie and John Harper (CC#01) on the loss of her mother; Courtney and David Harper (CC#10) on the loss of his grandmother; Spencer, Nathan, Rachel, and Charlotte Harper (CC#10) on the loss of their great-grandmother; Elise and Jonathan Harper (CC#22) on the loss of his grandmother; Brooks and Luke Harper (CC#22) on the loss of their great-grandmother, Charlotte Spencer Baker, on August 24, 2011 zz Patsy and Robert Wallace (CC#13/ Covenant) on the loss of his brother, Carl Preston Wallace, on September 1, 2011 zz Joan and Stephen Smith (CC#10) on the loss of his mother; Stacey and Charlie Beck (CC#11) on the loss of her grandmother; Owen and Will Beck (CC#11) on the loss of their greatgrandmother; Blake Smith (CC#10) on the loss of his grandmother; Claire Smith (CC#07/Young Couples) on the loss of her grandmother, Katherine Bishop Oxford, on September 5, 2011

"God is a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God. If you have never thought of Him in these terms, then you have not yet begun to think about Him in the way He wants you to." —Sinclair Ferguson


Are you made for each other? Come find out at The Knot, a marriage seminar designed for dating and engaged couples. Join us Friday, September 30, 6:00–9:00 pm–Saturday, October 1, 8:30 am–3:00 pm, Oak Lawn West. You'll learn how to build a foundation for a satisfying and godly marriage. The cost is $30 per person. Register at by Wednesday, September 28. Contact or 214-224-2683.


Examine what it means to exist as an artist and a person of faith. Join us Tuesdays, September 20–November 15, 7:00–8:30 pm, Oak Lawn West. Register by Saturday, September 17 by contacting or 214-224-2739.

Art as Soul Work

David J. Goa will speak on the role that art plays in our Christian life. Join us Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 pm, Fellowship Hall. David is the director of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta and was previously curator of Royal Alberta Museum. There is no cost for this event. Register at by Sunday, October 2. Contact or 214-224-2739.

Serving the City conference

Randy Nabors, Carl Ellis, and other leading experts will discuss what God is doing in and through PCPC in serving those in Dallas. Join us Saturday, October 22, 8:30 am–1:00 pm, Fellowship Hall. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. The cost is $40. Register at by Wednesday, October 19. Register for childcare by calling 214-706-2797 by Wednesday, October 19. Contact or 214-224-2520.

Prayer for the city and world

We will boldly and dependently seek God to transform our city and the world. Join us Sunday, October 2, 12:15–12:45 pm, Room 261. Light snacks will be provided and children are welcome. Contact or 214-224-2523.

Helping Hands Day

Help single moms, widows, and others who need help with changing light bulbs, organizing closets, raking leaves, fixing running toilets, and more. Join us Saturday, November 12, 8:00 am–1:00 pm, Room 263. Contact or 214-224-2742.

ESL needs co-teacher volunteers

We need co-teachers for Tuesday mornings, September–March, with holiday breaks during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and spring vacation. No prior ESL or foreign language experience is required. Basic lesson plans will be provided for an engaging and interactive curriculum. Contact

Director of Facilities and Property Management open position

We have an open position for Director of Facilities and Property Management. View the job description. Let us know if you are interested and qualified, or know of someone who would be a great candidate. Visit or contact or 214-224-2714.

Missionary family needs home furnishings

A PCPC-supported missionary family returned to the U.S. for an extended home service and needs furnishings for their new home. If you have any furniture that you would like to donate to this family, please contact Lois Varenkamp, or 713-826-0989.

Remember the Nations e-newsletter

Ever curious about what's going on with missions? Sign up for Remember the Nations, a monthly e-newsletter from PCPC World Missions, by e-mailing Contact or 214-224-2551.

New PCPC classifieds website ministry We electronically publish the classifieds every two weeks. The submission deadline is 9:00 am on the Wednesday prior to the publish date, which is indicated on each edition of the classifieds. Submissions can be made at by any member of the church for roommates needed, garage sales, job postings, etc., but we cannot accept ads for professional sales or services. View the submissions at Contact

Flower arrangements needed There is a weekly need for flower arrangements in our Sunday morning worship services. Call Helen Stewart for details, 214-350-7449.

This Week  September 17, 2011

calendar September 18–May 6 18–Oct 16 21–Dec 7 18 20–Nov 15 20–Dec 6 20

11:00 am–noon Ground School, Oak Lawn West, 224-2740 Sundays, 9:30-10:30 am Intro to PCPC class, Room 107-109, 224-2744 Wednesdays, 5:30–6:45 pm Midweek, Fellowship Hall, 224-2744 10:45 am Aging with Grace, Room 259, 224-2771 7:00–8:30 pm Art+Spirit, Oak Lawn West, 224-2739 6:30–8:00 am Men's Prayer Group, Fellowship Hall, 224-2739 10:00 am Circle 5 meeting, 7215 Stefani Dr., 361-4704 12:00 pm Caregiver support group lunch, Oak Lawn West, 224-2771 21–Dec 14 7:00–8:30 pm DivorceCare, Room 263, 224-2683 25 4:30–8:00 pm From the 20, SMU—Gerald J. Ford Stadium, 224-2738 26 10:45–11:30 am Song and Story fall schedule, Room 122, 224-2780 29 6:30–8:30 pm The Bridge, 3828 Southwestern, 696-4748 30–Oct 1 6:00–9:00 pm; 8:30 am–3:00 pm The Knot, Oak Lawn West, 224-2683 30–Oct 2 Phe[nominal]: Above and Beyond, Sky Ranch, 224-2762

Young Families

Song and Story fall schedule

Get in the back to school groove with some wigglygiggly, laugh-out-loud, reading and singing fun. Join us Monday, September 26, 10:45–11:30 am, Room 122. The fall schedule will also meet every second and fourth Monday. Bring a sack lunch. No RSVP needed. Interested in helping? Contact or 214-224-2780.

Children's and youth choirs

It's not too late! The fall semester is just beginning. Singers kindergarten–grade 12 are welcome to join us! Please preregister for all choirs. Contact or 214-224-2636.

Fall Musikgarten classes!

Fall is the perfect time to start music lessons for your child! The PCPC Arts Academy's Musikgarten classes' group format provides a wonderful way for parents and children to bond and start building a solid musical foundation. Children ages birth–seven are welcome. Class descriptions and registration are online. Visit or contact or 214-224-2633.

Student Ministries

Phe[nominal]: Above and Beyond

All sixth–eighth graders, save the date for this year's fall retreat! We will head to Sky Ranch camp in East Texas for a weekend of great teaching, fun games, and awesome adventures. Join us September 30–October 2, Sky Ranch. Go to to learn more and to register. Contact or 214-224-2762.

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October 12:15–12:45 pm Prayer for the city and world, Room 261, 224-2523 7:00 pm Art as Soul Work, Fellowship Hall, 224-2739 10:45–11:30 am Song and Story fall schedule, Room 122, 224-2780 10:00 am–12:30 pm 60+ Bible conferences, Oak Lawn West, 224-2771 8:30 am–1:00 pm Serving the City, Fellowship Hall, 224-2520 10:45–11:30 am Song and Story fall schedule, Room 122, 224-2780 Women's Reflective Retreat, Montserrat Retreat Center, 224-2725 November


8:00 am–1:00 pm Helping Hands Day, Room 263, 224-2742

phe[nominal] ABOVE AND BEYOND Fall Retreat 2011

From Nominal to Phenomenal Sixth-eighth grade at Sky Ranch

Park Cities Presbyterian Church

Presbyterian Church in America 4124 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, TX 75219 214-224-2500

College Ministry small group

If you're a college student looking for a place to connect at PCPC, Ann and Robby Higginbottom are starting a weekly small group this fall. All college students are welcome. Contact or 214-224-2731.


Circle 5 meeting

Sunday worship 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 am

Communion Sundays, 8:00–9:00 am Wednesdays, 5:30–6:00 pm

24/7 prayer hotline 214-224-2680 or 24/

Circle 5 will have their September meeting. Join us Tuesday, September 20, 10:00 am, home of Peggy Skidmore, 7215 Stefani Dr. Contact Peggy Skidmore, or 214-361-4704.

The Bridge: What's her story?

All life stages will form cross-generational friendships while hearing a story of rescue in the life of a Christian woman. Join us Thursday, September 29, 6:30–8:30 pm, home of Nancy Snell, 3828 Southwestern. You'll enjoy fellowship over a light dinner and hear Leslie Merrick's unique story of faith. Bring a friend! Dinner costs $8–10, and no RSVP is necessary. Contact Susan Bullock, or 214-696-4748.

General fund budget 2011/2012 operating budget


July 1–September 4, 2011 budget


July 1–September 4, 2011 giving


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Women's fall Reflective Retreat

At least once a year each of us should have an extended retreat in times of solitude and fellowship with other believers in Christ. So join us Friday, October 28–Saturday, October 29, Montserrat Retreat Center in Lake Dallas. Two sessions of teaching on the spiritual discipline of service will be led by Elizabeth Robinson and Kari Stainback. Fellowship at meals, combined with quiet in between the sessions, makes for quality time to unplug from the busy world of work, activities, noise, and technology, and gives you time to quietly read your Bible, pray, and rest. Cost is $100. Contact or 214-224-2725.

Women's Bible studies—last call!

Registration for the Women's fall Bible studies closes Friday, September 30. Choose from one of seven studies at Contact or 214-224-2722.




Bible studies

Register today!

60+ Community

Caregiver support group lunch meeting

Join us for this special time together created to provide the support, encouragement, and prayer for those caring for ill or aging parents, a spouse, a child, or a friend. Join us Tuesday, September 20, 12:00 pm, Oak Lawn West. Contact or 214-224-2771.

60+ Bible conferences

Ron Williams will lead us in a time of feasting on God's Word, singing praises to Him, and enjoying lunch and fellowship. Join us Thursday, October 20, 10:00 am–12:30 pm, Oak Lawn West. Bring a friend! RSVP to or 214-224-2771 by Tuesday, October 18.

TEACH US TO A men’s study on the topic of listening begins Tuesday, September 20, 6:30–8:00 am, Fellowship Hall. Register at by Tuesday, September 20. Contact or 214-224-2739.

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