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2022-23 Cold Weather Shelter Recap

Dear friends,Last month, CMPC joined in service once again with our community partners in support of theGrassroots Cold Weather Shelter. The Cold Weather Shelter is a partnership with faithcommunities and the Howard County government, and provides overflow shelter fromNovember through March. Traditionally, congregations host the shelter for one or two weeksand provide volunteers for transportation, meals, laundry and to work shifts in…

Summary of the Jan. 16 Session Meeting

The Session approved the 2023 budget and it will be presented at the Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Jan. 22 after worship. The congregation will vote on the 2023 Pastor’s Terms of Call following the presentation. All church members are urged to attend. In other business:

Summary of the Dec. 12 Session Meeting

The Session agreed to schedule a Congregational Meeting after worship on Sunday, Jan. 22 for the purpose of presenting the 2023 budget, which the Session plans to approve at its monthly meeting on Jan. 16. Households that have not yet pledged are asked to give immediate consideration to giving, as 16 fewer have done so thus far as compared to last year.…

Summary of the Sept. 19 Session Meeting

The Session received an update to the ongoing humidity issue in the Sanctuary that led to the removal of pew Bibles and the use of dehumidifiers. While other in-house steps have been taken and are helping to mitigate the problem, proposals from two contractors detailing how they would resolve the issue were sought and one has been received. Pastor Scott Hoffman noted…

Red Cross Blood Drive

We had a very successful blood drive. From 31 appointments,  we were able to collect 26 units of blood, 1 above our goal! From those donations, there may be up to 78 lives saved. Thank you to all who donated and who helped with the blood drive.

Summary of the August 15, 2022 Session Meeting

The Session voted to make masks optional in the church building until further notice to align with Howard County government and school system policies, while pledging to respond to any pertinent updates to covid-19 guidance that may occur. Masks will still be required in the nursery. In other business: The Christ Memorial Christian Preschool board recently voted to support optional masking for…

Summary of the June 20, 2022 Session Meeting

The Session approved a motion that should the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention upgrade or downgrade its weekly covid-19 community level rating for Howard County, CMPC will automatically adhere to the CDC’s accompanying guidance on wearing masks. A mask mandate will be instituted in the building when our community level is rated as high; conversely, the mandate will be dropped when…

Rebuilding Together Howard County

Rebuilding Together did amazing work on a home in Elkridge April 29 and 30.  Fifteen CMPC volunteers including youth participated in the most ambitious project to-date. Led by house co-captains Wes Millard and Josh Gliptis the team completely renovated the ground floor bathroom, power washed the exterior of the house, installed a new ceiling fan,  painted the awnings and mailbox, and did a lot of weeding and gardening in the front yard. This was…