Dear PPC Community,

Happy 2019! We are excited to begin a new year of faith journey together in worship, Christian education, fellowship, community engagement, and service. What is your vision for PPC in 2019? We'd like to hear your ideas! Connect with a committee leader, elder, deacon, or Pastor Shavon. Consider joining a committee. We invite any opportunity for growth!

PPC Committees:
Community Outreach
Building & Grounds
Nurture (Fellowship & Christian Education)
Tech & Communications

If you have some free time after worship tomorrow, we could use some help in the sanctuary putting away the Advent/Christmas decorations.

New and Renewed Discipleship Group will begin in February, meeting on the first three Sundays after worship (Feb. 3, 10, 17), from 11:30–1:30 with light lunch refreshments. All are welcome.

2019 Pledge Update:
We have received 24 pledges to date, of our goal of 48 pledges. If you haven't received a letter of thanks and invitation to pledge your financial support for PPC in 2019, please pick up a "thank you" envelope from the table in the front entry. If you have any questions about pledging or donating to the church, contact financial secretary Dan Blackford at or the church office at 861-1136.

The RI Ministers Alliance is having its
36th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast on Monday, January 21, at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet (60 Rhodes Place, Cranston, RI). Doors open at 7am and breakfast is at 8am. The scholarship breakfast helps provide college scholarships to qualified Rhode Island youth. Tickets are available at the door for $35. More information can be found here.

3 Ways to engage with the local and global community this week:
  • Community Potluck dinner with Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune and faith leaders at MLK, Jr. Elementary School (35 Camp St.) on Thursday, January 24 from 5:30–8:00pm.
  • New Poor People's Campaign rally at the RI State House on January 22 at 2:30pm – gather at the library, room 208, for a national Call to Morality.
  • Write a letter to a senator or representative in support of easing the trade embargo on Cuba, a situation that has led to much suffering in the country, or on another public issue of concern to you. Click here for an address list.
UPDATE from RIOP (RI Organizing Project)

At PPC we have worked on and supported the efforts of RIOP for a number of years as part of our community outreach. Here is an update at the beginning of 2019.

RIPTA No Fare Bus Pass Program
RIOP will be working to ensure that the RIPTA No Fare Bus Program receives permanent state funding. The current program is funded through June 2019. We encourage you to write the Governor and your local representatives to urge them to identify permanent funding for the No Fare Bus Pass Program.

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation
Rhode Island has a new vendor to provide Non-Emergency Medical transportation for Medicaid recipients. Effective January 1, 2019, MTM will coordinate the transportation services previously overseen by Logisticare. MTM will also oversee the Elder Transportation Program. This program provides rides to elders over 60 years of age for medical trips and visits to Adult Day Centers and Meal Sites. The fee for this program is $2 each way. Improving Rhode Island’s Non-Emergency Medical Transportation system will be a major priority for RIOP in 2019. If you experience problems with the services provided by MTM call the RIOP office at 401.351.5577.

Home Care
RIOP will be working to ensure that the new Independent Provider Program (IP) for homecare workers starts in the Fall of 2019. The IP program will enable seniors and disabled adults eligible for Medicaid to hire the homecare worker of their choice and direct their own care. If you are experiencing problems accessing homecare services call the RIOP office at 401.351.5577. Your stories will help us to improve Rhode Island’s homecare system.

Bipen Rai, Session Chairperson, PPC Outreach Committee
Murray Blackadar, RIOP Board Member

Marianne Harrison

Tech & Communications Committee

The PPC Calendar


9:15am | Adult Sunday School: Feasting on the Word
10:00am |
Worship (Communion on 1st Sundays)
11:15am | Coffee & fellowship
11:15am | Chancel Choir rehearsal
Sunday School:
Children through grade 5: Sundays during worship
Youth grades 6–12: 2nd and 4th Sundays during worship
7:30am | Prayer Breakfast
7-9pm | Chancel Choir rehearsal

Sunday, January 20
11:15 | Christmas un-decorating after worship

Monday, January 21
8:00am | 36th Annual MLK, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast @ Rhodes on the Pawtuxet

Tuesday, January 22
2:30pm | New Poor People's Campaign rally at the RI State House – gather at the library, room 208, for a Call to Morality

Thursday, January 24
5:30–8:00pm | Community Potluck dinner with Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune and faith leaders at MLK, Jr. Elementary School, 35 Camp St.

Sunday, January 27
10:00am | Worship with Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation
12:15pm | Deacon's meeting
Sundays, February 3, 10 & 17
11:30am–1:30pm | New Members/Renewed Discipleship Group (light lunch provided)

For our full calendar please visit our website.
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