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|Carol Carnevale, Clerk of Session|
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| ||Jake Chacko|
Jake and his family joined MPPC when they moved to the Bay Area 10 years ago. Jake and his wife Sushil have enjoyed Side by Side, an authentic community that welcomed an "older" couple and their still at home teenage daughter. Even during a 3 year work assignment in India, Jake and his family considered MPPC and Side by Side their home. Jake occasionally teaches at Side by Side.
"... surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life..." Psalm 23 : 6
With more than 28 years at MPPC. Michael has served in Children’s ministry, helped lead the Celebration Worship Band, facilitated small groups, and helped select deacons and elders as part of the Church-wide Nominating Committee. He has also led and participated in multiple trips to Juarez, Mexico, Ethiopia, and East Palo Alto. Michael and his family worship at one of the Cafe services.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. - Isaiah 40:30-31
Phil and his wife Jen have attended MPPC for 15 years and served as small group leaders, Deacons, Compassion Weekend volunteers, and in Mission Fellowship. His family is active with the Ravenswood Education Foundation.
So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God. - Philippians 1:9-11
Bill has attended MPPC for approximately 20 years and has served various ministries including Sanctuary, Small Groups, Shepherd’s Village, Bible Explorers, Growing Families Fellowship, and marriage ministries. William’s family is active in supporting City Impact’s ministries in San Francisco.
Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. - Jeremiah 33:3
Marjorie has attended MPPC for 26 years where she has served as a Stephen Minister and Deacon, as well as a member of the Singles Together Leadership Team, Members-in-Mission Team, Healing Team, Women’s Mentoring Team, and on eleven MPPC short-term mission trips.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. - Romans 8:28
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David and his wife, Yulie, first attended MPPC for pre-marital counseling classes in 1999. They worship at the Mountain View campus with their elementary-age children, Theo and Joelle. David is active in small groups, Men's Discipleship and mission work in East Asia.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. - 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18
Larry enjoys leading, preparing, and teaching Bible studies. He is actively involved in 6 non-profit boards, but his family is his priority.
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. - I Corinthians 15:58
Frank has followed Christ for more than 36 years and has served MPPC in many areas of ministry including medical missions, marriage, men's, small groups, Bible teaching and the Mission's Study Group. He's served as a leader on the elder team, for 40 Days of Purpose and the Ripple Effect. He and his wife Sally have enjoyed 43 years of marriage and have four daughters.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understand; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. - Proverbs 3:5-6.
Mark and his wife Lisa have three teenage daughters and have attended MPPC for over 20 years. During that time, the Lord has guided Mark into a number of different ministries, few of which he would have chosen on his own, however, in each he has been blessed with a great joy to be in His service. Mark loves MPPC for its searing focus on Christ, its reasoned preaching of His word, its dedication to joy filled worship and the opportunity to walk alongside a group of people unafraid to acknowledge their need for the saving grace of Jesus.
"I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am! - John 8:58
Collin was most recently a pioneer at Open Door Church in San Mateo and thinks that this is an exciting time to be an elder at MPPC.
There is therefore now no condemnation... - Romans 8:1
When Ken first got involved with MPPC in college, he served as a missionary intern in India as part of the World Deputation Program. Since then, he has been involved in many small group Bible studies and short-term mission trips and has served on several ministry boards. His family enjoys the community of the Café.
I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free. - Psalm 119:32
Johan joined MPPC in 2004 and has been a Deacon for East Bay and Redwood City. He has been leading small groups, and has served in various ministries including International Group, Hospitality Teams and the AV Team at the San Mateo campus. Johan joined the San Mateo campus as a pioneer.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.- Philippians 1:9-11
Being a pioneer member of Open Door Church, Mountain View has been an exciting adventure with God and His church. Karen serves on the Hospitality Team with her husband, Art, and loves welcoming new/old members as part of the Connections Team at ODCMV. She feels It is a joy and privilege to serve as Elder at MPPC, her church home for 30 years.
Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?" Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." - John 6:28-29
It is interesting to reflect upon the personal journey of coming to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. For one person it might happen after years of searching. For another, a gentle nudge leads one to say, "Yes Lord, I do believe." Wherever you are on your personal journey, MPPC welcomes you with open arms into a family of imperfect people--just like you and me, who need and have found a Savior in Jesus Christ!
"'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes." Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" - Mark 9:23-24
John has been around MPPC for quite some time now, and has seen many changes in not only people and staff, but how the gospel of Jesus Christ is ministered to His People. John loves inductive bible study, especially for men, and believes the Lord is pleased about how His church is doing these days.
With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. - Ephesians 1:8-10
A member of MPPC since the mid-90s, Karen was ordained as an elder of MPPC in 2000 and has served in a variety of ministries, including the local missions GO Team, Growing Faith Task Force, APNC, and the Mission Study Team. She has led small groups, taught Bethel Bible Study, and helped to create and teach MPPC’s Bible BootCamp. She volunteers and has served on several non-profit boards.
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace...Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. - Matthew 11:28-30
Alex was born and raised in Taiwan. He became a follower of Christ after experiencing life changes in college. Alex came to MPPC in 1999 to seek a healthy spiritual environment for his family and found a place where they could establish a solid foundation for their journey of faith. He has been involved in regional activities, participated in small groups, joined Asia Go team and become a liaison for our missionary partners. He also serves on the AVL Team (audio, video, lights) during Sunday services, which gives him the privilege of listening to the sermons three times in one morning.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life... -Psalms 23
MPPC has been Kathy’s home church since 1987. Through the years, she has been involved in several small groups and she served as a leader in Young Couples, Mother’s Together, as a Deacon, with the Africa Global Outreach Team and the Ethiopia Initiative, and with Student Ministry. She has also participated in trips to Tijuana, Juarez, South Africa and Ethiopia. She and her family worship at the Mountain View campus.
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8