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by Allison Lorimer

When Musikgarten arrived at PHPC, my past involvement in young choirs and preschool-aged kids had me interested in the program. Six other volunteers and I participated in the 17-hour instruction, and I was hooked. Assimilation into the world happens in every waking moment after birth. How fantastic to be part of that! 

Each Sunday, parents and their young children attend our class. Our leaders engage families in singing, moving, listening, instrument playing, and patterns. Adults sing, generate full body beats, chant, beat drums and sticks, and hear patterns in major and minor keys and generally bathe the kids in aural experiences. I watch the eyes of the infants and see that music is such a strong means of communication because it soothes, focuses attention and stimulates response. 

The opportunity to work with the young children of the church and their parents, in this critical phase in their human development, has been inspiring. We are supported by the music staff at PHPC who supply all instruments and recordings and create thoughtful lesson plans to follow. This collaboration between staff and volunteers has been a rewarding part of the program.

Watching the wonder and amazement of the Musikgarten experience for our babies and parents at PHPC energizes those of us who participate. Sometimes the simplest experiences—with babies deep in concentration—result in a toddler or infant refreshed, joyful, and satisfied. Wonder is the leaven of spirituality and takes careful nourishment to bloom if it is to remain a gift for life.

Musikgarten is a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to bond. It also has the added benefit of jumpstarting a child’s development. Musikgarten has Sunday morning courses this summer and fall. Also, a new weekday course will start this September!
Visit to sign up. To invest your gifts as a volunteer, contact Associate Director of Music Michael Groff at or 214.368.6348 ext 168.

New Mission Partnership

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We are so excited to announce a new mission partnership with a unique organization making a difference in the lives of our neighbors.

PHPC, please meet Act (Advocates for Community Transformation)!

ACT is a new model of ministry that uses the justice system to empower inner-city residents to fight crime on their street while sharing with them the hope of the gospel. Their vision is to see safe neighborhoods where crime is no longer tolerated and dignity and hope are restored. Act does not transform communities; Act empowers communities to transform themselves.

  • Act has empowered 190 clients to transform their community. That individual transformation, when multiplied, has collectively transformed neighborhoods.
  • Act, its clients, and volunteer lawyers have shut down 128 drug houses since 2009.
  • Clients in Act's two legacy West Dallas neighborhoods (Westmoreland Heights & Westmoreland Park/Ledbetter Gardens) continue to experience an approximate 50% reduction in Part I crime* since their work began there in 2009 and 2011, respectively. 
  • After Year 2 in our active South Dallas target neighborhood of Frazier/Mill City, reported Part I crime is down 14%, compared to a 2.4% increase in Part I crime in South Dallas as a whole.
  • After Year 5 in our active West Dallas target neighborhood of Cross Hampton, crime reduction is at 33%, three times lower than in West Dallas as a whole (11%).
  • Act is also intentional about sharing prayers and conversations around the gospel and the spiritual impact being made in the lives of its clients. Act is witnessing residents strengthening their faith in Jesus Christ and exercising their faith in new and bold ways on behalf of their neighborhood.

That sounds great, but what does it mean for us to be in partnership with Act?

It means that we at PHPC are intentional about supporting their mission through the myriad of opportunities that are available to us. In addition to the mission grant PHPC is providing to Act (thanks to your financial gifts to the church), you are also invited to:

  • Learn more about Act and tell your friends about them, too:
  • Join Act’s upcoming Fall Prayer Walkson September 8th and October 20th from 9 am - 12 pm. September 8th will be in South Dallas/Fair Park and October 20th will be in West Dallas. These are both family-friendly events, so feel free to bring your whole family. You can sign up here if you're able to attend.
  • Attend the final happy hour of their Justice Summer Series approaching on September 20th at the Act office(1335 Inwood Rd. Dallas, TX 75247) from 6-8 pm to celebrate local impact on North Texas Giving DayRSVP here! 
  • Meet representatives from Act during the PHPC Mission Ministry Fair in Jubilee Hall on Sunday morning, before and after worship services on September 23rd.
  • Lastly, if you feel called to be PHPC’s liaison to Act, please contact Rev. Kathy Lee-Cornell to find out what that entails.

Thank you for your heart for God’s people and the pursuit of justice out of love and compassion for one another!

*Part 1 crime includes violent and propery crimes, such as robbery, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and aggravated assault.

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