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Youth Musical

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by Kathryn Vernon

My nerdy, theatre heart loves this recent surge of movie musicals!  It started back in 2007 when John Travolta agreed to do Hairspray. Since then we’ve seen Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables, Anna Kendrick in The Last Five Years, and even awarded La La Land five Academy Awards.  For me, theatre has always felt like magic!

Eager to be a part of the magic, I wholeheartedly agreed to co-direct Shrek with our talented PHPC youth.  Turns out, putting on a musical is a huge undertaking. You have to hold auditions, organize musicians, create costumes, design and build a set, not to mention block scenes, choreograph dance numbers, and memorize all those lines!  From a very young age, I have been involved in lots of theatre in different capacities and in every show with which I have participated, there comes a moment - a sort of tipping point - where it all feels like too much. We’re too far behind, it’s running too long, there’s just too much left to accomplish.  Most recently, I experienced those same exasperations with Shrek. Just days before opening night I found myself finalizing script changes, organizing set directions, and splicing music tracks. How in the world were we going to create magic if these pieces were not all perfectly in place? The answer, it turns out, is very simple.  The magic was in those kids all along.

What a comforting realization!  How amazing to look, in wonder, to the God who fills us all with magic! So often we look for opportunities to lift up and inspire our youth. We encourage them to take chances in the hope that one might light a spark, might set their hearts on fire! That magic - that fire in our hearts - I believe is the Holy Spirit pouring God’s light and love out through us. As an (almost!) 34-year-old, I certainly feel the pressure to “adult.” Spending three months co-directing a musical might not seem, on paper, like the best use of my time. Let me assure you, though, that basking in the light of our Lord shining out of those youth as they sang, danced and preached the gospel of being fearfully and wonderfully made - it set my heart on fire!

To share your gifts with our Youth Ministry, contact Rev. Sarah Are at or 214.368.6348 ext 143.

A Place at the Table

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by the Saye family

Our family enjoys participating in ministry activities at PHPC because first and foremost, we believe these activities will serve as a benefit to the recipients of the outreach. However, to be clear, these activities serve as a GIFT to our family - we get more back than we ever give when we participate. We want our children to participate alongside us to realize how 1) we are capable of such outreach and can/should do it and 2) how blessed we are with the opportunity to deliver the outreach.

Our decision to participate in outreach communion grew out of delivering flowers to assisted living homes. On the flower committee, we deliver flowers to church members who have been hospitalized, experienced loss of a family member or recently had a baby. On occasion, when we have extra flowers, we take the flowers to assisted living facilities and nursing homes. 

It was at these stops where Melissa and I noticed our children being very attentive to the stories these members have to share. We could see our children processing how much smaller the world has become for some of these members who live there, members who may not have other family members in Dallas, and may have outlived all of their relatives. Most of their world is in their room, and while some of these members can stream the morning church services, they cannot participate in communion unless someone brings it to them.

Outreach communion allows us to take communion to a member who otherwise would not have a chance to participate in this sacrament. Our members are extremely grateful and with our children participating in the communion service, it tends to make the older members quite happy. We have had members recite the Lord’s prayer with us and had members share in music with our daughter Viv.

I would encourage all to consider outreach communion because it is a vital part of reaching out to our members. It is our experience that you will leave blessed to have been given such an opportunity.

To invest your gifts in Outreach Communion, contact Rev. Mark Brainerd at or 214.368.6348 ext 134.


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