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MVPC
8601 Del Webb Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV  89134
 (702) 341-7800 
info@mviewpc.org
Office Hours:   
Monday-Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm     
 Friday from 9 am to 1 pm
Sunday Services
  (Child care available at both services) 
8:30 am Traditional Worship 10:30 am Contemporary Worship 
10:30 am Children’s Sunday School
12:00 pm U50 (All Adults)
on 2nd & 4th Sundays
    4:30 pm  Youth Group 
 
 
The Matthew 25 Steering Committee is sponsoring a series of discussions on the book “Neighborhood Church: Transforming Your Congregation into a Powerhouse for Mission” . These discussions will be on Tuesdays in March at both 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending this discussion please sign up in the narthex of the church by this Sunday. You may also contact the church office for more information. When signing up please indicate whether you need a copy of the book and whether you can attend at 4:00 or 6:00 p.m.
 
 
Matthew 25 churches commit to one or more of the following tenets:
  • Building congregational vitality by challenging people and congregations to deepen their faith and get actively and joyfully engaged with their community and the world.
  • Dismantling structural racism by advocating and acting to break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression of people of color.
  • Eradicating systemic poverty by working to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor.
 
 
 
During Black History Month, the MVPC Matthew 25 Steering Committee is pleased to profile Dr. Charles Drew.
 
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Thanks to Charles Drew, that blood is available. Drew was a physician, surgeon, and medical researcher who worked with a team at Red Cross on groundbreaking discoveries around blood transfusions.
In World War II, he played a major role in developing the first large-scale blood banks and blood plasma programs.
 
Drew attended McGill University School of Medicine in Montreal, where he won the J. Francis Williams Fellowship, given annually to the top five students in his graduating class. He received his MD degree in 1933. Drew became an instructor in surgery and an assistant surgeon at Freedman’s Hospital, a federally operated facility associated with Howard University.
 
In 1938, Drew was awarded a two-year Rockefeller fellowship in surgery and began postgraduate work, earning his Doctor of Science in Surgery at Columbia University. Drew developed a method for processing and preserving blood plasma. Plasma lasts much longer than whole blood, making it possible to be stored or “banked” for longer periods of time. He discovered that the plasma could be dried and then reconstituted when
needed. His research served as the basis of his doctorate thesis, “Banked Blood,” and he received his doctorate degree in 1940.
 
The start of World War II saw the need for blood plasma intensify. Drew, as the leading authority in the field, was selected as the full-time medical director of the Blood for Britain project, supervising the successful collection of 14,500 pints of vital plasma for the British. In February 1941, Drew was appointed director of the first American Red Cross Blood Bank, in charge of blood for use by the U.S. Army and Navy. During this time, he invented the bloodmobile, a refrigerated truck that safely transported stored blood to the location where it is needed most. Drew argued that authorities should stop excluding the blood of African Americans from plasma supply networks. However, in 1942 the armed forces set policy that the blood of African Americans would be accepted but would have to be stored separately from that of whites. Drew resigned his official posts in protest.
 
Drew returned to Freedman’s Hospital and Howard University, where he served as a surgeon and professor of medicine from 1942 to 1950. On April 1, 1950, Drew was killed in a car accident. In that same year, the Red Cross finally recognized all blood as being equal.
The Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, located in Los Angeles, continues to honor his  legacy by pioneering in health and education.
 
 
 
 
 

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