December 2016 FYI

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Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services

  • A family service at 4:30 PM with carols and stories on Saturday, December 24th
  • A candlelight service with lessons and carols at 9:00 PM on Saturday, December 24th
  • Informal worship Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25th at 10:00 AM

A Service of Healing, Wholeness and Hope

On Sunday, December 18th we will incorporate the Service of Hope into the Service of Healing and Wholeness after worship in the Sanctuary.  Not everyone is filled with joy and celebration at Christmas time. Many have lost loved ones, suffered a job loss, or find the pressures of Christmas overwhelming.  They may feel like crying instead of celebrating.  If you, a loved one, friend, or neighbor is grieving, mourning a death, suffering from illness, loss of a job, or a set-back, we invite you to worship with others in similar situations.  Even if you do not feel this way, you can comfort others by attending this service with them.  Together, may we discover God’s healing power, comforting presence, and word of hope.

Music Ministry Fundraiser

Everyone is invited to support our Music Ministry at the Music Craft/Bake sale.  It is a wonderful time to Christmas shop!  There will be handmade crafts as well as lots of homemade baked goods, candies, jellies, salsas, etc.  The fundraiser is Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the home of Deborah and Bill Draper, 30445 Springland Street, Farmington Hills (between Orchard Lake and Middlebelt off 11 Mile Road).  If you have questions or would like to contribute items to sell, please contact Deborah Draper at (248) 579-6053.

Presbyterian Women present “The Joys of Christmas”

Don’t miss Monday December 5th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, for an evening of dessert, music, and laughter for the entire congregation . . . hosted by Presbyterian Women. In addition to musicians such as Jerry Custer, Mary Carson, Mary Whittmore and Carolee Caylor, PW has invited 8 small mice into the sanctuary to tell the Nativity story from a tiny—but not small—perspective. The short play, Karen Jones’ “The Mice and the Manger,” will feature Tom Neal, Sally Kirsten, Nathan Malisow, Pam Jusino, Laura Hedgecock, Jerry Howe, Irene Forbes, and Sue Carlson.

Human attendees can purchase tickets ($3.00) from the welcome center on Sunday or at the door. If you would like a ride to and from the Christmas program, contact Dave Carlson.

Annual Meeting and reports due date

Please turn in all reports to be included in the 2016 Annual Report by Wednesday, January 11, 2017.  The 2016 Annual Report will be emailed to members who have signed up through the church website.  A few hard copies will be available at the welcome center. The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2017 immediately following worship.

The deadline for articles for the January FYI is Friday, December 23rd

From the Pen of the Pastor

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!

“Advent” is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for something extraordinary arriving and the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. As we begin to prepare our hearts, our homes and ourselves for this Advent Season, I find myself barely able to hold on the faintest glimmer of hope that maybe, one day, God might turn the tables and indeed come to earth. Overwhelmed by a world where there is political unrest and injustice, poverty, hatred, and jealousy, we are encouraged to sing in these darkest of moments with renewed sense of wonder at the expectant arrival of the God of the Universe into this world by way of the Incarnation. Love that was unseen becomes visible in the here and now. Who is this God, Creator and Ruler of ALL, who would empty himself and take on flesh, coming as an infant, lowly and new and fully human, to dwell among us? (Phil2:6-8) Now, that is something to anticipate; that is something to wait for!

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” inaugurates this Advent season. I love the intense longing expressed in this song…a longing for the presence of God-Emmanuel- into our frail humanity. Each stanza is an important prayer that should be on our Christmas wish list. Let us sing it together and let the emotion and wonder of it bathe all over us!

“O come, thou Wisdom from on high, who orderest all things mightily; to us the path of knowledge show; and teach us in her ways to go. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.” It is in the coming of true Wisdom that comes only from God that we can bring peace and understanding to all.

Remember, you and I have been gifted with a particular body and having bodies, we are invited to be incarnated spirit. We can come to learn to be aware of our bodies as holy, as home for Emmanuel-God With Us! That awareness alone can change how we live. Reflect throughout this season on how God is within you, and let the wonderful word Emmanuel come alive in your spirit as you contemplate the true meaning of Christmas.

This Advent Season, before we begin to green our homes and churches, before we lay the nativity and the baby in the manger, let’s spend some time reflecting on what we are really anticipating. Advent really is an amazing season! See you in worship!

Peace & Grace,   Pastor Eddie

Christian Education News and Events

The season of Advent, a time of anticipation and preparation for our Savior’s birth, has begun. Having just attended the Farmington Area Interfaith Association’s ecumenical Thanksgiving service with Pastor Eddie, I am again reminded of Christ’s Love and the giving Spirit that Christ gives to each of us in our hearts each and every day, but of which we are especially conscious of at this time of year.

Advent Studies:

I hope all of you can take time during the busy-ness of the season to take part in an Advent study.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study will examine The Journey, an Advent Study by UMC Minister Adam Hamilton.

Youth in grades 6 – 12 can join Josh Archey during our regular Sunday School time on December 11 and December 18 to discuss the youth edition of The Journey. (The youth edition is available to be picked up on the table in the narthex.)

CE Activities at a Glance:

Youth 

  • Sun, Dec. 4:  Communion (No Sunday School)
  • Sun, Dec. 11: Sunday school. Grades 6 – 12 will discuss Joseph, Mary, and Elizabeth from the youth edition of The Journey.
  • Sat, Dec 17: Cookie Baking and Decorating from 10 am until noon. (Adults invited too!)
  • Sun, Dec 18 during Sunday School: Grades 6 – 12 will study “From Nazareth to Bethlehem” during Sunday School
  • Sun, Dec 18 After worship: Christmas Caroling and cookie delivery.
  • Tues, Dec. 20 at 6pm.Dinner at the Archey home for Jr./Sr. highs and college students

Adults

Saturday, Dec. 10th Presbytery of Detroit Men’s Advent Breakfast @ 1st Presbyterian Northville

Wednesday, Dec. 21st   Delivery of hygiene items, hats, mittens, and scarves for the children of Calvin East Presbyterian Church’s WORD Literacy Program, Detroit, MI. Meet at church at 4 pm to carpool to the Calvin East Christmas party. RSVP to Josh Archey by Tuesday, December 13th in order to provide an accurate head count for dinner.

Thanks to your generous pledges to our church, the Mission Ministry Team is once again providing support to purchase items needed by the families in Calvin East Presbyterian Church’s WORD literacy program for their annual Christmas party and dinner. The children and youth of our church help to pack the assembled items into oversized gift bags that are then distributed at the Christmas party. Each bag contains a towel, washcloth, bottle of liquid laundry detergent, comb, shampoo, soap, hand sanitizer, and thanks to the PW, a hat, mittens, and scarf for each child. Thank you for helping make Christmas a little brighter for these families in Detroit!

Blessings throughout Advent and the Christmas season, Josh Archey, CE Director

MISSION OPPORTUNITIES

SOS Is coming to First Presbyterian January 15th – 22nd

It is hard to believe that this will be our 10th year hosting guests from South Oakland Shelter.  We have learned so many things over the years about our guests.  We have shared tears and laughter as we heard stories about their lives.  We have shared our time and our hearts as we made our church a home for a week. There is an URGENT NEED for volunteers this year because some of the leaders have had to step down. Sign-up sheets for the many volunteer opportunities are posted on the large bulletin board in the Narthex.  If you have any questions, please ask anyone listed below. Please prayerfully consider how you can help make this ministry a success.

Thank you, Chris and Emily Davis, Rick Fuller, Leslie Black, Jan Dennison, Mary Carson, Mike Gidley

Presbyterian Women holiday food drive

Second Mile Center, PW’s mission in Detroit, serves many families in need.  Presbyterian Women is coordinating a Thanksgiving and Christmas food basket drive.  There are blue collection tubs in the foyer near the coat racks.  The nonperishable items requested are 1 box elbow macaroni, 2 cans cranberry sauce, 1 large can yams, 1 box cake or brownie mix, 1 container frosting, 2 cans green beans or corn, and one box or bag of cornbread mix.  For the nonperishable items (turkey, pie, etc.), please donate gift cards from Kroger, or write a check to PW with Second Mile Center in the memo line and give to Kathy Brown, Sue Carlson or Sally Kirsten by Dec. 5. 

Hat and mitten tree

We have extended the collection date to December 18th. We will be delivering CHILDRENS’ hats, mittens, socks and underwear along with ADULT hats, gloves and scarves to Neighborhood House on December 12th.  We are also collecting hats, mittens and scarves for 18 children (ages 6-15) who are currently enrolled in the WORD Children’s Literacy Program at Calvin East Presbyterian Church. Each child will be given these at their Christmas Party on December 21st  where they will also receive a large bag of hygiene products for their whole family that has been donated by our Mission Ministry Team and wrapped by the youth of First Pres.  Please consider all these needy folks at this very cold time of year.

Thank you, Linda Clew, Presbyterian Women Vice Moderator, Justice and Peace

Fellowship Opportunities

Christmas concerts at First Presbyterian Church

Sunday, December 4 at 6:00 PM – Vox Lyrica, a women’s choral group with piano and flute accompaniment presents Heavenly Peace.  Donations accepted at the door.

Friday, December 9 at 3:00 PM – The Orchard Lake Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Norm Logan presents a one hour holiday concertThis daytime concert is designed for seniors and those who don’t like driving at night.  Tickets are $5 at the door.

Friday, December 9 at 7:30 PM – The Orchard Lake Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Norm Logan presents Sounds of the Season.  Tickets are $5 at the door.

Saturday, December 10 at 4:00 PM – Lynda Wood, soloist and First Presbyterian’s former organist Devon Hansen on piano perform Christmas Classics.  Everyone is invited and donations will be accepted at the door.

Men’s Group Activities

Presbytery Advent Communion Breakfast – Saturday, December 10, 2017, 8 am, First Presbyterian of Northville.  Speaker is John George, founder and Executive Director of Motor City Blight Busters.  See Tom Neal for Tickets, which are $15.  We will carpool from the church parking lot at 7:30 am.

Saturday, December 17, 2017 at Noon at the Greek Island Restaurant in the Farmington Hills Golf Club on 11 mile west of Halstead.  Wives and significant others are welcome.  Separate checks will be provided for you convenience.

Congregational Concerns

Poinsettia Order

Please get the following information to the church office by Dec 11, along with your payment.


Important Year-End Information Regarding Contributions

Please be aware that the last bank deposit for contributions for tax year 2016 will be Tuesday, December 27, 2016.This means contributions must be received in the church office by Monday, December 26, 2016 or in the offering plate on Saturday December 24th or Sunday, December 25th.Any monies received in the mail after these dates will not be counted or deposited until after the end of the year and will be counted as 2017 contributions.Please note these dates so that you will know in advance how to plan.

Important Information About 2017 Offering Envelopes

Those who have used envelopes for 2016 will automatically receive envelopes for 2017.  If you have NOT used envelopes this year, but DO wish to have them for next year, please do one of the following:

  • Contact Jerry Scheel
  • Contact the church office to make your request known.

Numbered envelopes facilitate the speed and accuracy of the data entry process, so we do encourage you to use envelopes if you contribute manually on a regular basis.  We also encourage the use of electronic debit.  If you wish to have your pledge electronically debited from your account, please call Jerry Scheel, Financial Secretary, to have the forms mailed to you.  If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Scheel or call the church office at (248) 474-6170.

November Session Highlights

During the November Session meeting, the Session:

  • Moved the January, 2017 Session meeting to January 11 to avoid SOS the following week.
  • Approved the placement of SOS window clings on entry doors and bathroom mirrors.
  • Received new-Pastor Eddie’s report on his top ten initiatives.

Sunday morning greeters needed

The Greeting Team provides warm welcomes and greetings to all who enter our church.  We need of some volunteers for TBDs (dates we cannot provide greeters)!  We believe there are fellow worshipers who will extend the hand of welcome on the TBDs if we were to ask. We are asking!!

Odd month TBDs– Nov27; Jan22; Mar26; May28; Jun23; Sept24

Even month TBDs– Oct 30; Feb19; Apr16; Apr 30

Choose a date on our signup sheet on the bulletin board to be a “Greeter for the day”.   Thank you, Manny Sharpe

Sunday morning coffee hour hosts needed

Are you looking for a way to contribute your time and talents to your church family?  Serving coffee hour following worship may be for you.  It involves making lemonade and putting treats and snacks on plates, (about 30 minutes) before church and serving refreshments for about a half hour after the service.  Refreshments can be provided by you or purchased by the church.  The sign-up sheet is posted on the kiosk. Blank dates can be filled in by volunteers.  The goal is to serve coffee hour after every service.  If you enjoy conversation, mingling, or making new friends, this is an opportunity for you, so sign up for serving coffee hour based on your availability.  It also provides an opportunity to each of us to invite visitors to join us for coffee and conversation.

We keep in our prayers

First Presbyterian Church members: Names withheld from web-version of the newsletter.

We hold in our prayers members who are homebound, in nursing homes, and assisted living: Names withheld from web-version of the newsletter.

Those serving in the military:Names withheld from web-version of the newsletter.

Prayers for the grieving:  Names withheld from web-version of the newsletter.

Kudos and thank yous

Kudos to the Kathy and Larry Gage and Mickey and Gordon Seiler who donated bookshelves to the Baptist Manor Gamma Building Library.  Not only did they donate three book cases but they delivered them as well.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!      Shirley Kinsey and the Gamma Building residents

Dear church family,
Thank you for all your support during this difficult time, including covering the costs for the organist and the luncheon as well as the money you gave us.  We appreciate your generosity.  Your love and support have meant so much to us following Kurt’s death.     Gratefully, Nancy and Matthew Hartung

November FYI

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Consecration Sunday: It’s coming on November 6th

ad-consecration-sundayJoin us for a celebration luncheon on Sunday, November 6th after worship.  This will be a catered lunch and we need to have an accurate count.  If you will attend please complete the reservation card handed out during worship or call the church office (248) 474-6170 by noon on Wednesday, November 2nd to make your reservation.  There is no cost for the luncheon so please join us as we dedicate our tithes and offerings to God.

All Saints Sunday November 6th

On Sunday, November 6, we will observe All Saints Day during worship. At the Prayer of Thanksgiving during the Sacrament of Holy Communion, we will read the names of the members of this congregation who have joined that “great cloud of witnesses” this last year. Following this reading, the congregation will be invited to name loved ones they have lost this past year.  Please bring a photo of your loved one to be placed on a display board or on a table if the photo is in a stand up frame. Join us for this special tribute to the saints during worship on November 6th.

Hanging of the Greens – Saturday, November 29

We invite family, friends, and neighbors to “Rock Around the Christmas Tree” as we decorate and celebrate in preparing the church, our hearts and lives for the Advent season.  We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 29th between the hours of 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

Brunch is scheduled for 10:30 AM followed by crafts and activities for children and youth while others complete the decorations which start at 9:00 AM.  Baby sitting will be available upon request.  Please contact Ginny Hubble with any questions or requests.

Interfaith Thanksgiving day, November 21

Join the Farmington faith community in giving thanks on November 2st at Nardin Park United Methodist Church, 29887 W. Eleven Mile Rd. (between Orchard Lake and Middlebelt roads) in Farmington Hills.  A combined choir of members from the representative congregations will sing.  If you would like to be part of the choir, meet at 6:30 p.m. at Nardin Park UMC to rehearse.  Please bring non-perishable food which will be distributed to Neighborhood Hose and St. Alexander Food Pantry.  A reception will follow the worship service.

Daylight Saving Time ends

Remember to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday, November 5th.  If you forget, you will be on time to attend the Adult class that meets on Sunday mornings in the church library.

The deadline for articles for the December FYI is Friday, November 18th!

From the Pastor’s Laptop
“Thankful”

One of my favorite holidays when I was growing up was Thanksgiving.  I loved watching the parades on television, the Hudson’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit, the Macy’s Parade in New York and the Mummers’ Parade in Philadelphia.  Then later in the day we would be involved in listening to or watching the Lions play their perennial rival, the Packers.  But best of all was the family dinner on my mother’s side of the family.  All my aunts and uncles and cousins and my mother’s parents would gather for a huge Thanksgiving meal.  If I close my eyes and think about it, I can still smell the wonderful aromas that were present, I can hear the conversations and the laughter… and I can still taste my grandmother’s pecan pie!  I am thankful for that time of my life, for the model that it set for me for the family that I would come to have, and for the unconditional love I experienced.

I thank God every day for the life I have been given, for the family I grew up in, and for the wonderful woman who agreed to be my wife… decades before she knew she would be the wife of a pastor.  I give thanks for our children and the families they now have.

And this year I will give a special prayer of Thanksgiving for the calling I received to ministry late in life, and for the call I received from Matt Mataya asking if I would be interested in interviewing to be your Temporary Supply Pastor.  As I have told many of you, I was happily retired and not looking for a call to a congregation.  I was happy with what I was doing, filling the pulpit in various churches when asked… helping out where I could… and not having to get up with an alarm clock!  But, God had other plans for me, and for you, for which I am most thankful.  My life has been enriched by being able to serve this congregation, and I cherish the memories and friendships I have made here.  You have accepted me with open arms and I am humbled by your kindnesses and the prayers you have lifted up for me and my family.

I have been blessed to have the wonderful support of Pam Williams who has provided invaluable assistance and made my ministry here more effective.  I am thankful for the passion Josh Archey brings to his ministry among you.  And I am thankful for the wonderful music that enriches worship here and for the talents of Dr. Jerry Custer, Shari Fiore, Carolee Caylor and all the members of the choir.  And I am thankful for all who have stepped in as liturgists, assisting in worship, as well as those who have run the sound system and the overhead.  I would be remiss if I did not thank Sharon Cressman for her diligent work as Clerk of Session and all the Session members who have been so supportive.  The truth is there are simply so many of you that have been a blessing, I can’t list all the names.  So please, all of you, know how much you are all appreciated.

The time has flown by, and now it is time for you to begin another chapter in this congregation’s life.  I have told Pastor Eddie that he has been truly blessed to be called to be 1st Presbyterian’s next Pastor.  And I truly believe that the Holy Spirit was at work through your PNC in calling him.  I know you will welcome him, as you have me, with warmth and love that is the hallmark of a true community of faith.

To quote Carol Burnette, “I’m so glad we had this time together.”

May God richly bless each one of you, forever more,
Thankfully, Pastor Keith

Christian Education Events and News

During the month of November, there are many opportunities for you to be involved in the life of our church! Some highlights are below. Please check the calendar contained in this newsletter, as well as the church website.

Youth Group

  • Sun., November 6th following worship: Parent/Youth Group Meeting:  Youth in grades 6-12 and their families are asked to participate in a brief meeting. Your feedback is needed and appreciated.  Please bring your calendars.
  • Sun., November 6, Youth Groups.  Junior Highs (5 pm) and Senior Highs (6 pm). This month, we will continue discussing Adam Hamilton’s When Christians Get It Wrong, as well as Scripture reflections on Bible passages of interest and meditations from d365.org.
  • Friday, November 18th at 7 pm:  Presbyterians and Popcorn.  Join us for our second movie night event. We will feature a family-friendly (PG) film suitable for all ages!
  • Sun., Nov 20: Youth Groups:  Junior Highs (5 pm) and Senior Highs (6 pm) will continue to meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays, pending the result of our family engagement survey.

Adult Education:

Due to the many special occasions being celebrated in the life of our church on November 6th, 13th, and 20th, there will be no after church study series in November. Adults are invited to join us at 9 am in the church library each Sunday for a continuing discussion of The Wired Word, a “ripped from the headlines” discussion of issues of concern to Christians everywhere.

All Ages: 

Everyone is invited to join in Presbyterians and Popcorn on Fri. Nov 18 at 7 pm

All Church Advent Study: Please make plans to join us as we journey through Advent together on November 27th, December 4th, December 11th, and December 18th with an Advent study and discussion of Adam Hamilton’s The Journey across all ages (children, youth, and adults). Please join us after church for food for the body and soul on Sundays in Advent, or at the Pastor-led Tuesday morning 10 am Bible Study in Room 208/210.

Middlers attend Detroit Presbytery Youth Rally

youth-rally-2On a beautiful Fall Saturday in October, two of our Jr. Highs attended the annual Detroit Presbytery Youth Rally at the Howell Nature Center. CE director, Josh Archey chaperoned the event.  Members of our youth groups also  attended an overnight trip to Cedar Point along with members of the youth group from First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham.

Mission and Fellowship Opportunities

Trunk or Treat – Sunday, October 30th, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Calling all ghosts and goblins, members, friends, and community members of First Presbyterian Church!  After church on October 30th, join us for a spooktacular coffee hour of cider and donuts, and then help hand out treats (or tricks!) from the trunk of your car from 11:30 AM to 1 PM! Come in costume and decorate your car!

Volunteers are needed to hand out candy—please reserve the side parking lot for those cars and members and friends who are handing out candy. Candy donations are welcome—please NO NUTS—and candy should be individually wrapped. Change into your costume after church and enjoy mingling with friends! If you would like to help, please see Pat Plamondon or Josh Archey.

What to do with your leftover Halloween candy?

The Mission Ministry invites you to bring your leftover wrapped Halloween candy to church on Sunday, November 6th and place it in the box on the table in the narthex.  We will make the treats available to the voters who come to First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, November 8th.  Thank you for your participation.

Youth collect for St. Al’s Thanksgiving baskets

The youth and their families will be collecting needed items for St. Alexander’s Thanksgiving food baskets.  Look for a donation bin at church in the coffee hour area.

This fall we have been studying the Exodus journey of the Israelites out of Egypt, and have been reminded that God provided all that His people needed, even when times seemed desperate. Let us remind our neighbors in need that God provides for them too, through our community’s generosity.

 Items Needed:  stuffing, cake mix & frosting, green beans, gravy (no glass containers please), canned peaches, instant potatoes, cranberry sauce, coffee (11 oz.) or tea, $10 Kroger Cards    

Presbyterian Women holiday food drive

Second Mile Center, PW’s mission in Detroit, serves many families in need.  Presbyterian Women is coordinating a Thanksgiving and Christmas food basket drive.  There are blue collection tubs in the foyer near the coat racks.  The nonperishable items requested are 1 box elbow macaroni, 2 cans cranberry sauce, 1 large can yams, 1 box cake or brownie mix, 1 container frosting, 2 cans green beans or corn, and one box or bag of cornbread mix.  For the nonperishable items (turkey, pie, etc.), please donate gift cards from Kroger, or write a check to PW with Second Mile Center in the memo line and give to Kathy Brown, Sue Carlson or Sally Kirsten by Dec. 5.

 Boy Scout Christmas wreath sale

wreath-sales-2The Boy Scouts of Troop 179 will hold their annual Christmas Wreath Sale before and after worship on Sunday, November 20th.  The 12 inch wreath (typical front door size) is $25, and the slightly larger 18 inch wreath is $35.  Additionally, cedar roping is available for $25 for a 25 foot length.  Larger wreaths may be ordered.  If you are unable to be at church on November 20th, contact Lisa Hayes, and she will have a scout deliver your order.

Can you help serve Thanksgiving dinner?

Westminster Church of Detroit will serve its 35th Thanksgiving dinner to the community on November 24th, 2016.  They need servers, food prep help. greeters, carvers, transportation and delivery assistance. Contact Annette Hall at www.wcodthanksgiving@gmail.com or (313) 341-2697 ext. 314 to sign up to help.  Monday for kitchen prep, Tuesday for food prep and dining hall set up, Wednesday for food prep, turkey carvers and service set up, Thursday to serve, deliver and cleanup.  Donating an hour or more would be greatly appreciated as they are planning to feed 2000 (served 1600 last year) a dinner of thanks for all that God gives.

PW Christmas program is December 5th

“The Joys of Christmas” program is Monday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. Presbyterian women invites everyone (women, men, youth, and guests) to an evening of dessert, music, and pageantry.  Presbyterian Players will be presenting a play, “The Mice and the Manger,” which tells the nativity story from the point of view of eight small gray residents of the stable.

Hat and mitten tree

With cold weather just around the corner, it is time for the Presbyterian Women’s Hat and Mitten Tree collection. From November 20th until December 4th, we will be collecting hats, mittens, underwear and socks (no scarves please) for needy children right here in our own community. This year we will also be collecting adult sizes of hats, scarves and gloves as their need in our area is ever present during the colder months Your new items should be placed on or below the dowel tree in the narthex. Please leave price tags on.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.        Linda Clew, PW Moderator Justice and Peace

Bookshelves needed

Shirley Kinsey and her friends at Baptist Manor, Gamma Building, are trying to revitalize the library there.  We have plenty of books but not enough shelves to put them on.  We can use one or two tall bookcases if someone could donate them.  Please call Shirley if you can help.

Congregational Concerns

Let’s roll out the welcome mat

Help us welcome Rev. Eddie and his wife, Pam, as they set up home in Farmington Hills this month.  A sheet is posted in the Narthex with rip-tabs of small things — foodstuffs, paper products, etc. — the Jusinos will need to get going in their new condo. Grab an item from the sheet and bring it back to the church before October 30th and deposit it into the drop box nearby. Questions? See Bob Van Hamme or call him at (248) 821-6319

 Music Ministry fundraiser

God has given us all talents to share.  Music is a vital part of our worship service.  In support of this ministry, I am looking for people willing to bake, make pressures, jar mixes, and all kinds of crafters for a fund raiser to be held Saturday, December 3rd at the home of Deborah and Bill Draper. For more information please contact Deborah Draper.

Congregational Concerns

October Session highlights

During the October Session meeting, the Session:

  • Approved the use of the church’s refrigerator and freezer to store cooked turkey for use at Westminster Presbyterian Church Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
  • Approved the purchase of three round, and two rectangular, plastic tables from Memorials and Tributes funds to replace broken tables in Knox Hall.

Advent candle lighters needed!!!

The Worship Committee is asking people to sign-up to be Advent candle lighters for the four Sundays of Advent:November 27, December 4, December 11, December 18, and for the 4:30 PM service on Christmas Eve, December 24th. Please sign up on the kiosk in the coffee hour area or call the church office (248) 474-6170 if you would like to participate.

A message to the women of First Pres Farmington

Would you like to become closer to a few other women in our church? Could you use some support in trying times?  Would you like to do some relaxed bible study once a month? Would you like to grow your faith in the company of friends? If so, please consider visiting one or more of our circles in September. There is no obligation and no pressure.  You can just show up at circle meetings once a month or whenever you are able to be there.

Presbyterian Women offers three daytime circles and two evening circles. Circle leaders are in parentheses.

  • ACTS (Marcia Van Hamme) meets on the Second Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a
  • BETH (Ruth France) meets on the Second Tuesday of each month at 12:15 pm
  • Deborah (Anne Fuller) meets on the Second Thursday of each month at 10:00 am
  • Phoenix (Sally Kirsten) meets on Second Tuesday of each month at 7:15 pm
  • Lydia (Kathy Brown) meets on the Third Tuesday of each month at 7:15 pm.

There are also two sewing groups that invite new members (Jan Dolan, Ginny Hubble). We invite you to join us. Call Sue Carlson or Sally Kirsten to chat about which circle might fit your needs the best.

Join the Prayer Shawl Ministry

Do you like to knit or crochet but don’t know what to do with all the items that you make?  Then join the Prayer Shawl Ministry.  The group meets on the first and third Mondays at 9:30 AM in the Parlor from September through May.  We create lovely hand-made covers and scarves that are given to anyone in need of comfort.   If you are a beginner we will help you get started.  The Prayer Shawl Ministry is also an opportunity to meet new people and socialize.  If you have questions, please contact Marcia Howe.

Sunday morning greeters needed

The Greeting Team provides warm welcomes and greetings to all who enter our church.  We need of some volunteers for TBDs (dates we cannot provide greeters)!  We believe there are fellow worshipers who will extend the hand of welcome on the TBDs if we were to ask. We are asking!!

Odd month TBDs– Nov27; Jan22; Mar26; May28; Jun23; Sept24

Even month TBDs– Oct 30; Feb19; Apr16; Apr 30

Choose a date on our signup sheet on the bulletin board to be a “Greeter for the day”.   Thank you, Manny Sharpe

Sunday morning coffee hour hosts needed

Are you looking for a way to contribute your time and talents to your church family?  Serving coffee hour following worship may be for you.  It involves making lemonade and putting treats and snacks on plates, (about 30 minutes) before church and serving refreshments for about a half hour after the service.  Refreshments can be provided by you or purchased by the church.  The sign-up sheet is posted on the kiosk.  Blank dates can be filled in by volunteers.  The goal is to serve coffee hour after every service.  If you enjoy conversation, mingling, or making new friends, this is an opportunity for you, so sign up for serving coffee hour based on your availability.  It also provides an opportunity to each of us to invite visitors to join us for coffee and conversation.

Mark your calendars for Christmas worship services

Christmas services Saturday, December 24 at First Presbyterian Church

4:30 p.m.        Family Service with songs and stories

9:00 p.m.       Candlelight service with lessons, carols, and special music

10:00 a.m.      Sunday, December 25 casual worship and carol sing

We keep in our prayers

First Presbyterian Church members:Jan Dolan; Bill Draper; Gwen Tomkow

(Names have been withheld from the webversion of the FYI to protect members’ privacy.)

We hold in our prayers members recuperating at home.
We hold in our prayers members who are homebound, in nursing homes, and assisted living.
Those serving in the military.
We pray for the grieving.

Prayers of thanksgiving and blessings on the marriages of: Karleigh Creighton and Peter Stone and Tony and Jessica Spica. May God bless these marriages.

Kudos and thank yous

Kudos to the gardening team at First Presbyterian Church on another successful growing season.  The final produce has been picked from the church gardens.  A big thank you to everyone who helped make it a success.  We delivered over 400 pounds of fresh produce to St. Al’s Food Pantry.  Now we will winterize the garden and start planning for next year.

 

From Our Friends at Rebuilding Together:

Rebuilding Together 3rd Annual Bowl-A-Thon

Friday, November 4th  7:00 – 11:00 PM

Rebuilding Together Oakland County’s third annual bowl-a-thon is a fun event to bowl, eat, win prizes and help raise money to benefit low-income homeowners in need.

Ticket price is $25 per bowler and includes three games of bowling and shoe rental, pizza and pop

To register or for more information call (248) 363-3372.

October 2016 FYI

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Meet Our New Pastor – Rev. Eddie Jusino

Rev. Eddie Jusino was born and raised in Puerto Rico and finished his Bachelor’s degree at Oregon State University. Immediately after, he earned his MBA in International Business from the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona.

Eddie traveled in Europe and Latin America for Libby Glass, and then settled in Los Angeles where he worked for the State of California’s Dept. of Commerce and the Hay Management.

A time of reflection and prioritizing his life goals led Eddie to Brentwood Presbyterian Church and his mentor and friend, Dr. Rev. Charles Shields. After helping create a Singles Ministry, leading mission trips to Mexico and serving on the Long Range Planning Committee, Dr. Shields helped him see the professional ministry as his true calling.

Attending San Francisco Theological Seminary led him to serve Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. as Western’s first seminarian. It was here that he met his wife, Pam Bierly Jusino. In 1995, Eddie graduated from seminary, married Pam and started his first call in Des Moines, Iowa. They have served churches in Washington, D.C., Iowa, Kansas and New York.

Eddie and Pam have two children, Emmett and Charlotte, who live with their spouses in New York and Chicago, respectively.  Eddie’s first Sunday at First Presbyterian Church will be November 20th.  Please join us for worship as we welcome Pastor Eddie and Pam Jusino!

World Communion & Peacemaking Offering Sunday, October 2nd

Join with the members of First Presbyterian Church as we break bread with Christians around the world participating in World Communion Sunday.  For several years, the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. has committed itself to Peacemaking.  Our congregation has joined not only through ministries and education, but also through giving.  The theme of the 2016 Peace and Global Witness campaign is A Season of Peace.  In support of this mission, our church will receive a special Peace & Global Witness Offering during worship on Sunday, October 2nd.

All Saints Sunday is November 6th

On Sunday, November 6th, we will observe All Saints Day during worship. At the Prayer of Thanksgiving during the Sacrament of Holy Communion, we will read the names of the members of this congregation who have joined that “great cloud of witnesses” this last year.  Following this reading, the congregation will be invited to name loved ones they have lost this past year.  Please bring a photo of your loved one to be placed on a display board or on a table if the photo is in a stand up frame.   Join us for this special tribute to the saints during worship on November 6th.

The deadline for articles for the November FYI is Wednesday, October 19th!

 From the Pastor’s Laptop

A Confession

Just between you and me, I have a confession to make, stewardship has not always come easy for me.  I came from a family that gave each week, but I do not recall the level of giving ever being thoughtfully, prayerfully examined annually.

And so it was for me… for our family… as we came to that dreaded time of the year, stewardship season.  And back in the early days of our married life I can recall that a team of church officers would come knocking on our door if we had not turned in our pledge card in a timely fashion.  I even recall one year when a knock came at the door and I was REALLY rude to the people who showed up on our porch.  I so regret that day and wish I had been a better fellow Christian.

It wasn’t until I had been a member of the church years later that I finally got it.  Finally I understood that giving… stewardship… really was not about the church.  I have Rev. Dr. Mark McDonough and Rev. Kirk Miller to thank for helping me to see that stewardship was a means of expressing gratitude to God for my/our blessings.  Fortunately Mary Lou and I got it at the same time!

It came not through a hard sell campaign, not through sermons that sought to make me feel guilty, but rather through their guiding me to better understand what it meant to be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.  They helped me to understand that stewardship that is fully expressed included my time and my talent as well as anything we might give monetarily.  They helped me to understand how my life could be richer if my faith was deeper, and that I embraced stewardship as a PART of my faith journey.

I will be forever grateful to those two pastors.  My life, our lives, Mary Lou’s and mine, are far richer because we were open to the message they had for us.

My prayer for all of you is that you will be open to listening for God’s call to you for a rich full life of discipleship.
May God bless each and every one of you as you prayerfully consider what God is calling you to do in your faith journey.

See you in worship,
Pastor Keith

Christian Education News and Events

Fall Greetings, one and all! School has begun again, as have the many opportunities our church offers in this season of the year:

  • Adult Education Sunday mornings at 9 am in the church library
  • Sunday School for Grades K-5 in Room 207
  • Junior and Senior High outings and dinners
  • Tuesday morning Bible Study with Rev. Dr. Keith Provost
  • 4- and 6-week enrichment classes like Was Jesus a Democrat or a Republican? with Rev. Dr. J. Harold Ellens starting October 9 at 11:15 am

If you have an idea or suggestion for future events, please let us know!

Cider and Donuts, Trunk or Treat, and More!!! Sunday, October 30th, 11:30 am– 1:00 pm

Calling all ghosts and goblins, members, friends, and community members of First Presbyterian Church!  After church on October 30th, join us for a spooktacular coffee hour of cider and donuts, and then help hand out treats (or tricks!) from the trunk of your car from 11:30 AM to 1 PM! Come in costume and decorate your car!

Volunteers are needed to hand out candy—please reserve the side parking lot for those cars and members and friends who are handing out candy. Candy donations are welcome—please NO NUTS—and candy should be individually wrapped. Change into your costume after church and enjoy mingling with friends! If you would like to help, please see Pat Plamondon or Josh Archey.

Need help with your fall cleanup?

Do you need help raking leaves or cleaning up around your yard this fall?  The First Pres youth can help!  Get your yard cleaned up ahead of the cold weather and support the 2017 Mexico mission trip.  Contact Josh Archey Joshua.archey@farmington-pres.org to schedule your cleanup date.

Was Jesus a Democrat or a Republican?

Beginning October 9th join Rev. Dr. J. Harold Ellens for a timely discussion of where ethics and politics intersect, entitled, Was Jesus a Democrat or a Republican?  This 4 week class will explore the ethics of political operation through a Christian lens, and will meet in Room 208/210 from 11:15 until 12 noon October 9th until October 30th.

Upcoming CE Events at a Glance

  • Sat, Oct 1:  9:30 am-4:30 pm,  Junior High Youth Rally @ Howell Nature Center
  • Sun, Oct 2:  World Communion Sunday.
    • Adult Ed. in Church Library 9 am
    • Junior High Meeting and Dinner, 5 pm (RSVP by noon on Sunday to Mr. Archey: 269-312-3937)
    • Senior High Meeting and Dinner, 6 pm (RSVP by noon on Sunday to Mr. Archey: 269-312-3937)
  • Tues, Oct 4:  10 am Bible Study with Rev. Dr. Keith Provost
  • Sun, Oct 9
    • 9 am Adult Ed.
    • 10:15 am K-5 Sunday School11:15-12 noon:Was Jesus a Democrat or a Republican? with Rev. Dr. J. Harold Ellens, Room 208/210.
    • 11:15 am Inter-generational Apple Orchard Outing to Long’s Orchard in Commerce, MI. Note: This event is open to everyone!!!
  • Tues, Oct 11:  10 am, Bible Study with Rev. Dr. Keith Provost
  • Fri, Oct 14:  7-10 pm, Junior High Game Night (6th-9th/10th graders) with OLCC Pres.
  • Sat, Oct 15:  (Time TBA) Mission Matters! Leaf raking @ Church Member’s Home (Time TBA).
  • Sun, Oct 16
    • 9 am Adult Ed.,
    • 10:15 am K-5 Sunday School
    • 11:15-12 noon:Was Jesus a Democrat or a Republican? with Rev. Dr. J. Harold Ellens, Room 208/210.
    • 5 pm: Junior High Dinner/Meeting
    • 6 pm: Senior Highs Dinner/Meeting
  • Tues, Oct 18:   10 am, Bible Study with Rev. Dr. Keith Provost
  • Fri, Oct 21:  7 pm, Screening of the film, Amazing Grace (2006) for all ages.
  • Tues, Oct. 25: 10 am, Bible Study with Dr. Keith Provost
  • Sat, Oct 22:  (Time TBA) Mission Matters! Leaf Raking for a Church Member.
  • Sun, Oct 30:  
    • 9 am: Adult Ed.,
    • 10:15 am: K-5 Sunday School11:15-12 noon:Was Jesus a Democrat or a Republican? with Rev. Dr. J. Harold Ellens, Room 208/210.
    • 11:30 am to 1 pm, Trunk or Treat in Knox Hall and the church parking lot

Upcoming Events and Mission Opportunities

It’s harvest time – for the last time on Oct 2

Sunday morning October 2nd will be the last day we will collect fresh produce for St. Alexander’s Food Pantry in the bin outside of the front door of our church. If you don’t have garden produce, stop at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Farmington on Saturday to pick up some vegetables and fruit to donate.  Your contributions are appreciated to help the children and families who need assistance.  If you have any questions, contact Tom Neal.

Detroit Presbytery PW Gathering October 5

The 9:45 a.m. program in the Sanctuary features two speakers, Diane Agnew, the Hunger Action Coordinator for the Presbytery of Detroit, and Carol Hylkema of Pal Craftaid, who will speak on “Hope and Healing for Palestinians.”
There will also be a sale of Fair Trade olivewood and embroidered crafts made by Palestinian artisans.  Our PW is welcoming the PW of the Presbytery of Detroit, so please come and show them our Farmington hospitality.   Coffee and treats will be available at 9:15 a.m.  A chicken pot pie luncheon will be served about 11:45. Call Linda Clew, Sue Carlson or Sally Kirsten for more information or to help Leslie Black cook on Tues. Oct. 4 at 10:00  a.m. or to serve lunch on Oct. 5. The program is free; the lunch is $4.00 in advance.

Detroit Presbytery Mission Breakfast
October 8

Join us on Saturday, October 8 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church for the annual Mission Breakfast.  Meet and hear Ms. Veronica Muchini from Kenya, as she talks about empowering women and girls.  Also learn how our One Great Hour of Sharing dollars are being used.  The cost is $10 per person (cash or check paid at the door) or register online and use PayPal. To make your reservation email:  sandy@detroitpresbytery.org or pbydetroit.org and then click on “Mission Breakfast”.

Save the date, bring friends, to the Men’s Breakfast Oct 15

Saturday, October 15 the Men’s Monthly Saturday Breakfast at 8:00 AM in Knox Hall will include a special presentation by celebrated aviation artist/photographer Robert G. Aikins.  His work covers all phases of aviation history with over 100 paintings completed to date, including many devoted to the iconic WWII planes that helped America win the air war.  He is an Artist Member of the American Society of Aviation Artists with work exhibited at the National Navy Aviation Museum, the Henry Ford Museum and the annual “Designer’s Night” event held in conjunction with the Detroit International Auto Show. Robert is a Friend of the National Museum of the USAF, a member of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and the Yankee Air Museum.  For more information about our presenter please contact Larry Gage.

Flu shot clinic on Sunday, October 23rd

The Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) will hold a flu shot clinic after worship on Sunday, October 23rd from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM in Knox Fellowship Hall.  Flu shots are $33.  The flu mist is $35 and the pneumonia shot is $95.  The VNA accepts Medicare Part B, Blue Care Network, HAP, Priority Health Plus of Michigan, and most Blue Cross plans.  The VNA accepts cash and personal checks made payable to VNAHSS-Flu Program.  If you have any questions, please contact Donna Marvicsin.

Don’t miss the Mission Crawl on Thursday, October 27th

Mark your calendar for October 27th for a Mission Crawl.  You’ve heard of a pub crawl but we will “crawl” to three mission sites that our church supports so we can see in action how our money and time are used.  We have a 24-passenger bus that will take us to Fort St. Presbyterian Open Door, a lunch stop at Greet Dot Stables, Second Mile Center, and South Oakland Shelter.  It will be first come – first served to ride the bus and the rest of us will carpool.  Please see Sandi or Ev Randlett or Karen Linnell to sign up.

A message to the women of First Pres Farmington

Would you like to become closer to a few other women in our church? Could you use some support in trying times?  Would you like to do some relaxed bible study once a month? Would you like to grow your faith in the company of friends? If so, please consider visiting one or more of our circles in September. There is no obligation and no pressure.  You can just show up at circle meetings once a month or whenever you are able to be there.

Presbyterian Women offers three daytime circles and two evening circles. Circle leaders are in parentheses.

  • ACTS (Marcia Van Hamme) meets on the Second Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a
  • BETH (Ruth France) meets on the Second Tuesday of each month at 12:15 pm
  • Deborah (Anne Fuller) meets on the Second Thursday of each month at 10:00 am
  • Phoenix (Sally Kirsten) meets on Second Tuesday of each month at 7:15 pm
  • Lydia (Kathy Brown) meets on the Third Tuesday of each month at 7:15 pm.

There are also two sewing groups that invite new members (Jan Dolan, Ginny Hubble). We invite you to join us. Call Sue Carlson or Sally Kirsten to chat about which circle might fit your needs the best.

Join the Prayer Shawl Ministry

Do you like to knit or crochet but don’t know what to do with all of the items that you make?  Then join the Prayer Shawl Ministry.  The group meets on the first and third Mondays at 9:30 AM in the Parlor from September through May.  We create lovely hand-made covers and scarves that are given to anyone in need of comfort.   If you are a beginner we will help you get started.  The Prayer Shawl Ministry is also an opportunity to meet new people and socialize.  If you have questions please contact Marcia Howe.

Clothing drive for students in need

The Farmington Area Interfaith Association (FAIA) has come up with one solution to providing clothing for students who are in need.  Working in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul, the Farmington Public Schools will hold a clothing and shoe drive Sept 16 – Oct. 3.  We’re all encouraged to donate clothing  to St. Vincent de Paul bins located at the Lewis Schulman Administration Building (32500 Shiawassee) during these 2+ weeks. Then St. Vincent de Paul will give FPS gift cards to distribute to families in need in the district to select clothing at their thrift store in Sylvan Lake.

Another opportunity to provide clothing is the annual distribution of 10,000 pounds of clothes at the Latter Day Saints Church on 13 Mile Rd. Oct. 20-22.  Forms will be available at church for those wishing to participate.  Volunteers are needed Oct. 19-22 to help unload, display and help folks find what they need

Congregational News and Concerns

September Session Highlights

During the September Session meeting, the Session:

  • Welcomed Pastor-elect Eddie Jusino and his wife Pam for a brief question and answer period.
  • Moved Communion to the second Sunday of November, the 13th instead of the 6th, due to Consecration Sunday occurring on November 6.
  • Accepted the resignation of Elder Julie Cohen from the Session at her request due to her move to a new house.
  • Approved two fundraisers:one for the Presbyterian Preschool, and one by Deborah Draper in support of the music program of the church.
  • Approved giving Pastor Keith Provost his 30 day notice as of October 31, 2016.His last day to preach will be Sunday, November 13, 2016.

Consecration Sunday Is Coming

Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. Rather, such congregations see financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.

Our congregation’s stewardship committee has selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year.

New Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”

During morning worship on Consecration Sunday, we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church’s missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world.

Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by attending morning worship on Consecration Sunday. We urge people to attend even if they are strongly opposed to completing a card. The procedure is done in such a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card.

We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During morning worship our guest leader will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship.

We will encourage participation in Consecration Sunday events through the Consecration Sunday team, deacons and session members. Since we will make no follow-up visits to ask people to complete their cards, we will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend Consecration Sunday worship.

Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in Consecration Sunday events.

Your Consecration Sunday Team

Shepherd Calls!

The 2016 fall round of Shepherd calls will begin on Sunday, October 9, and will conclude on Sunday, October 30. The purpose of the Shepherding Program is to provide to the congregation an extended ministry that allows for personal and caring interaction between church members.  A two-way dialogue exits between the Shepherd and the Flock members to provide timely information about church activities, and to assist with the spiritual needs of the congregation.

We trust that you will welcome your Shepherd’s call, and you are encouraged to get to know your shepherd. It is a friendly call to say we at First Presbyterian care about you.
SHEPHERDS: Please plan to pick up your Shepherd Information Packet on Sunday, October 9 from the Shepherd box in the Narthex.

If you have any questions about the Shepherding Program, or are interested in becoming involved, please call           Mickey Seiler or Emma T.

Sunday morning coffee hour hosts needed

Photo credit: Creative commons.

Photo credit: Creative commons.

Are you looking for a way to contribute your time and talents to your church family?  Serving coffee hour following worship may be for you.  It involves making lemonade and putting treats and snacks on plates, (about 30 minutes) before church and serving refreshments for about a half hour after the service.  Refreshments can be provided by you or purchased by the church.  The sign-up sheet is posted on the kiosk.  Blank dates can be filled in by volunteers.  The goal is to serve coffee hour after every service.  If you enjoy conversation, mingling, or making new friends, this is an opportunity for you, so sign up for serving coffee hour based on your availability.  It also provides an opportunity to each of us to invite visitors to join us for coffee and conversation.

Joys and Concerns

  (Names have been withheld from the webversion of the FYI to protect members’ privacy.)

We hold in our prayers members recuperating at home.
We hold in our prayers members who are homebound, in nursing homes, and assisted living.
Those serving in the military.
We pray for the grieving.

Kudos and thank yous

Dear friends,
Your generous gift in June of $500 to support disaster relief from the earthquake in Ecuador is a gift that clothes those who are naked with shelter, support, harmony, and peace.  For those gifts, we know they are thankful . . . and so are we.  May the peace of Christ continue to rule in your heart, and may God’s love clothe you and yours with joy.  With deepest appreciation,
The Rev. Dr. Laurie A. Kraus, Coordinator, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

June/July 2016 FYI

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Potluck dinner and concert in Heritage Park

This is an event of faith, family, fun and fellowship.  On Thursday, July 21st enjoy a pot luck dinner at 5:30 PM in Knox Fellowship Hall with our church family, friends and neighbors.  We have extended a special invitation to Little Flock, a congregation that shares our building and our faith, to join us.  After dinner, we will enjoy the “The Indian Musical Extravaganza Concert” at Heritage Park.  Bring a favorite dish to pass; dessert, dishes and drinks will be provided.  Dress casual and bring a lawn chair or blanket for the concert in the park.  Please call Ginny Hubble with any questions or if you would like a ride.

VBS is August 8th – August 12th

Cave-questVacation Bible School with our partner church, Hope Lutheran Church, is coming august 8th through August 12th from 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM each day.  There will be a new format for VBS this year.  Our theme is Cave Quest: following Jesus, the Light of the World.  Gear up for an over-the-top underground adventure!  Kids will be grounded in the rock-solid foundation of God’s love, a love that takes us through life’s dark times.  Each day will be spent spelunking through field-tested activity stations with their cave crews.  Every station is designed to reinforce the daily Bible point in a hands on, interactive way that keeps everyone engaged.

If you have children or grandchildren entering grades K-5, or know someone who does, VBS sign-up is now available online at
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeTHottROQdU3JSWN5FIR_Ecc_-DDOCnJZPE10jRPergbCFQw/viewform or register in person at Hope Lutheran Church (12 Mile and Haggerty roads).  The cost is $20 per child, or $45 per family. Please contact Josh Archey if you are interested in volunteering to help with all or part of this new and exciting VBS program.

Save the date for Fall Fest – Sunday, September 11th

Mark your calendars for a very special Fall Fest on Sunday, September 11th after worship.  We will be celebrating 50 years of Boy Scouts at First Presbyterian Church as well as the kick off for the 2016-2017 Christian Education Program.  Join us in worship as we recognize Troop 179.

The deadline for articles for the September FYI is Wednesday, August 17th!

From the Pastor’s Laptop

Listening for God’s call

The call to serve God can come at any time, at any place. The Bible is full of stories of people chosen by God for service who have been reluctant to answer the call… uncertain of their worthiness.

So it has been in my life.  When I was an undergraduate my closest friend talked to me about his considering changing majors and going into education.  We were both business majors at the time.  I asked him, “Why would you want to do that?  You can make a better living in the private sector.”

Years later our career paths found him as the Vice President of an insurance company.  I was an Assistant Superintendent for a public school district. Something of an ironic twist with my finding my way into education after wondering what he was thinking!  I eventually came to see my time in education as a calling to use the gifts God had given me.

During that time I was in education another friend and I had a conversation about the future.  He was a lawyer and was thinking of going to seminary.  Again I asked, “Why would you want to do that?”

Years later he was (and still is) a judge, and I ended up in seminary!

My journey to ministry started as a desire to learn more about our faith.  I have described it as a gentle tug on my sleeve that turned into God’s arm wrapped around me, leading me to ordination.  It was as if God was whispering in my ear, “I have something I want YOU to do.  Come with me.”

By the time I was ordained I was 60!  While others my age were getting to retire, I was starting a new career!  As one of my friends said during my ordination service, “I never saw this day coming!”

Four years ago I retired, yet here I am again, called by God to serve as your Temporary Supply Pastor.  I never saw it coming!  And I am so grateful for this call.

The story simply is this, always be attentive to that still small voice … It just might be God calling you to service.  And I can tell you from personal experience, your life will be richer for answering the call.  I am so privileged to be here
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Have a blessed and safe summer.
See you in church,
Pastor Keith

P.S.  Thank you for wearing your name tags and continue to do so to help me and visitors to First Presbyterian Church learn your names.

Christian Education News and Events

July / August 2016 Events

Summer is upon us– a time of relaxation, fun in the sun, and busy-ness?? Yes, it’s true, the work of the Church of Jesus Christ is never complete, and this summer is no exception. Summer Sunday School continues during the 9 AM hour in the 2nd floor library (Adults) and following the Time with Children for children in Grades K-5, in Room 207. Mission trips to Kentucky and a week of mission work in Detroit have been completed by our junior and senior highs. Presbyterian Youth Triennium @ Purdue University, where 5,000 Presbyterian 9th-12th graders and their adult chaperones gather once every three years, is right around the corner, July 19th-23rd. Finally, Vacation Bible School (VBS) with our partner church, Hope Lutheran Church, is coming up August 8th-12th from 9 am to 12:30 pm!

If you have children or grandchildren entering Grades K-5, or know someone who does, VBS sign up for Cave Quest: Jesus is the Light of the World is now available online at:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JPYRwnV3EHuwKp6uEBTa8v3vJ-1gtBQOv-NXlSQKEXs/viewform
Or, register in person at Hope Lutheran Church (12 Mile and Haggerty).  The cost is $20 per child, or $45 per family. VBS will run August 8th-12th from 9 am until 12:30 pm.

Please see Josh Archey if you are interested in volunteering for all or part of VBS, or if you are able to help with Sunday School or the nursery! Volunteers are ALWAYS needed! Thank you!!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVERY SUNDAY:
9 am Adult Ed. Hour (2nd floor Library),
10:15 am Sunday School (Room 207)

  • Saturday, July 16th, 5-8 pm Go Karts and Mini Golf @ G-G’s Fun Center, (Grand River, just east of Orchard Lake Rd)
  • July 19th -23rd Presbyterian Youth Triennium @ Purdue University
  • August 8th -12th, 9 am-12:30 pm, Vacation Bible School @ Hope Lutheran Church
  • Saturday, August 13th 7 pm-10 pm Movie and Video Game Night @ Church

 

General Assembly 2016: What you need to know?

From June 18th-22nd, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend portions of our national church gathering, the General Assembly, or GA, of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Conversations centered on showing kindness, love, and understanding toward all, rather than just tolerating others. Forgetting the numbers, and the money, for a minute, we were asked to consider: Is it vital? Are people getting fed on a deeper, spiritual level?

A new initiative of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) is called Vital Congregations. Vital Congregations calls us to meet people where they are, to emphasize small groups and sermons that cause us to think deeply about the things that matter most to us. We are called to invite, not just to welcome, friends old and new into our midst. Where we disagree, Christian love is more important than being right. We should seek to be “boldly gracious.” What is God calling us to be? Instead of grieving our shrinking membership, could God be calling us into a new way of doing? Of being?

The 222nd General Assembly of the PC(USA) wrestled with and made many important decisions. An overview of those decisions may be found at: http://oga.pcusa.org/section/ga/222nd-general-assembly-2016/ganews/.

I would like to offer to our church that we consider using the PC(USA)’s Engage curriculum to help us reach out more intentionally in our community. Our church does many wonderful things, but how much of what we do is known in the wider community? Everyone in Farmington Hills should know that we are Christians by our love! This is my hope and my prayer.

In Christ’s Love,  Joshua Archey

Meet our high school graduates . . .

Eva C. is a graduate of Farmington High School.  This past year Eva has been studying in Germany and will return home in July.  She is a Girl Scout and a member of the Sr. High Youth Group.  Eva will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall and plans to major in Environmental Science.  Eva is the daughter of Ann and Bill Collins-Carey.

Cameron C. is a graduate of North Farmington High School where he played baseball, was a member of the Diversity Group, Pay It Forward, and Youth Dialogues at the University of Michigan.  He will attend Olivet College in Olivet, MI this fall and pursue a degree in Special Education.  Cameron is the son of Doug and Kristin Creighton and the grandson of Gladys Creighton.

. . . And our college grads

Katie Creighton, graduated from Davenport University in Grand Rapids with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  She is employed by Beaumont Hospital at the Botsford Campus.
Daniel Cressman, graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He is employed at the Toyota Technical Center in Saline, MI as an Interior Design Engineer.
Nate Hedgecock, will graduate from Hope College in July with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Nate will be pursuing a career in new product development.  .
Jennifer Ramsey, graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  She is employed by Munson Hospital in Traverse City, MI.
Leslie Van Hamme, graduated from Alma College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.  She is working at the Farmington Community Library on Twelve Mile Road.
Emma Vincent, graduated magna cum laude from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders.  She will begin her Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology at Bowling Green University in the fall.
Liam Vincent, graduated from North Carolina State University with a Master of Science degree in Crop Science.  He is employed by North Carolina State University and will be married to Amy in June.

Time to re-enroll your Kroger card

Over five years ago we enrolled in the Kroger Community rewards program.  Since that time we have received more than $2500 which supports our youth mission programs. A big THANKS goes to those Kroger shoppers who have registered their cards and designated FPC as the recipient of Reward Dollars.  Each shopper must re-enroll their card in the program during April so that we continue to earn rewards during the coming year.

It’s easy to enroll/re-enroll in Kroger Rewards. Visit www.krogercommunityrewards.com click on “Michigan” and click “Enroll” to register for the first time or click “Re-enroll” to re-register.  All participants must have a valid online account at Kroger.com and need to sign up online to participate.  Please take a minute to do so.  Thank you for your support!

Upcoming Events and Mission Opportunities

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

The Fellowship Committee will host an ice cream social after worship on Sunday, August 14th in Knox Fellowship Hall.  If you would like to with this event, please contact Ginny Hubble at (248) 804-2228.  Mark your calendars so you won’t miss this sweet, summer treat!

Second Mile Center will host annual health fair

Monday, July 18, 2016. From 1 pm to 8 pm   Second Mile Center will again host one of Detroit Presbytery’s annual health fairs.  Volunteers are needed for early afternoon (1-4) and / or late afternoon (4-8). No experience or training is needed. Opportunities exist for helpers with games, food, activities, and basic health screening. Last year we had nine volunteers from First Presbyterian Church of Farmington and provided 46 hygiene kits. Please let Ginny Hubble (SMC board member) know of your availability.  Ride sharing may be available.  Donations of hygiene kits are also welcome.

Gathering fresh produce for a local food pantry

Beginning Sunday, August 7th, you can bring in fresh produce from your garden or one of the local farmers markets on Sunday mornings.  Place your contributions in the bin at the entrance to church.  Each week we add vegetables from our garden on the hill and deliver the produce (after weighing it) to St. Alexander’s Food Pantry on Monday or Tuesday.  If you have any questions, please see Tom or Cathy Neal.  Your participation is greatly appreciated.

News from your Mission and Outreach Committee

 Back to School Already?

It’s already time to think about getting ready to go back to school!  Huh?  It seems like just yesterday that school got out, graduation was held, and kids started summer activities, didn’t it?  No, you don’t have to check your calendar.  We’re just trying to get a jump start on helping Operation Common Good with school supplies for homeless kids in the Farmington Public Schools.

Our church would like to once again help with the back-to-school effort to make sure these kids have the school supplies needed for their grade and classroom.  On Sunday July 31 and August 7, we invite you to contribute by either writing a check (with Operation Common Good [OCG] in the memo line) or putting cash in a pew envelope marked OCG.  The two homeless coordinators for Farmington Public Schools will buy the school supplies based on each teacher’s supply list.

At the end of the school year there were 142 homeless FPS students (the definition of homeless is those without a permanent address, perhaps living in a hotel or car or staying with friends or relatives).   Operation Common Good was started several years ago by students who wanted to make sure their classmates had school supplies and clothing.   It is now a 501(c)(3) run by Farmington Public Schools.

It is our privilege to assist in this effort.  Last year our generous congregation gave $793!
Mission & Outreach Ministry Committee

Hillside Elementary School

Nine volunteers from our church helped out at the annual Hillside Elementary School carnival in June  filling bags with popcorn, scooping sno cones, swirling cotton candy, running games, directing car parking and doing whatever job needed to be done.  Alas, no one volunteered to wear the Huskie mascot costume which, given the weather, was just as well.

We encourage you to think how you might like to help out at Hillside when school starts again in September.  Maybe you’d like to work in the media center, shelving books or helping the students find the book they are looking for.  Perhaps you’d like to tutor in math or reading—ask Sally Kirsten or Richard Spurgeon who tutored this spring.  What about greeting students as they come in in the morning or leave in the afternoon?  In late fall, we’ll begin “interest activities” during the lunch hour so please imagine what you might like to share with these kids.

If you don’t have your FPS badge yet, please complete the background check form (at the Welcome Center or see Prill Brioullette or Karen Linnell) and give it to one of us for processing.  The students, parents and teachers are so pleased with our help, so come join the partnership.

Congregational News and Concerns

 

June Session Meeting Highlights

During the June Session meeting, the Session took the following actions:

  • Approved the use of the remaining Performing Arts Funds for guest musicians in Worship.
  • Approved the invitation to the congregation to contribute to Farmington Public Schools Operation Common Good to provide school supplies to homeless students.
  • Approved a “Mission Crawl” in October, the month of Mission, to visit sites of some of the missions to whom we contribute.

Time and talents

Are you looking for a way to contribute your time and talents to your church family?  Serving coffee hour following worship may be for you.  It involves making lemonade and putting treats and snacks on plates, (about 30 minutes) before church and serving refreshments for about a half hour after the service.  Refreshments can be provided by you or purchased by the church.  The sign-up sheet is posted on the kiosk.  Blank dates can be filled in by volunteers.  The goal is to serve coffee hour after every service.  If you enjoy conversation, mingling, or making new friends, this is an opportunity for you, so sign up for serving coffee hour based on your availability.  It also provides an opportunity to each of us to invite visitors to join us for coffee and conversation.

Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) update

Your PNC continues its work.  We have completed our phone interviews with the prospective candidates that were chosen from many applicants.  We have trimmed those down and now progress to holding Skype interviews with those who we identified as our next possible pastor.  From there we hope to be down to a few candidates and will be having more personal contact with them in the hope of calling the person that God has identified for us.  We ask for your continued prayers as we continue this challenging task.

Meet the newest residents at First Presbyterian Church
This spring, a female Northern Flicker Woodpecker made a home in the dead tree near the church garden.  The gardeners noticed that there were two other holes the exact same size in the tree (probably from previous years).  These photos were taken by Lew Cantor as he captured the mother feeding her baby (left) and the three babies peeking out from their nest as their mother called to them from her position on the flagpole (right).  Will there be a fourth nest in 2017?  Stay tuned!

 

We Keep in Our Prayers

We hold in our prayers members who are homebound, in nursing homes, and assisted living: Names withheld from web version
Those serving in the military: Names withheld from web version
Prayers for the grieving:Names withheld from web version
Kudos and thank yous

Kudos to Sharon Cressman (left) who received the Lifetime Presbyterian Women award and pin on Gifts of Women Sunday, April 3, 2016.  Sharon was recognized for her work with the church recycling program, working with Carolyn Forbes to help First Presbyterian Church become an Earth Care congregation, her work in the church gardens, serving as the Clerk of Session, membership in the Presbyterian Women and Acts Circle, leader of the JOY Study Group, and supportive parent of the Middler and Sr. High Youth groups. Thank you Sharon for all you do to support First Presbyterian Church.

Kudos to Jan Dolan who received the Nancy Bates Distinguished Public Servant Award on May 9, 2016 from the Farmington Hills City Council.  Jan was recognized for her outstanding volunteer efforts in the Farmington communities.  City officials said that all of the honorees “represent the spirit of volunteerism and have given countless hours of their time to programs and initiatives that enhance the quality of life in Farmington and Farmington Hills.”

To my church family,
I would like to thank all for the outpouring of support I received after my stroke.  The cards from many of you and the rides to medical appointments and Tuesday breakfasts provided by members of the Men’s Group were greatly appreciated.  I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful church family.           Gratefully, Bill Kinney

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our green thumbs, mulch spreaders, tree trimmers, gutter cleaners, sweepers, and picnic table repairers who did a fantastic job of beautifying our church grounds on Saturday, May 21st.  A special thank you to the McKinnon’s who continue to maintain the beautiful Biblical Garden for the past 20 years since their daughter Heather earned her Gold Award for the planning and execution of the garden.  It will be incorporated into the Cope Memorial Garden expansion being planned.
Alvine Cooper and the Property Committee

Dear First Presbyterian Church members,
Thank you for your donation of $100 towards the T-shirts that were given to the walkers in the Farmington Area CROP Walk that raised funds for Church World Service and five local hunger-fighting agencies.  On Sunday, May 1st, 258 walkers raised over $29,600 in pledges.  Thank you again for your generosity and continued support.  We have made a difference.  Earl Hagen, Farmington Area CROP Walk Arrangements Coordinator

Dear First Presbyterian Church,
Thank you for your donation of $250 to the South Oakland shelter mattress fund!  Your gift enables us to fulfill our mission of ending homelessness by providing a comfortable place for homeless individuals and families to stay while they look for a new home.  On behalf of our shelter guests and clients who benefit from your generosity, we want to express our sincere appreciation for your commitment to helping others in need.  Thank you again for your generous support!               Sincerely, Ryan Hertz, President and CEO, South Oakland Shelter

May/June 2016 FYI Newsletter

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PW Gathering is Monday, May 16th at 7:00 PM

“There’s a Lady in the House”

Rep. Kathy Crawford will speak about the life journey that brought her to public office in her 70s in the Michigan House of Representatives. All are welcome to this inspirational and entertaining gathering sponsored by PW. Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. program and dessert are $3.  Contact Mary Larson or Ruth Vandoorne for more information.

Deacons Wellness Seminar on Sunday, May 15

We have asked Arthur Malisow, CELA, one of the top Elder Care lawyers in Michigan, to speak about aging and medical care coverage changes.  The Deacons will provide a light lunch and there will be time for questions and answers.
The cost of long-term care is growing and becoming unaffordable for many people.  Medicare covers very little long-term care and only under specific circumstances. Long-term care insurance has become prohibitively expensive and many people need to turn to government assistance programs like Medicaid and Veterans benefits. The rules for these programs are constantly changing, so retirees and those nearing retirement will want to hear what Art has to say.  He will explain the changes/new laws, and he will offer thoughts on alternative options that provide funds for aging and illness, yet help to retain one’s assets. If you have any questions, please contact Sally Kirsten or the church office.

Church spring clean-up is Saturday, May 21st

The snow is gone and the spring storms have left their debris scattered on the church grounds.  It’s time to get out those garden tools, trimmers, saws, rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, and gloves for the springtime church property clean-up!   We will start at 9:00 AM and finish at noon.  Drinks and donuts will be served.  Sooooooo – set aside some time on Saturday, May 21st and come with your favorite garden tools, and join in the work and fun.  This is a great opportunity to make some new church friends!  If you have questions, please see Rick Fuller.

Wear red for Pentecost on Sunday, May 15th

Celebrate Pentecost by wearing red to worship on Sunday, May 15th.  The color red signifies the coming of the Holy Spirit to the apostles.  There will also be other surprises at church that Sunday morning!

The deadline for articles for the June/July FYI is Monday, June 6th!…

Pastor’s Pen

Meet our Temporary Supply Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Keith Provost

Keith O. Provost was born and raised in the Detroit area.  He graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor Science in Personnel Management. Subsequently he received his Master’s in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Wayne State University.  In 2007 he received his M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary. While in seminary Keith served as an intern at Littlefield Presbyterian Church in Dearborn, Michigan. He also completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn.

Before being called to ministry Keith worked in the private sector and served as the chief business official in a number of school districts in the Metropolitan Detroit area.

Prior to coming to First Presbyterian Church, Keith served for over four years as Temporary Supply Associate Pastor at Kirk in the Hills. His duties included Outreach and Mission, and serving as the clergy staff for the Deacons, Trustees and Stewardship Committee.  He has also served as the Temporary Pastor at Lincoln Park Presbyterian and as Parish Associate for Allen Park Presbyterian. Keith is a retired member of the Detroit Presbytery and is a member of the Committee on Ministry.

Keith was an active member of Allen Park Presbyterian Church for over 40 years prior to his ordination in December 2007. While a member he served as an Elder, Deacon, and as a Trustee serving in leadership capacities on all three boards.  Keith was elected by the congregation to serve on two pastor nominating committees.

While Keith was an undergraduate student at Wayne State University he met Mary Lou, his wife of over 43 years.  They have three grown children, Dr. Elayne Provost who lives with her family in Towson, MD, Marie Burkholder who lives in Holland, MI with her family, and Nathan who lives in Lakeland, FL with his wife.  Keith and Mary Lou have five grandchildren.

Please wear your name tag on Sunday mornings and at committee meetings to help Rev. Provost learn everyone’s name.

Christian Education News and Events

May & June Christian Education News and Events

As we continue through the season of Easter towards Pentecost, we remember Jesus’ great love for us and the opportunity we have to share that love with others! Volunteers are being sought to help with ALL ASPECTS of Christian Education, Youth Mission Blast Detroit, and VBS August 8th-12th! Please contact Josh Archey at church or via e-mail at joshua.archey@farmington-pres.org for more information or to volunteer!
Here are just a few of the ways we can share God’s love with others in the weeks ahead:

Sunday, May 15th         Deacon’s Wellness Seminar (No after church Koinonia Study planned).

Sundays, May 15th and 22nd      Junior and Senior Highs, 11:30 am, DVD series on the apostle Paul/Your Faith Questions! (2nd floor Youth Room)

Saturday, May 21st       MANDATORY Presbyterian Youth Triennium Meeting, 10 am-12 noon, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 21575 W. 10 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48075.

Saturday, May 21st            Youth Fun and Games Night, 5-7 pm —Picnic and Games in Shiawassee Park. Rain Location: 1st Presbyterian Church of Farmington.

UPCOMING:
June 12th                      
CE / Graduate Recognition and Mission Trip Commissioning

June 25th-July 2nd         Senior High Mission Trip to Kentucky

June 26th-July 2nd         Youth Mission Blast Detroit (Junior Highs)—Please see Josh Archey to sign up or to volunteer!

Volunteers needed!!

July 19th-23rd                Presbyterian Youth Triennium @ Purdue University (Senior Highs—See Josh Archey if interested!)

August 8th-12th             Vacation Bible School @ Hope Lutheran Church

            SAVE THE DATE! Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2016 is coming August 8th-12th! This year’s VBS is being hosted by our friends at Hope Lutheran Church (near the corner of Halsted and 12 Mile Road), and the theme is Cave Quest: Following Jesus, the Light of the World! VBS will run Monday through Friday from 9 am to 12:30 pm. Please contact Josh Archey if you are interested in volunteering, registering your child or grandchild, or for further information!

Enjoy a delicious meal and support our programs:

Adult Volunteers are needed for

Youth Mission Blast Detroit, June 26th-July 2nd.
Please contact Josh Archey if you can help chaperone one or more days at 248-474-6170 or joshua.archey@farmington-pres.org. We will be staying at Fort Street Presbyterian Church, and volunteering with Motor City Blight Busters. Thank you!!

VBS (Vacation Bible School), August 8th-12th, 9 am-12:30 pm. All activities are pre-planned and all materials are provided!! Still needed are: a Science Station Leader, Video Station Leader, and a Snack Station Leader. Contact Josh Archey at First Presbyterian or Katy Golden at Hope Lutheran if you can help. Thank you!!

Time to re-enroll your Kroger card

Over five years ago we enrolled in the Kroger Community rewards program.  Since that time we have received more than $2500 which supports our youth mission programs. A big THANKS goes to those Kroger shoppers who have registered their cards and designated FPC as the recipient of Reward Dollars.  Each shopper must re-enroll their card in the program during April so that we continue to earn rewards during the coming year.
It’s easy to enroll/re-enroll in Kroger Rewards. Visit www.krogercommunityrewards.com click on “Michigan” and click “Enroll” to register for the first time or click “Re-enroll” to re-register.  All participants must have a valid online account at Kroger.com and need to sign up online to participate.  Please take a minute to do so.  Thank you for your support!

Christian Education needs you!!!  Please volunteer

Chaperones for Youth Mission Blast Detroit (June 26th-July 1st 2016, similar in 2017)
1 Female and 1 Male to accompany Junior Highs on a week of mission work in Detroit. Overnight accommodations in a Detroit area church. Week begins Sunday evening, and ends with Detroit Tigers game and fireworks Friday night. Volunteers may also serve on a daily or nightly basis.

Chaperones for Overnight Lock-Ins at Church with Junior and Senior Highs
1 Female and 1 Male needed to chaperone overnight lock-ins in the Fall and Spring on a Friday or Saturday night.

Lead Sunday School Teacher (one month commitment, not including Communion Sundays)
Using the curriculum, lesson plans, suggested activities, and supplies (all provided in advance), help ensure the fun and learning of our K-5/6 children while making sure that everyone stays safe. Help lead and guide the Bible story reading, discussions, and games. Time: 10:15-11 am approximately.

Assistant Sunday School Teacher (one month commitment, not including Communion Sundays)
Assist the Lead Sunday School Teacher in teaching and doing activities as provided by the curriculum, lesson plans, activities, and supplies (all provided in advance). Help ensure the children have fun while learning and staying safe. 10:15-11 am approximately.

Nursery Substitutes (select Sundays, when paid nursery staff is on vacation)
Help to staff the nursery on Sunday mornings when regular nursery staff are unavailable. Help provide for the safety and well-being of our youngest Presbyterians, making sure parents/guardians sign their child(ren) in and out. 9:45 am to 11:15 am approximately. 2 adults (or 1 adult/ one teen) should be present at all times.

Senior High Small Group Leader (Educational, Mission, and Fun Activities)
Help lead senior highs in weekly educational (2x per month), mission (1x per month), and fun (1x  per month) activities using the provided curriculum resources and calendar of events, taking into account the wishes of the senior high youth/ youth leaders whenever possible and practical. Ensure a safe and fun learning environment for all. Commitment can be to one or more events.

Senior High Small Group Assistant
Assist the Senior High Group Leader in ensuring a safe and fun learning environment for all senior high youth, whether on mission outreach, fun outings, or educational opportunities throughout the year. Commitment can be to one or more events.

Junior High (Middler) Small Group Leader
Help lead Junior Highs/Middlers in weekly educational (2x per month), mission (1x per month), and fun (1x  per month) activities using the provided curriculum resources and calendar of events, taking into account the wishes of the senior high youth/ youth leaders whenever possible and practical. Ensure a safe and fun learning environment for all. Commitment can be to one or more events.

Junior High (Middler) Small Group Assistant
Assist the Middler Group Leader in ensuring a safe and fun environment for all youth whether on mission outreach, fun outings, or educational opportunities. Commitment can be to one or more events.

Adult Education Leader 9-9:45 am
Help lead and guide the weekly discussion of current events in a Christian, Biblical context. This small but loyal group of 6-10 members and friends meets weekly in the 2nd floor church library from 9-9:45 am. Commitment can be for one or more months, and class members are welcomed to lead or co-lead as well.

Adult Education Leader 11:30 am-12:30 pm (Koinonia Study)
Suggest topics of interest and relevance to the congregation, members, and friends and lead an in-depth discussion in a Christian context. Previous studies included: the Lord’s Prayer, Forgiveness, Justice: What is the Right Thing to Do?, Psalms and Hymns, and more. Classes meet in the 2nd floor classrooms or the church parlor. Commitment is for a 4 to 6 week program.

Upcoming Events and Mission Opportunities

Volunteer drivers needed

The Deacons are looking for a few people willing to provide rides to church for our members who cannot drive themselves.  Our church has a number of members who cannot drive because of health issues (both temporary and/or on-going), or who no longer have transportation of their own.
The Deacons wish to develop a list of volunteers when there is a request for a ride to Sunday services. This might be something a volunteer offers to do weekly, one Sunday a month, or on an as needed basis.  Please call Sally Kirsten  or the church office to volunteer your services or to get more information.  We will make every effort to have this be an easy task— picking up someone close by, and when you are able.

Time for the spring Shepherd calls

The shepherd packets are available for pick up on the literature table in the Narthex.  Shepherd calls begin May 8th and will be made for the next two weeks. If you have any questions, please contact Irene Sharpe.

The Great Tomato Give Away arrives May 22nd

The Great Tomato Give Away is one way of making the people in our church aware of the hunger needs in our community. The churches in the Presbytery sign up in April or early May to participate in this project. On May 21st, our church will receive 48 free tomato plants. On Sunday, May 22nd, we will distribute the tomato plants to the Sunday school children or anyone else in the church that wants them to plant at home. When the tomatoes ripen in August and September we recommend they be brought back to the church and distributed to St. Alexander’s Food Pantry, our local food bank. Along with the tomatoes, other vegetables are collected from our gardeners and from church members who purchase vegetables at local farm markets.  If you like to garden/water plants, our church garden could use your help. See Tom Neal for more information.

News from your Mission and Outreach Committee

Hillside Elementary
It’s happening!  Our partnership with Hillside Elementary School is almost ready to get off the ground!   In April, four of us (Prill Brouillette, Laura Hedgecock, Rick Fuller and Karen Linnell) spent a wonderful afternoon with Pamela Green, principal of Hillside.  We all thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the school, the teachers and the students in their nurturing culture!  Ideas in which we could participate enthusiastically poured out of Pam.
We’ve had a terrific response from our church members who want to volunteer at the school in a variety of capacities.  Right now we’re working on the logistics of turning this great idea into a reality.  Laura Hedgecock and Ann Collins-Carey are developing a data base to match volunteers with needs and times providing connectivity with each other and with Hillside.  So please stay tuned, complete your background check form, ask us questions, and think of all the ways you could help these enthusiastic students.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance   (PDA)
Thanks to everyone who contributed to One Great Hour of Sharing, we were able to send over $2500 to PDA, earmarked for the Flint Water Crisis.  And now our help is needed again as a result of the earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador.  Jen Sharpe, Manny and Irene’s daughter, works for the DEA in Ecuador and reports that the devastation is horrific.   PDA is working to respond to this crisis, providing support to those suffering in the aftermath. As their immediate response takes shape, PDA is also preparing for long-term support for both Ecuador and Japan. Long after the initial wave of relief recedes, PDA will remain to accompany the people of Ecuador and Japan as they rebuild their lives, walking the road out of this chaos with hope.

Rebuilding Together and Crop Walk
These two activities took place April 29 and May 1.  Tom Neal made a report to the congregation on Sunday, May 8 about the success of the Rebuilding Together project.  Eighteen church members made needed repairs inside and outside a home in our own community through RTOC.  The weather was perfect for the annual Farmington Crop Walk for the walkers and their supporters (i.e., pledgers).  Thank you to everyone who supported these two projects.

Rebuilding-together-2016Eighteen members from First Presbyterian Church volunteered at the Rebuilding Together home in Farmington Hills on Saturday, April 30th. They included (front row) Yoko Trapp, Karen Cowen, Emily Davis, Mickey Seiler, Cathy Neal,(back row) Bob Cowen, Tom Brown, Kathy Brown, Rick Fuller, Larry Gage, the homeowner, Ron Prieskorn, Jim Hubble, Jerry Scheel, Gordon Seiler, and Tom Neal.  Not pictured are Chris Davis, Jerry Howe and Bill Vincent.

Congregational News and Concerns

April Session Meeting Highlights

The Session took the following actions at its April 20, 2016 meeting:

  • Received by Profession of Faith: Names withheld from web version
  • Received by Baptism upon Profession of Faith: Name withheld from web version
  • Approved the hiring of Rev. Keith Provost as Temporary Supply Pastor.
    • Rev. Provost will not be eligible for our permanent Installed Pastor position.
    • This position can be ended by the Session, or by Rev. Provost, with one month’s notice to allow flexibility in the timing of the calling of our new Installed Pastor.
  • Called a Congregational Meeting for Sunday, May 1st, after worship for the purpose of electing Elders and Deacons, and to elect congregational representatives to the Nominating and Financial Review Committees.

Carefully considered where God is leading as we discussed the Mission Self Study

Donations needed for church grounds

The church grounds maintenance group is seeking financial donations to buy mulch for the parking lot islands and church grounds. If you would like to make a contribution, please write” mulch” on the memo line of your check or on the outside of the pew envelope, and place your donations in the offering plate.  Any amount will be greatly appreciated and put to good use!

Church officers ordained and installed Sunday, May 15

A service of Ordination and Installation for Elders and Deacons in the class of 2019 will be held during the worship service on Sunday, May 15 at 10:00 AM.

Joint Deacon/Session Meeting Wednesday, May 18

There will be a joint meeting of Elders and Deacons on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 PM in Knox Hall.  We will have dessert and honor the outgoing Deacons and Elders and welcome those serving in the class of 2019.

Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) update

Your PNC continues its work of finding the person who God has identified as our next called Pastor.  We are meeting twice a week doing phone interviews with candidates we culled from an extensive pool.  These phone interviews should be completed next week.  The next step will be Skype interviews with candidates that we moved forward from the last round.  We ask for your prayers and God’s guidance.

Join us for Music Recognition Sunday May 22

On Sunday, May 22nd during the 10:00 AM worship service we will recognize the outstanding music program at First Presbyterian Church.  Help us thank our chancel choir, hand bell ringers, instrumentalists, organist and Music Director for their leadership during worship throughout the year.

CE Recognition and Graduation Sunday is June 12

Join us on Sunday, June 12 as we recognize and thank the volunteers and staff who make the Christian Education Program at First Presbyterian Church a success.  If you would like to be a part of this important ministry, read the article on Page 4.

Sr. High and Middler Mission Trip Commissioning on Sunday, June 12

Join us on Sunday, June 12th during the 10:00 AM worship service as we commission and bless the young people of this congregation as they go out and serve others.  The Sr. Highs will be traveling to work for a week in eastern Kentucky.  Middlers will be participating in the Detroit Presbytery Youth Mission Blast working for a week with the Motor City Blight Busters and staying at Fort Street Presbyterian Church.

Kudos and thank yous

To my church family,
Thank you for the lovely azalea plant which was delivered to me here at Waltonwood.  I am still enjoying it’s beautiful blooms.  You are a blessing to me and I look forward to the times I can attend worship services.
In Christ’s Love, Neva Sutton

Dear friends,
Thank you for your donation of toiletries on April 15, 2016.  Donations like yours help South Oakland Shelter meet the basic needs of individuals and families in crisis.  On behalf of our shelter guests and clients who benefit from your kindness, we want to express our sincere appreciation for your kindness and generosity towards others in need.
Sincerely, Ryan Hertz, President and CEO, South Oakland Shelter

Dear First Presbyterian Church,
Thank you so much for your generous gift of $1000 to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan located in Flint, MI.  Your donation will play a part in providing meals to those who are struggling to put food on the table – restoring confidence and dignity as they help support themselves and their families.  In fact, 98% of every dollar is allocated towards services that help feed the community.
Sincerely, William E. Kerr, President

We Keep in Our Prayers

Members and friends: Names withheld from web version

We hold in our prayers members who are homebound, in nursing homes, and assisted living: Names withheld from web version

Those serving in the military: Sgt. David Beaver, Fort Hood, TX; Patryk Piontek, U.S. Marines; Pvt. Tim Rogers, Fort Bragg, NC.

Prayers for the grieving:  Names withheld from web version

Please join us for a fun-filled day at Tanglewood Golf Course in South Lyon, MI for 18 holes of golf with a scramble start.  The day includes lunch, steak dinner, raffle prizes and awards.  Last year the foursome from First Presbyterian Church (Dave Carson, Rick Fuller, Jerry Howe, Phil Maus) took first place !!!  The cost per golfer is $130 and dinner guests only are $30 per person.  Brochures for the event will be available at the Welcome Center.  If you have questions or need further information please contact Samaritan Counseling Center (248) 474-4701 or online at samaritancounselingmichigan.com

April FYI

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  Easter worship

March 27 at 8 AM as 10 AM” Easter Worship the Resurrection of Our Lord – Brunch served between services at 9 AM.

Church office closed on Monday, March 28.

Come and celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday on April 3

Presbyterian Women invites you to mark your calendar for April 3rd for a special announcement during Worship and a reception in Knox Fellowship Hall. An outstanding member (or members) of this Congregation will be honored for dedicated service above and beyond the ordinary which has made a meaningful and enduring difference to our church.  Please come and congratulate the recipient(s) and enjoy punch, cake and other treats provided by Presbyterian Women.

Save the Date — April 10th:  Farewell to Pastor Jim Faile

Mark your calendar to attend worship and a luncheon afterwards on Sunday, April 10th.  That is Pastor Jim’ s last day with us.  We want to celebrate his time at Church of Our Savior, at First Presbyterian and say “Good-Bye.”

There will be a luncheon in Knox Fellowship Hall after the service and the Rabbe’s Tish.  Please bring a dish to pass:  a salad, side dish or dessert if you are able.  The main dish and beverages will be provided.

There will be a short program with time to reminisce and express good wishes to Jim.   You may bring cards for Jim.   In lieu of gifts, you may make a donation to a program or charity of Jim’s choice (which will be announced).  If you are able to help with set-up, serving or clean up, please sign up on the sheets posted on the Narthex doors.

Join us for Confirmation Sunday, April 24th

April 24th is your chance to meet and greet this year’s confirmands.  They have been working all year along with their mentors, doing community service projects, holding retreats, and many other faith-building and faith exploration activities.  The confirmands will also meet with Session members on Wednesday, April 20.  Please be sure to allow yourself a little extra time after worship on Sunday, April 24th to welcome the confirmands into the congregation and enjoy a piece of cake in their honor.

Save the date for Rebuilding Together – Saturday April 30th

Rebuilding Together Oakland County is a one-day project held on Saturday, April 30th.  Plan to work on the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington sponsored house.  Register online at www.rebuildingtogether-oaklandcounty.org  Click on “Become a Volunteer” then click on “Click Here to Apply”  If you have questions contact Tom Neal.

   The deadline for articles for the May FYI is Monday, April 18th!

Pastor’s Pen

What’s Tappening

Shalom

            Shalom is a greeting equally appropriate when saying hello or goodbye.   We first said hello back in 2011, one Sunday at a pulpit swap.  Well, not actually a pulpit swap but a preacher swap; I came here to First Presbyterian to give the sermon and Pastor Sue Melrose went to the Church of Our Saviour.  Sue and I had been discussing the future of the Church of Our Saviour and First Presbyterian.  After 53 years in West Bloomfield, the life, mission and ministry of COOS was complete; one chapter of faithful life closed and another one was opening.   Working with both sessions and the Presbytery of Detroit, COOS closed on December 31, 2011, the property was sold and members and assets were transferred to First Presbyterian.

The two congregations met together for the first time on the First Sunday of Advent in 2011; the two became one on January 1, 2012.  I became a member of FPC’s staff as Transitional Associate Pastor, a position funded by some of the proceeds from the sale of the COOS property.  The larger portion of those proceeds went to local, regional, national and international mission, including a fund for FPC’s mission giving.  (Those figures are published in the 2012 Annual Report to the Congregation.)

Pastor Sue, Charon Barconey followed by Josh Archey,  Jerry Custer, Pam Williams and I worked as colleagues; as the Transitional Associate Pastor, I had the great pleasure of spending time with Middlers and Senior Highs, went on mission trips to Mexico, West Virginia, Detroit with the 2014 General Assembly, and  New Jersey.   Those who were freshmen in High School in 2012 are now in college; others will soon graduate and begin careers and family themselves.  My life has been made richer through my time with them.

Pastor Sue announced her plans to retire in advance; and I did not believe I was called to serve as the next called pastor of First Presbyterian Church.  I did feel the call to serve as Interim Pastor, and assumed that role in July of 2014.  Since then, together we have journeyed through significant changes.  From two pastors on staff to one.  From Charon Barconey’s leadership as DCE to Josh Archey’s.  Accompanist Jen Palmer left for a full time position, Dr. Norah Duncan stepped in as interim organist, followed by Emily Verde.   Our sextons Plamen and Galya Todorov completed their degree work and moved on to their own careers; we welcomed Vanya Geogieva as our new sexton.  The mission and ministry of the church continued, from Fall Fest to SOS.  At the same time session completed a very comprehensive Mission Self Study, covering not only the congregation but the community as well.  The congregation elected a Pastoral Nominating Committee in the fall of 2015 and the search for the next installed pastor is well underway.

This has been a meaningful journey together, 11 years with members of the former COOS and just a little more than 4 years at FPC.  From the very beginning it was a temporary one; as Transitional Associate, then Interim Pastor.  Now the time has come to say farewell; our work, our journey together is complete.  God is calling us to different places, me to Allen Park Presbyterian as Interim, you to remain here and welcome the new challenges of mission and ministry to this changed and changing community.

The only constant in all this change is our faith in God’s steadfast love, the living Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit.  So as I say farewell, I also say, Shalom.   ~PJ

 

Christian Education events for April

Starting Sunday, April 3rd, join Richard Spurgeon immediately following worship in a video, book, and discussion series from Harvard University’s Michael Sandel entitled Justice: What is the Right Thing to Do?. Grab some goodies from Coffee Hour and head upstairs to Room 208/210! After a brief hiatus on Sunday, April 10th, classes with continue on April 17th, 24th, and May 1st.

Junior  and Senior Highs not away on Spring Break are invited to join Josh Archey on Sunday, April 3rd after worship for a time of study on relationships and the Bible, using the PC(USA) Faith Questions series as a guide.

Following Spring Break, join your friends on Sunday, April 17th after worship to discuss your questions, insights, and experiences over Spring Break—where do you see God at work in your life? Plan ahead and sign up for Rebuilding Together Oakland County on Saturday, April 30th and CROP Walk on Sunday May 1st!

Our final Confirmation Class is Saturday, April 16th, 5-8:30 pm!  Confirmands and mentors will meet with Session at 7 pm on Wednesday, April 20th.  Sunday, April 24th is Confirmation Sunday! Following a reception in recognition of our Confirmands, Senior Highs are invited to join us upstairs in the Youth Room for a movie and popcorn!

On Sunday, May 8th (Mother’s Day), the congregation is invited to make a donation to the youth mission trips and pick up roses for Mom, Grandma, aunt, sister, or friends after worship! This year’s mission trips to Detroit (junior highs) and Kentucky (senior highs) are scheduled for June 25th-July 2nd. See Josh Archey to sign up!

Join us on Sunday, June 12th, for Graduate and Christian Education Recognition Sunday, and mark your calendars now for this year’s Vacation Bible School, Cave Quest, in partnership with Hope Lutheran Church, August 8th-12th from 9 am-12:30 pm! Plan to volunteer and have a blast at Cave Quest: Following Jesus the Light of the World. Volunteers are needed for games, videos, music, and more! Please contact Josh Archey if you can help out with VBS!

Upcoming CE Activities at a Glance

  • April 3rd Koinonia Series begins: Justice: What is the Right Thing to Do? 11:30 am, Parlor
  • April 3rd Faith Questions series with Senior Highs, 11:30 am, Youth Room
  • Saturday, April 16th Confirmation Class, 5-8:30 pm, Youth Room
  • April 17thKoinonia; Growing in Faith: Spring Break Reflections + Questions, 11:30 am, Youth Room
  • Wednesday, April 20thConfirmation Class and Mentors meet with Session, 7-7:30 pm, Room 208/210
  • April 24th Confirmation Sunday, Reception after Worship, Sr. High Movie and Popcorn; Koinonia
  • Saturday, April 30thRebuilding Together Oakland County Mission Opportunity!! Sign up online @ http://rebuildingtogether-oaklandcounty.org/volunteerservice
  • May 1st Koinonia; Farmington/Farmington Hills CROP Walk!  Help stamp out hunger in our community!
  • May 8thMother’s Day Youth Mission Trip Rose Sale following worship
  • June 12thGraduate and Christian Education Recognition Sunday
  • August 8th-12th Vacation Bible School @ Hope Lutheran Church, 9 am-12:30 pm

Spring Koinonia Class begins April 3rd

Get the most popular course ever taught at Harvard without paying Harvard tuition! Starting April 3, the church will be offering an after-service class and discussion on ethics based on the book and DVDs entitled Justice: What is the Right Thing to Do? by Professor Michael Sandel. Several members of the congregation have read the book and/or seen portions of the DVDs and found them very insightful.

Attention parents, grandparents, and friends of preschoolers

Farmington Presbyterian Preschool (FPP) is currently accepting applications for 2½, 3 and 4 year old children. Farmington Presbyterian Preschool has been an important ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Farmington for more than 45 years and is located at 11 Mile and Farmington Roads.  The Preschool offers an experienced, proven program and is open to all children in the local area.  FPP offers 4 yr old classes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings; 3 yr old classes Monday and Wednesday mornings and 2½ yr old classes on Tuesday mornings.

Upcoming Events and Mission Opportunities

2015 – 2016 (9th season) of Great Performances in our Sacred Space

Sunday, 4 PM

10 April 2016

The Reed-Works Saxophone Quartet presenting a full musical range of excellence on saxophones, clarinets and flutes.
Sunday, 4 PM 15 May 2016

Organ Recital, Dr. Norah Duncan IV, Professor, Music Department Chairperson and coordinator of organ perform

 

CROP Walk is Sunday, May 1st

Dust off your walking shoes and grab your sunglasses!!! This year’s Crop Walk will be held on Sunday, May 3. Funds raised by this walk help to reduce hunger both locally and around the world. As you can imagine, the needs are great this year. We usually have about 20 walkers from our church and raise around $1,500 each year. There is a short, medium and long walk to accommodate everyone’s pace. Please consider joining this event by walking, sponsoring a walker or helping to collect donations.  If you have questions, please contact Dorothy Tait.

Deacons Wellness Seminar rescheduled for May

The Deacons Wellness Seminar originally set for April 10th is being rescheduled for a Sunday in May.  This was done to accommodate the farewell party for Pastor Jim after worship on Sunday, April 10th (his last Sunday with us).  We have asked Arthur Malisow, CELA, one of the top Elder Care lawyers in the State of Michigan, to speak to us about aging and the medical care coverage changes.  The Deacons will provide a light lunch and there will be time for questions and answers.

The cost of long-term care is growing and becoming unaffordable for many people.  Medicare actually covers very little long-term care and only under specific circumstances. Further, long-term care insurance has become prohibitively expensive, many people need to turn to the government for assistance through programs like Medicaid and Veterans benefits. The rules for these programs are constantly changing, so retirees and those nearing retirement will want to hear what Art has to say.  He will explain the changes/new laws, and he will offer thoughts on alternative options that provide funds for aging and illness, yet help to retain one’s assets.

Watch the Sunday bulletins and the FYI for the new date for this seminar.  If you have any questions, please contact Sally Kirsten or the church office.

PW spring gathering is May 16th

The Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering will be held on Monday, May 16th at 7:00 PM in Knox Fellowship Hall.  The title of the program is “There’s a Woman in the House” and will feature Kathy Crawford, a Michigan House Representative from the 38th District which includes Northville, Novi, South Lyon and Walled Lake.  Dessert will be served before the program.  We will also have the installation of PW officers.  Tickets are $3 and watch the Sunday bulletins for ticket sale dates and more information.  If you have questions, please contact Mary Larson or Ruth Vandoorne.

Congregational News and Concerns

Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) update:

Last week our Pastor Information Form (PIF) was posted on the PC(USA) website. We have received our first batch of candidates. We are now beginning the initial review process of resumes. This process will continue until we decide on prospects that we wish to explore further. As updates occur we will keep you informed through the 7weekly bulletin, the FYI, and on a poster board which will be located in the Narthex.

March Session Meeting Highlights

The Session took the following actions at its March 16, 2016 meeting:

  • Approved the position description for a Temporary Supply Pastor.This pastor will not be eligible for our permanent installed pastor position.
    • Pastor Jim explained that he felt it appropriate to have a significant amount of time between himself and our new installed pastor, so the time was right for him to take a new position.In addition, the work of the Interim is about complete here now.
    • The Temporary Supply Pastor will maintain the momentum, continuity, and pastoral care of our congregation.
    • Our congregation is large and complex enough to need a pastor during the week, not just for Sunday mornings.
  • Approved the use of $595 from the Memorial and Tributes Fund to upgrade the sound system in Knox Fellowship Hall.
  • Reviewed and updated the Action Plans in the Mission Self Study.

Have you paid your 2016 per capita?

The Per Capita on each of our active members is $25.04.(Of that, $7.12 is for the General Assembly; $3.25 for the Synod of the Covenant; and $14.67 is for the Presbytery of Detroit.)As a church, we will be paying a total of $10,692.08.We do not require, but invite, you to pay your per capita – what some refer to as “church dues”.Please send that amount for each active member in your household (ages confirmation and above) with checks payable to the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington.On the memo line write “Per Capita.”

News from your Mission and Outreach Committee

First on the mission agenda for 2016 was a week with South Oakland Shelter guests in January.  This is our church’s ninth year of hosting SOS and it was a truly rewarding time.  More children were a part of the group of 31 this year.  Unless you spend 24 hours straight during our SOS week, you might not guess all the steps involved.   Thanks to everyone who had a part in this effort, especially Mike Gidley who has provided leadership for all 9 years.  He is stepping back from this to work on other projects in the church.  There is a role for you—however big or small you would like

Thank you all for your generous support of Neighborhood House.  They requested our help to restock their shelves so we brought needed items the last two Sundays of each month in the first quarter of 2016.  We filled a van each month with paper products (toilet paper, paper towels) in January, another van in February with canned goods (tuna, chicken) and again in March with dish soap and laundry soap.  These are necessary items that cannot be purchased with a bridge card (formerly known as food stamps).

The water crisis in Flint is at the top of all our minds.   The far reaching impact of lead in the water on children is frightening.  So we spoke with First Presbyterian Church of Flint to see how we might help.  Bottled water is flowing (pardon the pun) into Flint but the food bank has been ignored  during the water crisis.  Our church made a contribution of $1000 from the mission budget to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and will stay in touch FPC Flint.  In addition, we designated half of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering to be earmarked for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance—Flint.

We met with St. Al’s food pantry to see how we might support some of their needs for Easter.  Several churches are collecting canned goods so Carol Greening felt that a monetary donation would be most helpful to provide fresh vegetables, meat, milk, eggs and bread.  So we took $500 from the mission budget to contribute to St. Al’s food pantry.

Next on the calendar is Rebuilding Together in Oakland County on April 30th.  Our church will be assigned a home in Farmington/Farmington Hills so that we can redo/build whatever is needed to make a safe, livable home.  Please sign up on a sheet in the narthex and let Tom Neal know you’d like to help!  The very next day is the Crop Walk.  Sign-up sheets will be available for walkers to obtain pledges.

A year or two ago, the congregation suggested a greater emphasis on our local community.  Session agreed and many of the above projects reflect that goal.  Our newest project is to partner with Hillside Elementary School.  This school was suggested by the Director of School Community Relations and the head of Instructional Equity identified Hillside as a school with high unmet needs.   There are opportunities for each of us from greeting the students in the morning, to shelving books in the media center, to quizzing the kids during Reading Rocks, to providing fresh fruit for snacks.  Students enjoy enriching activities during the lunch hour and adults are needed to share hobbies and activities they enjoy such as knitting, wood-working, cooking, fly-tying (we already have a volunteer for that).  Or maybe it’s spending one-on-one time with a student in need of a mentor or a tutor.  The possibilities are wide open and we hope to start in April.   We’d like to meet with each circle, with the men’s group, with choir, with preschool moms, with the shawl groups and during Rebbe’s Tish to discuss the program.   Please see Prill Brouillette or Karen Linnell with questions or to volunteer.

Please check the Mission and Outreach bulletin board (by the coffee pots) for a list of the causes we are funding with our mission budget in 2016.
~ Your Mission Committe

Kudos and thank yous

Dear First Presbyterian Church,

Thank you for all of your expressions of sympathy upon the death of my father.  I could tell that each card was carefully chosen and each phone call was heartfelt.  Your visits at the funeral home and service meant so much to me.  This truly is a caring congregation and I am honored to call you friends.       Gratefully, Pam Williams

You make more possible.  Together we can do so much more to strengthen our community.  Thank you so much for your contribution.  You help the Y to be so much more. Laura, YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

Dear friends at First Presbyterian Church,

Thank you so very much for your monetary donations of $27 in late December and $249 in late February that were sent to St. Alexander’s Food Pantry on behalf of your congregation.  Please know that our outreach program would not be able to continue if not for the support of many churches, organizations and individuals, and we are most appreciative of the countless ways that you share our mission and our vision.

The need in our community continues, and we now have 27% of students in the Farmington Public Elementary Schools who qualify ffor free or reduced hunch.  Homelessness is another disturbing issue that exists within our cities. And we now have 191 students in our school district who are directly impacted by this problem.

While none of us can do everything, all of us can do something, so we ask you to keep our outreach program in your prayers as well as feeding the hungry in our community a priority at your church.  May God continue to bless each and every one of you for your generosity.

Sincerely, Carol Greening, St. Al’s Food Pantry

We keep in our prayers

Members and friends: Names withheld from web-version of the FYI.

We hold in our prayers members who are homebound, in nursing homes, and assisted living: Names withheld from web-version of the FYI.

Those serving in the military: Names withheld from web-version of the FYI. .

Prayers for the grieving: Names withheld from web-version of the FYI.


– Samaritan Counseling Center Lay Caregiver Series –

Chronic Clutter:  Reclaim Your Space

Sunday, April 17, 2016     2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

While only about 5% of Americans suffer from Hoarding Disorder (DSM-5, 2013), everyone has spaces in their home that become disorganized or overrun by various objects and over 84% of people feel they have a problem with organization.

In its milder form, disorganization can lead to anxiety and feelings of guilt or low self-esteem.  As the clutter escalates into a chronic problem, it is frequently coupled with depression, anxiety, alcoholism, isolation, family distress, and poor health/hygiene.

Dr. Vanessa Brown, licensed psychologist, will review the difference between hoarding and other problematic clutter behaviors.  She will present information on when to seek treatment from a licensed mental health practitioner.

Dr. Brown will also provide an introduction to tools that can be used to declutter your home.  Ranging from small junk drawers to entire rooms filled with clutter, this workshop will help you to take the first steps towards reclaiming your space.

The workshop will be held at:   Nardin Park United Methodist Church, 29887 W. Eleven Mile Road  (just west of Middlebelt), Farmington Hills, MI

The cost of the workshop is $15.  Please call the Samaritan Counseling Center at (248) 474-4701 for more information or to reserve your spot.

You must register by April 14th if you plan to attend!

 

March 2016 FYI

Headlines

Holy Week services and Easter worship

March 20 10:00 AM Palm Sunday WorshipChildren gather in Knox Hall at 9:45 for palm processional
March 24 7:00 PM Maundy Thursday – Holy Communion and Tennebrae service in the sanctuary
March 27 8:00AM &
10:00 AM
Easter Worship The Resurrection of Our Lord
Brunch between services at 9:00 AM
March 28 all day Easter Monday Church office and building closed

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services   

We will join together for a Maundy Thursday service in the sanctuary on Thursday, March 24th at 7:00 PM. There will be song, prayer, scripture, and a meditation as we remember the arrest of Jesus and the desertion by the disciples.   We will also partake of the Lord’s Supper through intinction. Plan to attend this meaningful service that leads us toward the celebration of Easter.

The Farmington Area Interfaith Association will hold an ecumenical Good Friday Service on Friday, March 25th at 12:00 noon at a church to be determined. Watch the Sunday bulletins for updates. A combined choir from participating churches will sing. If you would like to be a part of the choir, please meet at the church at 11:00 AM to rehearse.

One Great Hour of Sharing

One Great Hour of Sharing donations support ministries for disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people in our country and throughout the world find safe refuge, start new lives, and work together to strengthen their families and communities. The OGHS offering will be received on Palm Sunday, March 20th and Easter Sunday, March 27th. Please use the envelopes in your box, in the pew racks, or write OGHS on the memo line of your check.

Join us for Easter brunch

Brunch will be served between the 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM worship services. Sponsored by the Session and everyone is invited!  Brunch will consist of egg casseroles, pancakes, sausage, and fruit. There will also be an Easter egg hunt for children and youth at 9:15 AM.  If you can help with set-up or clean-up please contact Tom Brown.  Join us for this Easter celebration.

            Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 13!

     The deadline for articles for the April FYI is Friday, March 18th!

Pastor’s Pen

What’s Tappening

The middle of Lent

It’s hard to believe, but March 1st finds us in the middle of Lent; Easter is Sunday, March 27th. With this winter’s unpredictable nature, we ought to be ready for a White Easter, rather than an Easter parade.

This Lenten/Easter Season is much the same as every other year, just a little earlier than we’re used to.

There are two more Sundays in Lent before Holy Week which begins with Passion/Palm Sunday, March 20 with a service of readings, hymns and anthems marking the journey from the Triumphant Entry of Christ into Jerusalem through the crucifixion and death.

The Maundy Thursday service is at 7:00 PM Thursday, March 24, in the Sanctuary. The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated.

The Farmington Area Good Friday Service will be held mid-day on March 25th. The location has yet to be determined.

The congregation will greet the news of the empty tomb and proclaim “Christ is Risen!” on Sunday, March 27 at two services; 8:00 and 10:00 AM. A wonderful brunch will be served between the services.

The PC(USA)’s One Great Hour of Sharing will again be received on Easter, to support the many missions of the denomination.

But the real impact of Easter comes after that Sunday. For if one truly believes that Christ is risen, the good news will be proclaimed and lived in a way that brings new life, just as the spring brings new life to the land.

First Presbyterian Church will greet the new life of spring, with all its uncertainties (like this winter’s weather), and the journey will continue. Come, be a part of it!

Easter blessings,  IPJ

Christian Education events for March

Senior Highs are invited to come together in the 11:30 am-12:30 pm hour after worship in the Youth Room on the 2nd floor beginning Sunday, March 13th to discuss faith questions and mission outreach that matter to YOU!

On Sunday, March 20th, we will go bowling after church. After a break for Easter on March 27th, during which you are invited to help set up the Easter Egg hunt for the children, we will continue meeting on the 1st and 3rd Sundays for a time of study and fellowship, and on the 2nd and 4th Sundays for mission opportunities and fun activities!

Still thinking about joining the Senior High Mission Trip to Hazard, KY June 25th-July 2nd? Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue University July 19th-23rd? See Ellen Ely or Josh Archey ASAP to sign up!!

Middlers continue their journey towards Confirmation on Sunday, April 24th, and are likewise invited to join in mission activities and fun outings of their own choosing on select Fridays and Saturdays! A fun-filled weekend is planned March 4th-6th at Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake!

The Koinonia Lenten Study Series continues in the 11:30-12:30 hour through March 13th! Join Pastor Jim for an in-depth study on the Lord’s Prayer in Room 208/210, or Emily Davis in a Lenten Study on Forgiveness in the parlor. All are welcome!!

Christian Education needs your help! Whether it’s one or two hours one Saturday or Sunday a month with the Middlers or Senior Highs, serving on the Christian Education committee by attending our monthly meeting, volunteering to help with Sunday School, or if you have the next great idea for our next Koinonia Study series, WE NEED YOU! Please see Josh Archey, Emily Davis, Ellen Ely, Laura Hedgecock, or Donna Marvicsin if you can help out. No teaching or teaching experience required!

March 2016 calendar of events

March 4th-6th  Middlers: Weekend Retreat @ Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake 
March 6th and 13th Lenten Study Series: The Lord’s Prayer (208/210) and Forgiveness (Parlor)
March 13th          Senior Highs meet in the Youth Room, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
March 18th (Friday)

Middler Fun Outing (Zap Zone)

March 20th     

Senior High Fun Outing after church (Bowling)

March 27th

Easter Sunday Easter Egg Hunt (9:15 am). Help set up starting at 8:45 am!

April 3rd  

Senior Highs, Youth Room @ 11:30 am

Upcoming Dates of note for Confirmands:

Saturday, April 16th (Class from 5-8:30 pm)

Wednesday, April 20th 7:30 pm-8 pm (Meet with Session)

Sunday, April 24th, Confirmation Sunday

Koinonia offerings for Lent

            On Sunday mornings during Lent from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., join us for one of two simultaneous Koinonia opportunities each Sunday:

  • Group Study: Reflections On The Lord’s Prayer — Led by Pastor Jim, this class will explore a major theme or phrase of the Lord’s Prayer to give renewal and offer opportunity for personal reflection.
  • Book Study: Forgiveness: A Lenten Study — Written by Marjorie J. Thompson, the book explores the ability to forgive and our need for forgiveness.

Please being a small snack to share before the start of each program. For more information or to offer to lead one of the classes, contact Josh Archey or Emily Davis.

Attention parents, grandparents, and friends of preschoolers

            Farmington Presbyterian Preschool (FPP) is currently accepting applications for 2½, 3 and 4 year old children. Farmington Presbyterian Preschool has been an important ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Farmington for more than 45 years and is located at 11 Mile and Farmington Roads.  The Preschool offers an experienced, proven program and is open to all children in the local area.  FPP offers 4 yr old classes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings; 3 yr old classes Monday and Wednesday mornings and 2½ yr old classes on Tuesday mornings.
Please join us for our Open House on Saturday, February 27 from 10:00 AM till noon.  For more information please check us out at www.farmington-pres.org/preschool or call 248-474-9752.

Upcoming Events and Mission Opportunities

Concert Sunday March 13 – The Big Band Era

It’s often referred to as the Golden Era of popular music in America!  People thronged to ballrooms and dance halls to hear the big bands and to dance to their music.  On Sunday, March 13 at 4 PM those melodies and memories will once again come alive performed by the DKW Trio in a tribute to them all.  Led by brilliant pianist Tad Weed, drummer Sean Dobbins, and bassist Kurt Krahnke, these distinguished musicians will revisit that wonderful period for your listening enjoyment.  When the group last performed for us to a standing ovation, they paid tribute to the genius of Duke Ellington and will now return to also celebrate the musical legacy of his contemporaries. Come to enjoy and revisit some wonderful memories of those good times and invite family and friends to share them with you.

2015 – 2016 (9th season) of Great Performances in our Sacred Space

 

Sunday 4 PM

13 March 2016

The DKW Trio, featuring three renowned musicians, Tad Weed piano, Kurt Krahnke bass and Sean Dobbins drums, in a tribute to the music of the Big Band era.
Sunday, 4 PM

10 April 2016

The Reed-Works Saxophone Quartet presenting a full musical range of excellence on saxophones, clarinets and flutes.
Sunday, 4 PM 15 May 2016 Organ Recital, Dr. Norah Duncan IV, Professor, Music Department Chairperson and coordinator of organ perform

Deacons Wellness Program

            The Deacons will host an after church program Sunday on April 10th   We have asked Arthur Malisow, CELA, one of the top Elder Care lawyers in the State of Michigan, to speak to us about aging and the medical care coverage changes.
The cost of long-term care is growing and is becoming unaffordable for many people.  Most people believe that Medicare will cover costs of long-term care.  However, Medicare actually covers very little long-term care and only under specific circumstances.  Further, long-term care insurance has become so prohibitively expensive, many people need to turn to the government for assistance through programs like Medicaid and Veterans benefits.  The rules for these programs are constantly changing, so retirees and those nearing retirement will want to hear what Art has to say on this subject.  He will explain the changes/new laws, and he will offer thoughts on alternative options that provide funds for aging and illness, yet retain one’s assets.
This program will be held in Knox Fellowship Hall at 11:30 a.m., April 10, 2016.  The Deacons will provide a light lunch before Arthur speaks.  There will be time for questions and answers.

Let’s help replenish the shelves!

Once the holidays are over, the shelves at Neighborhood House look pretty bare.  So we met with the staff and volunteers who gave us a list of the items they especially need during the winter months for people in need in our community.  The Mission Committee invites you to help replenish the shelves the last two Sundays of each month this winter.    Here are the items needed:
March 20 & 27: dish soap, laundry soap in small sizes

You may not be aware that Bridge cards (previously known as food stamps) cannot be used for non-food items so these are especially appreciated.    Your Mission Committee

Congregational News and Concerns

February Session highlights

The Session took the following actions at its February 17, 2016 meeting:

  • Approved the Ministry Information Form (MIF).  This MIF describes our church and the characteristics we would like in a new Pastor.  It allows our Pastor search to officially begin.
  • Approved a debt principal reduction payment of $300,000 with funds from Endowment and General Funds.
  • Granted permission for the Confirmands to attend the Presbytery Confirmation retreat at Camp Westminster March 4-6, 2016.  Josh Archey, Mary Waldrup and Charon Barconey will chaperone.

Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) update:

Last week our Pastor Information Form (PIF) was posted on the PC(USA) website. We have received our first batch of candidates. We are now beginning the initial review process of resumes. This process will continue until we decide on prospects that we wish to explore further. As updates occur we will keep you informed here in the weekly bulletin, the FYI, and on a poster board which will be located in the Narthex.

Have you paid your 2016 per capita?

            The Per Capita on each of our active members is $25.04.  (Of that, $7.12 is for the General Assembly; $3.25 for the Synod of the Covenant; and $14.67 is for the Presbytery of Detroit.)  As a church, we will be paying a total of $10,692.08.  We do not require, but invite, you to pay your per capita – what some refer to as “church dues”.  Please send that amount for each active member in your household (ages confirmation and above) with checks payable to the First Presbyterian Church of Farmington.  On the memo line write “Per Capita.”

 Kudos and thank yous

Kudos to Paul Rogers, a member of the Michigan Army National Guard, who was promoted to Brigadier General during a ceremony held on February 20th at MIARNG Joint Forces Headquarters in Lansing.  Paul is currently the deputy commander of the 46th Military Police Command.  You can read about Paul’s promotion at http://minationalguard.com/michigan-national-guard-promotes-paul-rogers-to-brigadier-general  Thank you for your service Paul!

Paul Rogers receives symbols of his new Brigadier General rank from his son Nick (left) and his son Tim (right).

Dear church family,
Thank you for all the wonderful cards, your thoughts and prayers at the time of my Mother’s passing,  You are truly a caring church!     Gordon and Mickey Seiler

We Keep in Our Prayers

Members and friends:  Names withheld from web-version

We hold in our prayers members who are homebound, in nursing homes, and assisted living: Names withheld from web-version

Those serving in the military:Sgt. David Beaver, Fort Hood, TX; Patryk Piontek, U.S. Marines; Pvt. Tim Rogers, Fort Bragg, NC.

Prayers for the grieving: Names withheld from web-version  

– Samaritan Counseling Center Lay Caregiver Series –
The Brain and How We Cope

Sunday, March 20, 2016     2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
All of us experience stress.  What is the brain doing as we experience these stressors?  Come explore the brain structures and functions involved in the daily experience of stress.  Equipped with this knowledge, our coping strategies become more effective.  When we understand what is happening in our brain as we experience anxiety we are able to alter our response to anxiety.
Throughout the session, we will be practicing coping strategies and applying this understanding of our brain, in an effort to provide practical skills.  As the session is presented by two art therapists, you can be assured that some of the coping tools and learning experiences will include are!
Presented by:  Deb Czechowicz, MA,LLPC and Sydney Tremont, MA, LLPC (art therapists)
The workshop will be held at:   Nardin Park United Methodist Church
29887 W. Eleven Mile Road  (just west of Middlebelt), Farmington Hills, MI
The cost of the workshop is $15.  Please call the Samaritan Counseling Center at
(248) 474-4701 for more information or to reserve your spot.
You must register by March17th if you plan to attend!