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

Headlines

  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!

February 2016 FYI

Headlines

 

Call to Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 7th

The Session has called the Annual Congregational Meeting for Sunday, February 7, 2016 immediately following worship. The call of the meeting is to:

  1. To receive the reports of the Session and its officers and committees, the Board of Deacons, and other organizations of the congregation.
  2. To conduct the annual meeting of the Corporation.
  3. To vote on a proposal from Session to amend the current bylaws of the First Presbyterian Church, reducing the number of elders and deacons from fifteen to twelve.
  4. And any other appropriate congregation business.

2015 Annual Report is Available

The 2015 Annual Report is available on the literature table in the narthex.Please take only 1 copy per family.If you do not need a paper copy, please call the church office (248) 474-6170 to receive the annual report by email.

Ash Wednesday is February 10th

Ash Wednesday will be observed at a worship service at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, February 10th in the sanctuary. Join with others for a service of penitence and renewal as we pray, hear God’s Word, distribute ashes, and share the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The Deacons will meet in Room 208/210 at 6:30 PM before the Ash Wednesday service.

Koinonia offerings for Lent

Beginning Feb. 14 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.

Souper Bowl of Caring is Sunday, February 7th

Please join the junior and senior highs and their families in supporting St. Alexander’s Food Pantry and Neighborhood House by making a donation in one of the provided soup pots after worship on Sunday, February 7, 2016. Then, come enjoy a warm bowl of soup or chili in Knox Fellowship Hall after you attend the Annual Congregational Meeting!

§The deadline for articles for the March FYI is Wednesday,

 

PJ’s “What’s Tappening”

April isn’t the cruelest month, February is. It’s just shorter. It falls right in the middle of winter, and brings with it the Iowa Caucus, Groundhog Day, Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. Since this is a leap year, we have an extra day, the 29th.

This year February also brings an early Ash Wednesday – the 10th. Easter is early, too – March 27th, barely one week into spring. We didn’t have a White Christmas, but a White Easter is a definite possibility. There will be opportunities for study and reflection on Sunday mornings after worship; a study of the Lord’s Prayer and a look at forgiveness.

February also brings the Annual Meeting of the Congregation, a review of the ministry and mission of the church through the past year and a look at the challenges and joys of the year ahead.

There have been a number of changes here at First Pres these past two years – Pastor Sue Melrose retired, Charon Barconey moved from the position of Director of Christian Education to pursue her qualification as a Commissioned Ruling Elder, Jen Palmer moved from her position of accompanist here to a position as Church Musician in Battle Creek. Josh Archey was hired as DCE, Norah Duncan served as interim organist for a time; now Emily Verde, a student at Wayne State is the accompanist. And I have served as your Interim Pastor for the past 19 months.

The Mission Self Study is complete; it is a thorough, thoughtful and faithful document that describes the community and the church and a call for a new direction in the mission and ministry of First Presbyterian.

The Pastoral Nominating Committee has begun its work and will, in God’s time, present a candidate for your election to the role of called pastor.

That’s a lot of changes in the life of the church; but really no more than the larger church has faced over thousands of years, and no more than the church will face in the future. Change has been the constant in the life of the church established by Jesus Christ.

Of course the other constant is the steadfast faithfulness and love of God; revealed to us in Christ and reminded of by the Spirit. The people of God have not been forsaken, nor will they ever be.

As the Annual Reports are reviewed, as the budget is presented, remember, they are but signs of the life of this church. The true life of this church is as the Body of Christ, alive and well and dedicated to faithfully following the call of Christ. May the church be led by the Spirit to be the people God created them to be, as each new day dawns.

Blessing this winter, with hope for the spring,

IPJ

Christian Education News and Events

Bowl Sunday, I mean Souper Bowl Sunday is almost upon us! Please join the junior and senior highs and their families in supporting St. Alexander’s Food Pantry and Neighborhood House by making a donation in one of the provided soup pots after worship on Sunday, February 7, 2016. Then, come enjoy a warm bowl of soup or chili in Knox Fellowship Hall after you attend the Annual Congregational Meeting!

Koinonia Gatherings after Worship continues in the Lenten season! Beginning Sunday, February 14th, join us for one of two simultaneous offerings in the 11:30 am-12:30 pm hour: Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer, led by Pastor Jim, will explore, “a major theme or phrase of the Lord’s Prayer in the hope that we will be renewed in our reflections during Lent” (ThoughtfulChristian.com); A second class will be based on the six chapter book, Forgiveness: A Lenten Study, by Marjorie J. Thompson, and examine, “both our ability to forgive and our need for forgiveness” (ThoughtfulChristian.com).

Our Senior Highs have just completed their first semester exams, and enjoyed a Lock-in January 30th-31st at the church, and look forward to the annual Van Hamme cabin weekend Up North February 19th-21st. Our Confirmands have been meeting monthly on Saturday evenings and looking forward to the Presbytery-wide Confirmation Retreat March 4th-6th. If you have not yet signed up your youth for the weekend retreat, please contact Josh Archey for more information!

Meanwhile, Josh Archey is completing two courses towards certification as a Christian Educator in the PC(USA), Reformed Theology: A Study of the Confessions, with Rev. Dr. Al Timm, and Human Growth and Faith Development, a hybrid course coinciding with APCE, the annual gathering of Presbyterian Church Educators, which just ended January 30th in Chicago.

Please see the calendar below for our upcoming events for youth and members of all ages!

Saturday, February 6th Confirmation Class, 5-8:30 pm, 2nd floor Youth Room

Sunday, February 7th Souper Bowl of Caring; after Annual Congregational Meeting

Saturday, February 13th Presbytery PYC Youth Planning Meeting (Livonia) 12 noon- 2 pm

Sunday, February 14th Koinonia Lenten Studies begin, 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Friday, February 19th-Sunday, February 21st Senior High Weekend @ the Van Hamme cabin

February 28th 9 am Adult Bible Study, 10 am Worship, 10:15 Sunday School, 11:30 Lenten Studies (all month)

March 4th-6th Presbytery of Detroit Confirmation Retreat @ Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake

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

Music from the “Great American Songbook”

Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 4 PM enjoy the music of some of America’s greatest songwriters performed by the Sundown Quintet, featuring acclaimed vocalist/clarinetist Sarah D’Angelo. If you love the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Rogers and Hart, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter then this is a concert not to be missed. Vocalist Sarah D’Angelo’s specialty is delivering heartfelt interpretations of selections from some of these great examples of American songwriting excellence. With a Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Michigan, her performances always include a bit of her excellent clarinet playing, a talent and skill which makes her presentation even more special. Sarah’s charming and intimate singing style and clarinet playing guarantees you will experience a Valentine’s Day afternoon of beautiful music.

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

Sunday, 4 PM

14 Feb. 2016

The Paul Keller Sundown Quintet. The Great American Songbook, featuring acclaimed clarinetist/vocalist Sarah DeAngelo

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 performance at Wayne State University.

No tickets are required for these outstanding events. Donations will be accepted at the door. Suggestion: $15 per person, $25 per family

Congregational News and Concerns

 

January Session highlights

At the January Session Meeting, Pastor Jim reminded everyone that we will worship during snowstorms unless the roads are absolutely treacherous. But, he also emphatically reminded everyone that, “Safety comes first.”

The Session took the following actions:

  • Approved the 2016 Budget
  • Approved moving the Money Market Escrow Fund and the FPCF/COOS Mission Fund, for a total amount of approximately $43,900, to the General Fund.
  • Recommended amending the Bylaws to decrease the number of Elders and the number of Deacons from 15 to 12 on each body. The amendment will be brought to a vote at the Annual Meeting of the Congregation.
  • Approved an overnight lock-in of the Senior High Youth at the church the night of January 30-31, 2016.

Have you paid your 2016 per capita?

One way that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ensures that administrative costs are covered and that giving for specific mission, such as disaster and hunger relief, goes to those efforts alone, is to assess each church a per member or “per capita” amount. Through this assessment, we share the costs of being Presbyterian and bear witness that we are not an isolated congregation, but serve together with other Christians in the Reformed tradition throughout the country and world.

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.”

Help the church offset its energy bill!

In case you missed the December workshop on environmental stewardship, you can help First Presbyterian Church offset its gas bill by scheduling a FREE Home Energy Analysis, or HEA, through Consumers Energy and using promo code 1PRESFH15 when you call 1-888-316-8014 or go online to www.homeanalysis-consumersenergy.com/schedule to sign up for your HEA by February 21, 2016. For every 25 free Home Energy Analyses performed, First Presbyterian Church will receive a $50 credit on its gas bill.

At the appointment, energy efficient lighting, pipe wrapping, low flow shower heads, and programmable thermostats are some of the free upgrades that will be offered as part of this State of Michigan mandated program. Remember, you must mention promo code 1PRESFH15 when scheduling your appointment, and the appointment must be completed by February 21st.

Fellowship hour hosts, lectors, and worship flowers needed

Fellowship Hour hosts, Sunday lectors and worship flowers are needed in 2016. Healthy snacks and treats are served after worship on Sunday mornings. These can be provided by the host or the church. Time to set-up and make lemonade takes about ½ hour, usually before worship. Lectors help lead the Sunday morning worship service. Please consider giving flowers ($22 per arrangement) to enhance our worship services in memory of a loved one or to recognize a special occasion. Sign-up sheets for all three are located on the kiosk in the coffee hour area. Contact Leslie Black (248) 477-9227 or Ginny Hubble (248) 804-2228 for additional clarification.

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:

February 21 & 28: protein-rich foods such as canned tuna, chicken or beef in 6 oz. cans

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

Kudos and thank yous

Kudos to Jim Hubble who was honored as the Farmington/ Goodfellows “Rookie of the Year” in the Christmas can good drive in December.

The following thank you was received from the family helped by the Men’s Group at Christmas: Thanks so much for your help. A little kindness makes such a difference in a day . . . your thoughtfulness certainly made a difference in mine. Thank you so very much for the help for the holidays. I really appreciated all that your church has done. Your church home was a true blessing. Thank you again. From, Diane and Jayveon

Once again our church family has demonstrated how we live our faith. The 2015 Presbyterian Women’s hat and mitten tree was an amazing success with so many of us contributing purchased and beautiful handmade gifts. Donations included 70 Hats, 8 Hat and Mittens sets, 35 pairs of Gloves, 27 pairs of Mittens, 42 pairs of Boys Socks, 52 pairs of Boys Underpants, 38 pairs of Girls Socks, 33 pairs of Girls Underpants and 1 pair of Slipper Socks. The total value of these items was $2,389. They were all extremely gratefully received by Neighborhood House who distributed them to schoolchildren and families in the Farmington, Farmington Hills area. Many, many thanks for your generosity. Linda Clew, P.W. Vice Moderator Justice and Peace

We Keep in Our Prayers

 

Members and friends: Names withheld on web version.

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

January 2016 FYI

Headlines

 It’s not too late … to help with SOS.

January17th will start our 9th year hosting guests from South Oakland Shelter for one week.  It takes people power – 70+ volunteers for a successful week with at least 10 drivers in the morning and evening, overnight hosts, kitchen help including lunch preparers and table cleaners.  Donations are also appreciated.  If you can spare some time that week you will be rewarded with thanks from very grateful people who happen to be in a difficult period.  Please consider a few hours of your time for this wonderful cause.  Because we are hosting SOS this week, the Session will meet one week earlier on Wednesday, January 13 at 7:30 PM in Room 208/210.

A new year – a new Koinonia event

Koinonia comes from the Greek word meaning Communion, joint participation. Join us Sunday, January 10th from 11:30 am-12:30 pm as we begin our exploration of other faith traditions with a talk by Allan Gale of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Bloomfield Hills, MI on Jews, Judaism, and the Jewish Connection to Israel. An expanded coffee hour will be offered.  We will resume Koinonia (after SOS) on Sunday, January 31st with a guest speaker from the Islamic Cultural Center of Farmington Hills.  An expanded coffee hour will be offered.  Watch the Sunday bulletins and the church website for further information.

Annual reports are due by Monday, January 11

Please turn in all reports to be included in the 2015 Annual Report by Monday, January 11, 2016.  The 2015 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 7, 2016 immediately following worship.

Call to Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 7th

The Session has called the Annual Congregational Meeting for Sunday, February 7, 2016 immediately following worship.  The call of the meeting is to:

  1. To receive the reports of the Session and its officers and committees, the Board of Deacons, and other organizations of the congregation.
  2. To conduct the annual meeting of the Corporation.
  3. And any other appropriate congregation business.

The deadline for articles for the February FYI is Wednesday, January 20th !

PJ’s “What’s Tappening”

Not them, us
I mean the Presbytery. Specifically the Presbytery of Detroit, but also the 172 presbyteries in the 16 Synods of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Neither ‘them’ nor ‘they’, the Presbytery is us.  (I know, this is grammatically incorrect but allowed for emphasis.)  We are the Presbytery.  An equal number of clergy and elders from the more than 80 congregations make up this presbytery.  First Presbyterian Church of Farmington is represented by the pastor and three elders.   The Per Capita payment (@ $25.04 per member) supports the administrative costs of the Presbytery – offices at Westminster Church in Detroit, staff salaries, etc. as well as at the Synod and General Assembly level.

Shared Mission Giving, above and beyond the Per Capita, supports the mission of the church – again, at all three levels.  Our Presbytery supports New Church Development and redevelopment, outdoor ministries like Howell Nature Center, urban ministries like Barnabas Project, the Second Mile Center, and Fort Street Open Door; four Campus ministries; Hands on Mission – the list is extensive.  I believe  you’d be pleasantly surprised at the outreach in Detroit.

We are the Presbytery because we are Presbyterians.  Our form of government is unique, based on the Greek Republic, where elders were elected from the city to govern. The word Presbyterian is derived from the Greek Presbuteros meaning elder.  Crossword fans know that presbyopia is the term used to describe the need for reading glasses (literally, older eyes).

As the Reformation unfolded in the 16th century, John Calvin adopted the model of the Greek Republic and developed it into our current form of government; he believed that the Spirit worked in community, and that the checks and balances built into the system would prevent abuses of church power. He also preferred things be done ‘decently and in order.’

We are the Presbytery; we are partners in Christ with our brothers and sisters across the metro area.  We serve the greater church’s mission through our work (and it’s more than just committees and rules and regulations). Our work as a Presbytery connects us to other Presbyterians across the nation and world.

At this point in the life of FPC, a great deal of what will be heard will be news of the Committee on Ministry as it works in partnership with the Pastoral Nominating Committee. Don’t think of the relationship between the two as us/them; don’t think of the steps in calling a new pastor as ‘hoops’ that ‘they’ put in place. Think of this relationship as a journey together through the process of discerning God’s call to this congregation and God’s call to the one who will be pastor.  It is a partnership, for we are the Presbytery, called together by God to follow Christ, inspired by the Spirit.

Who is the Presbytery?  We are the Presbytery.
Pastor Jim

 Christian Education News and Events

Welcome to a New Year and a New Koinonia! We are moving this special educational hour to the hour immediately following worship, and including an expanded coffee hour. For early risers, the 9 am Adult Education hour with Rev. Dr. Harold Ellens and Rev. Craig Aue meets every Sunday at 9 am in the church library.

In January, we will be exploring Judaism (January 10th) and Islam (January 31st) with guest speakers from the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Islamic Cultural Center of Farmington Hills, respectively. With SOS, and Confirmation, in addition to continuing education courses here in the Presbytery of Detroit on Reformed Theology beginning January 12th and the APCE (Association of Presbyterian Church Educators) national conference and continuing ed. course January 24th-30th in Chicago, it is shaping up to be a very full month indeed!
Peace of Christ, Josh Archey

Saturday, January 9th Confirmation Class, 5-8:30 pm
Sunday, January 10th Koinonia Event: “Jews, Judaism, and the Jewish Connection to Israel” Presentation, 11:30 am-12:30 pm in Knox Hall
Sunday, January 10th Senior High Outing (Glo-Golf) after church
Tuesdays, January 12th-March 22nd, 6-9 pm Presbytery of Detroit class, Reformed Theology (various locations), taught by Executive Presbyter Rev. Dr. Al Timm. See Josh Archey for more info!
January 17th-24th South Oakland Shelter (SOS) Please sign up to help on the sign-up sheets in the narthex!
Saturday, January 30th Senior High Lock-in @ Church 7:30 pm Saturday-8:30 am Sunday
Sunday, January 31st Koinonia Event: Presentation by the Islamic Cultural Center of Farmington Hills, 11:30 am-12:30 pm in Knox Hall
Saturday, February 6th Confirmation Class, 5-8:30 pm
February 7th Souper Bowl of Caring after worship, Annual Congregational Meeting
February 19th-21st Senior High Retreat Weekend @ the Van Hamme cabin
March 4th-6th Presbytery of Detroit Confirmation Retreat @ Camp Westminster

***NOTE: Please confirm all events with Director of Christian Education, Josh Archey

Upcoming Events and Mission Opportunities

 

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:
January 24 & 31: paper products such as toilet paper, paper towels, tissues
February 21 & 28: protein-rich foods such as canned tuna, chicken or beef in 6 oz. cans
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

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

Sunday,  4 PM

14 Feb. 2016

The Paul Keller Sundown Quintet. The Great American Songbook, featuring acclaimed clarinetist/vocalist Sarah DeAngelo
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 performance at Wayne State University.

No tickets are required for these outstanding events. Donations will be accepted at the door. Suggestion: $15 per person, $25 per family

 

Congregational News and Concerns

 

December Session Highlights

At the December Session Meeting, the Session took the following actions:

  • Approved the collection of items to support Neighborhood House the last two Sundays of January, February and March.
  • Approved moving the Logos Database from the computer server located in the church office to the ‘cloud’, which provides for automatic updates and other advantages.
  • Approved removing from the church membership rolls 24 people who are no longer involved in the life of the church.

Per Capita Apportionment

One way that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ensures that administrative costs are covered and that giving for specific mission, such as disaster and hunger relief, goes to those efforts alone, is to assess each church a per member or “per capita” amount.  Through this assessment, we share the costs of being Presbyterian and bear witness that we are not an isolated congregation, but serve together with other Christians in the Reformed tradition throughout the country and world.

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.”

2016 Stewardship update

The Stewardship Team would like to thank those members who have submitted pledges for 2016. There is a slight increase in giving from members who have pledged.

Thus far, we have a commitment of $341,500 or 90% of 2015.  We still have a number of members who made commitments in 2015 but have not yet pledged this year and we again encourage those members to submit their pledges. With the addition of those pledges, we still have an opportunity to equal our pledge commitment of 2015.

The Stewardship Campaign of 2015 resulted in a pledge commitment of $375,000. This represented a significant 18% shortfall from the prior campaign. At that time, we were stunned by the results and questioned whether this was a one-time event caused by the transition from a two-year campaign to a one-year campaign or WAS THIS THE NEW NORM?

With this apparent NEW NORM, Session will be meeting in January to establish a spending plan for 2016 and exploring alternatives to fund the ministries of our church while making payments to retire our debt.

We will review 2015 Financials and our plans for 2016 at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 7th.

Help the church offset its energy bill!

In case you missed the December workshop on environmental stewardship, you can help First Presbyterian Church offset its gas bill by scheduling a FREE Home Energy Analysis, or HEA, through Consumers Energy and using promo code 1PRESFH15 when you call 1-888-316-8014 or go online to www.homeanalysis-consumersenergy.com/schedule to sign up for your HEA by February 21, 2016.  For every 25 free Home Energy Analyses performed, First Presbyterian Church will receive a $50 credit on its gas bill.

At the appointment, energy efficient lighting, pipe wrapping, low flow shower heads, and programmable thermostats are some of the free upgrades that will be offered as part of this State of Michigan mandated program.  Remember, you must mention promo code 1PRESFH15 when scheduling your appointment, and the appointment must be completed by February 21st.

Fellowship hour hosts, lectors, worship flowers needed

Fellowship Hour hosts, Sunday lectors and worship flowers are needed in 2016.   Healthy snacks and treats are served after worship on Sunday mornings.  These can be provided by the host or the church.  Time to set-up and make lemonade takes about ½ hour, usually before worship.  Lectors help lead the Sunday morning worship service.  Please consider giving flowers ($22 per arrangement) to enhance our worship services in memory of a loved one or to recognize a special occasion.  Sign-up sheets for all three are located on the kiosk in the coffee hour area.  Contact Leslie Black (248) 477-9227 or Ginny Hubble (248) 804-2228 for additional clarification.

Kudos and thank yous

I want to thank the Men’s Group for their generosity towards an SOS family that we adopted for Christmas.  Not only were we able to fulfill the family’s wish list but we had enough to provide the mother with a $25 Visa gift card and a few unwrapped gifts in case others at SOS fell short.  The staff was impressed with all of the gifts and very grateful for our help.  This year SOS coordinated gifts for over a hundred families.          Thanks, Bob Van Hamme

Our volunteers prepared 150 food boxes for our December Christmas distribution.  There were also toys provided by our local Toys for Tots organization.  We also want to thank Josh Archey and the teens and their parents who helped out at our Thanksgiving distribution on November 21st.  Their assistance was greatly appreciated, and I think they had a lot of fun participating in the process.  Happy new year to everyone at First Presbyterian Church and may God continue to watch over you in 2016.              Sincerely, Carol Greening, St. Alexander’s Food Pantry

Thank you to First Presbyterian Church for your generous gift of $500.  Your commitment to Ecumenical Theological Seminary will enable us to continue our mission of training students to become effective leaders for the Church.  Most of our graduates go on to become pastors serving churches throughout Michigan and beyond.  We are blessed to be able to count on your support.  Your gift helps us to bridge the gap between what we can charge our students and the true cost of excellent seminary education.  We are very grateful!
Blessings, Mauritz Erhard, Ecumenical Theological Seminary

We Keep in Our Prayers

Members and friends: Names withheld from web version of our newsletter.

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

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

Prayers of celebration: Names withheld from web version of our newsletter.

Prayers for the grieving: Names withheld from web version of our newsletter.
– Samaritan Counseling Center Lay Caregiver Series –
Forgiveness: A Spiritual & Psychological Journey
Sunday, January 17, 2016 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Decisions about end-of-life care are deeply personal, and are based on values and beliefs. Talking with loved ones, healthcare providers, and even friends are all important steps to make wishes known. Care receivers may appreciate the opportunity to make their own wishes known, but they may not know how to broach the subject to family, friends or doctors.For thousands of years, faith traditions have encouraged, urged, even demanded forgiveness as the way to live. Now both psychology and medical science recognize the benefits of forgiveness.

In this workshop, we will reflect on the nature of forgiveness from various sources, exploring some essentials as well as some common misunderstandings. After years of working as a pastoral counselor, Sharon Hagen, M.A., L.P.C., will share her understanding of the nature of forgiveness and the journey to spproach this gift. 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 January 14th if you plan to attend!

December 2015 News and Info

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Two Christmas Eve Services on Thursday, December 24th

  • A family service at 4:30 PM with carols and stories on Thursday, December 24th
  • A candlelight service with lessons and carols at 9:00 PM on Thursday, December 24th

A Service of Healing, Wholeness and Hope

On Sunday, December 20th 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.

Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 13th

There will be a congregational meeting after worship on Sunday, December 13th, to elect a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC).Please plan to attend this important meeting!

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 29, December 6, December 13, December 20, 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.

Koinonia Advent study

Everyone is invited to the Sunday evening Koinonia Gathering.  We will begin a new Advent study led by Rev. Jim Faile for three Sundays, December 6th, 13th and 20th.  The title of the study is Promises of Hope to a Desperate People Yesterday – Promises of Hope for all People Today.  Join us at 6:00 PM for a potluck dinner followed by the Advent Study at 7:00 PM.  If you have any questions please contact Emily Davis or Josh Archey.

Annual Meeting and reports due date

Please turn in all reports to be included in the 2015 Annual Report by Monday, January 11, 2016.  The 2015 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 7, 2016 immediately following worship.

The deadline for articles for the January FYI is Monday, December 28!

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