Ash Wednesday worship service March 1st at 7:30 PM
This will be a Taize service in the sanctuary which includes a ceremony of the candles and imposition of ashes of forgiveness. In Christian history, Ash Wednesday was developed as a day of penitence to mark the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation through deeper disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Its name comes from the ancient practice of placing ashes on worshippers’ heads or foreheads as a sign of humility before God, and a symbol of how sorry we are.
Wednesday Evening Lenten Program
Wednesday evenings during Lent (March 8 – April 5), 6 – 7:30 PM we’ll enjoy a time of relationship-building over a pot luck meal followed by an inter-generational activity designed for all ages. Then, for those who wish to stay, we’ll explore Jesus final words through eyewitness accounts, utilizing Adam Hamilton’s Final Words from the Cross as our guide. Drinks, bread, paper plates and utensils will be provided. You are welcome to bring a dish to pass or to make a small contribution to the donation basket. Consider bringing your plates and utensils from home as an eco-friendly alternative to paper and plastic.
Deacons Wellness Program on Sunday, March 26 at 11:30 a.m.
Each year the Deacons present a Wellness Program, a topic of interest for all ages, which focuses on Mind, Body, and Spirit. We have arranged to have Lisamarie Nash, LM.T., C.L.T., speak after church on Sunday, March 26, 2017.
Ms. Nash is nationally certified in Therapeutic Massage and Lymphatic Therapy. She will explain this relaxing and non-medical method of pain relief. Come learn how massage therapy can enhance your immune system, lessen depression and anxiety, as well as improve circulation. It will be an interesting and informative event.
The program will be held in Knox Fellowship Hall at 11:30 a.m. on March 26th. The Deacons will provide a light lunch before Lisamarie speaks. There will be time for questions and answers. If you have further questions please speak to one of the deacons.
Gifts of Women Sunday is April 2
Presbyterian Women invites you to mark your calendar for a special announcement during Worship and a reception in Knox 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. If you would like to help with the reception or contribute food, contact Sue Carlson or sign up on the sheet on the PW bulletin board.
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 12th!
Before going to bed on Saturday, March 11th set your clocks AHEAD 1 hour. That way you will be on time for worship Sunday morning!
April FYI deadline
The deadline to submit articles for the April FYI is Monday, March 20th. Please email your items to email@example.com or bring them to the church office.
From the Pen of the Pastor
“Behold, I am making a new heaven and a new earth.” Isaiah 65:17
Would you like to be able to go back and re-live a certain experience? Perhaps change something you did or said that you would rather not have done or said? I certainly would. Unfortunately, the past cannot be changed. Nevertheless, the Good News is that God is in the business of giving us new opportunities…new beginnings.
In ancient times and cultures, the New Year was a great feast of re-birth. The old has died and a new one is born. A New Year, however, is more than a change of calendars; that is, for those who are willing to risk and seize the opportunity of new beginnings. While the year is young, we still have time to determine any changes in how we wish to live it and how we wish to be the new church. Can we address the issues of our lives, the conflicts and the challenges of our relationships with greater creativity and with a spirit of initiative?
A realistic view of the coming weeks and months tells us that we will have times of trials. These places of darkness are many: in job loss or dissatisfaction, questions of vocations, marital problems, parenting issues, social relationships, further polarization in our society, retirement, sickness or chronic physical conditions, addiction and recovery, death of a loved one and yes, even doubts about our own faith in God. In our darkest moments (both personal and national), we need to remember our prayer life and trust that God is at work, behind the scenes, bringing about some new and wonderfully hope-filled experiences.
In just ten days, we will be entering the spiritual “wilderness” of Lent. It is not a season for easy tasks. So, if we have been paralyzed by the old memories from the past, now is the time to choose to begin to reform ourselves and believe that, “if I myself am different, the world will be different.” Do not waste the rich grace that a journey through the dark spiritual deserts of our lives brings. Each of its forty days is fertile with divine hope filled new beginnings.
See you in worship!
Peace & Grace, Pastor Eddie
Christian Education News and Events
March 3rd-5th Alma Youth Mix, Alma College (9th-12th graders)
March 5th, 2 pm Mexico Mission Trip (YPM) mandatory planning meeting (2 pm at 1st Presbyterian Church of Birmingham).
Tuesdays, March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, and April 4th Join Pastor Eddie at 10 am in the church library for a lively discussion of our Lenten study book, Adam Hamilton’s Final Words from the Cross.
Wednesday evenings during Lent (March 8, 15, 22, 29; and April 5) 6 pm – 7:30 pm. We’ll enjoy a time of relationship-building over a pot luck meal followed by an inter-generational activity designed for all ages. Then, for those who wish to stay, we’ll explore Jesus’ final words through eyewitness accounts, utilizing Adam Hamilton’s Final Words from the Cross as our guide. Drinks and bread will be provided for the meal as well as paper plates and plastic utensils. You are welcome to bring a dish to pass or to make a small contribution to the donation basket. Consider bringing plates and utensils from home as an eco-friendly alternative to paper and plastic.
Sundays @ 9 am Join Rev. Dr. J. Harold Ellens and Rev. Craig Aue in the 2nd floor church library in exploring our Christian faith through the lens of contemporary issues.
Sunday, March 12th Junior and Senior High Youth are invited on an outing to an area fun center following worship. Meet after church in Knox Hall for departure!
Saturday, March 18th 9 am – 3 pm Join Presbyterian men and women from across metro Detroit in coming out to support Motor City Blight Busters. 17336 Lasher Rd., Detroit, MI. Registration begins at 8:30 am. Men and women of all skill levels are welcome!
Sunday, March 19th 2 pm Harrison High School Musical, The Little Mermaid. Contact Josh Archey if you’d like to go!
COMING IN APRIL:
Sunday, April 2nd 2 pm Join junior and senior high youth from Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church on an outing to a local Escape Room!
Friday, April 7th-Saturday April 8th Interested in working with other young people in the Presbytery of Detroit? Join Charon Barconey on a one night Presbytery of Detroit Youth Leadership Retreat @ Howell Nature Center! Contact Josh Archey for more information.
Mission and Fellowship Opportunities
Barnabas Youth Opportunities Center
With each issue of FYI, the Mission Committee will focus on one of the organizations we support with our time and/or contribution. So let’s begin with Barnabas Youth Opportunities Center to whom our church has made a donation for many years.
Barnabas was formed in 1983 by the Presbytery of Detroit as a support group for unemployed workers during an economic crisis in Detroit. Today, the program focuses on encouraging youth to stay on the “righteous path.” They provide after-school tutoring, mentoring, skill and needs assessments and recreational activities. A large emphasis is on teaching skills of commercial painting, carpentry and woodworking. There is even an opportunity to accompany professionals on the job to get on-the-job training.
When I did a Google search, I was pleased to see Barnabas Youth Opportunities show up on many community resource lists, the Detroit Presbytery, community centers, mentoring programs. It’s a true community resource for metro Detroit.
And please support our ongoing collections
The shelves of Neighborhood House are nearly empty and they need our help! Last year we were a huge help to Neighborhood House and they’re hoping we can do so again. Neighborhood House serves Farmington and Farmington Hills residents who need assistance with food, shelter and clothing to get them back on their feet. While searching for more permanent housing, many are aided by Neighborhood House in finding short term housing in hotels with a hotplate for cooking.
On March 12 & 19, we will collect cleaning products: laundry soap, dish soap and paper towels.
On April 2 & 9, we will collect food items: kid-friendly cereal, pudding, fruit cups, canned ravioli, canned chicken and diapers.
If you wish to help, please leave your items in the large box in the “coffee and treats-after-church room”. Thanks for your consideration!
Sunday morning volunteer opportunities
- Please consider giving flowers ($22 per arrangement) to enhance our worship services in memory of a loved one or to recognize a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary.You can take the flowers with you or leave them to be delivered to a homebound member.The sign-up sheet is on the kiosk in the coffee hour area.For more information please call the church office (248) 474-6170.
- Do you like to meet and greet? Like to help people? Like being able to move around? We’re looking for people who can give the congregation a hand every eight weeks, and occasional substituting, as an usher. Contact Irwin Moyna for details.
- The Greeting Team provides warm welcomes and greetings to all who enter our church.We need of some volunteers for TBDs (dates we cannot provide greeters)! Choose an empty date on our signup sheet on the kiosk in the coffee hour area.Please contact Manny Sharpe for more details.
- 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.
February Session highlights
During the February Session meeting, the Session:
- Approved the 2016 Annual Statistical Report
- Approved the purchase of two arbors with Cope Garden funds to be placed in the Cope Garden
- Discussed changes in the church
- Reviewed questions raised during the Annual Congregational meeting
Kudos & Thank Yous
Dear friends at First Presbyterian Church,
On behalf of the thousands of children and families whose lives will be blessed because of your generosity, thank you. Thank you for your contribution to the 2017 YMCA South Oakland Annual Campaign. Your gift empowers our YMCA to make the world a better place one life at a time. Our aim is $1.5 million dollars to help 5000 children and families experience a healthy life. Because of you this is possible. Again thank you. Appreciatively, Scott A. Landry, President and CEO
First Presbyterian Church members: Names withheld from web-version of the newsletter.
We hold in our prayers members who are homebound, in nursing homes, and assisted living: Names withheld from web-version of the newsletter.
Those serving in the military:Names withheld from web-version of the newsletter.
Prayers for the grieving: Names withheld from web-version of the newsletter.
– Samaritan Counseling Center Lay Caregiver Series –
Understanding and Supporting Pregnancy Loss
Sunday, March 19, 2017 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Lay Caregiver workshops continue the ongoing growth and learning of Stephen Ministers, BeFrienders, deacons, and all volunteers who provide visitation to shut-ins, hospitals, nursing homes, jails, and other settings. In fact, the workshops can enhance the growth and learning of everyone!
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 $20. Please call the Samaritan Counseling Center at (248) 474-4701 for more information or to reserve your spot.
You must register by March 15th if you plan to attend!