May 2017 FYI

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CROP Walk is May 7th

The CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger walk brings our community together to assist hungry people at home and around the world.  The money raised supports Church World Service work around the world.  Additionally, 25% of the money raised will go to local organizations: Neighborhood House, Baldwin Center, Salvation Army, Alexander’s Food Pantry and Yad Exra.

Help by walking or supporting walkers! Checks can be made to CWS CROP and will be collected at church on Sunday, April 23rd and 30th.New this year: you can go online at http://www.crophungerwalk.org/famingtonmi to make a donation anytime (click on Register, Donate, and donate to a team – Farmington 1st). Walking and sharing together with our community, we can help eradicate hunger and poverty in Oakland County and worldwide.  Please join us by walking or donating!

Presbyterian Women’s May Gathering is Monday, May 22nd at 7:00 PM

Mark your calendar for the Presbyterian Women’s Spring Gathering on Monday, May 22nd in Knox Fellowship Hall at 7:00 p.m.  It will be an evening of dessert and fellowship.

Presbyterian Women will install its officers for the coming year and have a program on the services provided for senior citizens in our community.  Our speaker is Teresa Bryant, who is Nutrition Services Coordinator for the City of Farmington Hills, Senior Division, located at the Costick Center on Eleven Mile Road.   She is in charge of the Meals On Wheels Program, and she will tell us about how one receives these meals and volunteers to deliver meals. However, there are many more services and programs that Farmington/Farmington Hills provides, and Ms. Bryant will give us an overview all that the Costick Center has to offer.

Tickets are $3.00 and will be sold before and after church during May.  It should be an interesting, informative presentation, relevant to women and men alike.   Please join us!  Everyone is welcome!

Church spring clean up is May 6th 9:00 AM to Noon

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 morning, May 6th 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.

Congregational meeting on Sunday, May 7th

The purpose of the meeting is to elect Elders and Deacons and elect congregational representatives to the Nominating and Financial Review Committees.  The meeting is open to everyone and all church members can vote.  Biographies of those nominated for deacon and elder positions will be available next Sunday, May 7th at the welcome center in the narthex.  The biographies will be emailed to those on the church email list.

From the Pen of the Pastor

Easter Greetings!

We are just beginning our Easter journey, which is seven Sundays of Easter all the way through Pentecost, June 4th, when the church is symbolically “set on fire” to empower and energize God’s people to show and tell the good news about the crucified and resurrected Christ.
In light of that Easter hope, I wanted to share this story, which is based on an American folk tale: A farmer was working in his field when a stranger approached him. The traveler asked, “What sort of people live in the next town?” “What were the people like where you’ve come from?” replied the farmer. “They were horrible,” the traveler said, waving his hands for emphasis. “People were dishonest, selfish, and inconsiderate.” Looking up, the farmer shook his head, “I am sorry to say that’s probably what you’ll find in this town, too.” The stranger moaned and walked away. Late in the same day another man happened down the same road. When he saw the farmer he called out, “What sort of people live in this town?”  The farmer returned with a question, “What were the people like where you come from?” “They were thoughtful, friendly and kind,” the traveler beamed. “I hated to leave them.” The farmer put down his hoe, extended his hands and smiled.  “I am pleased to say that is about how you’ll find the folks here,” he said. The traveler returned the smile, shook the farmers hand and headed toward his new home.

In psychology, they call it “projection.” In spiritual direction, it is known as “living in the shadows.” Either way, the way we see things can create the reality in which we live.
We share responsibility for creating the external world by projecting either a spirit of hope or a spirit of despair. We have a choice about what we are going to project, and in that choice we help create the world that is. “Energy flows where your intention goes”, my Pilate/Yoga teacher would say at the beginning of each session. What is your intention…set your intention and freely transform it into action. Your thoughts, the meditations of your heart, your intentions can help deform, or reform, our world.

Hope or despair?
Darkness or light?
Hate or love?
Which do you project?

During this Eastertide Season, Jesus calls us to be the” light of the world.” Resurrection is not a miracle to be proven; rather, resurrection is an expression of how we are all meant to live life and experience it in its fullness.   See you in worship!
Peace & Grace,

Pastor Eddie

Please join us on May 7th to celebrate Pam Williams’ dedicated service
After 10 years as our church’s Administrative Assistant, Pam has decided to retire.  Her last work day will be May 5th.  Pam and her husband Scott, will be joining us in Worship on Sunday, May 7th.  After the service, we will gather in Knox Hall, sharing some dessert and beverages while we thank Pam for her numerous contributions to our church family.  Please join us on May 7th to celebrate Pam William’s dedicated service to FPC.
Thank you, Personnel Committee

Christian Education News and Events

May 2017 Christian Education Events for all ages!
ONGOING:  

Sundays @ 9 am    Adult Education Hour, 2nd floor Church Library
Sundays @ 10:15 am Sunday School for Grades K-5 in Room 207
Tuesdays @ 10 am   Pastor’s Bible Study, 2nd floor Church Library
Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm   JOY Book Club, 2nd floor Parlor

Mark your calendar for:

  • Saturday, May 6th 9 am – 12 noon  MISSION MATTERS!
    Spring Clean Up Day @ FPC Farmington!
  • Sunday, May 7th— 1:30 pm   Farmington/Farmington Hills area CROP Walk
  • Sunday, May 7th—2 pm @ FPC Birmingham:  Mexico Mission Trip Meeting
  • Sunday May 14th—Mother’s Day Youth Flower Sale. Youth will gratefully accept donations in support of this year’s Mission Trip to Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula after worship in the narthex.
  • Friday, May 26, 7 pm-Saturday, May 27, 8 am   Jump-Start Lock-In @ FPC Birmingham
    This lock-in for 6th-12th graders will focus on ways we can jump-start our spiritual battery when it is running low. Including time jumping around Airtime Trampoline Park in Troy! Bring friends and prepare for a fun night of jumping around. By morning, Youth will have multiple tools for spiritual growth that they can use immediately and throughout life.  All participants will need a FPC general permission form and an Airtime waiver filled out by Friday May 26. Deadline to sign-up is May 14th!
  • July 24th-July 29th –Join Youth from across the Presbytery of Detroit in a week of mission work at First Presbyterian Church of Sandusky (Ohio), followed by a fun day at Cedar Point amusement park! See Josh Archey to sign up!
  • July 31st – August 4th  God, Me, and the Sea VBS @ Antioch Lutheran Church, 9:30 am to 12 noon, in partnership with our friends at Antioch Lutheran Church and North Congregational Church. Please see Josh Archey if you would like to volunteer!

Mission and Fellowship Opportunities

April did indeed bring Easter flowers but the month also gave our church the opportunity to work with a variety of organizations, some very close to home and others farther away.  Thanks to your generosity, we filled the van of Neighborhood House with diapers, food, cleaning supplies and bath products  and even a stuffed Easter bunny!  To help meet other needs of clients of Neighborhood House, we also donated $1,000 that may be used for temporary housing, utility bills, or transportation. Ecumenical Theological Seminary is located in the historic landmark First Presbyterian Church on Woodward Ave., in the heart of the city.  A fully accredited seminary, ETS brings together students of Detroit’s various religious communities in an ecumenical learning environment to address questions of a spiritual nature,  social justice, traditional confession and cross-cultural innovation.   Several of our members have obtained a degree at ETS and Dr. Ellens is a professor of Biblical Studies and Church History at ETS.  Our gift of $500 will be used to help a student in need pay for tuition or books in this multi-cultural, multi-religion setting.

Tom Neal is spearheading the Presbytery’s efforts to begin the Motor City Mission Corps.  To show our support for MCMC, our church donated $500 to support the promise that this idea holds for Detroit.  The Motor City Mission Corps started as a conversation seeking creative ways to reengage young adults with the work of the Gospel and to join in the ongoing rebuilding of the city of Detroit by partnering with nonprofit organizations already involved in that good work. They will bring a critical eye to the structures of racism at work in Detroit and work to create new just systems.
A huge thank you to members of First Pres for your generous contributions to One Great Hour of Sharing!  The approximate total is $1500, but we’ll have an exact amount in next month’s FYI.  Part of that money will go to Charon Barconey’s church, Hope Presbyterian, to address issues of food and job insecurity.  The other portion will be given to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, earmarked for Flint.  In addition, we donated $500 to the Fresh Flint Festival to support the residents of Flint in promoting fitness and healthy living.

I neglected to mention a very important organization to whom we contributed last month—PW.  A mainstay of the mission portion of our church’s annual budget is a $3300 contribution to PW of First Pres.  Our PW determines which organizations and causes they wish to support.   Karen Linnell, Chair, Mission Ministry

The Great Tomato Giveaway

This Presbytery-wide initiative to promote hunger awareness in our community is now in its eighth year. The program provides nutritious, fresh vegetables to supplement the sodium–enriched canned foods which are normally found at food banks.
It seems that each year the problem of people in need of food grows larger and larger.  In 1980 there were 200 food banks in the US, today that number is over 40,000! Here in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties 500,000 people including nearly 200,000 children- that’s one in five children, live in poverty.  According to Feeding America’s National Hunger study, the number of individual emergency food recipients that receive food each week in Southeast Michigan grew by over 78% in just 4 years (2006: 56,700.  2010: 101,200).  Thirty-nine percent (39%) of these households include children under 18 years old.

These statistics are staggering!  Hunger has no boundaries–it affects people close to us and we can help!  On May 21, you can take a seedling tomato plant home to plant and lovingly tend through the summer. In approximately 6-8 weeks harvest the bountiful fruit and bring it to Church to feed hungry neighbors in our community.
Jesus said, “For I was hungry and you gave me food …”     (Matthew 25:35)

Making a difference at Fort Street Presbyterian Church

Did you know that a group of people from First Presbyterian Church of Farmington goes to Fort Street Presbyterian Church on the 4th Thursday of each month to prepare and serve lunch?  They take clothing, shoes, and jackets whenever there are donations available. You can leave your donations by/on the clothes racks in the coffee hour area.  Please be sure to label your donations “FORT STREET.  We are always looking for other volunteers to help.  If you have questions or would like to help, please see Jan Sell.  Many thanks for your continued support of this mission outreach project.

Congregational Concerns

Welcome to our New Members

On Sunday, April 23rd during the worship service, First Presbyterian Church welcomed eight new members to their church family. Our new members are:

Pam Jusino, Lorene (Lorrie) and Paul McVey, Diane Sheehan, Jayme Slais, Nancy Thurston, Dora Turkmani, and Corrine Wedge

April Session Highlights

At its April 15 Session meeting, the Session:

  • Called a Congregational Meeting for May 7, 2017 after Worship for the report of the Nominating Committee, to elect Elders and Deacons, to elect congregational representatives to the 2017 Nominating Committee and to elect congregational representatives to the 2016 Financial Review Committee.
  • Approved joining the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Approved the request of the Property Committee for removal of the fallen trees on the church property.
  • Accepted Deb Lum as Session representative, and Pastor Eddie as staff colleague, to service on Josh Archey’s reference group for Josh’s exam as a certified Christian Educator.Operations Ministry-1st Quarter Results
  • Donations are $ 3,400 better than our Year to Date Plan
  • Expenses are $3,700 lower than our Year to Date plan
  • Our mortgage balance has been reduced to $220,00. It was $638, 000 on January 1, 2015.
  • Working with Church Mutual, our insurance carrier, we were able to reduce our insurance premium $2,000 per year.Caregiving Ministry Informational Meeting on Wednesday, May 10th at 7:00 PM

Save the Date!!!We invite you to find out how you are part of the Caregiving Ministry.

Join us at 7:00 PM in Knox Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, May 10th.Refreshments will be served.If you have any questions, please contact Mickey Seiler or Sally Kirsten.
Joint Deacon/Session Meeting Wednesday, May 17th at 7:00 PM

Joint Elders and Deacon Meeting

There will be a joint meeting of Elders and Deacons on Wednesday, May 17th at 7:00 PM in Knox Hall.  We will have dessert and honor the outgoing Deacons and Elders for their service then welcome those newly installed Deacons and Elders serving in the class of 2020.

Join us for Music and Worship Arts Recognition on Sunday, May 21st

On Sunday, May 21st during the 10:00 AM worship service we will recognize the outstanding music program and Worship Arts Team at First Presbyterian Church.  Help us thank our chancel choir, hand bell ringers, instrumentalists, organist, Music Director, lectors/worship leaders for their enhancement of our worship services throughout the year.

Crafters and Bakers Needed

We will have another Music Ministry Fund Raiser on Saturday and Sunday November 11th and 12th at First Presbyterian Church.

This year we an opening the event to outside vendors. Thank you for making last year’s sale so successful! Anyone who loves to do crafts, make jams, jellies or salsas, or bake holiday treats are welcome. Space size will be 10 feet by 10 feet.For more information or to reserve a space, please contact Deborah Draper (248) 579-6053 or thehandweaver@gmail.com

Kudos & thank yous

Kudos to Nathan Malisow is in Seussical Jr. at Geisler Middle School in Walled Lake.  Shows are May 17-19 at 7:00 pm and May 20 at 3:00 pm.  More information can be found at gmsmusical.com. Tickets are $8 each and can purchased at the door.

Kudos to Ginny Hubble who was selected as the 2017 recipient of the PW Lifetime membership award and pin.  Ginny was honored for her many years of service to PW and ministry at First Presbyterian Church on the Gifts of Women Sunday, April 2, 2017.  Ginny has taught Sunday School, VBS, served as an Elder and PW Moderator at First Presbyterian Church of Farmington.  Congratulations on your well deserved recognition!
Ginny Hubble (at left) enjoys the reception in her honor following the worship service.  Ginny received the Lifetime Membership Pin from the PW, beautiful roses and a cake that was enjoyed by all.

Kudos to Shirley Kinsey who shared her faith during worship on Gifts of Women Sunday, April 2, 2017.  There have been several requests for the prayer which Shirley shared during her morning message.  It is:

The Prayer of St. Francis de Sales (1567 – 1622).
Be at peace.  Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life; rather look to them with full hope as they arise.  God, whose very own you are, will deliver you from out of them.  He has kept you hitherto, and He will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will bury you in his arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and everyday.  He will either shield you from suffering, or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.  Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!  Special thanks to English Gardens for providing carnations at cost for the Mother’s Day flower sale in support of this year’s Mexico mission trip!

Dear First Presbyterian Buddies, Just a note to tell you folks how grateful we are for all the help you have provided for our Neighborhood House clients the past few months.  The diapers and cleaning supplies were so welcome.  These non-food items along with the kid’s cereals really brought smiles to our younger clients.  May God bless you and hope you have a joyous Easter.          Sincerely, Loretta Zahn, Terri Hanson and Lynda Shankle

Prayer concerns

Withheld from the web-version of the FYI.  We pray for members and friends who are ill, homebound, grieving, or serving our nation overseas.

From our partner

Mark your calendar for the 16th Annual Golf Outing For Samaritan Counseling Center
Friday, June 23, 2017
18 holes of golf with a scramble start lunch, steak dinner, raffle prizes, awards
Please join us for a fun-filled day at Tanglewood Golf Course “The Lion”
53503 Ten Mile Rd.  Lyon Twp.  48178 Bring your favorite foursome or we can team you up with others.

$130 per golfer; $30 for dinner only guests.   All proceeds benefit the Client Assistance Fund of the Samaritan Counseling Center.  Call (248) 474-4701 or visit our website  http://www.samaritancounselingmichigan.com

April 2017 FYI

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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(s) 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.

Holy Week services and Easter worship

April 9 – Palm Sunday 10:00 AM Worship Children gather in Knox Hall at 9:40 for palm processional
April 13 – Maundy Thursday 7:00 PM Holy Communion and Tennebrae service in the sanctuary
April 14 – Good Friday 12 PM (noon) Ecumenical service at North Congregational Church, 36520 W. 12 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills (between Drake & Halstead)
April 16 – Easter Sunday 8:00AM & 10:00 AM Easter Worship The Resurrection of Our Lord Brunch between services at 9:00 AM
April 17 – Easter Monday all day 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, April 13th 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.

The Farmington Area Interfaith Association will hold an ecumenical Good Friday Service on Friday, April 14th at 12:00 noon at North Congregational Church.  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 Offering

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, April 9th and Easter Sunday, April 16thPlease 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

An Easter brunch sponsored by the Session will be served at 9:00 AM 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 Eddie Matteson, Dot Basmaji or Karen Spica.

May FYI deadline

The deadline to submit articles for the May FYI is Wednesday, April 19th.  Please email your items to info@farmington-pres.org or bring them to the church office.

From the Pen of the Pastor

“For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this is not from ourselves, it is the Gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8, NIV)

Grace, a gift undeserved. Grace comes free of charge, no strings attached, on the house. But everything about the American way of life teaches us a simple truth. Let me clarify. See how many of these common phrases we hear so often you can complete:

  • If it sounds too good to be true…
  • We make money the old fashioned way, we…(Smith & Barney 1980’s campaign slogan)
  • Get what you…
  • There is no such thing as a free…
  • No pain, no…
  • The early bird gets the…
  • God helps those who…(by the way, not found in the Bible)

In life you get what you earn. You get what you work for. You get what you pay for. There is nothing wrong with that at all. After all, isn’t that the American way? The notion of God’s love coming to us free of charge, no strings attached, seems to go against every instinct of humanity. The problem is many people think the same way you relate to your paycheck or to your possessions is the way you relate to God, “We earned it.”

In “What’s So Amazing About Grace”, author Philip Yancey wrote, “Grace cannot be reduced to generally accepted accounting principles” of pluses and minuses. Grace is not about counting…it’s not about math. The Apostle Peter tried to distill grace into mathematical formula when trying to be generous with forgiveness when he was taken aback by Jesus’ reply “forgiveness is not a thing you count on an abacus.”

We live in a world of “ungrace” where earning, deserving, and merit results in judgement (not good enough, try harder). “How thickly the veil of ungrace obscures our view of God.” That is why everyone wants and needs grace. Judgement kills. Only grace makes alive. The world starves for grace.

The Good News of Easter is that God does not relate to us on the basis of tits-for-tats, nor on our goodness. God relates to us on the basis of God’s grace. So grace does not depend on what we have done for God (works), or something we deserved (God’s kindness), but rather what God has been doing for us.

On Easter, God redeems you and I, from our mountainous debt. God has gone the full length to get you and I back into the fold by giving up God’s only son, Jesus Christ, rather than giving up on you and me…on humanity.

On Easter Sunday grace tears up all the mathematical principles and introduces the new math of simple grace; for there is nothing we can do to make God love us more and there is nothing we can do to make God love us less.

May you see the Risen Christ everywhere and in everything! See you in worship! Joyful Easter!

Peace & Grace,  Pastor Eddie

Christian Education News and Events

April 2017 Christian Education Events for all ages!

Tuesdays through April 4th: Lenten Study with Pastor Eddie, 10 am in the church library

Wednesdays through April 5th: Lenten Potluck, Activities, Study. 6-7:30 pm

ONGOING:    Sundays @ 9 am    Adult Education Hour, 2nd floor, Church Library.

                        Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm JOY Book Club, 2nd floor Parlor.

April 7th-8th (Friday night to Saturday, 4 pm) Presbytery of Detroit Youth Leadership retreat at Howell Nature Center for 9th-12th graders. FREE. Contact Josh Archey if interested!

April 9th Palm Sunday— Youth of all ages are asked to meet in the narthex at 9:40 am for the procession of palms!

Saturday, April 15thMission Matters: Mexico Mission Trip spring yardwork clean up with FPC Birmingham. Contact Josh Archey for more information!

April 16th Easter Sunday—Join us between the 8 am and 10 am Easter services for Easter Brunch and an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids in Knox Fellowship Hall!

Saturday, April 22nd, 9:30 am- 2 pm Refresh, Renew, Re-Create workshop for Pastors, Christian Educators, Elders and all those interested in renewal! Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church, Dearborn. Contact Josh Archey for more information! Register by April 14th.

April 23rd Reception of New Members. Join us in Knox Hall after worship for refreshments and a brief reception, hosted by Christian Education.

April 30th, 3:30 pm— Rev. Eddie Jusino’s Service of Installation and Reception

Sunday, May 7th1:30 pm Youth outing with youth from Cherry Hill Pres. to Escape Room.

Sunday May 14thMother’s Day Youth Flower Sale. Youth will gratefully accept donations in support of this year’s Mission Trip to Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.

Coming Summer 2017

Mark your calendars!   July 24th-July 29thJoin Youth from across the Presbytery of Detroit in a week of mission work at First Presbyterian Church of Sandusky (Ohio), followed by a fun day at Cedar Point amusement park! See Josh Archey to sign up to attend or chaperone!

VBS (Vacation Bible School), July 31st-August 4th, 9:30 am to 12 noon, in partnership with our friends at Antioch Lutheran Church and North Congregational Church, will take place at Antioch Lutheran Church. Please see Josh Archey if you would like to volunteer!

Upcoming Events and Mission Opportunities

From the Mission Team….  Here’s where the mission efforts of First Pres were focused in March/April:

  • Hillside Elementary: Seven members are working with students at Hillside Elementary in reading and math.  See what the tutors have to say on page 4 or on our website www.farmington-pres.org
  • Garden Gatherers: We annually provide seed money (pun intended) for our garden group to purchase soil, seeds and vegetable plants to establish our garden.  In addition, they will use the $500 to shore up the beds to discourage deer, moles and other critters from destroying the crops.  The fresh produce they produce is given to Alexander’s Food Pantry throughout the summer and fall.
  • Rebuilding Together Oakland County (RTOC): Dan Cressman and Tom Neal will head up this year’s project to help a homeowner in the area with needed repairs to their home.  Our church provides $1500 for materials.  Join them on April 29th
  • Alexander’s Food Pantry:  If this name looks slightly familiar, it’s because Alexander’s Food Pantry is a reincarnation of St. Al’s Food Pantry.  When St. Al’s church closed, the pantry was left in limbo, awaiting the sale of the church and grounds.  After much community involvement, the Graham E. Smith Memorial Foundation has purchased the property from the archdiocese.  The GES Foundation has terrific plans for the site including:
  • – a larger and more up-to-date Food Pantry
  • – a professional and family clothing closet
  • – offices for Social Services including an office for meeting the needs of the homeless in our community  This office will work in conjunction with Farmington Public Schools.
  • – an integrated health office for physical and mental health services
  • – gym/health center
  • – non-denominational chapel

Our church contributed $500 to Alexander’s Food Pantry to purchase food from the Gleaners for Easter.We have also budgeted additional funds for utilities and other expenses once GES finalizes the budget.Hopefully, most of the religious organizations in Farmington/Farmington Hills will join this effort to keep the lights on and the freezers humming.

Jump on board – more volunteers needed at Hillside Elementary School

More volunteers are needed at Hillside Elementary School.  Here is what some of our current volunteers have to say about their experiences:

  • “I read to children in the Media Center.  They are always anxious to hear what story I have for them.  After we discuss what we have read.  I always enjoy spending time with the children.”  Joann Jenkins
  • “For me it is all about spending time with the children.  They all seem eager to meet with me each time I go.  It just brightens my day.”  Helen Thomas
  • “These are great kids and the future of our country and our world.  Wouldn’t it be a good thing that they are well educated?  It is a privilege and a pleasure to play even a small role in helping with this.”  Richard Spurgeon
  • “This year I have been working with 4th graders with their Win-Win program. It is harder to learn names and build one-on-one relationships as they move between classes.  But it is so interesting to see what they are learning and how they use laptops for assignments.  I am very impressed with the technology in the classroom.”  Sally Kirsten

Please contact Karen Linnell or Prill Brouillette if interested.  Here are some openings, if your interest is piqued:

Rebuilding Together Oakland County – Saturday, April 29, 2017

Rebuilding Together Oakland County

a One-Day Project on Saturday April 29, 2017

Work on a FPC Farmington sponsored house!  Register today!  New registration system this year online at:  http://rebuildingtogetheroaklandcounty.force.com

  • Complete “Volunteer Jobs”
  • “City of Farmington Hills Rebuild Day 2017”

Questions? Contact House Captains:

  • Tom Neal or Dan Cressman

May 7, 2017 – CROP Walk

The CROP Hunger walk brings the whole community together to assist the hungry people at home and around the world.  Congregations from many different traditions in some 2000 communities across the nation join in 1600 CROP Walks each year.

The money raised supports Church World Service work around the world in emergency response situations, as well as long term solutions, such as sustainable safe water supplies and food safety.  Additionally, 25% of the money raised will go to local organizations; Neighborhood House, Baldwin Center, Salvation Army, Alexander’s Food Pantry and Yad Exra.

Help by walking or supporting walkers!  Checks can be made to CWS CROP and will be collected at church on Sunday, April 23rd and 30th.  New this year: you can go online at www.crophungerwalk.org/famingtonmi to make a donation anytime (click on Register, Donate, and donate to a team – Farmington 1st).

Walking and sharing together with our community, we can help eradicate hunger and poverty in Oakland County and worldwide.  Please join us by walking or donating!

Mary Carson & Dorothy Tait, Co-chairs

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 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!

Congregational News and Concerns

March Session Highlights

At its March 15 Session meeting, the Session:

  • Agreed to host the Student Unity March on our grounds.
  • Agreed to use Lay Training funds to send participants to the PCUSA Big Tent Event in July.
  • Approved the serving of Communion at the 8 a.m. Easter Service.
  • Approved a music ministry fundraiser in late fall.

Installation Service for Pastor Eddie – Sunday, April 30th

Join our church family as well as friends from the Presbytery of Detroit and our community for an Installation Worship Service on April 30, beginning at 3:30 pm. Immediately following the service, we will celebrate with a reception in Knox Fellowship Hall.

This service is organized by our metro area Presbytery and led by a Presbytery Installation Commission comprised of Teaching Elders (Pastors) and Ruling Elders. It completes the call process and formally marks the establishment of the pastoral relationship with our congregation and within the Presbytery (PC-USA Book of Order, G-2.0805). It also marks the dissolution of our Pastoral Nominating Committee.

We encourage you to attend this infrequent event in the life of the church – the sixth Installation of a senior pastor in the 62-year life of our congregation – and look forward to a wonderful afternoon!

Your Pastoral Nominating Committee,  Bob Van Hamme, Chris Davis, Deb Jackson Lum, Leslie Moyna, Randy Wright, Sarah Gidley; and Jan Dolan (in memoriam).

PW spring gathering is Monday, May 22nd at 7:00 PM

Mark your calendar for the Presbyterian Women’s Spring Gathering on Monday, May 22nd in Knox Fellowship Hall at 7:00 p.m.  This will be an evening dessert event with a program and installation of PW officers for the coming year.  Our speaker is Teresa Bryant, who is Nutrition Services Coordinator for the City of Farmington Hills, Senior Division.  Ms. Bryant will speak about the services that our community has for seniors.  It should be an interesting, informative presentation, relevant to women and men alike.  Everyone is welcome!

PW Hat and Mitten Tree update

Once again, our church family has demonstrated how we live our faith.  The 2016 First Presbyterian hat and mitten tree was an amazing success with so many of us contributing purchased and beautiful handmade gifts.

Donations included:   69 Hats, 7 Hat and Mittens sets, 27 pairs of Gloves, 31 pairs of Mittens, 19 Scarves, 105 pairs of adult and children’s socks, 75 pairs of underwear, 3 Sweatshirts, One $15 Verizon gift Card.  The total value of these items was $2,586.  They were all extremely gratefully received by Neighborhood House who distributed them to schoolchildren and families in the Farmington, Farmington Hills area.

We originally also had a goal of supplying hats, mittens and scarves to the children enrolled in the WORD Children’s Literacy Program at Calvin East Presbyterian Church. In the end, our donations were not needed as the P.W. of Littlefield Presbyterian Church in Dearborn had assigned their Christmas giving project to supplying hats, mittens, scarves, underwear and socks to the children and parents in that program.

Many, many thanks for your generosity to our needy brothers and sisters in this very cold winter. Linda Clew, P.W. Vice Moderator, Justice and Peace

Kudos & thank yous

Kudos to Gene and Mary Buchan who received the Three Flags Chapter DAR Community Service Award on Saturday, February 11th at a luncheon hosted by the Three Flags Chapter DAR at First Presbyterian Church.  Gene and Mary Buchan have been invaluable assets to the City of Farmington Hills Senior Division.  Mary has served for many years as the secretary of the Farmington Area Commission on Aging.  For the last 8 years she has facilitated a bi-monthly Caregivers Support Group that meets at the Costick Center.  Gene taught computer classes for older adults, creating the manuals, lesson plans and mini exercises for the classes.  He has served on the Oakland County Senior Advisory Committee for over four years.  Thank you Gene and Mary for all of the gifts you share with the Farmington/Farmington Hills community.

(Picture: Gene (left) and Mary (middle) Buchan are welcomed by Three Flags Chapter DAR member Sally Kirsten (right).
I want to thank everyone for your prayers, cards, phone calls, flowers, visits, food and love over the past five months.  Your care made this difficult time easier to bear.  I do believe that I am one of the lucky ones because I have the support of this amazing congregation.  Special thanks to Pastor Eddie for his loving pastoral care, and to Pam Jusino for her prayers, hugs and the most amazing banana bread.       Peace and love, Anne Fuller

THANK YOU!!! Thank you to all those in the congregation who have supported and continue to support this year’s mission trip to Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula! $167 was raised at our Valentine’s Day Rose Sale Sunday, February 12th and $427 was raised at our pre-Lenten pancake brunch on Sunday, February 26th. Three senior highs and four adults from FPC Farmington will be traveling with our friends from FPC Birmingham to Leona Vicario, Mexico June 24th – July 1st, 2017 to work with YPM (Yucatan Peninsula Missions) in the Mayan villages outside Cancun.

I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you.  You don’t know me personally, but I wanted to thank you and your staff for your service, commitment and love for this community.  It is making an impact.  Your work is bearing fruit.  So thank you!  Be encouraged J  You are making a difference.  Keep it up.         With gratitude, Erika

16th – 22nd is Severe Weather Awareness Week

In an effort to promote severe weather safety preparedness, Oakland County will conduct a special test of our Outdoor Warning System on Wednesday, April 19th at 1:00 PM.A significant part of this program is to educate individuals about severe weather and safety and the Oakland County Outdoor Warning System.Several brochures are available on the literature table in the narthex about severe weather alerts, safety, and preparedness.

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.

Printable April Calendar

Want to see what’s happening at a glance?  View Printable April calendar

March 2017 FYI

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 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 info@farmington-pres.org 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!

Congregational Concerns

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

Prayer concerns

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!

February 2017 FYI

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Call to Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 5th

The Session has called the Annual Congregational Meeting for Sunday, February 5, 2017 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, regarding the composition of the Session and Deacons.
  4. And any other appropriate congregation business.

2016 Annual Report is available

The 2016 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.The Annual Report was sent by email to those people signed up on the church email list serve.

Have you paid your 2017 per capita?

One way the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ensures that administrative costs are covered and secures giving for specific mission (disaster and hunger relief), 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 with other Christians in the Reformed tradition throughout the country and world.

The Per Capita on each of our active members is $25.93. (Of that, $7.33 is for the General Assembly; $3.25 for the Synod of the Covenant; and $15.35 is for the Presbytery of Detroit.) As a church, we will be paying a total of $10,112.70. 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.”

New format for the FYI

The printed version of the FYI has a new look! The new layout is the same one used for the email version of the FYI. Creating only one version of the FYI means that we can get the newsletter distributed in a more timely fashion. If you have any suggestions or questions please speak with Laura Hedgecock or Dale Countegan.

March FYI deadline

The deadline to submit articles for the March FYI is Friday, February 17th. Please email your items to info@farmington-pres.org or bring them to the church office.

Ash Wednesday worship service on March 1

We will observe Ash Wednesday at a worship service on Wednesday, March 1st at 7:30 PM 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.

Christian Education News and Events

Souper Bowl of Caring

Sunday, Feb. 5, we will participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring, a country-wide event utilizing Super Bowl weekend to mobilize young people to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities. Our Youth will be in the Narthex before and after worship, holding soup pots to collect your donation. All donated funds will be given to Alexander’s Food Pantry and Neighborhood House to help stock their shelves.

Sunday, Feb. 5, after the Annual Meeting of the Congregation, we will gather in Knox Fellowship Hall for a light meal in celebration of God’s abiding grace and abundant gifts.

Sunday, Feb. 12, after worship, our Youth will be in the narthex with roses for Valentine’s Day. They will gratefully accept donations in support of this year’s senior high mission trip to Mexico and junior high mission trip to Sandusky, Ohio.

Sunday, Feb. 12 at 1 pm, we will depart from church for Orchestra Hall, where we will attend the Sphinx Concert that begins at 2 pm. This concert features young Black and Latino classical string players who have competed under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges, and who are performing with established professional musicians. Contact Josh Archey by Feb. 5 to reserve a ticket and a car pool seat for this not-to-be-missed event!

Sunday, Feb. 26, we observe the end of the liturgical season of Epiphany and turn our hearts toward the season of Lent. After worship, we will mark this transition with a pancake brunch, hosted by our Youth and their families.

Wednesday, March 1, we will observe Ash Wednesday and usher in the Lenten season, a 40-day period of prayer and reflection during which we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord at Easter.

Tuesdays beginning March 7 at 10:00 AM Pastor Eddie will lead a Lenten study and discussion of the book Final Words From The Cross by Adam Hamilton. The books are available in the church office for $12.

Every Wednesday during Lent (beginning March 8th), we will gather in Knox Fellowship Hall from 6-7:30 pm for a light meal and Lenten experience that will deepen our relationship with God and with one another. Mark your calendars for these inter-generational, family-friendly faith-building Wednesdays!

Senior High Youth, mark your calendars for the Weekend Up North (Feb. 17-19) and for the annual Alma College Youth Mix (Mar. 3-5). Please contact Josh Archey for more information, and sign up for one or both events by Feb. 9.

Mission and Fellowship Opportunities

Help restock the shelves at Neighborhood House

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 February 19 & 26, we will collect personal care products: shampoo, conditioner, tooth paste, tooth brush and toilet paper.

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!

Congregational Concerns

2017 worship flower sign-up has dates available

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. More than one arrangement can be ordered for any Sunday. You can take the flowers with you after the worship service or leave them and they will be delivered to one of our homebound members. The sign-up sheet is available on the kiosk in the coffee hour area. For more information please call the church office (248) 474-6170.

Usher in the new year

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.

Sunday morning greeters needed

The Greeting Team provides warm welcomes and greetings to all who enter our church. We need of some volunteers for TBDs (dates we cannot provide greeters)! We believe there are fellow worshipers who will extend the hand of welcome on the TBDs if we were to ask. We are asking!! Choose an empty date on our signup sheet on the kiosk in the coffee hour area to be a “Greeter for the day”. If you would like more information or have questions, please contact Manny Sharpe.

Sunday morning coffee hour hosts needed

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

2017 offering envelopes available

Those who have used envelopes for 2016 will automatically receive envelopes for 2017. If you did NOT use envelopes in 2016, but DO wish to have them for 2017, please contact Jerry Scheel call the church office. If you wish to have your pledge electronically debited from your account, please call Jerry Scheel, Financial Secretary, to have the forms mailed to you.

January Session highlights

During the January Session meeting, the Session:

  • Approved the 2017 Church Budget.
  • Approved flower sales, brunches and a car wash as fundraisers for the Youth Mission Trip to Mexico this summer.
  • Approved the request of the Mission Ministry to re-stock the shelves at Neighborhood House with cleaning and paper products during February and March.
  • Approved the Souper Bowl of Caring Fundraiser on Sunday, February 5.

Kudos & thank yous

Kudos from the Worship Ministry Team to Anne Fuller and Marcia Howe, two long-time members for their decades of devoted service. Both are now enjoying a much deserved retirement from committee work – Anne for her special commitment to communion setup and service as the librarian for the Chancel Choir and Marcia for her creative work in designing banners for special worship services and for baking the communion bread. And they did so much more as dedicated volunteers committed to enhancing our worship experience. Please keep them both your prayers.

Thank you to my church family for the beautiful red poinsettia that was given to me following the Christmas holidays. It not only brightened by day but my living room too! Blessings to all in the new year. Sally Kempf

Due to an anonymous gift from a friend of First Presbyterian Church, your generosity and kindness made such a difference at Christmas time for a family in need. The bare necessities of diapers, wipes and formula (due to our WIC Program only being a “supplemental” program and not meeting daily recommended intake) were purchased through your generosity for a family very much in need. God bless all of you! With thanks, Beth Heller (CS HCS nurse)

Dear First Presbyterian Church,
The Farmington Area Goodfellows would like to thank you for your generous donation. For those in our community who are considered at-risk, the holidays can be a challenging time. Last year, thanks to support from friends like you, we helped almost 500 of our neighbors in need. These children, families and seniors received over 32,000 non-perishable food items, over 160 boxes of diapers and baby wipes, more than 1500 toys and 1500 age-appropriate books. On behalf of the Goodfellows and the hundreds of residents we supported this holiday season, thank you again for your generous donation. Richard Lerner, President and General Chairman

Dear friends at First Presbyterian Church,
Thank you so much for your generous monetary donation which was received by the Alexander Food Pantry during the month of November. Your check was immediately sent down to Gleaners in Detroit where our account has been credited for future purchases as needed. We are also extremely thankful for the large amount of groceries which you collected to support our Thanksgiving Distribution this year. May God continue to bless you and your family during 2017. With deepest appreciation, Carol J. Greening, Manager

Prayer concerns

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 –

Supporting Children Struggling in School

Sunday, February 19, 2017 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

This workshop series is designed to support and further educate participants, providing lay caregivers with opportunities to:

  • Grow in their sense of calling, identity, and skill as caregivers
  • Deepen their knowledge and understanding of many difficult issues encountered on life’s journey
  • Gain a variety of resources to enhance their care giving

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

You must register by February 15th if you plan to attend!

December 2016 FYI

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Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services

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

A Service of Healing, Wholeness and Hope

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

Music Ministry Fundraiser

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

Presbyterian Women present “The Joys of Christmas”

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

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

Annual Meeting and reports due date

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

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

From the Pen of the Pastor

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!

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

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

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

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

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

Peace & Grace,   Pastor Eddie

Christian Education News and Events

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

Advent Studies:

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

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

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

CE Activities at a Glance:

Youth 

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

Adults

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

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

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

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

MISSION OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

Presbyterian Women holiday food drive

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

Hat and mitten tree

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

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

Fellowship Opportunities

Christmas concerts at First Presbyterian Church

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

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

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

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

Men’s Group Activities

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

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

Congregational Concerns

Poinsettia Order

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


Important Year-End Information Regarding Contributions

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

Important Information About 2017 Offering Envelopes

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

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

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

November Session Highlights

During the November Session meeting, the Session:

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

Sunday morning greeters needed

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

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

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

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

Sunday morning coffee hour hosts needed

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

We keep in our prayers

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

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

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

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

Kudos and thank yous

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

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

November FYI

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Consecration Sunday: It’s coming on November 6th

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

All Saints Sunday November 6th

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

Hanging of the Greens – Saturday, November 29

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

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

Interfaith Thanksgiving day, November 21

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

Daylight Saving Time ends

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

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

From the Pastor’s Laptop
“Thankful”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christian Education Events and News

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

Youth Group

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

Adult Education:

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

All Ages: 

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

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

Middlers attend Detroit Presbytery Youth Rally

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

Mission and Fellowship Opportunities

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

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

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

What to do with your leftover Halloween candy?

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

Youth collect for St. Al’s Thanksgiving baskets

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

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

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

Presbyterian Women holiday food drive

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

 Boy Scout Christmas wreath sale

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

Can you help serve Thanksgiving dinner?

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

PW Christmas program is December 5th

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

Hat and mitten tree

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

Bookshelves needed

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

Congregational Concerns

Let’s roll out the welcome mat

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

 Music Ministry fundraiser

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

Congregational Concerns

October Session highlights

During the October Session meeting, the Session:

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

Advent candle lighters needed!!!

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

A message to the women of First Pres Farmington

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

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

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

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

Join the Prayer Shawl Ministry

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

Sunday morning greeters needed

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

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

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

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

Sunday morning coffee hour hosts needed

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

Mark your calendars for Christmas worship services

Christmas services Saturday, December 24 at First Presbyterian Church

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

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

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

We keep in our prayers

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

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

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

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

Kudos and thank yous

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

 

From Our Friends at Rebuilding Together:

Rebuilding Together 3rd Annual Bowl-A-Thon

Friday, November 4th  7:00 – 11:00 PM

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

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

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

October 2016 FYI

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Meet Our New Pastor – Rev. Eddie Jusino

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

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

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

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

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

World Communion & Peacemaking Offering Sunday, October 2nd

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

All Saints Sunday is November 6th

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

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

 From the Pastor’s Laptop

A Confession

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you in worship,
Pastor Keith

Christian Education News and Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

Need help with your fall cleanup?

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

Was Jesus a Democrat or a Republican?

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

Upcoming CE Events at a Glance

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

Upcoming Events and Mission Opportunities

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

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

Detroit Presbytery PW Gathering October 5

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

Detroit Presbytery Mission Breakfast
October 8

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

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

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

Flu shot clinic on Sunday, October 23rd

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

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

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

A message to the women of First Pres Farmington

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

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

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

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

Join the Prayer Shawl Ministry

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

Clothing drive for students in need

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

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

Congregational News and Concerns

September Session Highlights

During the September Session meeting, the Session:

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

Consecration Sunday Is Coming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your Consecration Sunday Team

Shepherd Calls!

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

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

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

Sunday morning coffee hour hosts needed

Photo credit: Creative commons.

Photo credit: Creative commons.

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

Joys and Concerns

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

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

Kudos and thank yous

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