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
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,
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!
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.
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 email@example.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
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