As we come back together from our summer activities, we will gather on the Labyrinth for Worship. Bring your own lawn chair, your sunglasses, and please dress casually as we praise God in our open-air sanctuary. Canopies will set up providing shade.
Following worship, we will re-arrange our chairs for fellowship and lunch. Bring your own lunch entrée (sandwich, salad, fried chicken, hummus, etc.). The Deacons’ Hospitality Committee will provide chips, fruit, cookies and beverages (coffee, tea lemonade).
In case of rain, we will worship and picnic inside.
Northminster Presbyterian Church on the map of "Four for Four" PCUSA congregations! 🙌
What does it mean to be a Four for Four congregation?
By receiving all four of the Special Offerings mandated by the General Assembly:
See the PCUSA article: https://specialofferings.pcusa.org/page/four-four/
Baby Basics client count is up to 18 babies now but will have room for one more after the end of Sept. (babies are replaced as they “age-out”, so around 17-18 are enrolled at all times).
The families are always changing, but one thing they all have in common: they are very grateful! Your donations of cash or diapers, on top of the in-kind gift of free space twice monthly, phone line, emailing of the newsletter by the office, etc., are invaluable and the Board of Baby Basics wants to share that we are very grateful too!
The Song and Spirit Institute for Peace organized a CarePax mission project to support the homeless. Northminster assembled their "Pax" to contribute on Saturday, June 22, at First Presbyterian Church and were dedicated and blessed during worship on June 30.
Thank you to all who contributed items or money to purchase them. It’s been nice to have a project we work on with First Presbyterian Church of Troy, too! Gregg at Song and Spirit Institute for Peace says he cannot express his gratitude strongly enough!
The CarePax were delivered to Song and Spirit Institute for Peace the week following their dedication. It was a fun project and didn’t take long to assemble the packs.
Thank you to all who donated items or cash and who helped pack!
We’re still at it! The Group met with a representative from Presbytery to review the report; and, in our latest meeting, we identified Northminster's Biblical foundations. Here’s a hint to part of our discussion: Matthew 13:31-32.
Next, we will discuss and define our mission statement, then the Self Study Report goes to Session for approval.
On Sunday, September 8, Northminster will enter Fall worshiping on the Labyrinth. Bring a lawn chair, your sunglasses, and dress casually. Worship on the Labyrinth was so uplifting in July, we decided it would be a wonderful way to re-connect with one another as summer concludes.
Following worship, everyone is invited to stay for a picnic. This will give us time to visit and catch up. It’s B.Y.O.L. (Bring Your Own Lunch) – a sandwich or other main course. The Hospitality Committee will provide chips, fruit, cookies, and the regular drinks of coffee, tea and lemonade.
We’ll rearrange our chairs near the Labyrinth after worship to enjoy our picnic lunch and fellowship!
The partners of Central Woodward Christian Church, Birmingham Congregational Church and Northminster Presbyterian Church will be hosting South Oakland Shelter (SOS) clients at Central Woodward on October 13 – 20.
Joining to help (at least a little this first year) will be friends from First Presbyterian Church of Troy, and we’re very excited about that. The SOS coordinators have also decided on some changes: only offering transportation 2-3 times each morning to the SOS office or the Oakland Transit Center in Royal Oak, less activities in the evenings, and hot breakfast only 2-3 mornings instead of every day (will still have continental breakfast). The hope is that these changes will make it easier on volunteers, but you are still needed!
Look for the sign-up sheets in September and join in.
July 13th the Troy-area Interfaith Group (TIG) meeting is a workday at Gleaners, 9:00 – 11:30 am in Warren (2416 Mound Rd.). Join TIG members and friends as we work together to help sort and pack food for various food pantries, shelters and meal kitchens serving our area. Register directly at http://troyareainterfaithgroup.gcfb.volunteerhub.com.
TIG picnic Aug. 5 at Boulan Park, 6:30-7:30 pm. Our annual Potluck Picnic is a great time to re-connect, renew and begin new friendships with friends and supporters. Bring a dish to pass if you would like, as well as what you want to drink, and we’ll provide paper products.
The travel-study seminar group that Pastor Nichols participated in through the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program was interviewed while they were at Dom Kinonia in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, on the final day of the 13-day trip. An excerpt from the Presbyterian News Service article by Rich Copley:
“The travelers dove right into the conflict of the region on the second day of the trip by visiting Maidan Square in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, one of the centers of the Ukrainian Revolution that saw the overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who sought to forge stronger ties with Russia, in favor of a new government that favored working with the European Union.
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have simmered and occasionally flared up ever since.
“Being in that square, our group was in a place that was significant — it felt like being in Tiananmen Square sort of, where something significant happened for this country,” said Rev. Carl Horton, coordinator of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. “That’s where we started to hear the story of the change in Ukraine … and when we moved on to the Russian side, I was struck by how it was a completely different perspective on this conflict.”
Selden Spencer of Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames, Iowa says, “The theme we quite often wrestled with is ‘What is the truth? What is going on? Where do you get your information?’ That continues to be a challenge.
“What I personally carry away is there is a lot of suffering, a lot of sorrow, and it almost feels like the misery of Stalin and World War II and reconstruction after that is ongoing. Folks are somewhat tired.”
Online readers can see the full article HERE. The article is also posted at the church.
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