f you are one of our online readers, you can see some of our musical pieces from worship service recorded and posted by Chris Kondak, such as this recent rendition of Fantasy on Hyfrydol by our Northminster Bells! https://youtu.be/TzrGMg0wKFU
Over the Summer, our Building and Grounds volunteers have repainted our interior spaces – the main office and the Ark, for the first time in many years.
Thank you, Doug Riddering, John Cole, and Curt Lundy for your dedication and hard work on these jobs!
We've also had extensive patching of potholes that appeared in our driveways done professionally. Thanks to Martha Babcock and Curt Lundy for taking care of the road and our vehicles!
The next TIG event will be our annual potluck picnic on August 7 at 6:30 pm. at Boulan Park in Troy (west side of Crooks, between Big Beaver and Wattles Roads). Join our members and friends and get to know one another better and on a personal level, through friendly discussion and sharing of good food! Look for balloons near the pavilions at the west end of the park.
Optional: you’re invited to bring a dish to pass (people usually bring desserts or appetizer-type foods) and a lawn chair.
September 21 is the International Day of Prayer. Many days, TIG has held an event commemorating this day, but this year we are collaborating with the city or civic organizations in a joint effort. There will be short program (with a few civic leaders sharing their thoughts or reflections on peace) along with a song or two, all to be held in the Memorial Garden just outside the Troy Public Library (weather permitting, otherwise, inside the Library) at 7:00 pm.
In addition to that program, we are adding an additional component: people are asked to read and reflect or meditate on readings about peace for each of the 21 days leading up to the Day of Peace.
Participants will also be invited to crochet or knit shawls, or color pages (for adults and children) with symbols or thoughts about peace. At least 21 days of readings, along with the instructions for the shawl and the coloring pages, will be provided via email in August. The shawls and pictures will be dedicated the evening of the program and donated.
Save the date!
Our neighbors at Big Beaver United Methodist Church (BBUMC) are now sponsoring a refugee family from Iraq, working in partnership with Samaritas. They were recently introduced to their family and are pleased to be making a difference in the lives of the family members.
Area congregations have been invited to consider partnering with their Refugee Resettlement Committee as they provide about 6 months of ongoing care for this family in need. They specifically are in need of volunteers to serve in many roles, especially providing transportation. Providing transportation would involve adding one's name to our list of volunteers who are willing to drive the family or individuals to and/or from appointments and errands, perhaps for a few hours once a week, once a month, or on an as-needed basis, at a mutually convenient time.
Volunteers are asked to attend a training/ orientation prior to working with the family. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity to partner with BBUMC, please contact Ruth Turner, who can pass on the contact information for Brenda Balas, the project chair at BBUMC.
There were 17 volunteers (10 from Northminster) who weeded and spread 16 yards of mulch at the Interfaith Labyrinth on June 5th. The planting areas around the Labyrinth and the path leading to it, look vastly different than they did a couple of weeks ago!
In August, we will have our annual summer potluck picnic at Boulan Park in Troy, on Monday, August 7, 6:30-8:00 pm. Traditionally, it’s been a great time to enjoy a casual evening of refreshments and fellowship. We provide cold beverages and paper products. Bring a lawn chair, a dish to share, and join us! We have balloons or signs to show you which picnic pavilion we will be at.
The InterFaith Leadership Council next adult immersive experience series “Exploring Religious Landscapes” will focus on “Comparative Christianity”. The series will feature Catholicism at St. Joseph Catholic Church in South Lyon on Wednesday, Aug. 30; Presbyterianism at Littlefield Pres. Church, Dearborn on Thursday, Sept. 14th; Non-denominational Evangelical at Kensington Church, Troy on Tuesday Oct. 17th and Unitarian Universalist at Birmingham Unitarian Church in Bloomfield Hills on Thursday Nov. 16th.
All workshops are from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Go to IFLC website www.detroitinterfaithcouncil.com to learn details and register.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Baby Basics of Troy Ministry! We had a wonderful picnic, with just about ½ of our families able to stay the whole time, and almost all of the volunteers joining us! We also welcome back Jenn Kondak to the Baby Basics Board (along with Mary Moore, Kathy Schwartz, Christy Cook and Ruth Turner) as sadly, Charlotte needed to drop out of our program upon her retirement.
Also, we are in strong need of people able to pick up and bundle diapers for our families!
This can be done on your own time (some restrictions for picking up diapers due to office admin hours at Troy First Presbyterian, where most of our diapers are now stored) and Ruth will give instruction and help your first time! See her if interested, please!
We met and congratulated our two Judith Borchardt Grant awardees on Sunday, June 18th after worship, along with supporters and family members. Tiffany Lynck (3rd from left) and Jada Laws (2nd from right) are wonderful young women with great potential to achieve their educational dreams, in part due to support of projects such as our Grant project.
Session approved the motion to provide a partial scholarship for camp fees to Camp Skyline for a child in foster care, using some funds donated specifically for mission this year, plus the Northminster portion of the Pentecost offering.
If you have not had an opportunity to send your donation to this special offering of the PCUSA, please send your check (or bring on Sunday June 25th) so we can send the maximum available to help a child attend camp – perhaps for the first time! You don’t need to send it in the special offering envelopes – a regular envelope is fine! Just make checks to Northminster, and please put your envelope # and “Pentecost” on the memo line. Thank you.
On June 5, 2017, the City of Troy elected to present Charlotte with a proclamation at a Troy City Council Meeting recognizing her service and leadership.
The full proclamation is posted on our bulletin board. An excerpt is here; as it followed acknowledgment of her history with Northminster and Troy Interfaith Group:
It was a day of music, skits, tributes and laughter. The love and friendship were palpable - we hope you enjoy the following message from Charlotte and the following photographs. Thank you to Dave Love and Curt Lundy for the photographs!
Gratitude for an Unforgettable Day and Congregation!
There were many things I wanted to say at the end of the celebration this past Sunday, but I was so overwhelmed with gratitude, all I could do was stand there in a fog and say thank you! So I’m glad I can write this final newsletter for you.
First, as Rabbi Arnie, former leader of Congregation Shir Tikvah, entered our building for the party, he told me how much he was enjoying retirement. And of course, he had a story! He told me about a friend who having just retired was asked by his wife, “What are you going to do today? and he replied, “Nothing.” “But,” she said, “That is what you did yesterday.” “Yes,” he replied, “But I’m not done yet!”
Secondly, most clergy know this, but I’m not sure that congregations do.
“A great congregation makes a good pastor.” In other words a great congregation shapes and molds, advises and teaches the pastor even more than the pastor does that for the congregation. Thank you for making me into a good pastor!
Thank you for all you have taught me over the almost 13 years I have been with you. Thank you for attending worship weekly and being involved in the mission and ministry which I know will continue through Northminster. As I said at the end of the afternoon celebration. I pray you will continue to show God’s love to each other with in these walls, as well as outside of them in the larger community and the world.
Thank you for a fabulous day last Sunday – the words and songs, the music stirring our hearts, the smiles and tears, the laughter of our children, the hugs and the gifts. …I will treasure the sea glass necklace always, and remember how God’s love through you all, has smoothed out my edges into beauty. I am still overwhelmed by the financial gift, and I promise to use it for a special pilgrimage. Thank you! As I go through the cards, photos, and gifts in my memory box, please know I am smiling and crying from sheer joy!
May God bless you and keep you. May God be gracious and kind to you. May God grant you peace, this day and always. Amen.
Below are some photos from the event - you can also see video of it here:
https://youtu.be/FLdBHVkTYD8 Thank you to Dave Love for capturing the video for us!
At its April 6th meeting, Session approved the Sexual Misconduct and Child Protection Policies and Procedures which are a requirement of the Presbytery.
Each congregation is given the freedom to write their own policies as is appropriate for their church.
Thank you to the ad hoc committee who began this process over 2 years ago. The session is grateful for their first draft which was refined and approved. Copies will be available in the office as well as on our website.