November 19: Serving Meals at the Baldwin Center
The Baldwin Center in Pontiac serves meals to the homeless in Pontiac most week days. We will go there on Saturday, November 19th, starting at 10:00 am. We cook the hotdogs, plate the accompaniments and serve the food and drinks. After cleaning the kitchen and dining room, we leave between 1:30-2:00.
The signup for the activity is in the Sanctuary or on the bulletin boards. Also, in 2017, there are no Saturday slots available (except in summer, which doesn’t work for most members) so we are on a call list for back-up. There are, however many slots for groups to serve on weekdays. If you are interested in going down during the week, whether as part of a group or on your own, please see Ruth Turner.
Interfaith Labyrinth Looking Good!
Thank you to all in the Troy-area Interfaith Group for contributions to the Interfaith Labyrinth fund. We received gifts of close to $1,500 after Ed Chezick, Convener of TIG and Charlotte wrote a letter of appeal.
This summer we had the Labyrinth washed and re-sanded after 8 years without maintenance. There were also only a few pavers that needed to be leveled. The most difficult ongoing work has been spreading mulch and tedious weeding of the berm around the labyrinth. The Troy-area Interfaith Group is planning to put a work day on its calendar next Spring/Summer to help with this.
Thank you to all who have helped to maintain it for the Troy area. The journal in which people write when they visit the labyrinth is full of messages of gratitude for the space, for the peace, for the comfort as well as the joy received when walking it.
A New Organ is Coming!
With sincere thanks to the Organ Task Force (Becky Pocisk, John Cole, John Kennedy, and Charlotte), as well as members of Session, the purchase of a new organ has been approved!
The Organ Task Force selected an organ from the Allen Organ Company, model “Bravura L-124” through Evola Music of Canton, MI. The Task Force has been working on this project since the spring and Session approved the purchase at the Sept. 8 meeting.
Below is a photo similar to the instrument on order for Northminster. Stay tuned for more details! And another big thanks to the Organ Task Force for their meaningful, great help.
The City of Detroit has issued a Proclamation recognizing this as Diaper Need Awareness Week.
1 in 3 American families struggle with diaper need, not having enough diapers for their baby. Annually, Diaper Need Awareness Week draws national attention to this consequence of poverty. http://nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org/diaperawareness/
Baby Basics Ministry of Troy is helping to meet this need. Find out more about Baby Basics at http://babybasicsoftroyministry.com
Baby Basics of Troy Ministry will take diaper donations and especially need larger diaper sizes 4,5, and 6. They also collect paper bags with handles for distribution. Baby Basics hopes to bring more families in from their waiting list via more donations from the community - there are currently 9 babies on their waitlist.
You can help to serve them by donating here: http://babybasicsoftroyministry.com/volunteer-or-donor-contact-page.html