The Troy-Area Interfaith Group has produced it's annual report of activities that it was involved in for the year of 2016 as well as the events currently planned for the new year. Please click below for more detail.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Brandon Ulrich has agreed to stay on as our permanent music director!
He has been conducting our adult voice and handbell choirs, as well as assisting with Praise Pals, our children’s handbell choir. He has shown himself to be an energetic and talented music leader.
Brandon is also the director of the bands and choirs at Stoney Creek High School, Rochester Hills and has his own music publishing company.
He holds a Doctoral degree in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University, and we are delighted that he agreed in December to stay on with Northminster.
Our new Allen Organ, Bravura L-124 (at right) was installed by Evola Music of Canton on November 28. The congregation has noted the improved sound, and Brandon has been learning the ropes of our new instrument.
Please welcome him!
Alternative Gift Market Closes
The Northminster Alternative Gift Opportunities Market was held in the Sanctuary the three Sundays before Christmas. Many stopped at the Market to “buy” items to support the projects offered through the Alternative Gifts International organization, the Baby Basics of Troy Ministry program, or Troy People Concerned. Hopefully your gifts will bring pleasure to whomever they are given, and we know with certainty that the people helped by these projects will be very grateful.
Annual Benevolences decisions were made by the Church, Society and Mission committee and with Session’s full approval, checks have been sent. In the annual report we will give a full accounting of which organizations or programs Northminster’s funds went to support.
We also sent out the second half of the Borchardt Memorial Scholarship grants to this year’s three recipients.
Mittens and Hats to be Distributed in January
Our mitten and hat tree is still in the hall in the east entrance alcove and is pretty full with new mittens or gloves and hats for elementary school-aged children in Pontiac schools. If you hadn’t had a chance to add to the tree, you still have time! Chris will deliver them on our behalf when school resumes in January. Thank you to all who contributed to helping keep some kids warmer this winter.
A Baby Basics Christmas
Thank you to all who took and filled a gift bag for the siblings of our Baby Basics families. There are 17 of them, and each one will have a small token of our heartfelt wishes for a wonderful holiday season. We will also have lovely teddy bears to give to every one of our 16 babies and toddlers. We shared cookies, cocoa & coffee and conversation on Dec. 21 with our families, who are always so very appreciative!
We also received some donations in response to our Christmas appeal letter, plus diapers from 2 diaper drives: one from JD Powers employees, and another from one extended family which chose to support Baby Basics in lieu of their usual gift exchange.
The first Troy-area Interfaith Group meeting of the new year will provide a program that is very timely. We will view and have discussion following the video “Not in Our Town: A Light in the Darkness”. This video tells the story of Long Island village residents taking action after a local immigrant is killed in a hate crime. The Troy Area Alliance Against Hate Crimes is co-sponsoring the program, to be held at the Troy Police Dept., EOC Room, 500 W. Big Beaver, Troy on Monday, Jan. 9 at 7:00 pm. We will also be able to view some of the short videos focusing on anti-bullying and which were created by Troy-area HS students. Please plan to join us!
TIG is also one of many co-sponsors of the Martin Luther King “Celebration of Freedom”. The Celebration will be on Jan. 16, 2017, starting at 8:30 am at the Troy Athens High School, 4333 John R. Road. This annual event will be somewhat different than previous celebrations, as attendees will participate in various service projects to benefit veterans, hospital patients, and food banks. There will also be a blood drive held that day.
The event incorporates children, young adults and musical/theatrical presentations and a breakfast will be served. We hope you can attend; it is for all ages and all are welcome.