A recent program in which we showed a film and followed with discussion, about a shooting at a Sikh Gurdwara in Oak Creek WI, was very well attended – 70+ people! The program was co-sponsored by TIG affiliated organizations: Troy Area Alliance Against Crimes, Troy Police Dept, and Know Your Neighbor Daily (KYND) and the hope is that we can schedule follow-up programs on what we can do individually and as a community to combat bias and hate crimes.
A disturbing statistic from the Troy Police is that they were called to respond 35,000 times (no typo!) in 2017 to incidents regarding negative comments or voiced threats based on racial, religious or sexual orientation bias, so we have a long way to go even in our town deemed one of the “safest in the country”!
The next TIG program will be an opportunity to learn more about the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, commonly called Mormon faith. The history, traditions, outreach efforts and some of the unique perspectives of this Christian faith will be explored.
The meeting will be 7:00 pm at the Troy LDS Meetinghouse, 2784 Square Lake Rd. in Troy on Tuesday February 6 (Meetinghouse isn’t open Mondays).
KYND will host a night with Dr. Michelle Johnson, who will explore the times and experiences in Michigan and the Caribbean countries that were the center of Black culture. She will discuss how these connections contributed to the philosophy and efforts of Malcolm X. This presentation will be at the Troy Public Library Wed. Jan. 31 from 7-8:30 pm. This will be followed up by a discussion of the book written by his daughter Ilyasah Shabazz, X: A Novel. That event will be Thur. Feb. 22 7-8:30 pm at the Troy Community Center.
Building and Grounds members met with DTE for an energy audit at the church in late January and gave energy efficiency recommendations for us to consider for our older building. They were able to provide some free LED bulbs to replace our old fluorescents.
We continue to monitor any water leaks in the building and fill salt containers by entry doors for safety.
During worship on December 17th, we enjoyed a “Rehearsal-Free Christmas Pageant.”
Everyone in the congregation was invited to be in the cast. Angels, shepherds, an array of animals, and townspeople gathered around Mary and Joseph singing Carols. There was quite a crowd encircling the manger. And through it all, the Star lit the scene.
Special thanks to Jennifer K., Peg G., and Eleni K. who helped the cast with costumes and stage directions. And a big thank you to our young people who were readers for the pageant.
Men’s Lunch DatesIf you are a member, friend, or guest, join the Men’s Lunch Group for fellowship, conversation and occasional gossip!
On the third Tuesday of each month, the group meets for breakfast, lunch, or just coffee or drinks at Little Daddy's at 39500 Woodward, South of Long Lake Road, across Woodward from the Kingsley Inn.
Coming Up in 2018:
January 16, 2018
February 20, 2018
March 20, 2018
April 17, 2018
May 15, 2018
June 19, 2018
The lunch menu is large, varied, and quite good, with daily specials and frequent additions. No reservations required, Dutch treat. Buy just coffee or a whole meal. Breakfast served anytime.
Contact Andy Spencer for additional info, to update your email address, for help in arranging rides, or to make suggestions: 248-646-9049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.