It's snowy AND raining outside right now, but May 7 is guaranteed to be a perfect day for a walk. Please join the Northminster team in support of Church World Service and its work with the hungry and homeless wherever there is a need. The money we raise in our CROP Walk will help those affected by war and natural disasters, refugees and the dispossessed all over the world as well as locally. Part of the proceeds will be shared with the Clawson Community Food Bank and Troy People Concerned.
We will walk on Sunday, May 7, beginning from Trinity Lutheran Church on 14 Mile Road in Clawson. Sign in is at noon and we start walking at 1:00. Participants who raise $150 two weeks prior to the walk will receive a special T-shirt. The walk is about 3 miles starting on 14 Mile, around to Main Street, up Normandy, and then back across Crooks to end at the church. After the walk, treat yourself to something to eat at one of Clawson's many wonderful little restaurants. It will be a great day for us and anyone who benefits from our efforts. Register to participate online at www.crophungerwalk.org/troymi/Team/View/34110/Northminster-Presbyterian and get a pledge envelope from Susan Love. Even if you can't walk, you can still take part by sponsoring a walker. We can take checks (made out to CWS/CROP) or cash, but the easiest way to donate is through our team Web page. The more walkers we have, the more money we can raise for CWS and the more fun it is for all of us. Direct your questions to Susan Love (248.588.0905 or 248.346.5185 and firstname.lastname@example.org). Northminster has been part of CROP Walk for over 20 years now, and we've always been leaders in participation.
Let's make this year our best ever!
Now that the roof has been repaired, hallway restored, (then downed trees removed from the storm!) Building & Grounds is working hard to freshen up the front of the Sanctuary by re-painting the back panel, staining and oiling the three crosses, as well as on other projects around the building.
After rescheduling twice, the Interim Pastor Search Committee (Larry Sweet, Chris Riddering, Sarah Wright, Matt Leight, Martha Babcock, Chair) met on Thursday, March 16, with Diane Agnew, chair of the Transitional Leadership subcommittee of the Presbytery Committee on Ministry.
The interim pastor position description was reviewed and approved. The position description must be approved by Session, then by the Presbytery Committee on Ministry, following which candidates can be sought.
The CS&M Committee has been trying to develop a project to support Refugee Resettlement in SE Michigan and had hoped to have Ken Fouty of Samaritas speak to our members about this issue. However, one of the IFLC member faith communities (Church of the Latter Day Saints) is offering a program that will present the same things some of us heard from Ken at a TIG event last fall.
The LDS program “I was a Stranger” will answer some questions such as: Why are there so many refugees? How are they vetted? What is the resettlement process? What happens after the government programs run out? And what can we do to help? Samaritas and other organizations will be presenting on all of these topics Friday, May 12 at 7:00 pm at the Bloomfield Hills Stake Center (37425 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills).
As CS&M hopes to explore ways we might support these efforts as a congregation, we hope many of you will join committee members in attending this program. The flyer is on the bulletin board.
Reminder, if you are interested in attending the TIG tour and presentation at the Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Art Gallery (33 E. Adams, Detroit) this Sunday, March 26, be sure to let Ruth know. Our program begins at 2:00 pm. If wanting to carpool, also let her know that.
The TIG National Day of Prayer this year will be Thursday May 4th at 7:00 pm at Congregation Shir Tikvah (3900 Northfield Parkway, Troy). The theme is ”Praying to Repair Broken Connections” and as always will be a program to remember. We will have spoken, danced or sung prayers as well as communal singing, all followed by a simple reception afterwards. Our family-friendly program is open to all, so please plan to join us!
Additionally, our partner interfaith organization, the InterFaith Leadership Council, has 2 programs coming up that may be of interest to members or friends of Northminster. The first is the second in a series “Sounds of the Spirit” and it explores “reflections on theology and the place of music in worship across the Abrahamic faith traditions”. The Abrahamic traditions are those of the descendants of Abraham: Jewish, Christian, Baha’i and Muslim. It will be at Christ Church Cranbrook on April 30th, 3:00-6:00 pm. Cost is $10 and you can register and pay at the door or go to https://tinyurl.com/soundsofthespirit.
The second IFLC program is another immersive experience for adults in the “Exploring Religious Landscapes” series. This one also focuses on the Abrahamic faiths but is more in-depth and will include visits to Temple Beth El (March 29 6-9pm), New Mt Moriah Missionary Baptist Church (April 27 6-9 pm), Islamic Association of Greater Detroit – IAGD (May 17th 6-9 pm) and the Farmington Library to learn about Baha’i. To register for any one of these or for the whole series, go to www.detroitinterfaithcouncil.com.
Baby Basics has been named by the National Diaper Bank as one of three programs in the Midwest selected to receive a generous shipment of diapers. Meijer has donated $10,000 and Huggies donated 150,000 diapers to the National Diaper Bank Network through the Huggies “No Baby Unhugged” program.
We are both honored to be recognized in this way, and very, very excited to receive such a wonderful gift! Look for photos and more info next month about this exciting news.
The applications for the Judith Borchardt Memorial Grants for foster teens continuing on for post-high school education, have been sent to individuals and organizations to pass on to interested teens in foster care. We anticipate receiving the applications and reference letters by beginning May, and will meet to determine the candidates to recommend to Session.
Our experience with past recipients has shown that these grants are both needed and very appreciated by the teens who have been awarded them in the past 2 years. We look forward to introducing the 2017 awardees in late spring during worship.
There are also opportunities to learn more about foster care and adoption coming up this spring. One is a simulcast conference at Brighton Assembly of God in Brighton in April and another is at Grand Traverse Resort in May.
To learn more about these conferences or to receive news from the Faith Communities Coalition on Foster Care, contact Kate Thoresen to receive her e-newsletters: email@example.com;
Samaritas is the largest non-profit private organization in Michigan. Our mission is serving people as an expression of the love of Christ. We help more than 800 children every day across the Lower Peninsula. However, we are only able to find safe and loving families for fewer than 33% of the children referred to our agency due to a lack of foster homes.
As an agency, we are fostering hope for God’s most vulnerable children and we hope that you will seriously consider how you can help.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact Claudia King at Samaritas at 313-269-7895.
Baby Basics has had a few children who have aged out and we hope soon to bring in some of the babies on our waiting list. We only bring in a child and his/her family when we have the funding for their full time with us, through the age-out time of 3 years old.
As mentioned before, we’ve had wonderful gifts – both of money and diapers – in the Christmas season, but hope you know that your donations are welcome at ANY time! You can donate online via credit card at babybasicsoftroyministry.com or with a check sent to Northminster, with Baby Basics on the memo line and front envelope above the church address (or dropped into the offering plate).
Diaper drives this past year resulted in our also providing many weeks’ of diapers that we didn’t have to actually buy; if you want to donate unopened packages or boxes of diapers, please make them sizes 4, 5 or 6 and leave a note on the boxes with your name in the lounge, so we can properly acknowledge you!
Many families in our community are struggling to take care of a loved one at home. For the full-time caregivers, a break to run errands, go to their own doctor appointments, or just relax for an hour is often impossible because their parent or spouse cannot be left alone. If you have a few hours once or twice a month, to just sit with an older or disable adult, your gift of time will make a huge difference for these families.
No hands-on care of nursing experience is needed. For more information, call the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers at 586-757-5551, www.ivcinfo.org