The photo here shows the Labyrinth as it appeared when we were almost done with spreading six square yards of mulch last June. An amazing group of people, including many of us from Northminster as well as some friends from TIG, spent lots of time and effort achieving that goal.
In recent years, we’ve had workdays focused totally on the Labyrinth, or sometimes just a few TIG friends did a little weeding; but the vast majority of the weeding, trimming, mulching and weed-prevention treatments were undertaken by Building and Grounds and helpers, along with a few wonderfully faithful “secret gardeners”. Those who worked the most on the Labyrinth on their own - as well as the Memorial Garden - were Curt & Pat Lundy, Peg & Rod Griffard, and Bob Sigler. If you’re also a “secret gardener” we may not know about, we also owe you thanks.
Sadly, we’ve lost Curt, and Bob will soon be moving, but the remaining folks are ready to pass Keeping Our Labyrinth Looking Great: Help Wanted on the mantle to others and take long-deserved rests. Ruth Turner says, “I’ve done what I can for years by carrying gloves and bags in my car for spontaneous spot-weeding, including pulling all those nasty thistles this past week, and am certainly going to continue that, but I really need some help! If we had a cadre of volunteers as we did when the Labyrinth was first installed, each volunteer would only have to weed or trim those bothersome tree ‘shooters’ once or twice from mid-May to midSeptember. It might just entail an hour right after church (keeping gloves and tools in your car makes it easy) or a couple of hours during a weekday, but would make a huge difference in how we present Northminster to the community: thriving, active and involved.”
Let Ruth know if you can help even once and add your name to the sign-up sheet in the hall; if you’re unsure of your schedule, just doing what you can when you can is great, too!
Hunger is not something that happens just in poor communities, it happens all over. Almost 800,000 school-age children receive free and or reduced lunches throughout the state. Did you know that Troy Public schools have just over 1900 students who receive Free or Reduced lunch during the school year? Anywhere from 3% to 30% of students throughout Troy receive food assistance. When school breaks for the summer, these kids will get by with less food. (Taken from Caroline Kondak’s May 13th presentation in worship.)
The Youth of Northminster have joined the Presbytery of Detroit’s Hunger Ministries Program’s Cereal for Summer! campaign. Every box of cereal donated at Northminster from now through Sunday, June 24, will go directly to children in Troy and the Presbytery who face food insecurity this summer.
Fifty percent of the boxes received will go to Morse Elementary School’s Summer Nights program. The other 50% will be shared with the Presbytery’s Hunger Ministries Program that assists 9 food pantries throughout the presbytery.
Let’s help reduce hunger among children with our donations of Cereal for Summer!
Place your donations on the table in the back of the Sanctuary.
The final day to contribute is Sunday, June 24.
You may also make a monetary donation. Check should be payable to Northminster Church with CEREAL in memo line. Thank you!
The Church, Society & Mission Committee was pleased to receive over a dozen applications – along with glowing letters of recommendation – for the Borchardt Memorial Grants. All of the applicants were hardworking students who had stories of very difficult hurdles to overcome, which made it even harder to select the candidates to recommend to Session.
Using a grid rating our choices in order, we were able to agree on one candidate for the $1,200 grant. We have two candidates for half grants of $600, if we receive enough For further information, contact Jim Hoogstra at email@example.com in the next few weeks. Our nominated candidates will be presented for Session approval at their meeting in June, and we look forward to announcing them!
Also, please remember that 40% of the Pentecost Offering is distributed directly by Northminster, which has been approved for adding to the Borchardt Grant Fund this year. In this way, we can ensure that we will minimally be able give one full and one half grant to two deserving teens in foster care who graduate for academic year 2018-2019.