If you are one of our online readers, you can see some of our musical pieces from worship service recorded and posted by Chris Kondak, such as this recent rendition of Fantasy on Hyfrydol by our Northminster Bells! https://youtu.be/TzrGMg0wKFU
Over the Summer, our Building and Grounds volunteers have repainted our interior spaces – the main office and the Ark, for the first time in many years.
Thank you, Doug Riddering, John Cole, and Curt Lundy for your dedication and hard work on these jobs!
We've also had extensive patching of potholes that appeared in our driveways done professionally. Thanks to Martha Babcock and Curt Lundy for taking care of the road and our vehicles!
The next TIG event will be our annual potluck picnic on August 7 at 6:30 pm. at Boulan Park in Troy (west side of Crooks, between Big Beaver and Wattles Roads). Join our members and friends and get to know one another better and on a personal level, through friendly discussion and sharing of good food! Look for balloons near the pavilions at the west end of the park.
Optional: you’re invited to bring a dish to pass (people usually bring desserts or appetizer-type foods) and a lawn chair.
September 21 is the International Day of Prayer. Many days, TIG has held an event commemorating this day, but this year we are collaborating with the city or civic organizations in a joint effort. There will be short program (with a few civic leaders sharing their thoughts or reflections on peace) along with a song or two, all to be held in the Memorial Garden just outside the Troy Public Library (weather permitting, otherwise, inside the Library) at 7:00 pm.
In addition to that program, we are adding an additional component: people are asked to read and reflect or meditate on readings about peace for each of the 21 days leading up to the Day of Peace.
Participants will also be invited to crochet or knit shawls, or color pages (for adults and children) with symbols or thoughts about peace. At least 21 days of readings, along with the instructions for the shawl and the coloring pages, will be provided via email in August. The shawls and pictures will be dedicated the evening of the program and donated.
Save the date!
Our neighbors at Big Beaver United Methodist Church (BBUMC) are now sponsoring a refugee family from Iraq, working in partnership with Samaritas. They were recently introduced to their family and are pleased to be making a difference in the lives of the family members.
Area congregations have been invited to consider partnering with their Refugee Resettlement Committee as they provide about 6 months of ongoing care for this family in need. They specifically are in need of volunteers to serve in many roles, especially providing transportation. Providing transportation would involve adding one's name to our list of volunteers who are willing to drive the family or individuals to and/or from appointments and errands, perhaps for a few hours once a week, once a month, or on an as-needed basis, at a mutually convenient time.
Volunteers are asked to attend a training/ orientation prior to working with the family. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity to partner with BBUMC, please contact Ruth Turner, who can pass on the contact information for Brenda Balas, the project chair at BBUMC.