The Northminster Alternative Gift Opportunities Market will run in the Sanctuary on Dec. 4, 11, & 18 right after worship each Sunday.
When you make donations to any one of these organizations at our Market, we will provide a gift card with an insert explaining the project you’re supporting in the name of your giftee. So instead of one more tired, predictable gift of a tie, candle or box of candy, buy something that can help improve someone’s life, and give your friend or loved one the pleasure of helping someone less fortunate!
One way to help those less fortunate globally and in the United States is through the Alternative Gifts International organization. Food, blankets, wheelchairs, medical supplies, farm tools, education/training for a variety of skills, bicycles, books, seeds and plants and so much more, can be purchased. Almost every dollar goes directly to the project you support, and all the charities represented by AGI are vetted and highly rated by watchdog organizations. This is Northminster’s 24th year of supporting these projects around the world (since 1992). And we now accept credit cards in addition to checks or cash. Stop by the table even the week before the market opens, to learn more!
You will be able to make a donation for the purchase of diapers for the babies in the Baby Basics of Troy Ministry, which provides diapers to low-income working families from Troy and a few neighboring communities. At a cost of approximately $700-800 a year, affording enough diapers to keep their babies healthy and comfortable is a very real challenge for our families. Since laundromats don’t allow washing of cloth diapers, nor are they allowed in day cares, disposable diapers are the only option for many families today. 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to the purchase of diapers. This year you will have the chance to make your donations online, as well as with cash or check. Please help the Baby Basics Board and Volunteers continue to provide this ministry to our grateful families!
The Baldwin Center in Pontiac serves meals to the homeless in Pontiac most week days. We will go there on Saturday, November 19th, starting at 10:00 am. We cook the hotdogs, plate the accompaniments and serve the food and drinks. After cleaning the kitchen and dining room, we leave between 1:30-2:00.
The signup for the activity is in the Sanctuary or on the bulletin boards. Also, in 2017, there are no Saturday slots available (except in summer, which doesn’t work for most members) so we are on a call list for back-up. There are, however many slots for groups to serve on weekdays. If you are interested in going down during the week, whether as part of a group or on your own, please see Ruth Turner.
Dr. Ulrich will be our guest musician on Sundays for the rest of the year. He has and will continue to conduct our adult voice and handbell choirs.
Brandon is currently the director of the choirs at Stoney Creek High School and has his own music publishing company. His Master’s degree in choral conducting is from Michigan State University. Please give him a warm welcome and help him to feel at home at Northminster.
[God] comforts us in all our trouble so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Cor. 1:4 NIV)
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) urges your support for those affected by Hurricane Matthew. The category 4 hurricane has already been blamed for hundreds of deaths and continues on a path of destruction toward the southeastern US coast. Earliest assessments confirm extensive damage in southwestern Haiti and eastern Cuba. PDA was already active in the area, doing long-term recovery work related to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and Superstorm Sandy of 2012.
PDA will immediately begin working alongside established partners to respond to this latest crisis. Immediate response will help provide essential food, water, and supplies for impacted communities and villages. As long-term recovery needs are determined, PDA will continue to support those in impacted areas to ensure a comprehensive recovery.
As more information becomes available on conditions in Haiti, Cuba, the Bahamas, and the United States, PDA will update this information and keep the church apprised on the emerging disaster response and community needs for recovery. Thank you for your generosity in prayer and in giving to those whose lives have been impacted by wind and water; as the Holy Spirit once brooded over the unformed waters of the earth and created order and life, so your prayerful gifts bring hope out of chaos.
The needs for the response will be great. God’s people are once again called on to stand in the “GAP”—Give. Act. Pray.
Financial support for relief efforts can be designated to DR000193 with reference to Matthew. Gifts can be made online, by phone at (800) 872-3283, or by check, which can be mailed to:
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
Learn how you and your congregation can help families who have lost everything in the devastation.
Pray for those who suffered loss of family or home or for those who are working tirelessly to provide rescue, humanitarian aid, and spiritual and psychological support.
With sincere thanks to the Organ Task Force (Becky Pocisk, John Cole, John Kennedy, and Charlotte), as well as members of Session, the purchase of a new organ has been approved!
The Organ Task Force selected an organ from the Allen Organ Company, model “Bravura L-124” through Evola Music of Canton, MI. The Task Force has been working on this project since the spring and Session approved the purchase at the Sept. 8 meeting.
Below is a photo similar to the instrument on order for Northminster. Stay tuned for more details! And another big thanks to the Organ Task Force for their meaningful, great help