Have you heard that we are in a Parish Council? Do you know what that means? What do we expect from it?
If you want to know more, click the link below and use the password to view a video by Rev. Nate Phillips from Kirk in the Hills about why he initiated the Parish Council with First Presbyterian Church of Troy.
CLICK FOR VIDEO and enter password: parish council
If you want to read more about Pastor Nate's work and ideas, click HERE to see his book, Do Something Else.
There have been a regular flow of babies aging out and new ones joining the Baby
Basics family, but we try to maintain 18 at a time. The buying and storage of diapers means we cannot really handle more.
However, each baby that comes on board must wait until we have funding for 3 years’ diapers for that child. Thanks to the donors who support this program – we could not continue doing this without you!
Foster Care Mission 2020
The letters of invitation for applicants for the Borchardt Memorial Fund grants have gone out to workers dealing with foster teens in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties. We have a deadline of mid-April and will review the applications and make a recommendation to Session for their May meeting. Thanks to Jim Hoogstra for spearheading this effort!
The Pentecost Offering results in 40% being retained by Northminster - and this year, we will be using that amount to partially pay for a scholarship to Camp Skyline for a foster youth. Your generosity in the past has supported this same project, and we know you will be supportive once more. The other 60% also goes to programs at the Presbytery and PCUSA levels for children at risk.
Troy-area Interfaith Group
UPDATE: All meetings postponed until further notice.
Rather than have a meeting in March, TIG volunteers will work at Gleaners, 24162 Mound Road, Warren, on March 28 from 9-11 a.m. Last year, there were a total of 14 members - including Dave Love, Charlotte Sommers, Christy, Dylan and Tyler Cook & Ruth Turner - who, along with other volunteers, packed 1,357 lbs. of food to serve 1,229 people!
As we may be working in refrigerated areas, dress in layers & closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves. Register directly at the Gleaner’s website: http://www.troyinterfaithgroup,gcfb.volunteerhub.com/
On March 1st at 4:00p.m., join InterFaith Leadership Council (IFLC) for the Annual World Sabbath at North Congregational Church of Farmington, 36520 W. 12 Mile Road in Farmington.
It is a wonderful interfaith service for peace that involves prayers, singing, and dancers in many traditions. For details, check the flyer on the bulletin board, or speak to planning committee member Ruth Turner, 248-835-5101.
Northminster is hosting the May 7 Annual National Day of Prayer is the 16th event and also marks the 15th anniversary of TIG! Northminster hosted the first time, and again on the 10th anniversary.
If you would serve on a planning committee along with Ruth Turner and a couple other TIG members, it would be very appreciated! The planning committee meets 2-3 times total, so it’s not labor-intensive. But having others from our church serve is evidence of how much we support this organization. Please speak to or email Ruth, 248-835-5101.
Your Pastoral Nominating Committee
The PNC (Pastoral Nominating Committee) has been meeting almost weekly since the beginning of the year, and have three more meetings scheduled in March. The Committee is currently working to complete our MIF (Ministry Information Form), in which we answer narrative questions to describe Northminster’s ministry, mission, and vision, as well as selecting tasks/competencies we are looking for. After approval by Session and the Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry (CoM), it will be posted online and is the means by which candidates will find us. Your input, insights, and prayerful support is appreciated!
- Pastoral Nominating Committee: Jim Hoogstra; Caroline Kondak; Jamie Love; Ruth Turner and Martha Babcock, Chair
The Stewardship and Finance committee is looking for 2 or three additional members. As we start making plans for the new year, we find that we could use a few more people to make the work more fun. ...the more, the merrier.
New Water Heater
Building and grounds oversaw the installation of a new water heater for the main hallway restrooms. The old water heater was leaking and in need of replacement.
POSTPONED: Spring Workday on April 14!
UPDATE: Postponed until further notice
The Building & Grounds Committee invites you to the church’s Spring Workday, scheduled for Saturday, April 11 from 9am-2pm.
Come enjoy our version of some spring cleaning at Northminster. There will be a few jobs we need help on. We have a list of projects for inside and outside, depending on the weather. In case of rain, April 18 will be our backup date.
Lunch will be provided – join us!
Deacons for the Class of 2022 have been voted in. Here is our most current list - be sure to consult your directory and reach out if you have any needs!
We had an interesting discussion of our February book, The Last Painting of Sara DeVos. It is in part a mystery, and a good part of our discussion was following the trail of clues. We all enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading a good story.
Our book choice for March is My Dearest Friend: Letters of John & Abigail Adams by John & Abigail Adams. It is a collection of 289 letters between them, of some 1,160 that have survived. In 1762, John Adams penned a flirtatious note to “Miss Adorable”, the 17-year-old Abigail Smith. In 1801, Abigail wrote to her husband to wish him a safe journey as he headed home to Quincy after serving as president of the nation he helped create.
Their correspondence gives modern Americans a very personal view of our country’s founding. They include comments on the great events of the day – the Battle of Bunker Hill, the vote for independence, the inauguration of Washington as president – as well as discussions of daily life, stories of neighbors and relatives, complaints about the high cost of living and laments over tragedies such as their stillborn daughter and the deaths of their parents. One reviewer says the letters “are fun reading, bubbling with the charm, intelligence and passion of these two, who were both compelling and entertaining writers.”
We invite all to read the book and join us in a discussion on Thursday, March 12, at 2:00 pm.
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