The TIG Dec. Interfaith Dinner Out is Monday, Dec, 2, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Shield’s Restaurant, 1476 W. Maple Rd. (NW corner at Crooks in Troy). No program, no agenda, just time to visit and enjoy delicious food and casual company and conversation with our friends from different faith communities.
All are welcome, and individual orders and checks make it simple. Just RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure we have enough seats held!
We had a lively discussion of our November book, The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard. Set in 1947, the author uses great fires of history, such as the bombing of Hiroshima, the fire-bombing of Tokyo, the Great Fire of London, and the London Blitz, as metaphors for the effects of WWII on her characters, survivors of the war.
For December, we are reading Stoner by John Williams, a novel published in 1965. It sold only 2000 copies in its initial printing and then went out of print. In the last 5 years it has topped best-seller lists in Europe and has rising sales in the United States, most of that due to word-of-mouth. Part of our discussion will probably give us insight into why this is true.
The main character, Stoner, is the dutiful son of a poor farmer, who discovers the power of literature in college and pursues his calling, laboring to honor the mission of teaching. He relishes teaching students, but his career is stymied by a malevolent head of department; he falls in love and marries, but knows within a month that the relationship is a failure; he adores his daughter but she is turned against him; he is given new life by an affair, but it ends badly. He does have some small victories towards the end of the novel. But Williams said in an interview, “I think he had a very good life. He was doing what he wanted to do, a job in the good and honorable sense of the word.”
We will meet December 12 at 2:00p.m. in the Lounge, where Sue Fish will lead a discussion of the book. All of you are welcome to read the book and join us.
Our Holiday Party will be December 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the Lounge, during our normal distribution. We like to give to each sibling of our babies, 12 years and younger something, too.
Northminster folks were very generous last year, when we asked for new or very gently used books, so we’re again asking for your help. In addition to our 17-18 babies & toddlers (6 months–3 years of age), we have: two each at ages 3 ½, 4, 6 and 8 years, three at 9 years, three at age 10, and four at ages 11/12.
Please put donations labeled “Baby Basics Book Drive” in the Lounge, either on the cabinet, shelves, or floor by the rolling cabinet.
You are also welcome to come enjoy cocoa or milk and cookies as we hear, once more, from our “Story Lady Diane”!
Due to increased interest for an earlier time, our Tai Chi class is now on Wednesdays at 6:00p.m., before choir practice. All skills levels are encouraged - join us!
We have moved Tai Chi practice to Wednesday evenings, 6:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. to accomdate more schedules.
If you are able, please join us at our new time!
Our Building & Grounds crew have been busy in October. We cleaned the carpet in the Ark, classroom areas and offices and cut up a fallen tree on our property. Feel free to find out more from us if you are interested in helping.
Northminster also has a new sidewalk that replaced a cracked region by the south entrance for your walking ease.
Fall Cleanup Day is November 16 - hope to see you there! If you can’t make it, you are welcome to help out on a day of your choosing.
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