Grace in Aging will continue to meet online via Zoom at 10:00a.m. on the third Thursday of the month at 10:00a.m. Next meetings will be May 21 and June 18.
Now is your chance to join us from the comfort of your couch!
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.
On Sunday, December 22, the congregation elected a five-member Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) which will search for Northminster’s next installed pastor.
The members of the PNC are: Martha Babcock, Jim Hoogstra, Caroline Kondak, Jamie Love, and Ruth Turner. They will work closely with the Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry representative Ron Hughes, a ruling elder from Rosedale Gardens Church in Livonia. The initial meeting is scheduled for January 3, 2020, when Mr. Hughes will provide an orientation to the PNC.
The PNC’s first task is to complete the PCUSA Ministry Information Form (MIF) which functions as a résumé for the church. This document will provide potential candidates with basic information regarding Northminster’s current life and future direction. Soon the PNC will be reading Personal Information Forms (PIF) from pastors and begin interviewing prospective candidates.
The PNC will share information about its progress with the congregation throughout its work. The congregation is encouraged to pray for the PNC as it seeks the pastor God has already selected for Northminster.
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.
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!
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