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    November/December 2015

    As Everybody’s Church we commit ourselves to serving Christ by cultivating mission, inclusion and community.

    First Presbyterian Church

    Kick-Off Sunday, September 13

    The sounds of water splashing and crowds cheering. The smell of smoked bar-b- que. The sight of friends re-connecting after summer travels. All this and more greeted the senses at this fall’s All-Church Kick-Off event in September. The event featured fun activities for all ages, including an inflatable maze, face painting, a “selfie station,” and a

    dunk tank. The dunk tank raised over $400 for scholarships to next summer’s Presbyterian Youth Triennium. A delicious lunch was provided by Woodpile BBQ Shack. And the ministry fair provided information about all of the amazing things our church does all year round. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this event possible.

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    November/December 2015

    by Dr. John Judson

    Perspective Matters

    Weekly Worship Sundays:

    8:30am Communion in the Chapel

    10am Worship in the Sanctuary

    with Sunday School

    5pm Worship Rejoicing Spirits

    (casual dress) 2nd & 4th Sundays Sep. - May

    There is a simple meal following every service

    First Presbyterian Church 1669 W. Maple Road

    Birmingham, MI 48009 248.644.2040 email:

    [email protected]

    Program Staff

    John Judson Pastor

    Amy Morgan Associate Pastor

    Joanne Blair Associate Pastor/Inclusion

    and Pastoral Care

    Cindy Merten Director of Christian Education

    & All Abilities Inclusion Ministries

    Andrew Herbruck Director of Music Ministries

    Bethany Peerbolte Director of Youth Ministries

    Julie Madden, Kate Thoresen

    Parish Associates

    I want to say thank you. I want to say thank you to all of you who have pledged to our general fund and our Vision Campaign as well as those who give to these funds without pledging (and the Deacons Fund as well). I want to say thank you to those of you who give of your time and talents here at the church or in any of our outreach missions. I want to say thank you to all of you who are here worshipping on Sunday mornings. I want to say thank you because it is because of you that we are living into our vision.

    I hope that all of you know what a unique vision it is that God has given us. It is a vision that marks us out as a wonderfully unique congregation; one in which we not only say everyone is welcome, but one where people are actually welcomed. We welcome people regardless of abilities, education, gender, sexual orientation, age, race, income, employment or any other aspect of their lives. We honor the spiritual gifts of all and strive to offer opportunities for all persons to develop their faith in Jesus Christ.

    What is interesting is that people are noticing what we are doing. Folks from around the city come to be part of our marvelous music, children’s and youth programs. People from around the country want to know about our All Abilities Inclusion Program, watch our videos, and inquire about our Confirmation Program. People from as far away as Africa send us email thank you notes for the resources we provide online. And all of this happens because of your willingness to support our vision, God’s vision for us, through the giving of your time, talent and treasure.

    Again, thank you. Thank you for your faithfulness to God in and through the life and work of our church community as together we live into the vision that we have been given by God.


    Every Family Feed a Family Share your Thanksgiving meal with a family in need by filling a basket of food. Please take a bag with the list of needed items and return your donations to the church by November 15. Our goal this year is 200 baskets to benefit families at Orchards Children’s Services and Alcott Elementary School. If you would prefer to make a cash donation rather than shopping for the food, please make your check out to FPC and put “EFFF” in the memo line, and we’ll do the shopping for you! One basket costs about $60, a half one at $30, or a quarter one at $15. Monetary donations are due by November 8.

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    November/December 2015

    Mission Visit from Wilian and Erly of Yucatan Peninsula Missions

    Advent & Christmas Offerings

    Advent by Candlelight Donations due December 3

    Uniform clothing for children in Pontiac’s Alcott Elementary School

    Christmas Angel Tree

    Donations due December 13 Gifts for foster children distributed

    through Orchards Children’s Services

    Mitten and Hat Tree Donations due December 20 Keep a child warm this winter.

    Christmas Joy Offering Donations collected December 20 & 24 Provide financial assistance to current and former church workers and their

    families and enable deserving students to attend Presbyterian-related racial

    ethnic colleges and schools.

    Many happy hugs were shared by past mission trip participants and our loving hosts from YPM, Wilian and Erly. On their first visit to the United States, Wilian and Erly shared with the congregation the work and

    Visit from PC(USA) Mission Co-Workers Cathy Chang and Juan Lopez

    Mexico Medical Trip February 24-29, 2016

    Contact: Cindy Merten

    Mexico Construction Trip June 26-July 3, 2016

    Contact: Amy Morgan Organizational Meeting

    Sunday, November 15 at 4pm in the Library

    August 3-17, 2016 Contact: John Judson

    Cathy and Juan have recently been called to a new mission co-worker position based in Manila, Philippines. They will be the Regional Facilitators for Addressing Migration & Human Trafficking in Asia, helping global partners address issues of migration and human trafficking. The UN’s International Labor Organization estimates 21 million people are victims of coerced labor and/or forced sexual exploitation. While human trafficking

    is a worldwide problem, countries in Asia are increasingly vulnerable. Cathy and Juan will work with Asian churches and non-governmental organizations to help coordinate efforts related to the scourge of modern-day slavery. They will also resource various programs of the Presbyterian Mission Agency and US congregations concerned about the issue.

    We are excited to welcome them to our pulpit at both worship services on November 8. They will also share a more in-depth presentation about their upcoming mission assignment after church in the Fireside Room. Cathy is a seminary friend of Amy Morgan’s, and she hopes you will join her in welcoming Cathy, Juan, and their daughter, Aurelie, to our church and prayerfully consider supporting their ministry efforts.

    vision of YPM during Dinner with Friends. With the translation help of Anne Hughes, we learned about the needs of the people living in the Zona Maya and the vision of completing a high school for students in that region. In addition to speaking with the congregation, Wilian and Erly attended the

    meeting of Detroit Presbytery, shared lunch with a group of area pastors and mission leaders, and enjoyed some fun at The Henry Ford Museum!

  • Presbyterian Women Fall Rummage Sale

    Total: $16,000

    Presbyterian Women would like to thank everyone

    who donated, worked and shopped at the Rummage Sale. See you at the sale in

    the Spring, May 1-5!

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    CROP Walk Raises over $1,200

    Fall Rummage Sale Benefits Many

    It was like a grand reunion as rummage sale workers warmly greeted their friends and fellow workers at the beginning of rummage sale week. Among the benefits of the twice annual sale is the camaraderie. Many people cite the rummage sale as the way they made friends when they were new members. The relaxed setting of working together sorting, pricing, and displaying donated merchandise promotes conversations and reminiscences.

    Under the capable leadership of the six co-chairpersons, Cathy Dinkeloo, Charlotte Fischer, Marge Hendrick, Wendy Kamman, Marty McGee, and Jean Miller, the well-organized procedures made the whole process work well. Many mothers of children in the Hand-in-Hand Early Learning Center assisted. Their presence was very welcome as some of our members have retired from working at the sale. It is fine to have a new generation involved.

    Jason Morgan led the crew of kitchen helpers preparing food for the workers.

    Donations began arriving on Sunday

    and a steady line of cars continued to deliver items all day Monday and Tuesday morning. Customers began shopping at 5 pm Tuesday. On Wednesday from 9am to 2pm shoppers paid the regular price, and from 5pm to 8pm prices were reduced.

    Thursday morning our workers welcomed guests from Alcott School, foster care agencies, SPANCO which serves people in Ghana, Fort Street Open Door, Second Mile, Welcome Inn, veterans, and many other service agencies as they selected items at no charge which remained after the sale. This is a form of direct mission to needy persons which is a fine way of reaching out to the community. The gratitude shown by our non paying recipients was rewarding to see.

    Julie Wagner drove our church bus to Alcott School in Pontiac to provide transportation. Some parents drove in addition to those who ro