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Northbrook Notes May 2016 Northbrook Presbyterian Church Newsletter
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Take Mom to Lunch Celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday, May 8 with worship at 10:15 a.m. followed by a delicious bowl of soup, a light salad and a specially decorated cookie by Emily Stetson all served in Fellowship Hall. What a treat and no long restaurant lines! This special Mother’s Day event is brought to you by the good cooks on the Congregational Life Committee.
Summer Worship is in Your Hands! This summer, we’ll start our 9:45 a.m. summer worship time on Sunday, June 5 in the Sanctuary and then alternate between indoor and outdoor worship each week through September 11. A detailed schedule will be in the June newsletter and upcoming bulletins. We’ll resume our regular 10:15 worship time on September 18.
Here’s where you come in: Is there a Bible passage you’d like to hear a sermon about? Is there a favorite song/hymn you’d like us to sing? Send the Bible verses (or just reference the story, e.g. “David and Goliath”) and song/hymn titles to [email protected] As we design worship over the summer, your choices will be featured, but you never know when so better not miss a service!
It's Treasure Time (AKA Garage Sale Time) Mark your calendars & save the dates: June 23, 24 & 25.
Now is the time to begin clearing your closets, basements and garages of all those gently used clothes, no longer used tools and sporting goods, housewares and holiday decorations, treasured jewelry, fine paintings, games and toys, bric-a-brac, furniture and books. Beginning June 1, we will be accepting your donations. This fundraiser is held every other year and needs the help of all members to be a success. Besides bringing your donations, help is needed with sorting and preparing the myriad of items received for resale. Please plan to donate a few hours to adopt a room and help organize items, prepare a meal for hungry workers, help with pick-ups, work on sale days or stay for clean-up. We have a spot for you. In return, we offer friendship, fun, community outreach and a chance for first chance at the bargains. Thanking you in advance for once again helping make this event a success. Watch for sign up sheets in Fellowship Hall. - Phil and Judy Owen and Bill and Barb Stetson.
Men’s Connection Wrap-Up Breakfast—May 26th Welcome all Northbrook men to our meetings beginning at 8 a.m. each Thursday morning through May 26. We gather over a light breakfast and, led by one of our leaders, discuss bible related readings or films as they affect our lives today. We extend a special invitation to all Northbrook men to our special breakfast wind-up meeting on Thursday, May 26th at 8 a.m. Just show up or for more information, call Phil Owen at (248)851- 6725, John Thomas at (248)827-0507 or Bill Travis at (248)338-3795. We sure hope to see you there!
Spring Clean Up & Grounds Upkeep Thank you to everyone who pitched in to spruce up the Northbrook grounds on April 23. We will again be organizing an Adopt-A-Bed program in order to keep the church grounds looking beautiful throughout the year. Stay tuned as more information will be shared in the Sunday bulletins.
Living the Questions: Spring Term Begins May 11 This DVD-based curriculum attempts to offer an alternative to studies that give us all the answers but rather creates an environment where we are free to interact with each other, live deeply into the questions we all share, and explore what relevance Christianity has for us today. We'll listen in on conversations with some of the leading voices of Christianity in our world and discover where we stand on the important questions of faith. This term's study includes such subjects as: Does God's grace truly have no bounds? Realizing God's Vision. Prayer--Intimacy with God. Compassion--The heart of Jesus' ministry. Creative Transformation. Embracing Mystery.
Each class stands alone so it is not necessary to have attended Fall or Winter term to enjoy this study. We will meet in the Library on Wednesdays. Choose either the morning session at 10 a.m. or the evening session at 6:30 p.m. and feel free to move between the two as your schedule permits. Cost is $5 for materials. UPDATE: The Class starts Wednesday, May 11 and runs for 7 weeks. Please let the church office know if you plan to attend so we can be sure to have enough materials for everyone.
Backyard Bible and Beverage is Back by Popular Demand! We’ll start up Backyard Bible and Beverage again this summer running July 6 – August 24 at 7 p.m. Our book for discussion will be Love Wins by Rob Bell – A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. The back cover of the book reads: “God loves us. God offers us everlasting life by grace, freely, through no merit on your part. Unless you do not respond the right way. Then God will torture you forever. In hell. Huh?”
This book takes a look at our age-old struggle with how to reconcile the biblical message of God’s love and God’s judgment. What is heaven? What is hell? What determines our fateful destiny toward one, or the other, or something else? These big and troubling questions arise sooner or later for everyone. Bell’s book provides an accessible place to talk about these things within the framework of scripture. We’ll tackle one short chapter a week. The book is available on Amazon for $9.93 for the paperback or $12.99 for the Kindle version.
Now all we need are YOUR backyards! This is a casual gathering. Bring your own lawn chair and beverage to the backyard of the week. It’s on a drop-in, no sign-ups necessary basis. If you are willing to open your backyard to us, please sign up on the roster that will be posted in Fellowship Hall over the next month. Roll on Summer!
At Northbrook Preschool . . .
We hang out.
We dress up! We hope you come see us and tell all your friends and neighbors about
what a great school Northbrook is. We still have openings so call
(248)642-0200 or email: [email protected] For more
information, visit our webpage www.northbrookpreschool.com.
And don’t forget to like us on Facebook!
mailto:[email protected] http://www.northbrookpreschool.com
What a fantastic week we had with our SOS guests. We had 30 people from South Oakland Shelter stay with us from April 3 – 10. Thank you to Sam’s Club of Farmington Hills for their very generous donation. Thank you to everyone who gave of their time and money! It was truly appreciated by our guests who said they loved their stay here. A special thank you to the SOS Committee, Bill Travis, Peggie Schiller, Judy Owen, Kim Bowden-Adair and Winnie Davies-Hancock whose time and talents made the journey so special. - Barb Stetson
Patricia Rutherford December 29, 1929—April 21, 2016
Donald W. Upward April 26, 1921—April 21, 2016
Ryan Rocks! Blood Drive Northbrook Presbyterian Church 22055 West 14 Mile Road in Beverly Hills
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
To schedule an appointment to donate blood, please log onto redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: northpres)
or call Kristin Miller at (248)642-0201 or Robin Clements at (248)646-8900, ext. 424.
On-time appointments honored first, walk-ins welcome if time permits.
Donate for a chance to win a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm or Cedar Fair theme park!
Blessings to all Mothers! If you asked fifty people to say a word about their Moms, you would get this kind of answer: I loved her and she loved me. She was a care giver to our family. I remember her smile and her touch: lots of hugs. She remains a living factor in my life today. My mother held my hands for awhile and my heart forever.
On her special day....tell her you love her. That is all she needs to make this day special. Tell her: All my life I have watched you in action. I have seen how hard you work to make things happen. You have always found a way to give our family what it needs, Especially love.
This is for all mothers...especially Rose...my Mom... my heart beats in tune with hers.
Blessings from my house to your house, Rose
Thank you so much for supporting Freedom House and for your very generous donation. What a wonderful gift! I am sure it is accompanied by your love and prayers for our residents! We will come back this summer to thank you all in person.
With appreciation, Deb Drennan Executive Director, Freedom House Detroit
Thank You Many, many thanks for all the cards and prayers we've received from Northbrook members during Nick's illness and following his passing. Your messages of love and support have touched us deeply and will always be remembered. Thanks to all of you who attended his life celebration service at Northbrook. Thank you for the beautiful prayer shawl knitted by Gayle Travis and for our wonderful pastor, Marjorie for being there for Nick and our family at such a criti