After several years of work, the very necessary repair of our historic stained glass windows is complete. Our volunteers did most of the work, but we hired assistance for the large and high Leroy Street windows this year. The wood frames have been scraped, caulked, repaired and painted. For most of the windows, we opted to replace the plexiglass coverings which had aged with new lexan coverings. All of the repaired windows have been ventilated to reduce the heat on the leaded glass windows. The windows are now better protected and the stained glass windows are more visible through the new coverings. We sincerely appreciate the volunteer work as well as the funds supplied from our members to perform the work. We hope to have future generations enjoy our historic stained glass windows!
Our youth are truly spirit filled and disciples of Christ. Here is an excerpt from the 9am worship service on February 21, 2016 Youth Sunday where 5 youth interpreted scripture while senior Emily Kinser read the passage. Emily also gave this year’s sermon. All parts of worship were written and delivered by youth at both the 9 & 11am worship services; the theme was “Bread of Life.” And who do you say is the Son of Man?
On Saturday, February 27, ten volunteers from our church traveled to the Shelter of Flint to help prepare an apartment for transitional housing as well as to sort donated clothing and new toys for the guests there. The apartment needed the walls, ceilings, floors, refrigerator and stove washed. In addition, we installed new venetian blinds, a closet doorknob and a new kitchen light. Sorting the clothing makes it available to the guests. The new toys are sorted and saved in the “birthday closet” to serve as gifts for the children when their birthdays arrive. The Shelter of Flint is a multi-faceted organization that provides much-needed emergency and transitional housing for the homeless as well as numerous programs to help the homeless find their way to a better life.
Since January, our youth group has been very busy planning and participating in 5th Sunday worship (January 31), planning our upcoming Youth Sunday worship service (February 21), participating in congregation game night and the annual ski trip, and collecting for the Souper Bowl of Caring to benefit the North End Soup Kitchen and Linden Presbyterian FISH food pantry. Below is a group picture from cards, crafts and cookies night where our creations went to care receivers from our church. What a terrific bunch!
Lent and Easter are rich in symbolism. The children will learn traditional symbols of Lent and Easter, and discover what they mean. They will also explore what symbols are meaningful to them, even to the point of developing their own personal images. All members of the congregation are also invited to create their own “Easter Art” after 11am worship in Fellowship Hall on February 14, 21, 28 and March 6. All works of art will be on display throughout the Easter season.
Class dates for the “Lent/Easter” rotation are February 14 and March 6. All children attend worship on Youth Sunday, February 21 and communion on February 28.
Roger organized another men’s luncheon at the Villager in Holly on Thursday, January 14. He really outdid himself by gathering 43 men together at one time (worse than herding chickens!). We had a great time.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…so the women organized their own luncheon at Brick Street. As usual, they did it better than the men!
God sometimes has plans for us that we least expect. Saul persecuted Christians – he tried to destroy them and the church because he did not believe in God. But God had other ideas, and brought to Saul a change of heart. The turning point in his life began on the road to Damascus. He allowed God to open his heart and change the whole focus of his life. We, too, should relinquish our wills and open our hearts to God. This rotation runs January 10 – February 7 during the 11am worship service.
The memory verse is: Acts 9:15 The Lord replied, “Go! This man is the agent I have chosen to carry my name before the Gentiles, kings, and Israelites.”
On Sunday, December 27, our congregation participated in its first Taize Worship service. Our new Presbyterian Hymnal, “Glory to God,” contains 20 Taize songs – four of which were introduced to our congregation. During the time of personal prayer and reflection, candle light was shared and members were invited to come forward, as they felt led, to place their candle in the receptacle and linger for personal contemplation. This time was used to reflect, pray, or to renew commitments to Christ and His church as we approach a New Year. Four of our college students came home and assisted in worship with readings and passing the flame. This worship service was very moving and meaningful. Below is a picture of our chancel area at the end of service.
The Mission and Stewardship committee would like to thank the many members who so quickly contributed 4 large bags of very nice clothes into the box in fellowship hall. The clothes went to the clothing closet at Carriage Town Ministries in downtown Flint this past week. More good news is that we already have more clothes contributed into the collection box in fellowship hall! Thank you for sharing with those less fortunate.
On a balmy winter day, our members shared their Christmas Joy with the community and helped the Salvation Army raise some money so that more local families could enjoy Christmas. Our members smiled, sang Christmas carols and greeted shoppers at VG’s on Silver Lake Parkway as well as at WalMart on Saturday, December 12, from 9am – 8pm. We were again impressed with the generosity of our community through their donations to the red kettle. The mission committee wants to sincerely thank the many volunteers for making a difference in our community!