On February 28, our church began celebrating 175 years of Christian witness and service. We welcomed everyone to join in our celebration. We enjoyed lots of good food and fellowship as we welcomed back our two previous pastors PK and Dale, played historical games, and watched videos, Scottish dancers, a bagpipe player, and the Dibbleville Dolls. It was a warm way to celebrate an otherwise cold winter day.
About 40 adults, youth & kids shared in the fun of game night last Friday. Popcorn was popped, snacks were shared, and card games, Yahtzee, alien, ping-pong and giant Jenga were played. The giant Jenga was a hit with youth and adults! We all look forward to the next opportunity to gather in fellowship 🙂
About 30 of us joined in fellowship and went Christmas caroling to our downtown neighbors on Sunday, December 21. With 4 teams, we covered about 15 blocks in a little more than an hour and handed out 83 invitations to our Christmas Eve services, along with a brochure on our children and youth programs. Warm sentiment was shared as we brightened many people’s day, spreading God’s love and joy throughout our town! We all had a great time, and enjoyed hot chocolate and donuts after the fun 🙂 Merry Christmas to all!
The Ladies’ Tea will be held Saturday, May 17, at 1:00 PM. All ladies of the church are invited, and guests are welcome. A brunch menu of pastries, fruit, and finger sandwiches will be served, along with coffee and tea. Please bring your favorite fancy teacup! There is no charge for this event, but please contact Janet Stork (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Julie Grams (email@example.com) for a ticket.
The Seder Meal, normally held Tuesday of Holy Week, has been cancelled for this year due to problems with a leaking roof in the kitchen. We hope to be able to have the event again next year.
The Lenten Simple Meals has been cancelled for this evening, March 12, due to the weather.
All choirs will still meet at there reguarly scheduled times.
The Seventh Annual Fenton First Presbyterian Women’s Retreat is Friday, February 21 to Sunday, February 23 in Knoll Lodge at the Howell Conference and Nature Center. The lodge will be open at 6 PM Friday evening for arrival and Sunday departure is noon. Any questions, call Julie Grams or Connie Morrison.
Howell Conference and Nature Center
1005 Triangle Lake Road, Howell, MI 48843
Everything in the schedule is optional. You are not required to participate in anything. This weekend is for you to get away and relax.
6:30 PM: Dinner – Pizza provided for those who want it.
8:00 PM: Conversation starters including nametags and “get to know you” games.
9:00 PM: Free time – We usually play games, and some read or knit or work on other projects.
Fresh fruit, Sweet rolls and drinks available for early risers.
9:00 AM: Breakfast -We will prepare ourselves – oatmeal, scrambled eggs, sausage, toast, fresh fruit, Mimosa
10:30AM: Guided Study Part 1
11:30AM: Stretching and Sculpting with Certified Jazzercise Instructor Donna Anderson
1:00 PM: Catered Lunch – Chef’s salad, homemade soup, fresh fruit bowl, rolls
2:00 PM: Free Time – Crafts provided by Jan Jacobs, sledding, games, reading, you choose!
6:00 PM: Catered Dinner – Herb roasted chicken, garlic redskin potatoes, vegetable, garden salad, rolls
7:00 PM: Guided Study Part 2 8:00 PM: Free Time – Games, crafts, relaxation
AGAPE Meal Service – A traditional love feast
9:30 AM: This breakfast/service is usually around
9:30 or 10 AM. For this service, we would like everyone to bring a small (or half loaf) of ‘special’ bread (any kind: regular, sweet, rolls, muffins, etc.) to share. We always have tons left over. Also bring a favorite/special reading, meditation, verse, saying, quote, or poem to share with the group. Please keep your readings short enough to allow everyone to read without others getting restless. In addition to sharing our bread, we will have butter, honey and jam to top it and fruit to accompany it.
12:00 PM: Departure
After 18 years of service and 40 years of ministry, dignitaries, colleagues, friends and family gathered in fellowship hall of Saturday, December 28, to express their appreciation. We filled fellowship hall with lots of people, memories and love! The open house format allowed individuals to talk with Dale as well as his family.
Polly Sheppard did a great job as Master of Ceremonies for us. Polly introduced the wide variety of speakers as well as shared her stories. Dave Dixner, Rotary President, shared the service that Dale did with them. Mayor Sue Osborn recognized Dale’s contributions to the community as a leader. John Peck shared some Alma College stories as well as Dale’s contributions in the Lansing church earlier in his ministry. Rev. Josh Hoover remembered Dale’s assistance and his strong ecumenical service. Rev. Ted McCulloch remembered Dale’s involvement in Presbytery as well as golfing lessons. Rev. Wally Mayton remembered Dale’s mentoring from seminary through life. Professor Joseph Walser remembered Dale’s inquisitive and thoughtful questions in bible study. Dale’s daughter Kristin remembered their close family times and what a great father he is. Esther Fisher recalled Dale’s support when she worked on staff here.
The Kirkey family remembered Dale baptizing them and shared a letter they wrote to Dale about what he has meant to them over their years in our church. Each of them shared their own memories. Dale really did impact every age and stage of life.
Mabel Render presented Dale with a photo album and slide show of various times in his ministry. Deb Bard presented Dale with a memory book of notes written by various members and a picture painted by Vera Thornton with Dale fly fishing and notes written on the back by various members. Polly Sheppard presented Dale a check from everyone for some retirement “mad money.”
The Dibbleville Dolls sang to Dale several songs. One of the songs had a verse they composed specifically for him.
As always, we gave Dale the last word. Dale reflected on what his ministry here meant to him and wished us well too. We will always be friends.