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September 20th Newsletter

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Happening This Week at First Presbyterian Church of Troy


12:00    Korean Worship


7:00   Handbell Choir Rehearsal


7:30   Women’s A.A.


11:00    Worship Committee Meeting

12:00    GEMS

7:15   Choir Rehearsal

8:00   Narcotics Anonymous


10:00    A.A


10:00    Post-Polio Support Group


10:00    Worship

12:00    Korean Worship

Why Read the Psalms?
The Psalms are the prayer book of the Bible. They are written in common language and are easily understood. They are a place where you can go to worship in times of happiness or sadness. They speak to us today as they spoke to the ancient Hebrews. The Psalms respond to God who has spoken to us. Most of the Christians, throughout the centuries, learned to pray by praying the Psalms. They gave words to their feelings.

We are encouraged to read the Psalms daily during the months of July, August and September, while Pastor Judi is on sabbatical. The list of daily readings is available in your sabbatical packet.  It is also available on the table in the narthex.

Here are the readings for this week:

September 20: Psalm 22

September 21: Psalm 121

September 22: Psalm 101

September 23: Psalm 11

September 24: Psalm 18

September 25: Psalm 150

September 26: Psalm 137

September 27: Psalm 139

From the Deacons;

It is time for our fall “Ingathering”. This is a mission giving project we have been participating in with the Presbytery of Detroit for many years. Several area churches collect items to be sent to Westminster Presbyterian Church to be used overseas, at Second Mile Center, and locally.

Tags with the needed items will be displayed for our congregation to purchase. It is important for Presbytery to have cash value of these items, so a receipt or cash value should be included with the item purchased.

Items need to be returned to our church by Oct. 11, with the item tag and cash value.

If you have questions, please call Becky M.

As always your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Mission Committee

Psalms…Did you know?

Psalms and the Lectionary:

Christian congregations that follow a lectionary schedule, such as the Revised Common Lectionary— the calendar of Scripture readings designated for each Sunday of the year—usually include in their order of service a reading from the Old Testament, one from New Testament epistle, one from a Gospel, and one from the Book of Psalms. The Psalm reading, however, is not simply to be heard alongside the other three, but is intended to be a response to the Old Testament.

Fall Blood Drive

The fall church blood drive is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9th, from 1:30 – 7:30 pm. That is just over 2 weeks away, so if you plan to donate, you will not be able to donate at another drive before then. The Deacons will facilitate this drive, which is coming when the Red Cross says they are at emergency levels for most blood types. Your donation and help with the drive is important. Sign up will start soon.

Guest Minister

Our preacher today is The Rev. Annemarie S. Kidder, Ph.D.  A member of the Presbytery of Detroit, Annemarie is a retreat leader, teacher, and author of ten books, including Ultimate Price:  Testimonies of Christians Who Resisted the Third Reich.  She lives in Ann Arbor with her cat Patrick.

Life Line Screenings

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings here on 10/22/2015.  Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount).  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit Flyers are available on the table in the narthex.

Fellowship Hour:  Looking for Volunteers!

The Deacons are looking for volunteers to help staff the weekly Fellowship Hour that follows each Sunday worship service.  Please see the sign-up sheet that is posted for October and November outside of the Fellowship Hall.  If you have any questions, please contact Gwen Thompson.

G.E.M.S, (God’s Elegant Mature Servants)

GEMS will meet on Thursday, September 24th at noon.  Sharon and Wayne Goeman will present photos from their recent trip to Italy. The menu will include Swedish meatballs, salads, vegetables and desserts.  If you are interested in bringing a dish, please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the back hallway. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Sherwood or Debbie Leafdale.

Mark your calendars with these upcoming events:

-GEMS, Thursday, Sept. 24th, 12:00 p.m.

-Church Blood Drive, Friday, October 9th, 1:30 – 7:30 p.m.

-Life Line Screening, Thursday, October 22nd


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