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September 6th Newsletter

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Happening This Week at First Presbyterian Church of Troy


10:00    Worship

12:00    Korean Worship


10:00    Movie Morning

7:30    Women’s A.A.


7:15    Choir Rehearsal

8:00    Narcotics Anonymous


10:00    A.A


5:30   Devotional Potluck


No Worship Service

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 6: Psalm 90

September 7: Psalm 107

September 8: Psalm 77

September 9: Psalm 93

September 10: Psalm 23

September 11: Psalm 95

September 12: Psalm 20

September 13: Psalm 76



One of our hymns each Sunday will be based on a Psalm as we work, in spirit, with Pastor Judi while she is on sabbatical.


Christian Ed Needs Teachers!

Sunday School will be starting Sunday, September 20th and we are looking for volunteers to teach our young people. We have new curriculum and it looks like it will be fun to work with.  If you are able to teach once or twice during the year, please email Kelly Ray.


Movie Morning

Movie Morning returns this Wednesday, September 9th (after our summer hiatus) at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.  The movie this month is “The Longest Ride” and stars Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, and Alan Alda. Based on Nicholas Sparks’ bestselling novel, two love stories are woven together – an elderly man found in a crashed car who has love letters he and his wife wrote to each other over the years, and a champion bull rider and college student who wants to join the art world in New York.

Also, back by popular demand – our trivia contest and popcorn.  Join us for a great time!


Psalms…Did you know?

The Lord Reigns

“The psalms are, then, the liturgy of the kingdom of God. The integrity of psalmic

speech in all its forms, praise, prayer, and instruction depends on the proclamation ‘The

LORD reigns.’”


Handbell Choir Rehearsals Resume

The Handbell choir will resume rehearsals on Monday night, Sept. 14th from 7:00-8:00 P.M.  We can always use new members so if you would like to give it a try, let Barb Dunham know.  It’s easier than you think!


Fall Blood Drive

The fall church blood drive is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9th, from 1:30 – 7:30 pm. That is only 7 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.


Next Weekend…Mark Your Calendars!

Our Devotional Potluck will be held on Saturday, September 12th at 5:30 p.m. This will be our service for that weekend, in lieu of our regular Sunday church service. There is a sheet posted in the Narthex to sign up to bring a salad or dessert. The main course will be provided by the deacons. Please see Sharon Goeman if you have any questions.


Monetary Gift

We recently received a very generous gift of $10,000 from the estate of Nancy Booth.  Of this amount, $5000 was designated for missions, and $5000 was designated for the general fund. The session voted at their August meeting to disperse the monies designated for missions as follows: $1000 to the deacons now, and $1000 to the deacons on July 1st of each year from 2016-2019.  We are very grateful for this gift.


Volunteer your Time and Talent!

If you enjoy learning about the cultures of different countries and helping immigrants improve the way they speak American English, there is a need for volunteers at the Troy Community Center. Talk with Joyce Jarnick and Karen Lake, who enjoyed doing this volunteer work last year. It qualifies for our 2015 church Get It In Gear….Volunteer goals. This is not ESL, but there is a “lesson guide” provided. The 9 week fall session offers participants and volunteers two different days and times:

Saturdays, Sept.15 – Nov. 10 (10am to noon), or Tuesdays, Sept. 19 – Nov. 14 (1-3pm)
Contact Mr. Ed Lee or see the flyer on the Volunteer bulletin board.


Mark your calendars with these upcoming events:

-Movie Morning, Wednesday, Sept. 9th, 10:00 a.m.


-Choir Rehearsals Resume, Thursday, Sept. 10th, 7:15 p.m.


-Devotional Potluck, Saturday, Sept. 12th, 5:30 p.m.


-Handbell Choir Rehearsals Resume, Monday, Sept. 14th, 7:00 p.m.


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



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