Simple is Better:
Reclaiming Simplicity In Our Busy and Cluttered Lives
Northminster has received a grant which will enable us to participate in the National Clergy Renewal Program funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. This includes a sabbatical for Rev. Charlotte Sommers and special events and guest preachers for the congregation. During Charlotte’s 4 month sabbatical, she will spend time in nature at a retreat in Alaska, travel in Northern Michigan, and participate in a Franciscan Pilgrimage in Italy. But don’t worry – we will not be left pastorless –our Parish Associates, Revs. Ann and Bill Robertson, will be there for preaching and pastoral care!
Our first event, Sunday June 8, is our Commissioning and Send-off Lunch for Charlotte. Mark your calendar!
On June 22, Richard Grant, Executive Director of Howell Nature Center, will be presenting on God’s Gifts of Creation. The following Sunday (June 29) after worship, we will picnic and tour the Howell Nature Center. Owned by the Presbytery of Detroit, the Center rehabilitates injured wild animals and releases them back into their natural habitats.
On Saturday afternoon, July 19, we will join together for fun, fellowship, food, singing and worship outside on the church lawn to usher in the Sabbath. Then on Sunday morning, July 20, the congregation will have permission to stay home and rest or do something that is “life-giving” to keep Sabbath.
On September 14, corresponding with Charlotte’s Pilgrimage to Italy, we will also take a Pilgrimage, but locally within the City of Troy. We will approach our Pilgrimage with a broadened awareness of the sacred aspects of common sites such as City Hall, the Library and Peace Garden, the Historic Village, and Community Center.
On World Communion Sunday, October 5, we will welcome Charlotte home by meeting again at the Interfaith Labyrinth for a walk together prior to worship.
June 8 – Commissioning / Send-off Lunch
June 15 – Revs. Ann & Bill Robertson preaching
June 22 – Richard Grant, Exec. Dir. of Howell Nature Center presenting
June 29 – Revs. Ann & Bill Robertson preaching / A Day in Nature at Howell Nature Center after worship
July 6 – Revs. Ann & Bill Robertson preaching
July 13 – Revs. Ann & Bill Robertson preaching
July 19 – Saturday Night Gather for Worship - Revs. Ann & Bill Robertson preaching
July 20 - Sabbath at Home
July 27 – Rabbi Arnie Sleutelberg presenting “From Biblical Sarah to Seinfield: Jewish Humor Through the Ages”
August 3 – Revs. Ann & Bill Robertson preaching
August 10 – Rev. JoAnn Blair preaching
August 17 – Padma Kuppa presenting
August 24 – Rev. Kate Thoresen preaching
August 31 – Revs. Ann & Bill Robertson preaching
Sept 7 – Saeed Khan presenting
Sept 14 – Revs. Ann & Bill Robertson preaching / Prayer Walk in Troy after worship
Sept 21 –Rev. Dr. Allen Timm preaching
Sept 28 – Revs. Ann & Bill Robertson preaching
October 5 – Charlotte Returns from Pilgrimage: A Celebration Around the Table