Grosse Pointe Memorial Church celebrated 150 years of ministry on September 13. Over 700 members and friends, including our four newest baptized children, gathered to praise God for the past to seek God’s blessing for the next 150 years. You can see pictures from our big day at our Flicker feed.
Our celebration included three former Ecumenical Ministers from the Middle East. Many of you have asked about how to help them with their ministries for refugees from Iraq and Syria. Give an online gift to GPMC and note that is for refugees in Lebanon or refugees in Jordan and we will make sure it gets to the right place.
Our next 150 years of ministry began on September with the start of our “program year.” Sunday school for all ages started up, along with our midweek programs for children and youth. Meanwhile adult Bible studies have resumed and new educational opportunities have begun.
This Saturday, October 3, is our next outreach event. Members and friends are headed to Forgotten Harvest for a warehouse repacking event. Missed the chance to help? Don’t worry. Our annual shelter week is coming. November 7-14 we will host 40 or so homeless neighbors from the Detroit area for a week’s worth of lodging, meals and fellowship.
Sunday, October 11, will feature two special elements. Dr. Cleophus LaRue, professor of preaching at Princeton Theological Seminary and one of the foremost scholars of African American preaching, will be our preacher for the day. On that same Sunday, we will have a Blessing of the Soles for people running in part or all of the Detroit Marathon. Bring your shoes to any of the services: we’ll have a prayer for them and for you. Bring your runner friends: Romans 12 says that the use of our body is part of our worship.