Dear Family of Faith,
An Update from Mark Diehl, Interim Pastor, Head of Staff
I write this note on my first day back from two weeks of vacation and two weeks of study leave. The leave granted by the congregation for refreshment and renewal is deeply appreciated! We sojourned to NC where Mary’s mother (+100 yrs old!) lives so Mary could check on and take care of issues unaddressed for the previous 4 months when travel was not possible. Two of the four weeks I spent in Montreat focusing on a sermon series beginning August 9, preparing liturgy, and developing a study guide on the Ten Commandments. You will see the fruits of my labor over the next three months!
Many other staff members likewise are taking time away after five months of intense challenges reconfiguring ministry and pursuing pastoral contacts in an age of social distancing. I am grateful for my colleagues’ leadership in my absence, and for the administrative responsibilities Sarah Godbehere exercised. While we don’t know exactly how the fall program year will appear, it likely looks much the same as the past 5 months, with no in-person worship on Sunday mornings, and studies and committees meeting by Zoom. The observance of communion has returned and will be celebrated online during the August 2 and 16 worship broadcasts. Also, the 5pm Sunday service has resumed and requires reservations for attendance. If inclement weather is expected, that afternoon service will be cancelled.
A special note to be celebrated later in August: Jim Biery marks his 10th Anniversary as GPMC’s Minister of Music and Organist in the month of August! What a blessing he has been and continues to be to the worship and life of GPMC!
The interim committees continue their work. The Mission Study Team needs your input by way of their Congregational Survey. Please, please, please answer the survey online found here (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GPMCsurvey2020).
I am so glad to return and be back in Grosse Pointe and at GPMC!
Grace and peace,
Carillonist Michelle Lam plays an excerpt from “Festal March” by Florence Price,
arranged by Tiffany Ng, at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.
Children’s message at streaming service. 5:00pm worship is in-person at the lakeside. Preregistration is required to attend.