NOVEMBER 9, 2014
8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m.
A Gaelic Melody All Creatures of Our God and King
arr. Hal Hopson
arr. Sandra Eithun
Rev. Conrad (8:00)
Rev. Rogers (9:30)
Rev. Riegel (11:00)
Christian Life Academy
Rev. Sanderford (9:30)
Lee Evans (11:00)
One: Celebrate the good news of God’s grace that continually is shown to all people!
All: We will tell of God’s deeds to the coming generation, the glorious deeds of the Lord. One: Let us speak of the wonders that God has done.
All: We set our hope in God, and rejoice in God’s providence and grace.
* HYMN 495
We Know That Christ Is Raised engelberg
God of all, you create us good and call us to live in relationship
with you and one another. Instead we erect barriers and fall to
temptation. We follow lesser gods and allow ourselves to put our
personal agendas before yours. Turn our focus back to you.
Renew within us patience and trust. Help us treat one another
with the kind of care and compassion you show us, and walk in
the way you would have us go.
You are invited to share signs with one another of the peace we experience as
forgiven people. Greet one another saying, “The peace of Christ be with you,”
and respond, “And also with you.”
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen, Amen.
Ruth Barnard (8:00)
Adrian Shin (9:30)
Ann Ringia (11:00)
OLD TESTAMENT READING Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11 Gabriel Fauré
Verbe égal au Très-Haut,
notre unique espérance,
Jour éternel de la terre et des cieux,
De la paisible nuit nous rompons le silence:
Divin sauveur, jette sur nous les yeux.
Word of God, one with the Most High,
in Whom alone we have our hope,
Eternal Day of heaven and earth,
We break the silence of the peaceful night;
Savior Divine, cast your eyes upon us!
Répands sur nous le feu de ta grâce puissante;
Que tout l’enfer fuie au son de ta voix;
Dissipe le sommeil d’une âme languissante
Qui la conduit à l’oubli de tes lois!
Pour on us the fire of your powerful grace,
That all hell may flee at the sound of your voice;
Banish the slumber of a weary soul,
That brings forgetfulness of your laws!
Ô Christ ! sois favorable à ce peuple fidèle,
Pour te bénir maintenant rassemblé;
Reçois les chants
qu’il offre à ta gloire immortelle,
Et de tes dons qu’il retourne comblé.
O Christ, look with favor upon your faithful people
Now gathered here to praise you;
Receive their hymns
offered to your immortal glory;
May they go forth filled with your gifts.
A CONVERSATION WITH YOUNG DISCIPLES (9:30/11:00) Children through grade five are invited forward. NEW TESTAMENT READING Romans 6:3-11
This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Rev. Riegel (8:00)
Rev. Dr. Monnett (9:30)
Rev. Roederer (11:00)
* HYMN 108
Christ Is Alive!
* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (9:30/11:00) The Confession of Belhar
We believe in one holy, universal Christian church, the
communion of saints called from the entire human family. We
believe that this unity of the people of God must be manifested
and be active in a variety of ways:
in that we love one another; that we experience, practice and
pursue community with one another; that we are obligated to give
ourselves willingly and joyfully to be of benefit and blessing to
one another; that we share one faith, have one calling, are of one
soul and one mind; have one God and Father, are filled with one
Spirit, are baptized with one baptism, eat of one bread and drink
of one cup, confess one name, are obedient to one Lord, work for
one cause, and share one hope;
together come to know the height and the breadth and the
depth of the love of Christ; together are built up to the stature of
Christ, to the new humanity; together know and bear one
another’s burdens, thereby fulfilling the law of Christ that we
need one another and upbuild one another, admonishing and
comforting one another; that we suffer with one another for the
sake of righteousness; pray together; together serve God in this
world; and together fight against all which may threaten or hinder
this unity.
See Communion Liturgy Card
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom
come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day
our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine
is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
Rev. Sanderford (9:30)
Rev. Rodawla (11:00)
Please sign the Friendship Pad and pass it to others sitting nearby.
* Doxology
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
* Prayer of Dedication
HYMN 492
Baptized in Water bunessan
Christ is alive, and comes to bring
Good news to this and every age,
Till earth and sky and ocean ring
With joy, with justice, love, and praise.
* Please rise in body or spirit.
Those parts of the service of worship in which the congregation participates in word or song are noted in bold type. Hearing-assistance devices and large-print
bulletins are available from the ushers.
Welcome to all! Please know that all, including visitors and newcomers, are
invited to share in the life of the church. A full description of church events may
be found online at If you have questions, please visit
the Welcome Center, just outside the Social Hall. Greeting you there today are
Sara Vander Voort and Dianne Santinga. Church Office volunteers are Bill and
Pat Fuerstenau.
Greeters are Barbara Mueller and Rebecca Lohr at the 9:30 a.m. service, and
Catherine Kendall and Marge Higley at the 11:00 a.m. service.
The prayer team is available for those desiring prayer in Hillegonds Chapel, to
the right of the piano, after the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services. Prayer team
members are Sue Beutler and Malcolm Powers at 9:30, and Jane Kinzinger and
Cyndy Colton at 11:00. After the 8:00 a.m. service a minister is available at the
Communion Table for prayer. “To be a Christian without prayer is no more
possible than to be alive without breathing.” – Martin Luther
Ushers are Bill Austin (head) and Marty Reineman at 8:00 a.m.; Bill Austin
(head), Len Rezmierski (captain), Joe Schmidt, Marolin Bellefleur, Jennifer
Wilson, Paul Wilson, Keith Horngren, Dean Gilchrist, Karla Bellfi, Omer Bellfi,
and Jim Rogers at 9:30 a.m.; and Bill Austin, (head), Carter Hodgson (captain),
Beth Meda, Peggy Hodgson, and Jim Douglass at 11:00 a.m.
Musical leadership for today’s worship includes Mark Goodhart, piano, at 8:00 a.m.;
and Chancel Choir (directed by Matt Abernathy) and Sanctus Ringers at 9:30 and
11:00 a.m.
The chancel flowers are given by Toni Keuning in thanksgiving for all the people
who helped her move, and by the 2014-2015 First Pres ushers in loving
memory of Ed Taylor, our faithful member and long-time usher, who was an
inspiration to us all in how to live the faith with grace, kindness, and joy.
A memorial service will be held for Ed Taylor in the Nave today at 3:00 p.m.
The rosebuds welcome:
Charles Dean Wood, born October 28, 2014, son of Ashley and Dan Wood
and grandson of Pam and Bill Wood; and
Jeremiah James Patton, born October 28, 21014, son of Molly Fox and
Bernard Patton and grandson of Nancy Fox.
Worship is at 8:00 a.m. and 7:07 p.m. in Monteith Hall, and at 9:30 and 11:00
a.m. in the Sanctuary. Radio Worship service is broadcast at 11:00 a.m.,
on WAAM (1600 AM), and on WAAM’s website,
Join us for Coffee Hour immediately following the 9:30 a.m. worship
service. Cookie bakers are Kathy Wirstrom, Claire Holdgate, and Pat
Quad B Brunch/Potluck is today at noon in the Social Hall. All Quad B
members are invited. The food and fellowship will be outstanding!
The Philippines Mission Team meets at 12:15 p.m. in the French Room/
Mission friends and leaders are invited to join Bruce Whearty, a former
Presbyterian mission coworker and representative of the PC (USA)
Presbyterian Mission Agency to learn more about mission partnerships at
12:30 p.m. today for lunch at Pizza House, and tomorrow, November 10, at
6:00 p.m. in the Youth Room.
Children’s Ministry Opportunities:
Sunday School classes are held for crib through fifth graders at 9:30
a.m., and for crib through young five-year-olds at 11:00 a.m. Worship totes
are available for children attending worship at 11:00 a.m.
Youth Ministry Opportunities:
Munch & Mingle meets in the 100 level hallway with Washtenaw
Dairy donuts and catching up at 9:20 a.m. Sunday School classes
meet 9:30 –10:30 a.m. 6th/7th graders meet in Room 104, 8th grade
Confirmation meets in the Curtis Room on the 300 level. High school
meets in the Youth Room on the 100 level.
Mids meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Social Hall.
Campus Ministry Opportunites:
All college students are invited to our FREE Campus Dinner on Sunday
nights at 6:00 p.m. in the Vance and Lewis Rooms on the 300 level.
Adult Education Opportunities:
The Bible @ 9:30 meets in the French Room/Library at 9:30 a.m. Come
explore the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes and biblical Wisdom
Literature. The presenter is Rev. Ed Koster.
First Couples meets at 9:30 a.m. in Monteith Hall to explore Lisa
Rankin’s “Practice of Meditation. Body, Mind, Spirit,” with a DVD
presentation and discussion.
Exploring the Faith meets in Monteith Hall at 11:00 a.m. to continue
the series “Presbyterians Today.” In this morning’s session, “Innovation:
A Mark of Presbyterians,” Revs. Rodawla and Sanderford explore how
Presbyterians are constantly creating new ideas and ministries.
Common Ground begins a new series, “Sport as a Road to God: Seeing
Beyond the Game,” today at 11:00 a.m., in the Lewis Room. Can baseball,
football, or soccer be a road to God? Is sport the game of life? Do
children at play experience something spiritual? These and other
questions form the basis of presentations and discussions with coaches,
athletes, parents, fans, educators, and special guests about the place
of sports in our culture. Sessions will appeal to young athletes, coaches,
parents, fans and educators. Presenters today are Chuck Monsma and
Keith Molin.
T2A2 [email protected]:00 meets in the Youth Room on the 100 Level at
11:00 a.m. T2A2s, young adults and graduate students gathered in the
wideness of God’s love, will encounter scripture in new ways with short
video clips, journals, and discussion. The class will use Animate. Presenters
are Rev Lindsay Conrad and T2A2 members.
The Annual Giving Committee thanks all who have turned in their
2015 Financial Commitment and Opportunity to Serve forms.
Through Monday, November 3, 346 pledges have been
received for a total of $1.1 million. We are grateful for your
support! If you have not turned in your 2015 commitment,
please do so today. Extra forms may be found throughout
the church and online. If you have questions, contact
Lynnette Conner, Finance Manager
Mature Singles meet for dinner this Friday, November 14, at 5:30 p.m., at
Knight’s Restaurant, 2324 Dexter-Ann Arbor Road. All are welcome!
Join us for Christian Life Academy November 16–17. Please refer to the
insert in today’s bulletin for event details.
The leaves are falling! The First Pres Annual Leaf Raking Day is
Saturday, November 22, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Bring your good humor
and willingness to work to keep our grounds beautiful and bring a tarp
and leaf rake if you have them. Enjoy multi-generational fellowship,
Washtenaw Dairy donuts and hot drinks. For questions contact Paul Smith
at [email protected] or phone 734-426-2032.
High Schoolers take note! Rev. Dr. Monnett is leading a mission trip to
Jalapa, Guatemala, June 14–23, 2015, for all present high schoolers members, friends, and grandchildren. Work will include construction
projects and Vacation Bible School. Email RJ for more information.
Join in the fun this Wednesday evening at our final Wednesday
2:42 of the fall semester.
Children’s Ministry needs half-pint or smaller canning jars or baby
food jars for an Advent Happening project. Please bring them to Debbie
Our host week at the Alpha House family shelter is November
17–23. Volunteers are needed to cook, provide childcare, purchase pantry
supplies or stay overnight to back up the all-night personnel. Sign up on
the church website or in the Welcome Center.
Fair Trade Coffee is coming to First Pres. Next Sunday, November 16,
we will begin serving Fair Trade Coffee at all church events, including
Coffee Hour. Fair Trade Coffee will also be available for purchase in the
Church Office.
Help others keep warm this winter. Rev. Conrad is collecting hoodies,
sweatshirts, hand warmers, and $5 gift cards to local coffee shops for our
neighbors battling cold days outside this winter. Donations can be dropped
off at her office by the French Room/Library.
Attend the Stephen Ministers continuing education presentation
tomorrow, November 10, 7:00–8:00 p.m., in Monteith Hall. Lynn Sipher,
MSW, will present “Falling Awake: Mindfulness for Depression and
Anxiety.” Mindfulness-based practices are proving to be an effective
approach for addressing depression and anxiety. Come learn more.
Hilltoppers welcomes all members to hear Dr. Kevin Portteus,
Associate Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, this Thursday, November
13, at noon, in the Social Hall. A Presbyterian, Kevin is an expert on
Abraham Lincoln and will be speaking about the Christian beliefs
expressed in Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. Lunch is $5, and precedes
his talk. Please make your reservations in the Church Office, or by emailing
Rev. Rogers.
Volunteers are needed for our next Cass Community Social
Services mission project. We will participate in an interactive activity
with the Cass mothers and children who are living either in Mom’s Place or
in the shelter. We will leave Ann Arbor no later than 5:00 p.m., Wednesday,
December 3, have our usual Slow’s BBQ sandwich, and attend the worship
service in the Warehouse. Lindsay is preaching! We’ll then go to the Scott
building for our time with the children and their mothers. We will be on
our way back to Ann Arbor by 8:30. Please sign up online or contact Sue
Jeffers ([email protected]). If you can provide cookies or treats, please let
Sue know.
The Stephen Ministry Leader Team is now accepting applications
for those who may feel a call to serve as a Stephen Minister. The training
begins in January on Monday evenings. Applications are available in the
Church Office and are due to Rev. Rogers by November 17. Those gifted
with skills of listening and caring are encouraged to apply, as these lay
ministers work one-on-one with members of our congregation and
community who are going through a difficult time.
Campus Work Week is November 16–22. Would you like to have some
work completed around your house or yard, get to know some college
students, and support their participation in spring break mission trips? If so,
we have the opportunity for you! Hire two or more college students to do
a project the week of November 16. We request a $100 donation for two
students who will do two hours of work. You can even hire students to
participate in the Leaf Raking Day on November 22. Email Rev. Roederer if
you would like to participate.
Come work Big House Booth 1031 and raise money for mission at
the U-M/Maryland game November 22, 12:00–7:00 p.m. Sign up online or
by calling Rev. Dr. Monnett.
Shop at the Christmas Bazaar Saturday, November 22, 10:00 a.m.–3:00
p.m. and Sunday, November 23, 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Begin your holiday
shopping in our Social Hall! First Pres mission teams are offering items from
their mission areas to raise funds for upcoming activities. In addition, Fair
Trade coffee, tea, and chocolate, our own First Pres coffee mugs, and a
special edition First Presbyterian Church scarf featuring our stained glass
windows will be available for purchase. 10,000 Villages of Ann Arbor
will be there selling a variety of Fair Trade items from their Main Street
store. First Pres Youth will be on hand selling freshly baked goodies. Get
ready for Christmas and support First Pres mission!
Reverend Dr. Fairfax F. Fair, Pastor/Head of Staff
Reverend Melissa Anne Rogers, Associate Pastor
Reverend Jay Sanderford, Associate Pastor
Reverend Dr. James Monnett, Director of Youth Ministry
Reverend Renée Roederer, Director of Campus Ministry
Deborah MacVey, Director of Children’s Education and Family Ministries
Tom Granum, Director of Music Ministries
Carol Muehlig, Associate Music Director and Organist
Resident Ministers:
Reverend Lindsay Conrad
Reverend Kristin E. Riegel
Reverend Lal Rodawla
Sandy Talbott, Parish Nurse
Lynnette Conner, Finance Manager
Linda Robinson, Office Manager
Michael Wright, Maintenance/Repair Manager
Dick Cooke, Interim Facilities Coordinator
Lisa Haddrill, Technology Coordinator
Mary Jones, Communications/Pastor’s Assistant
Cindy King, Children’s Education Assistant
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Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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