Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Flea Market is coming!

This week the Flea Market Committee will meet one last time, after the 10am Service, to make sure we are on track for our big fundraiser on October 3rd.
Originally conceived last spring to be a ride carnival, unfortunately the ride company was not able to squeeze us on their schedule for this fall. But by mid-summer we realized that rather than wait an entire year we need to have a fundraiser this fall as well. The Community Flea Market is the fruit of that desire.
There are several reasons I think this event is important. First, it is a community event. Various Churches, ministries, and other vendors will be participating. We are the hosts and in addition to selling our wares, we will also be selling food concessions and 50/50 tickets. It is a chance to gather various groups in our community together for a day.
Secondly, it is a chance for us to be ‘visible’ in the neighborhood. Our big building is hard to miss, but many pass by without ever seeing anyone come and go. This event in the parking lot is a chance for us to be seen by our neighbors who will (hopefully) be coming in to browse the items, meet parishioners, and hopefully develop a favorable opinion of us, opening up an opportunity to develop a relationship with each other and hopefully with them and the Lord.
And of course, it is a fundraiser. In our hard-pressed economic times, we cannot use any reserve funds because their value has been greatly depleted by the stock-market downturn, and the lack of growth and income in the account. Parishioners have been very generous in supporting St. John’s - this is a chance for others to have the opportunity to come to the Flea Market and to help us to cover our expenses.
Be sure you will be here Saturday during the Flea Market hours to volunteer AND welcome our many guests!
Sunday School got off to a good start last week, as did Adult Education, but there are still children and adults in the parish (and in metro Detroit for that matter) who need to be involved for their sake and for the good of the parish!