Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 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 21, 2010

Rector's Rambling - October 10, 2010 - Faith Alive & Address Change

Last weekend we had a visit from Mr. Jerry Steege, the coordinator from Faith Alive’s offices. A retired doctor now living in Florida, Jerry has been working with Cindy Grimwade and the “Home Team” in helping to get all things coordinated for the upcoming Faith Alive weekend here at St. John’s November 5–7.
In addition to giving our Faith Alive minute at the 8:00 and 10:00 AM services, he met with various committee members to get an update, face to face, on the planning progress. He was pleased to see what a wonderful job the “Home Team” (committee members from St. John’s) are doing, and how far along we are in the planning. Thank you to all who have been busy praying and working to make this upcoming weekend a blessing for this parish.
Also last week we began our sign up process. Yours truly has been reminding folks to sign up while greeting people after the services. Others signed up in the parish hall. Within 4 hours of formally starting the sign up process, we already had close to 80 people on the list for Friday evening’s dinner and program! This is an encouraging start! Sign up will continue today in the back of the church and in the undercroft, and can also be done on-line as well. I look forward to seeing your name on the attendance list.
ADDRESS CHANGE? Some may have noticed the church address to the left now says 2326 Woodward Avenue, rather than the familiar 50 E. Fisher Freeway. In fact 2326 Woodward is the original parish mailing address, located in the former Rectory (which was torn down in 1936). By the 1880’s the mailing address became 50 E. Montcalm because the parish office was in the old parish hall building (torn down in 1971). The 50 E. Fisher Freeway address belongs to the current office building in the rear.
Our historic 2326 Woodward designation has been reclaimed for clarity. We are the oldest church on Woodward Avenue, and mapping/GPS programs more readily identify the Woodward location.
Both addresses will continue to be valid, but the 2326 Woodward Avenue address will become the primary address in print.