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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Monday, August 22, 2011

Rector's Rambling - August 7, 2011 - Looking Forward

Having looked backwards last week, at our history and heritage, with our Founders’ Day, this week I would like us to look forward and do some planning for the coming 5 months and beyond.
August is usually a time of travel and relaxation, and I know many people are away from the area at this time. But it is also a great time to look ahead to fall and the types of programming that gets started again, and how YOU can become involved.
St. Margaret’s Chapter of the Daughters of the King, St. Catherine’s Guild of the Episcopal Church Women, Brotherhood of St. Andrew, and Armitage Men’s club all start meeting regularly again, with their spiritual growth, evangelism, and service projects. If you have not become involved in these in the past, be sure to contact the leader of the organizations listed to the left.
Sunday School and Adult Education start mid-September. Once again we implore our parishioners to be vigilant about bringing their children to Sunday School so they can learn the scriptures and develop the camaraderie that such classes engender.
Small group ministries should also get started this fall; groups of six to ten people meeting weekly for prayer and study. This is a great way to not only build up fellowship and help with our personal spiritual growth, but is an outreach tool when you invite friends to join you, and a great way to incorporate new members into the life of the parish.
Our Social Fellowship outings have been well-received, and we are looking for sponsors to plan and offer outings for the coming months. Pick a place or event you would like to have friends come with you to see, and then coordinate the purchase of tickets and the program.
What would you like to participate in in the coming months?