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

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Special Tribute from the Governor of Michigan

On Behalf of the People of Michigan I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby pay special tribute to ST. JOHN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH.

LET IT BE KNOWN, that it brings me great pleasure to recognize the 155th Anniversary of St. John's Episcopal Church in Detroit.

After being established on St. John the Evangelist Day on December 27, 1858, St. John's Episcopal Church was later build on the northern outskirts of Detroit in 1859.  Soon after it was built, it was realized that the current building was inadequate, and new church was constructed and completed on December 10, 1861.  Although the church has changed over the years, its Victorian Gothic theme, stained glass windows, and intricate interior and exterior design have made it a true historical treasure in Detroit.

For the past 155 years, St. John's Episcopal Church has offered worship, music, Christian education, fellowship, and outreach not only to its congregation, but to the surrounding Detroit community as well.  Individually and corporately, St. John's is involved in ministries aiding the homeless in the Metro Detroit Area, as well as supporting the social service work of Crossroad Ministries.

While St. John's works to serve the people of the congregation and the Metro Detroit Area, they have also reached beyond the realm of their community to support several seminaries and various national church organizations.  St. John's has also made efforts to reach out internationally by affiliating with the Diocese of Northern Malawi.  Clearly St. John's Episcopal Church as extended support not only to the people of their own community, but to those around the country and world.

It gives me great pleasure to commemorate the 155 years that St. John's Episcopal Church has been serving the Detroit community, Michigan citizens, and those in need around the globe.  Their commitment and devotion to community service and worldwide outreach is commendable, and I want to personally thank those who have helped make St. John's a cornerstone in the Metro Detroit Area, as well as those currently working to keep this church growing and thriving for many more years to come.

IN SPECIAL TRIBUTE, therefore, this document is signed and dedicated, on behalf of the people of Michigan, to recognize the 155th Anniversary of St. John's Episcopal Church in Detroit.  I extend my best wishes for continued success and prosperity in all of your future endeavors.

/s/ Rick Snyder, Governor