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

Monday, September 01, 2014

Labor Day Weekend - Rector's Rambling for August 31, 2014

Although Summer doesn’t official end until September 21, for most of the United States this weekend signals an end of the season.  Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend frame the summer for us, and particularly this weekend since by law Michigan public schools cannot begin classes before the Tuesday after Labor Day.   Even though we may not be in school, the ‘academic year’ frames much of what we do when it comes to scheduling for vacations,  social events, and church programing. 
We will be easing into our programing year over the next several weeks.  The Choir returns to full strength next week (September 7).  On September 14 we will begin our newly revitalized Sunday School programing, with the children arriving by 10am and beginning immediately in the Undercroft.   The following week, September 21, will be the beginning of our Adult Education series, which will still take place on Sundays at 9:05am. 
Other things coming up to speed in September  include a meeting of the St. John’s Historical Society on the 14th, and a Social Fellowship outing for the families of Sunday School students to The Garden Bowl also on the 14th.
A special event for September will be a special Parish Dinner and Discussion on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, beginning at 6:30 pm.  In addition to a time of food and fellowship, we will discuss parish ministries, outreach opportunities, and the proposed changes around the neighborhood by Olympia Development.  PLEASE RSVP today so we can make sure there is enough food available.
And of course, we offer a prayer this weekend for Labor and Industry; for those who work and those who provide work, remembering that we are interconnected, and that all that we do (or can do) is a gift of God.  Nothing that we do can be of any real worth if we do not have Jesus Christ at the center of it, and it ultimately contributes to the building up of the Kingdom of God.