Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 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 160 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

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Welcoming our guest preacher Cam Walker - Rector's Rambling for August 21, 2022

     We are now deep into August, which means that the fall programming year is almost upon us! 

Many are away on holiday this time of the year, and we always see attendance dip in August.  And yet the last few weeks, in addition to those who are away, we are getting a steady stream of visitors who are here from out of town, and even a few new neighbors who are ‘shopping’ for a parish church.  We are grateful for our parishioners who are here to welcome them! 

Speaking of welcome, today we welcome home our own Cam Walker!  Employed  for a time at St. John’s as our programming associate, Cam is now at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin, studying to be a priest.  He is a postulant (first officially recognized phase in the ordination process) in the Diocese of Long Island, NY.  Although he is ‘canonically resident’ there, and officially is a member of St. George’s Church in Brooklyn, NY, Cam continues to be ours in heart and financial support!  He has finished his first year of seminary, and worked on campus for the summer helping with seminary’s summer programming.  Today he will preach for us before heading back to Wisconsin to begin his middler year. 

There are a couple of events coming up quickly in September for us to prepare for, so mark your calendars today!

On September 11th we will have a special coffee hour in the garden where we will dedicate the upgraded carillon with a concert of patriotic hymns and other hymns.  The week following  (September 15-18) will be our annual Trash to Treasure Sale.  We will be putting on the hard-press to invite our neighbors to both these events. 

Beginning Monday, September 26 and continuing Mondays until December 5 we will be offering The Alpha Course.  We would love to have all our parishioners who have not taken it yet to plan to do so!  This course is also aimed at our neighbors who may be curious about Christianity.

And October 9th we will have our Homecoming Sunday where we will be also honoring Harriett Mottley for her retirement as Office Manager of St. John’s!

Mark your calendars today!!!