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

Monday, September 19, 2022

Treasure, Alpha, and Homecoming... Rector's Rambling for September 18, 2022

     Our busy September is mid-way completed.  The Choir is back, Sunday school got its start last week, and we re-rededicated our upgraded carillon.  What a fun experience to be outside, hearing the bells as the neighborhood was abuzz with Lions fans tailgating, and others arriving for the game following.  Today we have both Lions and Tigers fans in the neighborhood as the latters season draws near to a close.  Makes things interesting to see the neighborhood buzzing with activity.  Next week both teams are out of town.

I hope that today you will go downstairs to the undercroft to partake in the 2nd Annual Trash to Treasure sale.  Open since Thursday, there are still many fine items left to purchase.  Proceeds from the sale goes to projects chosen by the St. Catherine’s Guild, our local chapter of the Episcopal Church Women. Thank you to everyone who donated to the sale, and to all who have (and will) purchase to support the cause.

The next BIG thing on the calendar begins a week from Monday.  The Alpha Course is being offered once again here at St. John’s.  This 10 week class begins with dinner, and video teaching, and discussion about The Faith.  The class is tailored for those curious about Christianity, as well as for those already in the Church as a refresher course.  It is my hope that many parishioners will enroll so that we can all be informed and encouraged to be able to share the faith.

Looking ahead October 9th is our Homecoming Sunday, where we will have a luncheon and honor Harriett Mottley for her many years of service as our Office Manager.

The awning over the undercroft entrance was damaged by the storms a few weeks ago.  The canvas lasted 15 years and is due to be replaced in the coming weeks.  Contributions to cost of replacement is most welcome.