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

Tuesday, May 09, 2023

Outreach Sunday @ St. John's - Rector's Rambling for May 7, 2023

     We welcome our guests joining us today for our Outreach Sunday.  This a great day for our parish and I am so glad so many are here to be a part of it.

As a part of the prayerful discernment about the lease of our parking lot for development, we became acutely aware that with this opportunity to have income because of the land purchased for us by Henry Porter Baldwin in 1858, we needed to share with other ministries happening here in Detroit. 

This year our ministry partners are

Beds 4 Kids, which provides bedding and mattresses for poor children, hiring developmentally disabled adults to build them. 

Cass Community Services,  which  provides food, free medical care, shelter, housing, job training and skill training for developmentally disabled adults.  The grant is to build a children’s library at Fox Family Center shelter.

 Crossroads, a social service agency of the Episcopal Church.  The grant is for funding for ID and Birth Certificate services, enabling stable housing, employment and children’s school enrollment.  This is a $40,000 a year ministry.

Ellis House, support street outreach, clothing, hygiene items, food, blankets, etc., and two shelters for trafficking victims.

Georgia Street Community Coop,  providing fresh produce from their community garden, clothes and coat closet, library and computer lab, and school supplies.

Keep Growing Detroit,  community gardening by Eastern Market

Noah Project at Central Methodist Church, supporting client research desk for housing, personal health and wellness, a place to receive mail, hygiene and welcome home kits for newly housed clients and lunch served 4 days a week.

Vista Maria, supporting victims of human trafficking.

And we also welcome Dr. Garwood Anderson, Dean of Nashotah House Theological Seminary as our guest preacher