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

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Anniversary, Interment, and upcoming holiday - Rector's Rambling for November 19, 2023

It’s a busy day today at St. John’s, which kicks off a busy week as well.

Today we celebrate the 60th Wedding anniversary of George and Helen Waters at the 10 AM Service.  10 years ago they had a renewal of vows and today we give thanks with a blessing before the sermon.  They have known each other since elementary school, and we give thanks to God for them!

After the 10 AM Service, we will have the interment of the ashes of Ronald and Patricia Pike in our chapel columbarium.  Ronald died in 2008 before Patricia and her son Jeff started attending St. John’s.  Patricia passed away earlier this year.  Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them. 

Today also sees the appearance of our Giving Tree.  Take a tag and buy the gift (and any other gift you might like to add to it) and  bring it back unwrapped to give to the Georgia Street Community Collective.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!

The Alpha Course meets on Tuesday.  Regular weekday Service schedule is in effect Monday through Wednesday, with the addition of the Thanksgiving Eve Service which will be in the Chapel at 7:30 PM on Wednesday.

On Thursday we have our wonderful Thanksgiving Pancake Breakfast and Front Door Canteen, and we host many guests for the parade.  Henry Porter Baldwin, when he purchased this corner lot to found a church, could never have imagined that we would be midway between two major sports venues and prime viewing location for a great parade!

Be sure to invite friends/family/neighbors/co-workers to join us for Thanksgiving morning.  This is a wonderful ministry of hospitality to Metro Detroit.