Children. Class Sunday for all children ages 4 to 10 are invited to join the Sunday school class following the Object Lesson. The topic is “You Are Blessed." Matthew 4:23 – 5:11. They will learn to bless others with their encouragement and support.
LET’S DO IT – SEND OUR KIDS TO CAMP! We would again like to assist in sending all our children to Camp Greenwood this summer. You can help by contributing bottle/cans in the T-room, or take them in yourself and put the cash receipt in the collection plate or make a clearly marked cash donation. The tree in the Narthex is tracking our fundraising progress ($10 per leaf), help make it "leaf out" ($1,114 collected so far!) our support for kids!
New Members Class! Wondering about what it would mean to join North Kent? Contact Pastor Karen to learn more about North Kent Presbyterian and how to get more involved.
Kent Philharmonic Orchestra will perform on Friday May 12th at St. Cecilia Royce Auditorium @ 7:30 PM Downtown Grand Rapids - All are welcome! Program includes Hoedown and Rodeo by Copland and selections from West Side Story and Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein.
Neighborhood News. North Park Presbyterian Church will host a Kentucky Derby Party and silent auction to support various mission causes. The date is May 6 with the gates opening at 5 pm. Advance tickets are $10 or $15 at the door (Children under 10 only $5.00). Come watch the Big Race via live TV starting around 6:34 pm. Enjoy heavy hors D’oeuvres and Derby punch. Prizes for Best Derby Attire and the Biggest Hats! Both events are at the church at 500 North Part Street NE.
Camp Greenwood Clean up Day! May 13th, Camp Greenwood is inviting you and all of your friends to come enjoy a day up at our beautiful camp. People of all skills levels are welcome. Leaves are needing to be raked, windows washed and many things are waiting to be scrubbed or painted. Breakfast is served at 8:32 am! Come ready to get dirty!
Did Adam and Eve have belly buttons? Is there enough water on our planet for a worldwide mountain covering flood? Join the discussion of this and other intriguing questions at the Tuesday afternoon Joy Bible Study at 1:15 pm!
JOY Bicycle Ministry Group Trail Ride Schedule
(Grab your bike and helmet and come have a great time!)
Sat, May 20. 10:30 am Meet @ NKPC. Ride Musketawa from Marne to Conklin & back
Sat, June 17. 10:30 am Meet @ Rouge River Trailhead, Belmont. Ride to Rockford & back
Fri-Mon. June 23 -26. Camp and Bike on Saturday in Cadillac at Mitchell State Park
Sat, July 15. 10:30 am Meet @ NKPC. Ride on Greenville Flat River Trail
Sat, Aug 19. 10:30 am Meet @ NKPC. Ride on Hart / Montague Trail
Sat, Sept. 16. 10:30 am Meet @ NKPC. Ride on Muskegon Lake Shore Trail
Sat, Oct. 21. 10:30 am Meet @ NKPC. Ride on White Pine Trail
SESSION MEETING MINUTES Summary – April 17, 2017
The meeting opened with prayer and worship led by Pastor Fitz La Barge. A discussion of goals for our church followed. By consensus, it was agreed to set a goal of an average of 80 individuals in attendance at worship by Easter of 2018.
Treasurer’s Report – Almost 41K in the general fund.
The financial audit for 2016 was completed. There were no irregularities.
Motion from F & S committee. Committee recommends the Session authorize the Committee to apply for an NKPC credit card, with a credit limit of $2000 if possible, and then monitor the card monthly and conduct an annual card audit with a report to Session. Supported and approved.
Air conditioning installation will be scheduled in late April. A new trash service, Herrington’s, has begun, saving the church $400 per year.
The logo for NKPC has been unanimously accepted by F&S (Marketing is still tweaking). A-1 will be contacted about several small cracks in the parking lot. Discussion about Session accepting the donation of an 8’ stainless steel hood and fire suppression system to be installed in our kitchen. We could then resume using all of our present gas stove. Installation may cost in the thousands of dollars, but this would be an effective way to upgrade the kitchen to current Health Department standards. Motion from F&S committee: Session approves that the hood and suppression equipment be evaluated. The F&S committee would also work to identify installation contractors and cost including possible temporary storage and provide to Session a final proposal. Supported and approved.
A donor came forward who will pay to repair the floor and upgrade the men’s restroom. Best repair would be to tile the floors. The toilet in the men’s room doesn’t meet today’s handicap standards. Motion from F&S committee: Facilities to pursue a proposal in conjunction with the donor for the costs to upgrade and repair the men’s, women’s, and nursery restrooms and direct the committee to work with the donor with regard to their support for a portion of the proposed project. Supported and approved.
A summer facility clean-up will be scheduled, probably the first Saturday in June, for both inside and outside clean-up.
Some members have been investigating the installation of a disc golf course on NKPC property. The thought is to install three baskets. There is a local manufacturer in Saranac, who makes the kinds of baskets that will last and can be locked in securely. Motion: To authorize F&S to use $1500 of the building fund to purchase and install a 3 basket disc golf course on NKPC property. Supported and approved. There will be a 6-8 week lag time as the baskets are manufactured. It was suggested the Boy Scouts might help with installation.
The new sign will cost twenty thousand dollars if we have to start from scratch. We already have a base, with electricity in place. Cost should be considerably less than the 20K, perhaps about $15K. They are still working on costs. There are questions about the 32 sq. ft. allowed by the township, and what is included in those measurements.
Pastor's Report: Pastor Karen presented a list of activities with which she has been involved. She stated that she would like to dedicate the Camp Greenwood staff at NKPC on Sunday, June 18.
Next Presbytery meeting is June 15.
Pastor Karen asked Session permission to serve as chaplain at Camp Greenwood June 25-30. Motion made, supported, and approved.
Pastor mentioned she thought it would be a good idea to buy a couple of $100 bricks to be installed at the Rockford dam with NKPC’s name on them. Approved by consensus.
Pastor Karen presented a draft letter to the Leadership Team at Presbytery regarding Presbytery funding and budgeting, which she had been asked to write last month. After discussion and suggestions, the draft was given to the Clerk to edit and develop a final copy.
Clerk of Session Report: No correspondence.
Missions - The 40 day Closet Purge for the Working Women’s Closet has come to an end. Next project is preparation for the Pentecost offering on June 4th. We keep 40% for local mission. Last year that was Safe Haven Ministries. Cell phones will be collected for them during the month of May.
This weekend is the 30 hour Famine/Hunger Fast for the Youth Crew. Motion: Permission to take up a collection during church on Sunday, April 23rd. Supported and Approved. This money and the Souper Bowl money will go to World Vision.
Half of the money allotted for Declaration of Intent/Shared Mission for 2017, plus half of the money already in the budget, will be sent to the Unified Mission account in the amount of $915.50.
Christian Ed. - Children & Youth – Over half of the $2000 goal to send our kids to Camp Greenwood has been raised.
The worship center for the kids in the Sunday School room has been completed.
Youth Crew - There is interest in planting a youth garden.
Membership – The Spring Fling will be changed to May 21.
Worship – Discussion of using recorded music in worship has been referred back to the worship committee.
Next Regular Meeting Date – Monday, May 15, 2017
This Week of April 30, 2017 through May 7, 2017
Sunday April 30, 2017
9:30 am: Discussion Group “Living Questions”
10:00 am: No Choir Rehearsal
10:45 am: Worship Service
Monday May 1, 2017
10:30 am: Moms & Munchkins (Free Play Group)
7:00 am: Boy Scouts
Tuesday May 2, 2017
7:30 am: Men’s Breakfast (Mr. Burger, 5181 Northland Dr.)
1:15 pm: JOY Bible Study
6:30 pm: Handbell Choir
7:00 pm: Women’s AA
7:30 pm: Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday May 3, 2017
8:00 am: Women’s Breakfast (Russ's 3966 Plainfield Ave. NE)
7:00 pm: AA
Thursday May 4, 2017
Friday May 5, 2017
9:00 am: Morning AA
Saturday May 6, 2017
10:00 am: Presbytery Minutes Review
Next Sunday May 7, 2017
9:30 am: Discussion Group “Living Questions”
10:00 am: Choir Rehearsal
10:45 am: Worship Service