Sunday School is offered for all children ages 4 – 10. The program is called “Growing in Grace and Gratitude” and it follows the children’s message. Today is a communion Sunday. As the children have received instructions, they will rejoin the congregation for this sacrament. Nursery time will continue to be provided for the under 4 year olds.
We thank the ones who provided "Special Music" for the worship service at NKPC this past summer: Dennis Stovall—two times a vocal solo, once accompanied by Michaeleen Kelly; Sally Luidens—a reading and the soprano part with “The Sisters & The Brothers”; Delia Mahoney—an a cappella vocal solo; Norah & Thomas Adgate—vocal duet with piano accompaniment by Julie Adgate; “The Sisters & The Brothers”—mixed quartet with Robert & Cindy Delmont, Sally Luidens, and Dana Graham; Stephanie Spalding—vocal and piano solo; Cindy Delmont—vocal solo; Michaeleen Kelly—piano solo; and “the Grahams” (Dana & Emily)—filling in as needed. By each of you providing special music every week helped to make our worship special indeed.
Pastor’s Discretionary Fund: There has been a need in the congregation for some financial assistance and the Women’s Association has met that need. Contributions from the congregation to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund would be appreciated.
On Sundays September 20 and 27 we will welcome Rev. Howard Vanderwell and Ms. Norma deWaal Malefyt from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. They will talk with us about Presbyterian worship and about why we do what we do in worship. Those conversations will happen after the worship service in the Fellowship Hall.
On Sunday, October 18 Rev. Dr. Laird Stuart will be with us to speak about healing and forgiveness. He has served as pastor in Presbyterian churches in New Jersey, Grand Haven, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and San Francisco. Most recently he has been Interim President of San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Photographers Wanted: Membership Committee is looking for any members that would be willing to take family/individual pictures for a Photo Wall in the church lobby. Please see Mike Nelson for further information.
On Sunday, October 4 there will be a congregational meeting to elect a Pastoral Nominating Committee and to vote on whether to call a pastor for an indefinite term or a Designated Pastor. Please plan to attend that important meeting.
Christian Education for Adults will be offering the Disciple Bible Study Course beginning this fall. Jan and Jerry Wallace, members of the First Congregational church in Rockford, have agreed to be the leaders. A sign-up sheet is available in the Narthex for those who are interested.
Sunday Morning Discussion Group began today at 9:30 am in the conference room. It will meet for about an hour before the Sunday Service. We will be starting with a multi-session study titled “Embracing an Adult Faith” by Marcus Borg and Tim Scorer. There is a DVD accompanying the book to facilitate the discussion. This is not a Bible study, although the subject matter is relevant to our Christian faith and religion. The discussion is informal, and while helpful, it is not necessary to have read the book, chapter or chapters that are the focus of the day’s discussion. The group is open to all who want to attend. Your ideas and perspective are welcome and needed.
Joy Bible study will resume meetings the first Tuesday of October. The meetings last from 1:15 pm until 3:00 pm. We will start our studies with the book of Micah, one of the “Minor Prophets.” All are welcome.
North Kent Community Services is offering a program for mothers living in northern Kent County to help them be a good mother and more with their Thrive Empowerment Program. Thirteen women have completed the program. Call Cherie Elahl at 616-866-3478 ext. 105 to schedule an interview. Classes start Sept 28th.