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20 BOOKS EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD READ BEFORE THEY DIE

  1. CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE by Richard Foster, 1978(c)  (also DVD) – Hailed by many as the best modern book ever written on Christian spirituality and described by Christianity Today as one of the ten best books of the twentieth century, Celebration of Discipline explores the classic “Disciplines,” or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith. Along the way, Richard J. Foster shows that it is only by and through these practices that we can find the true path to spiritual growth.
  2. EVERYTHING BELONGS by Richard Rohr, 1999(c) – In Everything Belongs, Richard Rohr offers a personal retreat for those who hunger for a deeper spiritual life but don’t know what contemplation is. Fr. Rohr helps us understand that intimacy with God cannot be achieved in the rational mind. By practicing contemplation, we learn not to reason better but to see everything – including ourselves and other people-differently. As our perspective becomes wider, we discover that everything belongs.
  3. INVITATION TO PILGRIMAGE by John Baillie, 1939(c) – This book in an analysis of Christian belief and the Christian way of life.
  4. IT’S NOT ABOUT ME by Max Lucado, 2004(c) – They all told us it was, didn’t they? And we took them up on it. We thought self-celebration would make us happy… But believing that has created chaos – noisy homes, stress-filled businesses, cutthroat relationships. We’ve chased so many skinny rabbits, says Max Lucado, that we’ve missed the fat one: the God-centered life. If you want to shift into high gear with purpose, this is it: life makes sense when we accept our place! Our pleasures, our problems, our gifts and talents when they’re all for the One who created us, we suddenly gain what we’ve been missing and find what we’ve been seeking. Let Max Lucado show you how to make the shift of a lifetime. How to bump your life off self-center. How to be changed and experience the meaning-changed life you were meant to have. Your discovery starts here.
  5. LIFE TOGETHER by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1938(c) – In Life Together we have Pastor Bonhoeffer’s experience of Christian community. This story of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years reads like one of Paul’s letters. It gives practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups. The role of personal prayer, worship in common, everyday work, and Christian service is treated in simple, almost biblical, words. Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.
  6. MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING by Viktor Frankl, 1959(c) – Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward. At the heart of his theory known as logotherapy, is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful. Man’s Search for Meaning has become one of the most influential books in America; it continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living.
  7. MERE CHRISTIANITY by Charles S. Lewis, 1952(c) – One of the most popular introductions to Christian faith ever written, Mere Christianity has sold millions of copies worldwide. The book brings together C. S. Lewis’s legendary broadcast talks of the war year, talks in which he set out simply to “explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times.” Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity’s many denominations, Lewis provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith. It is a collection of scintillating brilliance that remains strikingly fresh for the modern reader and at the same time confirms C. S. Lewis’s reputation as one of the leading writers and thinkers of our age.
  8. ORTHODOXY by Gilbert K. Chesterton, 1908(c), the library copy of this book includes “Heretics” – Orthodoxy provides a look at what some have described as G. K. Chesterton’s spiritual autobiography. In this classic work of literature, Chesterton contended that people need a life of “practical romance.” He defined this philosophy as a blend of the strange and secure. For example, while scientist attempted to explain away the idea of miracles, Chesterton skillfully argues for the freedom to believe in them. By weaving his articulate writing style with apologetics, Chesterton intelligently explored such subjects as the Christian doctrine of “original sin,” democratic reforms founded on a fixed ideal, and how a false concept of progress impedes real progress.
  9. PILGRIM’S PROGRESS by John Bunyan, Part 1 1678(c), Part 2 1684(c) – Often disguised as something that would help him, evil accompanies Christian on his journey to the Celestial City. As you walk with him, you’ll begin to identify today’s many religious pitfalls. These are presented by men such as Pliable, who turns back at the Slough of Despond; and Ignorance, who believes he’s a true follower of Christ when he’s really only trusting in himself. Each character represented in this allegory is intentionally and profoundly accurate in its depiction of what we see all around us, and unfortunately, what we too often see in ourselves. But while Christian is injured and nearly killed, he eventually prevails to the end. So can. you.
  10. SAVED IN ETERNITY by Martyn Lloyd-Jones, 1988(c) – This book by one of the most gifted preachers sheds new light on Jesus’ prayer for His own in John 17, detailing and drawing out its timeless truths. Here unfolds the majestic themes of our assurance of salvation, our union with God and His loving care for the believer.
  11. SIGNPOSTS TO SPIRITUALITY by Trevor Hudson, 1996(c) – Drawing from classical spiritual writings as well as his own pilgrimage, Trevor Hudson provides ten signposts for developing a passion for Christ that radiates outward as well as inward. He writes, “You and I are called to become like Christ, and this goal for the Christ-following life coincides with the desperate needs and challenges of our contemporary world.”
  12. THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING Anonymous, circa 1400 – Widely considered a hallmark of Western literature and spirituality, The Cloud of Unknowing is an anonymous English monk’s sublime expression of what separates God from humanity. Originally written in the 14th century, this beautiful contemplative resource has been embraced for hundreds of years for its simple, engaging style and spiritual truths. As the unknown author assures us, “if you are to experience Him or to see Him at all, insofar as it is possible here, it must always be in this cloud.”
  13. THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1938(c) – What can the call to discipleship, the adherence to the word of Jesus, mean today to the businessman, the soldier, the laborer, or the aristocrat? What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is His will for us today? Drawing on the Sermon on the Mount, Dietrich Bonhoeffer answers these timeless questions by providing a seminal reading of the dichotomy between “cheap grace” and “costly grace.” “Cheap grace,” Bonhoeffer wrote, “is the grace we bestow on ourselves… grace without discipleship… Costly grace is the Gospel, which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must know… It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life.” The Cost of Discipleship is a compelling statement of the demands of sacrifice and ethical consistency from a man whose life and thoughts were exemplary articulations of a new type of leadership inspired by the Gospel, and imbued with the spirit of Christian humanism and a creative sense of civic duty.
  14. THE IMITATION OF CHRIST by Thomas a’Kempis, 1939(c) – With the exception of the Bible, no Christian writing has had so wide a vogue or so sustained a popularity as this. And yet, in one sense, it is hardly an original work at all. Its structure it owes largely to the writings of the medieval mystics, and its ideas and phrases are a mosaic from the Bible and the Fathers of the early Church. But these elements are interwoven with such delicate skill and a religious feeling at once so ardent and so sound, that it promises to remain, what it has been for five hundred years, the supreme call and guide to spiritual aspiration.
  15. THE PRACTICE OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD by Brother Lawrence, 1691(c) – For three centuries, the writings of Brother Lawrence have taught Christians that God is as present in the kitchen as in the cathedral and as accessible in the living room as He is around the Lord’s table. This simple, yet profound teaching will empower you to see the joy of God’s presence in the midst of every moment and circumstance.
  16. THE PURSUIT OF GOD by Alden W. Tozer, 1948(c) – Here is a masterly study of the inner life by a heart thirsting after God, eager to grasp at least the outskirts of His ways, the abyss of His love for sinners, and the height of His unapproachable majesty – and it was written by a busy pastor in Chicago!
  17. THE RAGAMUFFIN GOSPEL by Brennan Manning, 1990(c) – Many believers feel stunted in their Christian growth. We beat ourselves up over our failures and, in the process, pull away from God because we subconsciously believe He tallies our defects and hangs His head in disappointment. Manning reminds us that nothing could be further from the truth. The Father beckons us to Himself with a “furious love” that burns brightly and constantly. Only when we truly embrace God’s grace can we bask in the joy of a gospel that enfolds the most needy of His flock – the “ragamuffins.”
  18. THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON by Henri Nouwen, 1992(c) – A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure. Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell.
  19. THE SCANDAL OF CHRISTIANITY by Emil Brunner, 1951(c) – Historical revelation, the triune God, original sin, the Mediator, resurrection – these are central to the Christian message and at the same time major stumbling blocks to modern thinking. Emil Brunner examines these five doctrines in light of the deep abyss that separates man’s religious aspirations, however high, from Christian faith. For each doctrine, the noted theologian sets the biblical teaching against the opposing philosophical argument. As a brief presentation of key elements in Dr. Brunner’s theological position, this book serves as an excellent introduction to his larger works. As an orderly statement of Christian belief, it reveals how the scandal of Christianity is the touchstone of the gospel.
  20. WHAT’S SO AMAZING ABOUT GRACE by Philip Yancey, 1997(c) with study guide – We speak of grace often. But do we understand it? More important, do we truly believe it… and do our lives proclaim it as powerfully as our words? In this book, Yancey takes a probing look at grace: what it looks like… what it doesn’t look like… and why only Christians can and must reveal the grace the world is searching for.

Compiled by Reverend Jaco Bester with input from various colleagues

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Would you share from your garden?

The Environment Stewardship Small Group is harvesting our 2015 church vegetable gardens. We donate all of our produce to Saline Area Social Services through Food Gatherers’ Faith and Food project. Each year, SASS tries to meet the needs of hungry people in our community, but they are struggling to provide enough food.

Please consider helping. If you have excess produce from your home garden that you would like to add to our donation, contact Debra Manchester.

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Open Doors

The name of the Open Doors Committee reflects its purpose: to not only welcome all by opening our doors so new members may enter, but also to reach out to the community to live the Word of God. Open Doors is responsible for our presence on the Internet and in social media. Our physical projects include the “Little Free Library” that has been erected in the Prayer and Meditation Garden. It provides free books that can be borrowed and returned at any time. Our goal with this library is to enhance reading and literacy in the community. Open Doors also supports the Grief and Loss workshop, the Taste of Saline, the Saline Winterfest, and other annual community projects. We have sponsored an Identity theft presentation and will be offering other presentations to the community that deal with faith and justice issues. If you are interested in joining this ministry, contact the church office or an Open Doors committee member.

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Bob Cindric

ROBERT CINDRIC is in his 36th year of teaching and his fifteenth in the Saline Area Schools where he has taught the Middle School Choirs and K-4 General Music. Prior to coming to Saline, he taught in the Milan Schools for 21 years as high school and middle school choir director, 7th grade head football coach, and coordinator of computer technology and implementation for the district. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Bob has BAs in music education and psychology with a minor in physical education and an MA in music education with choral conducting emphasis.

A passionate supporter of the principles and activities of MSVMA, Bob has served the organization in many capacities. He served for 13 years on the executive board, as director of the Summer Workshop, President and Executive Board Director for State Events. In addition to conducting the 1993 and 2006 Junior High SATB Honor Choirs, he has served as an accompanist and section leader for many Junior High Honor Choir rehearsals. He has adjudicated choir festivals and solo and ensemble events as well as directed clinics and workshops throughout the state of Michigan. The Milan Middle School Choir was invited to perform at the 1992 Midwest Conference. Bob has also provided accompaniments for many MSVMA Summer Workshops.

Bob has also spent many summers with high school and middle school choirs. He was on the faculty of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for 6 years, the Oakland Hills Music Camp for 14 years, the Summer Music Youth Camp of the University of Maryland for 4 years, the Baldwin-Wallace Summer Choir Camp, and the All State Program at Interlochen. Bob has also been the choir director and organist for the First Presbyterian Church in Saline for the past 38 years.

 

 

 

 

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Handbell Director: Joan Starkey

Joan Starkey has been director of the Handbells since its beginnings-1998.  A retired music teacher from Saline Schools, she also taught music in Holly and Belleville.  She sings in the Chancel Choir, leads the singing for “We Worship,” and has contributed solos on clarinet, autoharp, guitar, Mountain Dulcimer and Handbells.  She is married to Jay Starkey, has 2 grown children and 6 grandchildren. She was Baptized and married in this church, and loves to tell everyone that her Great Grandmother Agnes Martin was a member of this church.

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