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Library Donation Guidelines

We welcome donations in keeping with our guidelines and stated purpose to enhance our offerings to share with the congregation.

Purpose: A collection of books and resources to provide enjoyable and inspirational reading to our congregation, as well as support their study and understanding of the Bible and religion and the educational programs. Donations should be:

  • Largely Christian based.
  • Published within last 10 years or a Christian classic
  • Good condition

When making a donation, place on the library return shelf and label as such and please indicate your name. If for some reason we cannot include your donation in our library, we would like to know if you would like the item returned to you, otherwise we donate it to the Used Book Sale at the public library.

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Stephen Ministry by the Numbers

The new “Stephen Ministry by the Numbers” booklet, shows the significant ministry happening every day in thousands of Stephen Ministry congregations like yours.
This booklet describes what God has been doing through Stephen Ministry and highlights what you are accomplishing.
To read this booklet click the image.

Stephen Ministry by the Numbers

The booklet describes what God has been doing through Stephen Ministry.

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Solar Panel Energy Production

Did you know that the recently installed solar panels generated 2,092 kilowatt-hours of energy for the month of August. The amount of energy generated is equivalent to planting 38 trees or running a refrigerator for 15months. You can now see for yourself how we are being responsible stewards by clicking on the solar panel array below.

 

Solar Panel Array Monitoring

See how we are being good stewards.

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New Directory!

It’s time to update our church family photo album and we want EVERYONE to be part of it!

 

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 Once logged into the scheduling site here is a summary of scheduling instructions:

  • Click on the desired photography date.
  • Click on the Reserve Time button beside the desired photography appointment time.
  • Enter the appropriate information in all required fields (indicated by asterisk).
  • Enter your email address if a confirmation email is desired.
  • Click on the Schedule Appointment button at the bottom of the screen to reserve the photography appointment time in your family’s name.
  • If you have more than six family members being photographed, please reserve two appointments consecutively (such as 6:00 and 6:10).
  • Print the next screen to use as a reminder of your family’s photography appointment.
  • Contact your church’s online scheduling administrator to change or cancel your photography appointment.
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From the Pastor’s Desk

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
Matthew 13:44

Through our summer worship we’ve been paying attention to Jesus’ teaching in the parables about what the kingdom of God looks like.

In the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:4-15), Jesus reminds us of the generosity of God, the sower, who scandalously sows the seeds of the kingdom. Precious seed falls on good soil that produces an abundant harvest, as well as in places where conditions seem unlikely to produce anything.

In the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), Jesus reminds us that our neighborhood’s a lot bigger than we think. He tells us that in God’s kingdom the good neighbor sacrifices and crosses boundaries to reach out in love to help and care for the person that everyone else avoids.

In the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21), Jesus warns against allowing our wealth to insulate us from the poor. He invites us to give God our anxieties about our personal wellbeing, which blind us to the needs of neighbors near and far. In God’s kingdom we belong to God and to one another.

Jesus also speaks of the kingdom of heaven being like a hidden treasure buried in a field. Over the past year or so, we’ve caught a glimpse of God’s kingdom through the hidden treasure of a field in the midst of the Cass Community Social Services in Detroit. The field sits next to a transitional housing structure for homeless women and children. God is bringing beauty and new life to a community through a field formerly considered to be worthless.

Servants of Christ from First Presbyterian- Saline are working tirelessly to transform an ugly, overgrown, trash strewn field. Where it was once thick with weeds, there now sits a raised vegetable garden. Where there was formerly trash and dead trees, there’s now a welcoming open field, perfect for picnics. Where cars used to overshoot an off-ramp,
landing on the field, now there’s a protective berm to keep people safe. Signs of the in breaking of God’s kingdom!

September 15th we are invited to participate in celebrating what God is doing as we hold our church picnic on this treasured field, along with the women and children who live next door. We’ll expand the boundaries of our neighborhood, to meet and break bread with our new neighbors in Detroit. Together we’ll celebrate the new community that God is building between us. On that field of dreams, we will meet Jesus in one another. And as we stand together we’ll say to each another, “Surely God is inthis place!”

Grace and peace,
Jennie

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