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.
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.
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.
Claire Groshans is proud to be the Administrative Secretary for First Presbyterian Church of Saline. Claire is a graduate of Hillsdale College and attended graduate school at Eastern Michigan University. Claire has a Michigan secondary teaching certification in English and Psychology. She came with much experience working in churches, first as Director of Children’s Ministries at First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor, and then as Parish Administrator and Christian Education Director at Bethlehem UCC in Ann Arbor. Her father, Dr. Robert Hess, lives in Brecon. Dr. Hess is well known for his scientific contributions to the University of Michigan—founder of the Transportation Research Institute and his contributions to the U.S. Army as a civilian advisor at the Pentagon.
Claire’s children are Mike, an honors graduate from the U of M, who currently holds an engineering position in San Francisco. Claire’s daughter Amy and her husband Drew Wiesner, Esquire live in Roscoe Village, Chicago. They are the parents to Claire’s grandson E.J. who was born in 2012. Claire enjoys her frequent Amtrak trips to Chicago!
Unable to stop her love for animals, Claire acquired two last day dog rescues in 2010. After agreeing on the rescue, she found out these particular dogs are one of the 10 most active dog breeds and they needed serious rehab.! Ask her to tell you the story of the dog whisperer! These German short hair pointers are named for her favorite Starbuck’s drinks- Misto and Latte. They certainly keep Claire and her Dyson busy!
Claire’s hobby and passion is nature macro photography (taking a small thing and making it large scale.) Claire hopes her talents and skills will enhance the life of the church. Claire considers herself a people person, so stop by the office and introduce yourself.
The Environmental Stewardship Small Group seeks to meet issues that affect creation with solutions that are inspired by the Creator, God. To that end, we have been organically gardening on the church grounds and at our own homes, raising food, which we donate to Saline Area Social Services for distribution to our hungry neighbors. We also raise awareness within our congregation of local environmental issues, such as increased “fracking” across all of Washtenaw County. We worked closely with the Property and Finance Committees on the church’s Solar Energy project. We also participated in the construction of large gardens for Ann Arbor’s Mercy House and the people of Camp Take Notice.
We are a multi-partisan group, seeking God’s direction over that of political leaders or special interest groups. We meet the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. at the church. We welcome anyone and everyone to join us in mission.