Summer at AACRC

Gallup Park Gathering
Saturday, June 25

Join us Saturday, June 25, 10am-12pm at Gallup Park! This invitation is for everyone! We will be in the general vicinity of the large playground area. This is the first of three events which will occur on the last Saturday each month this summer to gather together as a community for connection, and for the joy of being together!  Sit and chat for a while and enjoy all the park has to offer: play areas, paths, canoes and kayaks, or just take in the beauty of the river.

2022 Spring Workday Report

Thanks to all who volunteered for the workday this past Saturday!  We got a lot done.

By the numbers:
8 pairs of hands
3 yards of soil distributed
2 wheelbarrows/garden carts
7lbs of grass seed sown
2 bales of straw scattered
3 picnic tables painted
4 benches refreshed
60 annuals planted
4 bags of weeds and trimmings
1 dog walked and petted
30 donuts (not all consumed)
1 pile of pruned branches

Annual Cadets and GEMS Pinewood Derby

Our 2nd-5th grade girls & boys enjoyed a night of fun competition as they raced their Pinewood Derby cars down the track. A variety of awards were given for speed and design but most importantly it was a night of connection and celebration.

   

 

Holy Week Services

We will celebrate Holy Week together this year with both a Maundy Thursday and Good Friday evening service. Easter Sunday will be at 10:30AM. All services will be in person and available through livestream.

Maundy Thursday, April 14 @ 7:00 pm
Good Friday, April 15 @ 7:00 pm
Easter Sunday, April 17 @ 10:30am

 

Lent 2022

Check out this video from Pastor Noah introducing our Lent 2022 series, “Turning Toward”

 

House Groups – Lent 2022

During Lent our House Groups will be reading The Love that is God by Frederick Bauerschmidt. If you are not in a group, you can still join for this session. Please contact Ross Weener (rweener@aacrc.org). If you are currently in a group, you can pick up your book in the church office.

Thanksgiving Resources

Hello dear church family,

I wanted to pass on a few resources to help us find our center in Christ this Thanksgiving. Though we’re not gathering in worship this year, there are many ways we can be encouraged to name our gratitude!

Here’s a resource from The Network that is geared towards families and kids, but could be taken up by anyone. It was published last year, but is still a great opportunity: https://network.crcna.org/faith-nurture/how-to-help-families-grow-gratitude-thanksgiving-and-beyond

Another resource from The Network, this is a really interesting project that attempts to translate the New Testament in the style of First Nations storytelling. Given the complicated relationship of Thanksgiving and First Nations and Native American peoples, this might be worth checking out this season: https://network.crcna.org/church-renewal/thanksgiving-read-new-testament-first-nations-eyes

Here’s a prayer based on Psalm 96 that I find particularly wonderful. I can imagine this being used around the Thanksgiving table: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2013/05/thanksgiving-litany-reflections-on.html

This Thanksgiving Prayer is a modernized version of a George Webb prayer from 1625. This would also make a wonderful Thanksgiving table prayer: https://acollectionofprayers.com/2018/11/22/thanksgiving-prayer/

Finally, this blog post from 2010 has some really helpful reflections on how to take up the practice of gratitude in a deep and consequential way: https://day1.org/articles/5d9b820ef71918cdf2002c45/captured_by_gratitude

 

Afghan Refugee Resettlement

On Friday, October 29, members of AACRC’s Deacons, Mission Action Team and Social Justice Team had a meeting with representatives from Jewish Family Services to discuss an opportunity to co-sponsor a refugee family from Afghanistan.

The crisis in Afghanistan has resulted in the arrival of 53,000 evacuees in the U.S. thus far with many thousands more expected in the next year. More than 90 individuals have arrived in Washtenaw County in the past 3 weeks. It is expected that about 300 Afghans will be resettled in this area.

Jewish Family Services has resettled hundreds of refugees since 1993. They are the only resettlement agency in Washtenaw County. JFS provides a continuum of services so that when refugees arrive, they can access all the resources they need through one organization. They are launching a new co-sponsorship program with area congregations to help them deal with this large influx of refugees. The time frame for resettlement is about 3 months.

Before committing to a partnership, we will need to assess our congregational capacity in terms of willingness to commit the financial/material support and the time necessary to support the family, while maintaining appropriate boundaries to foster independence.

Please prayerfully consider this opportunity for service. We will be providing more information and ways in which you can participate in the next few weeks.

Barb Fichtenberg

AACRC Point Person, Refugee Resettlement

CAP Thanksgiving Baskets 2021

The need for CAP Thanksgiving baskets is greater than ever this year.  Although Covid is continuing to change our approach a little, we are still able to provide two options for supporting the hungry in Wayne County this holiday season.

  • Option 1 (Due by Sunday, November 14):  Back by popular demand!  We are happy to announce that the Roots students will do the shopping for you!  All you need to do is provide a donation of $50 ($25 for items plus $25 for a turkey) for each basket you wish to donate. The check should be made out to CAP and “CAP Thanksgiving Basket” should be in the memo line. You can place your check into the regular offering plate or bring it to the church office. Furthermore, you can also make this donation by selecting “CAP (Community Assistance Program)” when using our online giving platform.
  • Option 2 (Due by noon on Sunday, November 21): You can purchase all of the food items on the list below along with writing a $25 check to CAP for a turkey with “CAP Thanksgiving Basket” in the memo line. Any donation money remaining after turkey purchases will be used to support CAP’s other programs.  Please place your check in an envelope and deposit it in the designated box near the elevator on the lower level.  Meal donations may be placed on the tables in this area from Sunday, November 14 through noon on Sunday, November 21.

Help us reach our goal of 150 Thanksgiving Baskets for CAP!

CAP Thanksgiving Basket Shopping List

Please use a re-usable grocery tote bag for your items.  Also, the Jiffy pie crust mix has been purposefully removed from the list because this item will be donated for all the baskets (provided by option 1 or 2) and will be added separately.

  • 2 (7.25 oz.) package of macaroni and cheese (or 2 smaller boxes)
  • 1 (5 lb.) package self-rising corn meal mix (e.g. Aunt Jemima, Pearl Milling Company)
  • 2 (14 to 15 oz.) cans of one or more vegetables (peas, corn, green beans, please no carrots)
  • 1 (40 oz.) can of yams
  • 2 (6 oz.) package of Stuffing for Turkey (e.g. Stove Top)
  • 1 (14 or 16 oz.) can of jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 (box, any size) yellow or white cake mix
  • 1 (12 or 16 oz.) can ready mix frosting
  • 2 (20 oz.) cans of pie filling of the same flavor (e.g. peach, cherry
  • 1 (10.5 or 12 oz.) can or jar of turkey gravy

~ CAP Fall Clothing Collection ~

Finally, don’t forget about the CAP closet across from the bathroom downstairs at church. CAP would love to receive and distribute any winter clothing items that you are willing and able to donate!  All items should be separated by type, packed in bags or boxes and labeled appropriately.

AACRC Facilities Work Day

Thanks for all the help by individuals, families and kids last Saturday for the workday. We got a lot accomplished, and the grounds are looking much better.  Also thanks to Jim Wagner and his crew for chipping and distributing all the pruned branches. Thank you also to all the people who stop by church to water our plants, to weed and otherwise help to be good stewards of what God has given us.

I am hoping to host another workday in the first part of November, date to be determined.

Jim Bryson, VP of Council

 

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