The Justice Calling: pastor-led book study
Summer 2020, you are invited to join us for a pastor-led book group. We will be reading The Justice Calling by Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson. We invite you to pick up the book at a local seller when you get a chance or order it in the next few weeks. We will be having three opportunities to gather in the months of July and August to discuss the book. All discussion times will happen at noon on Wednesdays:
July 22: Forward-Chapter 2
August 5: Chapter 3-5
August 19: Chapter 6-conclusion– Pastors Kristen, Noah, & Ryan
Racism awareness: a summer book study
Another book group for Summer 2020 is focussing on books centered around racism awareness and will be led by Rachel Bush. The three books for this mini-series are the first three books she read on her own personal journey:
- Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debbie Irving (a more relatable read)
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (a tough but important read)
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (a young adult fiction read)
Discussions will be the week of July 13, August 10, and August 24. More details and signup can be found on our blog aacrc.org/racism-awareness-a-summer-book-study/
While our church building remains closed, we are still the church where we are. As you navigate this Covid-19 pandemic, may God’s grace and peace surround you. Praying that you are finding ways to be the body of Christ in the new “parish” that you are inhabiting right now. Please worship with us through the In Home liturgy and playlist found on our homepage, sign up for our newsletter, keep up with our blog, grow with us through House Groups or Thursday Bible study, find ways to serve, continue to tithe of what you have been given, and find grace wherever you are. Grace and Peace.
While in-person gatherings have been suspended indefinitely as of March 16, 2020, you can still join a House Group, as groups are planning on continuing to dive into N.T. Wright’s Simply Jesus. Contact Ross to get connected: Ross Weener.
Epiphany Worship 2020
For the season of Epiphany we are celebrating the manifold wisdom of God that has come in Jesus Christ by celebrating the many people who have been called by God to proclaim the gospel for the church. In addition to our pastors, we also welcome our associate pastors as they share God’s word with us.
January 19—Pastor Noah
January 26—Pastor Ryan
February 2—Matt Ackerman (Campus Chapel, near the University of Michigan)
February 9—Rhonda Workman (Chaplin; St. Mary Mercy Hospital)
February 16—Pastor Kristen
February 23—Jon Cooper (Chaplin; Federal Correctional Institution, Milan)
Big House Sessions in Early 2020
You are invited to these opportunities to grow together before worship at 9:15 am in Room 24.
January 19, 2020 — Year in Culture (John Bush) We’ll look back at an exciting year that gave us both the biggest song and the biggest movie in history, plus a dizzying array of television, film, and music. Also, we’ll discuss whether streaming is making us forgetful, whether this was the year that image meant nothing instead of everything, and how much nostalgia we should feel for the death of the monoculture.
January 26, 2020 — Olive Tree/Oikos Update (Led by Council) We have an exciting opportunity to partner with Olive Tree Campus Church (OTCC). Council has been in discernment on this topic for the past four months and is now asking the congregation to join this process of discernment. Join us for the first of two identical sessions where you will be able to interact with the information Council has sent out (weekly Connections or your church mailbox) and to hear more about what Council has learned. We believe that your participation in one of these sessions is important and will be highly beneficial for helping as we together discern about a partnership with OTCC. The second session (same content) will be held during youth programming on Wednesday, February 5 at 6:30 PM. Council invites the congregation to join together in prayer for the rest of February as we discern this partnership together, followed by a congregational vote in March.
February 2, 2020 — A Funeral Conversation (Pastors Kristen, Noah, and Ryan) Come and hear from our pastors how the funeral is a theological event in the life of the church and why that matters for how we die in community.
February 16, 2020 — Christian Environmental Stewardship & The Plastic Problem (Paul Steen, Social Justice Committee) Join Paul Steen as he reviews the biblical and historical basis for the Christian Environmental Stewardship concept and movement, learn more about his work with the Huron River Watershed Council and the threat of plastic and microplastics on our rivers and creeks, and how the two topics intersect and interact.
March 1, 2020 — Rev. Cory Willson, Calvin Seminary
House Groups 2020
On February 9 our small group ministry, called House Groups, will begin meeting again. We will be studying N.T. Wright’s book Simply Jesus during Lent over six sessions. If you are not in a group, now is the perfect time to join. Groups meet either on Sunday afternoon or Sunday mornings during faith formation hour (9:15A). Contact person: Ross Weener.
2020 Dates: Feb 9 & 23, Mar 8 & 22, Apr 5 & 19
18-28 (give or take)?
In school or working or looking for work?
Like to eat?
Enjoy good fellowship?
Then come check out the Soup Group! We meet on Sundays, directly after the worship service in Room 23 from noon to 1:15 pm.
Soup Group Winter Dates:see the calendar
Our new worship schedule kicked off on Sunday September 8, 2019
Please join us at 9:15 am for Youth Programming (Kid Connection & REACH) and Big House Sundays or House Groups followed by worship at 10:30 am with coffee and fellowship time following worship.
9:15 Faith Formation Hour
- Kid Connection Kickoff (Pre-K to 8th Grade)
- REACH Kickoff (High School)
- House Groups or Big House Sundays
- BESEL (Believers with Christian Seekers who speak English as a second language)
Visit, welcome, and fellowship with one another.
Wednesday Night Programming began on September 4
The Roots (6th-8th grade), GEMS (2nd-5th grade girls), and Cadets (2nd-5th grade boys) meet first and third Wednesdays each month. All are welcome as we journey together in faith. Join us on 3rd Wednesdays for Pizza night before Roots, GEMS, and Cadets.