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Upcoming Events at JAPC

We have a number of special worship, seasonal events and programs scheduled throughout the year. If you would like more information or want to receive our weekly E-Notes for upcoming events, call the Church Office (313) 822-3456 or e-mail the church office at 0 0 1 11 63 Compuware 1 1 73 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Winter Office Hours : Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tuesday 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon.   

Worship with us Sunday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m. when our Pastor, Peter Smith, will preach part two of a five-part series, "'Powering Up'...For the Future".  The second sermon is entitled "The Power of Compassion" and is based on Matthew 20:29-34.

This year's Lenten Study (February 24 - March 31) on Tuesday afternoons (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.) begins this week.  We are using John Indermark's book "Parables and Passion".  Participants will discover new insights about the passion story through the lenses of Jesus' parables.  As Indermark writes "Parables nudge us all to receptive insight".  The sign-up sheet is in the Main Hallway.  You can purchase the book ($15) in the Church Office.

The Tutoring T.R.E.E. program continues with it's second session on Tuesdays, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Tutors and enrichment leaders are always needed. It only takes two hours per week to make a difference.  If you are willing to help by volunteering to tutor or to provide healthy snacks, call or email Kathy Chateau.

Our First Lenten Communion Breakfasts is this Wednesday, February 25 at 7:30 a.m. in the Zaun Chapel.  The 1/2 hour services will be followed by a continental breakfast in the Guild Room.  Join us before work for this special time of worship and fellowship.

Presbyterian Women is sponsoring a Mid-Winter Warm-Up Dinner on Wednesday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m. at Rockefellars (15402 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park, 48230).  All women of the church are invited to attend.  Please call the Main Office if you are planning on attending.

The CREW will gather for an event planning luncheon with pizza and salad following with a movie in the Zaun Chapel. The Quartet featuring Maggie Smith or One Hundred Foot Journey featuring Helen Mirren have been suggested.  There will even be popcorn!  This should be fun on a winter afternoon.  Please call the Main Office if you are planning on attending so the appropriate amount of food can be ordered.

Yoga Class (Slow Flow) continues Saturday, February 21 (9:30 - 10:30 a.m.) in the Youth Pit.  The minimum donation is $5 per class or $12 per family.  Free mat usage.  All are welcome.

The Sunday Bible Study, led by Gilbert Baker and/or Jan O'Brien, focusing on "The Text for the Day" continues on Sunday, March 1 at 9:00 a.m. in the Guild Room.

The Annual Brunch and Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation will be held on Sunday, March 1.  The brunch ($11) will be served at 12:00 p.m. in the Dining Room.  The meeting will begin at 1:15 p.m. in Dodge Hall.  Please call the Main Office by Wednesday, February 25 if you have not made your reservation.

Bible & Brew will meet on Sunday, March 8, at 7:00 p.m. (City Kitchen, Grosse Pointe, in the Village).  Join in on a lively discussion of the Bible under the leadership of our Parish Associate, Louis Prues.

The Presbyterian Women of Detroit Presbytery's Annual Retreat on Saturday, March 14, at First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with lunch included in the registration fee of $30.  It is a day for spiritual renewal under the leadership of Pat Johnson, a retreat leader from FPCRO.  Eleven workshops will be provided which 2 can be chosen.  There will be a worship service with Communion to end the day's activities.

The next Sunday Forum on March 15 will focus on the Detroit Zoo when we are joined by Ron Kagan, the Zoo's Executive Director and CEO.  Mr. Kagan will discuss his insights about the Zoo and plans for its future.  The Forum will begin at 11:45 a.m. in the Zaun Chapel.

JAPC will host a Blood Drive on Wednesday, March 18, from 2:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Mark your calendar and plan to join us to donate and/or volunteer during this important life saving event.  Please do not give blood at another facility after January 18 if you are going to donate at JAPC. The sign-up sheet is in the Main Hallway.

The Card-Makers will meet on Thursday, March 19, in the Guild Room (10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) to create Easter cards for church members experiencing illness or physical limitations.  Sign-up in the Main Hallway.

Spring Clean-up! Volunteers are needed on Saturday, March 21 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) to get a "jump start"on Spring cleaning.  If you can donate an hour or two or the whole morning, there are a myriad of tasks to be completed.  While some require special expertise, most demand just a willing spirit.  Sign-up in the Main Hallway.

Do you remember your Baptismal promises? During worship on Sunday, March 22, there will be an opportunity to remember and renew those vows.  Plan to join us for this special service.

The Concert Series presents Hector Olivera on Sunday, March 22 (4:30 p.m.).  Our Skinner Organ will be put to the test by one of the grand masters with his “Olympic”virtuosity, visionary musicianship and great charm!  Free admission.

SAVE THE DATE! Congregational Farewell to Peter and Linda Smith - Sunday, March 29, 2015.  The Session of JAPC invites you to be their guest for a celebration in honor of Peter and Linda for their years of dedication and leadership to our congregation.  A luncheon will immediately follow the 10:30 a.m. worship service.  Please RSVP to Kathy Chateau by March 23 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Used Books Wanted! We need your used books - children, novels, and non-fiction for the "Books A' Blooming" Sale on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7.  Just remember - we cannot accept Reader's Digest Condensed Books, Encyclopedias or dictionaries.  Books may be brought to the church and placed under the display cabinet in Dodge Hall.

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