Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church

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Church HistoryFor over 150 years, JAPC has been serving Christ in Detroit. For church history and architectural elements, click here.

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Music at JAPCFrom jazz to carillon to vocal and instrumental programs, JAPC offers a variety of musical events. To learn more, click here.

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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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Fall Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  The Church will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Join us for worship this Sunday, November 29, at 10:30 a.m. when our Pastoral Associate, the Rev. Dr. Louis Prues, will be preaching on Galatians 5:13-15 & 22-25.  His sermon title is "Those Seven Deadly Words".

Angel Tree Program - JAPC participates in the Prison Fellowship Program providing gifts to children who have one or both parents incarcerated.  Gift tags to buy Christmas gifts will be available starting November 15 in the Main Hallway.  There will be gift suggestions and directions on how to participate in the program on the bulletin board.  An Angel Tree party will be held on Saturday, December 12.

The CREW will be sponsoring a lunch and a movie at JAPC on Wednesday, November 18 from 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  For more information, please contact Dianne Rentschler.  The sign-up sheet in is the Main Hallway.

The Sunday Bible Study, led by Lou Prues, and focusing on the "Text for the Day" will resume Sunday, November 29 at 9:00 a.m. in the Guild Room.  Join us and get a "head start" on the morning's sermon by reflecting on its biblical text.

"Bible and Brew" will meet again on Sunday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. at City Kitchen (16844 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe).  Questions?  Contact Lou Prues.

"Hanging of the Greens" - Your help is needed as we continue the tradition of the "hanging of the greens" at various times from Monday, November 30, through Saturday morning, December 5.  Trees will be decorated, garlands hung and creches assembled.  If you would like to help, call the Church Office (313 822-3456) or sign-up in the Main Hallway.

The Mitten Tree will be in the Main Foyer on December 6 to receive your gifts of mittens, scarves, hats and socks.  Items donated will be given to Nichols School for distribution in January.

"Tea and Conversation"will meet on Tuesday, December 8 for a 12:00 p.m. lunch at Costswold Cafe (Ford Estate, 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores).  The sign-up sheet is in the Main Hallway and reservations are limited to 12 ladies.

A trip to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (on Gratiot in Detroit) is being sponsored by the CREW on Thursday, December 10, with lunch nearby in Eastern Market.  More information to come.  The reservation sheet is in the Main Hallway.

The '15-'16 Concert Series continues with "Handel's Messiah"presented by the Community Chorus of Detroit on Friday, December 11 (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, December 12 (4:00 p.m.).  Tickets will be available online at or at the door.

Men - mark your calendars!  The Annual Presbyterian Men's Advent Communion Breakfast will be Saturday, December 12 (7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.) at Westminster Presbyterian Church (17567 Hubbell, Detroit, 48235).  Reservations ($15 per person) must be made by December 3.  Contact Sandy (313 345-6550 x220) with any questions.

JAPC will host a special Angel Tree Celebration on Saturday, December 12 (12 - 2:00 p.m.).  Approximately 30 children and their families will be coming for lunch, games and to receive their gifts.  Help is needed to set up, assist with serving and clean up.  Sign-up in the Main Hallway.

Want to help the Deacons to deliver the Christmas baskets on Saturday, December 19 (9:00 a.m.)?  To volunteer, please call Paul Booker, Moderator of the Board of Deacons, or sign-up in the Main Hallway.

Christmas Worship Opportunities

  • Family Christmas Eve Service at 4:00 p.m. will have the traditional Christmas story told in a family-friendly way, highlighted by the Joyful Noise and Cherub children's choirs and Chancel Choir soloists.  The service is not limited to families and children but to anyone who prefers an earlier time.
  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 10:00 p.m. is a beautiful and traditional service preceded by an extended prelude beginning shortly after 9:30 p.m.  As we joyfully celebrate the Christmas Story, we will be joined by the gifted musical artistry of guest musicians and the Chancel Choir.

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