Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church

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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 .

Spring 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.

Join us for worship this Sunday, May 10, when we "Celebrate the Christian Family". On Mother's Day, we especially want to honor the women of our church family in appreciation for their leadership, love and support.  Our Pastoral Associate, Lou Prues, will preach on Romans 12:9-21.  His sermon is entitled “Traits of a Healthy Family."

The next monthly Men’s Breakfast meets on Saturday, May 9 at 8:30 a.m. in the Guild Room. The discussion, led by Alex Walling, will be on a New Yorker article by Joshua Rothman titled The Church of U2. The reservation sheet and reading material is on the Main Foyer Table.

Yoga Class (Slow Flow) continues this Saturday, May 9 (9:30 - 10:30 a.m.) in the Youth Pit. The cost is $5 per class, $12 per family.  Free mat usage.  All ages and abilities are welcome.

The Sunday Bible Study focusing on "The Text for the Day" continues Sunday, May 10 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.

The Community Chorus of Detroit presents The Critical Mass on Friday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 16 at 4:00 p.m. at JAPC.  The concert theme, Critical Mass, in addition to celebrating the art form of the traditional choral mass, invites exciting references to Detroit’s resurgence and the diversity it represents.  Advanced tickets are on sale online until Thursday, May 14 on the CCD website:

Join The Great Tomato Give Away on Sunday, May 17, when school children and members can receive a tomato plant to help the Garden Gatherers, a Presbytery sponsored initiative to fight hunger.  When the tomatoes ripen, bring the tomatoes to the church so they can be distributed to a food pantry.  Along with tomatoes, other fresh vegetables are collected from gardeners and church members who buy vegetables at a farmer’s market are welcomed.

Garden Clean-up and Flower Planting Day. The Garden Committee is cleaning the church’s gardens and planting spring flowers on Saturday, May 16 from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  If you would like to help, please sign up in the Main Hallway.

Deacons’ “Bake Goods” Auction will be on Sunday, May 17 following worship.  There will be an auction of cakes, cookies and other goodies to raise funds for Summer Camp scholarships.  The auctioneer will be our own Lou Prues.  Make sure to bring your “dough” - both baked and green.

The Card-Makers will meet on Thursday, May 21 in the Guild Room (10:00 -1:00 p.m.)  to create cards for church members and friends. Please sign-up in the Main Hallway.

The next Sunday Forum, May 31 examines PCUSA decision to divest in companies doing business with Israel.  Last June the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly narrowly voted to divest from three multinational corporations - Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions - who are alleged to supply Israel with equipment that is used in the occupation of Palestinian territory.  The decision was made on a closely divided vote of 310-303 and came two years after a similar proposal was defeated by two votes.  The Sunday Forum will examine this issue from both sides of the debate.  Joining us will be Dr. Randall Commissaris, a supporter of divestment who attends Fort Street Presbyterian Church, and Allan Gale, the associate director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Detroit, who is opposed to the divestment.  Both men are highly knowledgeable about the issues involved and we look forward to a very informed and enlightening presentation.  The Sunday Forum will begin following worship at 11:45 a.m. in the Zaun Chapel.

A Spaghetti Dinner for Second Mile Center sponsored by the Presbyterian Men and St. John's Presbyterian Church (1961 E. Lafayette, 48207) will be held on Saturday, June 6 from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  All moneys will go the center.  Dinners are $15/person which includes meaty spaghetti with cheese, Italian salad, roll, cake and beverages.  You can either eat in or carry-out.  Donations welcomed.  Please call St. John's Presbyterian Church (313-567-0213) to reserve your meal or order a carry-out.  Dinners can also be paid at the Presbyterian Men's Paypal site.

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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