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 Church Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  

Join us for worship on Sunday, October 23 at 10:30 a.m. Our interim pastor, Rev. Dr. Ken Kaibel, will be preaching on Jonah III.  His sermon is titled “The Pursuit of Obedience”. 

The monthly Men’s Breakfast continues this Saturday, October 15 at 9:00 a.m. in the Guild Room. The discussion led by Rodney Burlett will look at several chapters from Peter Rollins’ book, The Orthodox Heretic. Copies of the reading selection and reservation sheet are on the Main Foyer Table.

The Crafters will meet again on Monday, October 17 (10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.), in the Guild Room to prepare for their Scottish Sunday Craft Fair.  For more information, contact Pat Shumate.

Join JAPC for Pints & Parables with Peter Rollins on Thursday, October 20 (7:30 - 9:00 p.m.) at the Kresge Estate in Detroit's Arden Park.  This Irish theologian will be offering some of his favorite penned parables for reflection and spirited conversation.  21 & over, $20 pp, go to for tickets.

JAPC will be hosting Lunch & Learn with Peter Rollins, PhD, on Friday, October 21 (12:30 - 2:00 p.m.) in Dodge Hall.  Join us as listen to Peter’s presentation focusing on how 25 - 45 year olds approach faith, spirituality and religion, and how we can nurture the growth of this population hear at JAPC.  Box lunch cost is $9.50.  Sign up in the Main Hallway or call the church office with your reservation (deadline is Monday, October 17).

Have a Pet? JAPC will hold the Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 22, at 10:30 a.m. on the Terrace.  We request that animals be on a leash or in a carrying container.  After the blessing, there will be refreshments for all participants (humans and pets).

Special meeting of the congregation - on Sunday, October 23, following worship, there will be a special meeting of the congregation for the purpose of electing a Pastor Nominating Committee.  The following seven people are the slate to be presented by the All-Church Nominating Committee: Paul Booker, Wanda Brock, Jessica Christy, Ivan Fiscus, Bill Greene,  Kathi Johnson and Jenny King.  These were carefully selected to represent a cross-section of this congregation.  However, members of the congregation will have the opportunity to make additional nominations from the floor, but only if the nominee has consented in advance.  Every member of the congregation who is present will vote for seven people by voice or written ballot.

Jazz at JAPC on Sunday, October 23 (4:30 p.m.) welcomes Cliff Monear ( and Barbara Ware (  Make plans to attend and bring some friends to enjoy an afternoon of jazz.

Tea and Conversation on Thursday, October 27 (1:00 p.m.) will be hosted by Sandra Nichols.  Reservations are limited to 10 ladies.  Please sign-up in the Main Hallway and indicate what you are planning to share.

“Trunk or Treat” - Parish Life is requesting 10 JAPC members to volunteer to decorate their cars and handout candy at this year’s Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 29 (2:00- 4:00 p.m.).  This event is directed towards building community relationships.  For more information on how you can help or to volunteer, please call Nancy Wildern.

You are invited to a Sunday Forum at 11:45 a.m. in the Guild Room on October 30.  Learn about the current financial status of the church, where the money comes from, and how it is spent.  Get your questions answered.

Children's Halloween Parade will be on Sunday, October 30 following worship service.  Children are encouraged to dress up for this event.  Middle and high school students are also invited to dress up and be Halloween helpers.  Adults can bring treats for the kids and change for the Presbyterian Relief Fund.

Presbyterian Women's Bible Study continues November 1 with a look at Jesus in the Gospel according to Matthew.  "Who is Jesus? is the Presbyterian Women/Horizons study curriculum for 2016 - 2017.  The group will meet at the home of Trenna Ruffner at 7:00 p.m.  Study materials will be on the information table in advance.  Please sign-up in the Main Hallway.

New Member Class - Thinking about becoming a member of Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church?  Come and meet with Pastor Ken at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 6, in the Parlor.  Learn about JAPC, our denomination, and what membership means.

An All-Church Work Day will be held on Saturday, November 12, from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Whether you can commit a short time or several hours, your help is needed. There is a task for everyone!  Please plan to join us. Sign up in the Main Hallway.

JAPC Presbyterian Women and friends will gather on Thursday, December 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the Guild Room for the annual Holiday Tables celebration.  Specially decorated tables and specially prepared desserts will be accompanied by music, conversation and an informal ornament exchange.  This popular and festive evening is open to all women.  There will be a sign-up sheet available soon.  Tables fill quickly, don't be left out!

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