We seek to serve Christ in the heart of Detroit and we are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA).


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WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS for the Week of 12/1/2019

Mitten Tree - Now through January 5 we are collecting gifts of warmth - mittens, gloves, hats and scarves- for the students at Nichols School. You may put your item in the box next to the "Mitten Tree" in the foyer. 

Carol Sing During Advent – During Advent, we will be hosting a short carol sing during the prelude to worship.  Please send suggestions of carols you would like to sing to Stephen (stephen@japc.org) and join us at 10:24 to sing!


Advent Family Project During Coffee Hour - An Advent family project called "Straw for the Manger" will be available to assemble and take-home during the coffee hour on Sunday, December 8th. All families are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Kathy at kathy@japc.org.

Presbyterian Women December Gathering – Presbytery Women in the Presbytery of Detroit are invited to the December gathering on Wednesday, December 4, at First Presbyterian Church Dearborn (600 N. Brady).  The schedule includes: 8:30 – 9:30 coffee, tea and snacks, a carol sing-along, recognition of honorary members, Thank Offering and lunch ($8).  The registration deadline is November 29 and can be made by calling Jane Mykytenko (313-657-2776), by email (janeel1@me.com) or by calling the First Presbyterian’s church office at 313-274-1313.


Bible & Brew Continues – Bible & Brew, an informal time of fellowship and study, will return to City Kitchen (16844 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe 48230) on Wednesday, December 4 at its same time of 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  This season we are focusing on the Psalms.  Whether you know little about the Bible, or consider yourself a Bible scholar, Bible & Brew is for you.  If you have suggestions for this  seasons session’s focus on Psalms, please email Lou Prues (ljprues@yahoo.com) or Pastor Matt (matt@japc.org) with your thoughts.


Christmas Baskets - Do you know the Hebrew word "mitzvah"? It's doing a good deed in the name of religious duty or to "love one another as I have loved you."  Please consider joining the Deacons on Saturday, December 7th at 9am (at Samaritas - Lutheran Social Service - located at 8131 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit) to pack bins of food for the annual Deacon's Christmas Basket Delivery. A donation of $125 to the Mission Fund buys the contents of two bins delivered by volunteers to households in our neighborhood.  Consider becoming part of something greater than yourself by donating your time and/or money to the wonderful tradition. This project requires the hands of some for the benefit of many. Contact the church office for more information or stop Anne Maters (313-580-3024) or Rose Warner (248-914-1556)at the Coffee Hour to ask how you can get involved. 


A Healing and Wholeness Prayer Service will be on Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Zaun Chapel.  Our lives have so many places in need of healing:  our health and the health of people we love, the grief and loss of someone beloved to us, life transitions, strained relationships, addictions, injustices seen in our community and the larger world.  Join us for healing prayers, scripture, anointing, and music.  In the safe place of worship, we bring all we experience and open ourselves to the love of God.

The 38th Annual Presbyterian Men’s Advent Communion Breakfast - Church Men - mark your calendars!  The Presbyterian Men’s Advent Communion Breakfast will be on Saturday, December 14, at 8:00 a.m. at Grosse Pointe Memorial Presbyterian Church.  Purchase tickets by December 7.  For more information, please call Sandy Jensen, Presbytery of Detroit office manager, at 313-345-6550 ext. 220.       


Community Chorus of Detroit Christmas Concert - Join us for a joyous musical celebration of the Christmas season!  As part of the JAPC Music Series, the Community Chorus of Detroit presents “Spiritual Peace & Joy” on Friday, December 13 (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, December 14 (4:00 p.m.).  Tickets will soon be available online ($20) at www.communitychorusoddetroit.com or at the door ($25).


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 are available in the Main Hallway (gifts are due back to the church on Sunday, December 8).  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 14 from noon until 3 p.m.


Coneys & Carols – The JAPC Music Series will be hosting “Coneys & Carols” on Monday, December 16, at 6:30 p.m.  Please come and enjoy a free family evening complete with carolers, our full Chancel Choir, coneys, sweets, Carillon (church tower bells), hot chocolate and a Christmas sing-along with the Mighty Skinner! Please join us for this free and fun event!

Jazz Advent Service - On Sunday, December 22 at 10:30 am, come to experience a Jazz Advent worship. The service will feature some favorite Advent and Christmas hymns led by a jazz combo featuring Marian Hayden and our own Deborah Nero.


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 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.


JAPC publishes a bi-monthly newsletter called The Calendar listing the activities and news of our faith community. Click below for the archive of past newsletters.