Events and Calendar
Starting September 12, the 10:30 am service will move into the Sanctuary.
Both the 9 am and 10:30 am worship services will be in the Sanctuary. Face coverings are required indoors. Sunday school for children will also begin at 10:30 am, in their classrooms. Nursery care will be available 9 am–11:45 am on Sundays. Livestream worship is available anytime on Vimeo, Facebook and YouTube.
Fall Sunday School • 10:30 am
On Sunday, September 12, we will kick off our fall Sunday school year. To ensure everyone’s safety, our staff and volunteers will follow the guidelines set by our Pandemic Response Team. We ask that children two years old and up wear masks. Adults will be masked, and all staff and volunteers will be vaccinated. Sunday school classes will be held outside on the church lawn for as long as the weather allows. After that point, elementary class will be held in Kirkman Fellowship Hall. Middle School class will meet in the Fireside Lounge. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Joelle Jarrait or Pastor Emma.
This fall, we explore the new curriculum from PCUSA called “Follow Me.” Each unit centers around something Jesus told his followers to do. Elementary and Middle School classes will talk about what it means to follow Jesus and the ways Jesus calls us as disciples to live out our lives.
Outdoor Movie Night
As summer turns to fall, join us for an outdoor movie, The Wizard of Oz on the Hendrie Lawn, Friday, September 17 at 7:30 pm. Bring a lawn chair, water, and any snacks you like! Free popcorn will be available. The movie is rated G and is fully licensed for us to show. Invite a friend for a fun, free evening!
We are teaming up with other churches in Royal Oak and Ferndale to sponsor the CROP Hunger Walk. On Sunday, September 19, the in-person walk will begin at 2 pm. There are two distances to choose, a 1-mile, and a 5K (3.1 miles) walk. Both will begin and end at Zion Lutheran church in Ferndale. This walk is a fun family-friendly activity, which raises money for food for our Little Free Pantry. Donations will also support Church World Service (CWS), which responds to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster, wherever needed.
On Wednesday, September 29 at 7:30 pm on Zoom, join Pastor Emma to discuss books that help us consider the meaning of our lives. Choose to read just one of the books or both. The conversation will bring us to points of convergence between them and how we relate their very similar themes to our own lives. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, is a #1 New York Times Bestseller that explores a neurosurgeon’s terminal lung cancer diagnosis as he boldly faces death and asks, “What makes life worth living?” Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler, another bestseller, invites us to consider how to make sense of a diagnosis that is too awful to fully understand, and how we live and love in the face of it.
‘We Belong to God’ End-of-Life Planning Workshop
On October 10, make plans to attend the ‘We Belong to God’ End-of-Life Workshop. We’ll think together about how Presbyterians mark the end of life through funerals and memorial services. Staff will invite you to consider how your own plans and provide ways for you to ensure your family knows your wishes. Local organizations, including hospice, the Michigan cremation society, a trusted funeral home, and others, will also help us gather resources to better prepare for the end of life. Don’t shy away from this event because it feels far off or because death is unpleasant to discuss. In life and in death we belong to God and so we have nothing to fear.
Trunk or Treat
Mark your calendars for our community Trunk or Treat! Friday, October 22 at 5 pm, families are invited to walk through the parking lot so children can trick or treat at decorated cars. To help make this event a fun success, we need your participation! We are looking for at least 20 families/individuals to decorate their cars and hand out candy. You can sign up through our Sign-Up Genius, or call the church office. You can also help by donating candy to pass out. Please bring nut-free candy to the church on Sundays or during the week during office hours. If you have candy to donate and need someone to pick it up, please call the church office or email Joelle Jarrait at jjarrait@ fpcro.org. If you prefer to make a monetary donation to purchase candy, please send it to the church marked “Trunk or Treat.”