BY SHEILA R. McAFEE
A family tragedy renewed Chad Forman’s faith life and started a spiritual journey that finds him pastor of a new church in downtown Trenton.
Stronghold Lutheran Church is at 2714 West Jefferson (a storefront next to The Perfect Dress), its third location in 13 months, to accommodate a growing congregation.
The church belongs to the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, adhering to the traditions of Lutheran doctrine while practicing through more contemporary music and worship, said Forman.
After outgrowing sites in Flat Rock and Wyandotte, church leaders were pleased to find a larger space in Trenton and have repurposed it for Sunday services and a host of other activities.
Sunday communion services are at 10 a.m., followed by Bible study. More informal gatherings are held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. (read more…)
Southpoint Church last month kicked off a nearly month-long celebration beginning April 19, the date of its opening in Woodhaven High School on Easter Sunday 1992.
The church started with 257 people in attendance by inviting people over the phone. It grew to become a spiritual home for thousands of people over the years, with more than 3,200 people being baptized. It is now one church in multiple locations with a campus in Trenton, another in Allen Park, and its most recent one meeting in Huron High School. (read more…)
‘ROUND THE ISLAND
BY PAMELA A. FRUCCI
St. James Church was without a music director and organist so they put out the word with the American Guild of Organists. Bobbie Ragoonanan, who recently got his master’s in orchestra conducting from Bowling Green University in Ohio, responded to the ad. He claims he was the only one to apply. St. James got a winner! Only 25-years-old with not a grey hair in his long head of hair, Bobbie has, what would rightly be called, “hit the ground running.” He’s a singer, organist, pianist, plays the oboe, and in his first year has organized a monthly series of performances for those who love good music.
Having grown up in Minneapolis and now living in an apartment in Gibraltar in a wooded area, he’s brought to St. James a concert series featuring many talented musicians he knew from his youth and college days. The concert in March has Bobbie at the piano (he started playing at age 5) accompanying a tenor friend from Minneapolis who sang gospel songs and Mahler in German, followed by Benjamin Britten’s “The Holy Sonnets of John Donne.” His last concert will be contemporary music on May 13 at 7:30 p.m. (read more…)
Southpoint Church believes that serving others and putting others first is not only one of the most effective ways to make an impact in communities but also in the lives of those serving. They are a non-profit based in Trenton that is dedicated to making serving cool again, getting people excited to help others, to create a movement of people that want to put others first and make real significant impact.
The church has done this by going into communities and establishing a presence, finding the real mental, physical, and spiritual needs of that community and then sending GO: Teams to meet those needs. (read more…)
Only new shoes will be collected at St. Joseph Church on Third Street in Trenton during its annual drive. New shoes and boots will be collected for men, women and children now through Dec. 6, at St. Joseph Church or the St. Joseph parish office. (read more…)
St. James. Episcopal Church on Grosse Ile last month launched its annual Special Music Series with its first-ever special music event: A Violin, Voice, and Piano Recital featuring Minister of Music Robert Ragoonanan, joined by violinist and pianist Yi Chieh Anita Chiu, who performed the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Charles Ives and Antonin Dvorak.
The church is looking forward to offering several other special performances over the next eight months. This month, on Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m., Minister of Music Robert Ragoonanan performs a piano recital featuring works by David Guion, Henri Dutilleux and Franz Schubert. (read more…)
St. Philip Lutheran Church, probably best known as the small Trenton church in the woods off Fort Street between Harrison and King, has welcomed a new pastor, Branden Hunt, who began a two-year internship in August.
According to church officials, Hunt came from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Members of St. Philip say they feel that this is an answer to prayer and are so excited to have him as their pastor to help grow St. Philip’s ministry. (read more…)
It is estimated that there are 13,000 children in the state of Michigan who are in foster care at any given time. More than 2,400 of those children are in Wayne County.
When foster children enter into care, they are often suddenly and unexpectedly forced to leave behind everything that is familiar to them. They are many times sent to live in a new home where everything is foreign to them, such as the people, the smells, the rules, the routine, the food, the neighborhood and even the school they must now attend.
To add to this, most of these children leave their homes with nothing but the clothes on their back. All of these factors can be very damaging to a child’s self-esteem.
For the foster family, the cost of a new placement can often be a financial burden. Generally notifications regarding new placements come with little notice, and foster parents rarely have an idea as to what ages or gender to expect until they accept a placement. (read more…)
Matters of Faith
Wind is ethereal, intangible, invisible. How then, do we know it exists? By what it does when it blows; and what is lacking when it doesn’t. Faith is ethereal, intangible, invisible. We know that from Hebrews 11.1 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (read more…)
BY KATHY KANE
The 28th Downriver Community Prayer Breakfast featured another sold-out house, with more than 1,100 people flocking to Crystal Gardens early last month. The sentiments of the speakers included their memories of event founder Harry Lester.
Lester, the former longtime United Steelworkers union leader who died last year, spearheaded the creation of the non-denominational religious gathering with the intent of bringing union and management together for the goals of providing a meaningful message, with integrity, honesty and morality in the name of Christ Jesus.
The Rev. Billy Walker, who usually has a spirited story that leaves everyone to a good belly laugh, changed tradition as he turned his serious focus on the turmoil and troubling actions happening in our cities, country and world. He asked that the group pray deeply for the nation, neighbors and world and the room was totally immersed in silent prayer for three minutes.
Music was riveting, with the National Anthem sung by Wyandotte Roosevelt student Allison Roberts and Jason and Beth Deese from Trenton and South point Church, along with the favorite tradition of “How Great Thou Art” by Billy H. Walker of Calvary Baptist Church.
Carol Kent, the featured speaker, spoke of her son, who, in the wake of a divorce and custody battle, took the life of his ex-wife’s husband to avoid having his stepdaughters living with a pedophile. (read more…)