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…)
When Carol Kent speaks to the audience at this year’s Downriver Community Prayer Breakfast — set for 7 a.m. Friday, Dec., 4 at Crystal Gardens in Southgate — she will join a very exclusive list.
She will become just the third speaker in the event’s nearly three-decade-long history to appear two times — and the first since 2007, when Gloria Gaither made her second appearance at the podium.
The only other speaker to appear more than once was Tony Campolo, who spoke at the very first breakfast in 1988 and then again in 1993.
Event committee member Bob Bovitz said the award-winning author and gifted speaker is coming back to tell “the rest of her story.”
“She spoke to the group in 2005 and left several questions unanswered regarding her heartfelt story,” he said. “Her vibrant personality and relevant messages make her one of the top Christian communicators today. She is regularly featured on a wide variety of radio and television programs.” (read more…)
In the early days of Michigan there were very few Catholic churches. The Catholic settlers of Truago — a region that included an area that eventually would become Trenton — would have to walk to Ecorse to attend Sunday Mass at St. Frances Xavier.
As this community grew, a priest, The Rev. Charles L. dePreiter, was sent to found a station in what is now known as Trenton in 1849. And thus began the 165 year history of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
The parish celebrated its 165th birthday in November with an afternoon filled with food, fun and fellowship, as well as tours of the church, a display of photos and historical documents that will trace the history of the parish from its humble beginnings, plus some fun activities and refreshments in the gym.
“It was a great turnout from different parishes as well as a great day for fellowship and reminiscing.” said Parish Council member Sue Hill.
The annual Downriver Community Prayer Breakfast this year was sold out nearly two weeks ahead of time.
Although the banquet room at Crystal Gardens was jammed packed as it usually is with more than 1,100 people for this 27-year-old tradition, one instrumental person who had been there since the beginning missed the event for the first time ever.
Special prayers were offered for event co-founder Harry Lester, who just suffered the loss of his wife in 2014 and also was ill on the day of the event and unable to attend.
The longtime United Steel Workers union District 29 leader teamed up with former National Steel President James Howell in the 1980s to bring a diverse group of religions together for what became a can’t-miss preholiday non-denominational prayer and song fest.
This year’s program, which featured former longtime WDIV Channel 4 meteorologist-turned-minister Chuck Gaidica, provided its fair share of song and joyfulness.
The Rev. Billy Walker was also at it once again, offering his traditional warm-up comments and special “story” that usually leaves much of the crowd crying with laughter. The targets of this year’s “tale” were event organizer Bob Bovitz and his wife, Mickey.
He related that the couple, who have been married 56 years, went for a horseback ride and Mickey was thrown off the horse. As she got up she said to the horse, “That’s once.” But down the trail a bit later, it threw her again. She got in the horse’s face and said “That’s twice!” and jumped back in the saddle.
Then it bucked again, throwing her into a puddle where she asked Bob if he brought his gun. He said, “Yes, I always take it horseback riding.” She said, “Let me see it.” So he did and Mickey looked the horse again in the face and said “That’s three times!” and shot the horse. Bob of course was shocked and said, “Mickey, you can’t just shoot a horse!” Mickey turned around to Bob and said, “That’s once!”
After the laughter died down, Walker gleefully introduced the morning’s special guest.
Gaidica is the self-proclaimed master and trade marketer of the “Cuddle Alert” in his days on Channel 4. He shared how he believes God moves different people in different ways. He indicated he moved to his new profession in “service to others,” and realized that the storms of life create debris, so he challenged everyone to clean up the debris in their lives.
“When some people find God, they can tell you where and when they felt his spirit,” Gaidica said “I found God through a series of whispers and nudges.” He emphasized taking time out to listen and to get rid of stuff.
His biggest production since he left the news business was when he brought people together for a prayer walk. He thought it would be about 200 people walking around a neighborhood park, but it turned out to be 25,000 prayerful souls walking in the rain at Comerica Park.
He encouraged breakfast-goers to tune in and listen to the whispers and nudges as he found from turning his “Success to Significance” in service of others.