Monthly Newsletter

Newsletter
January/February 2016

929 Barton Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

734-662-6351
Northsidecommunitya2@gmail.com

Pastor: Rev. Terence McGinn

Happy New Year!

Here’s what’s happening at Northside:

Worship/Sunday School
Beginning in January, Adult Sunday School will be held in the Anderson Room after the post-worship refreshments period. Terry will lead a discussion around the morning sermon and religious news of the week. Normally, we hope to start by 12:25 and finish shortly after 1:00. The first exception: no Adult Sunday School after church on 01/17 since there will be a business meeting.

Updates to our building

There have been some changes to our church! The sanctuary now has the traditional pews in about half and then there are chairs in the front half. This makes it possible to fit more people in the sanctuary. The chairs are very comfortable and they have a rack under them for hymnals and Bible.

In the fellowship hall, the paneling on the 2 youth rooms has been painted. This makes for a more modern clean look. Also the walls in the fellowship hall have been painted. There was not much change in color. It just looks cleaner and brighter. Finally, the ceiling was painted. It is all white including the pipes! As you can tell from the picture there is also new furniture in the corner by the nursery. It now has a comfy ‘come sit here for a while’ kind of feel. Christ Church has made the changes in the fellowship hall and provided the furniture. They work in conjunction with Northside to decide what will be done. We are working together!

Adopt a Family

We raised $400 this year to adopt a family. We shopped for one family from STEAM at Northside School. There are 2 little girls in the family. Sheree and Anne shopped. Elizabeth, Steve, Sheree and Anne wrapped and Anne delivered. Way to go church family! This is what the spirit of Christmas is about!

Women’s Prayer Breakfast

On Saturday, January 9, 9-10:30am Women’s Prayer Breakfast held a Taize service open to the entire congregation. This was a service of prayer, reflection, empowerment and commitment through the Holy Spirit. Brunch was served afterward in the Anderson room.
**Taize is a commitment to contemplative service, simplicity and prayer.

Fellowship

There is a list to bring a snack for fellowship on the bulletin board in the narthex with the Sundays for the rest of the year.

***There are three ways to ‘serve’ fellowship 1)pick up snacks and serve, 2)serve snacks that are on hand at church or 3)donate money to help buy snacks for one Sunday. Pick what is right for you!

Music Notes:

Music Notes for Newsletter January/February:

*Proud of Josh Marzan, who will be with us Jan. 24 and 31, as he is one of the principal coaches for the UMSMTD mainstage opera production this semester: Cosi Fan Tutte.
*Kathryn is very excited to take some of the African-American Art Song Repertoire she’s been learning for the George Shirley Competition to her German alma mater, the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe, next week. She will be teaching Art Song there for one week.
*Glenn’s next Opera on Tap is Feb. 2!
*Look out for a Talent Show!!!

Mark your Calendar! January and February 2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 6:30 Anderson Room. Advisory Board meeting
Sunday, January 17, 2016 – Annual Business meeting after church, potluck
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 – Hunger Meal at FBC. We are there from about 3-7pm. Come for whatever time you are available.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – 6:30 Anderson Room, Advisory Board meeting
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – Hunger Meal at FBC. We are there from about 3-7pm. Come for whatever time you are available.
Noontimers on Tuesdays at 11:30. Bring your lunch and join us for fellowship.
Choirs on Thursdays 6:30 is Bell Choir, 7:30 is Chancel Choir

Parish Nurse

Parish Nurse Notes January 2016
Walking: A Spiritual Practice
There’s the song that says “I want to walk as a child of the Light – I want to follow Jesus…” We walk to our sanctuary to worship. Our Pastor walks to the front to share God’s Word with us. Our ushers walk to collect the offering. Our Bell Choir stands to play glorious music each week. Our Chancel Choir walks to the choir area to sing. We walk after the service to Fellowship Time, standing, sitting, talking, sharing – using our bodies to do this, our beautiful feet. Many of us don’t always think of our feet as beautiful. Our feet represent a part of the body whose appearance we can’t really alter. Isaiah 52:7 proclaims “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace.” Feet. Walking.
One day, my husband walked 5000 steps in just a couple of hours – running a few errands and running around at home getting ready for company. I know how many steps he walked be-cause the Fitbit activity tracker that he wears on his wrist told him. It takes me one hour on my NuStep, a recumbent cross-trainer, riding steadily to record over 4000 steps! Whew – all this walking!
Walking is not just about moving our feet. When we walk, we encourage our hearts to pump our blood to all of our body more effectively. Walking can be very calming, even meditative. When we walk, hopefully we can leave our phones, our computers, our distractions tucked away. This can be a Christian practice that guides us toward a greater relationship with both God and God’s world. Walking as a spiritual practice can then invite us to let go of our love of speed, of doing, of working, of moving our brains and bodies so quickly. Instead, we can move at the speed of love. We live in a world of speed. Speed can be good. Walking at any speed is good. So what if we decide to walk some steps each day – steps we can enjoy, and while walking have a conversation with our God.
At our New Year’s Taize Service we practiced deliberate prayer. We prayed for one another, with one another. We prayed quietly, we prayed out loud. We prayed with our eyes closed and we prayed with our eyes wide open! We remembered that lovely song “Be Thou My Vision”, we sang that song together and we spoke that phrase Be Thou My Vision together many times. Okay, so can we put our feet and our minds together for Holy time with the Holy One? Let’s walk with God. Let’s walk and talk with God. Let’s keep our physical bodies healthy and mov-ing. And let us keep our spiritual selves healthy, growing, together with God because of God.
Take a walk. Say a prayer. Breathe. Now do all three together. Because we can. Because God has given us one more day. Because God has given us now.
Micah 6:8 says “And what does the Lord require of you – but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
In His Service and Love,
Sheree

Have you brought a donation for the food pantry recently? Bring in canned goods or non-perishables and put in the fellowship hall or in the narthex. Thank you!
Also, we now have food and bags for the occasisons when someone comes to the door at church looking for food or donations. These items are in the kitchen just to the right of the door as you walk in. We don’t let people into the church if there is only one person here (for security reasons) but will fill a recyclable bag with non-perishables and a bottle of water or two that are down there.

**If you have an article or information to add to a future newsletter please email to Anne, or leave information in the office (church email:northsidecommunitya2@gmail.com)
Thanks to those who provided material for this newsletter!!

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