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Congregational News

Monday
Jan302012

Conversations on Islam and Christianity -- Begins February 15

As a follow up to our Fall series on Islam, Professor Saeed Khan, has agreed to participate in a series of monthly conversations on Islam and Christianity.  We will meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Panera Bread Company located at 1325 Coolidge Highway (in the shopping center on Coolidge at Maple in Troy.  

We will gather around a table in the back section of the restaurant, share a drink and food (if you like), and enjoy conversation about our two faith traditions.  Pastor Bob  and Saeed Khan, who is a Lecturer on Islam and the Near East at Wayne State University, as well as being a founder and Fellow of the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding, will lead this open discussion.

The series is set to run for four months -- February through May.   

 

Saturday
Jan282012

A New Year's Video Message from General Minister Sharon Watkins

Sharon Watkins, our General Minister and President has shared with us a message through video for the new year.  You are invited to view, consider, and respond.

 

 

This video is found at Sharon's blog:

http://www.disciples.org/OfficeoftheGeneralMinisterandPresident/SharonsBlog/tabid/758/EntryId/57/A-New-Years-Message.aspx

Thursday
Jan262012

Andru Bemis Concert -- March 4

Folk Concert with Andru Bemis -- March 4th at 2 PM -- in the Sanctuary. Free will offering.

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Tuesday
Jan102012

“Speaking Generously” A Workshop for Congregational Stewardship Leaders

Saturday, February 25th from 9-12

At Central Woodward Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

3955 W. Big Beaver Road (Big Beaver and Adams)

www.centralwoodward.org

248-644-0512

Troy, MI 48085

 

This seminar will offer a comprehensive look at both the Biblical/Theological themes and the “best practices” that combine to proclaim the abundance of God and create generous faith communities.  Persons attending this workshop will be equipped with texts that inform our faith around the multi-faceted issue of stewardship (it is about more than just money!) so that we move beyond giving that is motivated by guilt or a “give to get” theology.  Participants will also learn the key policy and practice issues that enable people to practice generosity and keep the congregation focused on its mission and ministry (rather than “meeting the budget” concerns).

 

This workshop is being offered at no cost to participants, though participants are invited to provide a donation to defray travel costs.  In addition, a light lunch of soup and sandwiches will be served after the workshop for a $5 donation.  Please RSVP for lunch.  A Personal Finance workshop will follow after lunch.

 

Our presenter for the workshop is:

 

Rev. Bruce A. Barkhauer, the first “Minister for Faith and Giving for Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  In this position he heads the Center for Faith and Giving  (http://centerforfaithandgiving.org).   For twenty-five years he has led congregations in Ohio and Indiana in achieving high levels of financial support for local and global missions and he now shares his experi­ence across the life of the whole church.

His energy, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit enhance gifts in both business and ministry. He brings a biblically based understanding about stewardship combined with theological integrity and weds them to the current trends and best prac­tices related to spirituality and money. In his workshops and writings, Rev. Barkhauer also talks about the multiple understandings about stewardship in the biblical witness as they touch the whole life of a person of faith. 

He is a graduate of Ohio University (Athens), Christian Theological Seminary (Indianapolis), and did Doctor of Ministry studies at Ashland Theological Seminary (Ashland, OH).  He is married to Laura and they share three grown children.

Tuesday
Jan102012

“Living Abundantly” A Workshop on Personal Finance and the Christian Household


Saturday, February 25th from 1-2:30

At Central Woodward Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

3955 W. Big Beaver Road (Big Beaver and Adams)

www.centralwoodward.org

248-644-0512

Troy, MI 48085

 

Join us for a conversation about personal finance that offers a practical and “hands on” approach to getting your own household in financial order.  The bible praises good managers of resources – and understanding your personal finances can bring you peace in your family and relationships – while helping you to build the capacity to practice generosity the way you would if you could!  Participants will be given resources and strategies to improve their personal economic situation.

This workshop is being offered at no cost to participants, though participants are invited to provide a donation to defray travel costs.  In addition, a light lunch of soup and sandwiches will be served before the workshop for a $5 donation.  Please RSVP with office for lunch.  A Stewardship workshop will precede lunch from 9-12.

 

Our presenter for the workshop is:

 

Rev. Bruce A. Barkhauer, the first “Minister for Faith and Giving for Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  In this position he heads the Center for Faith and Giving  (http://centerforfaithandgiving.org).   For twenty-five years he has led congregations in Ohio and Indiana in achieving high levels of financial support for local and global missions and he now shares his experi­ence across the life of the whole church.

His energy, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit enhance gifts in both business and ministry. He brings a biblically based understanding about stewardship combined with theological integrity and weds them to the current trends and best prac­tices related to spirituality and money. In his workshops and writings, Rev. Barkhauer also talks about the multiple understandings about stewardship in the biblical witness as they touch the whole life of a person of faith.

He is a graduate of Ohio University (Athens), Christian Theological Seminary (Indianapolis), and did Doctor of Ministry studies at Ashland Theological Seminary (Ashland, OH).  He is married to Laura and they share three grown children.