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Islam in America -- With Saeed Khan

Saeed Khan, lecturer in Near Eastern Studies at Wayne State University, concludes his four week series this Wednesday evening -- November 30th -- at 7:00 PM.  He will be discussing the important question of what Islam looks like in America.  Since Metro-Detroit is home to the largest Islamic population in the nation, and the largest concentration of Middle Eastern people outside the Middle East, this is an important question.  

Even if you've missed the previous sessions, be sure to come to this one.  


Carlo Curley Organ Concert

The “Pavarotti of the organ,” Carlo Curley, will be here at Central Woodward Christian Church performing beautiful Christmas Music on Friday, December 2, 2011!  It has been said, “once you have sat through a  Christmas Concert with Carlo you will be forever changed!”  

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Series on Islam Featured at Troy Patch

Our series on Islam, which is being led by Saeed Khan of Wayne State University, began with a large group and lots of good conversation.  There are three more sessions in the coming weeks. 

Our event got featured in an article at Troy Patch, an online daily newspaper.  Here is the link to the story.  Check it out and join us next week.


Saints Alive! Stewardship Campaign

   The Annual Stewardship Campaign will begin this month, on October 30th, and end the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 20th, with the dedication of our commitments. We will celebrate this time of reflection and gratitude with a special fellowship and coffee hour after Worship on October 30th.

   As faithful stewards of the ministry and mission we share, we continue to seek ways to live generously in Christ. Everyone is invited to join with the saints at Central Woodward Christian Church on a stewardship journey, as together we explore what it means to live generously.

   We will be considering Paul’s advice in First Corinthians, including the context of the following points made by Paul regarding giving with: Priority, Regularity, and Proportionality – Paul does not tell us how much to give, but we are expected to give in proportion to how we have been blessed. This means we need to reassess our giving levels at least once a year and commit ourselves to increase our level every year as we are able. Please remember as we reconsider our commitments, that our time and talents are precious to God and we should consider giving generously of these blessings too!

   We also want to consider stories regarding giving in our community and how these gifts amplify our ministry. Please take a few moments this month to reflect on how sharing of God’s blessings has touched your life – directly or indirectly. Have you been enabled to serve the Lord through a certain ministry? Have you been served through a ministry from Central Woodward Christian Church? Do you feel that your stewardship makes a difference in God’s kingdom?

   Watch for more information as we begin this exciting time of growth and giving together!

In Christian fellowship,

Dave Heym and the Stewardship Ministry



Islam and Its Place in the Modern World -- November Study Series

Central Woodward Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Troy is sponsoring a four week educational series for the community entitled:   “Coexist or a Clash of Civilizations?   Islam and its place in the Modern World.”   The series will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7-8 on November 2, 9, 16, and 30.   Our guest speaker for the series is Mr. Saeed Khan, a member of the faculty at Wayne State University.   The series will focus on four topics:  A basic introduction to Islam, the relationship of Islam to Christianity (and Judaism), the place of Islam in the modern world, and Islam in America.

Our presenter, Mr. Saeed Khan, is Lecturer on Near East and Islamic studies at Wayne State University and Michigan State University. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and an expert on Pakistan and the Middle East. He has also served as a commentator for the BBC World Service, National Public Radio and Time magazine, as well as many other media outlets, including the Craig Fahle Show.  


Central Woodward Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is located at 3955 W. Big Beaver Road

(Big Beaver and Adams) in Troy.  For more information see the website: or call the office at 248-644-0512.