Dear Greenfielders,

We hope you will join us for our online worship service, Greenfield in the Diaspora on Sunday at 9 am.

Remember to zoom in for coffee hour at 11a.m. If you didn’t receive an email invitation contact Pastor Peter at pastor@greenfieldchurch.com.

TEAM GPC & REBUILDING TOGETHER SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN PROJECT WORKDAY – SATURDAY, AUGUST 29 at 8:00AM   

We are a bit shorthanded, so if you can help it would be great….Especially in these trying times, it is important that we continue the spirit of GPC by providing outreach to our neighbors in need.  With this in mind, Greenfield will once again be helping with the Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan project, with one of our neighbors in Hazel Park.  This is a family in need – single mom, special needs son and a home that needs our TLC!
Rebuilding Together is committed to helping those that are having some challenges with maintenance and upkeep for their houses. This is a great opportunity to help our nearby neighbors with some fixing-up, sprucing-up and improving the accessibility & safety around their home.

Address:  1140 E. Bernhard, Hazel Park, MI 48030 (East of I-75 between 9 Mile Rd and 8 Mile Rd.)

We have a list of projects for Official Rebuild Day on Saturday August 29.

  • Exterior trim painting
  • Install new exterior porch railings
  • Exterior porch soffit installation
  • Interior door installation
  • Kitchen floor installation
  • Bathroom interior work
  • Kitchen faucet installation
  • Electrical work for heat tape on water pipes
  • Ceiling fan installation
  • Landscaping/planting
  • Note – if you have any perennial plants that you would like to divide, please bring them. The back yard could use some planting.

 Come and join us – even for a few hours. Everyone over 12 is welcome to participate.

Register online at: https://bit.ly/GreenfieldPres.  Hit the “SIGN UP” button to complete the application.

Rebuilding Together has enacted some new Covid 19 protocols for the work groups:

  1. Focus on exterior projects to avoid close contact and enable social distancing for volunteers
  2. Very limited interior house projects – with restricted number of workers in the house itself
  3. Enhanced cleaning procedures
  4. Face masks  

Questions – please contact Ray Swetman at rayswetman@gmail.com or 248-860-3523.

  * HELP!!! GPC OUTDOOR CLEANUP – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

The GPC Building and Grounds Team would like to ask if you could help us out next Saturday for a few hours.

As you know, the regular WAM cleanup program has been suspended by Oakland County.  But, the weeds and bushes at GPC did not get the memo!!!  We have a lot of overgrowth and weeds around our building that need some TLC. If you could spare some time, it would be great to have a Team attack our outside and bring it back to a presentable state.

And….with social distancing, everyone can keep a safe distance outside, wear a mask and be completely safe.

We will begin at 9:00am on Saturday and finish at 12:00 Noon – please stop by to help if you can. Even for an hour or two.  The weather is supposed to cooperate with cooler temperatures on Saturday and hopefully some rain on Wednesday.

Tools that are needed:

       Rakes

       Weed diggers or small trowel

       Pruning/lopping shears

       Electric or manual hedge clippers

       Work gloves

       Face mask

Please call Ray Swetman at 248.860.3523 to let us know if you’ll be able to help. 

Thanks and hope to see you on Saturday, September 5! 

Thank you! Bill Goodcourage and Ray Swetman

* Drive In Worship Service – September 6, 10AM

Join us on Labor Day Weekend for an end of the summer drive in service at Greenfield. We begin at 10am in the east parking lot at GPC. You will be able to tune in on your car radio and stay safe and distanced from all your fellow worshippers. The order of worship will be emailed to you by Friday, September 4. We will have a few to hand out on Sunday for those who are not online.
This will be a communion service, so we invite you to bring your own bread and wine/juice.
A virtual service will be available at 9am, but there will be no Zoom coffee hour that Sunday.

* “The Faith of a Mockingbird” Adult Ed Series

Wednesday, September 16, 23, 30 & October 7at 10 am or 7 pm

The Faith of a Mockingbird is a four week adult series based on Harper Lee’s masterpiece “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Published in 1960, it serves as a lens through which we can understand our place in the world, and what it means to live out a hopeful faith in a broken world. 

This is part of the “Pop in Culture” series by Matt Rawle, a United Methodist pastor from Ponchatoula, LA. We have previously used his studies on

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables.”

We encourage you to order your copy of “The Faith of a Mockingbird” by Matt Rawle from eBay, Amazon, or Cokesbury https://www.cokesbury.com/The-Faith-of-a-Mockingbird. The church will not be ordering books in bulk so place your order today as delivery may take a few weeks.

 If you need help ordering your book or need to have the church order it (for pick up only) please contact Judy at 248-544-1400 x221 or by email office@greenfieldchurch.com.

 You will need to register for this class by emailing office@greenfieldchurch.com. Because we may still be Zooming this class, this registration process will allow us to send you the Zoom invitation link as well as the accompanying videos from Matt Rawle.
   Please be sure to refamiliarize yourself with Harper Lee’s classic story before we begin this series. 

  * Women’s Book Group Update

In September we will be reading, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. The “story of an African American labor and delivery nurse and the racism surrounding her care of a white supremacist couple’s newborn son.” In October, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote in the United States, our selection is, Suffrage, by Ellen Carol Dubois. This book was recently published and might have a waitlist at the library so you might want to reserve or read it ahead of time. 

At September’s gathering we will select our books for the rest of the year. Please bring any ideas you might have or send them along with someone else if you can’t be there! 

As always, any woman interested in attending is very welcome. For more information please feel free to contact Lynn Fanelli at Lsanhoufan@hotmail.com or Joan Sanders at joanssanders@icloud.com.

 * Christian Education Announcements-
We miss you and are looking forward to gathering our WHIRL Worship community to reconnect with each other.  Because of the Berkley Schools announcement to teach students virtually and our commitment to keeping everyone as safe as possible, we have decided to delay our in person gatherings.

For now, we have planned two family outdoor picnics. You’ll be asked to bring your own food/beverages, chairs or blankets.

  1. Sunday, Sept. 20 from 5 – 6 pm on the lawn at Cana (rain date is Sept. 27)
  2. Sunday,   Oct. 11 from 5 – 6 pm on the lawn at Greenfield (rain date is Oct. 18)

 Pastor Cindy will be sending notes to WHIRL adults to ask them to be a pen pal to one of our WHIRL children from Sept. through Dec. 

You’ll be receiving more information from Pastor Ron about how WHIRL families can sign up for the 6 week “Walk to Bethlehem” being sponsored by Greenfield. 

Watch for an email from Pastor Peter about a 5 week adult WHIRL virtual Bible Study on “The Faith of a Mockingbird.” 

  * Office hours: Peter and Judy are in the office on Tuesday and Thursdays from 9AM-12PM. If you wish to visit us please make an appointment and wear a facemask.  You can make an appointment with Pastor Peter at pastor@greenfieldchurch.com or call 248-544-1800 x222 or with Judy at office@greenfieldchurch.com or call 248-544-1800 x221. We have also returned to our regular Friday email updates.

  Stay safe and stay loving, 
                   Peter

The Pastoral Nominating Committee and the Pastoral Transition Committees, all of which have been hard at work behind the scenes. (see attached) PTT April NewsletterPNC Update – April 21, 2020

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