BY KATHY KANE
The 30th Annual Downriver Prayer Breakfast was welcomed by Deacon Bob Bovitz from St. Pius Catholic Church, along with scripture readings from Pastor Joy Zieglar from North Weseyan Church, Brother Everette Thomas from YMCA Downriver and Rev. Jason Cashmer. (read more…)
The First Baptist Church of Trenton recently celebrated its 60th anniversary at a gala affair at Crystal Gardens.
Sixty years ago, the Lions were world champions, gas was 29 cents a gallon and a new home in Trenton cost $15,000, so a lot has changed during that time. However, the church’s mission of sharing the love of Christ with the world is still the same, Pastor James W. Jones said.
The event included a celebration of the church’s history and the 60th wedding anniversary of Pastor Jones and his wife, Kay.
Special guests and speakers included the Baptist State Convention of Michigan staff members Dr. Tim Paterson, executive director; Dr. Tony Lynn, missions director; and Rev. Mike Durbin, director of evangelism.
Other guests included Rev. Nathaniel Bishop, former director of missions in Detroit Association; Phillip Rogers, pastor of Legacy Church in Riverview, where his father was first pastor when First Baptist sponsored them in 1965; Rick Sparks, Pastor of Woodhaven Baptist Church, which was sponsored by First Baptist in 1991; Ely Sagansay, Pastor of a Filipino church that met in First Baptist Church for nearly 10 years; and Pastor Gary MacManamy, former Director of Evangelism for the State Convention. (read more…)
In every community, there are people who are homeless. Many Downriver are currently finding shelter at the Taylor Church of Nazarene, a building on Eureka Road. Very soon, ChristNet, an agency supported by local churches and volunteers, hopes that a recently purchased building in that same city will become a permanent residence. (read more…)
BY KATHY KANE
The Downriver Community Prayer Breakfast Committee is preparing to mark the 30th anniversary of its event on Friday, Dec. 1, at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center. Breakfast will begin at 7 a.m., followed by a speaker at 7:30 a.m., and ending at 9:30 a.m. The non-denominational program of spiritual renewal will be led by local clergy. (read more…)
BY SHEILA R. McAFEE
A family tragedy renewed Chad Forman’s faith life and started a spiritual journey that finds him pastor of a new church in downtown Trenton.
Stronghold Lutheran Church is at 2714 West Jefferson (a storefront next to The Perfect Dress), its third location in 13 months, to accommodate a growing congregation.
The church belongs to the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, adhering to the traditions of Lutheran doctrine while practicing through more contemporary music and worship, said Forman.
After outgrowing sites in Flat Rock and Wyandotte, church leaders were pleased to find a larger space in Trenton and have repurposed it for Sunday services and a host of other activities.
Sunday communion services are at 10 a.m., followed by Bible study. More informal gatherings are held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. (read more…)
Southpoint Church last month kicked off a nearly month-long celebration beginning April 19, the date of its opening in Woodhaven High School on Easter Sunday 1992.
The church started with 257 people in attendance by inviting people over the phone. It grew to become a spiritual home for thousands of people over the years, with more than 3,200 people being baptized. It is now one church in multiple locations with a campus in Trenton, another in Allen Park, and its most recent one meeting in Huron High School. (read more…)
‘ROUND THE ISLAND
BY PAMELA A. FRUCCI
St. James Church was without a music director and organist so they put out the word with the American Guild of Organists. Bobbie Ragoonanan, who recently got his master’s in orchestra conducting from Bowling Green University in Ohio, responded to the ad. He claims he was the only one to apply. St. James got a winner! Only 25-years-old with not a grey hair in his long head of hair, Bobbie has, what would rightly be called, “hit the ground running.” He’s a singer, organist, pianist, plays the oboe, and in his first year has organized a monthly series of performances for those who love good music.
Having grown up in Minneapolis and now living in an apartment in Gibraltar in a wooded area, he’s brought to St. James a concert series featuring many talented musicians he knew from his youth and college days. The concert in March has Bobbie at the piano (he started playing at age 5) accompanying a tenor friend from Minneapolis who sang gospel songs and Mahler in German, followed by Benjamin Britten’s “The Holy Sonnets of John Donne.” His last concert will be contemporary music on May 13 at 7:30 p.m. (read more…)
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…)