Sunday mornings at 9:15 am
Where The Spirit Leads Us: a series of classes leading up to our summer Detroit mission trip
May 31, Short Term Mission Trips, led by Bill Sharp. Explore why churches do short term mission trips, including benefits to those visited and those participating in foreign (Reynosa), distant (Hurricane Sandy) and local (Detroit) trips. What is success and what do churches (and specifically, Westminster) do to enhance success?
June 7, Toxic Charity, led by Jennifer Young. The book Toxic Charity highlights some of the undesirable impact of well-intended charity and mission work. Key aspects of what can make mission work ineffective or even counterproductive will be discussed.
June 14, Understanding Poverty, led by Greta Buck. Dr. Ruby Payne’s book Understanding Poverty contains a series of “do you know how to . . .” questions that highlight the marked differences between, middle class and those living in poverty. These questionnaires will form the basis for discussion our perspectives and the poverty that exists in Southeastern Michigan.
June 21, Central Detroit Christian, led by ShaCha Geronimo, introducing us to the history, programs and successes of CDC.
June 28, Detroit Communities and Detroit Divided, led by Jeff Buck. Cork Town, mid-town, East Detroit . . . This session will give a summary of Detroit neighborhoods, particularly those we will see on the Detroit Mission Trip. Twentieth-century history of these neighborhoods provides context to the opportunities and challenges faced in the twenty-first century.
July 5, Impact of Urban Renewal (gentrification) on Residents, led by Josh Daniels. Detroit is coming back! Like a number of other US cities new reports show resurgence and economic development in formerly decaying cities. What are the dynamics of such resurgence? Does the economic development benefit the residents or are they pushed out by generally younger and more affluent new residents? What should our Christian response be to this dynamic?
Old Testament Bible study is studying the book of Isaiah. Sundays at 9:15 am in room 32 on the lower level; Tom Brown leads.
Through the week
Women’s Bible study group is reading An Altar in the World, by Barbara Brown Taylor. Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 1–2:30 pm. Please join us – contact Alice Chambers.
Thursday book group has chosen for May to read aloud and discuss philosopher Emmet Fox's classic (1932) interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer. Many people acclaim Fox’s views and their efficacy “to shape a person's life into what one really wants it to be.” All are welcome, for this or any future book discussions. Meets 1–2:30 pm, in room 118.
Riverside Community Gathering Set the written word down and live the gospel in this faith-based community outreach. Each week we join approximately 40 people to eat, pray and share our lives. Meets Wednesdays, 4:30–5:45 pm, at First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. Please contact Mike Beckman for more information.
Adult classes and small groups present a variety of topics and
styles covering areas such as Bible study, discipleship
and Christian living, life transitions, Christian theologians
and contemporary issues. We encourage open-minded discussion,
reflection, prayer and disciplines to establish habits of
life-long learning, discernment and action as Christians
challenged to be faithful and Christ-centered in the
You are welcome to join our planning meetings
on the second Monday of the month at 7 PM.
Save the planet, one cup at a time: Bring a coffee mug from home to keep at church. There is a cupboard in the kitchen where you can keep it; when you are finished, just place it in the rack by the dishwasher to be washed for use the next Sunday. Save on waste, save on cost, and feel more at home while at church.
Resources for current and previous classes are here.