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Here’s a blog about one of our local churches.  There is little in the way of helpful or interesting information since little is available online about the church itself.  But the photos are kind of nice.

http://housesofworship.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/st-michael-melkite-catholic-church-plymouth-michigan/

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Nativity scene, Plymouth, Michigan

How do you feel about a nativity scene being displayed at Kellogg Park, which is city property?  I’m looking for respectful dialog on this issue, not personal attacks, attacks against people of faith or people without faith, etc.  If you like the nativity scene and think it’s appropriate, say why.  If not, and you care to discuss it, share your reasons.

I’ll go on record as saying I’m for it.  I think this is still primarily a Christian country and Christians (observant and otherwise) pump billions and billions of dollars into the economy around the Christmas season.  We should able to be open and honest about the religious implications of the season.  I don’t think other religious displays should have to be placed in the park to balance things out, so to speak.  I am a lawyer and I understand the Supreme Court has said religious displays can be part of a larger, non-sectarian celebration.  I just happen not to care what the Supreme Court thinks on the subject.

On the other hand, I could live with all holiday displays being pulled out of the park entirely.  Why?  If society wants separation of church and state — a concept not found in the Constitution — it’s only fair to pull out everything.  I don’t think the government should honor or recognize purely secular things, especially stuff like Santa Claus and elfs and snowmen.

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The Plymouth Observer & Eccentric has an interesting article about changes coming to the Roman Catholic parishes in Plymouth and our sister community, Canton.  It appears that the Canton parishes will see more drastic changes than in Plymouth.  All this is based on a well-publicized report of the Archdiocese of Detroit, that essentially indicates a number of churches in the diocese will have to be merged or closed in the coming years.  One of the problems, apparently, is the decrease in young priests.  A number of older priests will be retiring soon and there aren’t the young men behind them to fill their slots.

http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20111208/NEWS15/112080612/Plan-calls-parish-partners?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Plymouth|p

Parishioners at St. Kenneth Catholic Church and Our Lady of Good Counsel could notice some differences as a result of a report released by the Archdiocese of Detroit last week, but any changes aren’t likely to be major.

While the report calls for the two Plymouth churches to “partner” for at least some services, neither parish is slated to close or merge, and any changes are likely three to five years away.

The changes will be more dramatic in Canton, where St. John Neumann, Resurrection and St. Thomas a’Becket likely will merge into one parish with three worship sites.

Mark Curtis, who serves as chair of the OLGC Parish Council and represented the church on the planning committee that forged the archdiocese report, said no impact will likely be felt in Plymouth parishes, at least at first.

“We don’t really expect any impact initially,” Curtis said. “The entire process is trying to get out in front of a statistical reality that there is going to be a dramatic reduction in the number of priests available in the next 10-15 years. As the archdiocese did about six years ago, we went through the process of identifying where are the Catholics now, and where should they worship?”

Curtis said the strength of the Catholic presence in the Plymouth-Canton area (OLGC has some 8,900 parishioners) left the area unscathed in terms of closings. While at least nine churches are set to be closed under the plan, none of them are in Plymouth or Canton.

“What the archdiocese directed every parish to do is identify a partner,” Curtis said. “What it’s not going to mean is any sort of closure. (St. Kenneth and OLGC) will both continue to be independent parishes, have their own pastors. We’ll look to see where we can share resources where it might make sense, but members won’t notice a difference (in services), certainly not for the foreseeable future.”

What Curtis said is more important, perhaps, than paring down the number of parishes is shoring up the number of priests. According to

the report, 39 (13 percent) of the 293 priests currently serving in the archdiocese are 70 years old or older, and another 21 are eligible for retirement in the next three years. The average age of priests is 62.

Curtis said a key component of the archdiocese plan is to foster vocational choices that draw more young people into the seminary. One of the priorities put forward by Archbishop Allen Vigneron was to “get creative” and figure out how to foster vocations.

Church officials, Curtis said, need to start talking about the priesthood in church, with the young people, in order to at least make them consider the possibility of serving God.

“God hasn’t stopped calling men to the priesthood, men have stopped answering,” Curtis said. “The idea would be to get men to start answering the call. If we’re not talking about it in the parish, and more specifically in our families, we can’t expect young men to hear that call and answer it.”

 

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To feed my growing interest in churches, both buildings and congregations, I have started another blog titled “Houses of God.”  It’s found at www.housesofworship.wordpress.com.

The point of the new blog is to admire, from the point of view of a rather ordinary guy — I’m neither a photographer, architect or artist — many of the more interesting churches that I see, either on a daily basis, or during one-off trips around the state.  There are so many churches in America that we sort of take them for granted; they’re just there.  But they mean so much more to our culture.  The most fascinating among them serve as something of an aesthetic counterbalance to our landscape which is cluttered with big box stores, fast food restaurants, and strip malls.  They tell the stories of millions of people; babies baptized, loving couples married, loved ones buried.

My most recent post Houses of God features Plymouth’s own First Presbyterian Church, which is sits astride the edge of “downtown Plymouth.”  It’s a beautiful place with a long, compelling history.

http://housesofworship.wordpress.com/2011/10/27/first-presbyterian-church-of-plymouth-plymouth-michigan/

 

Enjoy the new blog.  Comment liberally *smiles*

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Here’s a really nice obituary for our fallen pastor, Dr William Moore.  We members/attenders of Trinity will miss him tremendously.

http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20110224/NEWS03/102240596/Pastor-remembered-8216-gifted-teacher-?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Canton|s

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Some may know him; many may not.

He was the founding pastor of Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church on Ann Arbor, near its intersection with Gottfredson.

Pastor Moore has moved to this “Founding Pastor” a role where he deserves recogntion  for leading the us from a group from holding schoolhouse meeting to 700, maybe more.

He is ill.  Desperately ill.  Estimates put his remaining life to days, not weeks.

If you know and love bill, please say a pray for him and his family, as well as for our church.

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I am occasionally contacted regarding Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church’s “Food Pantry” ministry as I have written on it in the past and I am also a member of that church.

Trinity has revamped its website and it now has all the information you need about this vital ministry.  If you are in need of food in these tough times, or you know a family that is, follow this link.  I trust that this ministry, which has fed thousands of metro Detroit area families, can be of some help.

http://www.trinityepc.org/#/outreach

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