The Acorn
Starr Presbyterian
Church News
April 2017

From Your Pastor

Dear Church,
We read in I and II Kings and again in I and II Chronicles the sad story of how Israel's kings failed to lead the people to righteousness, justice, and peace. These kings had great political and economic power, but, in most cases, lacked the character of true leadership. The failings of the nation and its leaders led to the division of the kingdom, and the eventually fall, first of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, then of the Southern Kingdom of Judah.
But in the end, the events of the Exile, though they weakened the nation's political power, deepened God's people spiritually. It is during this time that God's people recognized their need for a Messiah. The writings of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Daniel point toward the need for a savior.
And when that savior came, he was not the king the people sought, but he was the King they needed. The King who rode into Jerusalem not on a magnificent war horse, but on a humble donkey; the King whose crown was not made of gold, but of thorns; the King who reigned not from a palace, but from a stable, from a cross.
Christ did not reign in a political sense but in a greater, spiritual sense. Other kings conquered death-dealing armies; He conquered death itself. Other rulers pass away; the Greek Empire, the British Empire, even the Roman Empire—they all have their day, and then soon fade into history. But Christ still reigns. His kingdom has no end.
Like the people of ancient Israel, we are still often tempted to place our trust in princes or in political leaders. But in the end, we as Christians claim allegiance to none but Christ, our true king.
This Lenten season and Holy Week is an opportunity to give him more of our hearts, more of our lives, more of our loyalty and praise. Because what King could possibly be more worthy than he?
Pastor Marianne

We welcome our new members!
Greg Kolch, Kristy Harris and Stephanie Cork will be joining our fellowship on Easter Sunday.
Virginia King will be reinstated to membership.
Please warmly greet these new members, welcome them to events, and get to know them in and after worship!
Kristy Harris wrote this beautiful Statement of Personal Faith as part of the New Member Class and has allowed us to share her thoughts:
“I believe that God is the Creator of all things. I believe we are made in God's image and to be exactly as we are. I believe Jesus is the Son of God born of the Virgin Mary through the power of the Holy Spirit. I believe Jesus was sent by God to spread the word of God's power and mercy and to teach us how to live as God intended in the human world. I believe that Jesus gave his life for our sins, providing salvation for all who embrace him. I believe the Bible is the word of God given as testimonial of his power and mercy and to bear witness to Christ Jesus, whose resurrection were God's ultimate act of love. I believe the Holy Spirit calls us to act in God's name—to seek justice for those that have been denied; seek peace for the troubled, and to provide for those that do not have enough. We are called by the Holy Spirit to gather in Christ's name and to spread his message in action and word. We are welcomed into the Church through the sacrament and reminded of our commitment to the Church and to Christ through the taking of communion.”
Women’s Retreat
Confession and Forgiveness:
Spring Cleaning for
the Soul
Saturday, April 8,
10:00 am –2:00 pm
Do you feel like you keep making mistakes?

Are you holding onto failings and struggles that cause you guilt?

Lent is a time to be honest with ourselves, with God, and with one another about what's holding us back from fullness of life. Come and find your spirit refreshed.
Lunch provided
($5 donation requested).
Sign up in the hallway or e-mail Pastor Marianne at

Year of the Bible:
Don't lose heart!
The Word of God is the lamp unto our feet and the light unto our path. The Old Testament can be challenging, but it deepens and strengthens our understanding of God, and of the New Testament as well. Make sure to consult commentaries or email Pastor Marianne about passages that are confusing for you. Oftentimes resources can shed some light on what you're reading, and give you historical context to understand why it was important and how it applies to today.

You can submit any questions about what you've been reading to Pastor Marianne at, and she'll address them during the sermon.

Preaching this April:
April 2 ~ Courage
(2 Samuel 12)
April 9 ~ Palm Sunday:
Jerusalem (Matthew 21)
April 16 ~ Easter: Resurrection
(Matthew 28:1-10)
April 23 ~ Dynasty
(1 Chronicles 17)
April 30 ~ Exiled
(2 Chronicles 36)

April Reading Schedule
1/2 1 Kings 1-4
3 1 Kings 5-8
4 1 Kings 9-11
5 1 Kings 12-16
6 1 Kings 17-19
7 1 Kings 20-22
8/9 2 Kings 1-3
10 2 Kings 4-8
11 2 Kings 9-12
12 2 Kings 13-17
13 2 Kings 18-21
14 2 Kings 22-25
15/16 1 Chronicles 1-9
17 1 Chronicles 10-16
18 1 Chronicles 17-21
19 1 Chronicles 22-27
20 1 Chronicles 28-29
21 2 Chronicles 1-5
22/23 2 Chronicles 6-9
24 2 Chronicles 10-12
25 2 Chronicles 13-16
26 2 Chronicles 17-20
27 2 Chronicles 21-25
28 2 Chronicles 26-28
29 2 Chronicles 29-32
30 2 Chronicles 33-36
 From Your Session
Summary of pertinent actions the Session took at the March 2017 meeting.
• Approved costs for wall repairs to chapel wall, furnace repairs and building and grounds repairs that have to be done.
• Tigers tickets have been purchased for the June 4th game at $20 each.
• Approved motion to seek community service renters for lower level of
• Approved motion to add a Women’s Bible Study on Sunday mornings at
9:00 a.m.; Janie Castle and Linda Finn to lead.
• Next Session meeting date: Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 6:00pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Emily Burke, Clerk of Session 
Association News
April 2017

Tuesday, April 4
Both Women’s Circles
will meet at 10:00 am,  
at Peggy Beal's home,
Tuesday, April 11

Women’s Board,
10:00 am at church 
Tuesday, April 18
Women’s Gathering,
11:30 am church;
Tuesday, April 25

Knit Wits,
10:00 am at church
in the lounge
Worship Ministries
Serving in the Lord’s House
Thank-you to all who are assisting this month!

April 2:    Andy LeCureaux
April 9:    Don Reinke
April 16:  Janie Castle
April 23:  Susie Regula  
April 30:  Andy LeCureaux
Please contact a member of Session if you are interested in serving as a Liturgist during our Sunday Morning Worship.
April 2:  Mary Christl   
April 9:  Margaret Rossnagel
April 16: Mandy Reinke 
April 23: Linda Finn
April 30: Mike Woodcox
See Margaret Rossnagel if you would like to be a greeter.
Sunday School Teachers:
April 2:  Debbie Collins, Linda Finn
April 9:  Garry Smith, Sue Smith 
April 16: No Sunday School 
April 23: Don Reinke, Becca Castle 
April 30: Linda Finn, Don Reinke

Maundy Thursday:

Thursday, April 13, 7:00pm
~ Sacrifice


Good Friday:

Friday, April 14, 7:00pm ~

at First Congregational Church,

1314 Northwood Blvd, Royal Oak, MI 48073

Easter Celebration!

Sunday, April 16

9am: Pancake Breakfast

10:30am: Easter Sunday Worship

11:45am: Easter Egg Hunt


April Birthdays
2         David  Angle
7         Charlotte Alex
16       Graham Kuhn
19       Elvaretta Lister
23       Mary Christl
30       Delores  Foster

Sunday, April 9, 12:30pm.

“Risen” is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman military tribune, and his aide, Lucius (Tom Felton), are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus (Cliff Curtis) in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.
Come celebrate Easter!
He is RISEN indeed! 

Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 pm

Beginning and Ending at
Greenfield Presbyterian,
2312 Greenfield Road, Berkley

Enjoy a healthy walk on a sunny day and help end hunger locally
and worldwide!

1, 3, and 5 mile walk options!
Summer Events:  Save the Dates!
Tigers Outing
Sunday, June 4th at 1pm

Tickets for our church for the Tigers v. White Sox game have been purchased in Section 111 and are available for $20.  Sign up sheet coming soon! Bring friends and family! 

Sunday, July 9,
We have secured the larger pavilion for Worship in the Park.


To see what is coming up at Starr Church, click the link below: 
2017 Special Offerings
As we plan to share in God's work over the year, it has been suggested that we revisit our special offerings. God cautions us to always give with a cheerful heart, not reluctantly or out of a sense of guilt.
(2 Corinthians 9:7) We will continue to offer many opportunities to give, knowing that different people feel called to participate in different ways, and not every person may be called to give to every offering. In order to help our members plan and consider giving opportunities, Session has adopted the following schedule for our special offerings in 2017:
* One Great Hour of Sharing—Hunger, Disaster Assistance, Self Development of People
* Easter Flowers—For Sanctuary
* Pentecost Offering for At-Risk Children and Youth
* Wycliffe Bible Translators—Global Bible Translation and Evangelism
* Gideons Bible Distribution and Evangelism
* Christmas Joy Offering for the Board of Pensions and Education for Minorities
* Poinsettias—For Sanctuary
Per Capita Offering
Per capita this year is $27.00 per member. These funds go to support the work of the Presbyterian Church, at the local (metro Detroit), regional, and national levels, including the mission projects of the Presbyterian Church. Any funds we do not collect from our membership will have to come from our operating budget. Thank you for paying your Per Capita to Starr Church by April 30.

Bottle and Can Returns
Please donate your returnable cans and bottles here.
Proceeds will be given to: 
* Second Mile Center
* Detroit Rescue Mission
* Starr’s rotation of
   the Warming Shelter.
Collection boxes are in both kitchens. Thank  you!
Please Recycle Your Ink Cartridges at Starr Church!
Please bring in your ink cartridges to help defray our office expenses.  We turn in the ink cartridges to Staples and in return we get store credit that helps pay for many of our office supplies. This is quite helpful towards our office budget.  There is a basket in the church office to deposit the cartridges. 

Thank you! 
Online Giving!

You can give to any of our ministries online including:
· General Fund
· Warming Shelter 
· Capital Improvements    
· Gideons
· Flower Fund      
· Children and Youth
· Wycliffe Bible Translators
· PCUSA Special Offerings
(One Great Hour of Sharing)
Simply visit the church website,, and click on "Gifts and Tithes." You can set up an automatic payment for your convenience or if you are sometimes out of town or miss church. You do not have to create an account to use this service!
Prayer Chain
If you have a concern that you would like us to put on the prayer chain, 
please contact
Deb Collins at  248-649-3692
or Sandy Woodcox at 248-320-3182.
Prayer Page
Please keep the following members and friends in your prayers:
· For our nation, world and leaders, especially during these times of tension and turmoil.
· For those who travel.
· For those who mourn.
· For our military members; those deployed; veterans; for military families; first responders/their families.
· For pastors, church leaders and those who serve tirelessly with mission work. We think especially of  Steve & Marge Doty and Amy.
· For families that struggle or need patience.
· For all concerns not articulated or spoken, but on our hearts and minds.
· For persecuted Christians.
· For our shut-ins.
 · For the medical concerns of: Amanda, Betty, Dave, Dick, Gail, Gordy, Jennifer, Joe, Ken, Linda, Richard, Rosemary, Ryan, Sally, Sarah & Graham, Scott, Dave Angle, Rosemary Beauchamp, Gene Bryant, Megan Burlee, Carol Eads, Bill Gleason, Richard Horn, Betty Kingstrom, Susan Kahn, Rachel & Will Klaus, Grace McCullough, Tom McCullough, Robert Mertz, Michelle Nesbitt, Don Olson, Terry Raredo, Bev Schell, Lisa Somers, Darlene Watson and Velma Wills.
· For those fighting cancer: Andy, Evonne, Ethan, Robin, Michelle, Steve, Carol Anderson,  Jerry Edmonds, Gloria Farris, Christine Fetterhoff, Joyce Gasser, Marian Johnson, Sheila Judd, Carol Kaiser, Dennis Kennedy, Tom McCullough, Mark Stamat, Janice Warner and Sandy Warner.
· For those experiencing personal struggles: Andy, Evonne, Ethan, Robin, Michelle, Steve, Carol Anderson,  Jerry Edmonds, Gloria Farris, Christine Fetterhoff, Joyce Gasser, Marian Johnson, Sheila Judd, Carol Kaiser, Dennis Kennedy,Tom McCullough, Mark Stamat, Janice Warner and Sandy Warner.
· For those struggling with addictions and those recovering, that they may continue to heal.
To add someone to the Prayer List, please contact the church office at
(248) 288-3230 or via email:

Starr Church Calendar
Starr Presbyterian Church Contacts
 Shari Alston (2017)              248-545-6157
Janie Castle (2018)               248-961-6565
Linda Finn (2017)                  248-221-7252 
Lon Kuehn (2019)                 248-506-9982 
Michael Woodcox (2017)      248-320-3179
Sandy Woodcox (2019)         248-320-3182
Trustee Contact
Don Reinke                            248-399-9053

Norm Rossnagel                    248-585-7417

Rick Crawford                        248-548-4878
Church Office:                        248-288-3230
Jennifer Taub, Office Administrator               
Rev. Marianne Grano:            313-649-4040 

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