The Acorn
Starr Presbyterian
Church News  

March 2017

From Your Pastor
Dear Church,
As Christians, we read the Old Testament through the lens of the Gospels; that is, we consider the New Testament in interpreting the Old Testament. Our tradition as Presbyterians talks about Jesus as a prophet, priest, and king. These three roles from the Old Testament find their perfections in Christ. In the Presbyterian tradition, children were once expected to learn the Westminster Shorter Catechism, in order to help them understand the Bible as interpreted in our tradition. Here's an excerpt from the Westminster Shorter Catechism to help us learn about what it means to describe Jesus as prophet, priest, and king:
Q. 24. “How doth Christ execute the office of a prophet?
A. Christ executeth the office of a prophet, in revealing to us, by his Word and Spirit, the will of God for our salvation.”

 Prophecy means not only to tell the future, but to tell the truth about the past and present. Jesus helped us to understand the past, present, and future by preaching to us. The Sermon on the Mount, in a few short chapters, gives the clearest summary of how to live a righteous life in all the Scriptures,
and indeed the clearest explanation of holiness I have ever read. Christ's parables, such as the Parable of the Prodigal Son and the Parable of the Good Samaritan, teach us about God and about how to love one another. He also foretold the future, by telling us about his death and resurrection, and he gave us a vision of the coming Kingdom of God.
Q. 25. “How doth Christ execute the office of a priest?
A. Christ executeth the office of a priest, in his once offering up of himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice, and reconcile us to God, and in making continual intercession for us.”
Christ was the fulfillment of all the Old Testament animal sacrifices. At the moment of Jesus's death, the curtain of the Temple, dividing the Holy of Holies from the people, was torn in two. Jesus's death atoned for sin fully and forever. But Jesus was not only the sacrifice itself, but the priest; he sacrificed himself. John 10:18: "No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded."

Q. 26. “How doth Christ execute the office of a king?
A. Christ executeth the office of a king, in subduing us to himself, in ruling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies.”
  As Christians, Christ alone is our King. Our obedience to all rulers and leaders of this world comes only secondary to our allegiance to Christ. When we look at the Old Testament kings, we will see that many, many, failed to exercise good leadership over the people. They looked to their own interests, not to the needs of the people, and neglected to be an example of righteousness, or to care for the poor and weak. Jesus, by contrast, was the ideal servant leader who gave up all power and wealth to serve the needs of the people. He was the King who came riding into town on a donkey, the King whose only crown, in this world, was the crown of thorns. As such, He deserves our highest allegiance and praise.
  As we read Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and 1 & 2 Samuel, consider how Christ perfects the roles that humanity struggles to perform. As we walk through Lent, let us look to Christ's example and focus on Him in our daily journey towards the cross.
Pastor Marianne


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. 

March Reading Schedule
1 Joshua 1-5
2 Joshua 6-8
3 Joshua 9-12
4/5 Joshua 13-17
6 Joshua 18-21
7 Joshua 22-24
8 Judges 1-5
9 Judges 6-8
10 Judges 9-12
11/12 Judges 13-16
13 Judges 17-21
14 Ruth 1-4
15 1 Samuel 1-3
16 1 Samuel 4-8
17 1 Samuel 9-12
18/19 1 Samuel 13-15
20 1 Samuel 16-19
21 1 Samuel 20-23
22 1 Samuel 24-26
23 1 Samuel 27-31
24 2 Samuel 1-4
25/26 2 Samuel 5-7
27 2 Samuel 8-10
28 2 Samuel 11-14
29 2 Samuel 15-18
30 2 Samuel 19-20
31 2 Samuel 21-24

Serving in the Lord’s House
March 2017

Thank-you to all who are assisting this month!
March 5:      Susie Regula  
March 12:    Andy LeCureaux
March 19:   Don Reinke
March 26:   Janie Castle
Please contact a member of Session if you are interested in serving as a Liturgist during our Sunday Morning Worship.
March 5:    The Reinke Family
March 12:   Linda Finn
March 19:   Margaret Rossnagel
March 26:   Mike Woodcox
See Margaret Rossnagel if you would like to be a greeter.
Sunday School Teachers:
March 5:   Debbie Collins, Linda Finn
March 12:   Sue Smith, Don Reinke
March 19:   Linda Finn, Garry Smith
March 26:   Don Reinke, Becca Castle

Summer Events:
Save the Dates
Tigers Outing:

Tickets for our church for the
Tigers v. White Sox, a 1pm game on
Sunday, June 4th
have been purchased in Section 111
and are available for $20.
Sign up sheet coming soon!
Bring friends and family!

Sunday, June 9, Worship in the Park ~

We have secured the larger pavilion for Worship in the Park.

March Birthdays
1   Sandy Woodcox
2   James Alex
3   Theresa Mocny

6   Joe Krakker
7   Carmen Castle
8  Jon Castle
10 Cerise Blyth
15  Shelby Alston
20  Garry Smith
25  Lexie Castle
26  Cynthia Groh-Stamat

We are looking for a volunteer for our Card Ministry.

Duties - send birthday, anniversary, get well cards to the people in our congregation.  
Cards and stamps will be paid by the church.

We would like to have someone in place by April 1.
Please let the office at, know if you could do this. Thank you!


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, especially the family of Charlotte Crawford, who entered God’s Kingdom.
· 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: Those needing comfort during transition and change; those seeking employment, the homeless; those who are losing their homes; families experiencing effects of natural disasters/bad weather, especially those affected by Hurricane Matthew.
· 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 Presbyterian Church Contacts

Shari Alston  248-545-6157

Janie Castle  248-961-6565

Linda Finn  248-221-7252

Lon Kuehn  248-506-9982
Michael Woodcox  248-320-3179

Sandy Woodcox  248-320-3182

Trustee Contact
Rick Crawford 248-548-4878

Don Reinke 248-399-9053

Norm Rossnagel 248-585-7417
Jennifer Taub, Office Administrator

Rev. Marianne Grano:
(home) 313-649-4040
(cell) 313-585-1211

Web Address:


God Sightings
We are bringing back the God Sightings during Lent!
Have you seen God at work—through answered prayer, miracles, the kindness of others?

Please email Pastor at if you have a God Sighting you would like to share as we journey together toward the greatest God Sighting of all:
the cross,and the empty tomb. 
Preaching this March:
We continue through the Bible, considering the virtues which we are especially called to consider and develop during this season of Lent:
March 5 ~ Faith: Joshua 6:1-16
March 12 ~ Strength: Judges 6:11-24
March 19 ~ Compassion: Ruth 1:1-18
March 26 ~ Leadership:
    1 Samuel 15:34 - 16:13



Movie Outing: March 12, 2017
"The Shack" ~ At Troy MJR; Tickets are $6.50 for 1pm show.
Carpool provided!

After his young daughter is murdered during a family camping trip, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to the shack where the crime occurred, deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack goes there and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.
Sign up on the bulletin board across from the office.

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.
March 2017

Tuesday, March 7
Women’s Circles 10 am,  
Abigail/ Dorcas at church
and Mary/Martha at Peggy Beal's
Tuesday, March 14
Women’s Board 10 am at church 
Tuesday, March 21
Women’s Gathering
11:30 at church;
bring a sack lunch,
Betty will bring dessert
Tuesday, March 28
Knit Wits
10 am at church in the lounge


The 2017 Starr Warming Shelter
The 2017 Starr Warming Shelter ran from Sunday, February 5 to Sunday, February 12.  Thanks to over 150 volunteers from Starr, First Congregational Church, many outside groups, businesses, and community members it was a relatively calm and peaceful week.  Over 149 different guests ate dinners and slept in our lower level. Dinners included Beef Stew, BBQ Chicken, Spaghetti and meatballs, Taiwanese dinner, and other hearty meals.

Thanks to everyone who worked a shift, provided a meal, donated cash or supplies or helped with set up and clean up of the shelter.  We couldn't continue this important mission without lots of help!

Janie And Becca Castle


"I'm Not Ashamed,"
March 26th,@ 7pm

The Columbine Massacre of April 20, 1999 completely redefined America's view of the lives of high school students. Drawn straight from Columbine victim Rachel Joy Scott's words and journal entries, through the insight of her mother, Beth Nimmo, this movie tells the true story of a high school student whose compassionate, caring faith caused her to reach out to fellow students, including her killers who made her a target of their murderous plan.


Holy Week Services:
Maundy Thursday:
Thursday, April 13, 7pm
Good Friday:
Friday, April 14, 7pm ~
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


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:
⦁ Wycliffe Bible Translators—Global Bible Translation and Evangelism

⦁ 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

In memory of Charlotte Crawford, 
 We lift up in prayer the Crawford family, following the passing of Charlotte Crawford on February 5.
Mrs. Crawford retired from Beaumont Hospital and currently worked for the Lamphere School District. She was a devoted member of Starr Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed taking her family and friends to the Detroit Zoo and was a supporter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Memorial contributions to the Detroit Zoological Society or Starr Presbyterian Church are appreciated.



To see what is coming up at Starr Church, click the link below:


Online Giving!
You can give to any of our ministries 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!
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!
Recycle Your Ink Cartridges Here
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 the paper that the bulletin and other church publications are printed on. There is a basket in the church office to deposit the cartridges.
Thank you!
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