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January 6, 2017
Education Committee
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January 1: New Year’s Resolutions:
Over coffee and goodies, we’ll discuss our New Year’s resolutions.
What they are? How we came to the decision? What is the impact on our lives?

January 8: HOM Breakfast & Tiny Homes, Cass Community Center: Rev. Faith Fowler
The residents will include: formerly homeless people, senior citizens, college students, and a few Cass staff members. All residents will qualify as low-income. At first, the residents will rent the homes. Anyone who remains for seven years will be given the opportunity to own the home and property.

January 15: Spirituality and Racial Justice: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Learn about the spiritual dimensions and responsibilities inherent in racial justice. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, provides a sobering, yet hopeful outlook on both the sin and reconciliation of racial justice.

January 22: Fleece and Thank You: Nicholas Kristock, Executive Director

The agency goal is to provide hope and comfort to all children facing hospital treatments. The organization provides several ways, including making blankets, that people can engage in brightening the days for children in our local hospitals.

January 29: Annual Meeting and Pot Luck
Don’t forget to bring your favorite dish and be prepared for wonderful food! Father Chris’ annual presentation of 2016’s happenings and introduction of new members to the Vestry, round out the rest of the morning.

February 5: Spirituals: George Cullinan, Choirmaster
Be ready for another great sing-a-long session combined with some history, and lots of praise to the Lord!

February 12: Intergenerational Valentines
Today is our annual time to make Valentines, for our friends at St. Anne’s Mead. Everyone from 5 – 95 years old can help with this project! Come and share in the fun and put a smile on someone’s face at St Anne’s!

February 19: African American History: Jamon Jordan, Historian and Educator
President of the Detroit Chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Jamon will share with us a view of present-day events and conditions through the lens of African American history in Detroit.

February 26: Breakfast with Our Iraqi Neighbors
Today we will welcome 10 Iraqis from the Iraqi Embassy just “across the street”.
Join us for brunch, the proceeds will go to Haiti Outreach Mission.

March 5: Better Than Before: Self Knowledge, Fr. Chris

During Lent we will be reading the book, ‘Better Than Before’ Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin This first section covers two strategies that allow us to identify important aspects of our habit nature. These observational strategies don’t require that we change what we are  doing, only that we learn to see ourselves accurately.

March 12: Better Than Before: Pillars Of Habits, Fr. Chris
Many strategies help us change our habits, and four strategies tower above the others: Monitoring, Foundation, Scheduling, and Accountability.

March 19: Better Than Before: The Best Time To Begin, Fr. Chris

Any beginning presents an important opportunity for habit formation, because a beginning allows two powerful elements to combine: novelty and habit.

March 26: Better Than Before: Desire, Ease, And Excuses, Fr. Chris
The strategies of abstaining, convenience, and inconvenience examine how we can shape our habits. Safeguarding, loophole spotting, and distraction address the challenges of failure and temptation. Reward, treats, and pairing, focus on exploiting pleasure to strengthen our good habits.

April 2: Better Than Before: Unique, Just Like Everyone Else, Fr. Chris
This section encompasses the strategies of clarity, identity, and other people, which, by placing us in the context of other people, illuminate our individual values, interests, and temperament.

April 9: Palm Sunday, No Adult Forum
Coffee and treats will be available.

April 16: Easter Sunday, No Adult Forum

Easter Egg Hunt for the Children, after 10am Service. Coffee and treats will be available.

April 23: No Forum: SOS Set Up, No Coffee Hour

April 30: Cursillo Music: Jim LaSovage
Traditionally, music has been an integral factor in the Cursillo Movement. It was included in the initial  Cursillo Weekends in Spain and has remained with the Movement ever since. Songs such as "De  Colores" and "Amazing Grace" have long been associated with Cursillo and are usually sung on the  Three Day Weekend.

May 7: Building Campaign Update: Fr. Chris & Building Committee
Fr Chris and members of the Capitol Campaign and Building Committees will update us on progress to date and what to expect over the summer months.

May 14: No Forum: Mother’s Day
Coffee and treats will be available.

May 21: Creation Sunday: Jane Johnson
Be sure to sign up to bring and/or plant flowers for our garden and other areas. Planting starts on Sunday, but can be done all week long! Coffee and treats will be available for workers and those who just want to chat.

May 28: No Forum: Memorial Day Weekend
Coffee and treats will be available.

June 4: Episcopal Migration Ministries: Rev. Judith Schellhammer

Episcopal Migration Ministries, its affiliates, and church partners provide assistance to arriving refugees as they adjust to their new communities and begin building for the future. This hospitality responds to the scriptural mandate to welcome the stranger in our midst.

June 11: Parish Picnic: Organized by Barb Veselenek and Julie Wagner
Get ready for the food extravaganza of the year! Meats will be provided, side dishes and desserts are needed (sign up in the Parish Hall), as well as a ‘hardy appetite and maybe a lawn chair!’

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