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Upcoming Events at JAPC

We have a number of special worship, seasonal events and programs scheduled throughout the year. If you would like more information or want to receive our weekly E-Notes for upcoming events, call the Church Office (313) 822-3456 or e-mail the church office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Spring Office Hours : Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tuesday 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon.   

Worship with us on Palm Sunday, 10:30 a.m. when our Pastor, Peter Smith, will preach on Matthew 21:1-11.  His sermon is entitled "Who is This?".  The Presbyterian Church (USA) "One Great Hour of Sharing" Offering will be also be received.  Our gifts will join others throughout the nation and be given to Disaster Assistance, Self-Development of People and the Hunger Program.

SAVE THE DATE! Congregational Farewell to Peter and Linda Smith - Sunday, March 29, 2015.  The Session of JAPC invites you to be their guest for a celebration in honor of Peter and Linda for their years of dedication and leadership to our congregation.  A luncheon will immediately follow the 10:30 a.m. worship service.  Please RSVP to Kathy Chateau by March 23 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

The Lenten Study concludes this week on Tuesday, March 24 (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)  We are using John Indermark's book "Parables and Passion".  This week's discussion focuses on chapters 4 and 5.  Participants will discover new insights about the passion story through the lenses of Jesus' parables.  As Indermark writes "Parables nudge us all to receptive insight".  The sign-up sheet is in the Main Hallway.

The Tutoring T.R.E.E. program continues with it's second session on Tuesdays, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Tutors and enrichment leaders are always needed. It only takes two hours per week to make a difference.  If you are willing to help by volunteering to tutor or to provide healthy snacks, call or email Kathy Chateau.

Our last Lenten Communion Breakfasts is this Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30 a.m. in the Zaun Chapel.  The 1/2 hour services will be followed by a continental breakfast in the Guild Room.  Join us before work for this special time of worship and fellowship.

Members of The CREW are going to the Cultural Center at Macomb Community College for 4 lectures (March 18, 20, 25, 27) on "100 People, Places & Things that Made Michigan".  There are sign-up sheets on the Main Hallway tables detailing the four lectures the group selected.  Your can sign-up for one or all.  There is no admission charge.

Yoga Class (Slow Flow) continues Saturday, March 28 (9:30 - 10:30 a.m.) in the Youth Pit.  The minimum donation is $5 per class or $12 per family.  Free mat usage.  All are welcome.

In preparation for Maundy Thursday, April 2, you are invited to join members and friends at 6:30 p.m. for a Soup Supper (soup, rolls and dessert).  A reservation sheet is in the Main Hallway. Karen Wininger is coordinating the event. The cost is $3.00 for adults and free for children.

The Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service, on April 2, begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The celebration of the Lord’s Supper, biblical texts, music and the extinguishing of lights draws the congregation into the dramatic events leading to the crucifixion.  Remember with us!

The Good Friday Service, April 3, begins at 1:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  Join us on Golgotha as we remember Jesus’ death and God’s abiding love.

On Easter morning, April 5, our celebration begins with a brief Resurrection Service held in the Steep Memorial Garden at 10 a.m.  Prayers will be offered for those interred in the Garden and Columbarium and other loved ones who have entered the “Church Triumphant”.

The Easter Festival Service begins with special prelude music at 10:15 a.m.  During the service, a wonderful blend of musical traditions, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper and special liturgy will inspire us to embrace the Easter story with joy and hope.  There will be Church School classes for Crib-Toddler thru First Grade.  An Egg Hunt for the children of JAPC will take place following the worship service.

The ladies will gather for "Tea and Chatter" at the home of Sandra Nichols on Tuesday, April 14, at 1:00 p.m.  The highlight of the afternoon of conversation and fellowship will be the serving of 'English Tea' accompanied with all the accouterments.  Reservations are limited to 9 ladies.  The reservation sheet is in the Main Hallway and please indicate what you will bring to share.

The next Men's Breakfast on Saturday, April 18 will be held in the Guild Room and led by John Quinlan.  The discussion will focus on selections from Elton Trueblood's book, "The Humor of Christ".  The reservation sheet and copies of the reading selection are on the Main Foyer Table.

Our annual Homeless Ministry is around the corner (April 25 - May 2).  We will have approximately 30 men and women enjoying our hospitaltiy.  Help is needed with time and donations.  The Volunteer list is on the Main Hallway Table or call the Church Office.

Used Books Wanted! We need your used books - children, novels, and non-fiction for the "Books A' Blooming" Sale on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7.  Just remember - we cannot accept Reader's Digest Condensed Books, Encyclopedias or dictionaries.  Books may be brought to the church and placed under the display cabinet in Dodge Hall.

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