Recognizing that Sunday worship is one of the focal points of our congregation, enjoying each other in fellowship activities is also significant and takes place as we reach out to each other and to our greater community, doing the work of Jesus Christ.
Serving each other and sharing joys and concerns is an important part of the Fellowship Hour we enjoy following worship each Sunday. Featuring light snacks and beverages, members gather in the Fellowship Hall to meet guests, chat with friends, and enjoy one another.
Throughout the year potluck dinners are planned, providing more opportunities to gather as a church family. These are usually in conjunction with a special focus, for example our annual congregational meeting and the annual birthday cake auction.
We also have a planned Thanksgiving potluck dinner each year for those who wish to join with other members of our church family and give thanks for our blessings.
The Church Life Committee regularly organizes theater parties for members of the congregation, supporting both Alpena Civic Theater and Thunder Bay Theatre throughout the year. (Several members of the congregation are active in the theaters.)
In early summer, members of the congregation work together preparing a Strawberry Social. Brought in from one of the local patches, the berries are prepared at the church as the biscuits are baked in our kitchen. The public is invited to the fundraiser, which provides monies for our Children at Risk Fund.
In addition, members of our church family volunteer at St. Bernard’s Friendship Room every fourth Friday throughout the year, helping to prepare and serving dinners with other members of the community to provide for those in need.
Our deacons coordinate a Caring Cart every month, benefiting various community organizations. Church members are invited to donate items appropriate for the identified need.
Serving the Church
It takes many hands to do the work of the church and those hands are often at work behind the scenes, preparing communion, sewing banners for the sanctuary, working in the flower gardens, participating in occasional “work bees”, cleaning the kitchen, preparing the sanctuary for Sunday, and mowing the lawn.
Others serve as elders and deacons, or as members of a variety of committees. They may sing in the choir, assist in leading worship as lay liturgists, or act as greeters or ushers on Sundays.
Presbyterian Women gather each month, meeting for fellowship, perhaps a meal or dessert, and sometimes a speaker--either at church or at a local restaurant. In addition they enjoy Bible Study once each month and periodically sponsor a faith-based discussion group related to a mainstream movie.
Their annual Holiday Bazaar and Luncheon in November raises money for many projects around the church including reupholstering the pews, landscaping the grounds, replacing kitchen appliances, installing automatic door openers, and other needs as they arise. It features homemade jams and cookies, many quality repurposed items, crafts, linens, handmade stationery, and a “Tin Can” raffle.