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Just wanted to connect you with a great article by Annette Kingsbury on what’s in store for EACH.

She talked to Ron Risher, executive director of EACH, and Doug Schmidt, senior pastor at Woodside Bible Church in Troy.

The story emphasizes both the cooperation among Detroit area churches, and the outreaches planned.

“A huge group of metro Detroit churches and Christian organizations is taking that message directly to the community this year. They will spend the 40 days after Easter working to heal hard-hit parts of metro Detroit in what organizers believe is an unprecedented attempt to resurrect a community in its time of great need,” Annette writes.

When all is said and done, EACH will mean one million hours of service to metro Detroit. I’m thinking that could make a huge difference. Hope you’ll hop on board.

There’s another important facet to EACH: The 2 Word Story. I heard some this weekend, and they were awe-inspiring.I hope to hear many more! Here’s a vid that tells more about the 2 Word Story.

I hope your Easter weekend was inspiring. Mine was. I’m excited about the EACH campaign, I’m excited about metropolitan Detroit churches working together. One thing I didn’t have to worry about was my safety and the safety of my family. Whether or not you think America is a Christian nation, bear in mind that we have freedom to worship as we please. You may be ridiculed or scorned by some peers or some family members, but you are not under the same persecution as Christians in many other parts of the world. Christians in Sudan or China pay a heavy price — often their lives — for sticking to their beliefs. This weekend in Iraq, on Easter Sunday, bombers struck outside a church in Baghdad. Nobody was killed, but four Iraqi police officers and three bystanders were injured. I’d like to think that after all this war, there would be a semblance of freedom for Iraq’s Christians. Sadly, it seems the situation shows only signs of deteriorating. Fortunately, attacks in Baghdad were few this Easter Sunday.

About 700 Christians attended Easter services at Baghdad’s St. Joseph’s Chaldean church where security forces closed off the roads leading to it, laid razor wires and searched all worshippers before entering the church.
“Our life in Iraq is full of fear,” Father Hanna Saad Sirop told worshippers. “But we have to live in faith and trust … we have to trust almighty God,” Hanna added.

So when you count your blessings, make sure one of them is that the place you worship is not surrounded by razor wire.

Kensington is making a big move this weekend. Two of its campuses, Rochester and Lake Orion, are merging and will meet as one at Lake Orion’s home, Lake Orion High School.

Carol Hopkins has the story.

Don’t mistake this for downsizing. Call it streamlining instead. Rochester has been meeting at Rochester Adams High School. In the short term, Rochester’s 1,800 visitors and Lake Orion’s 1,200 will have to share some space. After Easter, services will expand to three each Sunday: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon. I love that noon service! That sleeping-in excuse just doesn’t fly.

Click on the pic to watch video. Becky Lee, Campus Director for Kensington Orion church inside the Lake Orion high school auditorium. Kensington church is merging both their Rochester Adams and Lake ORion congregations into one at Lake Orion starting this weekend. The Oakland Press/TIM THOMPSON

Somewhere on the horizon, sites are set on a big building becoming the permanent home to the Rochester-Lake Orion congregation.

“Plans are under way to acquire a building of our own in north Oakland County,” says church spokesman Karl Nilsson in the article. “If all goes well, we will move from Lake Orion High into an existing 72,000-square-foot warehouse located about one mile north of the Palace on M-24.”

BTW, if you haven’t made Good Friday or Easter plans yet, Kensington’s churches have some awesome services planned for the weekend.

Get your tickets now. They’re free, but going fast.

Last weekend’s Easter egg hunts across the area were a hit, even amid a downpour. If you missed them, don’t fret. Here’s two more (at least) this Saturday.

The first is at Heritage Church in Sterling Heights.

Did you catch the part about INDOORS?

And then there’s the Egg Drop at Lakepointe Church, which BTW has a cool new website. An Egg Drop, you ask?

The bunny can fly a chopper?

Kensington’s Clinton Township campus helped the bunny scatter tens of thousands of eggs last Saturday. The rain had no prayer!

egg hunt

Alanna Clark, 3, and her brother Ashton, 18 months, gather eggs during the event for 1- to 3-year-olds Saturday at the football field at Mount Clemens High School.

The 4- to 6-year-old group hopped to it. (Photos by Craig Gaffield, The Macomb Daily)

OK, so Easter is about much more than bunnies and egg hunts and those awesome Reese’s eggs! When my girls were young, we used plastic eggs to tell the Easter story. I stumbled across this vid that explains how.

There are many ways and places to celebrate Good Friday. Churches in New Baltimore this Friday are holding the traditional Passion Play in a not-so-traditional venue. The story of Christ’s crucifixion will be portrayed outside in New Baltimore. It begins at 10 a.m. Friday on the steps of St. Marys and ends at the waterfront at Burke Park. It’s an effort that joins members from various churches in New Baltimore, New Haven and Chesterfield Township.

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The Everyone A Chance to Hear campaign puts some feet to its message Saturday. Thousands are expected to gather in the heart of Detroit starting at 8 a.m. for a prayer walk. The walk begins at Comerica Park, and travels down Woodward faster than a cruise to, fittingly, the Spirit of Detroit. That’s 1.6 miles. Go here for details. Part of the morning will include worship music from four churches. One group will be Selected of God.Yup, the choir from the Super Bowl Chrysler ads.

selected of god

Selected of God


That’s got to inspire you!
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Skip that “Hop” movie and get the real deal. Churches across the area are having Easter egg hunts. Here’s two to start with this weekend.

Living Hope of the Bay in Ray Township is hosting an Easter Party and Egg Hunt this Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.

Kensington is having ginormous egg hunts hosted by its Troy, Rochester, Birmingham and Clinton Township campuses. I’ll give you a number to call for more info: 248 786-0600

Now if you’re booked this weekend, how about this? Lakepointe Church, which meets at Lutheran High North, will have an egg drop on April 23. A whirlybird will drop 20,000 eggs for all to scoop up! I’ll take mine over easy.

Egg Drop

That’s at least tens of thousands of Easter eggs to hide. No wonder rabbits multiply so fast. We used to have trouble hiding two dozen eggs at our house. Sometimes there just aren’t enough couches and lampshades! Then there’s always the eggs you forget about and find later by following your nose.

Now that it’s illegal to text while driving (I can’t text while sitting still), we can turn our attention to more important matters. Like reading billboards. If you travel I-94 enough, you can’t not notice a billboard courtesy of Vox Church. It looks just like this image below – borrowed from the Vox website – but a thousand times bigger!

Now that’s an intriguing message. In my recent talks with church leaders and members, I’ve found two all-too-common themes. First, pastors are quick to point out how much church attendance has declined in metro Detroit over the past two decades. There are various reasons people don’t go to church. Of course, they may just not believe Christianity is the truth. However, the other common theme that I am surprised to hear about is how many people actually want to go to church, but have had very negative experiences at the churches they’ve grown up in or have visited since. If that’s you, maybe you should check out Vox or at least hear them out. Here’s a video from Vox about the subject.

Gotta like the honesty. I grew up in a small church and for the most part, I actually (gasp!) enjoyed church. I was surrounded by the greatest people I’ve ever met, and it was like a family to me. Okay, so lots of times, the sermons were BOOORRRRINGGG! But overall, it was not the negative experience that so many other people remember. Still, that Vox video has some sobering and inspiring lessons.

BTW: I’m adding to my blogroll the blogs from Vox pastors Matt Woodburn and Jonathan Seller.

Ah, vacation! No Florida or Cancun for us, but I’m thankful for a few days off from work and away from computer screens. I’m planning to get back to blogging on a daily basis, and I’m still planning to get out and meet many of the Christian leaders and people in the community. But I can’t let this one go by without giving you a heads-up. This Sunday, April 10, the EACH effort stops at Second Ebenezer Church for a Youth Rally. The gathering begins at 7 p.m., but you might want to arrive early.

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Just wanted to remind you again about the EACH prayer and praise rally tonight at Bethesda Christian Church in Sterling Heights. This would be a good time to find out more about Everyone A Chance To Hear. Churches and ministries from all across the region are coming together for this cause. And churches of all stripes.

From the boondocks:  Yale United Methodist Church

To the ‘burbs: Woodlawn Church

To The Bridge Covenant Church in the heart of Detroit.

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