Pastor Nate Phillips will be sending monthly letters to the congregation to include a combination of musings, calendar highlights, accolades, and prayer requests. He is calling the monthly letters Stay Warm.
You'll find the current letter below:
Stay Warm – April 2017
To my new friends at the Kirk,
By the time this letter arrives in your mailbox, I will have arrived at your church!
I could spend some time in this letter offering another introduction, but, instead, I would encourage you to peruse our church website, kirkinthehills.org. There you will find just about everything you could ever want to know about me! Of particular interest might be the Ask Nate video series—they were a lot of fun to make, and you will meet my kids there, too!
It will take some time for us to go beyond introductions and really get to know one another. I hope that this monthly letter will help with some of that. I intend for it to go out near the beginning of every month and include some combination of musings, calendar highlights, accolades, and prayer requests. The idea is to keep the letter informal and relational—something you will enjoy reading.
I am calling the monthly letter Stay Warm. You may have noticed that I’ve used that as a sign off in my letters and some of my videos. There are at least three reasons for this:
First, Michigan has a reputation for being cold. Someone recently asked me, “Where are you moving again, Wisconsin? I know it was one of those cold states.” Don’t worry, Kirk, I’m from Maine, I can handle it!
Second, churches have a reputation for being cold. I have not experienced the Kirk to be cold—quite the opposite. You are a warm and welcoming bunch! I want us to continue to extend that warmth until we reach the last home on the last road.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I want to lift up the idea of Staying Warm as a nod to the Kirk’s great benefactor, Colonel Edwin S. George, who penned this poem:
A winter day is a glorious sight,snow white,sun bright;A perfectly woven flawless dress,A mantel bestowed with a soft caress;But there are those that otherwise hold,Who with a shiver sense only the cold.And so it is throughout this life,Some see only the cold and strife;While others find in their path of duty,The warmth of sunshine, love and beauty.
These are wonderful words to live by as we begin our life together—and it promises to be quite a beginning!
This month brings Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. We have a variety of services on those days, and I will be preaching at all of them. I really hope you will come and bring neighbors and guests. I know that special plans are in the works for the children’s Easter Egg Hunt on Easter morning, and we can all look forward to that! My sermon series after Easter will be called Together in One Place (Acts 2:1). It will be drawn from the lectionary passages given to us from the book of Acts; these texts describe the launch of the early church and are very inspiring as we consider launches of our own.
Other calendar items to note: The church is closed on Easter Monday, Jasmine Smart will be ordained on April 23 at 4:00 p.m., the Chanticleer concert is on April 25, and the Kirk Women’s away retreat is April 28–30. May 6 is the Legacy Dinner and Auction in support of Accent Pontiac. It will be a good month to invite people to the Kirk who are new or have not been here for a long time!
With all of that, I’m sure I will see you soon.
But, until then, Stay Warm!
April 9 – Palm Sunday, 9:00 and 11:15 a.m.April 13 – Maundy Thursday, 7:00 p.m.April 14 – Good Friday, 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.April 16 – Easter Sunday, 6:45, 7:00, 9:00 and 11:15 a.m.April 17 – Easter Monday (Kirk offices closed)April 23 – Jasmine Smart’s Ordination Service, 4:00 p.m.April 25 – Chanticleer Concert, 8:00 p.m.April 28–30 – Women’s RetreatMay 6 – Kirk Legacy Dinner and Auction, 5:00 p.m.