Daytime Warming Center
Dec
3
to Dec 14

Daytime Warming Center

As winter draws near, shelters and warming stations open up around Ann Arbor. Led by the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, the city, the county area churches and community — the Daytime Warming Center provides shelter for homeless people in Washtenaw County. 

Journey of Faith is hosting the Daytime Warming Center December 3-14 (8:30AM-4:30PM). We offer a space for shelter and rest, relaxation and healing, and, of course, lots of nutritious, high quality food. It’s a place where people care enough to keep you warm and love you enough to listen to your story. You can sign-up to help by providing a meal, snacks, or conducting an activity.

We welcome volunteers who are passionate about helping to restore hope to the homeless in Washtenaw County. By dedicating your time, energy, and skills, you can change the lives of our neighbors. If you feel a call to help and want to raise awareness about homelessness and poverty, then contact the church office at: jofdisciples@gmail.com or 734.971.4245, The Daytime Warming Center might be the right place for you.

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The Christmas Store
Dec
14
1:00 PM13:00

The Christmas Store

Christmas Giving Store:   This year, we'd like to provide gifts for homeless guests at the Daytime Warming Center to give to a family member or friend.  It's our hope to have everyone share in the Christmas spirit even those who really don't have anything tangible to give. We would like to collect new gifts under $10.   

A "wishlist" is available of suggested items to donate.  You can also donate something else you feel is a little bit more unique or special to give.  Your donation of a gift, under $10, will be most appreciated — whatever it is. 

With your help, homeless guests coming to the Daytime Warming Center in December will be able to be part of the gift-giving process too.  We'll have gift wrapping supplies for our homeless guests to decorate the gifts you've so generously donated for them to give away.  

Get Involved:

• Organize a Gift drive or collect gifts from your office, family, group of friends, or church group.

• Host a holiday party and have guest bring Wishlist gifts.

• Plan a shopping trip with your friends / group / organization.

Drop off your gift at Journey of Faith Christian Church during the week of Dec. 10-14, 2018 (10:30-1:30).

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Journey Book Club
Jan
17
6:30 PM18:30

Journey Book Club

Join the conversation on January 17th (6:30) at Journey of Faith about the book: Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell. "My little story has become your history. You won’t really understand your times until you understand mine.”

So begins the account of Agnes Shanklin, the charmingly diffident narrator of Mary Doria Russell’s compelling new novel, Dreamers of the Day. And what is Miss Shanklin’s “little story?” Nothing less than the creation of the modern Middle East at the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference, where Winston Churchill, T. E. Lawrence, and Lady Gertrude Bell met to decide the fate of the Arab world–and of our own.

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Journey Book Club
Feb
21
6:30 PM18:30

Journey Book Club

Join the conversation on February 21, 2019 (6:30) at Journey of Faith about the book: They Met at Shiloh by Philip Bryant.

Pittsburg Landing was a place at peace--one that never expected to be the site for one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Peace is shattered as Confederate and Federal troops meet on the fields and farms surrounding a tiny Methodist church. In the midst of death and destruction, friendships form as four soldiers struggle to survive the battle.

Forced to leave his position as minister, Phillip Pearson knows his life is in danger, but not just from the Confederates. The Harper family, incensed at Pearson's refusal to bury a philandering son, has a vendetta against him that is played out on the battlefield.

Demoted from his command by a West Point graduate, Capt.Michael Greirson is forced to choose between ambition and duty.

When a bumbling youth becomes his shadow, Private Robert Mitchell gains an unlikely friend--something that has been missing from his life. Afraid to trust, he is forced to confront those fears and depend on others in the heat of battle.

War is an adventure to Private Stephen Murdoch and his best friend, William Banks. For months they dream of the glory of war before volunteering together. On the eve of battle, they sense something momentous is about to happen. Their idealistic views fade in the blood of their fallen comrades. (Summary by Amazon)

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God's Crazy Love
Nov
18
10:30 AM10:30

God's Crazy Love

When you’re wildly in love with someone, it changes everything. On Sunday, November 18th, starting at 10:30AM, we’ll spend part of our day serving others — inspired by the kind of love God gives us. After serving, we’ll come back to the church to share a Thanksgiving meal with community members at 12:00.  

Francis Chan, in his book God’s Crazy Love writes: “Have you ever wondered if we’re missing it? It’s crazy if you think about it. The God of the universe — the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and e-minor — loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love. And what is our typical response? We go to church, sing songs, and try not to cuss.”

Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical solutions?

God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself. Because the answer to religious complacency isn’t working harder at a list of do’s and don’ts — it’s falling in love with God. And once you encounter His love, as Francis describes it, you will never be the same. So, sign up to participate and invite your friends to help out in an act of gracious, God-filled and inspired service to others.

We’ll do things like deliver flowers and meals to people who have difficulty in getting out to visit with folks; rake leaves or shovel snow for our neighbors around the church; hand out cold-weather care kits and glad tidings to our homeless brothers and sisters; send letters of gratitude to social service workers in our community; or offer coffee and donuts to strangers walking down the street.

Come see the church living as God intended the church to live and experience the Spirit working as the Spirit always is.

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Journey Book Club
Nov
15
6:30 PM18:30

Journey Book Club

Join the conversation on November 15th (6:30) at Journey of Faith about “What the Eyes Don’t See” by Mona Hana Attisha. This is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona — accompanied by an idiosyncratic team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders — proved that Flint’s kids were exposed to lead and then fought her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world.

Paced like a scientific thriller, the book shows how misguided austerity policies, the withdrawal of democratic government, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself — an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice.

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Election Day Vigil
Nov
6
8:00 PM20:00

Election Day Vigil

An “Election Day Vigil” on November 6th (8:00-9:00pm) will be hosted by Journey of Faith and Shalom Community Church. Join us as we gather as people of faith in Washtenaw County to center ourselves in the midst of an anxious moment, remembering that the Universe is much, much larger than any politician or election cycle. At the same time, we will renew our commitment to compassion, dialogue, and justice.

Our prayer: “Grant us the courage to stand up for what is right, the strength to try to make a difference, and the gospel-formed humility to accept that there are no Messiahs except for Jesus and no heaven on earth except the one awaiting us at the end of the age. Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly. Amen.”

We hope you will have a chance to attend this gathering of the faithful and hopeful.

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Reflecting on All Saints Day
Nov
4
10:30 AM10:30

Reflecting on All Saints Day

Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day-- a few names come easily to us when begin to brainstorm 'modern saints.' We don't want to lose sight of these heroes (or the, perhaps, lesser knowns like Bayard Rustin and Martha P. Johnson) and their legacies. Their memories call us to more faithful discipleship and can strengthen us in difficult times. 

However, most of us have a deeper pull toward more ordinary saints: a grandma who always made sure we had more than enough to eat; a spouse who never let us forget our worth; a friend who stuck by our side when the rest of the world came crashing down around us. These people are the hardest to say goodbye to and their memories are the most tender to carry. 

On this All Saints Sunday, whose memory tugs at your heart? Which ordinary saint (or saints) is God still working through in your life?  You are invited to bring in a memento (a photograph or small object) that reminds you of someone you've loved and lost, an ordinary saint, precious, even if to no one else, to you. We'll place these around our communion table on Sunday remembering that they remain with us at that table, now and always. 

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