Mature Ministries

The Mature Ministries Program has many interesting lectures, trips, and conversations that you are invited to join! Our monthly gathering is a lunch and learn that we call “Hilltoppers.” If you are 60 and up and are not getting our email news update, email Lisa Haddrill at

Sign up for Mature Ministries Fall Events here!

Mature Ministries Fall Events Registration

Mature Ministries Kick-off 2018

Mature Ministries Kick-off is Tuesday, September 11. Come and join us for a special lunch in between two great presentations by local authors and leaders! Sign up by September 6.

  • 11:00 in Monteith Hall: Featured Presentation -Rev. Ken Wilson and Rev. Emily Swan, co-pastors and authors of Solus Jesus! Order your book ($20) below by August 10. Learn more about Sola Jesus here.
  • Lunch - Noon in the Social Hall ($5)
  • 12:40 Presentation in the Social Hall following lunch — 12:45 - Dr. Andy Hoffman, author of  Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling. Order your book ($25) below by August 10. Read more about Finding Purpose here.

First Thursday Writing Group

Join us for a Writing Group on the first Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Vance Room. Limited to 15 people. Sign up with Rev. Rogers at NO charge!

Upcoming Special Trips

Belle Isle’s Dossin Great Lakes Museum

Thursday, August 30, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m, join us for a morning on Belle Isle and lunch at the Grosse Point Yacht Club!

The morning outing will take us to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle, where a plunge into Detroit’s long maritime history (200 years before the invention of the automobile) will be enhanced by stunning views of the Detroit River, Belle Isle, and Canada. Take the experience in hand and climb into the William Clay Ford Pilot House and try your hand at steering a boat down the river (virtually, of course). Expand your knowledge of Detroit’s many cultural offerings by getting to know this little-known local gem. Your day on the river continues at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club where a menu of soup, salad, and drink will be accompanied by commanding views of the waterfront⎯a perfect conclusion to our day on Detroit’s water. Deck shoes and captain’s hats are optional!

Special Bonus: First Pres member Dr. Jennifer Day will speak about her work as a policy expert on Michigan’s Great Lakes on Sunday, August 26, at 11:00. A perfect way to prepare for the Belle Isle outing later in the week.

Cost: $35.00. Includes transportation, admission and tour at the Dossin Museum, and inclusive lunch at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. Payable in full no later than August 23.

*This trip is now sold out. You may contact the office or Rev. Rogers ( to be placed on a wait list.

Trip to Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

You're invited to our outing to the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit on October 4 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Long before cars were mass-produced using the assembly line, they were built one at a time in Henry Ford’s first purpose-built factory (1904-1910). A Detroit non-profit has been slowly restoring the plant to help tell the story of the creation of the Model T, the car that transformed American transportation. Join us to tour the plant over 100 years later and connect directly with the hundreds of men and thousands of cars that wore the plank floors smooth at the Piquette Plant.

Adjourn for lunch at Ford’s Garage in Dearborn, a 21st century celebration of all things Ford. After a morning of car making, you’ll be ready to enjoy a buffet style burger bar complete with sides, soft drinks⎯and a nice big piece of bumpy cake to reward your morning efforts! Our day together will be an unforgettable drive into the past, Henry’s way.

Cost: $40.00. Includes transportation, admission and tour at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, and inclusive lunch at Ford’s Garage. Register by contacting the church office or Rev. Melissa Anne Rogers at Payable in full no later than September 27.

Trip to Midland with Brad Taylor

Join us on a trip to Midland with Brad Taylor! Outing by chartered bus to the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio in Midland with lunch to follow at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth. Cost is $40. Includes family style chicken dinner, soft drinks, and Bavarian Inn will kick in a "special dessert" chosen by Dorothy Zehnder herself for our group. Also includes taxes and tip. Limit of 50.


Meets monthly, generally the second Thursday of the month at noon in the Social Hall. Lunch $5

Thursday, October 11 at noon - Dunya Mikhail, Oakland University Professor, "The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq." Order book from Rev. Rogers by August 10, cost $13.

Thursday, November 8 - Craig McDonald, Director, The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, focusing on Dow's Ann Arbor buildings (City Hall, the Public Library, some UM buildings, local homes, etc.).

Thursday, December 13 - Professor Ron Stockton, University of Michigan - Presbyterian Divestment.

Health and Wellness - Monthly Health Screening

For a Sunday blood pressure check, email or call the Parish Nurse, 662-4466, ext. 350, to schedule a visit. Our Parish Nurse, Sandy Talbott ( , also makes home visits.