Mature Ministries

2017-2018 Programs

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

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Mature Ministries Fall Events

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!

Special Trips

  • October 3 — Trip to Goll Woods and lunch at Sauder Village, Cost: $5 per person, plus lunch on your own
  • November 9 — Holocaust Museum trip and lunch at Stage Deli, 9:00 to 3 p.m. (time subject to change). Travel by chartered bus with us! No cost but your own lunch.
  • January 20 — “Our and About” — Saturday Movie Matinee and Early Dinner. Movie and dinner location TBD. No charge when registering.
  • March 18 — Gathering at the home of Brad and Simone Taylor’s “Meet the Symphony” No charge when registering. 1 - 3 p.m. with Arie Lipsky and musicians from the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
  • Spring (Date TBD) — The Royal Eagle restaurant on the grounds of St. Sabbas Russian Orthodox Monastery in Harper Woods. No charge when registering.


“Greatest Hits”: Our Ten Best Speakers from the Last 10 Years!
Generally the Second Thursday of the Month at Noon

September 5 (Tuesday) - KICK OFF

We host a kick-off for the year - with an emphasis on all our programs, on the first Tuesday after Labor Day 11:00 a.m. A special guest, a Holocaust Survivor, will help prepare us for our visit to the Holocaust Museum in November (Monteith Hall). Join us at noon for a gourmet hot lunch ($5). At 12:45 p.m. in the Social Hall we will hear from our featured speaker, Jane Dutton — Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Business Administration and Psychology.

October 12 (Thursday) - Berit Dayton (UM)

Professor Berit Ingersoll-Dayton is the director of the Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science. Lunch: $5

November 2 (Thursday, one week early) - Tom Granum

Tom Granum joined First Pres as Director of Music Ministries on July 29, 2012. He will help us prepare to encounter the stirring and meaningful composition by John Rutter, The Rutter Requiem on Sunday, November 5, at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Lunch: $5

December 14 (Thursday) - Brad Taylor (UM)

Associate Director, Museum Studies Program at University of Michigan and First Pres member! Lunch: $5

January 11 (Thursday) - Scott Ellsworth

Dr. Scott Ellsworth, teaches courses on African American history, Southern literature, and crime and justice in contemporary U.S. society at University of Michigan. His new book, The Secret Game (Little, Brown), won a 2016 PEN Book Award. Lunch: $5

February 8 (Thursday) - Sheryl Kurze

Dr. Sheryl Kurze, MD, a board certified hospice and palliative care physician with 25 years of experience in primary and end-of-life care. Lunch: $5

March 8 (Thursday) - Jim Walsh (UM)

"And as romantic as it may sound, I think we are all called to try to leave the world a better place. The desire to better understand relationships, done with a clear eye on enhancing our well-being, animates nearly everything I do."

Jim Walsh is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Gerald and Esther Carey Professor of Business Administration; Professor of Management and Organizations; Professor of Strategy.  Lunch $5

April 5 - John Branch (UM)

Faculty Associate, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and Academic Director of Part-Time MBA Programs and Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Ross School of Business. Lunch: $5

May 10 (Thursday) - Vic Strecher (UM)

University of Michigan — Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education. Lunch: $5

June 14 (Thursday) - Andrew Hoffman (UM)

Andrew (Andy) Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, a position that holds joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment. Andy also serves as Education Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute. Lunch: $5

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.