The Men of the Kirk (MOK) have been going strong for decades with Bible Studies, social outings, bonfires and just plain good fellowship. They are there for each other through the good times and the hard times of life. This month they had to say goodbye to two fellow MOKer's; Vito Gioia and Arnie Kummerow. Vito passed away September 15 and Arnie moved to Indiana to be closer to his family. We're glad they have each other to get through some of life's challenging times. If you would like to build strong relationships with some of the MOK, attend a bible study Friday mornings or one of their social outings. To learn more contact Buzz Brown at 248-217-7979.
The Garden Guild was busy planting mums on Saturday, September 24. There was even a fleet of vintage cars that stopped by to see this Kirk! Thank you to all those who volunteer to make our grounds so beautiful!
It was a great day for a CROP Walk! There were approximately 60 walkers, 20 of whom were from the Kirk. The rain held off as we walked a mile or two around Birmingham raising money for Church World Service and seven local charities. Final donation numbers will be in soon, let's hope we can KEEP THE SHOE! Many thanks to all who participated.
Sunday, September 11th was our annual Homecoming celebration! We welcomed everyone back from their summer activities, all members and visitors alike. Fun was had by all!! Thank huge you to everyone who made this event such a great success!
We had a great turn out for Dinner Church on Wednesday, September 28! It was a wonderful evening filled with enriching classes, good food, and fellowship. If you are interested in attending the next Dinner Church, sign up by clicking the button below!
The high school youth are working their way through the fruits of the Spirit from Galatians, and this past week we talked about Joy. Each person was given the opportunity to share a story from their life about joy, and it was unsurprising how many of those stories revolved around being with other people. This kickoff season has truly been a testament to that. We have laughed, talked deeply about life and faith, and have reconnected in ways that remind me what joy in Christ is all about.
Refectory Terrace Update
The Refectory has been closed for more than 12 months, and we can finally provide a detailed update on our progress! Years of water damage had caused substantial deterioration of the Terrace. Bloomfield Township closed the Refectory when they determined that the Terrace no longer provided sufficient and safe fire egress.
This project is proceeding with the utmost care. Now, we have entered the waterproofing stage of construction. There are six layers of protection being applied:
1) bonding primer
2) 90 mils of hot tar (heated to 400 degrees before applying!)
3) a layer of reinforcing fabric
4) 125 mils of hot tar
5) a layer of protection fabric
6) and finally, a drainage board.
The waterproofing system is being tested to ensure proper installation and certify it for the 20-year warranty! After certification, several inches of rigid foam insulation is put down, another layer of protection fabric is applied, and the concrete will be poured on top of all this.
We have a fabulous crew of contractors, under the direction of Auch Construction, working 6 days a week to get this project finished before the 75th Anniversary celebration and the Christmas season! If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to reach out to Erica Ginter, Facilities Manager at or (248) 973-8007.