Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 8, 2013

Community in Brief: 10/08/2013

Syrian pastor

TRAVERSE CITY — The Syrian Pastor at the Evangelical Church of Damascus will speak on issues related to violence and healing at several area Presbyterian churches.

The pastor, a graduate of the Near East School of Theology, has served the Evangelical Church in Damascus since 1997. He is a member of the Evangelical Supreme Council in Syria and Lebanon and a Judge in the Evangelical Spiritual Court in the south region of Syria. His visit is made possible through the International Peacemaker Program of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

The pastor will be at the Presbyterian Church of Traverse City, 701 Westminster from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9. The public is welcome. For details, call 946-5680 or visit

He also will speak from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the First Presbyterian Church of Elk Rapids, 404 Spruce St.

On Sunday, Oct. 13, he will visit St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 8190 Lincoln Road, Beulah. He will speak at 9 a.m. in the adult education class, preach the sermon at the 10:30 a.m. worship service, and join the congregation for a potluck and a discussion following the service.

Haas and Friends

TRAVERSE CITY — Nationally known bassist Marion Hayden will join the Jeff Haas Quartet for Jazz at the Cambria from 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.

Haas & Friends perform each Thursday at the Cambria Suites’ Reflect Bistro and Lounge, 255 Munson Ave. This Thursday features Hayden with Laurie Sears on saxophone and flute and Randy Marsh on drums and harmonica. There is no cover charge. For details, call 778-9000.

Church 150th

TRAVERSE CITY — The themes of rededicating, rejoicing and renewing will be the focus of worship services that celebrate First Congregational Church’s 150th anniversary.

First Congregational Church, 6105 Center Road, was the second church founded and chartered in Traverse City in 1863.

Services at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays, Oct. 13 and 20, are open to anyone with a past or current connection to the church. A brunch will follow the Oct. 13 worship service. Retired Sr. Pastor Dr. Gary Hogue will serve as transitional Sr. Pastor following the resignation of the Rev. Dr. David Walls and will lead the worship services.

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