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 www.tcpresby.org.
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.
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.
The restoration and expansion of the Garden of Remembrance patio also is planned to commemorate the church’s 150th year and will provide improved accessibility and broader opportunities for outdoor worship, weddings and special events.
TRAVERSE CITY — Central High School’s Marching Band will host an exhibition of 17 marching bands from around northern Michigan on Monday, Oct. 14.
The expo will be held from 5-9:30 p.m. at Thirlby Stadium, 400 W. 13th St. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and $10 for families and will be available at the gate. Concessions will be available.
Garden club meets
ACME — Tom Ford will discuss Monarch butterfly way stations at the next meeting of the Sweetwater Evening Garden Club.
The club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the East Bay Masonic Lodge. The public is welcome. For details or if planning to attend, call Pam Larkin, 938-9611.
CHS class of ’57
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Central High School class of 1957 will meet for lunch on Tuesday, Oct. 15.
The group will meet from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Elks Club, 625 Bay St. Lunch orders will be taken at 11:30 a.m. All classmates are welcome.
TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College’s Extended Education will offer a professional and personal development workshop titled “Eliminating Self-Defeating Behaviors.”
The workshop will meet from 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the University Center on Dendrinos Drive off Cass Road. It is designed for the general public and those in helping professions. The $135 cost includes lunch and a textbook. Registration is required; call 995-1700 or visit www.nmc.edu/ees.
MESICK — Vendor space is still available for the Mesick AMVETS Auxiliary Christmas Tree Craft Show.
The show will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the AMVETS Post and includes a soup buffet and various raffles. For details, call Julie Raymond, 885-2649.