Live Service 10:00am Sunday - Mask optional! Braden River Presbyterian Church -
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Weed Pulling and Landscape Clean-Up
to be continued.
Anytime you would like to tidy up the yard please feel free to do so!
13th - Margie D
3rd - Karrie D
6th - John C
16th - Janyce B
21st - Linda R
24th - Leroy H
18th - Bruce H
19th - Julie M
27th - Roger R
28th - Rev Ralph G
Our Church Superstar is Jeanette Hocking
Jeanette is our Church Superstar of the Month and way over due to be recognized. Jeanette is our Choir Director and has been doing this since 2004. That’s 17 years of a lot of time and hard work so we as the congregation can listen to and enjoy the beautiful music she creates each Sunday morning
Our Church Superstar is Jeanette Hocking
Jeanette is our Church Superstar of the Month and way over due to be recognized. Jeanette is our Choir Director and has been doing this since 2004. That’s 17 years of a lot of time and hard work so we as the congregation can listen to and enjoy the beautiful music she creates each Sunday morning. Not only does she pick out the prelude and introit music, the hymnal songs, along with the Pastor of course, but then has to practice that music on the organ and/or piano. When you hear the choir singing, who is standing before them directing them, it’s Jeanette. Plus, who taught the choir and practiced with them to perform those songs? Jeanette did! When we get to listen to the guest musicians or singers, who made the contact to get them to attend our church and organized it all? Jeanette did! In other words, she makes it look so easy, but in truth there’s a lot of time involved. We are so blessed to have this talented lady with us and we as the congregation reap the rewards.
Jeanette grew up in Detroit, Michigan and is a graduate from Wayne State University, also in Detroit, Michigan. She received a four-year scholarship in music and sang a solo at her commencement ceremony. That tells you, even in high school she was talented to receive such a scholarship. She had a wonderful teacher in college and contributes that teacher still to this date for her having the skills in playing and singing music. After graduation, she met the love of her life, Leroy Hocking, at the Methodist summer camp. Two years later, they were married and have been so for 66 years. They have three children and two grandchildren. She used her college education for the time before her marriage. After marriage she raised her three children. But it was put to good use later, because she was the Children’s Choir Director for many years for the Utica Methodist Church in Michigan. She and Leroy also help develop and start up a new Methodist church in Shelby Township, Michigan. She was also the Choir Director there. Throughout the years, she has sung and played at many weddings, funerals, graduations, banquets and many other functions.
Thank you so very much, Jeanette, for all your years of devotion and hard work so we here at Braden River Presbyterian Church have the pleasure of listening to the beautiful music you create each Sunday. Please stop by to see Jeanette and give her a big thank you. You will usually find her sitting at the organ. Or better yet, write a thank you note to her.
Jeanette words “I love music so very much and have my entire life. I will be around until God has other plans for me.”
P.S. I want to acknowledge and also thank Genie Polower and Jayne Strouse who have accompanied Jeanette during our Sunday service, along with many other musical gifted people that have contributed to the Church service.
By Elder Pam Tuohey
The Manatee Food Barrel is one of our most accomplished and long-standing food contributions to help in our local community. Let’s keep that excellent record going. A notice is posted on wall near the barrel as well as on the board to list the guidelines for the food requirements. Please read them and let’s continue our giving to help
The Manatee Food Barrel is one of our most accomplished and long-standing food contributions to help in our local community. Let’s keep that excellent record going. A notice is posted on wall near the barrel as well as on the board to list the guidelines for the food requirements. Please read them and let’s continue our giving to help feed the hungry in the most appropriate ways.
Upcoming for November and December will be the toy drive for The Salvation Army’s Forgotten Angels program as done in previous years. Also, Christmas gift cards will be given to those people in need whose names are given to the Mission team by you the members. Those gift cards will be purchased with monies from the Penny Fund. Amounts are to be determined by available funds at the time. So please continue to put your coins, dollar bills or checks in the Penny Fund basket or mail it in because that’s the next usage for those funds. If writing a check, specify “Penny Fund or Missions” on your check memo line. An announcement for both Christmas events will be forthcoming soon. Just a footnote: Usually, but not always, monies are taken from the Penny Fund and added to any specific Mission project to make it a rounded dollar amount. In other words, your pennies do add up and are used in many helpful ways. If you have any suggestions as to where we can help, please let either the office know or one of the mission team members. We are always looking for new ideas to help.
* Thank you all so very much for your continued support of your Mission Team's projects. As a whole, we can still call ourselves the "The Small but Mighty Church" because of your generous hearts and God's Blessings bestowed upon us in so many ways as a Church family.
Pam Tuohey/Mission Team Leade
** We are here for you through the Corona Virus! **
There is always someone available in the Office on Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00am-12:00pm, along with other scheduled times.
Braden River Presbyterian Church wants to cherish our past photos which you can see at the bottom of this section. If you would like any added please send them to Beth Hocking.
BRPC is coming closer together with One Service on Sunday at 10:00am. It will be a combined Traditional and Contemporary Feeling to comfort all!
We End with our Circle of Membership holding hands and singing!
Please contact us with any questions either on the last page in Visit Us or by calling
** We always need help with other Activities and Maintenance around our Church! Please let us know what you would be interested in helping out with. We look forward to it!
We have a very Close-Knit group of Members with Ladies and Men's Monthly Luncheons, as well!
Jesus said: I have not come to be served but to serve. As Christians we are called to serve others. We are called to love our Neighbor at least as well as we love ourselves. Outside the walls of the Sanctuary there are precious people in need: families struggling to make ends meet, homeless individuals and families, children who go to bed hungry, elders lonely and isolated. Here is where faith meets the world. Here, as much as on Sunday morning in Worship, is "Church."
Braden River has partnered with the Organizations listed below (all Links open in a New Tab) to address some of these needs, both here and abroad. In doing so, not only do we alleviate suffering of others, we meet our Faith, our Fears, our Deepest Desires to be like Jesus. It's in the doing that belief comes alive and grow