Arts & Media

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The Night Life!

The Night Life is one week away! We have some awesome performances lined up, so be sure to come and invite your friends!

This night is going to be a bit different from what we've done previously. That's because we're going to play games! Games like taboo, scrabble, settlers, card games, etc. Please consider inviting out your friends, coworkers, or classmates to chill and hang out with us (because we're cool and fun to hang out with)!

Joy to the World!!

Unfazed by a snowstorm cancellation, a group of eight carolers and a support group of two descended on the Alterra/ Clarebridge nursing home on Monday, December 17 to share Christmas cheer in the form of four-part harmony. Although mainly composed of Harvest members, and missing half its original number, the group was blessed to represent both Focus small groups and the University of Michigan ECMO lab.

Addressing HIV/AIDS in Ann Arbor

On this past Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, HMCC’s Creative Worship Team hosted an AIDS benefit (in response to World AIDS Day—Dec. 1) at Sweetwater’s Café in downtown Ann Arbor. There was an amazing turnout -- the space was so packed, it was standing room only. Who knew that there could be such a connection between the arts and the AIDS crisis?

A Transformasphere Cartoon!

Un-separating Church and School, Un-secularizing the Arts

Dr. Marilyn Mason (NOT Manson!) is the University of Michigan School of Music's Organ Department chair. In addition to her faculty position, she is the organist at First Congregational Church, right in the middle of central campus. She is also a former resident of the Martha Cook Building (student residence) a couple blocks down the road, where she continues to visit for an occasional dinner. Dr. Mason has traveled all around the world to share her music, while influencing generations of students here at the U of Michigan, in and
out of the classroom.

Let Our Voices Be Heard


There was a time when every citizen of the United States sought the right to vote. A great war was fought and several key amendments to the Constitution were passed to allow all peoples to participate in the great American democracy project. In the past, men and women, black and white, Christians and non-Christians, faithfully turned out on election days to cast their ballots.

Tackling The Quarterlife Crisis at Sweetwaters Cafe

This past Tuesday, the single adults in the Ann Arbor community came together for The Night Life event hosted by members of the Focus Ministry of HMCC. It was a fun night of music and discussion as we tacked the issue of the "quarter life crisis."

Are You Being Brainwashed?

Imagine yourself sitting in a chair at a long table. Around this table are a group of energetic, somewhat strange, yet all particularly talented people. And to your right, at the head of the table, is an older fellow who is clearly starting a meeting.

Into the Night and Focus Spookfest!


Last week, many in the Focus Ministry –the single adults of HMCC –were able to reach out to those living in the Ann Arbor community through The Night Life and the Focus Spookfest!

The Night Life event was a great success, as many friends and co-workers came out to dialogue, listen to live music, and drink some great Sweetwaters coffee and tea.

Healing People Through Song

I sang "Amazing Grace" at my Grandmother's funeral. I remember singing that line "I once was lost, but now am found" when the people in the audience simultaneously said "amen." But the way they said "amen" was so genuine and sincere that it was as if the words pressed upon their hearts. Afterwards, a pastor approached my parents and said that he's heard many powerful, soulful gospel singers, but there was something…something about me. At the time, I simply thought he was someone who appreciated my singing.