Woodside Bible Church Invites Area Residents to Free Family Christmas Dinner

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Woodside Bible Church in Detroit will serve the Cass Corridor and greater metropolitan community a free Christmas dinner at the Detroit School of Arts on Dec. 10, 2017.

For the past several years, Woodside Detroit has partnered with The District Detroit to help maintain Cass Park through the city’s standard Adopt-a-Park program.

Sunday’s dinner will be a festive event and will feature an Italian dinner prepared by D’Amatos in Royal Oak and desserts by Rising Stars Academy nonprofit culinary school. There will be Christmas caroling and music performed by the church’s worship art team.

“It’s a good opportunity for people to enjoy the holiday with friends and family and to celebrate people from all walks of life,” said Megan Majewski, Family Ministry Director at Woodside Detroit. “It’s also a night to serve the community free of charge, to whomever.” All attendees with receive a free Christmas gift and no RSVP is required.

The evening affair will service local agencies and residences including Mariners Inn; Neighborhood Service Organization; Cots, the Coalition on Temporary Shelter; the NOAH Project and Cornerstone Estates (formerly the Jeffries East public housing project). Majewski said nearly 400 people attended the annual event last year.

Led by Pastor Tim Holdridge, Woodside Detroit is one of 14 Woodside Bible Church locations in the region. Since its 2011 opening, the church has hosted its weekly services at the Detroit School of Arts Ford Theater.

Woodside Detroit’s Family Christmas Dinner is one of many volunteer activities the nonprofit organization provides every year.

For information about volunteering at the 2017 Woodside Family Christmas Dinner, click here.

WHO: Woodside Bible Church, Detroit
WHAT: Family Christmas Dinner
WHEN: Sunday, December 10, 2017, 5-7 p.m.
WHERE: Detroit School of Arts, First Floor Studio, 123 Selden St, Detroit, MI 48201
WHY: To celebrate Christmas, the holiday season and fellowship
TWITTER: @woodsidedetroit
INTAGRAM: @woodsidedetroit

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is one of the largest sports and entertainment developments in the country. Located in the heart of Detroit, this 50-block, mixed-use development led by the Ilitch organization unites eight world-class theaters, five neighborhoods and three professional sports venues in one vibrant, walkable destination for people who want to live, work and play in an exciting urban environment. Home to the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Lions – The District Detroit represents the greatest density of professional sports teams in one downtown core in the country.

Current data from the University of Michigan demonstrates that The District Detroit will account for an economic impact of more than $2 billion by 2020 and create more than 20,000 construction and construction-related jobs and 3,000 permanent jobs.

Rochester Mural Painting

Rochester Mural
Zeke Ostroski 20 from Detroit, Para Professional From Rising Stars Academy Stephanie Surginer,Zach Murphy 24 from Grosse Pointe and Shannon Gibson 26 from Rochester hills she is the daughter of Christine the artist they are all working on the mural together the 2 boys are from Rising Stars Academy in Centerline.

Volunteers from all over Michigan have traveled to Rochester to make their mark on a community mural that will be placed along the Clinton River Trail in Rochester College’s Lake Norcentra Park this spring.

Rochester Hills resident and children’s book illustrator Christine Gibson, who won a mural contest last April that was hosted by Rochester College, said over 100 volunteers have pitched in thus far.

“The whole project is dependent on volunteer man hours,” Gibson explained. “I only picked up a paintbrush myself two weeks ago. My whole job has just been keeping it moving, so it’s really being painted by the community.”

The giant paint-by-numbers mural is being painted on 72 panels, each 5 feet by 5 feet, that will be placed — in consultation with Philadelphia muralist John Laidacker — on a wall facing a high-traffic area on the Clinton River Trail in Rochester College’s Lake Norcentra Park. The 1,800-square-foot public art landmark will be installed, wallpaper style, in May.

Since the work kicked off in December, people of all ages and abilities have stepped up to help out — the youngest being an 18-month-old girl.

“A family came with an 18-month-old who had a little roller, and she and Mom and Dad worked on the floor. I can tell you that the panel she did came out fantastic,” Gibson said.

Volunteers have hailed from Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township, and as far as Novi, Wixom, Lapeer and various other locales. A number of local schools and groups have hosted painting parties to assist in the process — including adults with special needs from Woodside Bible Church and students from Rising Stars Academy. Also helping out were the Friends of the Clinton River Trail, a team from Quicken Loans, students and staff from Lutheran High Northwest, students from Rochester High School’s National Honor Society, and students from Homeschool Connection.

“We have just been grateful for the community participation,” said Tom Rellinger, vice president of development, finance and operations at Rochester College.

Adults who still want to contribute to the mural can sign up for detailing sessions, which require adult-level painting ability, through early February at The project will most likely be completed around Feb. 11. A temporary studio is located at the Rochester Hills Department of Public Services facility, 511 Auburn Road in Rochester Hills.

“It has just been a great community project, and we are going to enjoy it when it’s done, and hopefully enjoy the park when we get it up and running,” Rellinger said.

Lake Norcentra Park will offer the public free access to outdoor art, food, leisure activities and nature, with direct access from the Clinton River Trail connecting to downtown Rochester. When complete, Lake Norcentra Park will also include concessions and a picnic garden accessible from the Clinton River Trail, public art installations, a bike parking and repair station, interpretive signage, fishing access, and gathering places for outdoor learning programs and social activities.

To get involved or to follow the mural’s progress, visit, or