November 17, 2023
Pastor Rich's Weekly Devotional
And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air,
and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life,
I have given every green plant for food. And it was so.
God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.
And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:30,31)
How eye-catching it is to see deer grazing on ground level vegetation. How stirring to watch the path of a hawk or an eagle soaring overhead. How humorous to see the chipmunks and squirrels skittering about. How inspiring to watch the sun’s reflection on a lake change hues as it rises above the horizon.
The beauty of our region is something that the great Reformer John Calvin never beheld. But he saw enough of France and Switzerland to convince him of the beauty of our world. John Calvin once wrote, “Creation is the Theatre of God’s Glory.” Calvin said every human being is “formed to be a spectator of the created world and given eyes that one might be led to its author by contemplating so beautiful a representation.”
The principal actor in this vast theatrical production is none other than God alone, evoking desire by “showing himself in the visible splendor of his apparel.” (quotes from Belden C. Lane, St. Louis University, “Spirituality as the Performance of Desire: Calvin on the World as a Theatre of God’s Glory”).
Distancing himself from any sense of the worship of creation, Calvin wanted to draw his readers attention to the creative impulses of our God, the one responsible for all creation.
How thankful we can be for the beauty of our world. Even in the waning days of fall, we can see the beauty of creation everywhere we wish to look.
May our hearts be filled with thanksgiving for the gift of our world,
In Our Prayers
Paul Ayres, Marion Benedict, Julie Blom, Barbara Broker, Nancy Burton, Nancy Carter, Vangie Chase, Bud Conrad, Tom Conrad, Judy Daulton, Pamela Duplacey, Eileen Fisher, Dorothy Friedl, Maureen Gribbell, Paul Gribbell, Tom Gribbell, Steve Hauser, Herbert Jarvie, Diane Kennedy, Kay Malaney, Bill Marvin, Brian Matthews, Mary Mehelich, Julie Morrish, Jim Poppelreiter, Marion Poppelreiter, Sarah Robertson Nadeau, Pat Rothley, Brian Russek, Jeffrey Sanford, Karen Schoonover, Lisa Sjoholm, Jim Skeeters, Pat Sluka, Paul Stottlemyer, Jeanne Thamer, Terry family, Ron Verduin, Nancy Watts, Doris Wiegert, Woodby family and Pamela Zimmerman.
OLCC,P is a Stephen Ministry congregation, which means many of our members and friends have completed a 50-hour training course in peer counseling, listening, and referral. If you would like to meet regularly with a Stephen Minister for a listening ear, supportive prayer, and companionship in times of struggle or transition, see Steve Orr or email email@example.com
The OLCC,P Stephen Ministers are: Bev Ayres, Dorothy Friedl, Sherry Orr, Steve Orr, Bob Siebert,
Pat Redner-Colvin, and Betty Singleton.
Help for those in Need this Season
- Baldwin Christmas Store October 29 - November 30.Drop off on table near the church office!
- Click here for the Baldwin Christmas Store wish list.
The donations we collect during this holiday season will not only help us provide gifts to children for Christmas who would otherwise go without presents, but they will also help us provide food, and clothing to those who need it most this time of the year.
Thank you for donating food so families can share in a great Thanksgiving meal together! We a grateful for the clothing for the bitter cold days coming soon, and the gifts that will brighten Christmas morning for many children and families.
We appreciate all of you who have been so generous throughout the year.
OLCCP Mission Team
Our calendar is available to browse live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at OLCC,P Calendar. You can browse all events coming up. You can also subscribe to the calendar on the same page.
Please be sure to check the calendar before organizing an event at OLCC,P
Heritage Speaker Series this Sunday at 3:00 pm
As part of a year-long celebration of our 150th anniversary, we have invited Dr. Catherine Cangany, great-great-great-grand-daughter of our founders, Colin and Caroline Campbell. Her presentation is titled: “Blessed to be a Blessing: Caroline and Colin Campbell's Legacy of Service.”
Please plan to join us in Heritage Hall this Sunday, November 19 at 3:00 pm!
Light refreshments will be served.
GLU YOUTH SHOE DRIVE
We are excited to announce that the GLU Youth of OLCCP will be having a SHOE DRIVE FUNDRAISER through Funds2Orgs to benefit the upcoming 2024 GLU Youth Mission Trip.
While we will officially kick off the fundraiser in January , we will begin to collect shoes the week of October 30. You can either bring your shoe donations to the church or we can make arrangements to pick them up. Funds2Orgs accepts all pairs of used (GENTLY WORN) and new shoes, sneakers, and even cleats.
They love to repurpose shoes that are in the best possible condition. They love new shoes best of all!! Please reach out to Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or Barb Christoff at email@example.com with any questions.
Our Daily Bread Devotions
Join us on Zoom for Our Daily Bread Devotions during the fall months, Monday through Friday at 9:00 am. Free devotional guides are available for pick-up 24/7 in the Little Free Library outside our entrance or in the main lobby.
The Zoom link is
And to lead the class, you can sign up here Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian: Our Daily Bread Devotional (signupgenius.com)
Time for Poinsettia Orders
It’s time to order the poinsettias that decorate our Sanctuary each year. They are planted in 6-inch pots with 4 to 6 blossoms per plant in either red, pink or white. The cost is $10.75 each. Sign up is in the Lakeview area and will end on November 19.
Nurse Emily Grakul is Retiring.
It is with mixed emotions that we have accepted the resignation of our Faith Community Nurse, Emily Grakul, effective the end of February 2024. Emily has been a true blessing to our congregation. However, Emily is looking forward to spending more time with her family, and so we will celebrate her retirement. In the meantime, please let Pastor Rich know if you are aware of a registered nurse who may be interested in becoming OLCCP's next Faith Community Nurse.
The role is approximately 16 hours per week and a job description is available in the church office. We hope to interview and select a candidate before the end of the year so that the new Faith Community Nurse may have the opportunity to work directly with Emily for a few weeks and ensure a seamless transition.
~The Personnel Ministry Team
BUDGET UPDATE: Chancel Flowers
Our flower budget is running a little short. If you have not reimbursed the church for
Sunday flowers please consider helping us out.
You can sign up for flower dedications in 2023 in honor or memory of loved ones online by clicking here Or we have brought back the sign up sheets located in the Lakeview area.
Please note: the cost of the chancel flowers are $40 this year.
Worship & Music
Open Door Outreach Food & Household Item Collection
Open Door Outreach Collection:
The pantry is in need of the following food items: jelly, condiments, canned meat, tuna, soups, canned vegetables and fruits, canned chili, stew and baked beans, spaghetti sauce, pasta, boxed cereals, cake mix and frosting, crackers, and juice.
This is an ongoing collection at OLCC,P that is distributed weekly. They accept all shelf-stable items. Any donation of food or hygiene products is appreciated. Items can be dropped off in the brown bench near the office.
Thank you for your continued support!
Deacon Transportation Service
Do you need a ride? Deacon Transportation Services at OLCC,P is staffed and able to take fellow members to medical or essential appointments.
Please contact Emily or Gloria for information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Church Office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Rev. Dr. Richard Lapehn (Pastor): In the office Monday through Thursday. May be reached by email at (email@example.com)or by phone at 248-682-0730.
- Leida Soto (Office Administrator): In the office Monday through Thursday or by email during office hours at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone at 248-682-0730.
- Stacey Cheff (Business Administrator): In the office Mondays and Thursdays or by email during office hours (email@example.com)
- Kelly Holquist (Children & Youth Director): May be reached by email during office hours at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone at 248-682-0730.
- Emily Grakul (Faith Community Nurse): In the office Tuesdays and Wednesdays, by phone 248-346-7062 or by email during office hours (email@example.com)
- Bruce Snyder (Director of Music Ministries): firstname.lastname@example.org