April 30, 2021
Welcome Back to In Person Worship on May 2 at 10:00 a.m.
Great news! OLCC, P is going to resume indoor worship beginning with a single 10:00 a.m. service this Sunday, May 2nd. The decision to resume indoor worship service was approved by Session on April 27th based upon data, recommendations and COVID health and safety procedures developed by our COVID Response Team. These procedures were successfully tested through a pilot indoor worship service on April 11th and will require your adherence to help ensure the safety of yourself and others. They include:
- Registering your name and contact information (through a hard copy sheet or cell phone application that you can complete in the pews)
- Using free standing hand sanitizer stations
- Wearing a mask at all times while indoors
- Sitting with the people you arrived with in the locations indicated by ushers
- Singing is not encouraged among worshipers but you may hum in your mask
- Ushers will dismiss the congregation row-by-row beginning from the back of the sanctuary
- Please do not stop to converse with others until you reach the parking lot and avoid "hugs"
Caution: No organization can guarantee that their environment is 100% safe from COVID. We urge anyone with pre-conditions, poor health or strong reservations about COVID safety to continue to worship through recorded video worship services which will continue to be recorded and made available on the internet. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at worship!
You can access the video services via our website, www.olccp.com, and clicking on the Video worship box, or by going directly to YouTube and entering our church name in the search box. We will continue to assess conditions and various health and government guidelines as the weeks go by.
OLCC,P on You Tube
In Our Prayers
Continued prayers for Bill Amy, Rachelle Anderson, Fiona Bell, Robert Bigelow, Adrian Bogaerts, Carol Brooks, Nancy Burton, Bud Conrad, Tom Conrad, Peter Cooper, Tom Crane, Marlene Crowe, Herbert Jarvie, Jackie Johnson, Larry Lankford, Fred Laskos, Gordon Lyon, Bill Marvin, Jean Mattinen, Joyce Pitchford, Sarah Robertson Nadeau, Geraldine Saunders, Kay Schimmel, Dara Sperstad, John Staples, Brenda Starynchak, Mark Stone, Jeanne Thamer, Jerry and Ed Wassemiller, Doris Wiegert.
OLCC,P was just informed of the death of Carmel Boley who died in February. Prayers for her family and friends.
Please send a cards to Fiona Bell
Fiona Bell, granddaughter of Margaret Bell, our organist, has been hospitalized and is going through a very trying medical ordeal. Please send cards of prayers and well wishes to fill up her room. The address is below.
CS Mott Children's Hospital
Attn: Fiona Bell
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
1540 East Hospital Drive
Ann Arbor MI 48109
Office Hours Updated!
Starting April 26, the Church Office will be open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Pastor Judi McMillan: In the office, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Pastor Judi is available on her cell on Tuesday or by email (email@example.com ). Friday is typically her day off. She will take emergency calls then. 248-688-8736.
- Martha Piesko (Director of Christian Education): In the office, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and can be reach (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Emily Grakul (Faith Community Nurse): In the office, Tuesday and Wednesday, by phone 248-346-7062 or by email (email@example.com)
- Stacey Cheff (Business Administrator): Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Jennifer Taub (Office Administrator) Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays and by email (email@example.com)
Do you need help this spring with yard clean up? Our Mission Team is willing to help those who might not be able to do these tasks anymore. We plan to set up some Saturdays and help those who could use some assistance with raking, cleaning out flower beds, perhaps some planting.
Contact Jim Lemon (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in receiving this help.
Forgiveness: An Easter Study
You are welcome to join others in this study we will do during the season of Easter. $11 paperback or $8 Kindle. You can purchase the books from the church. Contact Pastor Judi for pickup.
Forgiving others and humbly asking for forgiveness are central disciplines for all Christian believers. Lent, a time to reflect on our Christian journey, is an appropriate time to deepen our understanding and practice of forgiveness. Marjorie J. Thompson, author of the best-selling book Soul Feast, takes a close look at our understanding of forgiveness in this encouraging study. In six brief chapters, Thompson addresses such questions as the following:
- Is forgiveness a Christian duty under all circumstances? Or are there situations when Christians do not need to forgive?
- Is forgiveness a matter between individuals, or is it meaningful only in the context of communities?
- Is forgiving the best route to healing for the injured?
- How do we get past emotional barriers to real forgiveness?
Using biblical examples and real-life situations, Thompson illustrates each chapter's theme in an informative and engaging way. A study guide is also included at the back of the book that is appropriate for either individual reflection or group discussion. With clarity, insight, and sensitivity, this book is the perfect resource for examining both our ability to forgive and our own need for forgiveness.
Topic: Forgiveness - A 6 Week Study
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Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 864 5298 9315
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83018733586?pwd=OHZKMU1BMDVJbGVhcVd5M3ZnT0tLZz09
Meeting ID: 830 1873 3586 Passcode: 488110
To sign up to lead the devotionals, please go to Sign Up Genius,
COVID-19 Vaccine Waiting List
As an outreach to the community St. Joseph Mercy Health System is offering a Covid-19 vaccine waiting list through the Faith Community Nurse Network. As of April 5, 2021, the age eligibility to receive the vaccine has been lowered to 16 and above. If you would like to get on the waiting list at St. Joe’s, simply call Faith Community Nurse Emily Grakul 248-346-7062 and she will forward your name and contact information to St. Joe’s. You DO NOT have to be a St. Joseph patient to get on the list. When an appointment becomes available a representative from St. Joseph health System will call you and set up the appointment.
Online Resources from The Upper Room
Resources for Spiritual Wellness in Anxious Times. For navigating the pandemic, this link makes available to you a robust list of timely practices—for individuals and families as well as your faith leaders. Included are digital devotionals, videos, eCourses, podcasts, etc., all of which can be accessed and distributed free of charge to everyone in your congregation.
Resources for the Spiritual Work of Overcoming Racism. For addressing the spiritual virus of racism that continues to tear our society apart, we’re compiling and adding more content each week to this list of helpful resources. Included is my blog which sets the context for the formational work of anti-racism—Reaching In, Reaching Up, Reaching Out: The Spiritual Work of Overcoming Racism.
OLCC, P Calendar
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.
Margaret Bell (Organist): email@example.com
Stacey Cheff (Business Administrator): firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Grakul (Faith Community Nurse): email@example.com
Martha Piesko (Director of Children’s Ministries) firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Snyder (Director of Music Ministries): email@example.com
Jennifer Taub (Office Administrator): firstname.lastname@example.org