OLCC,P E-Blast

January 14, 2022

From Your Stated Clerk

We have reached the end of the Christmas season in the Church's liturgical calendar which means all the decorations have been put away for another 11 months. Our own Christmas tree will be staying up a couple more weeks because we can and want to. It reminds me of the sentimental side of Christmas which many of us enjoy, but is separate from the joy that comes from the celebration of God's physically entering the world as a human like the rest of us. It's easy to gloss over the fact that God would stoop down to our level and deal with all the physical things we humans have to live with in order to redeem us.

As far as Christmas music, I'll still be playing it for a couple more weeks because I enjoy it so much. I do find it amusing that some Christmas hymn tunes were never originally intended that way, like "What Child is This" which uses the very old English tune of Greensleeves.

How are you doing at cultivating joy? Dr. Charles Stanley said happiness depends on circumstances but joy depends on our relationship with Jesus. I wish you joy as we move through this season of winter.


Ron K

From the Desk of Your Treasurer

The finances of the Church have improved and we are working on the New budget for 2022. Your gifts have made a big difference both in the past, in the present and in the future. Thank you.

I would like to take a moment to remind everyone of the Per Capita obligation. Each member of the Presbyterian Church is asked to give a donation to the general support of the whole Church. Similar to club dues or Prime membership, these funds provide for the administration and mission of the entire Presbyterian Church. The funds are split between the Presbytery of Detroit, the Synod of the Covent and to the General Assembly. The amount this year is as follows:

Presbytery of Detroit $ 21.60

Synod of the Covent $ 3.25

General Assembly $ 8.98

Total for 2022 is $ 33.83

Orchard Lake will budget for this annual contribution based on the total membership as of 12/31/2021 and pay the amount quarterly, for a total of $20,095.02. You can make your Per Capita payment of $33.83 per member to the church early in the new year to help offset this contribution.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mike Starynchak, Treasurer

OLCCP Office Closed

A reminder that on January 17, we will be in observance of MLK Day. The OLCCP office will be closed.

Sunday's Order of Worship and Scriptures

Video 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.

OLCC,P on You Tube

In Our Prayers

Please continue to pray for these people on our Prayer List: Fiona Bell, Marion Benedict, Robert Bigelow, Peter Blom, Nancy Burton, Dorothy Friedl, Duncan Galbraith, Teresa Gruley, Jutta Guehring, Steve Hauser, Dee Hilbert, Bill Hunter, Herbert Jarvie, Jackie Johnson, Anna Ketzler, Larry Lankford, Bill Marvin, Sarah Robertson Nadeau, Joyce Pitchford, Annette Poxon, Jack Rothley, Brian Russek, Karen Schoonover, Jim Skeeters, Dara Sperstad, Mark Stone, Sue Tillery, Doris Wiegert, Sara Zeumer.

Deepest sympathy to John Gorsky on the death of his sister, Jean Mattinen, who joined the Church Triumphant on January 6, 2022.

Pictorial Phone Directory

For those who are keeping up with changes in their OLCCP Pictorial Directory, please update Dee Chandler's email address to: chandlerdee32@gmail.com

DPNC Update:

Last week Session approved the Ministry Information Form (MIF) as prepared by the DPNC. It was also submitted to the Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry (COM) for concurrence. The next step will be for our information to be sent to Louisville for the Church Leadership Connection (CLC) website. Think of it as LinkedIn for the Pastor position.

The CLC will match Pastor Information Forms (PIFs) with our MIF to begin the process of identifying Pastors interested in our called position. Once a selection of ten qualified candidates has been ascertained we will begin the interview process.

We will provide additional updates as progress continues. In the meantime, the DPNC posted the completed MIF for your reading on the church website (OLCCP.com) in the “About Us” area under “Pastoral Transition”. While the documentation isn’t open for change by the congregation, as an elected committee we believe it is important for you to see the work we have completed on behalf of our church community. The DPNC appreciates your ongoing support and prayers as we move closer to the Pastor God has planned for all of us.

DPNC members will be available informally in the sanctuary after each service on January 16 to answer your questions regarding the process.

2022 Annual Meeting

Please be sure to update your calendar so you can attend the OLCC,P 2022 Annual Meeting. It will be held after the second service on January 30.

From Your Church Library

If you are thinking about starting a daily devotional routine with the start of the new year, here are a couple of options for you:

CHECK OUT the link to a zoom small group that meets M-F at 9:00 a.m. for 15-20 minutes. Join every day or any day that works for you. Here is the link : Daily Devotions on Zoom

CHECK OUT our church library ! Some devotional books have been moved to the bookshelves in the Lakeview Area. Just sign your name in the spiral notebook and keep your book all year. What a deal !

An American Childhood

Phil Hazelton and his cousin David Contosta wrote a memoir about their growing up in Lancaster, Ohio. Phil worked on this book with his cousin during his pastoral years at OLCCP from 1985-1993. Although they didn't totally complete the book before Phil's death in 2015, his cousin put the finishing touches on it this past year and has gotten it published. The book can be found on Amazon under An American Childhood by David Contosta and Philip M. Hazelton. Here is the link: https://www.amazon.com/American-Childhood-David-R-Contosta/dp/0578352605/ref=sr_1_19?qid=1641569266&refinements=p_27%3ADavid+R+Contosta&s=books&sr=1-19

Buildings and Grounds Update

Do you like being outside on a cold crisp winter morning before the rest of the world is buzzing? Building and Grounds is looking for support from someone just like you. Please let us know if you would like to become a snow buddy to help salt and shovel the eastside entrance on snowy winter Sundays before the first church service. This could also be a great family bonding experience and an opportunity to teach youth how to give back to their church community.

Are you a scraping teen or young buck who likes to flex their muscles? We are looking for guys like you and your dads. Building and Grounds has identified some worn furniture throughout the building that needs to be removed. Specifically, the youth room reflects more of a disposal area rather than a vibrant youth program. We will make arrangements to rent a dumpster once some willing lifters have made themselves known.

Calling all honey doers!!! Yet another building and grounds opportunity. We have identified many areas of the church needing some love and attention. If you can paint, clean closets, replace ceiling tiles, do light carpentry, etc., please step forward. We would like to implement a once a month Saturday volunteer core to help with some of these projects.

Look for the Building and Grounds signup sheets in the lakeview gathering area. You can also find us after church or in the church directory.

Your Building and Grounds Team – Ron Verduin, Jim Poppelreiter, Rick Pender and Mark Grakul

Still Looking for Nursery Volunteers

Christian Life and Learning is seeking a team of caring volunteers to serve in the nursery during the 10:30 worship service. Having a nursery in place is essential in attracting new families to the church. A background check will be required in advance. Please contact Martha directly or send an email to martha@olccp.com if you are interested in assisting with this vital ministry.

Sunday Morning Bible Study at 9:00 am

OLCC,P member, Ron Verduin, leads this weekly Bible study open to anyone who wants to learn more about the books of the Bible and the implications for us all. Whether you can't tell Genesis from Revelations, or are a grizzled bible scholar, this group is for you. Class will conclude in time for Sunday worship.

Thursday Night Bible Study - January 13 thru February 3 at 7:00 pm

"Life Principles" messages by Dr. Charles Stanley. This 4-week series has been designed to help you apply timeless truths to your life and enjoy life at its very best. Each section walks you through Scripture and shows you how to live the Spirit-filled, victorious life you were created for. Our topics are:

How to make decisions

How to deal with the "valley" experiences

How to hear from God

How to get your prayers answered.

We'll watch DVD teaching then discuss the evening's topic. Led by Bonnie Horner. Due to Covid concerns, we will meet in the Lakeview area with more space. Everyone is welcome.

Daily Bread Devotionals on Zoom at 9:00 am

We hope you can join us for this activity as we start each weekday with God's word and lesson. All the lessons are quite applicable to our daily lives and we are blessed to learn more each morning as we gather with our brothers and sisters to pray, discuss, and encourage each other. It is a great way to stay in touch with your fellow church members. New devotional guides are now available for pick-up 24/7 in the Little Free Library outside our main entrance.

The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87018415642?pwd=alV2eU9Td29GVjZDSEs0SDN1a241Zz09

And to lead the class, you can sign up here Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian: Our Daily Bread Devotional (signupgenius.com)

Open Door Pantry

The pantry will be focused on collecting shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, toilet paper, women’s hygiene products, tuna, baked beans, chicken noodle soup and mac & cheese during the beginning of 2022. Of course, any food items that you wish to donate are appreciated. Please put your donations in the benches outside the church office.

Chancel Flowers for 2022

You can sign up for flower dedications in 2022 in honor or memory of loved ones online by clicking here . Or we have brought back the sign up sheets located in the Narthex by the display case.

Reminder on Use of the Facility

This is just a friendly reminder for people who have events here at the church. Please contact the office to provide event name, date/time and room name so that our Calendar is up-to-date. In addition, if there is a particular set up for tables, chairs, lecturn, etc., a Facility/Room or Lot Use Request Form needs to be completed and turned into the office. Thanks!!

Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers

Have Car, Will Travel? Volunteer Drivers Urgently Needed!! The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers program needs drivers who can provide rides for older and disabled neighbors so that they can get to doctor appointments and essential errands. Just a couple hours of your time can make a huge difference in someone's life. You pick your own area and your own times. Drive as often or as little as you like in the comfort of your own car. Even one more ride a year might get someone to an appointment that could save their life! Daytime drivers especially needed! Please call IVC today at 586-757-5551 for more information or go to their website at www.ivcinfo.org.

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.

Please be sure to check the calendar before organizing an event at OLCC,P

Contact Us

The Church Office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Margaret Bell (Organist): mtbellmusic@gmail.com
  • Stacey Cheff (Business Administrator): In the office Mondays and Thursdays or by email (stacey@olccp.com)
  • Emily Grakul (Faith Community Nurse): In the office Tuesdays and Wednesdays, by phone 248-346-7062 or by email (egrakul@yahoo.com)
  • Martha Piesko (Director of Christian Education): In the office Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays or by email (marthaelizpie@yahoo.com)
  • Nancy Ratajczak (Interim Office Admin): In the office Mondays through Thursdays or by email (nancyratajczak@comcast.net)
  • Bruce Snyder (Director of Music Ministries): bruce@olccp.com