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June 19, 2020

From Pastor Paul

Dear Friends,

This week in our video worship service, we embark on a new summer message series entitled “Summerin’ With Jesus”! Summer begins on Saturday, so we will look at different stories in scripture which parallel common summer experiences for many of us – Gone Fishin’, Summer Camp, In the Garden, At the Beach and others as well. Hopefully a fun and uplifting summer journey!

On this Father’s Day weekend, we begin with a “Family Reunion” in the book of Genesis. The story of Jacob, Joseph, and his brothers (aka “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” from Broadway) covers 25% of the book of Genesis. It is a story of a doting father, a spoiled child, jealous and vengeful brothers, and God’s working in the midst of it all! In other words, a story with elements many families live through in our own experiences! Through this family reunion, we see how God brings redemptive good out of disharmony!

This week – perhaps today if you are reading this on Friday – is also “Juneteenth”, the anniversary of the day when chattel slavery officially and legally (if not practically) came to an end in our country. Though the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect January 1, 1865, the enforcement of that edict is historically linked to June 19, 1865 when “more than two thousand Federal soldiers of the 13th Army Corps arrived in Galveston [Texas] and with them Major General Gordon Granger . . . Granger’s men marched through Galveston reading General Order, No. 3,” which informed “the people of Texas… that, in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”

As John Stonestreet writes, “Juneteenth 1865 is an important event in our national timeline, an attempt to live up to what Chuck Colson liked to call our American creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” As we all know, this is an ideal that does not yet correspond with the reality of our life together as a nation, so starkly evidenced in the events of recent weeks!

As Jesus said, before we think we can remove the speck in someone else’s eye, we first have to remove the log in our own eye. Each of us need to examine our own lives for “logs” of prejudice, judgment, preference, injustice within our own hearts, because talking about changing systems will only succeed if the people making up those systems have changed hearts first! And our Lord Jesus Christ is in the business of changing human hearts! May we be praying faithfully for that to happen in these days!


Pastor Paul

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Summer 2020 Sermon Series

“Summerin’ With Jesus”

June 21: Family Reunion

June 28: Gone Fishin’

July 5: Star Gazin’

July 12: Summer Camp

July 19: Out On The Lake

July 26: In The Garden

August 2: On A Cruise

August 9: At The Hall of Fame

August 16 at Marshbank: On A Picnic

August 23 :Playing In The Rain

August 30: At The Theater

September 6: At The Beach

Order of Worship for June 21

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Pray for one another...

  • Continued healing and health for: Fiona Bell, Robert Beauvais, John Brannon, Nancy Burton, Ron Carlson, Rebecca Caufield, Tom Conrad, Peter Cooper, Alan Coopland, Galen Hatcher, Irene Guymer, Harold Jacobsen, Herbert Jarvie, Jackie Johnson, Larry Lankford, Nina Linebaugh, Jim Mann, Bill Marvin, Jean Mattinen, Trudy Morse, Bill & Joyce Pitchford, Sarah Robertson Nadeau, Jack Rothley, Greg Sables, Candy Sacharski, Marion Smith, Dara Sperstad, Melanie Telford, Doris Wiegert, Morgen Wright, Robin Wright, Madie Zurkan.
  • Sympathy to the family of Carla Lemon on the recent death of her father, Jack Coberly

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OLCC,P Modified Office Hours Resume

Modified Office Hours began on Monday June 15th and will continue through Friday July 2nd, on a modified and experimental basis. As things begin to reopen, we want to gradually move forward with appropriate care and precautions for our staff members and you, our congregation members!

Staff will continue to work both remotely as well as in the office at times based on specific guidelines. Staff members will work on varying schedules. Please read the information below to understand the guidelines we will use over this period of time for anyone wishing to come to the office as we seek to move toward our normal patterns of life together.

The Office Hours from June 15th through July 2nd will be as follows:

Mondays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Stacey)

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Stacey)

Friday, Office Closed

Stacey will be in the office normally on Monday and Thursday to handle any business or financial matters. Other staff members will be covering other office hours as well as keeping their own office hours, some in the building and some remotely. Hopefully, many needs or questions will be able to be addressed via phone calls rather than personal visits to the Office.

However, if someone needs to make a visit to the Office in person, please note that all Visitors will be restricted to the following protocols:

  • You MUST call the Office first before coming to the Office in person – if you want to come to the office in person, you will be asked on the phone: (1) Do you have any active C-19 symptoms? (2) Have you had close contact with a confirmed/probable C-19 case? And, (3) Have you recently travelled to a C-19 “Hotspot”? Any answers other than No would prevent you from visiting the Office in person at this time. We ask your patience in following this screening procedure
  • If you are cleared to come to the office, you will be expected to wear a mask
  • You will need to ring the doorbell at the main entrance to gain entrance once you arrive. The person answering will verify that people are wearing a facemask covering mouth and nose areas
  • Someone will meet you in the area outside the main office to assist you – no visitors will be permitted in the main office area where staff are working during this period of time

We hope you will understand and abide by these protocols for your safety and the safety of our staff members. After this initial period of modified Office hours and reopening, we will assess our situation and determine future plans. We appreciate in advance your prayers and your patience as we navigate these new and uncharted paths together!

From Martha Piesko, Director of Children’s Ministries

Dear OLCC,P Families,

I would like to share a poem that Presbyterian Pastor, Sharon Mook read to us in my pastoral care class. The author is Kitty O'Meara, a writer from Wisconsin.

May it give you hope and add beauty to your day.

Peace be with you,


"In the Time of Pandemic"

And the people stayed home.

And they listened, and read books, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.

And they listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed.

And in the absence of people living in ignorant, and dangerous, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully , as they had been healed.

Face Mask Offer

Greetings to all. Hope you are all well and safe. To be safer we are all asked to wear non-surgical masks when in public. I have been making masks and would like to share them with you. I will be putting them on my porch for your pick up. These are made from fabrics out of my closets so the prints are what they are.

If you have a tightly woven, 100% cotton fabric that you would like to donate, there will be a bin for that. Please put your mane on it so if it isn't used, it can be returned.

Please call before you come so I can tell you if there are some available or when they will be. I will leave them on my porch.

Helene King

5255 Greer Rd.

West Bloomfield (directly across from Grectchko school}


Lakeside Coffee House

Lakeside Coffee House featuring Brooks Robertson

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Premieres Saturday, June 27, 7:00pm

Fireworks: Rescheduled

The Fireworks for Orchard Lake Country Club have been rescheduled for Sunday, September 6, the day before Labor Day. More details about our gathering at OLCC,P when we get closer to the date.

Women's 2020 Summer Bible Study Orchard Lake Community Church

The Secret of Contentment by William B. Barcley

Wednesdays, 10 - 11:30 a.m., July 15 - August 19

The temptation to be discontented is everywhere, especially as we've recently been dealing with Covid-19. We are bombarded with advertisements telling us we are incomplete and unfulfilled. And yet the seeds of discontentment are already present in our own sinful hearts.

William Barcley addresses the heart of the matter -- the discontent that lies within. Based in the writings of Jeremiah Burroughs and Thomas Watson, he presents afresh these great Puritans' meditations on contentment for a modern audience. Above all, he seeks the wisdom of Paul, who declared in Philippians that he had found the "mystery" or the "secret" of being content.

Contentment must be learned, and Barcley reveals the secret, calling us to a contentment that comes from knowing God and delighting in his sovereign goodness and fatherly care.

Join us for this six-week study as we read and discuss our need for contentment. Of course, appropriate safety precautions will be taken for your safety.

Please contact Bonnie Horner, 248-880-2327 or bnnhrn@yahoo.com to sign up.

OLCCP History book now on website

Good news! Thanks to the dedicated typing of Nancy Rataczak and the photo scanning of Jim Horner, we now have a digital copy of the book, "The Story of Orchard Lake Community Church Presbyterian". This book was produced in 1958 and includes a wonderful history of the church going back to "Indian Days". Nancy and Jim completed their part of this project diligently, and it is my shame that I must admit it has taken me more than A YEAR! to add this to the website. Gordy Steele deserves credit too, He helped Jim find all the hard-copy photos in the archive room so Jim could scan them.

You can read it and see the photos here:


An Armenian Trilogy

An Armenian Trilogy, a documentary currently airing on Amazon Prime, was written and composed by Dan Yessian. It is history, heritage and love of family combined with a personal achievement of using music to communicate. Dan and wife, Kathy worshiped at OLCC,P for several years and brother, Mark and wife Cindy still do.

Mid-Michigan Flood Relief

Donations for flood relief can be directed to the Presbytery of Lake Huron for "Midland flooding" (tax deductible), "Pastor's Emergency Fund" (tax deductible), or "High Family Assistance Fund" (NOT tax deductible) - contact tcarr@presbylh.org for credit card transfers or mail to the Presbytery (PO Box 6129, Saginaw MI 48608) You can also donate online here: http://www.presbylh.org/donate/

Important Message from Forgotten Harvest

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up for the pop-up pantries. We have added 5 more sites; 4 in Detroit and 1 in Romeo. We are looking for volunteers to help collect information, direct traffic, and place boxes and groceries into car trunks. Please CLICK HERE to sign up.

The safety and well-being of our community, staff and volunteers are important to Forgotten Harvest. We are monitoring the situation and taking our lead from the Michigan Public Health Department and the CDC. Forgotten Harvest can provide PPE, which will include; gloves, face masks and optional face shields.

We are asking any person considering volunteering to please practice necessary safety precautions:

If this describes you, we are unable to have you as a volunteer:

  • If you think you are sick, please DO NOT VOLUNTEER.
  • If you have been knowingly exposed to or have been a caregiver for someone that has been diagnosed to COVID 19.
  • If you have returned from foreign travel, cruises or traveling from out of state, we ask that you refrain from volunteering for at least 14 days while you monitor your health. This is in accordance with CDC recommendations.
  • Groups more vulnerable to a dire outcome if they contract the virus include people 60 years of age or older and those with certain health conditions. We discourage these groups to not volunteer and, therefore, avoid exposure to the virus.
  • If you are under the age of 18 years of age.

It is important to stay informed as these types of situations can be dynamic. If a volunteer opportunity is not appropriate for you and if you are interested in other ways that you can help, the latest information will be on our COVID-19 response page. https://www.forgottenharvest.org/COVID19/

As always, thank you for all you do to support our mission!
Nicole Peeples, Volunteer Manager npeeples@forgottenharvest.org

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Contact Us

Rev. Dr. Paul H. Thwaite (Sr. Pastor): paul@olccp.com

Rev. Linda Cochran (Temp. Supply Assoc. Pastor) linda@olccp.com

Margaret Bell (Organist): mtbellmusic@gmail.com

Stacey Cheff (Business Administrator): stacey@olccp.com

Emily Grakul (Faith Community Nurse): egrakul@yahoo.com

Martha Piesko (Director of Children’s Ministries) martha@olccp.com

Bruce Snyder (Director of Music Ministries): bruce@olccp.com

Jennifer Taub (Office Administrator): jennifer@olccp.com

Doug Wilson (Sexton)