January 21, 2022
From Your Stated Clerk
Have you ever considered how you got called into your role of service here at OLCCP? I believe God calls us into some role in ministry and that it can change over time. I've been asked specifically to serve as an Elder and a Deacon in the past, but I volunteered to join the choir way back in 1974, which I think was also a calling. Way back in sixth grade, when I was considering joining the Boy Scouts, my Dad told me being a Scout was a personal decision, but I would support my church, in no uncertain terms. My Mother told me not to just be a spectator but get involved when I was in High School. I think I've taken those directions seriously.
Some of us of course have already run their course and aren't able to support our church as they once did and some younger folks are just getting started at trying to figure out what God might want them to do with their lives. My working in a hospital lab for all those years was a calling. I remember being in college (Go Wayne State!) and hearing other people in those science classes talking about how they needed to be a doctor because they needed to live that lifestyle. I decided that was not a good reason for going into medicine. Medical Technology, now Laboratory Medicine seemed to be where God led me and the rest is history. I actually thought I would work a lot longer than age 65, as my Mother did, but circumstances led me to retirement which affords me the time to do all the things I'm doing now.
Someone recently told me that they thought I had grown in the last couple of years and I suppose I have. But how about you? What might God be calling you to do? Our Designated Pastor Nominating Committee is going to being asking candidates that kind of question in the coming months, but it's a good question to ask ourselves at any time.
From the Desk of Your Treasurer
As I write this note I am honored to have been your Treasurer for the past 21 years and I look forward to continuing my service to Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian.
There are many different ways to support the Church though gifts and service and I encourage both actions per the following
- Pledge giving, regular monthly or annual gifts whichever works best for you:
- Automatic Checking or saving account payments
- Credit Card payments, (some fees are required)
- Transfers from your IRA, tax free
- Stock and/or bonds (brokage house transfers required)
- Cash, coin, gold & silver
- Sorry, no provision yet for BITCOIN
- Special gifts for specific projects, like the Building Campaign, Heritage Hall Restoration
- Endowment or legacy giving from your estate
- Donations of other assets like art works, cars, boats, real estate are welcome but do require extra work to convert to cash.
The tax code and other IRS rules have changed over the years with the last change in December of 2019. Our Financial Investment management firm, Stonebridge Financial, has put together a seminar on Planned Giving that will provide for education to us in the best giving arrangements for you today and in the future. If you are interested in this educational opportunity, please let the office know and we will set up times and dates that work for the group.
Thank you & God Bless,
P.S. You can still make your Per Capita payment of $33.83 per member to the church early in the new year to help offset the contribution we make to the Presbytery of Detroit.
Masks for Sunday School Reimagined (grades K-5)
To promote the safest and heathiest environment for both children and teachers, the Session voted on January 18 to follow the masking protocols of the West Bloomfield School District. All children grades K-5 will be required to wear a facemask while they are in the Sunday School classroom. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.
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, Daniel Piesko, Joyce Pitchford, Annette Poxon, Jack Rothley, Brian Russek, Karen Schoonover, Jim Skeeters, Dara Sperstad, Mark Stone, Sue Tillery, Doris Wiegert, Sara Zeumer.
A Note from Juan Lopez and Cathy Chang, Mission coworkers in the Philippines
Thank you for your financial gift from September.
It means a lot to “hear” from you in this way—and especially to remember our family, as well as our Asian partners during these challenging times.
Thankfully we could experience a bit of break from the urban jungle of Quezon City/Manila – and catch some changes in scenery after Christmas. Attached are two photos from the mountains of Banahaw and visit some coconut farms – less crowded than the beaches, for sure. The city of Liliw, Laguna, where we visited, is the capital of tsinelas (especially made from abaca fibers), aka slippahs, thongs or flip flops.
At the moment, we are experiencing surges in cases – so much so that online classes for 4th grader Aurélie has been suspended for the next 4 days. Aurélie is nearly as tall as her mother! Thankfully Cathy and I got our boosters last Wednesday – but we are eager for Aurelie to get her vaccine too.
As you might have heard as well, right before Christmas, many communities in the southern part of the Philippines, experienced damage and destruction from Typhoon Odette/Rai. Power is still not fully restored, and clean water is still scarce. If you are feeling compelled to pray for these communities, please remember them too.
We’d love to hear from you – please drop us a line and share how your community is doing.
With the light and love of Christ,
Juan, Cathy and Aurélie
A Note from Chuck Storey
I love all of you.
Death of Former Member Bob Mangus
Bob Mangus, active member of OLCCP in the 1980-90s passed away January 18, 2022. Visitation will be held on January 22 at 12:00 pm at Oak Pointe Church, 50200 W Ten Mile Rd, Novi MI. Funeral service will be held on January 22 at 1:00 pm at the church. Donations in Robert Alan Mangus's memory can be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. If you would like to send a card to Kathy, her address is below.
17140 Cameron Dr
Northville MI 48168
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
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
Souper Bowl Sunday
On February 13, our OLCC,P Gathering Team with youth participation, will be hosting Souper Bowl Sunday. The Souper Bowl of Caring is typically held on Super Bowl weekend and is used to mobilize young people to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities.
You are invited to join the team after the 10:00 service for a delicious bowl (or two) of homemade soup. Pull out your favorite soup recipe and bring a pot to share with the congregation! A sign up sheet is in the Lakeview area.
Still Looking for Nursery Volunteers
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.
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
Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers
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