September 11, 2020
From Pastor Paul
Hello Faith Family,
So, have you ever not told the truth when someone asks that most common question – “How are you?” If we are honest, all of us have fudged the truth on that one at least a few times in our lives! The pastor in my home congregation in Bethlehem, Lloyd Ogilvie, would often rephrase the question – “How are you, REALLY?” So, I ask you today – “How are you, REALLY?”
I think many, it not most of us, if we were to answer that question honestly right now would have to say we are stressed, anxious, discouraged, perhaps even depressed. And that’s no different for us as believers. People of faith are not exempt from these struggles – even though we are often hesitant to admit it. So many things in our lives and our world right now are concerning, upsetting, uncertain and unknown. Studies have shown that levels of anxiety and depression and struggles with mental health and substance abuse have risen significantly during 2020. People have suggested we are really living with 3 “pandemics” – Covid-19, racial injustice and unrest, and natural disasters of fire, flood, hurricane and storm.
So beginning on Sunday, we turn to a series of messages this fall on the theme “Anxiety – Comfort from God”. Together, we will seek to find and apply words of encouragement from Scripture which can help us in the battle to combat and live with anxiety in a healthy way – anxiety and prayer, anxiety and forgiveness, anxiety and rest, anxiety and refreshment. It’s unrealistic for us a believers to think we are exempt from anxiety or struggle. It’s very realistic, though, to remember and affirm that we always have the presence of the one Paul calls “the God of all comfort” with us at all times and in all situations we face, the one Psalm 121 calls “the maker of heaven and earth”.
Remember we return to worship hours at 9 and 10:30 a.m. this Sunday. We will also affirm, pray for, and “send” those involved in educational pursuits in our congregation and community as they carry out their ministries. And there might even be a special surprise at the end of worship for all those who are able to attend. So plan to join us outside under the tents if weather permits (again, any cancellation will be posted on www.olccp.com by 7 a.m. Sunday morning if necessary and a recorded service will be placed on our YouTube channel later in the day).
See you Sunday,
Each Sunday we worship outdoors, we will be recording the service to post on our YouTube channel as soon as possible. In the case of rain and cancellation of the outdoor services, we will record the worship service indoors and post it on our YouTube channel as soon as possible as well. We will continue to offer this video version of worship for all those who choose to remain home or cannot join us for in person worship on a particular Sunday.
OLCC,P on You Tube
Pray for one another...
- Continued healing and health for: Fiona Bell, Marcia Bearden, Robert Beauvais, John Brannon, Nancy Burton, Ron Carlson, Rebecca Caufield, Bud Conrad, Tom Conrad, Peter Cooper, Alan Coopland, Judy Day, Irene Guymer, Harold Jacobsen, Herbert Jarvie, Jackie Johnson, Larry Lankford, Jim Mann, Bill Marvin, Jean Mattinen, Bruce & Pam Miller, Trudy Morse, Joyce Pitchford, Sarah Robertson Nadeau, Jack Rothley, Greg Sables, Marion Smith, Dara Sperstad, Doris Wiegert, Morgen Wright, Robin Wright, Madie Zurkan.
- Sympathy to the Pitchford family on the on the death of Bill.
- Sympathy to the family of Marilyn Colton on her death
Schedule for Worship:
Please note our upcoming worship schedule...
This Sunday, September 13th we return to our 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. worship schedule outdoors under the tents; worship will continue outdoors (weather permitting) at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. through Sunday September 27th.
Beginning Sunday October 4th, the Session has authorized returning to worship in the sanctuary with appropriate physical distancing, mask protocols, and health screening still in place.· Session reserved the right to revise this decision according to recommended state guidelines or changing health conditions before October.
Our church office will continue to operate on modified hours through the month of September. Those hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Once again we ask that people call the office first before coming in person for a health screening and reason for needing to come to the office. Face masks are required and the person should ring the bell to gain entrance.
Distinctively Christian Care: We are all living through very stressful and challenging times – anxiety, uncertainty, depression, worry, anger, abuse, sadness, grief have all been increasing during these times. Stephen Ministers are available to offer one-on-one confidential care and support for anyone who is struggling. Call Pastor Paul for more information.
Looking forward to a great year of exploring their faith journey!
Calendar for Youth Group Students
· PLEASE NOTE NOT ALL AGES TO COME EVERYTHING!
· Always bring a chair and mask! We will be out-doors or remote for now! Dress for the weather!
· Meeting night will be Wednesdays and/or Sunday afternoon.
· We will begin our Wednesdays at 6:30/7:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays will vary! With the time change in November we may change up our meeting times…As we have learned we adapt with our world!
HUGE KICK OFF EVENT…BE THERE !
This Wednesday, September 16th All Youth Kick Off Event
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Grades 6th – 12th)
The 5 “P” Event…Pizza, Fire Pit, Prayer and Prizes
Parent help! needed!
Bible Study Thursday Classes
9:30 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. through November 22
11 weeks “Minor Prophets and the least read Bible Books”. We will be studying, discussing the following Bible books of the minor prophets and the least read books of the bible. And how God’s hand is in all of them. Classes will be held via Zoom.
5. 2 John
6. Song of Songs
9. Has the Bible historical significance (book and video)
11. 3 John We will see when, how and why they did God’s will.
Class Leader: John Vermeulen. E-mail John to get the Zoom link, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fall season will soon be here with the beautiful colors, trips to the cider mill, AND unfortunately the seasonal flu virus.
Influenza viruses infect the nose, throat, and lungs causing a sometimes deadly respiratory illness. An annual flu shot is the best defense against this nasty bug!
The flu season can begin as early as October and last until May. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends every person 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against the flu virus annually. It is especially important to get a flu vaccine because the flu symptoms are very similar to those of COVID-19, and preventing the flu will save lives and preserve health care resources.
You will have convenient access to the flu vaccine at our annual Flu Shot Clinic September 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The cost of the shot is covered by most insurance. Please bring your insurance card and identification with you.
This year we are offering the flu consent forms and information in advance so you can fill them out prior to the clinic and avoid delays. These forms will be conveniently located at the health screening tables beginning this Sunday September 6. You can also download the form below this announcement.
Questions? Call Emily Grakul RN, FCN 248-346-7062
Mary Martha Circle is Collecting School Supplies for HAVEN
“Hope Out Loud and other things to celebrate…” By Pastor Linda Cochran
*NEW "Hope Out Loud" small groups will be forming to read and journey through the book, The Cup of Our Life: A Guide to Spiritual Growth by Joyce Rupp. In October we will begin, Prayer, Meditation, and Hope groups! Watch for times, details and how to purchase the book. This may just be the quiet, grace-filled moment you need as we travel through the coming months! We will try and offer this at varying times to include all who wish to participate! The time together we be approximately 30 minutes, as we pray, share and listen for God's voice of hope. Please download the form below to learn more about these groups.
Open Door Donations
Open Door continues to serve the needs of our community during these times. We will have the collection bins by the tents on Sunday mornings for your donations to help serve others. Items recommended include: Cereal, Peanut Butter / Jelly, toiletries, canned chicken / tuna, pasta sauce and noodles, soups, and the ever popular mac n’ cheese! Thank you in advance for your support!
OLCC,P Pictorial Directory
Community Bible Study will be online
The Gospel of John is an eyewitness account of the life of Jesus Christ. The apostle John was transformed by the years of close friendship he spent with Jesus, and he wanted everyone to experience that same joy. John 20:31 says he wrote the book “so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name."
To register for the six week class offering, email or call Lynn Green. If you’d like to officially register for the entire 30 week course, you can go online at the web address above or contact Lynn Green.
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.
5255 Greer Rd.
West Bloomfield (directly across from Grectchko school}
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:
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.
A PDF File of the September/October issue of The Upper Room is available to our standing order churches. Because you are a paid subscriber, we want to provide this service to you since we realize many readers are currently reticent or unable to pick up their copy of the devotional guide because of the virus or closed church office. We encourage you to freely share with everyone in your congregation as a gift.
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.
Message from Jennifer Taub, Office Admin
It has been quite a while since I have been able to be in the office, but I am working from home. Due to pre-existing heart condition that I was born with, I am sheltering in place at home because my high risk to contracting COVID-19. I am very thankful to the Personnel Committee and my fellow co-workers during this time for their understanding.
I am able to receive phone calls for myself from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. My cell number is 248-854-2124. If I don't answer, please leave a message. There are times my cell phone puts unknown numbers into voicemail or it doesn't ring on my end. I will call you back if that happens. You also can reach me at email@example.com by e-mail.
Rev. Dr. Paul H. Thwaite (Sr. Pastor): firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Linda Cochran (Temp. Supply Assoc. Pastor) email@example.com
Margaret Bell (Organist): firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacey Cheff (Business Administrator): email@example.com
Emily Grakul (Faith Community Nurse): firstname.lastname@example.org
Martha Piesko (Director of Children’s Ministries) email@example.com
Bruce Snyder (Director of Music Ministries): firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Taub (Office Administrator): email@example.com
Doug Wilson (Sexton)