October 16, 2020
From Pastor Linda
Have you been watching the changing colors of the leaves these past few weeks? They have been truly striking though many are now on the ground and create a raking task for this weekend! Personally I find comfort in the beautiful fall leaves changing color each year and making their way to the ground to create a multi colored blanket on the grass! I am reminded of Gods beauty, Gods steadfastness and Gods endless love to remake us each and every day as I witness this change of the seasons! Winter will be coming but spring will hold the makings of all things new!
This week in our series on “Anxiety” we focus on forgiveness. The title of our sermon is, “Forgiveness, Ugh” . I am hoping you chuckle just a tad as you read this title as I think forgiveness is a tough thing to truly do! “Forgiveness” challenges our ego, our self-centered desires, our understanding of fair and our ability to love fully at all times! But then we are reminded of the “Great Forgiver” and I hope we are then drawn to an endless supply of forgiveness falling down upon us, blanketing our lives with a new pattern of living.
In Psalm 103: 2-4 we read David’s thanksgiving for God’s goodness! He begins with:
.....Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and do not forget all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the Pit....
David rejoices in all things beautiful from God and celebrates how very much we are loved and forgiven! Let’s take a closer look at this “celebration” Psalm this Sunday! Let’s put all worries and anxieties aside and receive Gods forgiveness and extend this same forgiveness to others!
We will be recording worship as the weather looks chilly and wet!
Peace to all!
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
Congregational Meeting for Election of Officers
In accordance with our By-Laws, a Congregational Meeting for the Election of Officers will take place on Sunday October 25th at 11:30 a.m via Zoom Video Conference. The purpose of this meeting is to hear the report of the Permanent Nominating Committee and act to elect recommended nominees to the offices of Deacon, Elder, Trustee, and Permanent Nominating Committee representatives. The recommended nominees of the Permanent Nominating Committee chaired by Steve Orr are as follows:
Deacons, Class of 2023: John Gorsky, Kim Hakala, Helene King, Lois Paquin, Janet Montgomery, Rita Ray. Youth Deacon – Lindsey Kamerad
Elders, Class of 2023: Brad Lewis (Christian Ed/Youth); Susan Graham (Gathering); Joe Tyrrell (Mission/Outreach); Jenn Samu-Herbert (Personnel); Dennis Rybicki (Music/Worship); Youth Elder – Aylee Jarvie; Personnel At-Large Member – David Flammer
Trustees Class of 2023: Mark Grakul (Building and Grounds); Jim Hakala (Finance)
Permanent Nominating Committee Class of 2023: Connie Bernhardt, Jerry Burton
To join us follow the instructions below.
Paul Thwaite is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 60 people are needed on this Zoom call to meet our prescribed quorum for the meeting. Please make every effort to join in.
Topic: Congregational Meeting for Election of Officers
Time: Oct 25, 2020 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 868 7912 9294
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcXybxi96d - this is for anyone who will plan to participate in the meeting via a smartphone. Go to this link to see the phone number to call so you can participate in the meeting. Follow prompts to enter Meeting ID and Passcode.
Pray for one another...
- Continued healing and health for: Fiona Bell, Alexander Bogaerts, Carol Brooks, Nancy Burton, Ron Carlson, Rebecca Caufield, Bud Conrad, Tom Conrad, Peter Cooper, Alan Coopland, Judy Day, Irene Guymer, Herbert Jarvie, Jackie Johnson, Larry Lankford, Gordon Lyon, Jim Mann, Bill Marvin, Jean Mattinen, Trudy Morse, Joyce Pitchford, Sarah Robertson Nadeau, Jack Rothley, Sally Russell, Greg Sables, Dara Sperstad, Mark Stone, Doris Wiegert, Madie Zurkan.
- Sympathy to the Harting Family on the death of June, Anne Schaefer on the death of her mother, Pat Webster, and Nancy Galloway on the death of her sister, Dodie Dusenberry.
Visitation for June Harting
Monday, Oct. 19th, 11am-1pm
404 East Liberty Street
Milford Charter Township, MI
The Personnel Committee wants to remind the congregation that October is "National Pastor Appreciation Month". As we cannot meet to share a celebration cake this year, please email or call Pastor Thwaite and Pastor Cochran to thank them for their selfless service to our church during the past 11 and 2.5 years respectively. Thank you!
Worship and Building Update
Session has deemed it prudent to continue our outdoor worship, weather permitting, as well as recorded worship services for the months of October and November. We will be continually assessing this decision as state guidelines and/or the health conditions of our community change in the weeks ahead.
Additionally, as we continue to respect the state restrictions of limited indoor social gatherings, we ask that all those wishing to use the building please contact the church office to approve scheduling such a gathering.
A Health and Safety Task Force has begun meeting to make recommendations regarding use of our facilities, in person worship, and overall health and safety protocols for our congregation as we continue to deal with Covid-19. They will bring recommendations to the Session at their November meeting.
Lighthouse Thanksgiving Food Program:
Once again this year, OLCC,P will be participating in the Lighthouse Thanksgiving Collection. This is a wonderful opportunity to share the blessings we have received with families in need in the Pontiac area, ensuring that they will have a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner. You can drop off food on Sundays until November 15, call the church office for a drop off during the week, or make arrangements to drop off at Lighthouse (see flyer attached below).
You can buy from Lighthouse's Amazon wish list and have it shipped to them. Click here
You can also donate monetarily at the Lighthouse website. Click here
Any questions, please call Jim Lemon at 248-520-9977.
“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! 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 will be approximately 30 minutes, as we pray, share and listen for God's voice of hope.
Cost for the book: $10.00. Sign-up on Sunday morning, email Pastor Linda: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office. Small groups started October 12 and will be held until November 25 on
Mondays 10:00 a.m. in the Lakeview area and Zoom, Wednesday 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.
Bible Study Thursday Classes
“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. This week we are studying Song of Songs. These are the weeks coming up: Micah. Habakkuk. Has the Bible historical significance (book and video). Philemon. 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, email@example.com.
The Church will be continuing with outdoor worship (weather conditions permitting) for the month of October. During this time, we will continue with the distribution of learning materials for the children’s worship bags, and the weekly playlists (found in your email). The date to begin in person and/or virtual Sunday School is being still determined.
OLCC,P Pumpkin Extravaganza
OLCC,P will be hosting a Pumpkin Extravaganza on Sunday October 25 at 12:00 in the church parking lot. The staff from the Paint Creek Art Gallery will be here to make clay pinch pot pumpkins with the children. There will also be pumpkin painting and pumpkin cookie frosting. Lunch will be served. This event is intended for the entire family. Parents/ grandparents will remain with their children. All health and safety protocols will be observed. Activities will be appropriately physically distanced. Please contact Martha, firstname.lastname@example.org by October 21 if you plan to attend. Please bring your own chairs if possible.
OLCC,P Pictorial Directory
We have received our pictorial directories from Lifetouch and have been giving them out on Sundays after services and from the office on Wednesdays. Unfortunately, we discovered an error with Mary Robertson's phone number, and addresses for Eva Stone and Chuck Storey. Labels are available from Nancy Ratajczak or the church office to cover up the address errors or you can just update your directory as follows:
4254 Crestdale Ave
Orchard Lake MI 48323-1128
168 Mockingbird Hill
Plant City FL 33565
Mary Robertson 248-366-9105
Looking forward to a great year of exploring their faith journey!
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}
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!
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.
Our church office will continue to operate on modified hours. 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.
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.
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)