OLCC,P E-Blast

March 19, 2021

From the Desk of Pastor Linda

“Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian started in the1860's with the hopes and dreams of Caroline and Colin Campbell, Detroiters who summered on nearby Apple Island and sought to share their faith with the increasing number of people coming to the lakes area each season.”


Hello all and peace to you!


I hope you read the quote above that is from our web page and begins the section of “who” OLCC,P is! Orchard Lake Community Church began with the “hopes and dreams” of Caroline and Colin Campbell sprinkled with their faith in God! Who knew that many years later a Pastor would be counting rolls of toilet paper usage over the past year to make a point in her sermon? Well, I did!


The average U.S. household (2.6 people) uses 409 regular rolls per year, but staying at home 24-7 this past year…would have resulted in ~ a 40% increase!


Your household and mine used approximately 669 rolls this year…which would mean for the 3 years I have known you all each household has used 1,487 rolls of toilet paper….


Why do I share this? Because our scripture lesson in Matthew 8:14-27, reminds us to think often of the MANY miracles of Jesus and how they point us to faith in the One who loves each-and -every one of us. As I say “farewell’ to you I encourage you to live into the many gifts, miracles and truths of Jesus. Do this with energy, compassion, and a heart yearning to grow the faith not only within this community but around the Orchard Lake Community.


Until next time be full of His Grace,


Pastor Linda

Staffing Model Changes for 2021

OLCC,P continues to be financially affected by the pandemic in the giving for 2021. During the first few months giving was less than what was budgeted and lower than our previous year’s giving. In addition, to this impact our staffing model is 68% of the total budget. Or roughly, for every dollar given, 2/3 of it goes to payroll expenses. In a recent study conducted with over 700 churches the average payroll expense is 50% of the total budget. OLCC,P is looking to be more in line with this average.

The Personal Ministry Team recognizes the impact of both these occurrences. Currently, there are no set plans to open the church building. If and when the church opens up at a later date, based on economic conditions, then there will be a determination of what services are needed as we ease back into life inside. Until then, with Session approval, the following positions have been eliminated: sexton, nursery attendant and a future interim associate pastor.

These decisions we wrestled with and we must at this time live within our means as a congregation. We know this is difficult news for all in the congregation. We thank you for your understanding. We are called to be good stewards of the resources as well as a fiduciary responsibility that we are entrusted with to assure that we are living up to our mission and vision as a congregation.

Sincerely,


Pastor Judi McMillan
Interim Head Pastor

Carolyn Pender
2021 Chair
Personnel Ministry Team

Church Reopening

Our church is a place of faith, friendship, and love. Over the past year we have had to find ways other than in-person worship to feel and express our faith, friendship and love. ZOOM and YouTube are not ideal, but during this pandemic they were our safest alternatives. The Covid-19 Task Force drew up a Covid-19 Preparedness and Response Plan including criteria the Task Force suggests Session should consider in their reopening decisions. Many folks are asking when our church will reopen. The Staff and leadership of OLCC,P are also missing in-person worship and the fellowship our church provides. Pastor Judi, Pastor Linda, Covid-19 Coordinator Brenda Starynchak, and Faith Community Nurse Emily Grakul met Wednesday and will meet weekly (including Task Force Members as they are available) going forward to plan and prepare for a safe healthy reopening of our church. One of the criteria for reopening is Oakland County Safe Start Map Risk at a level C. We are currently at level D. We ask for your patience and especially prayer as we work together as a community of faith to make the decisions and preparations necessary to reopen our church in a safe manner.

Video Worship

Each Sunday we will be recording the service to post on our YouTube channel in time for Sunday morning worship in the comfort of your own homes. Due to the current COVID-19 conditions we anticipate doing this for the foreseeable future, as disappointing as that is for all of us. 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. We will continue to assess conditions and various health and government guidelines as the weeks go by.


OLCC,P on You Tube

In Our Prayers

Continued healing and health for: Rachelle Anderson, Fiona Bell, Robert Bigelow, Carol Brooks, Nancy Burton, Tom Conrad, Peter Cooper, Alan Coopland, Marlene Crowe, Cassandra Diaz, Irene Guymer, Herbert Jarvie, Jackie Johnson, Larry Lankford, Fred Laskos, Gordon Lyon, Margaret Mahrdt, Bill Marvin, Jean Mattinen, Trudy Morse, Dick Mudge, Julia Piesko, Joyce Pitchford, Sarah Robertson Nadeau, Greg Sables, Kay Schimmel, Dara Sperstad, Brenda Starynchak, Don Sylvester, Mark Stone, Jerry and Ed Wassemiller, Doris Wiegert, Amorette Windscheif, Billy Windscheif, Morgen Wright, Madie Zurkan.

Sunday's Order of Worship, March 21 and Scriptures

Good Friday Service

A Good Friday Zoom Service will held on Friday, April 2, at noon with five West Bloomfield area congregations. It will be a meditative, Seven Last Words of Jesus with prayer and music.


Join Zoom Meeting - West Bloomfield Community Good Friday Service at 12:00 p.m., Friday, April 2, 2021


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2488512330?pwd=YzRSaVR1bTJnalI3Z1hzMzJjaVBRZz09


Meeting ID: 248 851 2330
Passcode: Love4All

Easter Services

Our Easter Services will be held outdoors on Sunday, April 4 at 6:45 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with an Easter Egg hunt at 10:00 a.m. Children and their families will look for eggs together. Egg baskets will be provided.

The Last Day to Order Easter Flowers is Tuesday, March 23

This year for our Easter Services at 6:45 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., we will be having worship outdoors. We are offering multiple choices of spring flowers to brighten up the day. After the Easter services, the flowers will be shared by our Deacons to those in need of love and support from their church family.


Please fill out the form at https://tinyurl.com/buc6k7r5 and submit it. To pay for your flowers go to https://www.shelbygiving.com/App/Giving/olccp and select the Flowers fund. Thank you.

Easter Candy Donations

We are asking for donations of wrapped Easter candy for the egg hunt. You may drop off your candy in the box located in the church vestibule during church office hours through March 26. Nut-free individually wrapped candy will be greatly appreciated.

Holy Week Bags for Children

Holy week activity bags for children will be made available on March 24. Each day, participants will read a Scripture, affirm a truth, wonder about a story, and pray. You can either come to the church during business hours to pick up your bag. Additional bags will be made available in the plastic covered box, outside the front door of the church for those who wish to come after business hours.

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Forgiveness: An Easter Study

You are welcome to join others in this study we will do during the season of Easter. $11 paperback or $8 Kindle. You can purchase the books from the church. Contact Pastor Judi for pickup.


Forgiving others and humbly asking for forgiveness are central disciplines for all Christian believers. Lent, a time to reflect on our Christian journey, is an appropriate time to deepen our understanding and practice of forgiveness. Marjorie J. Thompson, author of the best-selling book Soul Feast, takes a close look at our understanding of forgiveness in this encouraging study. In six brief chapters, Thompson addresses such questions as the following:


  • Is forgiveness a Christian duty under all circumstances? Or are there situations when Christians do not need to forgive?
  • Is forgiveness a matter between individuals, or is it meaningful only in the context of communities?
  • Is forgiving the best route to healing for the injured?
  • How do we get past emotional barriers to real forgiveness?


Using biblical examples and real-life situations, Thompson illustrates each chapter's theme in an informative and engaging way. A study guide is also included at the back of the book that is appropriate for either individual reflection or group discussion. With clarity, insight, and sensitivity, this book is the perfect resource for examining both our ability to forgive and our own need for forgiveness.


Topic: Forgiveness - A 6 Week Study

Time: Apr 11, 2021 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Weekly: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZIpcuuhpjIpG9GxaSACVq1q05pPDmG2l4jd/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGuqj4oE9ycsxiCRpwABo_4a_PxiFhejfp6hB7WIgNlc1LnZrdSApZyN4rc


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86452989315?pwd=cGM0VVVJMjRyVGVKN1lXZEV3WHcwUT09


Meeting ID: 864 5298 9315

Passcode: 066800

Spring Devotionals

The Adult Christian Education team is extending the devotional meetings at 9:00 a.m. each morning till May 31. A number of people come together via ZOOM each morning except on Sunday to pray and talk about the day’s topic. The topics are available in the “Our Daily Bread”. Additional free copies are available in the little library outside the church. The ZOOM link is available on the website by going to events and scrolling down to Daily Devotionals.


Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83018733586?pwd=OHZKMU1BMDVJbGVhcVd5M3ZnT0tLZz09


Meeting ID: 830 1873 3586 Passcode: 488110


To sign up to lead the devotionals, please go to Sign Up Genius,

Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian: Spring Devotionals (signupgenius.com)

Chancel Flowers for 2021

You can sign up for flower dedications in honor or memory or loved ones. You can sign up online by clicking here.

Lenten "Journey to the Cross":

You may pick up your "Journey to the Cross Bag" from the plastic tote outside the church office. In each bag you will find a scripture reading for each Sunday during Lent. To go along with the scripture reading there will be: one wooden cross: a purple and white ribbon, a nail, a crown of thorns, a sponge, a stone and a bag of coins. Clear instructions will also be in each bag. While we can not gather in person we can all walk the journey to the cross together from our homes .

Prayers of the Bright and Beautiful

The children of OLCC,P have a wonderful gift for you! It is a book of prayers that they have written (or some favorites they would like to share). These books are available for pick-up. A copy will also be placed in the children's Lenten boxes. Additional copies will be placed in a plastic box, outside the front doors of the church for those who stop by after hours.

Lenten Daily Devotions

Lenten Morning Devotionals: Beginning March 1 at 9:00 a.m., the daily morning devotionals are back! Each morning, March through Easter, join us via zoom to share in 15-20 minutes of Our Daily Bread devotions!


Use the link provided to join your church friends every day except Sunday morning as we journey to the cross through Lent!


Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83018733586?pwd=OHZKMU1BMDVJbGVhcVd5M3ZnT0tLZz09


Meeting ID: 830 1873 3586 Passcode: 488110


To sign up to lead the devotionals, please go to Sign Up Genius,

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050F44A4A922A6FC1-lenten

The Lenten Study

He Chose the Cross by Max Lucado: Typically we think of Christmas/Advent as the time when things are given and Easter/Lent as the time when things are given up. Lucado suggests and demonstrates that Lent is all about the gift God has chosen to give us - Salvation by God's grace gifted to us through Christ's death and resurrection.


God has chosen to:

Be one of us

Forgive us

Invite us into his presence

Love us forever

Give us victory


Give us confidence (we can live free of fear)

We will learn what God gave up in order to give us healing.


This study is on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81538295256?pwd=NlgzMWpud3pqSVZVSUNGanNNc3VoQT09

Meeting ID: 815 3829 5256 Passcode: 033115


and at 7:15 pm

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84920445651?pwd=V1FNdjRrN1lEd2ROQlBEeEdhUzJWQT09


Meeting ID: 849 2044 5651 Passcode: 080034


The Study Guides are $5.00 and available in the church lobby for you to pick up" OR we are happy to deliver them to your door along with a “Journey to the Cross Bag”! Please call Pastor Linda for deliver options!

COVID-19 Vaccine Waiting List

As an outreach to the community St. Joseph Mercy Health System is offering a Covid-19 vaccine waiting list for people 65 years old and older through the Faith Community Nurse Network. If you would like to get on their waiting list, simply call Faith Community Nurse Emily Grakul 248-346-7062 and she will forward your name and contact information to St. Joe’s. You DO NOT have to be a St. Joseph patient to get on the list. When an appointment becomes available a representative from St. Joseph health System will call you and set up the appointment.

Office Hours

Our office will be closed on Monday and Friday's. However, the office will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with the following hours being held by each staff member:


· Pastor Judi McMillan: In the office 10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Pastor Judi is available on her cell on Tuesday or by email (revjudi98@gmail.com ). Friday is typically her day off. She will take emergency calls then. 248-688-8736.

· Pastor Linda Cochran: In the office Tuesdays and Thursdays. She may be contacted outside of those hours at 586-549-8657 or (revruncochran@gmail.com)

· Martha Piesko (Director of Christian Education): Tuesday and Wednesday or (marthaelizpie@yahoo.com)

· Emily Grakul (Parish Nurse): Tuesday and Wednesday or (egrakul@yahoo.com)

· Stacey Cheff (Business Administrator): Available for business or financial questions on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and always via email (stacey@olccp.com)

· Jennifer Taub (Office Administrator) Working from home, is available on her cell phone number 248-854-2124, Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and by email (jennifer@olccp.com)

· Nancy Ratajczak volunteers in the office on Thursday.


Please know your church staff is working outside the posted hours above from home. Do not hesitate to reach out if you have a need to hear our awesome voices! We all care deeply for the ministry we do and for each of you! As before, with continuing COVID-19 concerns, we ask that you only come to the office personally if absolutely necessary, follow the health screening protocols, and that you call first to make sure someone will be available to help you.

High School Youth Group: P.A.L.S.

Each Thursday evening from 7:30 – 8:00 p.m. we are meeting via Zoom to “hang out” and talk Jesus! Yep, you heard me…we are going to check in with each other, think about the needs in the world and read scripture that might make our paths more clear as we follow God!


Join us via zoom for P: PRIME the pump with a crazy question A: ALIGN with God’s heart L: LEARN the meaning of the text. S: SERVE others like Jesus


Pastor Linda can send you the Zoom link if you do not have it!

The Crane Center

The Crane Centre is in need of someone to help us with our website.

Our previous provider closed his business but he has given us the needed information.


If you can help please email or call: Sandra Crane scrane92@comcast.net; (248) 977-0208.

Open Door Pantry

.The church will be open to donations for Open Door Pantry on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Please put your donations in the benches outside the church office. The pantry is need of diced tomatoes, jelly, baked beans and boxed macaroni and cheese. Thank you.

Online Resources from The Upper Room

Morning Prayer with The Upper Room via Facebook Live, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 a.m. (CT). These guided prayer experiences are archived so you may join us at your convenience if you miss it live.


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.

Contact Us

Rev. Judi McMillan (Interim Head Pastor) revjudi98@gmail.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)