February 12, 2021
From the Desk of Pastor Judi
Psalm 50 for this Sunday’s service mentions God speaking a few times.
God the Lord speaks and summons the earth.
God comes and does not keep silence.
God calls to the heavens above and to the earth.
With God’s very voice, earth and heaven are to be the backdrop for the gathering of God’s people. We are the ones who covenant with God to be a worshipful, faithful, joyful people. Our lives are the way God as holy Artist paints.
I was able to go see some artwork about a month ago at the DIA. Reservations are required. They have an outdoor heater in case you are early for your appointment. On display for a time are cars designed in Detroit along with very energizing artworks. Some canvases were vibrant reds and blues with splashes of every color next to a hotrod. The canvases were larger than the cars on display. Other paintings were stunning in their detail of engines, next to early designs from the 60’s. It was a display about the engineering and designing of cars but also an experience of the joy we get when we can go on a trip, drive somewhere fun, or spend the day cruising. Remember that! Cruising around as teenagers to meet other friends or taking a Sunday drive.
I love when I can see art, or experience creation as a vibrant backdrop to a wedding or celebration picnic. God has truly given us a beautiful earth as our “backdrop” for life. And God calls heaven and earth to be with us.
I pray that you may feel a little more joyful knowing God wants you to be gathered with other faithful ones to make beauty. When we are kind, generous, thoughtful, faithful and true to God’s word of justice, love and mercy, we are that artwork in the making. Works in progress, always.
I hope this coming Sunday of Transfiguration helps you hear God’s voice. Listen well! We are all a new creation.
Peace and love,
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
Prayers of God’s People Continued healing and health for: Fiona Bell, Alexander Bogaerts, Carol Brooks, Nancy Burton, Ron Carlson, Rebecca Caufield, Tom Conrad, Peter Cooper, Alan Coopland, Joan Coss, Irene Guymer, Herbert Jarvie, Jackie Johnson, Larry Lankford, Fred Laskos, Gordon Lyon, Margaret Mahrdt, Bill Marvin, Jean Mattinen, Trudy Morse, Dick Mudge, Joyce Pitchford, Sarah Robertson Nadeau, Greg Sables, Kay Schimmel, Dara Sperstad, Mark Stone, Charlie VanSwearingen, Jerry and Ed Wassemiller, Doris Wiegert, Morgen Wright, Madie Zurkan.
- Sympathy to Nancy Watts on the death of her father.
- Sympathy to the family of Stan Crater on his death.
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.
“Overflowing Generosity” has been the theme of the 2021 Stewardship Campaign! We are very thankful for the generous pledges that have been given so we may continue to support our ministries and activities in the coming year. As of now we have received 136 pledges equaling $392,018 as the total 2021 Faith Promises compared to $477,850.00 as the total 2020 Faith Promises . The Faith Promises thus far have not met our goal. The Webster definition of overflowing is: “so full that the contents go over the sides”. This would be an amazing position to be in, that our Faith Promises were flowing over the sides! If you have not returned your Faith Promise please know you still may do so either on-line or via your Stewardship packet.
Ash Wednesday Service
The Ash Wednesday Worship service will be available online February 17. We hope you will join with us as we launch into the Lenten season. The imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday, which we encourage you to do at home, will usher us into a heightened sense of reflection upon our need for Jesus saving grace and deepen our commitment to be a disciple of him. Please stop by the church to pick up a “Journey to the Cross” bag which will include “ash” for the imposition of Ashes.
The outdoor Stations of Ash Wednesday is being reschedule to a prayer event in the spring due to the very chilly weather now.
Lenten "Journey to the Cross":
Beginning February 15 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
Children’s Lenten Boxes
Lenten boxes will be available beginning February 15. These boxes contain a variety activities / prayer practices for the children to complete each week including a finger labyrinth and recipe for a pretzel prayer) of Lent. They can be picked up from 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. on February 15 and 16. They will also be available at the Ash Wednesday event on February 17. Additional boxes will be placed outside the front doors of the church for pick up after church hours.
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 will be available for pick-up, effective February 15. 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.
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
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 will be on Thursdays for six weeks starting Feb 18th. at 9:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 815 3829 5256 Passcode: 033115
and at 7:15 pm
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84920445651 Meeting ID: 849 2044 5651
"These classes will be led on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.. and 7:15 p.m. beginning February 18 by Ron Verduin and Bonnie Horner."
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!
Lenten Daily Devotions
Lenten Morning Devotionals: Beginning March 1, 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.usj/83018733586pwd=OHZKMU1BMDVJbGVhcVd5M3ZnT0tLZz09
Meeting ID: 830 1873 3586 Passcode: 488110.
To sign up to lead the devotionals, please go to Sign Up Genius,
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.
New 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. She is available on Tuesday and Friday on her cell, 248-688-8736.
- Pastor Linda Cochran: In the office Tuesdays and Thursdays. She may be contacted outside of those hours at 586-549-8657
- Martha Piesko (Director of Christian Education): Tuesday and Wednesday
- Emily Grakul (Parish Nurse): Tuesday and Wednesday
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The 2021 Per Capita offering is $30.55 per OLCC,P member. To provide your per capita online, please visit the OLCC,P website, select the “Giving” tab, select “Donate Online” found on the top right side of the page, and follow the instructions.
(If you use offering envelopes, a Per Capita envelope is included.)
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!
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.
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