January 31, 2020
From the Desk of Pastor Paul
It’s Super Bowl Weekend! We will gather following worship for our annual “Souper Bowl” soup and bread luncheon supporting local hunger agencies. Come with some $$$ to donate in honor of the team you think will win the big game – San Francisco or Kansas City (I’m pulling for Kansas City!) - and enjoy a time of fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ!
We’ll also be gathering at table in our worship times as well as we gather at the Lord’s Table together. As we continue our series of messages on Sabbath: A Gift For Life we will be looking together at Exodus 20:8-11 and the connection between Sabbath and creation. There are two renderings of the 4th commandment – one in Exodus and one in Deuteronomy – and each has a distinct emphasis. Exodus commands God’s children to “remember the Sabbath day” while Deuteronomy commands us to “observe the Sabbath day.” Exodus speaks about creation, and Deuteronomy speaks about liberation. This week and next, we will look at each one and how they are meant to inform our entering into God’s Sabbath command.
Another reminder and invitation as well – last week we encouraged our members to make their 2020 Per Capita offering of $30.55 for each member in their family. These offerings support the work of the wider Church through the ministries of the Presbytery of Detroit, Synod of the Covenant, and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). If you have not yet made that offering for 2020, I encourage you to do so as we begin the month of February!
See you Sunday,
Pray for one another...
- Continued healing and health for: Elizabeth Belcher, Dodie Berry, Nancy Burton, Tom Conrad, Peter Cooper, Alan Coopland, Jackie Johnson, Mary Bahr Jones, Joyce Kilbourne, Larry Lankford, Nina Linebaugh, Bill Marvin, Trudy Morse, Lisa Pence, Bill & Joyce Pitchford, Sarah Robertson Nadeau, Inge Schaerer, Peggy Simon, Justin Smith, Dara Sperstad, Chuck Storey, Melanie Telford, Doris Wiegert, Madie Zurkan
- Mission: Jenny and JG Porwoll and their mission work with CRU
OLCC, P Calendar
Women's 2020 Winter Bible Study, January 29 - March 18
Slaying the Giants in your Life
You can win the battle and live victoriously!
by Dr. David Jeremiah
Wednesdays,10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Listen! Can you hear thundering footsteps approaching? The Bible warns us of "giants in the land" -- and whether they're literal like Goliath or figurative ones like failure, fear, worry, guilt, anger, temptation, resentment or doubt, their goal is the same: to crush God's people.
Do you need the tools to slay these daunting foes? David Jeremiah shows you from scripture how to stand up to these bullies and win -- with God's help. These are daunting giants, but thankfully we have access to God's Word, which is a wealth of knowledge, encouragement, and power. We are not weak - we are empowered!
In each class, we'll watch a DVD message by Dr. Jeremiah, then discuss the day's topic. Each session stands on its own, so please join us when you can for this eight week study. Everyone is welcome.
Please contact Bonnie Horner, 248-880-2327 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Thursday Classes 9:30 a.m. and 7:15 p.m.
“Drive thru History Holy Land” DVD series with Dave Stotts lead by Sally Montera.
Dave Stotts speeds through the ancient world of the Bible, delivering a fast paced and even humorous encounter with the people, places, and events that have shaped our world and the Christian faith.
Lenten sermon series “Everything Can Change in 40 Days” by Jean Watson
February 27 – April 2
Do you long for change in yourself, in those you love, or in the world around you? Have you prayed for transformation to no avail? In Everything Can Change in Forty Days , Jean Watson encourages us to stop trying to create change and simply live a lifestyle of worship, allowing God to work in us and through us. If you feel discouraged or stuck, perhaps now is the time to set aside forty days to renew your faith and believe that, with Christ, everything can change! Pastors Paul and Linda to lead classes.
Per capita is a fundamental way in which all Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations support the work of the wider Church.
Each year it costs OLCC,P over $30 for each member. When the full amount is not covered by the congregation, the money comes out of our Mission Budget. If all of the members of OLCC,P would prayerfully consider paying their own family’s per capita, it would allow your Mission Team to have more to give to others in need.
The 2020 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
(If you use offering envelopes, a Per Capita envelope is included.)
Prayers from our Children
All children and youth are invited to create a drawing, write a prayer, poem, or letter to God (younger children may need extra support from their families). Their entries will be illustrated by an artist and compiled into a prayer book. Copies will be made for the entire congregation to enjoy. Feel free to be creative. Please submit all entries to Martha by March 1st.
The Parable Festival will take place on March 8th in Fellowship Hall, immediately following the second worship service. Come and cook, garden, build, and create as you learn about the "Prodigal Son", "The Lost Sheep", The Lost Coin", "The Good Samaritan", The Wise Man and Foolish Man, and "The Mustard Seed" Please RSVP to Martha at <<email@example.com>> by March 1st. Lunch will be served. All are welcome to attend.
Winter Weather Policy
Winter Weather Policy – below are our practices related to winter weather and church activities:
- If West Bloomfield Schools are closed due to snow/ice/extreme cold, our office and all activities for that day are cancelled
- If West Bloomfield Schools observe a 2 hour delay, our office will as well and scheduled activities will continue later in the day
- Any Sunday worship changes or cancellations will be publicized as needed
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 (Dir. of Music Ministries): firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Taub (Office Administrator): email@example.com
Doug Wilson (Sexton)
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