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January 31, 2020

From the Desk of Pastor Paul

Dear Friends,


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,


Pastor Paul

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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

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.

Souper Bowl– February 2nd

It’s that time again for our annual Souper Bowl. Pull out your favorite soup recipe and bring a pot to share after the second service.

2020 Sermon Series

February 2nd Sabbath and Creation: Exodus 20:8-11


February 9th Sabbath and Redemption: Deuteronomy 5:12-15


February 16th Sabbath as Bride: Leviticus 23:1-3


February 23rd Sabbath as Praying/Playing: Luke 6:1-11

Prayer Shawl Meeting

Our meetings are the 1st and 3rd Mondays, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the library, and all knitters are welcome. The next meeting is February 3rd.

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 bnnhrn@yahoo.com 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.

Winter Cleanup

We will be having a Winter Cleanup of the building on Saturday, February 8th from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Please join us if you are able

Youth Mission Trip

A meeting for parents and our 8th - 12th grade youth will be held on February 9th at 11:45 a.m. in the youth room. This meeting is to discuss the Mission trip will be June 20th to Virginia Beach.

Lakeside Coffeehouse Valentine Event

Save the date for the Lakeside Coffeehouse Valentine Event on Saturday, February 15th. We will be featuring musicians, Bekah Brudi and Nate Veldhoff.


Doors open at 7:00 p.m., fun begins at 7:30pm.

All-in Sunday

February 16th will be an "all-in" Sunday. There will be no Rotation Sunday School. Preschool and nursery will be offered.

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.

Open Door

The following items are in need:


Sizes 4, 5 and 5/6 diapers, Hamburger Helper, Sloppy Joe mix, pudding, laundry soap, dish soap, toothpaste, and Women’s deodorant.

Per Capita

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
the instructions.


(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.

Parable Festival

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 <<martha@olccp.com>> by March 1st. Lunch will be served. All are welcome to attend.

Snow Shoveling

We are looking for volunteers to shovel the sidewalk as needed on Sundays. Please let Pastor Paul if you are willing to do so. Thank you.

Chancel Flowers for 2020

Pick your date(s) to sponsor flowers for the chancel to honor or in memory of someone. The sign-up sheet is in the Narthex next to the elevator. The cost is $36.

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
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Contact Us

Rev. Dr. Paul H. Thwaite (Sr. Pastor): paul@olccp.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 (Dir. of Music Ministries): bruce@olccp.com

Jennifer Taub (Office Administrator): jennifer@olccp.com

Doug Wilson (Sexton)


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