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March 20, 2020

From Pastor Paul and Pastor Linda

Dear Friends,


Greetings to you in the midst of these days of unprecedented change and uncertainty due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It seems things change and are updated on an hourly basis…a very fluid situation! I hope this message finds you all healthy, well, and observing appropriate precautions as we navigate this journey together. Some of you have heard of Paul’s exposure to someone who may have the virus at a Committee on Ministry meeting last week. He has been self-monitoring, isolating from others, and following other recommended protocols. He feels fine and hopes to continue to be so in the next week until 14 days after exposure took place. While we respect and honor confidentiality, if others of you are experiencing symptoms or have been tested and found to have the virus, please inform us so we can be praying for you or your family members!


So here are some updates and information related to our life together at OLCC,P during these times:


  • All corporate worship, meetings, and activities as well as office hours are suspended now through April 5th, Palm Sunday. Leading up to that time, the Session will address our future plans into April and May based on ongoing conditions


  • Please follow news and information via our website (www.olccp.com), Facebook page in our name, and our YouTube channel also in our name. We are posting verbal and video materials on these sites on a regular basis


  • We will continue to offer an abbreviated video worship experience during the weeks corporate worship is suspended


  • We continue to need your ongoing financial support apart from corporate worship through donations by EFT, in the mail, through our website (Giving tab, scroll to “Donate Online”), or a lockbox located at the west door of the building


  • We are calling and checking in on our more senior members; if you know of someone needing assistance, support to get food or medications, or have other needs or questions, please call Pastor Paul (412-445-4243), Pastor Linda (586-549-8657), or Faith Community Nurse Emily (248-346-7062) and we will do whatever we can to be of assistance


Little did we know when we adopted our Lenten theme, “Everything Can Change in Forty Days” that we would see things change so dramatically. In the midst of all that, and as we are now halfway through our 40 day Lenten journey, it is the inner change and transformation to be more and more like Christ that is our most important focus! This week our message is entitled “Cultivating Contentment” – how timely! When many outer things are stripped away, our true source of meaning, strength, and sustenance is often revealed. Philippians 4:4-7,10-13 is our text, and in it Paul reminds us of the qualities we need to cultivate to see contentment grow. They are, in fact, the same qualities Jean Watson has focused on in her book this week – joy, thanksgiving, peace, and rest.


So look for a video worship experience to be posted this weekend to our website and our YouTube channel. We pray that you and your family are doing well and will continue to do so as these days unfold ahead of us!


Blessings,


Pastor Paul and Pastor Linda

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From Pastor Linda and Martha

Greetings to OLCC,P families and friends,


We are wondering how your first few days of limited movement in the world have gone? Some folks have been asked to still go to work, our children are not at school and our older young adults may be home from college. The placement of our physical bodies not where they are "supposed" to be feels awkward at best. Your home may be more noisy and there may be feelings of anxiousness and concern about "tomorrow". In the days and weeks ahead Pastor Linda and Martha will be reaching out via zoom, texting or email to our children, youth and families. Please be looking for these wonderful ways of staying connected and for a few fun Bible Study resources and crafts coming your way! We imagine you have heard words used such as "disappointment", "fear", "I'm bored", etc.! Those would be rather regular words to use in this very irregular time. Our hope is that your church family might be a source of hope, information and even laughter in the days ahead that are ever changing. Let's see if we can gather together from our separate places and remain a source of strength and encouragement. Below you will find a link for ALL AGES from "Illustrated Children's Ministries"


Please download, print and enjoy the scripture based color activity for all called " When You Feel Anxious"


Peace to all,


Martha and Pastor Linda

Pray for one another...

  • Continued healing and health for: Elizabeth Belcher, Dodie Berry, Mary Bragg, Nancy Burton, Tom Conrad, Peter Cooper, Alan Coopland, Jackie Johnson, Larry Lankford, Nina Linebaugh, Bill Marvin, Trudy Morse, Lisa Pence, Bill & Joyce Pitchford, Sarah Robertson Nadeau, Jack Rothley, Peggy Simon, Dara Sperstad, Melanie Telford, Doris Wiegert, Madie Zurkan
  • Prayers for all those impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak and for those medical professionals and researchers doing all they can to care for the ill and find ways to slow the outbreak .

OLCC, P Calendar

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Holy Week 2020

Easter Sunday is April 12

Services at 7:00 a.m., 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Thursday Classes

9:30 AM and 7:15 PM – April 9th through May 28th

“Minor Prophets and the least read Bible Books”.


We will be studying, discussing the following Bible books of the minor prophets: Amos, Nahum, Hosea, Jonah among others. We will see when, how and why they did God’s will. Class Leader: John Vermeulen.

Women’s Bible Study

Wednesdays 10-11:30 AM, April 15th through May 20th

“The Secret of Contentment” by James Barcley

The temptation to be discontented is everywhere. We are bombarded with advertisements telling us we are incomplete and unfulfilled. And yet the seeds of discontentment are already present in our own sinful hearts. Contact Bonnie Horner at bnnhrn@yahoo.com to sign up.

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.)

Lockdown

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.


But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.


They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open so that those who are alone may hear the sounds of family around them.


They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know is busy spreading fliers with her number through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.


Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary


All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.


So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able to touch across the empty square,
Sing.


– Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM
March 13th 2020

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)