December 3, 2021
From Your Stated Clerk
If you were going to write a serious musical work about Jesus, where would you start and what would be your focus? Most of us would start with the basic Gospel message, including the fulfillment of prophecy as Matthew does. We'd want to include what Jesus said and taught, where he went and what miracles he performed. Of course His death and resurrection are critical events to include. But in Handel's Messiah, with the Scriptures chosen by Charles Jennens, we get very little of Jesus' actual life and activities. Instead, we hear God's words from His prophets written centuries before Christ was born. The basic Christmas story is presented, but then we hear of His great sacrifice as the Lamb of God who took away our sin. Finally, we get to start the celebration as His Kingship is recognized. There will be rebellion but God is in control and our own resurrection is announced. The final statement of the Lamb who alone was worthy to redeem us to God sums up the whole story.,
This weekend our choir, with guests, is again presenting Handel's Messiah Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. This glorious music will fill the sanctuary and will surely lift your spirits as we enter the Advent season. Tickets are available at the door and we look forward to sharing this music with you.
From the Desk of Your Treasurer
Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian continues to receive your generous gifts and support. Below is a quick summary of the Income and Expenses ending in November. We are financially OK for now with a small surplus.
The Finance Committee is working on the proposed budget for 2022 and kindly request your support with your submitted faith promise cards. If you completed the card, THANK YOU. If not, you can mail in, drop in or submit on-line at OLCC,P. The link is: https://olccp.shelbynextchms.com/external/form/b78dfc99-48ce-4729-977f-d96c7d07bd94
In Our Prayers
Please continue to pray for these people on our Prayer List: Loten Baskin, Marion Benedict, Dodie Berry, Robert Bigelow, Martha Blom, Nancy Burton, Jean Downing, Dorothy Friedl, Duncan Galbraith, Nancy Galloway, Teresa Gruley, Jutta Guehring, Steve Hauser, Bill Hunter, Herbert Jarvie, Jackie Johnson, Anna Ketzler, Larry Lankford, Lauren Lewis, Gordon Lyon, Bill Marvin, Jean Mattinen, Trudy Morse, Sarah Robertson Nadeau, Janet Payne, Joyce Pitchford, Jack Rothley, Brian Russek, Karen Schoonover, Jim Skeeters, Dara Sperstad, Mark Stone, Jeff Telford, Sue Tillery, Gail Vhalbusch, Doris Wiegert.
God Loves U
GLU (middle and senior high Sunday school class) will meet in the Room 107 at 10:30 on Sunday mornings. On December 5, GLU will be making Christmas ornaments for the caregivers of the children in Project Angel Tree ( a ministry of Prison Fellowship that purchases Christmas gifs for children of incarcerated parents.
Ladies Christmas Tea - Final Signup SUNDAY!!
The OLCC,P Ladies Christmas Tea will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the Lakeview area on December 11 (Saturday). Please email Susie Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign-up in the Lakeview area by December 5 if you would like to host a table or be a guest at a table. See below on how you can sponsor Christmas gifts for the ladies of the Haven shelter.
Sponsor a Haven Beauty Bag TODAY!!
As part of our 2021 Christmas Tea event, we are asking everyone to consider sponsoring all or part of a beauty bag that we will be delivering to Haven in Mid-December.
Per Haven, they have very specific guidelines as to what can be donated. Due to these guidelines and wanting all of the ladies to be able to get equal gifts, the Gathering Team decided that we would pre-purchase items to fill 40 bags for the ladies. We are asking attendees of the Christmas Tea and the rest of the congregation to consider sponsoring all or part of a bag.
Donations can be made to the OLCC,P with “Christmas Tea – Haven Beauty Bag” in the Memo.
Shawl Ministry Update - Head to Toe Project
The Shawl Ministry is currently knitting hats for Christmas distribution to local missions through the month of December. We are inviting all members to donate hats (Head) and/or Socks (Toe) for this project. There will be two containers for donations at the sign-in desk. Last year we donated over 300 hats of all sizes to 7 facilities in the Waterford/Pontiac area. Now we're expanding to include socks - any size for men, women and children. Any questions, please let me know at 248-804-5995.
Senior High Praise Team
Bruce Snyder and Martha Piesko are trying to form a senior high (grades 9-12) praise team who would rehearse and perform contemporary Christian music on occasional Sundays throughout the year. Please email Martha Piesko email@example.com if you would like to participate.
Seeking Young Musicians
Searching for Liturgists
We need liturgists for both services. You would volunteer about once every two months. Please call the church office if interested or email Ron Kilbourne at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Morning Bible Study at 9:00 am
OLCC,P member, Ron Verduin, leads this weekly Bible study open to anyone who wants to learn more about the books of the Bible and the implications for us all. Whether you can't tell Genesis from Revelations, or are a grizzled bible scholar, this group is for you. Class will conclude in time for Sunday worship.
Advent Bible Study
You are invited to deepen your Advent journey in this three week study called From Longing to Receiving led by Rev. Marjorie Wilhelmi. We will draw on a combination of prophetic Old Testament texts and the Gospel story to explore our deep-seated longing for God, and to reflect on how we can move from longing to anticipation to participation in the reality of God’s unfolding love in our world today. Through your own personal reflection, small group discussion, and a variety of spiritual practices may you discover a God who overturns expectations, fills our past longings and inspires our future commitments.
December 2, 9 and 16 at 7:15 pm in the Sanctuary.
Call the church office if you are in need of transportation.
Thursday Night Bible Study - Begins January 13 at 7:00 pm
"Life Principles" messages by Dr. Charles Stanley. We will learn how to experience practical, fulfilling Christian living, such as, how do you hear from God and how do you receive answers to your prayers? This 4-week series is led by Bonnie Horner. Everyone is welcome.
Daily Bread Devotionals on Zoom at 9:00 am
We hope you can join us for this activity as we start each weekday with God's word and lesson. All the lessons are quite applicable to our daily lives and we are blessed to learn more each morning as we gather with our brothers and sisters to pray, discuss, and encourage each other. It is a great way to stay in touch with your fellow church members. New devotional guides for December are now available for pick-up 24/7 in the Little Free Library outside our main entrance.
And to lead the class, you can sign up here Orchard Lake Community Church, Presbyterian: Our Daily Bread Devotional (signupgenius.com)
Chancel Flowers for 2021 and 2022
You can sign up for flower dedications in 2021 in honor or memory of loved ones online by clicking here.
The 2022 sign up is also ready in Sign Up Genius. Please sign up here for 2022. Or we have brought back the sign up sheets located in the Narthex by the display case.
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.
The Church Office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Margaret Bell (Organist): email@example.com
- Stacey Cheff (Business Administrator): In the office Mondays and Thursdays or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Emily Grakul (Faith Community Nurse): In the office Tuesdays and Wednesdays, by phone 248-346-7062 or by email (email@example.com)
- Martha Piesko (Director of Christian Education): In the office Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Nancy Ratajczak (Interim Office Admin): In the office Monday am, Tuesday pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays or by email (email@example.com)
- Bruce Snyder (Director of Music Ministries): firstname.lastname@example.org