October 25, 2020
From Pastor Paul
Congregational Meeting Via Zoom for Election of Officers
Sunday October 25th at 11:30 a.m.
Topic: Congregational Meeting for Election of Officers
Time: Oct 25, 2020 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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As you can see above, I have placed the link for this Sunday’s Zoom video conference to hear the report of the Permanent Nominating Committee on the election of Deacons, Elders, Trustees, and representatives for the Permanent Nominating Committee. You can join online by clicking on (or copying and pasting in your browser) the link above to join the meeting. If you will be using a smartphone, you can use the link above to find the local number to call, then enter the meeting ID ad passcode as prompted. When you join the meeting, you will be asked how many people are participating so we can verify we have our necessary quorum of 60 participants.
We will continue our series of messages on anxiety on Sunday by looking together at Psalm 73. One of the many things I appreciate about scripture is that it openly and honestly portrays the human experience and full range of emotions and experiences we encounter in the world. One commentator described Psalm 73 “as the book of Job in a nutshell.” Asaph, the writer of the Psalm and a music director in the Temple, expresses his level of anxiety about what he sees happening in the world around him – it seems the wicked and arrogant are prospering while those who are people of faith are struggling. In essence, Asaph is crying out “This can’t be how God wants the world to be!”
We can certainly utter the same cry in these anxious days, can’t we! Yet Asaph continues his reflections as he enters God’s sanctuary – and God’s presence – and begins to understand and appreciate the blessings God has provided for him. So take a few moments to read Psalm 73, as well as Colossians 3:1-4,15-17 in anticipation of our time of worship this Sunday. Due to the Congregational Meeting at 11:30 and the cold weather conditions, we will be recording worship once again this week and placing it on YouTube for you to access on Sunday afternoon.
One final word – a small group of members have begun meeting as a Health and Safety Task Force to offer insight, guidance, and recommendations to our Session about our worship and ministry plans going forward. As we all have heard, read, and seen, Covid-19 cases are on the rise again in Michigan and in our area as well. We will be looking at the overall situation and the overall health and well-being of our congregation as we move forward to determine our plans heading into Advent and beyond.
Blessings in Christ,
New Building Entrance Screening Protocols
One of the recommendations of our Health and Safety Task Force is the need to have an accurate health screening and registration of anyone entering the building each day. This will enable us to have information in the event of a person in the building testing positive for Covid-19 about who was in the building on that day. Therefore, you will now see a table immediately inside the front entrance in front of the Office with a Building Entrance Registration and Health Screening Form. Each person must self-screen by taking their temperature and filling out a screening form with basic questions to answer. That form will be kept on file in the office in case of any future cases arising. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. Our office hours remain the same for now – Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with Stacey available on Monday and Thursday. Other staff members are here during other days if you need to call and come into the office at those times.
Each Sunday we worship outdoors, we will be recording the service to post on our YouTube channel as soon as possible. In the case of rain and cancellation of the outdoor services, we will record the worship service indoors and post it on our YouTube channel as soon as possible as well. We will continue to offer this video version of worship for all those who choose to remain home or cannot join us for in person worship on a particular Sunday.
OLCC,P on You Tube
Congregational Meeting for Election of Officers
In accordance with our By-Laws, a Congregational Meeting for the Election of Officers will take place on Sunday October 25th at 11:30 a.m via Zoom Video Conference. The purpose of this meeting is to hear the report of the Permanent Nominating Committee and act to elect recommended nominees to the offices of Deacon, Elder, Trustee, and Permanent Nominating Committee representatives. The recommended nominees of the Permanent Nominating Committee chaired by Steve Orr are as follows:
Deacons, Class of 2023: John Gorsky, Kim Hakala, Helene King, Lois Paquin, Janet Montgomery, Rita Ray. Youth Deacon – Lindsey Kamerad
Elders, Class of 2023: Brad Lewis (Christian Ed/Youth); Susan Graham (Gathering); Joe Tyrrell (Mission/Outreach); Jenn Samu-Herbert (Personnel); Dennis Rybicki (Music/Worship); Youth Elder – Aylee Jarvie; Personnel At-Large Member – David Flammer
Trustees Class of 2023: Mark Grakul (Building and Grounds); Jim Hakala (Finance)
Permanent Nominating Committee Class of 2023: Connie Bernhardt, Jerry Burton
Pray for one another...
- Continued healing and health for: Fiona Bell, Alexander Bogaerts, Carol Brooks, Nancy Burton, Ron Carlson, Rebecca Caufield, Celia Church, Bud Conrad, Tom Conrad, Peter Cooper, Alan Coopland, Judy Day, Irene Guymer, Herbert Jarvie, Jackie Johnson, Larry Lankford, Gordon Lyon, Jim Mann, Bill Marvin, Jean Mattinen, Trudy Morse, Joyce Pitchford, Sarah Robertson Nadeau, Jack Rothley, Sally Russell, Greg Sables, Dara Sperstad, Mark Stone, Doris Wiegert, Madie Zurkan.
- Nolan and Shannon Smith on the loss of their unborn son.
The Personnel Committee wants to remind the congregation that October is "National Pastor Appreciation Month". As we cannot meet to share a celebration cake this year, please email or call Pastor Thwaite and Pastor Cochran to thank them for their selfless service to our church during the past 11 and 2.5 years respectively. Thank you!
“Overflowing Generosity” is our theme for this Stewardship 2021 based on 2 Corinthians 9:11-12 – “You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.” Stewardship packets will be available for pickup at the church beginning next week in anticipation of the Stewardship message on Sunday November 1.
Those not able to pick up their packet will receive them in the mail the week of November 2. Consecration of 2021 Faith Promises will be part of our worship on Sunday November 8.
Worship and Building Update
Session has deemed it prudent to continue our outdoor worship, weather permitting, as well as recorded worship services for the months of October and November. We will be continually assessing this decision as state guidelines and/or the health conditions of our community change in the weeks ahead.
Additionally, as we continue to respect the state restrictions of limited indoor social gatherings, we ask that all those wishing to use the building please contact the church office to approve scheduling such a gathering.
A Health and Safety Task Force has begun meeting to make recommendations regarding use of our facilities, in person worship, and overall health and safety protocols for our congregation as we continue to deal with Covid-19. They will bring recommendations to the Session at their November meeting.
“Hope Out Loud and other things to celebrate…” By Pastor Linda Cochran
*NEW "Hope Out Loud" small groups will be forming to read and journey through the book, The Cup of Our Life: A Guide to Spiritual Growth by Joyce Rupp. The class will continue until November 23. The time together will be approximately 30 - 45 minutes, as we pray, share and listen for God's voice of hope. Class is offered via Zoom Monday at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study Thursday Classes
“Minor Prophets and the least read Bible Books”. We will be studying, discussing the following Bible books of the minor prophets and the least read books of the bible. And how God’s hand is in all of them. Classes will be held via Zoom. This week we are studying Micah. These are the weeks coming up: Habakkuk. Has the Bible historical significance (book and video). Philemon. 3 John. We will see when, how and why they did God’s will.
Class Leader: John Vermeulen. E-mail John to get the Zoom link, firstname.lastname@example.org.
OLCC,P Pictorial Directory
We have received our pictorial directories from Lifetouch and have been giving them out on Sundays after services and from the office on Wednesdays. Unfortunately, we discovered an error with Mary Robertson's phone number, and addresses for Eva Stone and Chuck Storey. Labels are available from Nancy Ratajczak or the church office to cover up the address errors or you can just update your directory as follows:
4254 Crestdale Ave
Orchard Lake MI 48323-1128
168 Mockingbird Hill
Plant City FL 33565
Mary Robertson 248-366-9105
Looking forward to a great year of exploring their faith journey!
Face Mask Offer
Greetings to all. Hope you are all well and safe. To be safer we are all asked to wear non-surgical masks when in public. I have been making masks and would like to share them with you. I will be putting them on my porch for your pick up. These are made from fabrics out of my closets so the prints are what they are.
If you have a tightly woven, 100% cotton fabric that you would like to donate, there will be a bin for that. Please put your mane on it so if it isn't used, it can be returned.
Please call before you come so I can tell you if there are some available or when they will be. I will leave them on my porch.
5255 Greer Rd.
West Bloomfield (directly across from Grectchko school}
November Service Challenge
Join us for the November Service Challenge, our month-long dedication to engaging in community service. This year we have several different kinds of service opportunities so you can get involved no matter where you are, whether that's at home, on Zoom, or in person! Please go the Kirk in the Hills website for more information and registration.
Lighthouse Thanksgiving Food Program:
Once again this year, OLCC,P will be participating in the Lighthouse Thanksgiving Collection. This is a wonderful opportunity to share the blessings we have received with families in need in the Pontiac area, ensuring that they will have a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner. You can drop off food on Sundays until November 15, call the church office for a drop off during the week, or make arrangements to drop off at Lighthouse (see flyer attached below).
You can buy from Lighthouse's Amazon wish list and have it shipped to them. Click here
You can also donate monetarily at the Lighthouse website. Click here
Any questions, please call Jim Lemon at 248-520-9977.
Open Door Donations
Open Door continues to serve the needs of our community during these times. We will have the collection bins by the tents on Sunday mornings for your donations to help serve others. Items recommended include: Cereal, Peanut Butter / Jelly, toiletries, canned chicken / tuna, pasta sauce and noodles, soups, and the ever popular mac n’ cheese! Thank you in advance for your support!
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.
Our church office will continue to operate on modified hours. Those hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Once again we ask that people call the office first before coming in person for a health screening and reason for needing to come to the office. Face masks are required and the person should ring the bell to gain entrance.
Message from Jennifer Taub, Office Admin
It has been quite a while since I have been able to be in the office, but I am working from home.
I am able to receive phone calls for myself from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. My cell number is 248-854-2124. You also can reach me at email@example.com by e-mail. Please do not give my phone number to people outside of the membership of OLCC,P. If someone has a question about building usage, they need to contact the office first. Thank you.
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 (Director of Music Ministries): firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Taub (Office Administrator): email@example.com
Doug Wilson (Sexton)