October 15, 2021
From Your Stated Clerk
This week was the first of our choir rehearsals of Handel's Messiah which will be presented December 3 and 5. The last time we sang this great work was way back in 2018. Revisiting the music is like catching up with an old friend and we have many friends from other churches joining us, so we are literally catching up with old friends. The Scriptures used in this masterwork summarize the basics of our theology and all point to the divinity and the humanity of Jesus. We have been blessed with Bruce Snyder's musical and spiritual leadership for these past 25 years and are grateful for this continuity in times of uncertainty.
Speaking of blessings, we are having our own Martha Peisko lead us in worship this Sunday, with Bruce Snyder the following week when we will celebrate Heritage Sunday. Bill Marvin's health is much improved and he will be coming down from his retirement home in Mackinaw City and lead us on October 31st. Dr. Kate Thoreson will be leading us in Communion for November and December, and Andy and Carrie Robertson will be bringing a mission-focused message on November 28th. (Yes, Andy is the son of Mary and the late David Robertson.)
Dear Members of OLCC,P,
You may be aware that Jennifer's time with us is coming to an end. Her last day is October 28. On behalf of the congregation, we want to thank Jennifer for providing over 3 years of dedicated service to our church family. We have been blessed with someone who has been dedicated to her work here at OLCCP, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when she had to work from home for many months. Her oversight of the office functions has been truly a blessing as well her engagement with our members.
We’d like to gather cards and written thoughts from members of the congregation expressing all that she has done to serve our church. Please mail any cards or notes to:
30105 Garry Avenue
Madison Heights MI 48071
If you wish to give Jennifer a monetary gift, please make out a check to Jennifer Taub, not OLCCP. You can drop off a cash gift and card to the office during business hours (M-Th 9am-3pm).
In Our Prayers
Please Continue to Pray for These People on our Prayer List: Rachelle Anderson, Loten Baskin, Marion Benedict, Dodie Berry, Robert Bigelow, Nancy Burton, Peter Cooper, David Flammer, Teresa Gruley, Jutta Guehring, Lee Henderstein, Bill Hunter, Herbert Jarvie, Jackie Johnson, Tom K, Larry Lankford, Gordon Lyon, Bill Marvin, Jean Mattinen, Montera-Johnson Family, Trudy Morse, Sarah Robertson Nadeau, Janet Payne, Joyce Pitchford, Howard Poxon, Jack Rothley, Karen Schoonover, Jim Skeeters, Dara Sperstad, Mark Stone, Jeff Telford, Sue Tillery, Doris Wiegert.
Sympathy to Jim Skeeters on the death of his son, Jimmy.
October 15-31 Birthdays
Elizabeth A. Nauka, Baiba Seward
Tanner Fernando, Cheri Halleran, Peggy Majher, Alice Miles, Louis Sala, Rob Ward
John Klehm Jr.
Barbara Broker, Mackensy Lakian, Sally Montera, Joel Zimmerman
Donna Seibert, Sarah Steele
If you have a October birthday and are not on this list, please send your birthdate with year, to email@example.com. The year will never be published on here, but our membership program requires us to have the year to enter it. Also, if you wish not to have your birthday on this email, please let Jennifer know. Thanks.
The Session has called for a Congregational Gathering on October 24, following the 10:30 a.m. service for the purpose of sharing general information and answering any questions that anyone has. We will also have a presentation for our 150th anniversary with donuts and cider.
Notice of Congregational Meeting to Elect 2022 Church Officers
On October 31 following the 10:30 a.m. Service, the Congregation is invited to meet to approve the slate of officers for 2022. The slate will be presented by the Permanent Nominating Committee and includes Elders, Trustees, Deacons and Ad-hoc committee members. Once approved these officers will be installed in early January 2022.
The DPNC will be hosting a Congregational Gathering on November 7th from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm - "Positively Pondering & Pizza". Bring your dreams and wishes for the future of the church. Babysitting will be provided. A flyer will be coming out with details and sign-up will be in the Lakeside area.
The Mission and Outreach committee is having a fall clean up day to support a few of our members. This will happen on November 6. Our goal is to get enough members to do outdoor clean up at four area homes. We will meet at the church at 8:15 a.m., then depart to the assigned homes at 8:30 a.m., The clean up should be done by 11:00 a.m. If you are interested, please contact Jim Lemon via email-with "Clean up day volunteer' in the subject line. Jim's email is firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also do sign ups between services on Sunday the 24 and 31. Yard bags will be provided, but we will need volunteers to bring: rakes, shovels, leaf blowers, etc.
Ladies Christmas Tea
The OLCC,P Ladies Christmas Tea will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the Lakeview area on December 11 (Saturday). Please email Martha Piesko at email@example.com or sign-up in the Lakeview area by November 1 if you would like to host a table. Stay posted for ways you can sponsor a Christmas gift for the ladies of the Haven shelter.
Shawl Ministry Update
As many of you know, the warmth and comfort of a shawl given by our church can be a great support in difficult times. Many in our congregation have requested a shawl for a loved one, neighbor, or friend. When you wish to give a shawl to someone, please contact: Emily Grakul : Mobile # 248-346-7062 or Doreen Dutton: Mobile # 248-804-5995. They will be happy to provide a shawl for you at church.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate.
Sunday Morning Bible Study at 9:00 a.m.
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.
Thursday Bible Study at 7:15pm
The Reformers: We will find out why they became reformers, what they thought needed to change, how the church reacted to the reforms, and how we can learn from their views and their reforms. Come once, come every week. Board Room (#214)
October 14: The Reformation Overview - John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli
October 21: The Reformation Overview - The Anabaptists
Daily Bread Devotionals on Zoom at 9:00 a.m.
We hope you can join us for this activity as we start each weekday with God's word and lesson. Many lessons are quite applicable to our daily lives and we are blessed to learn more each morning.
Each day we gather to see 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.
Free devotional guides are 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)
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)
- Bruce Snyder (Director of Music Ministries): email@example.com
- Jennifer Taub (Office Administrator): In the office Mondays through Thursdays and by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)