November 22, 2019
From the Desk of Pastor Paul
It’s a gloomy Thursday afternoon as I write this message, but thinking ahead to our worship gathering on Sunday brightens my mental outlook. I sense my entire week builds toward our worship times on Sunday and the blessing of sharing together the presence of the Lord and one another’s company as well. Perhaps you feel the same way.
This Sunday is Christ the King Sunday in the liturgical calendar (it is the end of the liturgical year as the first Sunday in Advent is our worship “new year” so to speak). That’s an appropriate name for the conclusion of our journey through “A Disciple’s Manifesto” in the Sermon on the Mount. We will look at Matthew 7:21-29 as Jesus concludes this powerful body of teaching for his disciples. The final verses acknowledge that Jesus has taught them with a unique authority unlike other teachers they had heard.
Perhaps you remember times growing up, as I do, when your parents would instruct you do to something – set the table for a meal, clean up your room, take out the trash, etc. – and when you didn’t respond in an appropriate time frame, the reply would come sharply “I MEAN IT! DIDN’T YOU HEAR ME?” Then I would quickly do what had been asked of me.
In a sense, these final verses in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount teaching are his saying the same thing – “I MEAN IT! DIDN’T YOU HEAR ME?” He has instructed us as disciples in the characteristics and conduct befitting a disciple. He concludes by both encouraging and warning us to not just hear his words but to practice them. He intends these teachings to produce lives that are lived according to the ethics of the Kingdom of God! In fact, lives lived on the solid foundation of faith in Jesus Christ and living out his teachings are truly our only hope in a world which constantly bombards and batters us with the storms of everyday life.
So take a few moments before worship this Sunday to read back through Matthew 5-7, A Disciples’ Manifesto. We should hear Jesus saying to us, “I MEAN IT! DIDN’T YOU HEAR ME?” as we do so and seek by God’s Spirit to live out the things he has taught in these powerful words!
See you Sunday,
Pray for one another...
- Continued healing and health for: Elizabeth Belcher, Julie Blom, Nancy Burton, Nancy Carter, Marilyn Colton, Peter Cooper, Alan Coopland, Cheryl Flammer, Dorothy Friedl, Jackie Johnson, Mary Bahr Jones, Joyce Kilbourne, Larry Lankford, Nina Linebaugh, Bill & Joyce Pitchford, Sarah Robertson Nadeau, Les Schoonover, Justin Smith, Chuck Storey, Dan Tyrrell, Madie Zurkan, as well as all those battling chronic health conditions and mental health challenges
- Sympathy for the Raleigh Belcher family on the death of his mom
- Mission: for the November Month of Mission efforts to be successful
November Session Highlights:
Here are some key items from our November Session meeting –
- Shared a devotional and prayer time around James 1:2-4,12
- Reviewed consolidation of Finance Policies for Management of Church Funds
- Finance Committee reported a deficit of $13,680 as of October 31 for 2019
- Christian Life and Learning reported on a successful Mission Sunday and Game Night with 20 youth attending
- Gathering Team hosted 160 for the Harvest Potluck lunch on November 17th
- Mission and Outreach is continuing its November Month of Mission initiative for 1000 volunteer hours
- Music and Worship reported on preparations for Advent and Christmas worship events
- Session approved a membership review list with letters to be sent to those not currently active
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OLCC, P Calendar
Youth Group Mark Your Calendar!
Armor of God Wednesdays from 7:00 –8:30 p.m. for high school students.
8:45 a.m. Confirmation Class
Steven Curtis Chapman concert. Tickets $25. All Youth.
Sign up soon! For details contact Pastor Linda.
Volunteer Sunday after church with Cookie and Carols
Springhill Payment is due now!
Welcome Inn Donation
It’s that time of year again! As you’re cleaning out your closets and trying on last year’s winter gear, please consider donating your unwanted items to the Welcome Inn Day Center.
Operated by South Oakland Citizens for the Homeless (501c3), Welcome Inn Day Center has been in operation since 2003 and is the only 'low-barrier' wintertime day-center in South Oakland County.
We’ll be collecting coats, boots, gloves, thermal wear, hand warmers, jeans, socks – anything you would use if you were to spend a day out in the cold.
This year We’ll be collecting women’s and children’s winter gear, new socks and underwear to share as we partner with other organizations in Detroit.
Please drop off your cold-weather donations in the church lobby – lakeside area – any time during the month of November.
Thank you for sharing your many blessings with others!!
Questions? Call Lindsey Kamerad at 586-242-9417 or see Pastor Linda
7K November Service Challenge
Our theme for this year is #BeLove, which is based on 1 John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us love one another... because God is love.
Our goals this year:
7,000 hours of service in our communities!
300 conversations with people we serve.
We will strive to deepen our experiences this year by engaging in conversations with those we are serving. Having conversations with people we would otherwise not know takes our discipleship to a deeper level to truly express being God’s love in the world.
How will we do this?
We will Engage, Record & Celebrate.
We Engage by finding a place to serve. Any place/activity that is outside of the church involving helping someone in need, counts.
We Record by logging our hours online, using Track it Forward.
You may also put your volunteer hours in the box provided in the Lakeside area.
And finally, we Celebrate by posting pictures of what we are doing on social media with the hashtag #BeLove.
Children’s Christmas Eve Service
The children’s Christmas Eve service will take place at 3:00 p.m. on December 24th. Please contact Martha at <firstname.lastname@example.org> if your child would like to play their musical instrument (and the song they would like to play) or is interested in reading a scripture passage. You may sign up in the hallway in front of Martha’s office, starting November 17th.
Advent Candle Lighters are Needed!
We are looking for families, groups, or committees to help lead us through our Advent journey by lighting the Advent candles for our Sunday services through Advent, as well as the Christmas Eve services. The words used during the lighting will be provided. Please sign up using the sheet in the Lakeview Area today or email Jennifer at email@example.com.
Pick Up Your Free 8x10 and New Date, December 4th
We recently had a Lifetouch photography event. If you elected to have your complimentary 8x10 sent back to the church for pick up, the photos are in the Lakeview Area. If your picture is not in the current shipment, it means it will be coming in a future shipment .
We also have a new date for those of you on the wait list. We will have a photography session, Wednesday, December 4th from 2:00-8:40 p.m. You must sign up online to be a part of this new date. To schedule your appointment, go to the Lifetouch link:
Life Principles by Charles Stanley, DVD series
Thursdays, December 5-19:
9:30 a.m. or 7:15 p.m.
Led by Bonnie Horner
Dr. Charles Stanley has faithfully highlighted the 30 Life Principles that have guided his life, empowered his ministry, and helped him to grow in his knowledge, service, and love of God. This series has been designed to help you apply these timeless truths to your life and enjoy life at its very best. Each DVD message walks you through Scripture and shows you how to live the Spirit-filled, victorious life you were created for. We will cover these topics:
December 5 -God Acts on Behalf of Those Who Wait for Him
December 12 -Fight Your Battles on Your Knees
December 19 -Victim or Victor?
Live! At the Lake: And There Was Light
Mark your calendars for a very special Christmas Concert.
Combined choirs, orchestra, and four award winning Christian artists will be performing Friday, December 6th at 7:30 p.m. and also Sunday, December 8th at 4:00 p.m.
This show is a gift to our community. There will be a freewill offering. Bring your friends and family.
Grace Centers of Hope Christmas Tree program
We will again support the residents of Pontiac and Grace Centers of Hope with donations of Christmas trees.
Sign ups will be in the Lakeview area. In addition to providing our friends in Pontiac with a Christmas tree, we are also accepting donations of used Christmas ornaments and tree stands. The trees will be cut down church members on December 7th and then delivered to Pontiac the same morning-along with the ornament/tree stand donations.
Any questions? Contact Jim Lemon at 248-520-9977.
Art in Advent
The children in Rotation Sunday school will learn about the Christmas story through art on December 8 & 15, as they paint a nativity scene on canvas and create other beautiful Christmas-themed works of art for the Glory of God. These activities will be led by Ms. Laura Wass, art teacher at Eagle Creek Academy (Oakland Township).
Presbyterian Men's 38th Annual Communion & Advent Breakfast
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Grosse Pointe Memorial Presbyterian Church
16 Lakeshore Dr. Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236-3725
7:30 a.m. Welcome
8:00 Communion Celebration
8:30 Breakfast and Fellowship
9:30 Presentation of the George Irwin Service Award
Tickets Must be Purchased by December 7, 2019 Purchase your tickets on-line at http://pbydetroit.org/On-LineDonations.htm and scroll down to the bottom of the page
Or Purchase your tickets by mail by following the steps below. Make checks payable to: Presbytery of Detroit (Memo: Presbyterian Men)
Mail participants’ names and check to:
Presbytery of Detroit
Attention Sandy Jensen, Director of Operations
17575 Hubbell, Detroit, MI 48235-2708
Christmas Carols, Cocoa, Cookies & Crafts and Ugly Sweater Time
December 15 at 11:45 a.m.
Join the church family for an afternoon of holiday fun and festivities. Light lunch served.
Enjoy Cocoa and Cookies, crafts and carols. Snuggle up with a cup of warm cocoa in your Ugly Sweater while making holiday crafts. Ugly Sweater Parade with prizes!
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
Xpujil 2020 is a Go!
We have a team of seven who will be travelling to Xpujil, Mexico from February 25 - March 3 to come alongside Mexican villagers to help build cisterns for a safe source of drinking water for their families. There's room for three or four more people on the team; if you've been thinking this is something you'd like to do, we're more than happy to have you.
The week includes four "work days", an opportunity to visit local Mayan ruins and other sights of interest, getting to know the family of Todd Luke's wife Maria, who feed us wonderfully, worshiping on Sunday with the Presbyterians in Xpujil (in the church OLCC,P helped build), and an afternoon and evening of "r and r" in Playa del Carmen, before flying home from Cancun. If you're interested in going, or just want more information, please contact Dodie Berry (248-363-4471).
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