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Thursday
Sep182014

Sunday, September 21

10:00am – Worship

   Sermon:  “The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like a Vineyard” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

   Scripture Readings:  Exodus 16:2-15 and Matthew 20:1-16

*Nursery care is available from 9:30am – 12:30am

 

11:00am – Celebration of September birthdays - Following worship this morning, we will be celebrating with those whose birthday falls in the month of September.  All are welcome to join us for cake, punch and coffee in Fellowship Hall.

 

11:20am – CE Hour

Join us for Christian Education Classes:  As you leave the sanctuary, follow the hallway to your left to our Education Wing. 

Adult Church School Opportunities

  • Class around the coffee table:  Join Laurin Gierman and others reflecting on the themes and scripture of today's worship.   
  • Class in the Board Room  How do we talk about race in America?  Reflecting on Michele Norris & the Race Card Project

 

Thursday
Sep112014

Sunday, September 14

10:00am – Worship

   Sermon:  “Utopia,” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

   Scripture Readings:  Psalm 114 and Matthew 18:21-35

  *Nursery care is available from 9:30am – 12:30am

 

11:00am – CE Hour

Join us for Christian Education Classes:  As you leave the sanctuary, follow the hallway to your left to our Education Wing. 

Adult Church School Opportunities

  • Class around the coffee table:  Join Laurin Gierman and others reflecting on the themes and scripture of today's worship.   
  • Class in the Chapel -  Book discussion: March Book One, by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
Friday
Sep052014

Sunday, September 7

We are happy to report the entire length of Bennett Road is now open to traffic! 

 

10:00am Worship & Communion

    Sermon:  “Grace and the Indifference of God,” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

    Scripture Lesson:  Exodus 12:1-14

*Nursery is available from 9:30am – 12:30pm.

 

11:00am Rally Day Festivities

Learn about our new year of Church School.  We have classes for all, nursery through adult.

Children & Youth

  • -Update information at the registration table
  • -Gather in the sanctuary for Church School Opening
  • -Meet your teachers
  • -Travel to your classrooms

Adults:

  • -Gather in Fellowship Hall
  • -Learn about fall classes
  • -Sign up for service and committees opportunities

 

12:00 Noon  Picnic!

All are invited to enjoy hot dogs, salad, baked beans and ice cream with toppings!

Thursday
Aug282014

Sunday, August 31

10:00am – Worship

   Sermon:  “Burning Bushes,” by Rev. Alice Fleming Townley

   Scripture Reading:  Exodus 3:1-15

*Nursery care is available from 9:30am – 11:30am

Thursday
Aug282014

September 7 is Rally Day!!

The day begins with Worship at 10:00 a.m.

Following worship, children, students, and adults will

  •  Meet their teachers,
  •  Find their classrooms,
  •  Be introduced to topics of study
  •  Have an opportunity to join a committee(s)

Then the picnic begins!

Thursday
Aug212014

Sunday, August 24

Please note:  Bennett Road is closed to through traffic from Hagadorn to Okemos Road.  The only access to the church parking lot will be from Okemos Road, to Bennett, to North Bennett Road. 

 

10:00am – Worship

Sermon:  “Midwives, Theologians, and God-Fearers,” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 16:13-20 and Exodus 1:8-10, 15-2:10

*Nursery care is available from 9:30am – 11:30am

 

Mark your calendars for Rally Day, Sunday, September 7! 

The Christian Education program for all ages will be introduced following the service. We will then head to the picnic tables for hotdogs and traditional trimmings.    Everyone is invited.

Friday
Aug152014

Sunday, August 17

Please note:  Bennett Road is closed to through traffic from Hagadorn to Okemos Road.  The only access to the church parking lot will be from Okemos Road, to Bennett, to North Bennett Road. 

10:00am – Worship

Sermon:  “Heroes and Heroines with a Thousand Faces,” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

Scripture Reading:  Psalm 133 and Genesis 45:1-15

*Nursery care is available from 9:30am – 11:30am

 

11:15am - August Birthdays:  Join us as we celebrate birthdays of those born in August with cake and punch following the service.  All are welcome.

Thursday
Aug072014

Sunday, August 10

Please note:  Bennett Road is closed to through traffic from Hagadorn to Okemos Road.  The only access to the church parking lot will be from Okemos Road, to Bennett, to North Bennett Road. 

10:00am – Worship

Sermon:  “Little Faith,” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

Scripture Reading:  Genesis 37:1-4, 12-20 & Matthew 14:22-33

*Nursery care is available from 9:30am – 11:30am

 

11:00am – Fellowship Time:   Enjoy a cup of coffee and a small snack as you greet and chat with fellow worshippers.

 

11:20am - Adult Education Hour:  We will gather in the chapel to hear from church members who recently returned from a pilgrimage to the Isle of Iona and Scotland.

 

5:00 - 7:00pm  - UMDF (United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation) Dinner

In our Fellowship Hall, (Ignore the “Road Closed” signs on Bennett Road)

Isabel Taylor is hosting a Spaghetti Supper as a fund raiser for UMDF (United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation). Isabel’s young brother, Simon, died from this disease earlier in the year, and this supper is hosted in his honor and memory.  The menu includes spaghetti, salad, bread, and brownies.  Donations are accepted at the door.  It is open to the public.

Thursday
Jul312014

Sunday, August 3

Please note:  Bennett Road is to through traffic from Hagadorn to Okemos Road.  The only access to the church parking lot will be from Okemos Road, to Bennett, to North Bennett Road.

10:00am – Worship

     Sermon:  “God Will Prevail,” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

     Scripture Reading:  Genesis 32:22-31

*Nursery care is available from 9:30am – 11:30am

 11:00am – Coffee Hour:   Feel free to stay after worship for a cup of coffee, some refreshment and a few moments to catch up with friends.

Fellowship Time:  Please consider signing up to bring snacks or make coffee for our fellowship time (following Sunday worship services) this summer.  This is an important time for sharing, listening, and caring.

Men’s Group will meet in Fellowship Hall on Tuesday morning at 6:45am.

Adult Education Hour –11:00am next Sunday, August 10   We will gather in the chapel to hear from church members who recently returned from a pilgrimage to the Isle of Iona and Scotland.

Church Playground:  We are planning to replace and upgrade our playground this summer.  If you are interested in helping us assemble and construct new equipment and play space, please look for a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall or contact Dan Bollman.

Fellowship Time:  Please consider signing up to bring snacks or make coffee for our fellowship time (following Sunday worship services) this summer.  This is an important time for sharing, listening, and caring.

August Birthdays On Sunday, August 17, we celebrate birthdays of those born in August with cake and punch following the service.  If your birthday is in August and you would like to find your name on the cake, please sign your name at the kiosk in Fellowship Hall.  

Thursday
Jul242014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Please note:  Bennett Road is to through traffic from Hagadorn to Okemos Road.  The only access to the church parking lot will be from Okemos Road, to Bennett, to North Bennett Road.

 

10:00am – Worship

    Sermon:  “Seeking Wisdom,” by Rev. Alice Fleming Townley

    Scripture Reading:  I Kings 3:5-12 and romans 8:26-39

*Nursery care is available from 9:30am – 11:30am

 

 11:00am – Coffee Hour

Feel free to stay after worship for a cup of coffee, some refreshment and a few moments to catch up with friends.

Wednesday
Jul162014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

10:00am – Worship

    Sermon:  “Whither Can We Flee from Your Spirit? by Rev. Alice Fleming Townley

     Scripture Reading:  Genesis 28:10-19a

 *Nursery care is available from 9:30am – 11:30am

11:00am July Birthdays will be recognized after the service Sunday in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to enjoy coffee, punch and birthday cake.

Wednesday
Jul092014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

10:00am – Worship

     Sermon:  “Sowing the Word,” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

     Scripture Reading:  Matthew 13:1-9

*Nursery care is available from 9:30am – 12:30pm

 11:20am

  • VBS finale:  Our children will wrap up a wonderful week with songs, stories, and games. 
  • Adult/Teen Education Hour:  Rev. Carlson will lead a discussion on the work of the recent General Assembly as it met in Detroit, June 14 - 22.  We will meet in the Sanctuary.
Thursday
Jul032014

Sunday, July 6, 2014

10:00am – Worship and Communion

     Sermon:  “”Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage,” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

     Scripture Reading:  Genesis 24 (selected verses)

*Nursery care is available from 9:30am – 11:30pm

 

Vacation Bible School

There is still time to register for Vacation Bible School. VBS will meet at the church each morning, Tuesday through Friday, July 8 – 11, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Activities are planned for children ages 3 years old through those who have completed 5th grade. Older children and adults are encouraged to volunteer to help provide leadership on one or more days of VBS. Sunday, July 13, VBS children will participate in morning worship and there will be a final class and craft time that Sunday morning, from 11:15 – 12:15. You may register on-line at our church web site, or in person on Sunday morning.

Saturday
Jun282014

Sunday, June 29

10:00 am Worship
  Sermon: "Now I Know," by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson
Scripture Reading: Genesis 22:1-14 Matthew 26:36-46
 

*Nursery care is available from 9:30 am–12:30 am.

11:00 am Visit the Table in Fellowship Hall between worship and your Christian Education Class to learn more about, and sign up for:
  • Family Camp (May 23–25)
  • Hobbit VBS (July 8-11 and 13th)
11:20 am Education Hour
  All who are interested may meet in the Board Room with Rev. Carlson for an opportunity to talk about the actions of the 221st General Assembly (the national body of our denomination) that met in Detroit from June 14–21. Rev. Carlson was a commissioner to that Assembly and will share some reflections and offer an opportunity for us to ask questions and speak together about the work that was done in what is turning out to be a historic meeting of General Assembly.

This Week’s Activities

Tuesday  
6:45 am Men’s Group meets in Fellowship Hall

Cass Community Services Mission

14 of our church members are serving as volunteers this weekend at Cass Community Services in Detroit. Rev. Alice Townley and her family are with these volunteers. They are helping with ministries that provide food and shelter to some of the poorest in the city. They will also visit the Historical Museum of Detroit. They went to Detroit Friday afternoon, and will return home to the greater Lansing area on Sunday evening, June 29. Please hold this group of volunteers in your prayers over the weekend.

Vacation Bible School

There is still time to register for Vacation Bible School. VBS will meet at the church each morning, Tuesday through Friday, July 8 – 11, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Activities are planned for children ages 3 years old through those who have completed 5th grade. Older children and adults are encouraged to volunteer to help provide leadership on one or more days of VBS. Sunday, July 13, VBS children will participate in morning worship and there will be a final class and craft time that Sunday morning, from 11:15 – 12:15. You may register on-line at our church web site, or in person on Sunday morning.

Friday
Jun202014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

10:00am – Worship

      Sermon:  “Open Our Eyes,” by Rev. Alice Fleming Townley

      Scripture Reading:  Genesis 21:8-21

Today we are celebrating Refugee Sunday in order to raise awareness, prayer, and support for the 15 million people who are refugees throughout the world.  Our church has been in ministry together with refugees for many years.  Currently there are about 17,000 refugees living in the Mid-Michigan area.  This summer several new refugee families will be arriving from Syria.  Donations of household items are always needed and can be left labeled in the coat room.  Financial donations for refugee ministries can also be made through the church. 

With the inspiration of Judi Harris and coordination of Paula Frantz , our church helped to start the Global Institute of Lansing (GIL).  GIL is a school for refugees to earn a high school diploma on line with volunteer tutors and teachers.  45 students have graduated from GIL, including 7 this week. 

We welcome the Lansing Chin Baptist Church choir, made up of Chin refugees from Burma, among them a recent GIL graduate, Mang Za Thluai, who will share with us during the Mission Moment. Clarisse Pendo, will lead The Lord’s Prayer.  Our liturgist is Judi Harris, director of Refugee Services at St. Vincent's Catholic Charities.

*Nursery care is available from 9:30am – 11:30pm

11:15am Mission trip to Cass Community Services

There is an organizational meeting in the Board Room for Mission trip volunteers after worship for meeting.

On Friday, June 27 - Sunday, June 29, a group from PCO will go to volunteer at Cass Community Services in Detroit.  They will help with food, shelter, and revitalization outreach; worship with the Cass Community congregation, and visit the Detroit History Museum. This will be a weekend of service and learning.  Please hold them and the work of Cass Community Church in prayer. 

The mission trip will begin with dinner at church on Friday evening.  If you might like to support the trip, please talk to Ellen Hoekstra about helping by providing a portion of the dinner.