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Thursday
Nov202014

Sunday, November 23

10:00am – Worship & Agape Feast

Sermon:  “The Scandal of the Works of Mercy,” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

Scripture Readings:  Psalm 100 and Matthew 25:31-46

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, our congregation traditionally celebrates an Agape Feast or “Love Feast.” This tradition stems from the observance in the early church where Christians gathered each week to share an offering of “innocent foods” – fruits and grains – as a way of expressing that every meal and every aspect of our life as God’s children is shared. It is a celebration of God’s goodness and the ministry of the whole people of God.

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

 

11:20am - There are Christian Education Classes for all ages.

Children’s classrooms are located to your left as you exit the Sanctuary.

Adult Classes:

   Class around the coffee table:  Join Laurin Gierman and others reflecting on the themes and scripture of today’s worship.

   Class in the Chapel:  Dr. Stephanie Nawyn, Fulbright Scholar, who has returned from Istanbul, Turkey, will address issues of human trafficking.

 

12:30pm - Women’s Connection meets in Room 108 (next to the chapel). As we enjoy fellowship together, lunch will be served by Barbara Dorr, Lois Veldman, and Barbara Scott. The group from PCO who volunteered at Detroit's Cass Community United Methodist Church this past summer, will speak to us.  All women are invited ... no reservation required.

 

6:00pm – Youth Group

Tuesday
Nov182014

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Just a reminder that the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be on Monday, November 24th at 7 PM. the service will be held at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, located at 1701 East Saginaw Street in Lansing.

For more information, see this article from eastlansinginfo.org written by our own Rev. Townley and Rabi Amy Bigman.

Thursday
Nov132014

Sunday, November 16

10:00am – Worship

   Sermon:  “Tomorrow,” by Rev. Mark Ramsey

   Our guest preacher of the morning served as pastor to this congregation from 1987 – 1994.  He is currently serving Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Asheville, North Carolina.

   Scripture Readings:  Philippians 3:4b-14 and Matthew 6:25-34

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

    

11:20am - There are Christian Education Classes for all ages.

   -Children’s classrooms are located to your left as you exit the Sanctuary.

   -For Adults there is a time of semi-formal conversation with Rev. Mark Ramsey during the Education Hour in the Chapel.

 

Following Worship this morning, as a congregation, we congratulate Esther Gierman  and Alan Hastings on their upcoming wedding with a shower.  Esther is the daughter of Rick and Laurin Gierman.  Please take time during our fellowship time to greet the couple and their families.

We will also celebrate the birthdays of those born in November with cake, punch and coffee.  Everyone is invited.

 

6:00pm – Youth Group

Thursday
Nov062014

Sunday, November 9

10:00am – Worship

Sermon:  “A Jealous God,”” by Rev. Rob Carlson

Scripture Readings:  Joshua 24:14-22 and Matthew 25:1-13

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

 

There are Christian Education Classes for all ages at 11:20am.

Children’s classrooms are located to your left as you exit the Sanctuary.

Adult Church School Opportunities

  • Class around the coffee table:  Join Laurin Gierman and others relecting on the themes and scripture of today's worship. 
  • Class in the Chapel:  Those who travelled t the Iona Community in Scotland this past summer wi8ll share their experience of the pilgrimage.

12:30 p.m. in Room 108:  Book Club discussion of David McCullough, Jr., You are Not Special . . . and Other Encouragements.  The book includes McCullough's commencement address in 2012 at Wellesley High School in Massachusetts and other advice for high school seniors whom he had taught.

The annual fall Chili Supper is today 5pm in Fellowship Hall.  This is your chance to share those fiery, spicy, red, cool or white chilies you are famous for.  We all anticipate trying the amazing varieties we always encounter on chili night at PCO.  If chili is not your thing, bring salad or dessert and the family.  Following supper, there will be entertainment in the sanctuary provided by Josh Palkki and our MSU musicians, and our own Gail Lira. See you tonight!

Friday
Oct312014

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Observance of All Saints Day

10:00am - Worship

   Sermon:  "The One and the Many," by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

   Scripture Reading:  Revelation 7:9-17

*Childcare is available from 9:30am - 12:30pm

 

11:20am - Christian Education Hour

There is a class for every age.  The children's classrooms are located to your left as you exit the Sanctuary.

Adult Church School Opportunities

  • Class around the coffee table:  Join Laurin Gierman and others reflecting on the themes and scripture of today's worhsip.
  • Class in the Chapel:  Those who participated in this summer's mission trip to Detroit will share of their work with Cass Community.

3:00pm - Autumn Pops Concert:  The Greater Lansing Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will be presenting its eighth Autumn Pops Concert. If you enjoy "easy listening" music, you will not want to miss the opportunity to hear these very talented local artists perform on a wide variety of instruments.

4:00-6:00pm - Youth Group's Amazing Race!

Friday
Oct242014

Sunday, October 26

REFORMATION SUNDAY, Marking the 500th Anniversary of the biirth of John Knox.

10:00am – Worship

Sermon:  “Waters of Discontinuity,” by Rev. Rob Carlson

Scripture Readings: Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Matthew 22:34-40

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

 11:20am – CE Hour

There are Christian Education Classes for all ages.  The children’s classrooms are located to your left as you exit the Sanctuary.

    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:  Members of Session will discuss the church budget.

12:30 pm – Women’s Connection meets today at 12:30 in Room 108 (next to the chapel).We will enjoy lunch, prepared by Dot Cook and Nancy Snow, as we fellowship together. Nancy Kanistanaux organized a program with other PCO women who traveled to Scotland in June (Mary Benko, Nancy Frank, Jean Kocher, Jill Schaberg, Irene Shutt), who will discuss their inspiring time on the Isle of Iona and interesting travel to other parts the country.  All women are invited, no reservation required. Please join us.

 5 – 7:00pm – Youth Group Corn Maze trip

Thursday
Oct162014

Sunday, October 19

10:00am – Worship

   Sermon:  “The Things that Belong to God,” by Rev. Rob Carlson

   Scripture Readings:  Matthew 22:15-22 and Exodus 33:12-23

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

 

11:00am – Celebration of October birthdays in Fellowship Hall.  Join us for cake, coffee and punch.  

11:20am – CE Hour

There are Christian Education Classes for all ages.  The children’s classrooms are located to your left as you exit the Sanctuary.

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:  "Worship as Performance: Participating in the Work of God," led by Rev. Rob Carlson.   

12:15 pm – Writing Life Stories Group meets with Ron Dorr in Room 108.

6:00 – 7:30pm – Youth Group

Friday
Oct102014

Sunday, October 12

10:00am – Worship

  • Sermon:  “Focus, Focus, Focus,” by  Rev. Jim Kocher
  • Scripture Readings:  Exodus 32:1-14 and Matthew 22:1-14
  • Commissioning of CROP Walk participants

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

 

11:20am – CE Hour

There are Christian Education Classes for all ages.  The children’s classrooms are located to your left as you exit the Sanctuary.

   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  - Worship Series - This week’s topic is Music, with Dr. Marlene Brewbaker and Josh Palkki.

 

12:15 pm – Lunch for CROP Walk Participants

     Immediately after Christian Education classes close today, we will have lunch provided for all CROP Walk participants; before heading over to Lansing STEM Academy.  Registration begins at 1:00pm.

Thursday
Oct022014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

10:00am – Worship

   Sermon:  “The Invasion,” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

   Scripture Readings:  Exodus 20:1-21

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

11:20am – CE Hour:  There are Christian Education Classes for all ages.  The children’s classrooms are located to your left as you exit the Sanctuary.

   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 meeting in the sanctuary this week: Our worship series continues; Sacraments and Preaching, led by Rev. Rob Carlson and Rev. Alice Townley.

12:30pm  Writers’ Workshop to begin the process of preparing for the Christmas Pageant will be right after the CE Hour today. Everyone is more than welcome to help us write this script, last year participants ranged from 1st grade through adults.  It is so much fun to utilize the talent we have in the church.  We are trying to pull together the whole Christmas Eve Service so if you want to be a part of the special music let me know (Brass Trio this could mean you).  There will be a light lunch to sustain us on our task.  This is our Youth Group meeting of the day, we will need you to act, write, plan costumes, etc.

 

CROP Walk - next Sunday, October 12:  Bring canned foods that can be turned in at registration. In addition to supporting the CROP walk through direct participation and contributions for our "walkers and rockers", the Mission Committee would remind members to bring groceries for our shopping cart as well.  It's a great way to engage even very young children in fighting hunger when they get to put food in the cart! These contributions are delivered by volunteers every month to one of three local food pantries:  Haslett, Okemos, and Lansing.

 

Friday
Sep262014

Sunday, September 28

10:00am – Worship

   Sermon:  “Saying Yes and Saying No,” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

   Scripture Readings:  Exodus 17:1-7 and Matthew 21:23-32

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

 

11:20am – CE Hour:  There are Christian Education Classes for all ages.  The children’s classrooms are located in the hallway to your left as you exit the Sanctuary.

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 : We begin a series on Worship in the Board Room.  We will discuss Ron Byars’ thoughts on worship.  Two of his books are available at Schulers: The Future of Protestant Worship and Christian Worship

 

12:30pm  Women’s Connection:  For years we have seen Laurin Gierman sitting in her regular spot near the front of the church, and recently we see her sitting on the couches in Fellowship Hall leading sermon discussions during Adult Hour. Today she will be sitting at the head of the Women's Connection table, telling us about her life, work, and faith journey. All women are invited to attend at 12:30 in Room 108, where we will begin by enjoying fellowship and lunch together. Please join us! No reservation required.

 

6 – 7:30pm – Youth Group:  We will plan activities and meet Dee Careathers and Luke Kreft, who have agreed to work with Sue Schnackenberg this fall.

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!