We are looking for individuals who would be interested in volunteering in the nursery during the time when our MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group meets. The first meeting is Wednesday, September 25 from 9:15 to 11:30 am. The meetings are every other Wednesday after that throughout the school year. We are looking for people who can volunteer once this year, multiple times during the year, or even more. The ages of the children in the nursery range from 9 months to 5 years old. If you enjoy spending time with some young children, this is a great opportunity for you. For more information, or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Paula Frantz.
The Worship and Music Committee is seeking a volunteer (or volunteers) to coordinate donations of floral decorations for the Chancel. This person will help make our sanctuary beautiful each Sunday by maintaining and filling the donation schedule. If you have questions about the position or are interested in serving, please contact Kathy Richardson.
The Greater Lansing Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is sponsoring Jeremy David Tarrant in recital on Sunday, October 6, at Plymouth Congregational Church, at 4:00 pm. Jeremy’s performances are consistently hailed as elegant, communicative and powerfully artistic. Watch for further details in the October newsletter, and/or speak with Beth Weidenaar.
|Sermon: “The Cost of Discipleship” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson|
|Scripture Lessons: Luke 14:1, 25-33|
|11:15 am||Rally Day!|
|There is a Church School celebration in the sanctuary with time for all ages to meet teachers, hear previews of upcoming programs, enjoy lunch, visit with friends, and make ice cream sundaes. Hot dogs are provided. Be part of the fellowship as we rally the congregation for the start of our program year.|
Nursery care is available from 9:30 am – 12:15 pm.
On Sunday, September 15, we will host Rev. John Best, the General Presbyter of The Presbytery of Lake Michigan as our guest preacher and teacher for the day. Rev. Best will be here to mark the 50th anniversary of the first worship service of the congregation that would later become The Presbyterian Church of Okemos. Rev. Best is the chief officer of our Presbytery and he was installed in office in our sanctuary, on the same day when Rev. Carlson was installed as the Moderator of the Presbytery, in January of 2008. Rev. Best will be leading a class in Fellowship Hall after worship as we discuss the evolving future of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Okemos, in Michigan, and around the world. So sit down with a cup of coffee and join the conversation.
- We will not meet Sunday, September 8;
- September 15: we will set some plans for the year;
- September 22: we will be joined by the Youth Group from Haslett Community Church to prepare for the Crop Walk;
- September 29: The Amazing Race.
The Church Growth and Membership Committee is working to improve communication throughout our congregation. We would like to include cell phone numbers and email addresses in the next edition of our directory, for those willing to share this information. Our committee will have a table in Fellowship Hall after Worship on September 8 and 15. Please stop to confirm the current information and provide new. Those we don’t talk to will be contacted by phone. Our goal is to publish a new directory before the end of September.
On Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 pm, a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be presented by the Chancel Choir and Bell Choirs, accompanied by organ, harp, and flute. The Festival tells the story of our Redemption by lessons, carols, and hymns. Not only will this be a musical gift to the community, but it will also benefit the local Advent House charity.
We will rehearse the Lessons and Carols music at the beginning of each choir rehearsal (Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm). You are cordially invited to join us. We hope this will encourage participation by those individuals who love to sing, but are unable to commit to the entire choir ministry. There will also be a choir retreat on Saturday morning, September 21, between 10 am and noon.
Please mark the date on your calendar and invite your friends and families to attend this musical event.
After worship on Sunday, September 8, there will be a Church School celebration with time to meet teachers, hear previews of upcoming programs, enjoy lunch, visit with friends, and make ice cream sundaes. Hot dogs are provided but please sign up to bring either ice cream or toppings. Be part of the fellowship as we rally the congregation for the start of our program year.
The Church Growth and Membership Committee is working to expand communication throughout our congregation. The next edition of the PCO directory will have (for those willing to share) cell phone numbers and email addresses. Our committee will have a table in Fellowship Hall after Worship on September 8 and 15. Please stop-by so we can confirm the current information and provide new information. Those we don’t talk to will be contacted by phone.
Saturday, September 7 is an important date for those who have a deep concern for social justice. Edgewood Village, a 135-unit property in East Lansing, is a property created in 1970 by Edgewood United Church for low and very low income families and individuals. We are celebrating a dream of greater equality of opportunity for all. Implementing the dream has been enhanced, since 2009, by extensive collaborative involvement with many agencies, especially the East Lansing Schools, as well as Meridian and East Lansing houses of worship. Join us at the Village at 11:00 am for a picnic lunch and the honoring of our collaborators at 1:00 pm. Of special interest is the Reverend Truman Morrison Memorial Lecture, “Implementing the Dream,” by the Reverend Dr. Preston Williams, Houghton Professor of Contemporary Theology and Social Issues of Harvard University Divinity School. The lecture is at the Edgewood United Church (Hagadorn at Beach St) at 7:30 pm, September 7. Please email John Duley [email@example.com] if you plan to come for lunch.
On Sunday, September 15, we celebrate those whose birthdays fall in September with cake, punch and coffee. If your birthday is in September, be sure your name is on the list under the Parish Life section of the kiosk so it will also appear on the cake.