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Thursday
Apr102014

SUNDAY, April 13, 2014, Palm Sunday

10:00am – Worship

   Sermon:  “Who is Coming?” by Rev. Alice Fleming Townley

   Scripture Reading:  Matthew 21:1-11

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

11:00am – Celebration of April Birthdays:  Today we celebrate those whose birthdays are in April with cake, punch and coffee after the service in the fellowship hall. Everyone is invited

11:20am – Church School for youth and children

11:20am – Adult Christian Education

  • In the chapel, we will gather to begin a conversation about the nature and meaning of marriage.  Rob Carlson and Emily Conroy-Krutz will lead this class on April 13, 27, and May 11.
  • Coffee Table Talk, with Laurin Gierman meets around the couch in Fellowship Hall.  During Lent we are reading short daily reflections and discussing the readings on Sunday.  The book we use is 40 Days to a Closer Walk with God, by David Muyskins.
Thursday
Apr102014

PCO 50th Anniversary

 Make your reservations NOW for our 50th PCO Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Program Saturday evening, May 3rd beginning at 6:00pm. Tickets are $8.00 each and are on sale after Sunday morning worship services. Look for the table in Fellowship Hall. Reservations are open until April 28.

 

 

 

Thursday
Apr032014

SUNDAY, April 6, 2014

10:00am – Worship

  • Sermon:  “Invasion of the Dead,” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson
  • Scripture:  John 11:1-10, 14-16, 32-46

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

 11:20am – Church School for youth and children

11:20am – Adult Christian Education

  •    Rob Carlson will lead a discussion of Presbyterian themes and issues in the Chapel today. This is a class that would be of special interest to those who may be considering church membership
  •    Coffee Table Talk with Laurin Gierman meets around the couch in Fellowship Hall.  During Lent we will read short daily reflections and discuss the readings on Sunday.   The book we will use is 40 Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer by David Muyskins.

 

Looking Ahead:  Family Camp May 23-25, Come away with PCO friends to rest, play, and grow closer to God and one another at Skyline Camp.  Register today at campskyline.org.

Friday
Mar282014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

10:00am – Worship

Today’s worship service was designed, prepared, written, and performed by the young people of our congregation currently in Middle School and High School. Our young people attend 9 different schools in the greater Lansing area.

Participants: Rob Allen, Ross Allen, Andrew Cone, Brendan Cone, Luke Corder, Audra Francis, Emma Francis,  Jacob Gierman, Jelimo Katainy, Sarah Layhe, Chad Major, Anne Major, Jacob Meland, Jonathon Townley, Grace Wilkerson.

Giving the homilies this morning are Ross Allen, a senior at Williamston High School; Chad Major and Andrew Cone, both seniors at Okemos High School.

Scripture Lessons

            John 9:1-12

            John 9:13-17

            John 9:35-41

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

 11:20am – Church School for youth and children

11:20am – Adult Christian Education

  • Presbyterian Questions, Presbyterian Answers:  Rob Carlson will lead a class for anyone considering church membership or who wants to learn more about the church and denomination and the world of Christian ideas.  We will meet in the chapel.
  • Coffee Table Talk with Laurin Gierman in the couches of Fellowship Hall.  During Lent we will read short daily reflections and discuss the readings on Sunday.   The book we will use is 40 Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer by David Muyskins.

 4:00pm- Memorial Service for Simon Taylor

Thursday
Mar202014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

10:00am Worship

                Sermon – “High Noon,” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

                Scripture Lessons – Romans 5:1-11, John 4:5-15

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

 

11:20am - Church School for children and youth

11:20am – Adult Christian Education Classes

  • Introduction to the New Testament, with Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson.  This class meets in the chapel.  Today we will discuss the Book of Revelation.
  • Coffee Table Talk, with Laurin Gierman.  This class meets in Fellowship Hall.  We are discussing the book 40 Days to a Closer Walk with God, by David Muyskins.

 

12:30pm – Women’s Connection meets in Room 108. All women are invited for fellowship, then lunch, graciously provided by Dottie Cook and Jean Cymbalski. Dorinda VanKempen will speak of her life and faith journey.

               

Friday
Mar142014

SUNDAY, March 16, 2014

10:00am – Worship

   Sermon –“Where the Spirit Leads”,” by Rev. Alice Fleming Townley

   Scripture Lesson – Genesis 12:1-4a and John 3:1-17

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

 

11:00am – Celebration of March Birthdays in Fellowship Hall.  Please join us for cake, punch, and coffee.  All are welcome.

11:20am – Church School for youth and children

11:20am – Adult Christian Education

Introduction to the New Testament with Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson in the chapel.  What do we know about the New Testament?  Where might we start reading?  What should we expect to find?  Come and discuss these and other questions about Christian Scriptures   .

Coffee Table Talk with Laurin Gierman in the couches of Fellowship Hall.  During Lent we will read short daily reflections and discuss the readings on Sunday.   The book we will use is 40 Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer by David Muyskins. Copies are available in Fellowship Hall for a suggested $12 donation.

Friday
Mar072014

SUNDAY, March 9, 2014

10:00am – Worship

   Sermon –“The Genesis of Jesus the Messiah,” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

   Scripture Lesson – Matthew 4:1-11 and Genesis 1:1-5, 26-27, 3:1-6

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

 

11:20am – Church School for youth and children

11:20am – Adult Christian Education

  • Introduction to the New Testament with Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson in the chapel.  What do we know about the New Testament?  Where might we start reading?  What should we expect to find?  Come and discuss these and other questions about Christian Scriptures.
  • Coffee Table Talk with Laurin Gierman in the couches of Fellowship Hall.  During Lent we will read short daily reflections and discuss the readings on Sunday.   The book we will use is 40 Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer by David Muyskins.

12:30pm - Mission Retreat –Today– 12:30 – 3 pm:

Do you have an interest in how our church spends its mission dollars?  Do you have ideas for making a difference in our community and the world?  We’d love your input!!  Please plan to attend our Mission Retreat at 12:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall immediately following the education hour.  A potluck lunch of soup, bread and other goodies will be served – no reservations are necessary.  Come and stay for as long as you can!! 

Friday
Mar072014

Lenten Series 2014: Faith and Creativity 

Tuesdays at 6pm

Sign up and join our potluck dinners; Childcare provided.

  • March 11:  “Called to Creativity,” with Rev. Rob Carlson, Rev. Alice Townley, Eunice Creswell and Sue Schnackenberg
  • March 18:  "The Friendship, Faith, and Fiction" of C. S. Lewis & J. R.R. Tolkien, with Sarah Arthur
  • March 25:  “Spiritual Nourishment: Breast-feeding the Soul,” with Patrick Bonczyk
  • April 1:  “Testing the Limits of faith, Grace, and the Eucharist with Babett’s Feast.” with Dr. Fred Svoboda
  • April 8:  “The Music of Handel’s Messiah” with Dr. Marlene Brewbaker

 

Friday
Feb282014

SUNDAY, March 2, 2014

10:00am – Worship will include special musicians, featuring jazz pianist, Arlene McDaniel.  It will be a festive service with communion, song, and sermon focused on The Transfiguration of Jesus.

Sermon – ““Hidden by the Light,” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

Scripture Lesson – Matthew 17:1-9

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

      Immediately following worship, children, K-12, will gather in the Chapel for a short lesson before joining all adults in Fellowship Hall for an all-you-can-eat pancake brunch.

Friday
Feb212014

SUNDAY, February 23, 2014

10:00am – Worship

   Sermon – “Perfect,” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

   Scripture Lesson – I Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 and Matthew 5:38-48

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

11:20am – Church School for youth and children

11:20pm – Adult Christian Education

  • ·      Introduction to the New Testament
  • ·      Coffee Table Talk

12:30pm – Women’s Connection - We will gather in Room 108 (next to the chapel) for fellowship and lunch, then our featured PCO member speaking of her life and faith journey. Iris Horner has served here and around the community in many capacities. All women are welcome and encouraged to invite friends. Please plan now to join us.

Friday
Feb212014

Coming in March:

Jazz Sunday is Sunday, March 2.  Our 10:00 a.m. corporate worship service will include special musicians, featuring jazz pianist, Arlene McDaniel.  It will be a festive service with communion, song, and sermon focused on The Transfiguration of Jesus. We will continue to celebrate the season of Mardi Gras with processions, and a pancake brunch (all you can eat, if we can make them fast enough) following worship.

Ash Wednesday worship is March 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesdays in Lent:  Join us for supper at 6:00 p.m. A program will follow; engage authors, musicians and film makers.

Friday
Feb142014

SUNDAY, February 16, 2014

10:00am – Worship

   Sermon – “Life as Blessing,” by Rev. Alice Fleming Townley

   Scripture Lesson – Deuteronomy 30:15-20

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

This is the third Sunday of each month, Mission Week.  Please remember our on-going collections:

  •          food for area food banks
  •          personal care items for Advent House
  •          household items for newly arriving refugees

11:00am – Celebration of February Birthdays.  Join us for cake, coffee and punch.  Everyone is welcome!

11:20am – Church School for youth and children

11:20pm Adult Christian Ed:

  •       Introduction to the New Testament with Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson in the chapel.  What do we know about the New Testament?  Where might we start reading?  What should we expect to find?  come and discuss these and other questions about Christian Scriptures.
  •       Coffee Table Talk with Laurin Gierman in Fellowship Hall.  This new class will help people connect the Sunday Scripture and sermon to their everyday lives.

12:30pm - Book Discussion of March 1, by John Lewis meets in Room 108.

Friday
Feb142014

Coming in March:

Jazz Sunday is Sunday, March 2.  Our worship will include special musicians, featuring jazz pianist, Arlene McDaniel.  It will be a festive service with communion, song, and sermon focused on The Transfiguration of Jesus. We will continue to celebrate the season of Mardi Gras with processions, and a pancake brunch (all you can eat, if we can make them fast enough) following worship.

Ash Wednesday worship is March 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesdays in Lent:  Join us for supper at 6:00 p.m. A program will follow; engage authors, musicians and film makers.

 

Friday
Feb072014

SUNDAY, February 9, 2014

10:00am – Worship

   Sermon – “A City Set on a Hill,” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

   Scripture Lesson – I Corinthians 2:1-8 and Matthew 5:13-20

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

 

11:20am – Church School for youth and children

 

11:30pm Adult Christian Ed –An introduction to our new AED machine

 

6:00pm -  Youth Group - Rev. Carlson will talk about Communion, the Sacraments, and how to prepare them.

Friday
Jan312014

SUNDAY, February 2, 2014

10:00am – Worship

Sermon – “Act, Love, Walk,” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

Scripture Lesson – Micah 6:1-8 and Matthew 5:1-12

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

11:15am – Church School for Children  

11:20 am - Annual Congregational Meeting

After worship, we will have time for refreshments and fellowship. Christian education classes for children will meet in the Education Wing of our building. Youth and adults are invited to gather around tables in Fellowship Hall for the Annual Meeting of the Congregation which will convene shortly after the conclusion of worship. We are meeting for the purpose of electing a new class of church officers, approving the terms of call for the pastor, and reviewing the work of the Session and Deacons.

12:30pm – Lunch 

Our Youth will serve a soup and bread lunch following the meeting with proceeds to go to the Souper Bowl of Caring.