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Thursday
May292014

Sunday, June 1

10:00am – Worship

     Teacher Appreciation Sunday

     Sermon:  “The One Who Fills All in All,” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

     Scripture Readings:  I Peter 5:6-11 and Acts 1:1-14

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

 

11:30 – Christian Education Classes for all ages

Adult Christian Education:  We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kenneth Waltzer, Director of Jewish studies at Michigan State University.  He will talk about the Israel-Palestine question, past and present.

Wednesday
May212014

Sunday, May 25

10:00am – Worship

        Guest Preacher

        Scripture Readings:  Psalm 30 and John 21:1-19

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

 

11:30 – Book Discussion of Escape from Camp 14, by Blaine Harden – Room 108

 

4:00pm – Memorial Service for Wilma Schwartz

Friday
May162014

Sunday, May 11, 2014 

10:00am – Worship

      Choir Appreciation Sunday

      Sermon:  “Blessed are the Merciful…” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

      Scripture Readings:  John 14:1-7 and Acts 7:55 – 8:1a

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

 

11:00am – Celebration of May birthdays

11:20am – Christian Education for Children

11:20am – Mission Fair:  “What’s Your 50?  A Year of Christian Service”  In honor of the Presbyterian Church of Okemos and to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Presbyterian Church of Okemos, we are launching the What’s Your 50? challenge to all members and families of the Presbyterian Church of Okemos.  Members and friends of all ages are encouraged to honor each year of the church with one hour of personal Christian service.

12:30pm - Women’s Connection meets today in Room 108.  All women are welcome, no reservation required.  Following a time of fellowship and sharing lunch together, graciously provided by Bobbi DuByne and Kathy Richardson, our featured speaker will be Emily Conroy-Krutz. Emily teaches U.S. history at MSU and is a great asset to PCO, serving on Session and chairing our Christian Education Committee. To hear more of her life and faith journey, please join us. We will break for the summer, so this is our final meeting until we reconnect on September 28!

6:00pm - Youth Group Picnic at the church.

6:00pm to 7:30pm - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Book Party for the Upper Elementary Church School Class.  See Mike Townley for more information.

Thursday
May082014

Sunday, May 11

10:00am – Worship

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

   Scripture Readings:  John 10:1-11

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

 

 11:20am – Christian Education for Youth and Children

 11:20am – Adult Christian Education

  • In the Chapel, Rob Carlson continues leading a conversation of the meaning of marriage and the history of how Presbyterians have dealt with the homosexuality quesiton.        
  • Coffee Table Talk, in the Board Room with Laurin Gierman.

Next Week:  Mission Fair – The agencies our mission dollars support will be presented, along with volunteer opportunities at each.

 

Thursday
May012014

Saturday, May 3

50th Anniversary Dinner and Celebration:  Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.  There will be music, a brief program, some remembrances and an opportunity to greet old friends and become acquainted with new.  Fellowship Hall, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Thursday
May012014

Sunday, May 4

10:00am – Worship

Rev. Ron Byars, preaching.  Ron and his wife, Sue were at PCO from 1968 – 1980 and will be with us this Sunday morning.  The choir and bell choir are providing special music for the occasion, and after worship there will be time to see old friends and share some refreshments.

Scripture Readings:  I Peter 1:17 – 23 and Luke 24:13-35

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

 

11:20am – Christian Education for Youth and Children

11:20am – Adult Christian Education

Rev. Byars will participate in a brief question-and-answer session moderated by Rev. Carlson in Kehde Chapel.

Thursday
Apr242014

SUNDAY, April 27, 2014

10:00am – Worship

     Sermon:  “Ultimate Victory” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

     Scripture Reading:  Psalm 16 and John 20:19-31

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

 

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)

 

11:20am – Christian Education for Youth and Children

11:20am – Adult Christian Education 

  • In the Chapel, Rob Carlson continues leading a conversation of the meaning of marriage and history of how Presbyterian s have dealt with the homosexuality question.
  • Coffee Table Talk, Laurin Gierman leads discussion in the Board Room.

 12:30pm – Women’s Connection  Room 108. All women are invited to join us (no reservation required) for fellowship and lunch, provided by Cathy McCarthy and Bettie Senger. The speaker, Jan Meier, is new to our area and church.  She is a retired teacher and marriage/family counselor, co-author of a devotional book for women, and currently working to start a Retreat Center for women. Jan believes, "It's never too late for a new beginning."

 3:20pm – Youth Group will meet Sue at the NCG Theatres to see God's Not Dead.  You will need $6.50 for the ticket and whatever you need for a treat.  The running time is  2 hours, so you should be ready for parents to pick you up by 5:50ish.

Friday
Apr182014

SUNDAY, April 20, 2014, Resurrection Day

8:30am – First Service of Easter and Communion

        Sermon:  “Risen Indeed!” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

        Scripture Reading:  Matthew 28:1-5

 

10:00am – Easter Worship and Communion

        Sermon:  “Risen Indeed!” by Rev. Dr. Rob Carlson

        Scripture Reading:  Matthew 28:1-5

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

 Visit the Table in Fellowship Hall today to learn more about, and sign up for:

  •  Family Camp (May 23–25)
  •  Hobbit VBS (July 8-11 and 13th)

 11:30 am – Easter Egg Hunt for children

 11:45am – Work camp information meeting in the chapel.

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!!