Mission Blog


Communities in Schools-Michigan

Communities in Schools and PCO PCO’s connection with Communities in Schools (CIS) of Michigan started in 2012 and has included site visits, financial donations, contributions of needed items, and members volunteering at a Literacy Day. CIS is part of a national network working to ensure that all students—including those most at risk such as those living in homeless shelters and foster children--have what they need to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside more than 46 schools and community sites across the state, Communities in ...

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Michigan Refugee Hope/Samaritas

The PCO Mission Committee began supporting Michigan Refugee Hope (the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program administered by Samaritas Social Services of Michigan) efforts at Faith Lutheran Church in Okemos beginning in 2018. Faith Lutheran members provide housing, food support and mentoring for youth who have fled from war, violence or persecution in dozens of countries. By the time they get to the United States, they’ve been separated from and often lost contact with parents and other family members who can care for them and have often suffered great traumas – and ...

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Niger Mission – Ludwig Family

In late April 2020 all PCUSA mission coworkers were called back to the USA. The Ludwig family flew from Niger to Pittsburgh in April and went through 2 weeks of quarantine and are now staying with Rachel Ludwig's parents in Pittsburgh. Their youngest son Isaac is scheduled to undergo hip surgery in the near future. Their son Zack is being considered for US citizenship. Their other 2 children, Adeline and Simeon are doing well in their new home. Michael and Rachel continue to work on the CHE ( Community Health Evangelism ) project to help with ongoing sanitation issues ...

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Feeding the Hungry in the Greater Lansing Area

At the April 2020 meeting of the PCO Mission Committee it was noted that feeding the hungry is an escalating concern-even in the Lansing area. While the shopping cart in Fellowship Hall remains empty because we cannot meet in person at this time, Mission Committee is continuing to donate funds to those organizations supplying food to those in need. At our meeting we approved donations to the Greater Lansing Food Bank, CASS Community Social Services and Advent House.  We would especially like to highlight Advent House. During the COVID-19 crisis Advent House continues to ...

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Cass Mission Trip Photos

Thank all of you for your kind gifts of sandwiches,snacks, fruit, cookies (both Oreos and HOMEMADE!), water, and hand sanitizer for the mission trip on March 7.  And a special thank you to Gary and Keith, who did a site visit and planning for our beautiful sunny mission trip.  It was wonderful to work on the four Tiny Homes knowing all of the support we had from others in the congregation.

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Cass Mission Trip, March 7

In 2019 the PCO Mission Committee organized volunteers to build a wall, build storage shelves and sort donated clothes at CASS headquarters in Detroit.  In 2020 we will have a less challenging mission that will provide fun work for all HGTV skill levels! Ellen Hoekstra has arranged for our volunteers to perform work on the newest "Tiny Home"-the 21st little house built-that donations from our church have helped build. The work will include priming and painting the walls and ceilings, and then laying the new floor. If we can't all squeeze into the little house assigned to ...

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Alternative Christmas Market, Dec. 8

The PCO Alternative Christmas Market will be held after worship, 11:30 – 1:00, on December 8 in Fellowship Hall.  Find a gift for your loved ones or dear friends and also benefit those who need a gift the most.  Spread a little Christmas Cheer!  The following organizations will be represented: Advent House Ministries offers weekend shelter and food; outreach to children who come to weekend shelter, including educational assistance; assistance with literacy skills, GED program; two shelter homes for men, one shelter home for women who are victims of domestic abuse, ...

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Volunteer Opportunities-Edgewood Village

Edgewood Village has opportunities for our church members to serve as volunteers. Here is a photo of the education facility.  Caroline Jacobs is the Program Director at Edgewood and has provided me with this list of programs at Edgewood: Afterschool Tutor Time commitment: 1 weekday/wk. from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. During the school year. Day of the week is your choice. Job description: Be able to offer academic support and supervise play. Be consistent. Prioritize positive encounters with youth. Age Group: K – 8th grade Contact: Lillian Holloway - Scholar Director ...

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Crop Walk, October 13

The Annual CROP Walk is scheduled for Sunday, October 13 from 2:00-5:00 p.m., starting and ending at Grace United Methodist Church at 1900 Boston Boulevard in Lansing.   The route is 6.2 miles (10K).  Members are encouraged to walk, rock, or support those who do through donations and prayer. In addition to raising funds to alleviate hunger, the walk itself draws attention to the problems of hunger and income inequality. The money gathered by walkers will be used to combat hunger in Lansing, the U. S., and the world. In Lansing, one-fourth of the funds go to agencies ...

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Free Movie Night: Entre Nos, Sept 16

Free Movie Night: September 16, 7pm, Studio C in Okemos Entre Nos (not rated, suitable for wide variety of audiences.) Entre Nos is inspired by a true story of an immigrant family in The United States. Mariana left her impoverished hometown in Bogota, Colombia with her two young children, Gabriel and Andrea, and headed to the USA to be reunited with her husband. It is a timely story of tragedy, courage, and resiliency.  Sponsored by the Mission Committee as a PeaceQuest activity.  All are welcome.  

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