Mission Blog


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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Christmas Joy 2019-Offering for PCUSA

The Presbyterian Church of Okemos participates in 3 of the 4 annual Special Offerings sponsored by PC(USA). We have already participated in One Great Hour of Sharing during Lent which helped provide for emergency relief in the world.  75%  of the  Peace and Global Witness offering in October goes to the General Assembly of PC(USA) for World Peace causes and 25% to PCO for local peace efforts. The Christmas Joy Offering in December is used by the General Assembly PC(USA) to support institutions of higher learning  for minority students  and to support  current and ...

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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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GIL-School Supply Needs 2019-2020

At the 8-14-19 PCO Mission Committee meeting it was suggested that our congregation could help GIL students by donating school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year. Paula Franz, GIL Principal, was contacted to determine specific needs for school supplies. Here is her 8-22-19 reply: Thank you for reaching out! Our school supply list isn’t very big, but a few things we need are: Flash drives Copy paper Folders (two pocket with the 3 prongs in the middle) Here is a link to our classroom wishlist on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/ideas/amzn1.account.AHUXF...

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PEACEQUEST 2019, Sept 27-29

2019 marks the fifth consecutive year that the Greater Lansing Area will be participating in the celebration of peace activities.  There is a schedule of events available at www.peacequestgreaterlansing.org. PCO members will be participating in some of the events as follows: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 Event: Michigan Committee for Refugee Resettlement Conference Time: 8:00 am – 4:00pm Location: Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Avenue Lansing, MI 48933 Registration: www.surveymonkey.com/r/MCRRRegistration SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 Event: Greater Lansing ...

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Peace and Global Witness Offering

The Peace & Global Witness Offering our church supports provides the tools and resources for us to be peacemakers. For example, PCO’s 25% share of the Offering helps support the mission of Michael and Rachel Ludwig in Niger. 95% of Nigeriens are Muslim and less than 1% are Christian. The Ludwigs’ work has focused on strengthening the community and health of both Muslims and Christians and has met with some successes in dealing with conflict. The Presbytery of Lake Michigan receives 25% of the offering to use in their peacemaking efforts and the remainder goes to ...

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