Mission Blog


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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PCO 2019 Donation-Ludwig Mission in Niger

Haiti Nursing Foundation

MISSION & VISION Haiti Nursing Foundation (HNF) improves health in the Republic of Haiti by supporting quality nursing education, primarily at the Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de l'Université Episcopale d'Haïti (FSIL), located in Léogâne, Haiti. HNF’s vision is to support centers of excellence for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education for nurses, preparing them to serve as practitioners, faculty, and leaders in Haiti's healthcare system. HNF was founded in 2005 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and acts as an “institutional ...

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Refugee Benefit Concert, Mar 16, 7 pm

The Presbyterian Church of Okemos Choir is one of seven choirs performing in the All Faith Alliance for Refugees (AFAR) Refugee Benefit Concert. 7 p.m., March 16, 2019 University Lutheran Church 1020 S Harrison, East Lansing From 2008 – 2018, Saint Vincent’s resettled 5,450 individuals, an average of over 500 per year. Many of them, especially those resettled recently, continue to come there for employment assistance and services such as interpretation for health appointments, English classes, housing issues, educational support, Living in America classes ...

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CASS Mission-February 23, 2019

Medical Benevolence Fund-HAITI

Hôpital Ste Croix, Léogâne, Haiti On February 19 Rev. Alice Townley received an email from Dr. Jerry Veldman regarding violent protests occurring against the government in Haiti. These protests are affecting the delivery of health care in Haiti at the Hopital Ste Croix and thus Reverend Townley requested consideration for a donation from PCO to the Medical Benevolence Fund (MBF). Keith Camann contacted Pat Ferris of the Haiti Nursing Foundation (HNF) to confirm the need for an urgent donation. Pat had just returned from Haiti in the very recent past and confirmed the ...

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Presbytery of Lake Michigan/Shared Mission

Shared Mission is financial mission support for the larger church (Presbytery, Synod and the General Assembly of PCUSA) provided by individual congregations in a specific Presbytery. The Presbyterian Church of Okemos reinitiated our donation for this mission in 2018. We belong to the Presbytery of Lake Michigan and our Presbytery uses the collections from participating congregations to create a fund called the Unified Mission. The Presbytery sets specific percentages of the fund that are allotted to each of the 3 recipients. In 2018 the General Assembly/Presbyterian ...

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Giving Tree, Dec. 9

The Giving Tree Advent Project Our church is providing gifts for four refugee families this year.  There are nine adults and nine children.  Gifts include items such as coasts, boots, clothes, bedding, towels, hygiene and cleaning products.  Please consider participating by: Choosing gift tags from the Giving Tree in Fellowship Hall Signing the color-coded master list on the table next to the tree indicating which person and gift you are purchasing Bringing the UNWRAPPED gifts back by December 9th Attaching the TAG securely to the gift Putting the ...

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Alternative Christmas Market, Dec. 2

The PCO Alternative Christmas Market will be held after worship, 11:30 – 1:00, on December 2 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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