Mission Blog


Mission Committee Collections – Oct. 5 – 9, 2020

The Mission Committee will be collecting items for Communities in Schools of Michigan (CIMS) and the Global Institute of Lansing (GIL) from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 9. A bin will be outside the office door at the Church each day during those hours. If you would like to donate but are not able to drop off to the Church during the appointed times, please contact the Church office at 517-349-9536. CISM helps children struggling to succeed in school, usually due to family poverty. The PCO collection will benefit children in the Lansing and Waverly ...

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Simbolei Girls’ Preparatory Academy

Rift Valley Province in Kenya is a physically beautiful but economically and educationally disadvantaged region. PCO member Andrea Kaitany and her husband, Richard, embarked on a journey to make a difference in this community where Richard has his roots. Simbolei Girls’ Preparatory Academy was built from the ground up little by little. While the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the official school opening, efforts to support the community have been ongoing. The community is welcome into the school through community access to their open library and community seminars on ...

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Advent House/Bagged lunches

Members of the PCO Mission Committee-- along with Pastor Peggy and her husband-- coordinated the preparation of 125 bagged lunches for delivery to Advent House, a Lansing based nonprofit housed in North Westminster Presbyterian Church. Congregation kids decorated the paper lunch bags with a variety of colorful drawings. Church members donated apples, applesauce, cookies and bottled water. Mission funds provided KFC chicken and biscuits to complete the lunches. The lunches were bagged and delivered to Advent House by volunteers, including Bill Given who sits on Advent ...

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Ludwig Mission-Niger

The Presbyterian Church of Okemos has continued their support of the Ludwig family's mission in Niger. As reported in a May 2020 Mission Blog the family is presently based in the USA due to the coronavirus pandemic. Recently the Ludwigs have provided 2 videos which may be of interest to church members following the family activities. Here are links to their recent videos: https://tinyurl.com/yxadpw7p               https://tinyurl.com/y4gjwdaz  

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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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