Mission Blog


Mission Committee-Refugee Support

Over the years the PCO Mission Funds have helped support efforts to settle refugees to the mid-Michigan area. PCO donations are directed to St. Vincent's Catholic Charities Refugee Services. Judi Harris, of PCO, is the director of Refugee Services.  Once the refugees are settled, continued support is provided by STVCC for education efforts by such things as ESL, computer literacy, and home maintenance. Judi has  provided an excellent summary of the current status of the refugee resettlement efforts. Thank you for your continued support for this vital service. For ...

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Double-Up Food Bucks Service Opportunity

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Help low-income families buy produce. Several years ago funding arose to give those who receive bridge cards (food stamps) assistance to purchase fresh produce. This type of food, while promoting greater health and better eating habits, is often more expensive, and more difficult to obtain. Funding was secured to make available fresh produce at literally half the regular price. The Meridian Township Farmer's market was very interested in offering this program to the community but had no way to administer it as the funding was for the food only and not the administr...

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GIL Fundraiser April 27

Join us for the 2018 GIL Fundraiser. For those of us who do not know or those of us who may not remember, GIL was established in 2010 with a mission of providing an alternative high school to Lansing area refugees who arrived in Michigan too old to complete their secondary education. That support has resulted in many refugees attaining a high school degree and that degree has improved their self-sufficiency and economic opportunities. Employers accept this degree, as does LCC, where many graduates have attended. One recent graduate is now in pre-med at MSU. PCO was ...

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Cass Community Mission Trip

During Presidents' Weekend, 2018, members of the Presbyterian Church of Okemos traveled to Cass Community Social Services in Detroit. Visit the web site for Cass Community Social Service at https://casscommunity.org

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Winter Solstice Prayer Vigil, Dec 21

#NotHomeFortheHolidays Thursday, December 21, 7:00pm Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, 501 E. Mt. Hope Ave, Lansing Sponsored by: The All Faith Alliance for Refugees (AFAR) including leadership from our church. Too many people are not here for the holidays this year. Displaced from one home and waiting for another, refugee families around the world need our prayers. Please join us on the winter solstice as we pray for our nation and all nations to provide homes for refugees.

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Giving Tree 2017

Jean C. and Dorinda V. discussing gifts for the 2017 Giving Tree project that will provide gifts for four refugee families.

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Alternative Christmas Market

The PCO Alternative Christmas Market will be held after worship, 11:30 – 1:00, on December 3 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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Global Institute of Lansing

PCO Mission Committee member, Paula Frantz, speaks from her heart about the Global Institute of Lansing (GIL) at the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at People's Church on November 20, 2017. GIL helps refugees earn high school diplomas and PCO has been proudly supporting GIL for over 7 years. https://globalinstitutelansing.org/

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Giving Tree 2017

The Giving Tree Advent Project PCO is providing four refugee families with Christmas gifts. There are twenty children and eight adults. Gifts include items such as clothes, coats, boots, bedding, towels and hygiene items.  Please consider participating by: Choosing gift tags from the giving tree in Fellowship Hall Sign the master list on the table next to the tree indicating which person and gift you are purchasing Bring the UNWRAPPED gifts back by DECEMBER 10 Attach the TAG securely to the gift and include the RECEIPT In addition, there will be ...

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Crop Walk, October 8

The Annual CROP Walk is scheduled for Sunday, October 8 from 2:00-5:30 p.m. at the STEM Academy, 2600 Hampden Drive in Lansing. 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 such as Advent House, the Haslett Community Food Pantry, and the Garden ...

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