Mission Blog


Helping Start the School Year

Ten PCO members joined Communities in Schools Michigan (CISM) on Monday, September 13 to fill 525 bags with school supplies for kids in our community.

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Tool Collection – Thanks to all who donated

The Father's Day Tool Drive was a great success. The PCO Mission Committee would like to thank everyone who donated tools or funds to stock the Tool Library for CASS Community Services' tiny homes and apartments. Special thanks go to David Cook, Mary Schuring, Ellen Hoekstra and Rev. Peggy Huston for driving the donations to Detroit, and to Laura Haskel and her sons Connor and Evan for helping to gather the tools and load them into the transport vehicles.

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Mission Committee Packs PPE Kits on Saint Patrick’s Day

Members of the Mission Committee gathered at PCO on March 17th to pack 50 PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) kits for families served by Communities in Schools (CIS) in Waverly and Lansing school districts. Celebrating Saint Patrick's Day while they worked were Becky Gillespie, Kent Workman, Ewen Todd, Edward Ennen, Richard Norton, Katie Norton, Keith Camann and Irene Shutt. Also present were Barbara Dorr and Ellen Hoekstra, pictured below with two completed kits.

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Update from the Ludwigs

Dear Okemos Presbyterian Church, As we prepare to go back to Niger we have found ourselves explaining our situation to a lot of people. Frequently they are amazed at how much help and support we get from our church to pay for things like the plane tickets, immunizations, emergency plans, and even our housing in all the transitions in Niger. This does a lot to help give us stability and freedom to focus more on the relationships we need to maintain in Niger. We want to pass on that amazement and thanks because you are the ones that allow for us to have such good ...

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Matching Donations for Haiti Nursing Foundation

Between now and December 31, all gifts up to a total of $10,000.00 to the Haiti Nursing Foundation will be matched by a trusted partner. PCO has supported The Haiti Nursing Foundation for many years. This organization improves health in the Republic of Haiti by supporting quality nursing education. The Foundation supports centers of excellence for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education for nurses, preparing them to serve as healthcare practitioners, faculty and leaders in Haiti's healthcare system. To learn more, please visit the Foundation's website.

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Changes to Annual Christmas Giving Tree Project

Like so many other events, the COVID-19 pandemic has required changes to Saint Vincent Catholic Charities' Annual Christmas Giving Tree Program. PCO will not have a Christmas tree with Angel tags in the Fellowship Hall this year. Instead, STVCC offers two options for holiday giving. You may wish to visit STVCC's Amazon Wish List (configure your browser for the PCO smile account before using the link to also benefit PCO at the same time!) to purchase items listed or to purchase gift cards for the following places: Visa, Amazon, Meijer and Walmart. These gift cards help ...

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Mission Committee Collections

During the first week of October, the Mission Committee collected items for Communities in Schools of Michigan (CIMS) and the Global Institute of Lansing (GIL). If you would like to donate but were 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 public school districts. GIL, headed up by PCO member Paula Frantz, provides an alternative way to complete ...

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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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