Mission Blog


2022 Cass Mission Trip a Great Experience

The annual PCO mission trip to Cass Community Social Services was prefaced by Colossians 3:12 “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” Ten participated, including Pastor Lisa, eight members, and one friend of a member. The age range is available strictly on a “need to know” basis. Our task this year was sorting paper to be shredded, one of the ways Cass raises revenue. Normally adults with developmental disabilities are employed part-time to supplement their governmental support ...

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Update from Haiti

The PCO Mission Committee supports the Haiti Nursing Foundation and FSIL College Nursing Program. Click on the icon below to read an update from Pat Faris, Secretary of the HNF Board of Directors. Read the Update

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Congratulations, PCO CROP Walkers!

Once again, CROP Walkers from PCO have been recognized by the national office of Church World Service. In 2021, the PCO CROP Walk team raised $11,500.25 to fight hunger. This places PCO as the 34th highest fund raising team out of more than 500 teams across the United States. Great job, walkers, and a great big "Thank you" to all who supported them! Click here to see a special message to PCO from Heather Wilson, community Engagement Specialist at Church World Service.  

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Virtual Farewell to the Ludwigs

Michael and Rachel Ludwig are leaving international mission service. After much prayer and discernment, they feel called to return to parish ministry. Michael has accepted a call to pastoral ministry in the United States beginning January 1, 2022. Here's a link to their most recent letter where they announce their departure from Niger: “Goodbye to Dear Friends.” As supporting partners, PCO members are invited to a virtual farewell gathering, scheduled for Monday, November 15, 2021, at 7:00 PM Eastern Time. To register, click here. After registering, you should ...

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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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