Fellowship, study, choirs and committees provide opportunities to grow and practice your faith. We welcome visitors to join our groups also! Meeting times listed here are representative. Please check the Activity Calendar for exact times.

Fellowship and Study Groups

Adult Bible Study – Ewen Todd

The weekly Bible Study group examines the meaning and context of books from the old and new testament guided by written  and video courses.

Artist’s Circle – Jennifer Gordon

Artist’s Circle meets via Zoom on Tuesday afternoons and is open to anyone interested in exploring faith driven creativity.  We share in fellowship, learning new techniques, and creating liturgical art for the sanctuary.

Book Club – Ron Dorr

(Due to the pandemic, the book club is not currently meeting.) Book reviews in The Grapevine can supplement our discussion.  Discussion was both spontaneous and moderately directed.

Contemplation Class – Leadership is shared

This class meets on Wednesday mornings from 10:00-11:30 on Zoom. We use the ancient spiritual practices of centering prayer, lectio divina, silence, journaling, and shared conversations. Classes are open to all. Come join us!

GreenTeam – Jeff Arbour

The GreenTeam is committed to saving our environment. We have completed planning and funding for church solar panels and in promoting recycling, composting, and planting natural flora. We are designated as a PCUSA Earth Care congregation.

Men’s Group – Doug Paterson, Tom Schaberg, Ron Dorr

The Men’s Group is an informal small group that meets Tuesday mornings from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.  There is a light breakfast.  It is  open to all ages. A wide range of faith, personal issues and experiences  Discussion topics include personal, faith, political, and experiential issues.

Mom’s Night Out – Kelly Locke, Emily Conroy-Krutz, Sarah Mayhew

This informal group of primarily moms of school-age children gather on a weeknight at a member’s home for snacks and fellowship. We hope that other women will join us!

Prayer Shawl Ministry – Kathy Richardson

Prayer Shawl Ministry Group meets on two or more Friday afternoons each month to knit and crochet prayer shawls for members and for refugee families. Please join us. We can teach you how to knit or crochet and would welcome your presence.

Retirees GroupTom and Jane Bobay

The Retirees group meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month from noon to 1 pm  either at PCO or on Zoom.  We discuss  our changing roles in family life, and our spiritual development in later years.

Youth Group – Roy Meland and John Juarez

All Jr. High, Middle school and Sr. High youth are invited to be a part of our  Youth Group.  We meet after Church, have lunch,  to plan youth missions that include preparing and serving a meal at Advent House, trips to a Corn Maze, and Souper Bowl for Caring  to fund local shelters.

Women’s Connection – Shirley Rumminger

Women’s Connection meets September to May (excluding December) on the fourth Sunday at 12:30.  We enjoy lunch provided by one or two women attending, join in a devotional time, then hear a presentation of a member’s life and faith journey. All women are welcome to attend whenever desired.

Women’s Dinner Out – Barbara Dorr

Women’s Dinner Out occurs at 5:30 in the evening on the third Monday of every month except December.  We have dinner at different restaurants.  Our only agenda is to get to know each other better. Please join us!

Writing Life Stories – Ron Dorr

Writing Life Stories meets on Zoom at 2 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month.  People bring  their writings or something  they have read and want to share.  This past year, we have been focusing on poems, letters, and autobiographical writing.

Choirs

Chancel Choir – Marlene Brewbaker, Colleen Chester

The choir performs on Sundays at the 10:00 am worship service from September to May and for celebration of our religious events. All members are invited to join us for music and fellowship.

Children’s Choir – Sarah Mayhew

This choir meets during the 10:00 AM Sunday worship service following the sermon.  Children between 4 and 13 years old are invited to participate in making a “joyful noise unto the Lord.”

Bell Choirs – Irene Shutt

Two handbell choirs perform at worship services and for other occasions.  The JuBellees play mostly level I music (easy).  The Monday Mallets are more advanced. Please join us if you would like to participate in the musical life of  the church.

Standing Committees

Administration – John Juarez, Doug Paterson, Dave Rumminger

The Administration Committee supports financial and property-related activities for the church and use of the facility by outside groups. This is accomplished by church volunteers and, as needed, outside contractors.

Christian Education (Children and Youth) – David Cook

Christian education activities are offered for children 3 years of age through high school.  We begin with simple Bible stories for preschool children and progress through interpreting scriptures. We focus on putting faith into action.

Christian Education (Adults) – Ewen Todd

The Adult Christian Education Committee organizes learning opportunities for adults in our congregation. We include Bible study, contemplation, current events, book discussions, interfaith dialogues, and outside speakers throughout the year.

Communication and Engagement – Matt Pearson

The Communication and Engagement Committee  reaches out to visitors, new members. We update our website and facebook  pages, and Twitter account and supervised our listserve and livestream via You Tube.

Endowment – Barbara Given

The Presbyterian Church of Okemos Endowment Fund oversees investments and how the income is used by the church for special projects.

Mission – David Horner, Keith Camann, Ellen Hoekstra

PCO’s Mission Committee seeks to extend the love and compassion of the congregation to our local community as well as any place in the world where people suffer.  The committee works closely with local and international programs and offers many areas where members of the congregation can be involved.

Nominating – Ellen Hoekstra

The nominating committee identifies and recruits members of the congregation to serve on standing committees of the Church. Four elders and four deacons are elected by the congregation at the annual meeting.

Parish Life – Barbara Dorr

The Parish Life Committee is a vital part of our church family.  It  builds a network of caring relationships between friends, and  families by hosting events central to the spiritual life of our church community.

Personnel – Keith Camann

The Personnel Committee fosters a healthy working environment for Church employees.  Members, together with paid staff, set and assess goals  and encourage their professional growth and development.

Stewardship – Doug Paterson

The stewardship committee engages the congregation toward contributing their time talent and treasure towards carrying out Gods calling by serving the needs of our Church, our Community, and the world at large. We communicate with the congregation, visitors, and new members the work of the church through annual Impact Budgets.

Worship and Music – Steve Mayhew

The Worship & Music Committee works with staff and our congregation to plan and organize worship services on Sundays and other important days in the church calendar.  We coordinate Communion, greeters, ushers, and flowers for services and our chancel and bell choirs, to fill our sanctuary with music during worship.

Leadership Groups

The following leadership groups are elected by the church members.

Session

Ruling elders, and teaching elders, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of our church. Each standing committee includes one ruling elder, typically as chairperson.

Deacons

The ministry of the deacon as set forth in scripture is one of sympathy, witness and service following our Lord Jesus Christ.  The Deacons engage in a ministry of caring, love, compassion and prayer for  all  our church members during times of need and crisis. They  visit members homes and offer prayers, support, meals, and transportation.