• Jesus replied: “In as much as you have done it for the least of these, you have done it for me.”
    Matthew 25:40

Mission Committee

With inner contemplation and outward joy, the Mission Committee leads all Okemos Presbyterians in awareness of our responsibilities to our brothers and sisters, advocacy of our Christian ethics, and action in the name of God who has blessed us with His calling to feed the hungry, heal the sick, clothe the naked, promote justice and bring the gospel to the whole world.

Organizations We Support

During this time of COVID-19, we were unable to have our traditional in-church shopping Sunday where we filled Fellowship Hall with Alternative Christmas vendors representing numerous fair trade and charity organizations. As the pandemic continues, please consider shopping online for unique birthday, anniversary or other gifts or donating online to one of the many groups supported by Presbyterian Church of Okemos. If you do not see your favorite vendors here, it is only because they do not have an online platform for shopping. We will try to keep you informed if any of the organizations we support are scheduled at Meridian Farmer’s Market or another public venue where COVID-19 safety procedures are in place.

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Through the Presbyterian Giving Catalog, explore a wide variety of gifts that provide real and positive impact around the world – including aid for refugees, access to clean water and helping to end hunger.

Supporting a healthy future for Haiti through the advancement of quality nursing education.

This is a fair trade shopping site. When you check out, you can enter the name of the Freedom Fighter we have partnered with to provide this shopping opportunity – Amanda Love 813267. Better Way Designs seeks to bring dignity and hope to those who were victims of the sex trafficking industry by purchasing and reselling products made by those who have been freed through the vessel of Freedom Parties.

For more than 50 years, the Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF) has worked to provide hope and healing to those most in need. Working with our partners, MBF supports healing ministries in more than 100 hospitals and clinics throughout the world.

” This organization stands against gun violence through training young people in the building trades and promoting career development.

PCO provides volunteers for building rehabilitation projects in the Detroit area. When you go to their website, click on STORE to take you to shopping opportunities.

PCO makes donations to the Edgewood Village Scholar’s Program to prepare students for college.

PCO provides volunteers and financial support for adult refugees in obtaining their high school diploma.

PCO provides volunteers, meals, and donations to assist the agency in providing support to homeless families.

Financial support by PCO aids the Ludwigs for their work in Niger; which provides health, education, and solving other community problems in Christian and Muslim communities.

PCO makes financial contributions to support the Presbytery’s Unified Mission.

PCO makes donations to support the Simbolei Academy for Girls in Kenya. Nativity sets and books are available to purchase by appointment. Contact the church at office@okemospres.org

Financial donations assist welcoming new refugees into the Lansing area.

PCO typically supports about four refugee families with gifts and essentials each Christmas season. Plans for this giving are being reconsidered since the current pandemic prevents us from our usual in-person activities.

Church volunteers have provided six Saturday meals each year along with financial support.

All Faith Alliance for Refugees – Clergy and other members of the church have established relationships with members of other faiths, including attending meetings and participating in other activities, to support the refugee community in the Greater Lansing area.

Mission committee member Ellen Hoekstra serves on the board of CIS Michigan. The church supports the agency financially and by donation of needed items for students.

Members of the church participate in the annual walk and others sponsor those walkers. We are a leading church in terms of the number of walkers and the funds raised.

Church youth hold an annual fundraiser (“Souper Bowl”) in which the funds are donated to GLFB. We designate that funds be directed to food pantries at Okemos Community Church, Haslett Community Church, and the First Presbyterian Church in Lansing.

PCO has sent volunteers to various locations in Michigan to build, or restore, homes. In 2018, the Youth Mission Trip was sent to Manistique to caulk, paint, and side an 1830s home.

PCO supports this month-long event each September through sponsorship and an activity. In 2020 we held a Zoom discussion of the film Cody High: A Life Remodeled Project.

PCO typically provides Thanksgiving meals to several families. This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are exploring alternative ways to provide this support.

Our Mission Blog, summarized below, provides summaries of some of our recent activities.