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    October 2017
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    WELCOME! We extend a heartfelt welcome to all who join together this morning in the praise and worship of our Lord. We hope you find this service meaningful and the fellowship accepting. Please sign the "RITUAL OF FRIENDSHIP" pad that the ushers will pass out. Bibles are available from the book cart as you enter the sanctuary for your use. Please join us today in Fellowship Hall for coffee following worship service.

     Sunday, October 8th at 11:30 a.m. for one hour-classroom behind kitchen.  Discussion Topic:  “LIVING WITH CANCER:  LEARNING TO LIVE!”

    Following are the Discussion Issues:



    2.  How does a person who has what is defined as “terminal cancer,” use that condition/experience to HELP OTHERS?

    3.  How do we LIVE our days when we are aware that the END of our days on this earth are (likely) “just around the corner”?

    4.  How does THE POWER OF LOVE transcend THE BROKENNESS OF LIFE?

    LET’S LEARN and GROW TOGETHER!  We all have a lot to learn from others, a lot to help others learn.  Discussion Topics are led by Pastor  Gordon, next C.T.T.I. will be October 22


    Everyone is encouraged to participate in the Mission Outreach Bake Sale on Sunday, October 15 – all proceeds will be used for the Jones Center “Breakfast With Santa” event in December. Please bake some treats and buy some to enjoy!


    BROWN BAG SHOPPING – Envelope Next Week!

    On Sunday, October 15, there will be an envelope in the bulletin for anyone who would like to donate to “Brown Bag Shopping.” The money received will be used to purchase groceries for the Orland Park Food Pantry.



      Learn to sew or sew for fun - 5 sewing projects

      Taught by Susan and Tammy Newton

      5 Thursday evenings 7 pm -9 pm

      October 19, November 2, November 16, December 7

      NO FEE…must provide your own fabric and thread

      First Project:  Pillow case

      Reserve your spot: Contact Cindy Stocker or Nancy Carlson

      You must be 12 years or older


    PCOP SENIOR LUNCHEON, FELLOWSHIP and DEVOTIONS!  Thursday, October 26th at Noon, in Fellowship Hall.  Sign Up Now!  OUR PCOP SENIOR LUNCHEON is all set to meet on Thursday, October 26th at Noon in the Fellowship Hall.  Be prepared to meet,  greet and eat with some really nice, friendly people (you’ll be one of  them!).  We’ll spend some time, after lunch, doing some creative  visiting, singing a group song or two.  In addition to the delicious luncheon, you are all welcomed to join in a familiar song or two.  Pastor Gordon’s devotion will be “On Living with NO REGRETS.”  Please look for the sign-up sheet in the

    Fellowship Hall or call the church office.  A free-will offering of $5 will be received.



    D.I.G.G. BIBLE STUDY  “Drinking In God’s Grace” Bible Study meets this Tuesday, October 10,     6:30-7:30 p.m. at Starbucks (14118 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen – next to Chipotle). We will be reading The Gospel of Mark. Bibles provided or bring your own. Everyone welcome!


    YOGA TO RELAX AND INSPIRE  Classes will be held Sundays, November 5th and December 3rd   

    6:00-7:00 p.m.   Empower yourself by enjoying two weeks of Sunday Yoga series to restore balance in your body, mind and spirit. Classes will be performed by candlelight in the Fellowship Hall from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. These classes are free so please consider attending! Please bring mats, blocks and blankets for our journey into this series.  Starting in January, Sunday Night Yoga will return for a full session. Namaste, Debbie Maas!

    HEAD TO TOE FOR MORNINGSTAR MISSION:  Starting October 22 (through November 12), we will be collecting NEW winter items for the homeless population served by MorningStar Mission in Joliet – NEW winter hats, gloves, and socks for children and adults.



    MOPS (MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS)  Our next MOPS meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 10th, 9:00-11:00 a.m. All moms welcome! Child care provided for children ages 0-5 years.

    W.O.W. Arts for Kids is our fun, energetic after-school program for children ages 4 years through 8th grade.  We meet on Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m. for nine weeks:  September 20-November 15.  Each week includes puppets, games, music, art projects and pizza supper. Children in grades 4 & up can also choose to be part of Junior Hand

    Bells (no experience needed.) Cost: $40 for the first child; $20 for the second child from the same family. Registration fees include all meals and supplies, plus the outing to The Children's Farm at The Center in October. Please contact Cindy for more information: 708-448-8142;


    EXPRESSIONS CRAFT GROUP:  Do you enjoy the fellowship of others while working on an art or craft    project?  Is there an art skill or craft that you would like to learn…or share…or teach?  If so, you should consider joining "Expressions!"  The fall session of this small group will meet for 6 weeks on Thursday evenings, 700-9:00 p.m. at PCOP, beginning September 21.  Please contact Cindy Stocker or the church office for more information.




    OUR JOURNEY OF FAITH… Our new History Room captures where the Presbyterian Church of Orland Park got its start and highlights our first 40 years as a congregation. But our journey continues and I need your assistance in making sure that we preserve the people and ministry of PCOP for future generations. The History

    Room is in progress, please let me know any suggestions that you have. Please share pictures – past or present – that I might include in the room to help tell our story.

    LITTLE FREE LIBRARY  Our Little Free Library is up and is located in the southeast corner of our parking lot (by the mailbox). Please check it out! This is an outreach  to our community. "Take a book. Return a book."

    ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A UNIQUE WAY… To honor a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion in your life – or perhaps to remember a loved one?  We have a suggestion – sign up to bring flowers for the chancel during the Sunday service or we have a new option for our adults – be the candle lighters for that particular Sunday service to honor or remember your loved ones.  Be an integral part of the worship service.  See Margaret Bertucci with any questions.

    BOARD OF DEACONS – Establishes a Ride-Share Program

    In the interest of assuring that everyone who wants to come to Church on Sunday can, the Deacons are setting up a Ride-Share Program.  If you should have either a temporary or permanent restriction to your ability to drive, please contact the church office at 708/448-8142.  The Board of Deacons, PCOP

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH RECORDING SUNDAY SERVICE:  We are looking for some volunteers to either videotape and/or audio record the Sunday services.  We have the equipment, will provide   training (it’s easy), and it is NOT an every Sunday commitment.  Please see Pastor Scott for more information.


    GREETING CARD SUPPLY:   Our Deacons have so kindly provided a selection of greeting cards for our church family to purchase.  The location of the greeting cards now has a new permanent home – in the cabinet in the library (with the lamp on top) between the two chairs has a big selection of card.  Please look in each drawer for what you need.  $1.00 for each card which includes the card, envelope and stamp!  Thank you!


    We welcome the addition of flowers to help beautify our sanctuary for Sunday morning worship.  Flowers can be brought from your garden or purchased.  Arrangements and vase should be large enough to be visible from the seating area.  Before the worship service, please place the arrangement on the white flower table.  After the service, please remove the arrangement and take it home for your enjoyment, or if you wish, deliver it to a shut-in as a gesture of caring.   A sign-up sheet for Flowers for Sunday Worship is located in the narthex next to the literature rack.  Thank you so much! 


    WELCOME TO THE MEN’S BREAKFAST! All are invited to drop in and join the conversation. The group meets at 7:00 a.m. at The Original Pancake House, 15256 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park. 

    THANK YOU FOR REMEMBERING JONES CENTER A part of our mission focus at PCOP is to help Jones Center. The first Sunday of the month is “Feed My Lambs” Sunday. Please refer to the food list for Jones Center which is printed below and can also be found occasionally in the newsletter. Please keep the list handy for your use, any items you can donate and bring to church are greatly appreciated.

    SUGGESTIONS FOR JONES CENTER FOOD DONATIONS: Canned meat or fish (tuna, chicken, ham, salmon, corned beef, etc.) Canned dinners (i.e. beef or chicken stew, corned beef hash, etc.) Cheese products that don’t require refrigeration until opened Pasta and sauce, macaroni & cheese (Kraft or generic brand) Rice, dried noodles, beans or peas Quick bread mixes (corn bread, muffins, banana bread, etc.) Soups of any kind especially larger sizes Main dish mixes (Hamburger Helper, Lipton noodles or rice mixes) Peanut butter and jelly Pancake mix (the complete kind) and syrup Flour, sugar, oil or shortening Instant potatoes (all varieties) Coffee, tea, hot chocolate mix, powdered milk Canned fruit and vegetables Fruit or vegetable juice Breakfast cereals (cold or oatmeal, Cream of Wheat) Pudding mix or Jello, dessert mixes.

    WHENEVER YOU DO THIS TO ONE OF THESE...... Have you ever attended a party where the only person you knew was the Host? Do you feel a bit left out wishing you had someone to talk to? Almost every Sunday we have at least one visitor in church and it's possible that they too only know the Host -- Jesus! Extending a welcoming hand and introducing ourselves is part of our response to the Gospel message. If you see one person or a couple standing alone during coffee hour, please take a moment to welcome them to the church.

    SOUND ENHANCEMENT SYSTEM: For those who may have difficulty hearing during the service, we have a wireless received that is connected to the PA system. The system operates with a small ear phone and a pocket size received. If you would like to try this system, the hearing devices are located on a rack on the back wall of the sanctuary or please see an Usher. Also available every Sunday from the Ushers are copies of our bulletin and hymns in enlarged print.

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