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10:30 a.m. Congratulations · PDF file Chloe Mellor Sam Mellor Jillian Moreno Sarah Moreno Congratulations CLASS OF 2018. THE PEOPLES CHURCH STAFF Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to

May 25, 2020




  • SUNDAY SCHEDULE 8:30 a.m. Worship Service, Chapel

    9:30 a.m. Carol Choir Rehearsal PCYG Bible Exploration Peoples Forum

    10:30 a.m. Worship Service, Sanctuary * Children's Sunday School

    11:30 a.m. Coppertones Rehearsal 6:10 p.m. Youth Choir 6:30 p.m. High School Youth Group * Off This Week

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    WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE! 5:30 p.m. Community Meal

    6:00 p.m. Youth Choir Rehearsal Children’s Education K-5

    6:30 p.m. Adult Formation Classes Middle School Youth Group Yoga Class Childcare for infant/ preschool

    7:30 p.m. Clarion Ringers

    THE PEOPLES CHURCH 200 W. Grand River Ave. | East Lansing, MI 48823 517.332.5073 |


    Ava Harvey

    Carter Kelly

    Chloe Mellor

    Sam Mellor

    Jillian Moreno

    Sarah Moreno


    CLASS OF 2018

  • THE PEOPLES CHURCH STAFF Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Sunday mornings.

    Reception Desk 332.5073

    Rev. Betsy Aho 332.6074 Associate Pastor, United Church of Christ [email protected]

    Rev. Drew Filkins 908.4448 Associate Pastor, American Baptist Church [email protected]

    Julie Bills 908.4447 Children’s Christian Education Director [email protected]

    Rachel Giddings 908.4453 Communications Specialist [email protected]

    Dana Johnson 908.4449 Preschool Director [email protected]

    Joe Kennedy 332.6264 Youth Director [email protected]

    Andy Mayville 908.4444 Facility Director [email protected]

    Gerri Lynn Nichols 908.4432 Hospitality Director [email protected]

    Dee Przybylski 908.4446 Office Administrator [email protected]

    Dr. Jonathan Reed, Music Director Elizabeth Reed, Children’s Music Director Judy Kabodian, Musician in Residence [email protected]

    Abigail Waller, LMSW, Grief Counselor Appointments by Pastoral Referral

    COUNCIL OF ELDERS Elders meet at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Robertson Room.

    Jennifer Nagel, Chairperson [email protected]

    ALL ARE WELCOME! Whether you are young or old, rich or poor, doubtful or hopeful…no matter where you are in your faith journey, YOU are welcome here. For those with children, be assured that noises and wiggling are signs of a church that is alive and growing; your entire family is welcome in worship.

    WHAT'S HAPPENING? To see all of our opportunities, please pick up the most recent Portal newsletter, available at the Welcome Desk, in the office, or at


    SAVE THE DATE: MAY 6, 2018


    Prelude (10:30 a.m.) "Air" Handel Neill Campbell, organist

    Welcome to The Peoples Church! Rev. Drew Filkins Worship is both personal and communal, formal and informal, intimate and casual. Here at The Peoples Church, we recognize that people come to worship God in both joy and pain, faith and doubt, with laughter and with tears. Our worship tries to reflect a desire both for meditation and celebration. Please know you are invited to participate in any and all ways you feel led. Our songs, prayers,words and actions are the works of imperfect people trying to worship a perfect God.

    Call to Worship (adapted from the faith statements of the Confirmation class) Leader: Faith is the anchor of our lives; it keeps us connected to God.

    People: We worship God, the creator.

    Leader: Faith is the anchor of our lives. People: We worship Christ, the truth and the light.

    Leader: Faith is the anchor of our lives. People: We worship the Holy Spirit, who dwells with all believers.

    Leader: Faith is the anchor of our lives. People: We worship by helping others, praying, and coming to church. Let us worship together. Amen.

    Dance 149 5th Graders "Trust In You" Lauren Daigle Choreographed and performed by Maya Canady and Sophia Fickies

    First Reading Psalm 67 (Pew Bible Page 574; Large Print 838)

    Procession of the Light of Christ Zach Wells, Acolyte

    Gathering Hymn "There's A Wideness In God's Mercy" No. 435

    Sunday School will resume on Sunday, May 6, 2018.

  • Opening Prayer (adapted from the faith statements of the Confirmation class) Gracious God, you created each one of us and the world around us. You created us to have a strong relationship with you, with each other, with ourselves and with creation. We give you thanks that through scripture we can learn about you and expand our minds, and through prayer you listen to us and guide us on our journey. We thank you and acknowledge you for your presence in our lives, and for all of our blessings. Amen.

    Congregational Response "Spirit of the Living God" No. 288 Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me (repeat)

    Melt me; mold me; fill me; use me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

    Celebration of Holy Communion (8:30 a.m.)

    Anthem (10:30 a.m.) "I Will Keep the Faith" Vernon Sanders Youth Choir, directed by Elizabeth Reed

    Children's Moment (10:30 a.m.)

    Passing the Peace of Christ (Please stand if able) (Children are dismissed at this time and can be picked up after service on the third floor)

    The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. And also with you.

    Celebration of Confirmation (10:30 a.m.) Ava Harvey • Carter Kelly • Chloe Mellor Sam Mellor • Jillian Moreno • Sarah Moreno

    Statement of Faith We believe the teachings of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and with the help of God, we will strive daily to live the life of purity, unselfishness and service which he exemplified to the world. Solo "From the Day You Were Born" Russell Nagy Michaela Larsen, soprano

  • Second Reading Acts 17:16-32 (Pew Bible Page 1,111 ; Large Print 1,686)

    Sermon "Listen to Understand" Rev. Drew Filkins @Connect2TPC#TPCSermon

    Prayers of the People & The Lord's Prayer (During the pastoral prayer there will be a time to offer prayers of joy and concern, voiced aloud or silently for and on behalf of others)

    Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

    Thanksgiving and Dedication of Gifts

    Offertory “I Sing as I Arise Today" Joseph W. Clokey Sanctuary Choir, directed by Dr. Jonathan Reed

    Act of Praise Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below; Praise God above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

    Prayer of Dedication Ever-giving God, source of all goodness, with joy we bring you our gifts. For all your mercies, we return to you from our abundance. All that we give, we dedicate to your glory. All that we keep, we commit to your care, for we are only stewards of your bounty. Bless what we give and what we have, for all is your creation. Amen.

    Closing Hymn "I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry" No. 488

    Benediction (Please stand if able)

    Benediction Response Go now in peace. Never be afraid. God will go with you each hour of every day. Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true. Know God will guide you in all you do. Go now in love, and show you believe. Reach out to others so all the world can see. God will be there watching from above. Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

    Postlude "Organ Concerto in F Major" Handel

    Today’s Floral Offering Given in honor of the birthday's of our granddaughters, Sarah McVittie and Alma MacNeill

    for their loving Christian influence, by Royce and Maggie Hoggard.

  • THIS WEEK AT WNL! Join Rev. Drew Filkins and Susan Reedy on Wednes- day, May 2, 2018 for a continued discussion and study on the St. John's Bible. See you in the Robert- son Room at 6:30 p.m.

    THE PEOPLES FORUM On Sunday, May 6, 2018, The Peoples Forum will welcome Mark Meadows, Mayor of East Lansing, who will talk to us about the future of