Events and Calendar
Kick Off Sunday & Fall Worship Schedule Begins September 10
On Sunday, September 10, our program year worship schedule returns. Join us at
9am in Evans Chapel and at 10:30am in the Sanctuary. Sunday School for children returns
during the 10:30am service.
Flu Shots After Worship September 10
Protect yourself this season and get your flu shot from Rite Aid after worship on Sunday, September 10. Bring your drivers’ license and insurance card and fill out your form ahead of time. Children ages three years old and up may receive a vaccine. Deacons will be hosting a Coffee Hour Fellowship in Kirkman Fellowship Hall.
Naomi-Ruth Circle Meets Wednesday, September 13 at 10:30am
Women of FPCRO, mark your calendars and attend Naomi-Ruth Circle! The first meeting is September 13, at 10:30am. Circle meets at 10:30am in the Fireside Room the second Wednesday of the month September to June. We begin with fellowship and snacks, share joys and concerns, and learn of various missions, and conclude with Bible Study. This year’s study is “Sacred Encounters: The Power and Presence of Jesus Christ in Luke through Acts,” produced by Presbyterian Women/Horizons Bible Study.
Sunburst Singers for Children begins September 17
Join our music program for kids (preschool through early middle school), following worship on Sunday, September 17 until 12:15pm. Sunburst Singers meets after worship on the first and third Sundays of each month. Contact to Audrey Frieberg with questions.
CROP Walk is September 17
The 2023 Ferndale/Royal Oak CROP Hunger Walk is Sunday, September 17. Online registration is open and you can make donations to sponsor the FPCRO team at any time. Click here to register to walk or give. Funds raised will help people in our community and in places around the world to overcome the challenges of hunger and food insecurity. Please join our team whether it’s a tradition for you to walk or if it’s your first time!
Rise Against Hunger Mission Event
Sign up to pack meals to send around the world on Sunday, September 24. Following lunch together, this intergenerational event will run from 12:15pm to 2:30pm and is high energy and open to all. Sign up online to participate. Lunch will be provided between worship and the start of the event.
Grief Support Group
Starting October 2, FPCRO will offer an eight-week grief support group for those experiencing the loss of a loved one. Group sessions will consist of sharing, support, and resources. Sessions will be facilitated by Pat Johnson, who has served as a Commissioned Ruling Elder and chaplain, and has led similar groups for hospice families. Sign up confidentially. Please note: only eight participant slots are available. Questions? Please email Pat.
Forgotten Harvest Volunteer Opportunity
FPCRO had reserved 15 spots to volunteer in the Oak Park Forgotten Harvest warehouse Saturday, October 7 from 9am-12pm. Volunteers must be at least 10 years of age. Please sign up. More information will then be provided about signing up on the Forgotten Harvest website. Contact Edie Watson or the church for more information.
Trunk or Treat Candy Donations!
To ensure our Trunk or Treat event (Friday, October 20) is a success, we need candy donations. In the CE lobby, you will find a kiddie pool for the candy collection. Our goal is to fill the pool so we have enough treats for the over 200 children expected to attend. We would appreciate all candy donations be made by Wednesday, October 11. If you would like to make a monetary donation instead, indicate “trunk or treat” on your donation. Thank you!
Spiritual Retreat Weekend October 13-15
Take part in the Great Lakes Pilgrimage weekend at Echo Grove Camp and Conference Center in Leonard, Michigan. This renewal weekend offers introspection, discussion, laughter, and singing. Participation can be life altering. Please see Norm Bayne for details.
Organ Concert: Save the date!
Save the date of Friday, November 3 at 7pm for Pulling Out All the Stops: An Organ Concert with Joseph Jackson. Admission to the concert is free of charge and open to the public. The Session has approved hosting a ticketed Wine and Cheese Reception prior to the event from 5-6:45pm in Kirkman Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $20 per person or $10 for those under 21. Tickets must be purchased in advance and can only be ordered online here. Contact Kari Peruski if you need assistance in ordering tickets.
Need a Ride to Church?
The Deacons want to ensure that everyone who wants to come to church can get here! Roger Watson is the transportation advocate on the Board of Deacons. If you need a ride to church, or would like to have a ride occasionally, please get in touch with Roger. Or call the church office to get his contact information. Roger can work with you to see how we can arrange a ride for you to join us for worship.
Forging Faith Podcast
What happens when spirituality collides with life? In FPCRO's new podcast, Pastor Emma talks with folks who have experienced a variety of challenges—from cancer to divorce to adoption—and hears how their faith has been stretched and shaped by these experiences. Check it out here. “Forging Faith” on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and other podcast platforms. We’re grateful to the Evangelism and Communication committee and the Earla B. Smith Foundation for making the podcast possible!
Liturgists in Worship
Are you comfortable with public speaking? Do you love God and love to serve the church? Do you want to try something new? Pastor Emma and the Worship and Music Committee invite church members and friends to serve as liturgists in the new year. If you are able and willing to serve, please contact Pastor Emma to be added to the weekly schedule.