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Scuba Vacation Bible School June 2024
Usher's in Worship
Need a Ride to Church?
Liturgists in Worship
Naomi-Ruth Fellowship Circle
Sunburst Singers Music Program for children
Forging Faith Podcast

Diving Into Friendship with God! Mark Your Calendars
for a SCUBA VBS: June 24-28, 2024 • 9am-12pm.

Registration deadline is June 5, 2024! Register today!

Volunteer at SCUBA VBS!

Our 2024 VBS is June 24-28! This is a wonderful week of sharing God’s word with our church children and the children of our community. We are looking for volunteers for a variety of areas. Not only do we need helpers during the event, but also helpers for planning and designing sets and props. Please visit our sign-up genius at to join in on the fun!

Cereal for Summer

No child should go hungry. However, many kids who rely on receiving a subsidized breakfast or lunch during the school year often face long summer days without enough to eat. FPCRO is again supporting the Presbytery of Detroit’s Cereal for Summer campaign. Please bring your cereal box donations to the church between June 2 and June 30.

Snackpax Hands-On Mission Event

After worship on Sunday, June 23, join in packing snack bags in Kirkman Fellowship Hall. This event will provide healthy snacks for preschool children during the summer. SnackPax is a program of Song & Spirit and provides snacks to area children who are at, or below, the poverty level. Every Monday, Song & Spirit delivers bags to City Covenant Church in Detroit, Crescent Academy in Detroit, as well as two Head Start Programs in Detroit.

Outdoor Worship, Sunday, June 30

Join us on the Hendrie Lawn on Sunday, June 30 at 10:30am for a service in the beautiful outdoors (weather permitting). Bring your lawn chair or blanket to sit on. We also recommend a hat and sunscreen. Many members enjoy this more casual service and a time to experience worship in the sunshine. Invite a friend to join you!

Detroit Institute of Arts Visit

A FPCRO outside rental, the State Employees Retirement Association (SERA), would like to invite any senior church members to join SERA on a free bus trip from FPCRO to the Detroit Institute of Arts on Tuesday, July 16 at 12pm. Questions? Please contact Barbara Weiskopf.

Sabbath in July

Once again this summer, the Session is inviting our church to observe a time of sabbath in our programming. Sabbath is a Biblical concept—a commandment even—that invites us to rest in God and remember that our work is not what makes the world go round. It is only the grace of God that sustains us. That means during July we will gather for worship at 10:30am every Sunday. But you won’t see other things pop up on our calendar. It’s a month of rest for leaders, staff, and members; a month where we don’t push ourselves to plan more activities. Generally, most committees and boards do not meet in July, either. The staff continue to work regular hours and use this ‘breather’ from new programs to prep and plan for the fall. Elders invite all church members to engage in and contemplate the spiritual practice of sabbath during this month as well. Questions? Contact the Pastor.

School Supply Drive

Between August 1-18, we’ll collect school supplies for neighbors at Oakland Elementary school in Royal Oak. Oakland Elementary serves grades K-5 and has a population of 208 students, 42% of whom are economically disadvantaged. The school and students are very appreciative of our donations! Watch the worship bulletin for updates and a list of needed supplies.​

Save the Date for CROP Walk!

The 2024 Ferndale/Royal Oak CROP Hunger Walk is September 22. Join our team, whether it’s a tradition for you to walk, or if it’s your first time! Visit this page to learn more. Funds raised will help people in our community, and in places around the world, to overcome the challenges of hunger and food insecurity. Questions? Contact Scott Rieck.

Opportunity to Usher on Sunday Mornings

The Worship and Nurture Committee is looking for ushers. Simply arrive 20-25 minutes ahead of
the 10:30am service to greet folks and hand out bulletins. After worship, retrieve the completed
pew rack Friendship pad forms. A sign-up sheet is on the table in the Narthex. Questions? Contact Gail Meengs.

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.

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 Nurture 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.

Naomi-Ruth Circle Meets Wednesdays at 10:30am

Women of FPCRO, mark your calendars and attend Naomi-Ruth Circle! 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 Music Program for Children

Join our music program for kids (preschool through early middle school), following worship on the first and third Sundays of each month from September through June.

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!

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