ANNIMATION out of darkness 2017

This Lenten season, our Wednesday Night Live! adult formation series “Out of the Shadows” will explore the topics of sexual assault, sexual abuse and human trafficking in our world. These topics make us uncomfortable but need to be brought out of the shadows and into the light.

As we explore these painful topics, we will hear from people on the front lines helping victims, offering serves and shedding light on these topics. Join us each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m in the Robertson Room during Lent.

March 8 | Tashmica Torok from the Firecracker Foundation: “Honoring the bravery of children who have survived sexual trauma by building a community invested in the healing of their whole being.”

March 15 | Jane P. White, Executive Director of Michigan Human Trafficking Taskforce: “To facilitate a collaborative effort to prevent trafficking of persons within the State of Michigan, to pursue prosecution of perpetrators, and to protect and actively support rehabilitation efforts for trafficking victims.”

March 22 | Erin Roberts, Executive Director and Nancy Bates, Community Development Director of E.V.E. (End Violent Encounters). E.V.E provides supportive services to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence, while empowering our community through education and awareness.

March 29 | Susie Finkbeiner, author. Her first novel, “Paint Chips,” tackled the tough issues of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Susie will present on the difficulties and experience of writing a novel on these topics.

5:30 p.m. | Community Meal | Snider Social Hall

6:30 p.m. | Out of the Shadows | Roberson Room

NEWS camera directory 2017The Peoples Church is ready for a 2017 directory! Lifetouch is working with us to ensure that we have directories in hand before summer starts, and we need your help to make it happen!

Professional photographers will be at The Peoples Church March 17, 18, 19 and 22.

The best way to be in the new directory is to schedule an appointment during these dates! You will be able to access sign-up any time by going to and clicking on the link, or by signing up in person on Sunday mornings in Friendship Hall.




NEW vbs2017Vacation Bible School registration is now open for for children who have completed Kindergarten through the fifth grade. Join us June 19-23 for "HERO CENTRAL: DISCOVER YOUR STRENGH IN GOD!"

We look forward to a SUPER week at Woldumar Nature Center and have space for 140 campers, so let’s be sure to invite friends and neighbors.

Cost for the week is $25 (pre-camp or post-camp care is available for additional costs). 

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Musical humorists Lou and Peter Berryman will perform in East Lansing on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., at The Peoples Church. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.

For more than 35 years, Lou and Peter Berryman have been mainstays on the folk music circuit. Their hilarious original songs have won devoted fans around the country, including Tom Lehrer, Pete Seeger, Garrison Keillor, Tom Paxton, and Christine Lavin, who called them “the funniest thing on four legs.”

From their home base in Madison, Wisc., they’ve traveled to most folk venues in America, including many concerts at the Ten Pound Fiddle in East Lansing and the Ark in Ann Arbor, plus appearances on public radio shows like “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Weekend Edition.”

Bob Blackman, former host of WKAR Radio’s “The Folk Tradition” program, will emcee the concert. Blackman regularly featured the Berrymans’ albums on his show, and names them as his favorite songwriters.

“No one else writes such consistently funny and clever songs,” he said. “There are so many levels of humor in their work, so many original ideas and wordplay. I’ve heard some of their songs a hundred times and I still laugh out loud. And somehow, to my amazement, their work gets even better with each new album. Plus, Lou and Peter are two of the most charming performers on any concert stage.”

Lou and Peter Berryman began their musical partnership in high school in Appleton, Wisconsin, in the Sixties. As their biography explains, “their friendship survived a brief marriage,” and since the late Seventies they’ve made their career as a performing duo. Peter writes the lyrics and plays the 12-string guitar, Lou writes the melodies and plays accordion, and they both sing.

The Berrymans have recorded 18 albums, most recently “I Don’t Get It” in 2014. They’ve just published the third edition of their songbook with over 200 original songs spanning their entire career. Their compositions have also been recorded by the Chenille Sisters (“Your State’s Name Here”), Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt (“Why Am I Painting the Living Room?”), Peggy Seeger, and Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen (who released an entire CD of Lou and Peter’s songs, “Berrymania”).

Learn more about Lou and Peter Berryman at