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.




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




In response to the destruction caused by the June 22 tornado that ripped though our neighboring Michigan community of Portland, members of our Community Engagement Ministry made an immediate $2,000 gift to support relief efforts there and called for a special collection to gathered.

A gift of $500 has been made to three churches severely damaged by the tornado (Portland’s First Baptist Church, First Congregational Church and United Methodist Church) as well as another $500 gift for the Portland Community Fund ($2,000 total) on behalf of The Peoples Church.

Members of The Peoples Church may make individual online gifts to support their Portland neighbors (GIVE NOW) or drop a check in the Sunday offering and indicate “Portland Tornado Relief” in the memo line. 

If you would like to learn more about the Community Engagment Ministry, contact chairperson Mimi Burpee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




Each Lent, worshippers at The Peoples Church are invited to read, reflect and pray together through a book of portion of the Bible. In 2013, we journeyed through Exodus. In 2014, we focuses on the Gospel according to John. This year, you are invited to focus on the book of Genesis.

The incredible stories of this first book of the Bible are rooted in notions of rebellion and forgiveness, suffering and redemption, and fear and comfort. Each week at Wednesday Night Live!, the passages from Genesis will be explored and discussed at 6:30 p.m. in the Robertson Room.

You also are invited to be part of the daily conversation and reflection online on our Facebook page on Twitter @Connect2TPC #TPCgenesis.


Reading Calendar

Feb. 18 – Ash WednesdayGenesis 1-2
Feb. 19 – Genesis 3
Feb. 20 – Genesis 4
Feb. 21 – Genesis 5

Feb. 22 – Genesis 6
Feb. 23 – Genesis 7
Feb. 24 – Genesis 8
Feb. 25 – Genesis 9
Feb. 26 – Genesis 10
Feb. 27 – Genesis 11
Feb. 28 – Genesis 12

Mar. 1 – Genesis 13
Mar. 2 – Genesis 14
Mar. 3 – Genesis 15
Mar. 4 – Genesis 16
Mar. 5 – Genesis 17
Mar. 6 – Genesis 18
Mar. 7 – Genesis 19
Mar. 8 – Genesis 20

Mar. 9 – Genesis 21
Mar. 10 – Genesis 22
Mar. 11 – Genesis 23
Mar. 12 – Genesis 24
Mar. 13 – Genesis 25
Mar. 14 – Genesis 26

Mar. 15 – Genesis 27
Mar. 16 – Genesis 28
Mar. 17 – Genesis 29
Mar. 18 – Genesis 30
Mar. 19 – Genesis 31
Mar. 20 – Genesis 32
Mar. 21 – Genesis 33

Mar. 22 – Genesis 34
Mar. 23 – Genesis 35
Mar. 24 – Genesis 36
Mar. 25 – Genesis 37
Mar. 26 – Genesis 38
Mar. 27 – Genesis 39
Mar. 28 – Genesis 40

Mar. 29 – Palm SundayGenesis 41
Mar. 30 – Genesis 42
Mar. 31 – Genesis 43
Apr. 1 – Genesis 44
Apr. 2 – Maundy ThursdayGenesis 45
Apr. 3 – Good FridayGenesis 46 - 50
Apr. 4 – No Reading

Apr. 5 - Easter SundayGenesis 1-2