Movie “13th” at First Presbyterian Church Lansing on June 2

This is being sponsored by First Pres, Action, NWI (AARO) and ACLU.
The movie will be shown at 6:30 with a light meal and facilitated discussion and book signing with James Kilgore who is in the documentary.  His book is “Understanding Mass Incarceration”.
13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the “intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States;”[2] it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery (unless as punishment for a crime).
DuVernay’s documentary opens with the facts that today the US has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the people in the world who are incarcerated. She demonstrates that slavery has been perpetuated in practices since the end of the American Civil War through such actions as criminalizing behavior and enabling police to arrest poor freedmen and force them to work for the state under convict leasing; suppression of African Americans by disenfranchisementlynchings and Jim Crow; conservative Republicans declaring a war on drugs that weighed more heavily on minority communities and, by the late 20th century, mass incarceration of people of color in the United States. She examines the prison-industrial complex and the emerging detention-industrial complex, demonstrating how much money is being made by corporations from such incarceration.
13th has garnered acclaim from film critics, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Oscars.

Hesperia Presbyterian Church

Everyone is invited to Hesperia Presbyterian Church for the Dedication Ceremony of our new barrier-free addition on Thursday June 08, 2017.   The ceremony will begin at 6:00 P.M. with refreshments following.   Please join in thanking God with us at the completion of this new tool for ministry.

Camp Greenwood

Everyone is invited to North Kent Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning June 18, 2017.  The 10:00 A.M.  Morning Worship Service will include a Dedication and Commissioning for the staff serving at Camp Greenwood this summer.  If you are unable to come, please join in prayer for this vital ministry.

June Stated Presbytery Meeting

Guest Speaker – Dr. Douglas Kindschi, Director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University

The Rev. Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, President Columbia Seminary will bring the message

Offering will be received for New Life Lansing Korean Presbyterian Church

Hand Carved Wooden Communion Table

Dear Colleagues,
The First Presbyterian Church has a beautiful hand carved wooden Communion Table for sale as shown in the picture below. To see more pictures, click here.
The table is 9 feet long, 3 feet high, and 3 feet deep.  Please phone me at the church office, 517.784.9175, if you are interested in it or have any questions.  Best offer.
Jim Hegedus

Do We Believe It Is Good News

A sermon delivered to the Presbytery of Lake Michigan on
March 11, 2017

by the Rev. Sarah Schmidt-Lee

Scripture: John 3:1-17

Good morning all! It’s good to be with you today.

I’ve had a friend from college visiting with me this week, and it’s been delightful to catch up with her–to find out what has been going on in her life, and share what’s been happening in mine, and also to reminisce about our college days, which were nearly 20 years ago, now.

As I’ve been preparing for this sermon, I’ve been thinking a lot about a particular experience I had in college. It was at a worship service I attended most weeks. This was a student-led service, not affiliated with any church or campus organization–just a couple kids with a guitar and a violin and a drum who started getting together to pray. It started with about 10 friends and quickly blossomed to over 100 students, so they asked to use the sanctuary of a church on campus so that this large group of students could continue to meet to worship at 10pm every Thursday night.

To read more, click here.

Workshop – Release Fear Kindle Hope

Release Fear Kindle Hope
May 18, 2017 9:30am -3:30pm

Fellowship Chapel, 7707 W Outer Drive, Detroit, Michigan

​48 years ago in Detroit Michigan, black people assembled for the National Black Economic Development Conference issued the Black Manifesto: a challenge to Christian churches and Jewish synagogues to pay reparations for centuries of victimization.  They developed a list of specific initiatives to heal systemic racism in our country, and pinpointed religious communities as those who were morally equipped to lead this task.  Most of the initiatives were not taken up.

Nearly 50 years later, we find ourselves in a situation where slavery continues to be enforced through mass incarceration of our black youth.  Despite the Civil Rights Movement, and the amazing and costly leadership of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., disparities continue to exist for people of color, affecting black Americans, First Nation people, hispanics and other immigrants, Muslims and other religions, and the LGBTQ community.

As Christian leaders, we are called to address systemic racism and bring about healing.  In this workshop, join with other community members in an examination of the Black Manifesto as a catalyst for developing specific action strategies to repair racism today.   We will be led by keynote speaker Rev. Wendell Anthony of Fellowship Chapel in Detroit, and esteemed panelists to bring our faith to bear as witnesses to and healers of injustice.   The workshop is designed to shape initiatives that will enable participants to truly become repairers of the breach, and make the streets safe for all of our children to live in.

Workshop Schedule
9:30 Registration
10:00 Welcome and prayer
10:15 Keynote
11:15 break
11:30 small group processing
12:15 lunch
1:30 panel
2:30 small group action planning
3:15-3:30 closing and evaluations

For more information and to register, click here.

Walking in the Light

Keynote Speakers:
– Melissa Bane Sevier, HORIZONS Bible Study author
– Dr. WAnda Beauman, Presbyterian Women, Inc.,
Vice Moderator for Peace and Justice
Registration fee includes dinner on Firday, lunch and dinner on Saturday and programs. Deadline for early registration, fee $85 is May 15. After May 15, the registration fee is $100. Final registration date is June 8, 2017.