Leadership Team Regional Meetings

The Presbytery Leadership Team has prepared recommendations concerning Camp Greenwood for Presbytery action at the upcoming Presbytery meeting, December 6th at the Westminister Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids.
We have scheduled four regional gatherings to give members the opportunity to discuss these recommendations.  The dates, times, and locations of the gatherings are:

  • Wednesday, November 16, 7:00-8:30 pm at Paw Paw First
  • Thursday, November 17, 7:00-8:30 pm at Lansing First
  • Tuesday, November 29, 7:00-8:30 pm at Grand Rapids North Park
  • Thursday, December 1, 7:00-8:30 pm at Albion First

    Documents with information you should know before going to the gatherings or the December 6th Presbytery meeting are posted here. You will have to scroll down to see them all. Save the link or this email so you can check back periodically, as more documents may be added as we get closer to the December 6th Presbytery meeting.

    George Hunsberger                                       John Best
    Leadership Team Chairperson                 General Presbyter

Rev. Ann Conklin’s Sermon at the September Presbytery Meeting

Growing Up Into Christ

Presbytery Meeting in Cadillac

2 Corinthians 5: 17-18 & Ephesians 4: 11-16

Intro before reading Scripture:

“It was a privilege to serve as one of your commissioners to the 222nd General Assembly. I got this stole there and I am wearing it today because of that and also because it has leaves on it. And the leaves remind me of that beautiful verse in Revelation 22 when the angel shows us the river of life…and on either side of the river is the tree of life…and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of nations.”   Our nation is in deep need of healing.

Prayer for illumination:

God of all people and all places, in your light we see light; in your truth, we find freedom. May your Spirit illumine these words for us now, to enlighten the eyes of our hearts and inspire us to action. Amen. (read 2 Cor 5: 17-18 & Eph 4: 11-16)

My heart is broken.

Are your hearts broken?

Our world is so very, very broken.

Hate and violence and murder and death and dying seem to be constant. Fear is taking over. Violence is running rampant. Hatred is having a heyday. Murder has become mainstream. Death is everywhere. In fact, death seems to dominate.

To read more, click here.

Many years of ordained ministry

Our Presbytery is honored to have Teaching Elders with many years of ordained ministry!

Over 60 years:

Wilbur Brandli
Donald Buteyn
John Duley
Harry Eberts
Fred Graham
Don Mathews
Clyde McDaniel
David McShane
Randall Painter
Robert Rasmussen
Bradley Rohwer
Dale Snyder

Over 50 years:

Donald A. Amidon
Dennis Benson
Darld T Black
Don Brower
William Collins
Richard (Dick) Cushnie
C. Lee Filker
John Folkers
Bill Fuerstenau
Don Gordon
John Hanington
Dwight Hillstrom
Richard (Dick) Jackson
Jake Kaufman
Tom Keizer
Kurt J. Kremlick, Jr.
Ray Kretzschmer
Christian W. Matthews
Tom Nelson
Peter Northrup
Harold Porter
James Rea
John Stewart
John Toth
Leon White

Urban Plunge 2016

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November 11-13, 2016 –Hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Paw Paw

A weekend of service, worship and meeting Christ while serving neighbors in and around Van Buren County

For Middle and High School Students and adult leaders

Registration: $40/participant (includes t-shirt, meals); family discounts available

CONTACT:  Rev. Tiffany McCafferty, (269) 657-3111 –  tkomccaff@gmail.com

Annual Statistical Reporting

The on-line statistical reporting system for the PCUSA 2016 Session Annual Statistical Report will become available on December 2,  2016The web address is: http://oga.pcusa.org/stats.  A copy of the Workbook can be downloaded here.  Please have your Sessions approve the statistical report as soon after December 31, 2016 as is possible. THE DEADLINE FOR STATISTICAL REPORTS IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017.   After that date the online system will no longer be available.  Password and Login information is the same as last year unless you changed it.
If you have any questions or cannot locate your password/login information, please do not wait until the last minute.  Contact Fran Lane-Lawrence, Stated Clerk for help at 269.240.8155.

Jobs in the Presbytery of Lake Michigan


Christian Education Director position:  The United Church of Big Rapids is currently seeking a part-time co-director for Christian education.  Duties include serving high school age students, coordinating with ministers, commission and families for education, social and service activities.  Also working with co-director to organize meetings, activities and special events.  This is a paid position.  If interested contact the office at the United Church of Big Rapids: 231-796-7124 or secretary@unitedchurchbr.org.


Coordinator of Ministries to Children and Youth

The Presbyterian Church of La Porte is seeking a full time Coordinator of Ministries to Children and Youth. The Presbyterian Church of La Porte is passionate about sharing God’s love in Jesus Christ with young people and is looking for a leader who can work with a dedicated team to reach its vision. This person should have a sincere love for young people and a desire to partner with the church family to create a place where children and youth can belong, be heard, be needed and be God’s.  Interested candidates should be familiar with or be willing to learn about the Presbyterian (PCUSA) tradition. A college degree in theology or Education is preferred. Resumes can be sent to cymsearch@yourhomechurch.org.

The Presbyterian Church of La Porte is a progressive family church of 250 members, committed to calling people to a deep relationship with Jesus Christ and expressing Christ’s compassion in the world. La Porte is a small city, located in Northwest Indiana, 50 miles southeast of Chicago.


9/1/2016 – updated 10/3/2016

Christian Educator for Children and Their Families — Westminster Presbyterian Church — Grand Rapids, MI

Thriving, downtown, 1400-member church in a vibrant West Michigan community seeks collaborative, communicative, energetic full-time pastoral staff member responsible for Christian Education to serve approximately 100 children, ages infant through fifth grade, and their families, in a range of programs including worship hour, education hour, and regular workshops.  Background in Christian Education preferred; ordination not required.

Minister to Children and Their Families (Detail Job Description)

To apply send a cover letter and resume to kathrync@wpcgr.org.

Programs Directed by the Minister to Children and Their Families (MCF)
The following is a short description of each of the programs for children, infant to 5th grade. The MCF is the primary staff person responsible for administration, planning, supervision and overall spiritual direction of these programs.
Programs Offered During Worship (8:30 and 11 am):
• Nursery (birth-3yrs): supervised care and play
• Nurturing Center (3 & 4yrs): story, craft, free play *11am service only
• Worship Center (4yrs-grade 2): simple liturgy, story, guided response
Programs Offered During Education Hour (Sunday, 10 am):
• Nursery (birth-3yrs): supervised care and play
• Church School for Pre-K, Young 5’s & Kindergarten: lesson and choir practice
• Workshop Rotation (grades 1-5): one Bible story or theme per month, four workshops exploring different aspects of the story from the perspectives of art, drama, Bible skills and other activities
• Note: The Minister for Music and choir directors oversee Cantus Choir (Pre-K – Kindergarten), Cherub choir (grades 1 & 2), and Cantus Choir (grades 3-5) during this time.
Other Annual Programs:
• Family Camp – Labor Day Weekend
• Baptism Workshop – offered as-needed in coordination with other staff
• Communion & Bible Workshops for 3rdrd-grade students and their families
• Intergenerational Activities in coordination with other staff
• Coordination of childcare volunteers for special services (Christmas Eve, Congregational Meetings, etc.)



Ready to make a (DiFF)erence? Pioneer Memorial Presbyterian Church in Solon, Ohio is looking for an energetic and innovative full time Director of Faith Formation (DiFF). Located on American’s North Coast in one of Ohio’s best school districts, our mid-sized congregation is dedicated to integrating children and youth into the life of the church, and to extending our faith into the community around us through works of mission. The DiFF will provide vision for Faith Formation, Christian Education, and Youth Ministry. See our posting in the Church Leadership Connection (https://goo.gl/7ptxon), or email enc@pioneersolon.org for more information. Visit us on the web at www.pioneersolon.org



First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, MI is seeking a Director of Youth Ministries.  We are looking for the right person to serve our church family who will develop and lead quality youth programs (grades 6-12)  that nurture faith, promote a positive Christian witness, and challenge young people with the joy and adventure of following Jesus Christ and serving him through the fellowship of the Church. This is a part-time position, approximately 15-20 hours per week.  Send inquiries to:



First Presbyterian Church
Attn: Jeffrey Carlson
111 Capital Avenue, NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017