Board of Pensions 1 hour Overview by Doug Portz


Time will be spent giving an overview what benefits are staying the same and which are changing. We will discuss questions regarding:  filling out Employer Agreements, completing the Annual Enrollment, online forms and updating salary information, how to grandfather employees into the Plan, use the menu-options as well as, how to add new full-time and part-time employees.  If you are interested in how these changes will affect your church, the budget, and your staff benefits please be sure to come and learn how the Board of Pensions is serving you.

August 22, 2017
starting at 3 pm

at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Portage.

August 22, 2017
starting at 7 pm

at the Delta Presbyterian Church in Lansing.

August 23, 2017
starting at 4 pm

at the First Presbyterian Church in Hastings.

You must register for the meeting because space is limited. Click here to register.

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.

Jobs in the Presbytery of Lake Michigan


A vibrant, Christ-centered Presbyterian church in the greater Chicago area, First Presbyterian Church ( is seeking a full-time Director of Student Ministries to join them in equipping students to be lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ who participate in Christ’s mission in Glen Ellyn, the surrounding community, and the world. This person will be responsible for supervising the Program Coordinator for Student Ministries and the Student Ministries Interns, collaborating together with the Associate Pastor of Family Ministries to build a dynamic student ministry that engages youth, 6th-12th grade in active discipleship.

To read more, click here.



First Presbyterian Church is seeking a part-time youth director (16-18 hours per week) to engage our youth and their families in spiritual formation and to deepen their relationship with God.  We are a mid-size multi-generational church focused on worshiping, serving, and living with a fresh vision of God’s vibrant energy and grace for all.  To read more, click here.


The New Hope Church of Michigan is seeking an Assistant Pastor for College and Young Adult Ministry.  The Presbytery of Detroit has given us permission to perform a limited search.

To read about the history of the church, the position responsibilities, and who to contact, click here.

3/22/2017 – updated 4/19/2017

Office Administrator
Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Grand Rapids, MI

Position Description:
This individual is responsible to the Session and is supervised by the Pastor.  The person coordinates activities with and for the Pastor, the Treasurer, the Session and other committees, and assures that the operation of the church office is maintained in a friendly, timely, and efficient manner.  The position also serves the congregation and community by being a point of contact for the church.


  • A Christian world view is preferred.
  • Experience with computers and their applications in the modern office: including websites; WordPress; Power Church Plus; and Google Docs, Drive, and Calendar.
  • Experience in office coordination, demonstrates initiative and organizational ability.
  • Bookkeeping experience a must.
  • Ability to keep church information confidential.
  • Knowledge of Presbyterian policy or willingness to learn.
  • Ability to work with staff, church members, volunteers, and public in a cooperative and friendly manner.
  • Must be punctual and adhere to the office hours that have been set for the church office.

To read more, click here. Send resumes to

1/5/2017- updated 4/19/2017


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