Confession of Belhar approved by Presbyteries

Confession of Belhar

Confession of Belhar approved by presbyteries

April 23, 2015


The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted through its presbyteries to add the Confession of Belhar to The Book of Confessions. The final step will be a vote at the 222nd General Assembly (2016) meeting June 18–25 in Portland, Oregon. View a video message from the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, which also is available in Spanish:[Español] and Korean[한국어]. Share those videos, as well as other Belhar resources available at

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Churches: It is time to review your minutes!

Minute Review Dates

The cluster meetings that have been scheduled, along with the convening person, are as follows:
Cluster 1-Sandy Moffit ( or 231-429-7876)
Because of the geographic spread, Sandy will arrange with each of you individually for a time.)

Cluster 2-S. Michael Moore ( or 616-241-3156)
Grand Rapids Eastminster, Saturday, May 23, 10:30 a.m.

Cluster 3-Fran Lane-Lawrence ( or 269-683-7600)
Niles First, Saturday, May 2, 9:00a.m. to 12:00 noon

Cluster 4-Bill Sorenson and Leslie Gilreath ( or 269-370-9078)
Kalamazoo First, Saturday, May 9, 10:00 a.m.

Cluster 5-Phil Mershon ( or 269-781-5290) Battle Creek Pennfield, Saturday, May 30, 10:00 a.m.

Cluster 6-Phil Mershon ( or 269-781-5290) Jackson Westminster, Saturday, May 30, 2:00 p.m.

Cluster 7-Bruce Archer ( Mason, Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m.

Cluster 8-Timothy Marvil ( or 517-554-1391)Homer, Saturday May 16, 9:00 a.m.

To find your churches cluster assignment,

please follow this link.

SessionRecords.1837-1981 011

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Nicaragua Trip

A 10 day mission trip to Nicaragua this summer is being planned. The dates of the trip are Monday June 15 2015 to Wednesday June 24 2015. While in Nicaragua, we will meet with our CEPAD partners in Nueva Guinea and a few surrounding communities recently joining CEPAD to learn more about the types of CEPAD projects being initiated to improve their living conditions. We will also complete a work project. Some scholarship money is available if needed. If interested contact Ward Wilson, 517-414-6099 or email him at


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Treasurer Search

Treasurer for the Presbytery of Lake Michigan – Position Opening

The Presbytery of Lake Michigan announces an opportunity for a ruling elder or teaching elder in the PC(USA) to be the Treasurer of the Presbytery and the Corporation.  The position is part-time, supervises a Bookkeeper, prepares financial reports with compliance with accepted accounting practices, researches and recommends asset management, and interprets revenue and expenses to the Budget and Finance Committee of the Presbytery. To find out more, click here.

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Covenant Gathering



A week of learning, laughter and worship presented by members and churches  of The PCUSA  Synod of the Covenant and Synod of Lincoln Trails

Click here for more information!

MAIL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!    4pm, June 28  to 11am, July 3

 Michindoh Conference Center    Hillsdale, MI



25$ Early Bird Discount for registrations before June 10.


 The Covenant Gathering Design Team is a volunteer group of pastors, educators and church leaders from the synods of the Covenant and Lincoln Trails.

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Amendment 14F


Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It appears from unofficial voting tallies that amendment 14-F of the Directory for Worship in the Book of Order has been approved by a majority of the presbyteries. The approval allows Teaching Elders wider discretion in whose weddings they may conduct and Sessions wider discretion in whose weddings it may host. That discretion could include same gender marriages in states where that is permitted.

It is important to note that the determination of what couple a Teaching Elder will marry has and will continue to be with that Teaching Elder. Likewise, the determination by a Session as to whose weddings a congregation will host remains solely with the Session. There is nothing in the amendment to compel any Teaching Elder to conduct a wedding against his or her judgment, nor a Session to host one against its judgment.

The Book of Order in F-3.0105 encourages us to exercise mutual forbearance toward each other when we differ. That forbearance should show itself in respect and genuine care for each other. As a church the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has received much grace from God in Jesus Christ. We should extend that grace to each other in all gentleness as we live into this chapter of our common life.

There will be additional resources to help us understand and dialogue about the approved amendment soon at

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Jobs in the Presbytery of Lake Michigan

First Presbyterian Church in Holt, MI 

Title:               Organist

Reports to:      Pastor/Head of Staff

Purpose:         To provide organ/piano music during worship services
First Presbyterian Church in Stockbridge
Seeking part-time Music Director/Accompanist. Responsibilities include accompanying the congregation, directing and accompanying the choir, and participating in worship planning. Salary plus vacation, negotiable. Please send a copy of your resume and professional references to First Presbyterian Church,, PO Box 62, Stockbridge, MI 49285.  (517) 851-7015


Youth Director

First Presbyterian Church of Holland, Michigan

Youth Director: We are seeking an individual who is committed to guiding youth in spiritual formation and their relationship with God.  This is a part time position averaging between 16-18 hours per-week. Applicants are desired to have a college degree, preferably in a ministry related field, or be close to completion of that degree.  .

Responsibilities will include the planning activities with middle and senior high youth, leading youth groups, planning and leading Youth Mission trips and teaching confirmation class.  This person has the ability to plan activities and manage costs within a given budget.

In addition, this person would ideally be open to a variety of spiritual perspectives and societal lifestyles.  This person would be dedicated to developing relationships with middle/senior high youth and their families.  Adherence to our Child Protection Policy is important.

To be considered, please e-mail your resume to


Part-time Administrative Assistant

1st Presbyterian Church Three Rivers

29 hours per week.  Experience required in Microsoft Word, Excel & an understanding of database functions.  Good writing, telephone & people skills and the ability to work independently a must. Please send

resume to the Personnel Committee, 1st Presbyterian  Church, 320 N. Main, Three Rivers, MI 49093 by April 8, 2015.


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June 9th Presbytery Meeting at Kalamazoo First

Thank you for being such a diligent presbyter!

Our next Presbytery meeting is on June 9th at First Presbyterian Church Kalamazoo. 321 W. South Street, Kalamazoo. Watch for a new Presbytery packet to be emailed to you. Please forward this packet to all the Presbyters who will be attending the meeting.

The format for the June 9th meeting will feature worship in the morning with
Michael Jinkins, the President of Louisville Seminary.

There will be four workshops in the afternoon for you to choose from.

1) When God Left the Building.  Movie excerpts and discussion with Church Growth and Transformation.

2) Stewardship with Steve Keizer, Presbyterian Foundation.

3) Future Synod Boundaries with the Lake Michigan Presbytery Leadership Team.

4) A New Curriculum presented by the Point Educators.

 We look forward to seeing you there!

PS. Click here to get your customized directions to the Kalamazoo First Presbyterian Church!



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