Important dates for Board Of Pensions

July 11, 2016 the medical pricing for the PPO and EPO will be available.

Employers will have an Online Tool to help estimate costs, make benefit choices, and try different scenarios, etc.


From July 11 to September 30 employers will make their benefit selections for their employees.

From October 17 to November 11 employees will go to the employer page and make their benefit choices.


To read more information on this, click here.


Rev. Douglas Portz, Regional Representative
Work cell: 267-788-4962

Keep up with General Assembly 222!

As the time for the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) draws close, there are several conduits of information coming out of the event to allow Presbyterians everywhere to practice being a connected church.

The first is to browse over to the PC(USA) website and go to the official GA222 webpage.   A link to this main webpage is found here and is also planted over in the column on the right.  Just click on the GA222 logo to go to the official GA 222 website at PCUSA.ORG.


For those of you who are interested in the details of the business being conducted at GA222, you can read all about it at the dedicated PC BIZ website.  Just click on this logo to go deep into the details of what is being voted on and decided at the General Assembly 2016.


Some people are more interested in personal insights, images and the movement of the Holy Spirit that happens at a GA meeting. For them, getting connected to the dedicated Facebook page, Spirit of the GA may be the best source of information and insights.

And for those who digest their news as headlines in small 140 character bites, the official twitter feed identifier for the 222nd General Assembly of the PC(USA) is #GA222.  The event staff encourages everyone to identify their GA related tweets with hashtag  #GA222.

If you don’t have or want to get a twitter account, the official twitter site for the event staff is Presbyterian tweets of a more general nature, not necessarily related to the General Assembly, will find a larger audience when identified with the hashtag  #pcusa.

Let the communication flow and the winds of the spirit blow through Portland as the Presbyterian Church USA gathers for a General Assembly and we all hold up the process and the commissioners in prayer!

Jobs in the Presbytery of Lake Michigan


Director of Student Ministry Position

The First Presbyterian Church of Hastings, MI is seeking a highly creative, qualified, Christ-centered Director of Student Ministry with the necessary skillset to connect and minister to the middle school, high school, and young adult age groups.  First Church has a new state of the art facility, including a full-size gymnasium.  Competitive salary is available for this position that reports to and works with our Pastor.  We are also willing to consider seminary interns for this position.  Please visit to explore First Church.  Send a cover letter expressing your interest and desire for youth ministry along with your resume to First Church Administrator Jim Day, or mail to Jim Day’s attention at 405 N. M-37 Highway, Hastings, MI 49058 by or before July 1, 2016.



Church Preschool Director – the First Presbyterian Church of Hastings, MI is seeking a qualified and experienced candidate to lead its vibrant, successful preschool ministry and staff.  This is an established full-time/part-time position to replace our retiring director.  The successful candidate will have: a minimum 5 years of experience in an Early Childhood setting or related field; an Early Childhood college graduate degree or related BA; and office leadership experience.  Related experience in a formal church setting is desired.  Strong Christian faith, excellent communication and organizational skills with staff and parents, as well as a positive attitude and a willingness and desire to serve on a team with a vision for preschool ministry are required.  Salary and benefits are negotiable, dependent upon experience and adopted budget.  If interested, send a one-page cover letter and your resume to Jim Day, Church Administrator, at  You are welcome to request a copy of the job description from Jim Day via telephone (269-945-5463 x3023) or email.  The First Church of Hastings is located at 405 N. M-37 Hwy, Hastings, MI 49058.



First Presbyterian Church of Muskegon, MI is currently accepting applications for the position of Children and Youth Program Coordinator.

This part time position (up to 28 hrs. per week) requires good planning, communication and volunteer coordination skills.

A job description is available along with contact information online at


3/19/2016 – still available as of 5-17-2016


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