Advisory Opinion Communion in an Emergency/Pandemic

There was an advisory opinion posted earlier on March 19, 2020 but it since has been updated. Here’s the updated opinion: May a congregation celebrate the Lord’s Supper within an electronic worship service during an emergency or pandemic?  Yes.  The Book of Order gives the responsibility to the Session (and other councils) to authorize the celebration of the Lord’s Supper …

Presbytery names its essential workers

According to the provisions of Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21 under 4.b, for individuals to be physically in the office for basic operations, to process certain transactions, or facilitate the ability of other workers to work remotely. Business and operations must determine which of their workers are necessary for such basic operations and must inform workers of that designation.  If …

Communications about connections, giving, assistance, designations and worship

March 25, 2020     Siblings in Christ Jesus, Grace to you and peace during these uncertain times.  We take comfort in the promise that when our uncertainty and anguish transcends our ability to clearly articulate what we are feeling, “… the Spirit intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words….” But to communicate with each other in the current social …

Spiritual Direction Available

Friends: Work in ministry can be isolating all on its own, but now because of COVID-19 we are being asked to limit our interactions and, in many cases, shelter in place.  As always, we encourage good self-care, which we realize is difficult when things are normal and going well.  We want to remind you that within the bounds of the …

Presbytery Responds to “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order

Siblings in Christ: We just received notification that the Governor has given the signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, temporarily suspending in person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.  Michiganders are instructed to stay in their homes.  The order is effective beginning March 24, 2020 at midnight, for at least the next three weeks.  …

List of Presbyterian Churches Live Streaming

Because of this novel coronavirus, the body of Christ is finding creative ways to stay in touch with the community virtually. Here is a list of churches that is live streaming services, Bible studies, group studies or other activities. Keep in mind that each virtual event will look different. Remember that some congregations are just starting to use live streaming …

Can churches celebrate communion while worshiping virtually?

This opinion has been updated since this was posted. See the latest advisory opinion on communion in this post. Short answer. Yes. Below is the text from a document that advisory body has put together to help congregations navigate emergency and pandemic situations. Advisory Opinion Church in an Emergency/Pandemic  Events in early 2020 around Covid-19 (coronavirus) have prompted some congregations …

Presbytery encourages virtual gatherings

Friends in Christ: Cal and I continue to hold you in prayer by name each and every day. I am humbled and amazed at the creativity with which you are continuing to build community, care for the needs of those in your congregations and worship God in deeply meaningful ways even though you are not worshiping in person. I give …

Presbytery Office are Closed

Dear Siblings in Christ:  We are living in difficult and fearful times.  Most of us haven’t had the experience of leading congregations in the midst of a global pandemic. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and we are here to provide support, resources and counsel as we care for those whom God has called us to serve.  …