JCSTS Offers Two New Courses Honoring Dr. King’s Legacy

As people around the world pause this month to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of social justice, consider these taking one  — or both — of these courses being offered by the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary.  Drum Major for Justice — A Certificate Program in Public Theology Dr. King said, “It may well be that …

Presbytery Coordinating Bulk Order of 2020 Lenten Devotional

A bulk order of the 2020 Lenten devotional published by Presbyterians Today is being coordinated by the Presbytery of Lake Michigan. The devotional is titled “Becoming a Beloved Community: A Matthew 25 journey to the cross.” (See below for a description of the devotional content.) Churches and individuals may place orders by using this link to complete an on-line order …

Is your church safe?

Jonesville First Presbyterian Church took steps to help keep its congregation, staff and visitor safe in all kinds of situations. Members of the Safe Church Committee worked for more than a year to develop a nine-page, detailed plan to keep people safe during a variety of emergency situations. Their pastor, the Rev. Lynne McQuown, and Dr. Raymond Steel wrote an …

Dorothy Day documentary focus of Jan. 15 premier event

How to describe Dorothy Day? Grandmother, anarchist, prophet, journalist, pacifist, saint? The FBI once considered her a threat to national security. Now the Catholic Church is considering her for sainthood.  REVOLUTION OF THE HEART: The Dorothy Day Story A viewing and panel discussion with acclaimed documentarian Martin Doblmeier7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2020at Ascension Borgess Hospital, Lawrence Education Center, …

Presbytery Office Holiday Hours

The Presbytery of Lake Michigan offices will be closed from Tuesday, December 24, 2019 through Thursday, January 2, 2020. The offices will reopen at 9 a.m. Monday, January 6. Staff will check voicemails and emails periodically during this period and respond as appropriate. If there is an emergency, please contact either Rev. Fran Lane-Lawrence or Rev. Cal Bremer, transitional co-leaders. …

Information documented for PLM Members

There were requests during and after the December 3 Stated Meeting of the Presbytery to provide a written report of information presented about various topics, including the budget, the dissolution of the Presbytery of Lake Michigan Foundation, compensation, transparency with regards to documents, and the transitional process within the presbytery. As a result of those requests, a document was compiled …

2020 Budget adopted by presbytery

Every budget rises out of a context and reflects the values and goals of the institution for which the budget is prepared. And it is no different with the 2020 budget adopted by the Presbytery of Lake Michigan during its December 3, 2019 Stated Meeting. The 2020 Budget represents an investment in the collaboratively development ministry priorities that grew from …

Christ in Crisis with Jim Wallis

Rev. Jim Wallis, in his new book Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus, suggests that a focus on eight questions asked by, or of, Jesus provide a solid compass for people of faith. “Who is my neighbor?” is a question posed to Jesus by a lawyer. Pontius Pilate inquired of Jesus, “What is truth?” What is Jesus …

Motion to Dissolve the The Presbytery of Lake Michigan Foundation

At the Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Lake Michigan on December 3, 2019 and at the Stated Meeting of the Presbytery on June 9, 2020, the Trustees of the Presbytery of Lake Michigan will include in the consent agenda a recommendation to the Presbytery of Lake Michigan to dissolve The Presbytery of Lake Michigan Foundation.  This notice is being …

Preliminary packet now available for December 3 Stated Meeting

The next Stated Meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3 at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church (7495 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546). Church’s phone number is (616) 942-2751. Registration and lunch reservations due by 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 26. The meeting docket, The consent agenda, Draft minutes from the September 14, 2019 Stated Meeting, and minutes from the September 5, 2019, September 14, …