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  • Like a Watered Garden March 20, 2018
    “Like a Watered Garden”Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11    Jeremiah 31:1-14      Luke 4:18-19Sermon by the Rev. Dr. John Best to the Presbytery of Lake Michigan at its meeting March 17, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Paw Paw, MII was raised in a gardening family.  My parents, raising a family of four on a pastor’s salary in the […]
  • Area Flood Response March 12, 2018
    Many areas in Southwest Michigan experienced flooding a few weeks ago.  Water has receded, but leaving much destruction behind.  I have requested help from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. We were assigned Jan Spence, a PDA volunteer.  She connected me with Michigan VOAD, a group which coordinates volunteer responses with helping agencies.  The VOAD conference calls introduced me […]
  • Partnership February 21, 2018
    We began our strategic planning discernment by identifying the core values of the Presbytery of Lake Michigan.  In our core values statement, partnership leads the way, is a given. "As partners in Christ service, we..."  "We," not "I," but "we."  We are not private Christians.  That's anathema to our self understanding.  In our baptism we are […]