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.

  1. The meeting docket,
  2. The consent agenda,
  3. Draft minutes from the September 14, 2019 Stated Meeting, and minutes from the September 5, 2019, September 14, 2019, and October 3, 2019, Leadership Team meetings,
  4. The 2020 proposed presbytery budget with documents plus a balance sheet and summary of fund balances as of September 30, 2019,
  5. A statement of faith from a candidate being recommended by the Commission for Preparation of Ministry, and
  6. Summaries of requests to concur with three overtures proposed by other presbyteries to the 224th General Assembly.
The docket also includes liturgy to recognize the uniting of Pine Island Presbyterian Church with the First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo


the commissioning of participants into the Vital Congregations Initiative program that begins in January.

(Any changes to packet materials or additional information available will be posted online by Friday, November 29.)


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.

An explanation of this motion and its rationale may be found in the Presbytery packet.

Also Note

This meeting includes the second reading of the proposed 2020 Presbytery of Lake Michigan budget.

Questions or comments regarding the proposed budget should be directed to Elder Ron Johns, moderator of the Budget and Finance Committee, at

Worship will include a message by Ruling Elder Vilmarie Cintrón Celebration of the Lord’s Supper and recognition of those Saints who entered the Church Triumphant in the past year.


The offering will be received for congregations of the Presbytery of Lake Michigan with membership of 30 or less to designate to a mission/ministry within their communities.


Lunch will be assorted pressed panini sandwiches with pasta salad, potato salad, a fruit platter, chips and cookies. There will be a vegetarian option. Cost is $9 per person. Lunch reservations due by Tuesday, November 26.

Payment should be sent by November 26 with a check payable to the Presbytery of Lake Michigan at 1511 Helen Avenue, Portage, MI 49002. If you pay at the meeting, bring cash or a check payable to Forest Hills Presbyterian Church.

Clergy for whom attendance counts must attend
or use this link to request an excused absence.

Ruling Elder Vilmarie Cintrón Olivieri, co-moderator of the 223rd PC(USA) General Assembly

A lifelong Presbyterian raised in Puerto Rico, Vilmarie is active in many programs and responsibilities of our national church. Learn more about Vilmarie’s background here Vilmarie is passionate about the leadership of ruling elders in our church and “hearing voices of peoples long silenced.”

Learn more here about what Vilmarie and co-moderator Cindy Kohlmann have experienced since being elected in June 2018 and access resources here related to the literary journey they’re encouraging people to share around “Neighborhood Church: Transforming Your Congregation into a Powerhouse for Mission.”