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Presbytery of Lake MI wins Mission Program Grant

Posted May 27, 2020 

By Paul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE — In its latest grant cycle, the Mission Development Resources Committee (MDRC) approved 11 Mission Program Grants to new worshiping communities and two to presbyteries for their congregational transformation work.

The Presbytery of Lake Michigan will receive a $28,000 grant for the first year of its “Process for Renewal” project. Lake Michigan has tried to strengthen its congregations in the past, but now is willing to try a new approach to bring about effective change. That willingness, coupled with its desire to be part of the Vital Congregations Initiative, which pastors and sessions have bought into, suggest the presbytery and its congregations are ready to work together for new life and change.

PLM starts publishing eDIGEST once weekly

Things continue to shift as we continue to move through 2020.

The effort to keep presbytery members information about topics like the coronavirus crisis, racial justice, and doing God’s work in a changing world will continue to include publishing an eDIGEST newsletter. But, starting the week of June 22, the communication will come to your email box just one day a week.

Each edition – delivered on Wednesdays — will include highlights from various articles and informational sites with links to find additional information online. If there is something happening in your congregation or group that might interest others across the presbytery, please send information to

Intro to Zentangle being offered

“Zentangle” is a practice of meditative drawing.

And it’s a tool that the Rev. Karen Kelley at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Jackson likes to use.

It’s a tool that the Rev. Karen Kelley at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Jackson had planned to introduce to others during a workshop in March. But the event was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Now Karen (who is not a CZT-certified Zentangle teacher) plans to offer the program via Zoom. To participate, send Karen a message at and she will reply with the Zoom link.

Then make sure you have a computer or tablet and Internet access plus heavy white paper (cardstock, notecards or heavy printer paper with a smooth – not grainy – surface); a pencil; a fine-point black drawing pen; and a ruler ready for the program. No art skill is required – really!

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