Topics in this eDIGEST:


  1. NOTE: Final preparations underway for September 19 Stated Meeting
  2. REMEMBER: Applications for scholarships, grants due soon



NOTE: Final preparations underway for September 19 Stated Meeting


The next Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Lake Michigan will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, September 19, via electronic meeting technology.

The docket includes a sermon delivered by the Rev. Chris Roseland, PC(USA) Lead Mission Engagement Advisor for the North Region, and comments from the Rev. Chip Hardwick, transitional executive for the Synod of the Covenant.

Also during the meeting, presbytery members will celebrate the retirement of the Rev. Jeffrey Carlson from First Presbyterian Church in Battle Creek and examine three candidates for ordination. (Details about how the examinations will be conducted may be found here.) 

Stated Meeting training session on Monday, September 14

 Consider registering to attend the Stated Meeting training session at 2:30 p.m. Monday, September 14. The session will include some basic Zoom webinar info BUT it also will allow people to experience what a webinar involves, verify that their devices can connect correctly AND practice some of the logistical points involved with making comments and voting during the virtual meeting. Use this link to register by September 12 for the training session. After that date, registered participants will be sent a unique link to access the training webinar.

Meeting Registration open through September 12

 Teaching elders, designated elder commissioners and ruling elders assigned voting rights to balance the rolls need to register for the Zoom webinar session by clicking here between now and Friday, September 12. After that date, registered participants will be sent a unique link that must be used to access the meeting space where dialogue and voting will happen. Please keep the link code in a safe place as it is unique to each individual; without this unique code individuals will not be able to connect to the meeting.

Visitors and others who wish to attend the meeting will be asked to watch via a live-stream broadcast. The link will be posted at under the “Stated Meeting Details” tab, and included in the September 16 eDIGEST.

Teaching elders who are unable to attend the September 19 virtual meeting should remember to request an excused absence by using this link.


The preliminary meeting docket and packet materials are now available on the presbytery website so that participants may review the information and print copies for themselves. The presbytery will NOT provide any printed packets for this meeting.

Orientation for newly designated commissioners

Orientation for any newly designated commissioners – both ruling elders and teaching elders – will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, September 17, via a Zoom meeting. Registration information for this session will be sent directly to these individuals.



REMEMBER: Applications for scholarships, grants due soon


Applications for several scholarships and grants being offered by the Synod of the Covenant and the Presbytery of Lake Michigan are due soon.

Grant opportunities offered by the Synod – and application deadlines – include:

Racial-Ethnic Program Grants – Given to congregations that are predominately minority Black, Indigenous and People of Color to supplement their mission projects. Applications reviewed beginning October 1, 2020.

New Covenant Grants – Given to help congregations address congregational development and transformation, multicultural and justice ministries, and/or ministries in higher education. Applications reviewed beginning October 1, 2020.

COVID Emergency Need Grants for Higher Education Students – Given to help students cover up to $500 worth emergency expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are due by December 4, 2020.

Meanwhile, a second round of applications is being accepted for scholarships being funded with proceeds from the sale of some properties owned by the presbytery and formerly used by Camp Greenwood. Applications will be accepted through October 15, 2020 for the Congregations & Worshipping Communities Scholarship; the Youth Ministries Scholarship, and the Youth Camping Scholarship. More details and the application forms may be found here.

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