Topics in this eDIGEST:
- SOUGHT: Information for the 2019-20 PLM Celebration of Saints report
- LEARN: “Equipping the Church to Welcome All” focus of free GLAPCE event
- NOTE: Scholarship & grant apps due 10/15 for special round of funding
- SAVE THE DATE: Clerks meeting 11/14 to review 2019 Session minutes
- AVAILABLE: Extra copies of the current PC(USA) planning calendar, Book of Order
SOUGHT: Information for the 2019-20 PLM Celebration of Saints report
Preparations are being made for the annual Celebration of Saints that will occur during the December 1, 2020 Presbytery of Lake Michigan Stated Meeting.
During this celebration, the names of all Elders who have gone to eternal glory during the past year are reported and honored.
We need your help compiling a list of any Elders from your congregation who joined the Church Triumphant between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020. The information must be submitted by Thursday, November 12, 2020 to be included in the 2019-20 necrology report.
Please gather a list of any Elders from your congregation who should be included in the Celebration of Saints and the dates of their deaths. Then, click here to enter the information online. If no elders died in the past year, simply record “NONE” in the field where you are asked to name individuals so it can be reported that your church did respond.
You also may use the attached fillable .pdf form or click here to find that form online. After entering your information, either send it as an e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org or return it via postal mail to the presbytery at 1511 Helen Avenue, Portage, MI 49002.
LEARN: “Equipping the Church to Welcome All” focus of free GLAPCE event
A free online conference about “Equipping the Church to Welcome All: Gender Identity/ Fluidity/ Pronouns” is being hosted by the Great Lakes Association of Presbyterian Church Educators.
The program will feature a webinar at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 14 and another webinar at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 15. The presenters are the Rev. Shanea D. Leonard with the Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and the Rev. Jess Cook who was the first openly non-binary person ordained as a minster of the Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA).
More details about the program which is open to everyone and registration links may be found on the GLAPCE Facebook page.
NOTE: Scholarship & grant apps due 10/15 for special round of funding
Applications are due by Thursday, October 15 for a special round of grants and scholarships funded with proceeds from the sale of some properties owned by the presbytery and formerly used by Camp Greenwood.
Due to the pandemic, presbytery leaders announced in August that a second round of applications is being accepted this year only. (Applications normally are due in April.)
Click here for details about the scholarship and grant program and the related application forms.
SAVE THE DATE: Clerks meeting 11/14 to review 2019 Session minutes
A virtual meeting for Clerks of Sessions to review 2019 Session minutes will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 14.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Clerks of Session did not meet in person with their clusters this year to have minute books and registers reviewed. Instead, clerks will be paired with one another to exchange and review minutes. This process originally was scheduled for October 17 but has been delayed.
Also during the November 14 session, the presbytery’s Stated Clerk, the Rev. Fran Lane-Lawrence will answer any questions the clerks might have. Results of the minute reviews will be recorded on the appropriate form to be included in the minutes book and sent via email to the Stated Clerk at email@example.com.
AVAILABLE: Extra copies of the current PC(USA) planning calendar, Book of Order
Several extra copies of the 2020-21 PC(USA) Planning Calendar and the 2019-21 PC(USA) Book of Order are available for a reduced cost from the presbytery office.
These resources were purchased as part of previous bulk orders by the presbytery to reduce costs but never claimed.
- Click here to order copies of the 2020-21 planning calendar for $12.00 each. (These calendars also may be purchased from the PC(USA) Store for $16.95 each PLUS shipping and handling.)
- Click here to order printed copies of the 2019-21 Book of Order for $9.00 each. (These books also may be purchased from the PC(USA) Store for $10.00 each PLUS shipping and handling.)