Topics in this eDIGEST:
- LEARN: How to tell THE story during special Covenant Gathering event
- CONSIDER: “In a nasty nation, there’s an oasis of nice in one Michigan city”
- SEEKING: Part-time office administrator sought by Paw Paw – First
- REMEMBER: Scholarship and grant apps due 10/15 for special PLM program
LEARN: How to tell THE story during special Covenant Gathering event
Have you ever wanted to learn how to tell THE story or hone your skills to tell a Biblical story by heart? Are you simply curious as to what Biblical storytelling is or want to learn something to bring vibrancy to faith formation in person or online?
Then attend a special Covenant Gathering workshop at 7 p.m.(ET) Monday, October 19 via Zoom.
Rev. Dr. Ericka Kilbourne, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Michigan City, Indiana will lead participants in learning and telling a story based on Luke 14:15-24. The only requirement for the 90-minute program is a willingness to learn; no one will be required to tell a story or perform.
Click here to RSVP by noon Saturday, October 17, to receive a participation link.
CONSIDER: “In a nasty nation, there’s an oasis of nice in one Michigan city”
Posted October 11, 2020
By Mitch Albom | Detroit Free Press
To the outside world, Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom wrote recently, it looks like Michigan recently had a bad week as 13 people were arrested October 8 for plotting to kidnap our governor.
But headlines are just that. Headlines. They don’t tell the whole story. So here’s another thing that happened last week in Michigan. On the same day those alleged kidnappers were rounded up, the small town of Buchanan, tucked along the southwest border of our state, was named by Reader’s Digest as “the nicest place in America.”
Now, this was not one of those “most picturesque,” “best schools” or “healthiest lifestyle” kinds of contests. This was a nationwide search that spanned almost 1,200 entries — the most Reader’s Digest has ever received — for the “nicest” place in this country. Entrants wrote of how their cities, towns, villages or even local businesses had come together in this incredibly challenging year to help, care, show empathy or support.
Read all of Albom’s column here, and learn a bit about how the Buchanan community responded to COVID-19 shutting down the annual Memorial Day parade and how people there reacted to the death of George Floyd. The reactions included a dialogue with community police that was hosted by the Buchanan Ministerial Association at the First Presbyterian Church of Buchanan.
SEEKING: Part-time office administrator sought by Paw Paw – First
The search for a temporary part-time office administrator is underway at the First Presbyterian Church of Paw Paw.
The individual hired will work 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. two or three days a week performing basic clerical duties after current office administrator Sue Winter retires at the end of October. The temporary position will last two to three months, and the temp may apply for the permanent position, which may be full time, once the job description is revised and finalized.
REMEMBER that there is a job posting section at lakemichiganpresbytery.org. Simply send a job description and details about how individuals may apply via a message to email@example.com and the information will be posted online.
REMEMBER: Scholarship and grant apps due 10/15 for special PLM program
Applications are due by tomorrow, 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 three related application forms.
The funds may be awarded to help congregations and worshipping communities to resource and support community outreach, justice ministries and new worshipping community activities; help children and youth access leadership development activities, and pay registration fees for children and youth to attend Presbyterian-related camps in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.