Presbytery Meeting

Next Stated Presbytery Meeting

The next regular Stated Meeting will be Tuesday, June 13, 2023, in the First Presbyterian Church at 510 West Ottawa Street, Lansing.

Teaching elders, ruling elder commissioners, corresponding members, presenters and staff will gather in person to conduct business. Others may observe the meeting via a livestream video feed that will be available that day on this webpage.

The meeting theme – Make Use of Our Hands – will focus on anti-racism work within the presbytery and the work of our congregations within their own context.

Commissioners are invited to gather at 8 a.m. that day for fellowship and conversations with members of the presbytery’s Racial Equity Cohort. Light refreshments will be served.

The conversations will continue until the Stated Meeting opens at 9:30 a.m.

The sermon and keynote remarks will be given by the Rev. Paul Timothy Roberts, president of the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, the only Historically Black PC(USA) seminary.

After lunch, meeting participants can learn more about anti-racism by attending one of three workshops:

  • For the Healing of the Nation  — Presented by Rev. Roberts
  • (P)Repairing for Reparations: Making Common Sense Out the Common – Presented by the Rev. Jermaine Ross-Allam, director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Center for Repair of Historical Harms.
  • A Conversation about Race: A discussion about the what, where, and how of racism and the role of Christians to play – Presented by Deacon George Barfield from First Presbyterian Church in Grand Haven and the Rev. Fran Lane-Lawrence, the presbytery’s Executive Presbyter/ Stated Clerk.

Workshop registration is included in the online meeting registration form.

Please watch this website and the presbytery’s eDIGEST for more details about the meeting.


Teaching elders, ruling elder commissioners, corresponding members, presenters and staff will need to complete an advance registration form.

During registration, you will be asked to order lunch and register for an afternoon workshop. The form also asks whether care for children from birth to 5 years old is needed.

Advance registration is requested by Tuesday, May 30, 2023.  Please contact the presbytery’s office manager at with questions.

Upcoming Due Dates

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 – Preliminary packet for the Stated Meeting posted on the website.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 – Advance meeting registration closes. Late reservations will be accepted after that date via email to but there are no guarantees that lunch will be available.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 – Registration for childcare closes.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 – Final packet for the Stated Meeting posted online.

Thursday, June 8, 2023 – Orientation for new teaching elder and ruling elder commissioners offered at 9 a.m. via Zoom. Please indicate on the meeting reservation form if interested in attending. Link details will be mailed at least 72 hours before the training.

Stated Meeting Packet Available

Preliminary packet materials for the June 13, 2023 Stated Meeting will be available here by Tuesday, May 30, 2023. The final packet will be posted here by Tuesday, June 6, 2023.

Meanwhile, materials from the March 11, 2023 Stated Meeting have been archived in the Presbytery Records folder. Please contact presbytery staff at if you are unable to access the password-protected online space.

Questions about Stated Meeting packet materials should be directed to

    Request Docket Time

    The deadline for submitting docket requests for the June 13, 2023 Stated Meeting is now past.  

    Request a 30-Second Announcement and/or Information Table

    Thirty-Second Announcements are just that: 30 seconds of screen time projected before and after Stated Meetings as congregations and Presbytery of Lake Michigan groups share information about activities, programs and ideas that might interest other presbytery members.

    The announcements may include a screen with text information and/or a short video clip but cannot last longer than 30 seconds. Decisions about the inclusion of Thirty-Second Announcements is at the discretion of staff. (Please note that announcements about fundraising activities are not used.)

    Requests to have a 30-Second Announcement and/or information display table must be submitted using an online form available here. Presbytery staff then will work with the identified contact person to the get the announcement prepared.

    New Commissioners Training

    There will be an orientation for new commissioners online at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 8, 2023. Any new commissioner who wants to attend that training should indicate their interest when completing the overall Stated Meeting registration form OR send an email to  

    Excused Absences 

    Teaching elders unable to attend the meeting should remember to request an excused absence by using this link.

    Stated Meeting Feedback

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    Next Stated Meetings

    The next regular Stated Meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2023, and will be hosted by the First Presbyterian Church of Lansing.

    Visit the Presbytery Meetings page of this website and watch the eDIGEST for updated information about how to register for the meeting and where to find the presbytery packet. Decisions about whether to gather in-person or online will be made closer to the meeting date.

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