Presbytery of Lake Huron
Bi-Weekly Brief 
"The mission of the Presbytery of Lake Huron is to partner with congregations, helping people to know, grow, share and serve as disciples of Jesus Christ." 

May 10, 2017 

King of the universe, you see the faithful deeds of your servants. Bless the work of their hands. We trust in you, Lord of Hosts, friend of the lowly. We bless your mighty name!


From today's Mission Yearbook entry

We Pray For 

We Lift Up In Prayer...  

Pam Brackbill and the Rev. Tom Brackbill, Pastor of Alma-First as they deal with all that encompasses Pam's diagnosis of Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease. Pam is under the care of Masonic Pathways. 

Mission Co-Workers:
The Rev. Cathy Chang and family who are serving in the Philippines.

Michael and Rachel Ludwig , our Mission Co-Workers who are serving in Niger.



For those Teaching Elders (Ministers of Word and Sacrament) and Commissioned Ruling Elders (CREs) who are celebrating Ordination or Commissioning Anniversaries in May and June:

The Rev. Dr. Daniel Ahn (5/18) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Dr. George Baird (6/21) - 60 years - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Dr. Edward (Ed) Borycz (5/12) - 35 years - Pastor of Davison-St. Andrews
The Rev. Alec Brooks (5/1) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. James Browne (6/24) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Roger Browne (6/1) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Bert Clark (6/5) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Bruce Cunningham (5/18) - Member-At-Large
The Rev. Dr. Robert Emrich (6/7) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Fred Gates (6/3) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates (6/16) - Pastor of Holly
The Rev. Ronald Grimes (6/13) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Robert Lakey (6/8) - 65 years - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Robert Leas (6/30) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Michael Loenshal (6/18) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Donald Neuville (6/19) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Dr. Joseph Novak (6/24) - 5 years - Pastor of Flint-First
The Rev. Philomena Ofori-Nipaah (6/2) - 5 years - Temporary Supply of Fairgrove
The Rev. Kenneth Parker (6/24) - Pastor of Saginaw-Countryside Trinity
The Rev. Teresa Peterson (6/3) - 20 years - Pastor of Flushing
The Rev. Peter Russell (6/29) - 55 years - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Dale Swihart (5/16) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Robert Taylor (6/29) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Dr. Joseph Walser (5/22) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Weenink (5/18) - Pastor of Bay City-First
The Rev. James Williams (6/1) - Temporary Supply of Saginaw-Warren Avenue
The Rev. Paul Ytterock (6/8) - Associate Pastor of Flint-First
Presbytery Office
Dan Saperstein
From the Lions' Den

"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." 

1 Peter 2:9


Over the past few months we have been exploring what it means to be the church, using as our guide the six "great ends" of the church found in our Book of Order. The purpose of this exploration is to help us gain a greater awareness of our identity and calling as Presbyterians as we seek to become a more faithful presbytery. In this column I close out my reflections with the sixth and last of the Great Ends, or purposes, of the church: "The exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world" (F-1.0304).


Of all the ends, or purposes, of the Church, this is perhaps the most challenging. The others - proclaiming the gospel, nurturing faith, maintaining worship, preserving truth, and promoting social righteousness - all concern things we do. Exhibiting the Kingdom of Heaven, however, involves who we are. As theologian Darrell Guder notes, exhibiting the Kingdom of Heaven to the world happens as we practice and pursue the other ends of the church. It is not a separate activity, but is the cumulative effect of all we do.


But in another sense, the call to exhibit the Kingdom of Heaven addresses how we practice the other ends of the church. The witness of the church is inextricably tied to the quality of life within it. If we love one another, as Jesus commands, then our witness will reflect that love. If we welcome one another, then our witness will be inviting to those outside. If we practice humility, seek reconciliation, and act with integrity within the church, then our witness to the world will bring healing and have authenticity.


As Guder expounds,


The love that God has for the world, and which causes Him to send His Son, now becomes the primary characteristic of the community that the Son is sending into the world....  What [God] intends is a community that is a continual exhibition of the in-breaking kingdom of heaven, an ongoing demonstration of the grace and healing rule of King Jesus.  - The Exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the World, p. 42

Presbyteries have gone by various names in recent years. At one time we were called "judicatories," emphasizing our role as a court of the church; later we became "governing bodies" to highlight our role in governance. Now we are called "councils" reflecting our role as a community of relationship and conversation. None of these fully captures our identity and purpose. In many ways we function as the heart of the Body of Christ - that organ that circulates vitality and life-giving nutrients through the body, alternately pulling in the blood from the veins and pushing it out through the arteries. We are also the "heart" of the church in a different sense - in that we embody the courage and will of the gathered community to lead congregations to do the work of Christ in the world. And what is true of our physical bodies is also true of the church as a spiritual body - if the heart is healthy, the whole body is healthier; if the heart is weak, or diseased, the whole body is debilitated.


Which is why the great end to exhibit the Kingdom of Heaven to the world bears directly on our practice as the heart of the church. Not only in our meetings, but also in our other roles of supporting and coordinating mission, overseeing and connecting congregations, training and deploying leaders, and establishing a vision for our common work the degree to which we show the love and grace of Christ to one another directly affects our common witness to the world.


So as we move forward in transforming our presbytery into a more missional, more responsive community let us not just focus on the tasks we must perform; let us also focus on the quality of our life together, the integrity of our actions and witness, and on the love of Christ that binds us together. Then we will more perfectly exhibit the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.


Dan Saperstein,  Executive Presbyter
Time To Order 2017-2018 Planning Calendars

The Presbytery Office will place a bulk order for the 2017-2018 Presbyterian Planning Calendar for individuals and churches. If the calendars arrive in time, they will be available for pick-up at the June 6th Presbytery meeting at Alma College, in Alma.  Otherwise, they can be picked up at the Presbytery office. 
Cost per calendar is $8.75. All orders must be pre-paid. Deadline to order is May 11th. Please use the order form found on the Documents and Forms page of our website. Make checks payable to the Presbytery of Lake Huron.    
Contact Rose Onan at or 989-799-7481 ext. 6 with any questions.
Important Training Event
Stephen Keizer,
The Presbyterian Foundation
New Visions of Stewardship: A Workshop for Ruling Elders and Other Leaders

How do we encourage greater financial support for our church's ministry and mission?

How has the shift to a check-less and cash-less society changed the Sunday offering?

How can we integrate financial stewardship with a larger vision of faithfulness and mission?

New Visions of Stewardship - a presbytery-wide workshop on stewardship and mission for the 21st century - seeks to address these questions and more. The workshop will be held Saturday, June 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Flint. We will welcome the Rev. Stephen Keizer of the Presbyterian Foundation as our keynoter. In addition, workshops will be offered on timely topics such as "Introducing E-giving," "Stewardship Strategies for the Small Church," "Growing Missional Stewardship," and more.

The cost of registration is only $10 per person, which includes lunch, and a free copy of the book Not Your Parents' Offering Plate to the first 100 registrants.

Registration is now open! Click on the Workshop link on our website at, or call the presbytery office 989-799-7481. You will want to register several from your church to cover all 8 of the workshops!
Click here for a printable flyer.
Mission Co-Workers
Cathy Chang
Mission Co-worker Available to Speak

Cathy Chang, Mission Co-worker to the Philippines and a member of our presbytery will be itinerating briefly in Lake Huron Presbytery June 6-9. In addition to being a featured speaker at our Presbytery meeting June 6, Cathy is available to speak to in local churches about her work addressing issues of migration and human trafficking. She currently has openings on Wednesday, June 7, for lunch, afternoon, and evening, as well as Thursday, June 8 lunch and afternoon.  For more info, contact her at

Click here to read their latest Mission Connections letter.
Help Wanted
Part-Time Church Bookkeeper

First Presbyterian Church Fenton is hiring a part-time bookkeeper to work in conjunction with our Treasurer. The position is 8 hours/week, $15/hr, part-time, non-exempt.  Must be willing to be at the church office at least 1 day/week. Please submit resumes and contact information for professional and personal references by May 29, 2017.  Questions: or 810-629-7801.  Job description is available online .
Midland-Chapel Lane
Part-Time Director of Christian Education

Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church in Midland seeks part-time Director of Christian Education for Children and Youth
Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church is a nurturing and caring congregation of approximately 300 members. We are an active church, with programs and activities guided by our vision: "Growing a Faith That Must Be Shared."
Chapel Lane is currently seeking a part-time DCE to begin employment in July. It is an ideal position for someone seeking the flexibility of a part-time role and who loves to have fun with children and youth. The role requires an average of 18 hours per week during the school year with 8 weeks off during the summer.  Compensation will reflect experience and education with an annual compensation ranging from $10,000 to $15,000.
The ideal candidate:
  • demonstrates strong Christian values
  • has previous experience working with children and youth
  • is self-motivated and an enthusiastic, high energy person with a passion for leading children and youth in growing their faith
  • is a team-oriented leader with the confidence and ability to provide guidance and support to participants and volunteers
  • exhibits strong planning and organizing, administrative, time management, and follow-through skills
  • has effective written and verbal communication skills
For more information, please go to under "About Us," "Employment Opportunities."
Internship In Detroit

The Presbytery of Detroit through its Motor City Mission Corps Work Group is excited to offer an Internship opportunity to do meaningful work in Detroit.  Click here for a flyer with more information.
Blood Drive
Blood Drive

Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church, 5501 Jefferson Avenue, Midland will be holding a Blood Drive on Sunday, June 4th from 9:00am to 2:00pm in honor of it's Pastor Emeritus, the Rev. Dr. George Baird and would invite your participation. For further information, or to register to give, be in touch with Pastor Rhonda Myers at 989-631-2081 or at
In Search Of...
Large Print Hymnals

Marlette-Second is in search of l arge p rint blue hymnals. If any church has extra copies that they would like to share with them, please contact their office at (989) 635-3319.
Communications Corner
Headlines of Interest
Here are links to articles that we hope you will enjoy and perhaps spend some time discussing them with others. Click on the title to read the entire article.
I remain an obnoxious optimist about the future of American congregations. N o, I don't have my head in the sand. I know many congregations are struggling. And I fully expect we will continue to have a net loss of churches for the next several years.  But I do see the very real possibility that this negative trend will bottom out and begin to move upward. Why am I hopeful? Allow me to offer nine reasons for my optimism . .. continue reading.
I post regularly to social media and train churches on how to create a strong brand presence that engages on social media. It seems like only a few days ago that we were trying to convince churches they needed to be on social media, and now most churches are posting regularly.  Is it all worth it? If you have followers, yes. If not, take the time to get great content on your page(s) so you can entice people to friend you. Regularly tell your congregation about the benefits of following your pages. You do have benefits, right? . .. continue reading .
NOTE: The articles listed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of or intended to be an endorsement by the Presbytery of Lake Huron but are shared to encourage discussion of various topics.
Connect With Other Churches In The Lake Huron Presbytery

There are so many wonderful things going on in all of our congregations.  Several of our churches have set up Facebook pages to help spread the good news not only to their members but to all who may be interested.  Liking other church Facebook pages is a great way to connect with others in the presbytery and to share ideas with each other.  Here are some of the churches that have Facebook pages:


If your congregation has a page and it is not listed here, please contact Staci Percy at

'Like' Us On Facebook

The presbytery has a Facebook page and would like you to join us.  Get updates and information faster. Connect with others to share ideas and to post information about events happening in your congregation.  Join us today! 

Contact Information

Staci Percy

Communications Manager/Recording Clerk 

989-799-7481 x2

In This Edition
In Our Prayers
From The Lions' Den
Planning Calendars
Stewardship Workshop
Mission Co-Workers
Help Wanted
Blood Drive
In Search Of...
Get Talkin'
Connect With LHP Churches
Join Us On Facebook

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Coordinating Team
May 10
10:00 am

Trustees Meeting
May 11
1:00 pm

Commission on Preparation For Ministry
May 17
10:00 am

Personnel Team
May 22
10:00 am

Commission on Ministry - Outreach and Administration Team
May 24
11:00 am

Office Closed For Memorial Day
May 29

Nominating Team
May 31

Presbytery Meeting
June 6
9:30 am

Commission on Preparation for Ministry
June 21
10:00 am

Worship Planning Team
June 21
1:00 pm

Stewardship Workshop
June 24
9:00 am

Personnel Team
June 26
10:00 am

Commission on Ministry - Outreach and Administration Team
June 28
11:00 am


Details on these meetings can be found on the presbytery's website on the calendar.