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." 

July 18, 2018 

Water and Rocks - MD

Psalm 33:6-7 

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle;
he put the deeps in storehouses.

We Pray For 
We Lift Up In Prayer...  

Elder George Granberry of Flint-Trinity United on the recent passing of his wife Katie Granberry. See article below.

The Rev. Larry McMellen, Honorably Retired as he moves to Ohio to be closer to family. See article below.

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 July and August:

The Rev. David Blackburn (7/1)  - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Tom Brackbill (8/31) - Pastor of Alma-First
The Rev. Lindsey Carnes (7/29) - Co-Pastor of Fenton-First
The Rev. Robert Carnes (7/29)  - Co-Pastor of  Fenton-First
The Rev. Annie Duncan (7/27) - Temporary Supply of Swartz Creek-Mundy
The Rev. David Eshleman (8/3) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Glenn Grant (8/15) - 25 Years - Pastor of Grand Blanc-Kirkridge
The Rev. Martin Han (7/3) - Temporary Supply of Flint-Unity
Elder Shaun Hardimon (8/11) - 5 Years - Commissioned Ruling Elder of Swartz Creek-Mundy
The Rev. Ken Hetzel (8/16) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Chip Marquardt (8/29) - Member-At-Large
The Rev. Ted McCulloch (8/20) - Pastor of Saginaw-First and Presbytery Stated Clerk
The Rev. Dr. Rhonda Myers (7/28) - Pastor of Midland-Chapel Lane
The Rev. Jim Neumann (7/1) - Pastor of Saginaw-Second
The Rev. Jim Offrink (7/25) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Leslie Piper (8/1) - Interim Pastor of Bay City-First
Elder Kathleen Rowe (8/1) - Commissioned Ruling Elder of Tawas
The Rev. Dr. Tom Schacher (7/17) - Member-At-Large
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Shugert (8/1) - 50 years - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Dr. Noel Snyder (7/31) - Member-At-Large
The Rev. Linda Williams (7/1) - Parish Associate of Bay City-Westminster
Presbytery Office
Dan Saperstein
From the Lion's Den

"Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs." (Mark 10:14b, NRSV)

He has been called the unlikely superhero of 2018, a Presbyterian saint, and the antidote to the toxic effects of our high tech, consumerist, fake news, social media driven society. This is the year of Fred Rogers, known to most of us as "Mr. Rogers," whose gentle demeanor was the hallmark of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" on public television from 1968 to 2001. He is also known as the Rev. Fred Rogers, who was ordained by Pittsburgh Presbytery in 1963 to serve as an evangelist to children through television. Now fifteen years since his death, he has been honored this year with a U.S. postage stamp, a PBS special, and an acclaimed film documentary, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" which has been the surprise hit of the summer. A theatrical film starring Tom Hanks is in pre-production for a 2019 release.

Although Fred Rogers thoroughly saw his television show as a ministry, he never presented himself as a minister or identified the religious moorings of his attitudes toward children. Instead, he embodied Jesus' love for each child as a unique, beloved, child of God. He steadfastly refused to treat children either as objects of amusement or commercial exploitation. He respected them, and showed kindness, gentleness, and love.

Jesus' welcome to children, recorded in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, was radical for its time. Our romanticized images of children and childhood are inventions of the modern era. In New Testament times, children were among the lowest on the social ladder. The Gospel of Matthew reports how the tyrant Herod, hearing of the birth of a rival king, thought nothing of ordering the massacre of children in Bethlehem in an effort to eliminate the infant Christ. Herod was thwarted, however, when the Holy Family escaped the violence and became refugees in the foreign land of Egypt (Matthew 2:13-18).

This summer will also be known as the summer of the Zero Tolerance Policy which for several weeks forcibly separated children as young as 12 months old from their undocumented parents when they entered the U.S. Like the Holy Family in Egypt, most of those entering were seeking refuge from violence and death threats in their native lands. Even though the policy has been amended, there are still thousands of children who have yet to be reunited with their parents, and many who may never be. The trauma inflicted on many of these children will scar them for life.

The inside-out, upside-down church that God calls us to be belongs to a refugee child who grew up to welcome, bless, and honor children. What do our ministries say about the dignity and value of children? How do we exhibit the Christ-like kindness of Fred Rogers to the children in our community? How are we acting and advocating for their safety and welfare? For a generation, the church has been coming to terms with its own history of child abuse, which has left many suspicious of churches as safe, welcoming places for children. We have a holy responsibility from Jesus himself to welcome, protect, and bless these most vulnerable members of God's family both in the church and in the world. As Presbyterians we proudly claim both Jesus and Mr. Rogers. May our actions reflect their love for children and make the world more like the Kingdom of God, or at least Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.


Dan Saperstein, E xecutive Presbyter

Presbytery Meeting Date Change

The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, will be in our Presbytery on Thursday, September 20.  We are very excited and pleased to have him come.  He is a dynamic and challenging preacher and leader.

Because of his coming, we will look to have the Presbytery meeting move from that Tuesday, September 18 to Thursday, September 20. The meeting will still be at the Tawas Area Presbyterian Church.  The official approval of the move of the meeting will be through the Council.  So please note the expected change in the scheduled meeting date of Presbytery and be looking for more details.
Boundary Training

As the summer moves along, a reminder to keep Wednesday, September 12, on your calendars. Once again Boundary Training will be provided. The training will take place at Mt. Pleasant-First from 9:00am until 3:00pm.  The Rev. Fran Lane-Lawrence, the Stated Clerk of Lake Michigan Presbytery, will lead the training.

This training is required for all pastors and CREs.  If you did not attend last year's training or are new to service in our Presbytery, you still have this year and next to attend.  Again, this is a requirement for service, so it's important to attend.  Please sign up through the Presbytery website and fill out the basic on-line form by  clicking here .
Around The Presbytery
Katie Granberry

We are saddened by the passing of Elder Katie Granberry  of  Flint-Trinity United on June 28, 2018 at Kith Haven Nursing Home in Flint, Michigan. Katie and her husband George have been regular attendees at Presbytery meetings. George served proudly in World War II as the a member of the first Black Marines of Montford Point and received a Congressional Gold Metal from President Obama.

Click here to read more about George's award.

Click here to read Katie's obituary.
Larry McMellen

The Rev. Larry McMellen, long-time member of presbytery, will be moving to Ohio next week to be close to family.  T his Sunday, July 22nd will be his last Sunday in Michigan, so Fenton-First will be honoring and praying for him at their 10:00am worship service.

Larry has served in various churches throughout the presbytery and on several committees. We are grateful for his service and wish him blessings on his new chapter.
Color Run/Walk

DATE CHANGEBirch Run-Taymouth  is hosting a 5K Color Run/Walk on Saturday, October 6th to Celebrate the Promise of 150 Years for the congregation.  Click here  to register online.

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
From The Lions' Den
September Presbytery Meeting
Boundary Training
Katie Granberry
Larry McMellen
5K Color Run
Connect With LHP Churches

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Personnel Team
July 23
10:00 am

Worship Planning Committee
July 31
12:30 pm

Budget and Finance Team
August 8
10:00 am

Mission Coordination Committee
August 13
1:00 pm

Presbytery Council
August 15
10:00 am

Nominating Team
August 21
10:00 am

Commission on Ministry
August 22
11:00 am

Personnel Team
August 27
10:00 am

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