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." 
April 3, 2019 
We Pray For 
We Lift Up In Prayer...  

The Rev. Dr. Sharlyn Gates, her husband Fred and the Holly congregation as Sharlyn retires at the end of the month and moves closer to family.

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 April and May:

The Rev. Dr. Brian Stratton (4/2) - Member-At-Large 
The Rev. Andrew Miller (4/4) - 15 Years - Pastor of
The Rev. Dong Won Park (4/15) - Honorably Retired
Elder Jon Baker (4/26) - Commissioned Ruling Elder of Rosebush
The Rev. George Gillette (4/27) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Hoon Koo Lee (4/27) - Member-At-Large
The Rev. Alec Brooks (5/1) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Ed Borycz (5/12) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Dale Swihart (5/16) - 45 Years - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Dr. Daniel Ahn (5/18) - 40 Years - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Bruce Cunningham (5/18) - 65 Years - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Joseph Walser (5/22) - Honorably Retired
Presbytery Office
Dan Saperstein
From the Lions' Den

As I write this we are only two short weeks away from Holy Week - the most important dates on the church calendar. Holy Week takes us on a journey with Jesus from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday through the events of his Last Supper, his arrest, crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. It is a week of major emotional shifts from hope to despair to victory.

But when we talk about Holy Week, we could just as easily call it "Women's Week." Without the women who followed Jesus, much of what we celebrate would not have happened in quite the same way.

It was a woman who broke open a bottle of expensive nard to anoint Jesus at the home of Lazarus in Bethany. When the disciples objected this as a waste, Jesus commended her for her devotion. Unnamed women were among those gathered in the Upper Room, and undoubtedly prepared the Last Supper meal. It was three women: Mary (Jesus' mother), Mary Magdalene, and Salome who remained at the cross while Jesus died, even though all the male disciples had fled. 
The two Marys also followed Joseph of Arimathea who took the body of Jesus and laid it in the tomb.

But most important of all, it was the three women at the cross - the two Marys and Salome - who went to the tomb early on Sunday morning to anoint the body with spices, where they encountered the empty tomb and were told of Jesus' resurrection. According to John, Mary Magdalene stayed behind and had the first encounter with the risen Lord.

Think about it: we know of Easter because of the proclamation of women. Then, for centuries, we denied women the right to make that same, transforming, life-giving proclamation. I am grateful that our denomination has ordained women to the ministry of the Word and Sacrament now for over 60 years. I was mentored in my first experience in parish ministry by a woman (the Rev. Sue Ellis Melrose). And now, my daughter Jenny is following her own call to proclaim the good news.

As I work with congregations seeking pastors, we require that they give full consideration to both men and women candidates. But I sometimes find that the agreement is less than enthusiastic. For some people "pastor" is a male noun. If we pay attention to the events of Holy Week, we will learn that it women were preachers of the gospel before men! This Holy Week - this "women's week" - let's recognize our debt to the women who were the last to leave the cross, the first to encounter the risen Christ, and the first to proclaim the good news which we celebrate.


Dan Saperstein, E xecutive Presbyter
Parish Paper

The latest editions of the  Parish Paper are now available for your use - free of charge. The topics are:

May: Tips For Starting and Managing a Worship Band
June: Overcoming Volunteer Burnout By Building Capacity

Click here to read and/or download your copies.
Presbyterian Youth Triennium

The Presbytery of Lake Huron is forming a delegation to attend Triennium. We want YOU to be a part of this life changing event! Please contact Philomena Ofori-Nipaah ( or Nikelle Johnson ( with questions and/or to indicate your interest in attending.

Click here for a flyer with additional details or click here to go to the PYT website.

Presbytery Training
Learn How To Save a Life

The presbytery is offering training to church officers and members to prepare for the four emergencies you are most likely to encounter at home or at church.  The training dates are:

Saturday September 14 at Korean Presbyterian, 5560 McCarty Rd., Saginaw  989.792.8280


Saturday September 21 at St. Andrews 8192 Davison Rd.,  Davison  810.653.6824
You will learn how to perform CPR on someone who is not breathing, how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on someone who is having a heart attack, how to respond to someone who is choking and how to properly use a fire extinguisher. You may register for one of the four class times offered. There will be morning and afternoon CPR/AED/Choking sessions with lunch and fire extinguisher training for the entire group in between. Please note that the CPR/AED/Choking sessions are limited to 18 people per class to ensure adequate equipment and trainer interaction.  The classes are offered on a first-come first-serve basis at a cost of $22.50 per person.
Due to the need to have confirmed participants, payment of $22.50 per person including lunch is due within 5 business days of registration. Once you register, you will receive an invoice via email from Rose Onan with the amount due.
We cannot issue refunds for cancellations after August 31st.
Morning Session
8:45-9:00 AM     Registration
9:00-11:30 AM   Friends and Family Adult CPR and AED Infant, Child and Adult choking  (max 18 people)                    
11:45-12:30 PM  Lunch
12:45-2:00 PM    Fire Extinguisher Training - a video followed by participants actually using a fire extinguisher to put a small controlled fire
2:00 PM              Departure
Afternoon Session
11:15-11:45 AM  Registration
11:45-12:30 PM  Lunch
12:45-2:00 PM    Fire Extinguisher Training - a video followed by participants actually using a fire extinguisher to put a small controlled fire
2:00-4:30 PM      Friends and Family Adult CPR and AED Infant, Child and Adult choking  (max 18 people)
4:30 PM              Departure
Make checks payable to Presbytery of Lake Huron and mail to:  Presbytery of Lake Huron,  PO Box 6129, Saginaw, Michigan 48608-6129

Multiple people may be paid with one check but a separate registration is required for each participant.
Note: CPR and AED training will provide participants with the skills to assist someone who is not breathing and to effectively use and AED or help someone who is choking. This training will not qualify participants to receive an American Red Cross CPR certification.

Click here to register.


For additional information on how to prepare your church, please visit the Emergency Preparedness page on our website.
In Our Congregations
C.S. Lewis Study

Next Tuesday, April 9th, Lapeer-First is hosting the final night of its Lenten soup & study series exploring the writings of C.S. Lewis, one of the most widely-read Christian thinkers of the last century. Each night begins at 6pm with fellowship over a homecooked soup dinner, followed by watching a C.S. Lewis Doodle video narrating a chapter from a different Lewis book each week, from Lewis' reasons for converting to Christianity to his devilishly clever take on spiritual warfare. Afterwards, the pastor and C.E. director explain how the narrated chapter fits into Lewis' larger work and then open up the conversation for questions and discussion. Though in the series' final week, all are still welcome to attend. For more information, visit the event page on Lapeer-First's brand new website.
Lent Concerts

Next week Bay City-First begins their weekly lunchtime concert series for Lent.
Concerts are held each Wednesday from 12:15-12:45pm beginning March 13th.  Click here for more details.
Presbyterian Women
Presbyterian Women In The Synod of the Covenant 2019 Gathering

July 12-13, 2019
Covenant Presbyterian Church
2070 Ridgecliff Road
Columbus, OH 43221

Speakers include:

Eugenia Gamble, author of the 2019-2020 Horizons Bible Study, Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments will provide an overview of the study. In two workshops she will offer ideas and resources for study leaders.

Carol Winkler, former Moderator of Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Inc. will share the latest from Churchwide PW where she serves ex officio.

Diane Moffett, Presbyterian Mission Agency president and executive director will speak about the mission of the PC(USA) today.

Click here for a brochure with more details and registration information.
Other Training Opportunities
Mediation Skills Training For Church Leaders

What: Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI)
When: May 13-17, 2019
Where: Utica United Methodist Church in Sterling Heights, MI
Who: Clergy and lay leaders who are interested in learning skills to help deal more effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict

Please note that the deadline by which to register and receive a $200 tuition discount is April 12, 2019.

Please join us for this exceptional interdenominational workshop, and discover for yourself why a previous participant once described MSTI as "the Golden Globe winner of conflict resolution programs"!  Even if you cannot participate, we would appreciate it if you would be so kind as to forward this message to colleagues who you believe might benefit from this training, or post an ad on a denominational website or in a regional newsletter.

For complete details, please consult this brochure.

To register online, go to Brown Paper Tickets.

For more information about the mission and programs of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, we invite you to visit our website at
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Board of Pensions Pre-Retirement Planning Training

NOTE: The Board of Pensions always hosts very informative events but please note the second day of this is the same day as our June stated meeting of presbytery in which the Stated Clerk of the PC(USA), the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson will be our guest and will be giving the sermon. His preaching is inspiring.

The Board of Pensions will present Growing into Tomorrow ... Today, our two-day pre-retirement planning seminar at St. Francis Retreat Center, in DeWitt, MI, on Monday, June 3, 2019, to Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis through the registration deadline shown below.

About the Seminar

Planning for retirement can be challenging. Attend our two-day seminar and explore the steps you can take today to plan for your best retirement tomorrow.

During the seminar, participants will
  • identify key questions for discernment in planning for retirement;
  • assess their finances, options for saving before retirement, and reasonable expectations for retirement living;
  • discuss healthcare options available through Medicare and supplemental insurances; and 
  • create their next steps in life balance, relationships, housing, health, and finances.
When: June 3, 2019, to June 4, 2019; 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, both days
Where: St. Francis Retreat Center, 703 E. Main Street, DeWitt, Michigan 48820

Fees: Registration Fee: $0; Meal Fee: $56.00 per person (includes lunch and refreshments both days) 

Register By: May 17, 2019

Click here to learn more and register.

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:

Camp Westminster

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
Parish Paper
Save a Life
Lenten Study
Concert Series
PW Synod Gathering
Training Opportunities
Connect With LHP Churches

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Mission Coordination Committee
April 8
1:30 pm

Presbytery Council
April 10
10:00 am

Commission on Preparation for Ministry
April 17
10:00 am

Presbytery Office Closed in Observance of Good Friday
April 19

Personnel Team
April 22
10:00 am

Commission on Ministry
April 24
11:00 am

Presbytery Council
May 8
10:00 am

Mission Coordination Committee
May 13
10:00 am

Presbyterian Women
May 16
10:00 am

Commission on Ministry
May 22
11:00 am

Presbytery Office Closed in Observance of Memorial Day
May 27

Presbytery Office Summer Hours Begin
May 28

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