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." 
June 12, 2019 
We Pray For 
We Lift Up In Prayer...
Elder Liz Long, Commissioned Ruling Elder of Ithaca-Lafayette who recently fell and broke two ribs.

All of our churches currently in transition.

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 June and July:

The Rev.  Roger Browne  (6/1) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Philomena Ofori-Nipaah (6/2) - Temporary Supply of Fairgrove
The Rev. Fred Gates (6/3) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Teresa Peterson (6/3) - Pastor of  Flushing
The Rev. Dr. Bob Emrich (6/7) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Paul Ytterock (6/8) - Associate Pastor of  Flint-First
The Rev. Ron Grimes (6/13) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Donald Neuville (6/19) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Cassie Todd (6/19) - Member-At-Large
The Rev. Dr. Joseph Novak (6/24) - Pastor of  Flint-First
The Rev. Ken Parker (6/24) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Andrew Pomerville (6/24) - Chaplain of Alma College
The Rev. Peter Russell (6/29) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Robert Taylor (6/29) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. David Blackburn (7/1) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Jim Neumann (7/1) - Pastor of Saginaw-Second
The Rev. Linda Williams (7/1) - Parish Associate of Bay City-Westminster
The Rev. Tom Schacher (7/17) - 25 years - Member-At-Large
The Rev. Jim Offrink (7/25) - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Annie Duncan (7/27) - Temporary Supply of Swartz Creek-Mundy
The Rev. Robert Carnes (7/29) - Co-Pastor of Fenton-First
The Rev. Lindsey Carnes (7/29) - Co-Pastor of Fenton-First
The Rev. Noel Snyder (7/31) - Member-At-Large
Presbytery Office
Dan Saperstein
From The Lions' Den

In my last column I discussed the prevalence of working poverty in areas of our presbytery, as evidenced by the ALICE (asset-limited, income-constrained, employed) report of the United Way. In this column I will talk about the growing problem of working poverty among ministers.

The topic was prompted by an email in which I was informed that in some presbyteries local minimum wage laws are impinging on ministers' salaries, forcing the presbyteries to redefine what is meant by "full-time". To be clear, this is not an issue in Michigan, where ministers are exempted from minimum wage laws.

But the absence of a legal requirement does not release us from the moral requirement to pay ministers fairly. In times past, call forms stated that the pastor's compensation was "to free [them] from worldly concerns so that [they] might devote [themselves] fully to the work of ministry." Frankly, I don't know any ministers who feel "freed from worldly concerns" when it comes to finances. Indeed, as the financial resources of congregations decline, more and more pastors are serving at or below our minimum salary.

Our present minimum salary for full time pastors is $36,144 with a manse; $43,373 without a manse - well below the ALICE standard for a family of four. Pastors with part-time calls or contracts typically receive much less. The presbytery is caught in a bind between raising minimum salaries to ensure a living wage for our pastors and pricing many churches out of full-time (or even part-time) ministry. It also makes it difficult if not impossible for quality candidates to accept calls within our bounds, especially if the candidate has a family.

When you factor in that most new pastors carry significant student loan debt from 7 or 8 years of higher education, our salaries are not able to provide what pastors need to make ends meet. (By comparison the church-wide median salary for full time pastors is $59,100, with an average of $65,262.) This certainly has contributed to both the number of pastoral vacancies in our presbytery and the difficulty in filling those vacancies.

What can we do about this? We cannot simply raise salaries, nor, given the economic stresses in our communities, can we expect congregations to increase their giving. The reality is that many of our churches are moving from full-time to part-time pastoral contracts or are without a pastor for extended periods of time. This is a trend that will not change, regardless of the giftedness of our pastors and congregational leaders. What is called for are new models of being the church that rely less on pastoral leadership and more on congregational initiative; and new models of congregations sharing resources for ministry.

We cannot turn back the clock. The flush days of the 1960s are not returning to Michigan, and they are not returning to our congregations. But we can see the changes we are experiencing as creative opportunities rather than terminal diagnoses. Our present age is more like the age of the apostles, when churches grew significantly without benefit of paid clergy; or perhaps more like the frontier churches of the 19th century when circuit riders itinerated among multiple congregations.

Our Savior divested himself of heavenly majesty in order to assume the role of a servant, and then received his most earnest welcome from those who were themselves impoverished. These are challenging times but they are not the end. The gospel is always good news, and the market for that is very strong indeed. So let's move into that future as those who possess the greatest treasure of all, and who lack for nothing that is truly essential to faithful ministry and mission.

Dan Saperstein, E xecutive Presbyter
Thank You

We would like to thank the staff and members of Saginaw-First for being awesome hosts of the June stated meeting. Without them and Nancy Burdick of the Neighborhood Association going above and beyond we would not have been able to offer the two mission projects.
Offering Plate
Presbytery Meeting Offering

The Presbytery Council designated the offering from the June 4, 2019 meeting to the Ecumenical Food Pantry at Saginaw-First. We are very grateful for your generosity and pleased to announce that we collected $736.80  at the meeting.
Parish Paper

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

July:  Team Talk Can Strengthen Volunteer Ministry
August:  Learn More About Your Congregation Through Focus Groups

Click here to read and/or download your copies.
New Way To Pay

We are now set up to receive payment for lunches, book/calendar purchases and training fees electronically. We can accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Apple Pay or Google Pay. We have a chip reader for extra security and can also swipe cards that don't have a chip.
Summer Office Hours

The Presbytery Office's summer hours are now in effect through Labor Day. We are open Monday-Thursday 8:00am to 3:30pm and Friday 8:00am to noon.
In Our Congregations
Presbyterian Women

The Presbyterian Women (craft circle) at Fairgrove meets on Wednesdays for quilting, sewing and fellowship.  For the past few weeks the five ladies in the picture made 40 pillow-cases to be sent to Porto-Rico for the youth there. Giving shout Amen to how they do mission work in the small rural church in the Thumb to the Ends of the Earth! 
Strings Summer Day Camps

Saginaw Strings, a community outreach program of Saginaw-First, is offering two Strings Summer Day Camps during the week of July 15. The daily classes will be held at the church, located at 121 S. Harrison St., in Old Town Saginaw. There will be a celebration concert on Friday, July 19, at 6:30 pm.
Morning classes (9:30 to 12:00)
SUMMER STRINGS SAFARI is a 5-day summer camp for advanced beginners. Students will join the Saginaw Strings Tour Guides for a SAFARI through the wild jungles of MUSICA (aka Kenya) where we will explore the exotic wonders of music making.
Afternoon classes (1:30 to 3:30)
QUINTESSENTIAL QUARTETS is a 5-day summer camp f or advanced ensemble youth who presently participate in orchestras. Repertoire for these small groups will include traditional string music as well as pop selections. Instruction will focus on developing leadership skills within a small group.
The teachers are Nancy Powers, Ruth Ann Robinson, Mary Demand, Nellie Schrantz, and Lydia Cappaert. This is the fourth year of offering day camp for string players.
Tuition for the week is $120. Generous tuition assistance is available thanks to the support of: A String Instrumental Program Fund, funded by BWIA-Michigan, Inc., and managed by Saginaw Community Foundation, and the Robert W. & Eileen E. Hess Memorial Fund.
For more info or to register, visit or call/text 989-780-0178.
Help Wanted
Help Wanted

Flint-Trinity United has an o pening f or a Part-Time Music Director, to train and lead choirs during worship services and other special events; to coordinate all musical ministries. Evidence of some formal training in music. Ability to demonstrate skill in piano and organ. Requires a willingness to work with an intergenerational, diverse group of committed Christians.  Please s end resumes to:
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
If paying by check, make them payable to Presbytery of Lake Huron and mail to:   Presbytery of Lake Huron,   PO Box 6129, Saginaw, Michigan 48608-6129. If paying with a credit card please call the Presbytery Office after you have registered online.

Multiple people may be paid with one payment method 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.

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
Thank You
Presbytery Offering
Parish Paper
New Way To Pay
Summer Hours
In Our Congregations
Help Wanted
Save a Life
Connect With LHP Churches

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Planning, Equipping and Vision Committee
June 13
12:30 pm

Commission on Preparation For Ministry
June 19
10:00 am

Commission on Ministry
June 26
11:00 am

Personnel Team
July 1
10:00 am

Office Closed in Observance of Independence Day
July 4

Mission Coordination Committee
July 8
1:30 pm

Presbytery Council
July 10
10:00 am

Commission on Preparation for Ministry
July 17
10:00 am

Personnel Team
July 22
10:00 am

Presbyterian Women
July 25
10:00 am

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