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 8, 2019 
We Pray For 

We Lift Up In Prayer...
The  Holly congregation  as they begin their search for a new pastor.

All of our churches currently in transistion.

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. 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
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
Presbytery Office
Dan Saperstein
From the Lions' Den

You won't want to miss the June 4 Presbytery meeting at First Presbyterian Church, Saginaw. Our special guest will be the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly. Dr. Nelson will be preaching at worship and leading a Q & A during our equipping time on new directions for the PCUSA. Dr. Nelson is the first African-American Stated Clerk in the history of our church. Prior to his election in 2016 he served as the Director of the Office of Public Witness of the General Assembly, in Washington, D.C., where he advocated with our national leaders on behalf of the social witness policies of the PCUSA. He is a third-generation Presbyterian minister and served congregations in Greensboro, North Carolina and Memphis, Tennessee. He is a passionate preacher and advocate for justice.
In conjunction with Dr. Nelson's visit, we will also sponsor two hands-on mission opportunities.  On Monday we will be assisting the First Presbyterian Church food pantry in processing the items they receive for their weekly distribution. Then, on Tuesday after adjournment, those who wish may engage in a post-Presbytery community clean-up at nearby Roeser Park. We will provide pizza and refreshments with enough to share with our neighbors. Look for further details in the call to the meeting and the next Bi-Weekly Brief.
Also at the June meeting, ministers and commissioners will receive important materials for upcoming Presbytery assemblies and for use in congregations. We will also introduce the churchwide study book Neighborhood Church: Transforming Your Congregation into a Powerhouse for Mission by Krin Van Tatenhove and Rob Mueller. This is a practical guide for becoming an "inside-out" congregation. The book retails for $20, is available in bulk for congregational use for $12 a copy from Westminster/John Knox Press. The Presbytery is providing a free copy to ministers and elder commissioners (donations accepted). A free, downloadable study guide is also available. We ask you to read the book and study it in your churches so that we can have a Presbytery-wide conversation around its themes at our December 2019 meeting.
To assist in how churches might apply the book, ministers and  elder commissioners will also receive a copy of the ALICE Report for Michigan with a county-specific insert. "ALICE stands for Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed." The study, commissioned by the United Ways of Michigan is part of a national study of the "working poor."
But wait... there's more! We will also be providing you with resources on "Race and Reconciliation" for the September meeting of Presbytery. Copies of the study guide approved in 2012 and published by Geneva Press will be distributed to each church. The Rev. Dr. Clifton Kirkpatrick, co-author of the guide and the former Stated Clerk of the General Assembly will be our featured speaker. Dr. Kirkpatrick will focus on using the Belhar Confession as a resource in combatting racism.
In coming Bi-Weekly Briefs I will feature each of these resources as we seek to become a more inside-out, upside-down, and sticky presbytery.


Dan Saperstein, E xecutive Presbyter
In Our Congregations
Children and Worship Training

First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pleasant
is hosting a Children and Worship Training on May 10&11. If interested please call Andrew Miller, 989-773-9609.

Help Wanted

Part-time Church Secretary  Flint-Trinity United has an o pening for a part-time secretary with a minimum of three years of experience as secretary or administrative assistant. Strong computer skills required (Windows, Excel, PowerPoint; Social Media). Proficient in use of standard office equipment. Strong organizational skills. Willingness to work in an intergenerational, diverse group of committed  Christians.  Send resume to:
Image by The County Press/Jeff Hogan
Lapeer-First Begins Renovations

Extensive exterior restoration and cleaning work is underway this week at First Presbyterian Church of Lapeer on Calhoun Street in downtown Lapeer.

The 110-year old building is getting a topto bottom power wash, loose masonry will be repaired and the church steeples will be repainted in the $100,000 project.

Mike Mosher, a church elder and the facility's manager, said the church congregation has been fund raising for two years to pay for the project through a special building fund. The church has approximately 200 members.

"Two years ago we noticed we some water getting inside and thought it might have been the roof. But when we got some people in here to check it out it was discovered a lot of mortar was loose and needed to be repaired near the roof. Some mortar had fallen out, and allowed the water to get in," said Mosher. "That's when we started raising money for what we knew was going to be an expensive project."

Continue reading "The County Press" article.

Young Adult Volunteers
Young Adult Volunteers

Spread the word to young adults (ages 19-30) that JUNE 1 is the FINAL date to apply to the 2019-20 Young Adult Volunteer year! National sites are available. Learn more online and  APPLY!!
Sabbatical Support
Sabbatical Support For Pastors

"Where might my congregation and I receive financial support for a pastoral sabbatical?"

Regularly, I am asked this question. I do know of some programs, but am sad to say it is not nearly enough.  Three leading programs supporting sabbaticals for pastors are listed below. A signature program, the first listed below, has a deadline this week! I wonder if you know of others? Click here to continue reading.
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.
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 

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In This Edition
In Our Prayers
From The Lions' Den
Children and Worship Training
Help Wanted
Lapeer-First Renovations
Sabbatical Support
PW Synod Gathering
Connect With LHP Churches

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Presbytery Council
May 8
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

Commission on Preparation For Ministry
May 29
10:00 am

Presbytery Meeting
June 4
9:30 am

Presbytery Office Closed For Staff Development
June 5

Mission Coordination Committee
June 10
1:30 pm

Commission on Preparation For Ministry
June 19
10:00 am

Commission on Ministry
June 26
11:00 am

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