May 25, 2023

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The Word from Rev. Kara Hildebrandt

Have you ever felt frustrated and alone? Have you ever thought, what was the point in doing anything because nothing will change? Have you ever felt like what you do ultimately doesn’t matter? So much about every aspect of our lives can be complicated, chaotic, and has us questioning whether any effort changes anything. It seems the more complex the situation the more questions arise like: does anything we do actually matter or is it all just to keep us busy? All of us at some point in our lives ask these questions whether it is in our homes, at work, in our relationships, when we volunteer, gazing at the stars, feeling the warmth of the sun or reading our email. When we feel these things how might God be present with us in those moments? How might God be guiding us through those questions?

Two passages that can provide some insight are out of Hebrews and Philippians. They challenge us in how we are showing up for one another, the attitude we cultivate, how God is helping us answer our frustrations. 

Hebrews 10:24-25 (CEB)

“And let us consider each other carefully for the purpose of sparking love and good deeds. Don’t stop meeting together with other believers, which some people have gotten into the habit of doing. Instead, encourage each other, especially as you see the day drawing near.”


The importance of community. The energy that is cultivated when we show up in that community ready to spark love and good deeds. Inspired in creating opportunities for encouraging one another. When we find ourselves questioning whether or not our actions matter we are reminded by the writer of Hebrews that when we show up ready to spark love, engage in good deeds, and encourage one another we are on life’s path with God. When we are living this way we are connecting to what Philippians describe as the attitude of Christ.


Philippians 2:1-5 (CEB)

“Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort in love, any sharing in the Spirit, any sympathy, complete my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, being united, and agreeing with each other. Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves. Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others. Adopt the attitude that was in Christ Jesus.”


Constantly searching for how we can encourage one another, how we are doing good for others even when we aren’t in the greatest headspace, when we think what is the point is adopting the attitude of Christ. Does it mean we will be as good at it as Christ? No. Does it mean we will get it right every time? No. Does it mean those frustrations and questions will disappear? No. However, it does mean that those frustrations and questions will not have the same power over us because when we respond with a mindset described in Hebrews and Philippians we are living into the attitude of Christ. When we choose to keep encouraging, loving, and drawing people together even as those doubts of being able to change anything arise we are living into the attitude of Christ. So when you feel frustrated, alone, and question whether or not your effort matters in this world, reflect on how you are encouraging, loving, praying and showing up for others.


This discussion reminds me of a song by Joy Oladokun called “Somebody Like Me” that speaks into these moments and reiterates how we can show up for each other. May you be encouraged this day that your efforts of love in this world do matter.



God of every breath of our lives, help us to know your presence when frustrations arise, when we feel alone, when we struggle with how our words and actions matter in the complexity of life. Guide us each moment of our lives in how we may have the attitude of Christ. May our words and actions draw one another together in love and encouragement. May our lives be a reflection of the resurrected Christ. May we as individuals and as the Presbytery of Detroit be embolden to live the way of Christ. Amen.




April 10 - May 28, 2023

The Pentecost Offering unites us in a church-wide effort to support young people in Christ and inspire them to share their faith, ideas, and unique gifts with the church and the world.  A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people and also addresses the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering can be retained by individual congregations wanting to make an impact in the lives of young people within their own community. The remaining 60% is used to support children-at-risk, youth, and young adults through ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.

As we enter the Pentecost Offering season, we celebrate all of our congregations in their giving. 2023 marks the 25th anniversary of the PC(USA)’s Pentecost Offering, and Community Presbyterian Church in Waterford is one of the few (less than 1% of the denomination) that has participated in the Offering every year since its inception. Incredible! Their generosity over the years has nurtured the faith of generations of young people as they share their unique gifts with the church and the world.

Thanks be to GOD and "Way to go Community Presbyterian Church!"

Text PENTECOST to 91999

or click here for more information and church resources.


Summer Camp at Camp Westminster - We Go Together

Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake is a Minsitry of Westminster Church of Detroit and has been in operation for almost 100 years! A week at Camp Westminster is a chance to find the freedom to be who God is calling you to be, to find joy in the wilderness, and to discover God in community.

Summer Registration

Check out our summer schedule. This year, by popular demand, we’re bringing back a two-week session of camp. The schedule, rates and registration are available on our website. 

Summer Schedule and Registration

Summer Staff

Camp Westminster is hiring summer staff in all positions. Program support staff can as young as 17 years old. Counselor weekly salary starts at $400 per week (the highest starting rate ever!)

Learn more and apply.


It’s like a scholarship, but for camp! Our funds for camperships come from an endowment fund, and this year, from the Ranney-Balch fund as well. Camperships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to those with financial need. Funds are limited.

Learn more and download an application

Plus, the Michigan Presbyterian Black Caucus is matching half-camperships for young people in affiliated congregations!

Church Leaders Discount

We offer a 10% discount for clergy and church workers. Please contact email to get your discount code or with any questions about camp.


Click here for more information about the scholarships!

Click here for more information and to register!

First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor

is pleased to announce its new creative arts series,

Open Doors, which includes musical performances,

dance, art exhibits, and talks that enrich, engage,

and are inclusive of people from a diversity

of backgrounds, experiences, and identities.

All events are free and open to the public.



Truly, it is a new season for all of us. Jesus calls us to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned and poor. By joining us on this journey, we are uniting in common mission to become a more relevant presence in the world. With God’s help and our labor, we can become a Matthew 25 church, actively engaged the world.

For a list of Matthew 25 congregations in the POD, click here.

For more information on how your church/organization can 

register as a 'Matthew 25' congregation click link here.


The Presbytery's Anti-Racism Special Committee has openings on the committee. Anyone with a passion to work toward the eradication of systemic and institutional racism in the Detroit Presbytery is encouraged to explore opportunities to join. We are especially in need of ministers of Word and Sacrament. 

Please contact Elder Stefanie Lewis ( for more information. 

If you are interested, you may
Please send prayer requests to Tanya at, and put PRAYER in the subject line.
1 Timothy 2:1 "I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them."


First Presbyterian Church of Howell is seeking a quarter-time Christian Education Director. Click here for more information.

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Dearborn Heights is looking for a Part-time Secretary. For more information, click here.

First Presbyterian Church of Brighton, is seeking a Full-time Director of Student Ministries. Click here for more information.

Fort Street Presbyterian of Detroit is seeking a Communications Coordinator. Click here for more information and click here to apply.

First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, "Everybody's Church," is seeking a Short-term Interim Pastor. Click here for more information.

First Presbyterian of Northville is seeking a Part-time Parish Associate. Click here for more information.

First Presbyterian of Port Huron is seeking a Full-time Solo Pastor. Click here for details.

St. Thomas Presbyterian in Shelby Township is seeking a Part-time Faith Formation Coordinator.  Click here to find out more.

St. Thomas Presbyterian in Shelby Township is also seeking a Part-time Coordinator of Technology & Worship. Click here for details.

First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, "Everybody's Church," is seeking a Full-time Head of Staff. Click here for more information.

Milford Presbyterian Church is seeking a Part-time Music Director. Click here to find out more.

First Presbyterian Church of Farmington is seeking a Part-time Sexton. For more information, click here.

STAGE Youth Ministry, Royal Oak/Berkley has an opening for a Youth Director. Please click here for more details.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has several openings for which we are seeking qualified candidates looking for a call working at the national level. The positions include:

Processing Archivist (Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, PA)

CLC Call Process Consultant (Office of the General Assembly, Louisville, KY)

Records Manager (Office of the General Assembly, Louisville, KY)
Administrative Specialist for Special Offerings (Presbyterian Mission Agency, Louisville, KY)
Click here for details!


The Presbytery Office is Open

Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM-4:30PM

*Due to a reduced staff, we recommend calling ahead before visiting

to ensure that we are in the office.