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." 
 

February 17, 2016 

 

"Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Believe in God; believe also in me" 


John 14:1 ~
 
We Pray For 
We Lift Up In Prayer... 

Ongoing:
The Rev. Ken Hetzel (Pastor of Croswell-First) continues to recover at home following his heart attack last month. He and his family greatly appreciate all the prayers that have already come their way.

Ben Offrink, son of the Rev. Jim Offrink and Elder Sally Offrink whose is doing well in his battle with cancer. But it is still a challenging time for the entire family so continued prayers are appreciated. The Offrinks are very grateful for the support and love shown to them.

Elder Sally Pomeroy (Croswell-First) who is doing very well in her battle with cancer and has finished her last radiation treatment. Sally is the Clerk of Session for Croswell-First, very involved in the Thumb Ministry Group and has served on presbytery committees including time as the COM Moderator. She and her family greatly appreciate all the prayers that have been said for them.
 
The Rev. Cathy Chang and family as they continue training as Mission Co-Workers 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 February and March:

The Rev. Karen Blatt (3/12) - Honorably Retired; Temporary Supply serving Houghton Lake-Kirk of the Lakes
The Rev. Jan Chambers (3/29) - Honorably Retired; Pastor Emerita of Tawas
The Rev. Cathy Chang (2/17) - Mission Co-Worker
The Rev. Mary Anne Evans-Justin (2/25) - 20 years - Honorably Retired
Elder Mark Garavaglia (2/23) - Commissioned Ruling Elder of Deckerville-First
The Rev. Linda Graham (3/25) - Pastor of Cass City-First and Cass City-Fraser
Elder Henry Kubin (3/5) - Commissioned Ruling Elder of Alma-Eastminster
Elder Mary Kubin (3/5) - Commissioned Ruling Elder of Alma-Eastminster
The Rev. Desiree Lawson (3/20) - 5 years - Pastor of Flint-Trinity United
Elder Linda Living-Hawley (2/3) - Commissioned Ruling Elder of Fenton-Tyrone
Elder Liz Long (3/5) - Commissioned Ruling Elder of Ithaca-Lafayette
The Rev. Larry McMellen (2/12) - 55 years - Honorably Retired
The Rev. Chris Moody (2/25) - 15 years - Member-At-Large
Elder Peggy Ronk (3/4) - Commissioned Ruling Elder of Breckenridge-Emerson
    
Presbytery Office
Dan Saperstein
From the Lions' Den
"Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return." These words from the Ash Wednesday liturgy not only remind us of our mortality, but also raise our awareness that life is fraught with transition. Transition is the process of adapting to change. Everyone experiences transition. We experience as we grow up, leave home, marry, start a family, grow old, and prepare to die. We manage transition when we move from one home to another, enroll in a new school, start a new job or career. We grieve and ultimately accept the loss of family and friends. Sometimes we choose our transitions, and at other times they choose us. Either way, transition can be a time of stress and anxiety even in joyful contexts (think of the stress of planning a wedding!).

The same is true in the life of God's people. The story of the Hebrews' sojourn in the wilderness is one of transition from slavery to freedom, full of the trials of forming a nation. The gospel stories that suffuse our worship in Holy Week follow Jesus and the disciples as they face the death and resurrection not only of Jesus, but of their hopes and dreams as well.

The transitions we face as congregations can be either sudden - like a change in pastoral leadership - or long-term, like the cultural forces shaping our role and influence in society. All of them involve five stages: (1) the original status quo; (2) a time of "unfreezing" as we react to the prospect of change and unlearn old patterns that no longer work; (3) a "neutral zone" period in which we might feel lost or wandering as we scan for new solutions; (4) a "refreezing" period in which we begin to implement the behaviors that adapt to the change; and (5) the emergence of a new status quo.

For Israel the five stages can be concisely identified as Egypt/ Exodus/ Wilderness/ Conquest/ and Canaan. For congregations in pastoral transition, they might be experienced as old pastor/ departure & early interim/ Interim (with interim pastoral leadership)/ call & "honeymoon"/ and new pastor.  Each phase is necessary to navigate the change successfully. Rushing to a new pastor by compressing or omitting a phase will almost always compromise the ability of the new pastor to bond with the congregation, leading to a "de facto interim" pastorate. It is like rushing into a new marriage following divorce or the death of a spouse; we aren't emotionally ready to enter into a mature relationship between emotionally whole persons, putting the new marriage at risk.

Transitions are never easy, but approached with patience, mutual trust, and a sense of humor, they can be times of discovery and growth.

Periodically I will return to the theme of transition in my column to address how we as congregations and as a presbytery can navigate the transitions we confront both from within and without our respective communities of faith. As we head towards Holy Week and Easter, let us remember how Jesus prepared his disciples for the cross and what lay beyond: "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me" (John 14:1). We don't face transitions alone, but in the company of Christ and the power of his Spirit.

May you have a blessed Lent and a joyful Easter!


Dan Saperstein
Executive Presbyter
 
Presbytery Meeting Documents
The documents and information for the March 1st meeting of presbytery held at Bay City-Westminster are available on our website on the Presbytery Meetings page.

Registration will begin at 9:00am during which time coffee and refreshments will be served. The meeting will begin at 9:30am.

Please be sure to review the cover letter for details.
 
PC-USA Seal Round
Annual Statistics

**** Deadline for entering information is TOMORROW, 2/18 at 6:00 pm ****

The information for completing the 2015 Annual Statistics were sent to all Clerks of Session the first week of January.
 
A copy of this letter and all of the relevant information and links may be found on the Annual Statistics page of our website.
 
We are here to assist you with any questions that you may have. Please call or e-mail Staci or Ted should you need anything. Staci may be reached at 989-799-7481 x2 or [email protected]. Ted may be reached at 989-799-7481 x 4 or [email protected]. Please keep in mind that both are part-time employees and are not in the office everyday.
  
Please remember that what you submit - or don't submit - affects your future per capita payments.
 
Click here to read an article from the PC(USA) describing some reasons why completing annual statistics are important to your congregation.

Help Wanted
Financial Secretary Needed
Saginaw-First is looking for a Financial Secretary. The position would be for 25-28 hours per week and church experience is preferred but not required. The position will required maintaining and disbursing the accounts and receipts of the general funds of the church; working with the Investment & Endowment Committee; and handling of other church accounts for various ministries. A competitive salary is offered.

Resumes are accepted through March 1st, 2016 and can be sent electronically to [email protected] or by hard copy to: First Presbyterian Church, 121 S. Harrison, Saginaw 48602.
 
Alma Youth Mix
Church Leaders Opportunity
As a part of Youth Mix, church leaders are invited to join us for fellowship and discussion with one of the keynote speakers, Rev. Charles (Chip) Hardwick '88, PC(USA).

Please join us March 5, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Alma College Center for Student Opportunity.

To RSVP call 800-291-1312, ext 2 or email: [email protected].
 
Award Established
Board Establishes Ernesto Badillo Award Recognizing Hospitality through Service
At its first quarterly employee gathering of the year on January 15, the Board of Pensions announced that it has established a special employee recognition award for Hospitality through Service honoring the work of the Reverend Ernesto Badillo Jr.

According to President Frank Spencer, the Ernesto Badillo Award for Hospitality through Service was created to continue Rev. Badillo's legacy in caring for members, employers, and churches and in particular in recognition of "his passion for supporting our constituents in Cuba and Puerto Rico in a devotedly loving and caring fashion."

Before his passing Rev. Badillo served the Synods of the Trinity, the Covenant, and Boriquen. During his career with the Board, he also served as a Regional Representative for presbyteries in Puerto Rico, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. During his 23 years at the Board, he dedicated service to the Board's Spanish-speaking membership and the pensioners, dependents, and survivors residing in Cuba.

Click here to continue reading. 
Church Group Specials
Loons
Great Lakes Loons
Bring out your church group to Dow Diamond in 2016 to take in a Great Lakes Loons game on one of four Fellowship Nights during the season. Each group will receive early admittance to the ballpark, a behind the scenes tour of the stadium, and be eligible for prize giveaways!

Click here for more details.
  
Lansing Lugnuts
Christian Family Night: A night that acknowledges and celebrates local churches in the surrounding area on the ­field with a pre-game Pastor All-Star Line-Up. Come see a member of your church be recognized in front of the Cooley Law School Stadium crowd!
 
With faith-themed music and a fun, safe environment, Christian Family games with the Lansing Lugnuts provide a great opportunity for church members to join in fellowship amongst their own members
with the other church groups.
 
Click here for more details.
 
Communications Corner
Headlines of Interest
   
Here are links to articles that we hope you will enjoy and perhaps spend some time discussing them with others:
  
 
Just as in the workplace -- where employers today struggle to manage workers from four different generations -- in today's church, generational differences are a major challenge, says Haydn Shaw, a business consultant and writer on generational differences. When young people 14 and under are taken into account, churches today for the first time have five generations among their members.

Ways to improve this weekly handout. 
At my church, we recently redesigned our entire bulletin. Here are a few things we learned through the process:
1. Remove Clutter - 
Open your current bulletin and cut out anything that is nonessential. This will help ensure your message is clearly communicated. Simplicity is the goal. Try to look at your bulletin with fresh eyes or as a first time guest. Is it overwhelming to look at? Is it confusing? 
  
Collaboration is easier than ever before. A plethora of tools and apps allow church teams to work more effectively, boosting productivity and increasing communication. Tools that help with this are:
 
 
NOTE: The articles listed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of or intended to be an endorsement by the Presbytery of Lake Huron but are shared to encourage discussion of various topics.
Connections
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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:

Saginaw-Warren Avenue
Sandusky
Vassar-First
Yale-First

If your congregation has a page and it is not listed here, please contact Staci Percy at [email protected]

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'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

[email protected] 

989-799-7481 x2

In This Edition
In Our Prayers
From The Lions' Den
Presbytery Documents
Annual Statistics
Help Wanted
Alma Youth Mix
Ernesto Badillo Award
Baseball
Get Talkin'
Connect With LHP Churches
Join Us On Facebook


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Presbyterian Women
February 18
10:00 am



Personnel Team
February 22
10:00 am



Trustees
February 23
1:00 pm



Commission on Ministry - Outreach and Admin Group
February 24
11:00 am



Presbytery Meeting
March 1
9:30 am



Alma Youth Mix
March 4-6



Church Leaders Gathering with Chip Hardwick
March 5
2:00 pm



Coordinating Team
March 9
10:00 am



Nominating Team
March 14
10:00 am



Commission on Preparation for Ministry
March 16
10:00 am



Office Closed in Observance of Good Friday
March 25



Personnel Team
March 28
10:00 am



Commission on Ministry - Outreach and Admin Team
March 30
10:00 am



 

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