July 2023

   The Presbyletter

Ionia First Presbyterian Church125 East Main Street, Ionia, MI 48846

July 2023

Words to Ponder

The following lines are from a long prayer,
“That America Fulfill the Promise of Its Founding,” by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan. Though written in 1945, it rings true yet today.

O God, who is Liberator and Redeemer, Lawgiver and Judge, …

May America remain loyal
to the principles of the Declaration of Independence,
and extend their application to ever-widening areas of life.

Keep out of our life all manner of oppression,
and unjust discrimination;
save us from religious,
acial and class conflicts;
may our country be a haven of refuge
to the victims of injustice and misrule.


Instruct us in the art of living together,
of reconciling differences of opinion
and averting clashes of interest,
of helping one another
to achieve a harmonious and abundant life …


That the Star-Spangled Banner,
the symbol of our American democracy,
may ever wave o’er the land of the free
and the home of the brave. Amen.

Sunday Worship
10:00 A.M.
in the sanctuary.
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10:00 A.M.

Holy Communion
First Sunday of the Month

Strawberry Fest
June 25

Nursery Care Provided
Children are welcome in the worship service

No Session Meeting in June

Christian Education

Our first two campers have attended Camp Greenwood with our next camper going the week of June 25.  We have one scheduled for the week of July 9 and  four scheduled for the high school/middle school 8-day session the following week…get ready counselors!!  Thank you to everyone who made this camping experience possible for our youth.

MAY 2023

                       Month       YTD

Income         $ 1,883         $48,026
xpenses      $ 9,144         $48,783

Summary    ($ 7,261)        ($751)

Whenever income is insufficient to meet expenses, the deficit is covered by reducing assets, which is done by the Budget and Finance Chair requesting funds from our Money Market Fund.


For the past couple of years, we have been saving plastic caps for Carter Wells and the Saranac Public school’s cap program. We have been informed this program has ended.  Therefore, it is no longer necessary to save your plastic caps.

We thank everyone for your participation in this worthwhile program. 

Grocery Ministry

We provided groceries to one family this month. Our funds are minimal and any monetary donations would be appreciated.  The items designated for collection during July are as follows:   

     Spaghetti sauce with meat    
     Pasta (any kind)
     Macaroni and cheese 

Thank you to all of you that continue to support this mission.


 2 Carol Shier
7 Lilyth VanSyckle
 7 Caiden Sayers
8 Owen Ludwick
8 Dr. Jack Buck
12 Leon Johnson
12 Nancy Bronsema
16 Marley Marrs
16 Lavonna Hoover
18 Lynn Sterner
19 Larry Tiejema
26 Cameron Sayers
26 Dennis Arnold

Pastor  Chris will be on vacation through July 5. While he is away, Steve Zioli will be preaching on June 25 and July 2.

Remember in Prayer

Sue and Warren Thompson
Keith and Lynn Sterne
Carol Shier
Emily Rozich
Bill Robinson


July 2

July 9


July 23

July 30


Margaret Gregory
Norma Kilpatrick

Marcia Ross,
Ernie Ross

Duane Emlinger
Judi Emlinger

Margaret Greggery
Jen Furman

Lee Hunsburger
Barb Klenk


Lee Hunsberger

Marilyn McKay

Cindy Rozich

Barb Klenk

Cindy Rozich

Communion Servers

Kathy CanSyckle

Communion Preparer

Kathy VanSyckle
Carol Campbell

Session Members / Ministry Team Chairperson / Committee Member

Judi Emlinger*   –  Christian Education, Nominating
Jen Furman*  –  Membership and Care
Perry Gregory   –  Building/Grounds
Lee Hunsberger*  –   Stewardship/Budget and Finance
Norma Kilpatrick*  –  Treasurer/Budget and Finance
Norma Kilpatrick   –  Memorials and Investments
Barb Klenk  –  Treasurer

*Session Members

 Marilyn McKay*   –  Mission
Linda Steele* – Memorial / Investment
Cindy Rozich*    –  Worship
Warren Thompson*  –  Building/Grounds
Mary Williams*  –  Christian Education
Margaret Gregory  –  Clerk of Session
Keith Sterner*   –  Personnel

First Presbyterian Staff

Rev. Dr. Chris Dorn
Sara Hyland
Steve Slaughter

Pastor Tel. 616-610-5982
Administrative Assistant

Newsletter, Calendar and more at 1stpreschurchionia.com
Email: [email protected]
Church Office Hours – Wednesday 9-3
Ph# 616-527-2320 

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