Ten O’Clock in the morning
Children’s Christian Education and Nursery Care
for all friends, members and visitors provided
Join us every Sunday!
513 Charles Brink Road
New Telephone #
Our Mission & Vision
The church opens wide its doors to all and says….Welcome!
In response to God’s unconditional love and grace, our mission is to be instruments of Christ’s love and through the Holy Spirit use our gifts to meet the spiritual, social and physical needs of children, youth and adults in our congregation, community and world.
New members are a welcome addition to our vibrant church. Join us in this growth and become a part of something greater than yourself – the Family of Faith!
We welcome all those who have a desire to learn of the things of God.
Our fellowship welcomes all friends of all backgrounds.
To learn more about becoming a Member at the First Presbyterian Church
contact Rev. Kate Huddelson.
Each Third Sunday of the Month we have a brief 10-minute introductory Inquirers Class following worship. Join us for a cup of coffee to learn of what becoming a member.
Reverend Karen Huddelson, Minister of Word & Sacrament/Teaching Elder
As the Minister of Word & Sacrament, the Reverend Karen “Kate” Huddelson accepted the call to be our Pastor in 2011. Kate brings over 25 years of experience in non-profit administration of church ministries. Philanthropic organizations such as The American Red Cross and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation helped develop her leadership skills as well as ecumenical relationships. While residing on the West Coast she served on the Board of Directors and in staff positions of several ministerial organizations. Work and training followed as she served as a counselor and then Director of Development and fundraising consultant to The Pregnancy Resource Center and Medical Clinic of Santa Cruz, CA , Inc. Kate established and executed extensive fundraising programs and garnered prayer and financial support from over 40 churches county wide. From training and supervising volunteers to teaching and public speaking at organizations and churches, she was able to see first hand the significant impact of cross-denominational Christian ministry. She has served in numerous women’s leadership agencies such as The Association of Junior Leagues and Bible Study Fellowship, International. Various board of directorship and professional training activities in public advocacy and educational speaking were a strong part of her professional background prior to full time ministry.
While attending Pittsburgh Theological Seminary she served in numerous ministerial leadership capacities. She served at Graitiot Avenue Presbyterian in Detroit, First Presbyterian of Farmington and Mount Clemens and Birmingham Presbyterian Churches. She also served as Chaplain at Henry Ford Medical Center in Detroit. She was selected to become a member of “The Company of New Pastors”, of which she was one of six senior students chosen for their leadership potential. Kate most recently served as pastor of Ionia Presbyterian and Congregational Care Parish Assistant at the Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield Hills, as well as with the Office of Theology & Worship of the Presbyterian Church (USA) with the Academies for Missional Preaching in the Western Synod.
Kate is a native Washingtonian. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Urban Planning and a Masters of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Kate strongly feels called to First Presbyterian of Gaylord. ”I am excited about how my background and unique skills will coalesce into guiding this wonderful congregation. I am grateful that my community ministry training will serve well the members of the “Kirk in the Birch Woods” FPC of Gaylord. The church is uniquely poised for expanding its local outreach and has a potential for growth and impact for Gaylord locally and Christ’s broader kingdom.”
CONTACT PASTOR KATE @ Church Office at any time to meet for any emergency pastoral calls or counseling.
989-732-7447 or cell 248-219-0540
Who We Are: The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.
God comes to us in free and undeserved favor in the person of Jesus Christ who lived, died, and rose for us that we might belong to God and serve Christ in the world. Following Jesus, Presbyterians are engaged in the world and in seeking thoughtful solutions to the challenges of our time.
Presbyterians affirm that God comes to us with grace and love in the person of Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and rose for us so that we might have eternal and abundant life in him. As Christ’s disciples, called to ministry in his name, we seek to continue his mission of teaching the truth, feeding the hungry, healing the broken, and welcoming strangers. God sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, giving us the energy, intelligence, imagination, and love to be Christ’s faithful disciples in the world.
More than two million people call the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) their spiritual home. Worshiping in 10,000 Presbyterian congregations throughout the United States, they engage the communities in which they live and serve with God’s love.
First Presbyterian Church of Gaylord is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and our core beliefs are strong. Among these are the sovereignty of God, the authority of the scripture, justification by grace through faith and the ministry of all believers. What they mean is God’s purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the life of Jesus Christ. Our salvation through Jesus is God’s generous gift to us and not the result of our own accomplishments. It is everyone’s job, ministers and lay people alike, to share this good news with the whole world. That is also why the Presbyterian Church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity, men and women alike.
For more information about the Presbyterian Church (USA), go to www.pcusa.org.
~ Kirk in the Birch Woods ~
First Presbyterian Church