Join Us in Our Worship
@ Gaylord Presbyterian . . .
Welcome, as you join in worship at our unique
”Kirk in the Birch Woods” Presbyterian Church!
We invite you to join us for worship and fellowship
in our beautiful community of faith.
We are ready to extend the hand of Christian love through our
excellent worship, creative children’s programs, quality music,
personal loving pastoral care and sweet Christian fellowship to all
who enter our doors.
We take seriously the modeling of Jesus Christ as our guide in exemplifying this love. It is simple:
WE LOVE BECAUSE GOD FIRST LOVED US….
We are a relatively young, vibrant growing church that is only a quarter of a century old. We have our roots founded in the ‘Michawye Mission’ and this beginning shapes our future. We have a particular blended style of worshiping God and a particular way we do outreach to the local Gaylord community. We are a dedicated gathering of men, women and children who seek a way to make manifest the blessings that God has given each of us to pass on to others.
WE LOVE BECAUSE GOD FIRST LOVED US….
One way how we are unique in our worship is in our particular style, a style seen through our simple, yet stunning sanctuary that reflects the surrounding nature, peaceful grounds, and a creative style of music and Christian worship. Unique in that we offer a sanctuary of ‘spiritual respite’ for all who who reside, travel, vacation or visit the beautiful Gaylord area during the year’s seasons.
We extend a warm welcome to all who seek to know more of a deeper spiritual life. Whoever you are and wherever you are on your life’s spiritual journey, you are welcome here.
Enter into worship and find a spiritual sanctuary in our beautiful
“Kirk in the Birch Woods” First Presbyterian Church.
~ Reverend Kate Huddelson
“God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” —2 Corinthians 9:8
MEET OUR WORSHIP LEADERSHIP & STAFF
Linda Ryan, Elder Fred Smith, Head Usher
Fred has served our congregation from its inception, over 25 years. He serves in our worship services each Sunday and at special events in the life of our Church. Fred and Shirley reside in Michawye and are known throughout the area as a welcoming, friendly couple new to the area. They have made their service here at FPC Gaylord a prime opportunity for volunteering for God’s service for many years. Fred is ready to usher you into our weekly worship service each week in style!
Aaron has been with our FPC Gaylord congregation since 2005. He holds a B.A. and M. A in Music from Central Michigan University. Aaron is a favored elementary music instructor in the Gaylord Community Schools for 10 years. In his spare time he participates in numerous local music groups: Northern Michigan Jazz Band, Up North Big Band, is a excellent trombonist, and is very active local theatre. He also is an avid runner and takes part in local Marathons and Tri-Atholons throughout the Northern Michigan area. He has a son, Ian, and is married to Laura and they have resided in Gaylord for 8 years.
Susan Bufe, Pianist/Organist
Susan has been with our FPC Gaylord congregation since 1996. She holds a Music Literature degree from Michigan State University and is an active piano and music instructor for children in the Gaylord community. She has taught music since she was sixteen, served as a Secretary for the National Guild of Piano Teachers in the Northern Region, and accompanied other choirs- including Northwestern Michigan College and Franklin High School in Livonia. Sailing, golf, camping and traveling have been enjoyed family activities, plus she recently became interested in Nascar and loves it! She has one daughter, Lauren, who is 25 who graduated from MSU as well, with a degree in Interior Design.
~ Our Music Year ~
Our music season runs in two parts throughout the liturgical year:
Winter Special Music ~ [January - March]
Various talented members provide special music through instrument and vocal solos, assist in presenting holiday liturgy and drama in worship as well as offering accompanient for weddings and funerals;
Seasonal Choir ~ [April - December]
Meets weekly on Wednesday evenings & Sunday mornings for practice and musically participate in our regular Lord’s Day worship. The Choir presents beautiful anthems & solos during special holiday, community events, weddings and funerals;
Because of our vacation-land atmosphere, we offer numerous opportunities for our visitors, friends and members to be a part of our growing congregation in the following ways:
If you are blessed with any musical or drama talent, we welome your participation in our worship. If you are visiting family in Gaylord and want to share your musical talents, we invite you to join us at any time. We offer a variety of different ways in which to you can demonstrate your gratitiude for what God has done by giving your time and talent to our vibrant community of faith;
Children’s & Older Youth Drama
As part of our committment to educating all our youth in their Christian heritage our children and older youth are offered the opportunity to participate in worship throughout the liturgical year. We believe that healthy children not only need physical and educational “exercise” but spriitual exercise as well. Participating in worship allows our children to grow in their understanding of the importance of corporate worship, and to grow deeper in their personal faith as part of a growing Christian community. We offer fun Christmas and Easter “skits” and drama presentations each year, directed by outstanding local school musical teachers. All local youth from the Gaylord area as well as our beloved visiting grandchildren are welcome to participate at anytime throughout the year. Come be a part of something unique and special that our congregation offers!