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Great Lakes Region

Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Cincinnati Presbytery

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Upcoming Events

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Dance in the Liturgy Webinar

January 23rd 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST

Join us for a presentation about liturgical dance and how it enhances worship. Presenter Mary Kamp has been both a dancer and a teacher of all ages for over 50 years. She will present a brief background about liturgical dance in general and its place and uses in the liturgy and then share some simple things that can be done by a congregation. A list of resources will be available to all who attend this webinar.

Region Leadership



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Connecting Committee

Past Virtual Events

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A Webinar on "Hymn Festival in a Box"

Join David VanderMeer and Ann Wood for a lively discussion of the thinking behind this hymn festival and suggestions for implementing this event in your own community.

Click Here to Watch Recording

A Conversation with Sanctified Art

Join Lisle Gwynn Garrity, Hannah Garrity, Sarah Speed, Lauren Wright Pittman, and Anna Strickland for a conversation about, and experience of, their upcoming Advent materials.

Hymn Festival: All the World from Generation to Generation

This Hymn Festival was at First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor on Sunday, October 15. 

Handbell Techniques - Basic and Advanced
Handbell Webinar Series #4
March 22, 2023

Wendy Warner Ransom will present an educational session introducing handbell techniques including ring touch, shake/trill, hand damp, thumb damp, pluck, mart, mart lift, echo, gyro, and tower swing. View the webinar handout here

Handbell Maintenance 
Handbell Webinar Series #3
March 8, 2023

Schulmerich Handbell Maintenance

March 8, 2023

Bethan Neely of Schulmerich Bells will discuss maintenance of Schulmerich handbells and chimes.

Handbell Maintenance 
Handbell Webinar Series #2
March 1, 2023

Malmark Handbell Maintenance

March 1, 2023

Kathy Ebling Shaw from the Malmark Bellcraftsmen will discuss maintenance of Malmark handbells and chimes.

Starting a Handbell Choir
Handbell Webinar Series #1
January 26, 2023

Join presenters Janet Langhorst, Ann Wood, and David VanderMeer with moderator Sandra McDonald for this presentation about starting a handbell choir. Participants receive suggested resources, techniques, and exercises for starting a handbell choir in their context. 

To view the resource page from the webinar click here.

Em-Bell-ishing Advent & Christmas
November 16, 2022

Panelist David VanderMeer, Ann Wood, Janet Langhorst with moderator Sandra McDonald discuss creative ways to use handbells during the Advent and Christmas seasons.

View the webinar PowerPoint here and the bibliography here

Collaborative Worship Planning
August 18, 2022

This virtual event was led by David VanderMeer, Minister of Music and Fine Arts at First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor. In this 30 minute session David talks about about what collaborative worship planning is and how to implement it in your congregation. 

Nourishing the Soul - A Spiritual Practice
March 22, 2022

Come away for an hour and tend to your soul through a series of guided experiences and invitations to nurture: your breath, the four great connections in life, gratitude, and life-giving experiences that feed your soul.

This virtual event was led by Tracy DePue, trained Spiritual Director and Founder of InsideOut Spiritual Living.

Liturgical and Visual Arts Panel
January 25, 2022

This virtual panel discussion features Lisa Longo, Sandra McDonald, and Ellen Phillips, moderated by David VanderMeer. The panel discussed liturgical/visual arts and implementing arts in a congregational setting.

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