Our Staff

Sharon Janot

Sharon Janot

Pastor Sharon Janot hails from the state of Wisconsin. She was raised in Racine—a city known for its Danish connections—where Kringle was regularly served at parties and where a model ship hangs at the head of the aisle of Lutheran congregations with Danish ties. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie where she received a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Psychology in 1983. During her college years she was very active in campus ministry as a peer minister and worship leader. She also was a Resident Advisor for two years. These experiences helped in discerning a call from God to ordained ministry. Pastor Sharon attended the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in Hyde Park, earning the Master of Divinity in the spring of 1987. She has served congregations in New York (Long Island) and (southeast) Michigan.

Pastor Sharon began her ministry at Abiding Presence as a transition pastor in February 2012 during a pastoral vacancy. She received and accepted the call to serve as Pastor in October of 2012. What brings her joy in ministry is leading worship, helping others learn more about scripture and the life of faith, and supporting the discipleship of those who are a part of Abiding Presence. She is a trained labyrinth facilitator, using the labyrinth as a tool for prayer.

In May 2017 Pastor Sharon married her long-time partner, Karin Cavanaugh, at a joy-filled service at Abiding Presence. Together they live in Rochester Hills and enjoy the company of their three miniature Schnauzers–Jodi, Izzy and Winnie. She enjoys gardening, knitting, reading, traveling, and visiting art museums in her spare time.

Julie Cavellier

Julie Cavellier

Julie Cavellier is the Director of Operations at Abiding Presence. She grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. She joined Abiding Presence in 2015 when her family moved to Rochester Hills from West Chester, OH.

Beth Banks

Beth Banks

Beth Banks is the administrative assistant at Abiding Presence. She prepares the Sunday bulletins and announcements along with keeping member records and helping the office running smoothly. Beth grew up in Negaunee, which is located in the upper peninsula of Michigan. She graduated from Oakland University with a degree in communication. Beth and her husband joined Abiding Presence in 2012 and have been active members in the church ever since.

This Week's Events...

October 20, 2019
  • Worship

    October 20, 2019  9:30 am - 10:30 am
    1550 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, USA

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  • Faith Formation

    October 20, 2019  10:50 am - 12:00 pm

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October 21, 2019
October 22, 2019
  • Listen, God is Calling

    October 22, 2019  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 1550 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, USA

    As a part of our congregational discernment this Fall, an eight week small group is being offered to help us focus on listening to God’s call for Abiding Presence. Our time together will focus on 4 sessions of guided discussion and 4 sessions of experiences in prayer. This group experience will run on Tuesday evenings from October 1st – November 19th from 7 – 8:30 pm.

    Our first session will take place on Tuesday, October 1st, and will focus on the Accompaniment model of ministry used by the ELCA in overseas mission work, and increasingly in domestic mission. This way of being in partnership with community groups emphasizes that we as church don’t have ‘the answer’ but that we discover methods and actions together with our partner organization. Accompaniment acknowledges that ministry partners learn from each other and work together to make an action plan. It is more than taking on a new church project.

    Wine and snacks will be served, and our session will end promptly at 8:30 pm. Come to learn and explore a new and viable model for congregational ministry in the community where we live.

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October 24, 2019
  • Thursday Morning Book Study

    October 24, 2019  10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Barnes & Noble, Village of, 200 N Adams Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, USA

    This study group that meets on Thursday mornings at 10 am in the Conference Room.

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  • Adult Choir Rehearsal

    October 24, 2019  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    alternate day rehearsal / this week only

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October 25, 2019
  • Oktoberfest

    October 25, 2019  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 1550 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, USA

    Oktoberfest Dinner and Silent Auction Friday October 25th 6:30pm

    Please join us for this exciting adult fellowship and fundraiser for our church. We will start the evening with previewing silent auction items and enjoying a taste of german beer, followed by a delicious German Buffet catered by Rivercrest. After dessert and coffee (did someone say apple strudel?) we will close out the auction and announce the winners.

    To make this a great event WE NEED YOU! First, please think of what you can contribute to the silent auction such as vacation home stays, homemade items, making a dinner for 4 or 6 people, providing a service....let you imagination go wild. Please sign up what you can provide on the bulletin as well as signing up for the dinner. Our goal is to raise much needed money for our budget deficit.

    Tickets are just $25 per person with an RSVP soft deadline of Sunday October 20. You can pay at the door.

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