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Larry Wiliford

From: Heritage District — Grass Lake UMC … To: Retirement effective November 16, 2021

Kristen Coristine

From: Northern Waters District — Reed City UMC … To: Northern Waters District — Cheyboygan: St. Paul’s UMC. This full-time appointment begins July 1, 2021.

Ken VanderLaan

To: Northern Waters District —  Bear Lake UMC, one-quarter time. This District Superintendent Assignment began October 1, 2020.

Florence M. Vuurens

Florence “Flo” M. Vuurens, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. She was born on January 21, 1933 to Frederick and Minnie (Maatman) VanDyke in Holland, MI. Florence worked for several years as a secretary at Hope College and went on to work at Twin Lake United Methodist Church helping with office duties… Continue Reading Florence M. Vuurens

Engaging Families in Children’s Ministry


Children’s Pastors Conference Reflection Presenter: Karl Bastian Attended by: Rev. Alicea L. Williams Karl Bastian, The Kidologist, founder of and host of presented a workshop titled Engaging Families in Children’s Ministry. He gave some very good ideas on how to do this from his many years of being a children’s minister. The biblical… Continue Reading Engaging Families in Children’s Ministry

Jerry W. Daniel 

Jerry Wayne Daniel of Wayland, Michigan, died at his home on February 4, 2020 after a brief and difficult struggle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Jerry was the husband of Rev. Reva Hawke Daniel, a Retired Elder of the Michigan Conference who last served at Hopkins/South Monterey before retiring in 2005.  Jerry was born July 9, 1938… Continue Reading Jerry W. Daniel 

Don Spachman

From: Greenville: First, Belding, and Turk Lake Cooperative Parish.  To: Retirement effective July 1, 2020.

Praying in a New Way: Praying in Color for Kids


Praying in a New Way: Praying in Color for Kids Session presented by Kirsten Hitchcock at the Children’s Pastors Conference 2020 Write up by Tracy Reed, Swartz Creek UMC I loved the introduction to this session: helping children to be saturated in the loving presence of God and deeply know the hope and love of… Continue Reading Praying in a New Way: Praying in Color for Kids

“Kid-Mining Like Fred Rogers”


Kidmin-ing Like Fred Rogers: Transforming Your Neighborhood for Christ Session presented by Brittany Hochstaetter at Children’s Pastors Conference 2020 Write up by Tracy Reed, Swartz Creek UMC        I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and so did my 2 children. He always fascinated me and was influential to me wanting to work with… Continue Reading “Kid-Mining Like Fred Rogers”

Nominations open for 2020 Denman Award

The Michigan Annual Conference is now accepting nominations for The Harry Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy, Lay, and Youth. The Harry Denman Evangelism Awards honor United Methodists in each annual conference whose exceptional ministry of evangelism. Each year Annual Conferences join The Foundation for Evangelism to recognize one youth, one clergy, and one layperson in… Continue Reading Nominations open for 2020 Denman Award