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East Winds District – Listening Session

May 22, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Invitation to East Winds District Listening Session

Updates and projections for United Methodists and Global Methodists

The recent announcements that General Conference has been postponed until 2024 and the launch of the Global Methodist Church on May 1, 2022, has some United Methodists wondering about the future of the denomination and their local church. There are also some local churches have indicated they want to enter a discernment a process. 

While it feels life is quickly changing for United Methodists, raising questions and concerns among us, Bishop Bard is encouraging a calm and thoughtful reflection on our individual core values and direction for mission and ministry. It is important to note there is no set timeline or requirement to vote on this matter. It is at the discretion of each local United Methodist Church to determine if they want to explore this option.

The East Winds District is planning a listening session to provide an update and answer your questions.


You are invited to attend.  

May 22, 2022, 3:00 p.m.
Port Huron: First United Methodist Church, 
828 Lapeer Ave, Port Huron, MI

In-person attendance does not require a registration. 

The sessions are expected to last 90 minutes – two hours.


This session will include:

  • A viewing of, “Blessing One Another”. A Michigan Conference produced video that answers frequently asked questions about General Conference,  disaffiliation, and includes information from the Council of Bishops, Michigan Conference leaders and agencies, and published documents offered from leaders of the Global Methodist Church.
  • Frequently Asked Questions will be distributed. This is a print version of the video.
  • A small panel will respond to your questions. The five-person panel will be composed by

                     *Rev. Jeremy Peters, Senior Pastor of Flint: Court Street UMC

                     *Rev. Aaron Kesson, Pastor of Durand United Methodist Church

                     *Rev Gregory Timmons II, Senior Pastor of Flint: Calvary United Methodist Church

                      *Bonnie Potter, East Winds District Co-Lay Leader, Member of Thetford Center United Methodist          

                     *Rev. John Hice, East Winds District Superintendent


May 22, 2022
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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Port Huron: First UMC
828 Lapeer Ave
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