Christ Centered Mission & Ministry in Michigan:
- Give to at least one Conference Project or Special Sunday.
- Give to at least one District Project.
Golden Cross Sunday – May 16, 2021
This offering stays in the Michigan Conference and is split between six different projects.The six projects are: Joy Southfield, Chelsea Home, Clark Retirement, Bronson Hospital, Methodist Children’s Home, and MI Area Camping.
Christian Education Sunday – August 22, 2021
Christian Education Sunday is a special offering that supports lifelong faith formation and camping experiences in the Michigan Conference. Specifically, the offerings support grants for local churches, training for church leaders, resources, camp experiences and more.
Rural Life Sunday – September 12, 2021
Strengthens the work of ministries in towns and rural areas of concern in the Michigan Conference.
Disability Awareness Sunday – October 17, 2021 (offering optional)
Funds projects and awareness to make our Churches more accessible and welcoming for those with disabilities. For more information click here.
Christ Centered Mission & Ministry Gift
A general gift may be given in lieu of selecting a specific project. Funds given will be used to build capacity and sustainability of Conference Christ Centered Mission & Ministry projects in the Michigan Annual Conference.
Adrian college pre-seminary program
The Major Cole Pre-Seminary Association program has been in existence for almost 100 years. It is built around academic study of philosophy/religion and a vocational discernment group.
Asbury Community Development Corporation
Asbury is the light and hands of Christ burning bright on Flint’s Eastside, a neighborhood devastated by toxic water, violence, poverty, and hopelessness. The Asbury Farm is providing lead-mitigating produce. Asbury’s Neighborhood Connect ministry is providing water resources including filters to residents unable to drive to our Help Center which offers food and health services. God is on the move in Flint.
The Baldwin Center’s mission is to feed, clothe, educate and empower the men, women and children of the Pontiac community. It offers more than 25 programs that meet basic needs, give assistance in a crisis, provide education and enrichment opportunities, and serve as a safety net. Among these services are soup kitchen, clothes closet, holiday store & baskets, laundry, after school program, summer enrichment camp, hygiene items, etc. The Baldwin Center is connecting and training partner agencies to increase client empowerment through ‘Innovative Frameworks’.
Cass Community Social Services
Cass Community Social Services offers programs to people living in areas of concentrated poverty in Detroit. The four program areas are: food, health/mental health care, housing and employment.
CIRCLES - GRAND RAPIDS
Circles GR is a Chapter of Circles USA, whose mission is to inspire and equip persons from every economic class to permanently reduce poverty. We connect people across socioeconomic lines in long-term friendships that offer collaborative guidance for families working to exit poverty while raising the “poverty IQ” of the middle- to upper-income allies who accompany them. Circles provides ongoing training and support for cross-class relationships of mutual growth focused on the goals of those working to exit poverty, and transforming the lives of individuals, organizations, and communities.
Clark Retirement Community, Inc.
Philanthropy is a major component of many services provided to our residents and supported through the generous gifts of our donors. The Clark Foundation gives opportunities to support the mission of Clark, primarily through gifts to Benevolent Care which provides financial support to those residents who, through no fault of their own, have depleted their financial resources. Other services include the Montessori program, Music Therapy, and many life enrichment activities.
Community Ministries Program (at Grand Rapids: Trinity United Methodist Church)
The Community Ministries Program creates new and engaging partnerships that build strong community networks. These networks create safe places for children, individuals and families to learn and grow. We host important community conversations, provide accessible trainings and workshops, bring in guest speakers, partner with special needs organizations, create after-school opportunities for children and youth and coordinate special projects that bring churches together to serve underserved populations.
Conference emergency preparedness and disaster repsonse
Provides training, and encourages persons to respond for early recovery and reconstruction after a disaster. They provide a caring, Christian presence after a disaster and with UMCOR provide a training curriculum to assist the local church in preparing for emergencies and during various phases of disaster. Provides a caring, Christian presence after an event. With UMCOR - provides a training curriculum to assist the Local Church in preparing for emergencies and during various phases of a disaster.
A program supporting the stabilization and restoration of Flint through programs focused on lead-mitigating nutrition, violence prevention, educational empowerment, and family continuity.
FREE STORE OF KALAMAZOO (SUNNYSIDE UMC)
The Free Store seeks to achieve its mission through a lens of antiracism by dismantling structures which elevate a dominant white Christian narrative over and above a more faithful narrative that asserts a God who begins on the margins of society. Staff and key leaders participate in antiracism training, and the Leadership Board is committed to upholding antiracist values of collaborative work, transparency, both/and thinking, and abundance as we seek to deepen relationships in the community and provide clothing and household items to all persons without exceptions.
Fresh Aire Samaritan Counseling Center
Fresh Aire’s mission is to provide affordable, high-quality, short and long-term counseling, life coaching, education/support/recovery groups, and consultation to promote “wholeness of mind, body and spirit.” With offices in Midland, Saginaw and Bay City, our vision is “Enriching lives and restoring hope and vitality, in a spiritually inclusive manner, throughout mid-Michigan and the Great Lakes Bay Region.” As a non-profit, Fresh Aire seeks to resource individuals, couples, families and groups/churches at a fee that is affordable for all.
God’s Country Cooperative Parish
God’s Country Cooperative Parish (GCCP) is comprised of seven churches spread over 250 square miles in the eastern part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The seven churches combine their resources, share their faith, and actively work to bring self-esteem, hope and the love of God to all throughout the Parish. GCCP hosts mission teams in the summer to do home repairs and improvements in our communities and coordinates food and clothing distribution.
Holton Community Center
We extend the right hand of Jesus Christ allowing the Holy Spirit to touch the hearts of all we encounter. We are a Food Pantry in the remote impoverished area of northern Muskegon County. These funds help to provide meat, fresh fruit, vegetables and other food items. It also helps us to keep our doors open and ensures we can continue to offer bible studies, Money Managements Classes and classes that help folks learn who God created them to be while understanding they are deeply loved and here with great purpose. The Holton Community Center is a healing place, the only ‘church’ some folks know. We claim Holton as safe harbor for all of God’s children.
Joy Southfield Community Development Corporation
Joy-Southfield CDC was founded by Second Grace UMC in 2001 and serves the far west side Detroit. Forty percent of the residents in the community live below the federal poverty level and many are single parents or elderly. Joy-Southfield is dedicated to providing primary health care (through our partnership with Covenant Community Care) to low income and uninsured families and individuals; preventative health care education; free or low-cost home repairs for low-income, single-family homeowners; youth and family mentoring; and local economic development including better business to community relationships and commercial corridor revitalization. Joy-Southfield works closely with ACCESS CDC which has an Arab American heritage and other local organizations to provide additional community-building and services to all those in need. Joy-Southfield hosts adult and youth work teams for housing repairs and other community needs and is always in need of operational support.
Justice for Our Neighbors – Michigan
Welcoming immigrants and refugees by providing legal assistance that aspiring residents need but cannot afford or access. Through our attorneys, we help immigrants understand their choices and navigate the complexities of the legal system. Through our extensive volunteer corps, we create a welcoming community that honors immigrants as fellow human beings.
Liberia Ministry Partnership
The Liberia Ministry Partnership works to support and extend the covenant relationship between the people of the Michigan Annual Conference and the Liberia Annual Conference.
Maple Valley Community Center of Hope
MVCCH is a UMC related agency that feeds the hungry and clothes the needy in Nashville, Vermontville and Woodland, MI. A weekly box of food is given to those who meet IRS Poverty Guidelines. The Free Store provides clothing and housewares. Hope for Babies provides diapers and wipes. Nurse Services provides blood pressure checks and listens to those with health concerns. Hope for Education provides life skills classes to help these people break free from the cycle of poverty.
Methodist Children’s Home Society
The Methodist Children’s Home Society provides individualized treatment, care, advocacy, and permanency to children and families impacted by childhood trauma. Through its residential, transitional living, foster care, and adoption programs, as well as its educational and clinical services, it provides for and advocate on behalf of victims of child abuse and neglect.
Michigan Area United Methodist Camping
Michigan Area United Methodist Camping engages today’s children, youth and adults with the powerful message of love and redemption through Jesus Christ. Scholarship funds are needed to give campers a break from the plugged-in, fast-paced life at home and immerse them in God’s creation. They learn life skills living outdoors and a different sort of ABCs – like Archery, Bible Study, Canoeing. They grow as disciples alongside spiritual mentors and build lasting relationships with peers.
Capital investments are also needed to maintain site facilities for this generation and the next. Sites include Lake Huron Retreat Center (Burtchville), Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat (Pentwater), Lakeview Family Campground (Lakeview), and Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center (Dowling).
Michigan-Haiti Covenant Partnership
The Michigan-Haiti Covenant Partnership works to support and extend the covenant relationship between the people of the Michigan Annual Conference and the people of the Methodist Church of Haiti.
Michigan State University Wesley Campus Ministries
MSU Wesley Campus Ministries is a Christian Community of young adults that loves without exception, serves without judgment and rejoices without restraint. Our students engage a mission field of young adults from Michigan State University, Lansing Community College and Greater Lansing. Raising principled leaders for the church and for the world is at the core of our mission.