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MIDWEST DISTRICT … “Wild and sweet the words repeat, of ‘Peace on earth, goodwill to men.’ ” Ringing in Christmas with one, awesome bell at Grand Rapids Aldersgate United Methodist Church!
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … Boys with Joys at Otsego United Methodist Church. See more at Otsego UMC.
CENTRAL BAY DISTRICT … Getting dressed to follow the star to Bethlehem at West Branch United Methodist Church. See more at West Branch UMC.
MIDWEST DISTRICT … Mary and Joseph chill while the youth of Wolf Lake United Methodist Church perform, “An Unplugged Christmas.” See much more at Wolf Lake United Methodist Church.
MIDWEST DISTRICT … It’s holiday party time at the Community Kitchen hosted at Holland First United Methodist Church. See more at Holland First UMC.
HERITAGE DISTRICT … Pastor Matt Hook joins the 20-something guys for an awesome night at the bowling lanes. See more at Dexter United Methodist Church.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … Following yonder star during the Christmas Pageant at North Street United Methodist Church. See more at North Street United Methodist Church.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … Wayne Bank and Pastor Susan Youmans bless cookies that were made for neighbors at Lexington United Methodist Church. See More at Lexington UMC.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … The children of Vicksburg United Methodist Church hear from a special guest during a visit from St. Nicholas. See more at Vicksburg United Methodist Church.
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT … Pastors Jeff Nelson and Myra Moreland get into the spirit of Holiday Sweater Sunday at Royal Oak First UMC.
MID-MICHIGAN DISTRICT … Williamston UMC celebrates 300 years of singing “Joy to the World” during the Holiday Light Parade. See more at Williamston United Methodist Church.
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT … Metropolitan UMC’s Bell Choir performs at the Winter Fest in Detroit’s Palmer Park. “Doing what we do best.” See more at Metropolitan United Methodist Church and Community Center.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … The choir of Melvin United Methodist Church lifts their voices with Advent peace. See more at Melvin United Methodist Church.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … The community got a chance to walk through Bethlehem during “One Starry Night” hosted by Plainwell United Methodist Church. The photo booth helped everyone become part of the story. See much more at Plainwell United Methodist Church.
MICHIGAN CONFERENCE … Celebrating and blessing the 2019 Class of Licensed Local Pastors at Midland First UMC on November 3.
MICHIGAN MINISTRY PARTNERS … Holiday fun and celebrating December graduates at the Big Rapids Wesley House. “We are headed into finals in the jolliest way possible.” See more at Big Rapids Wesley.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … Wassail and the Gospel at Parchment Middle School at a live nativity sponsored by Parchment United Methodist Church. See more at Parchment United Methodist Church.
NORTHERN SKIES DISTRICT … On Nov. 23rd, Superintendent Scott Harmon celebrated with Keith Mullikin (Wakefield and Ironwood UMCs) in his graduation from License to Preach School. See more at Northern Skies District.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … You’ve heard of the Little Drummer Boy. Meet the Little Tambourine Girl of Oregon United Methodist Church. See more of their getting ready for Christmas at Oregon UMC.
MINISTRY PARTNERS … Minorca is a trained solar oven recipient in the Dominican Republic. The Solar Oven Project is an EngageMI international partner. Learn how you can give the gift of a solar oven this Christmas at Dakotas Conference United Methodist Church.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … Durand UMC served 155 Thanksgiving dinners to their friends and neighbors. See more at Durand United Methodist Church.
NORTHERN SKIES DISTRICT … Marquette Hope’s Skandia Campus decks their halls for Advent up north. See more at Marquette Hope UMC.
NORTHERN WATERS DISTRICT … Northport Indian Mission UMC has just the perfect Christmas Tree for you. Never-been-pruned Norway Spruce. Proceeds go to the congregation’s Community Outreach for Elders and Community Vacation Bible School coming next summer. See more at Northport Indian Mission UMC.
MICHIGAN MINISTRY PARTNERS … Winter’s coming and Cass Community Social Services helped outfit neighbors against the cold at the World Building this week. See more at Cass Community Social Services.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … Celebrating the 150th Birthday of United Methodist Women at South Haven First UMC. See more at South Haven Firest UMC.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … On “Apple Dumpling Day,” Otsego United Methodist Church sent out a hearty THANK YOU to teachers and staff at Washington Street Elementary. See more at Otsego United Methodist Church.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … No, that’s not Traverse City Pie Company. It’s the bakers of Goodrich United Methodist helping put together 400 fruit pies for Mobility World Wide. See more at East Winds District.
NORTHERN WATERS DISTRICT … Traverse Bay UMC is selling the greens for a great cause. Wreaths for Haiti can be purchased at Traverse Bay United Methodist Church, 1200 Ramsdell Road, Traverse City.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … Pastor Mike Tupper has his eye on the pie as the Youth of Gull Lake United Methodist Church serve a meal for the homeless.
NORTHERN SKIES DISTRICT … Volunteers from Engadine United Methodist Church help pack Thanksgiving Food Boxes to be delivered by God’s Country Cooperative Parish. See more at God’s Country Cooperative Parish.
MICHIGAN MINISTRY PARTNERS … “tis the season! First Christmas for this Tiny Home Resident at Cass Community Social Services. “Look out Chevy Chase.” See more at Cass Community Social Services.
MICHIGAN MINISTRY PARTNERS … The Muskegon County Sheriff Department has raised over $1,000 for Mission For Area People (MAP) during Beards for Bucks November. As a high school student Austin toured MAP. Thirteen years, later Austin and fellow sheriffs made this contribution to MAP. “We cannot express how thankful we are. Your support means so much to the community – your kindness has touched all of our hearts at MAP.”
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT … Children of Troy First United Methodist Church draw God’s plan for their lives. See more at First UMC Troy.
MICHIGAN MINISTRY PARTNERS … Motown Mission engaged Saginaw Valley State students in significant volunteer work at Rippling Hope Ministries, an organization that connects communities and changes lives. See more at Motown Mission.
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT … The youth of Flat Rock United Methodist Church join District Superintendent Charles Boayue in a big thumbs-up for Jesus. See more at First UMC Flat Rock.
CENTRAL BAY DISTRICT … The United Methodist Women at Millington United Methodist Church enjoyed a Harvest Brunch last month. After their meal they acted out the devotional booklet – “My Heart, Christ’s Home.”See more at Millington United Methodist Church.
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … Hard at work during NOAH Project’s Fall Earn-A-Bike program. These wheels will be all theirs before Thanksgiving. Have a used adult bike that you are interested in donating for a future program, email NOAH Project at email@example.com.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … Dogs and Dragons and More were there when Marysville United Methodist Church held its first-ever Trunk or Treat event. They welcomed neighbors in the parking lot with over a dozen decorated vehicles and costumed church members. Once inside they ate a meal, played games, and enjoyed crafts; the Halloween cookie decorating table was a big hit. Over 300 guests participated. “We met so many new people and made so many new friends during the party, we can’t wait to do it again next year!” See much more at Maryville UMC.
MICHIGAN’S MISSIONARIES … Mbwizu Ndjungu and her husband, the Rev. Nkemba Ndjungu, are EngageMI missionaries serving in Belize, a country in Central America. Mbwizu celebrates the work of the sewing class.
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … Glo-lympics Lock-in sponsored by Big Rapids Wesley House was “a smashing success. It was a great time of focus, fun, and fellowship.” See more at Big Rapids Wesley House.
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT … The Bible Study Class at Detroit: Conant Avenue UMC partnered with Senior Crafters from neighboring churches to make bibs for residents of Heartland Rehab Center in Grosse Pointe Woods. “The Adult Covers were designed, stitched, and fashioned to add color, style, and fun to mealtimes. “What a means of grace, when the spiritual gifts of Conant Crafters and Bible Students respond in love to the Heartland Rehab Seniors, both see God!”
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES …Children, youth, and families of Royal Oak First UMC had fun making lunches for their friends at The NOAH Project Detroit. “These kids and parents are making 600 lunches today to make sure that 600 people don’t go hungry tomorrow.” See more at NOAH Project Detroit.
MISSION PARTNERS … EngageMI missionary Paul Webster (right) visits a Community Garden sponsored by the United Methodist Church in East Ohio. Paul was there to explore projects in agriculture for Africa. See more at Mujila Falls Agriculture Center.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT …Center Park UMC’s youth group recently had a drive for needed personal care products for our community. “We don’t have to become foreign missionaries, be super rich or quit our day jobs to impact those around us. We simply love God, serve others and give from what we’ve been given.” They collected and delivered 254 items to the local Free Store. See more at Center Park UMC.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … When he is not serving as the Coordinator of Flint Water Recovery, Pastor Greg Timmons is in ministry at Calvary United Methodist Church in Flint. The Fifth Annual Halloween Rest Stop Night was a huge success. See more at Calvary Church.
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT … The Children’s Choir of Royal Oak First UMC sang at Royal Oak Manor, a senior living facility. “Their joy (and adorable costumes) spread the light and love of our church out into the community.” See more at Royal Oak First UMC.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … Global Mission Fellow, Kathryn Sappington, expresses holiday happiness at Family Fun Night at Kalamazoo First United Methodist Church.
MIDWEST DISTRICT … ’tis the season. Community Ministries Program at Trinity UMC Grand Rapids painted pumpkins and played Halloween Bingo. After a Halloween-themed dinner, the young people did homework, reading and skill-building. See more at Trinity United Methodist Church Grand Rapids.
MICHIGAN AREA UM CAMPING … Lake Huron Retreat Center is so thankful for the 94 groups who were part of their ministry during 2019. That translates into over 2,500 guests coming to the Center for worship, study, fellowship and rest. Read their newsletter for more.
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT … Children in worship leadership at Livonia: Newburg United Methodist Church on October 14, 2019. See more at Newburg UMC.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … This group of disciples from Grand Blanc UMC went house to house hanging a bag, containing a small jar of honey, on each door. The bag read: “Thank you for BEEing such a special neighbor.” See more at Grand Blanc UMC.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … 600 people and one giraffe visited the First Annual Trunk or Treat at Mayville United Methodist Church! See much more at Mayville UMC.
NORTHERN WATERS DISTRICT … How often does a pastor get a chance to bless a unicorn!!?? Pastor Chris Lane in ministry during Trunk or Treat at Traverse City Central UMC. See more at Central United Methodist Church Traverse City.
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … The NOAH team is overflowing with gratitude as their storage space overflows with socks! Thank you to everyone who contributed to the grand total of 13,148 pairs of socks during Sock-It-To-Me-September, especially Royal Oak First United Methodist Church who donated 8,353 and reclaimed the Golden Sock Award! Shout out to last year’s winner, Bridgewater Interiors who raised 3,561 pairs! ~ See more at The NOAH Project Detroit.
MICHIGAN UM CAMPING … The glory of autumn in Michigan as seen from the Fire Bowl at Wesley Woods Camp near Dowling. See more at Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center.
NORTHERN WATERS DISTRICT … Disciples at Traverse City Central UMC received 20/20 Vision glasses in their bulletins and now they are posting selfies. Find out what that’s about at Central UMC Traverse City.
MICHIGAN UM CAMPING … A kinder, gentler Game of Thrones arrives at Lakeview Campground during their 2019 Fall Extravaganza. See much more Halloween fun at Lakeview Campground.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … Scotts United Methodist Church and South County Community Services held a first-time-ever Food Giveaway Event to Scotts area families. Scotts UMW bagged up 100 bags of food for area families and it was all shared during this one-day event.
NORTHERN SKIES DISTRICT … Northern Michigan University’s Wesley Campus Ministry created at altar cloth for the Way of Love UP North Revival that featured preaching by Bishop Michael Curry on October 13. See more at NMU Wesley Campus Ministry.
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … Letting the sun shine in at Detroit Calvary United Methodist Church. Motown Mission engaged the Creighton University team from the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice in service. See more at Motown Mission.
HERITAGE DISTRICT … Rachel Labram, Director of Discipleship Ministries at Marshall UMC, was among those taking selfies with Bishop David Bard during his visit for the District Conference and Workshops on October 12.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … Feeling blessed and thankful. Mt. Morris UMC engages their community with Pumpkin Painting Class. See more First UMC Mt. Morris.
NORTHERN WATERS DISTRICT … Fun and fellowship, games and crafts. Mosaic Church in Traverse City invited their neighbors to a Block Party. See more at Mosaic Church.
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT … United Methodists and Lutherans in Utica have offered a Free Oil Change Ministry for families in need. The ministry has served 250 guests since the outreach started in 2014. See more at Utica United Methodist Church.
NORTHERN SKIES DISTRICT … Irene White, pastor of Norway Grace and Faithorn United Methodist churches, received the 2019 Outstanding Community Leadership award in Norway. “Congratulations Irene! Thank you for being a visible child of God in your community.”
MICHIGAN UM CAMPING … Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat welcomes the confirmation class from Portage Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. “What a wonderful group. And you should hear them sing!!!” See more at Michigan Area United Methodist Camping.
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT … The 8th Annual Hands4Detroit event found United Methodists volunteering alongside neighbors from the Islamic Center of Detroit to prepare food and provide service to their community. See more at Greater Detroit District.
MID-MICHIGAN DISTRICT … Mixing and Matching at Green Street UMC in Hastings. These fashionistas are ready for just about every season as they promote the annual Rummage Sale. See Green Street UMC.
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT … One of two teams from Flat Rock United Methodist Church that delivered prayers and treats to the staff at Simpson and Barnes schools. See more at First UMC of Flat Rock.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … Chihuahuas, Poodles, and Goats, oh my! Blessings of the Pets at Dryden United Methodist Church. See more at Dryden UMC.
CENTRAL BAY DISTRICT … Fries with a side of faith. A 15-member crew from Freeland United Methodist Church supported their community by serving in the concession stand for Football Homecoming in support of the Athletic Association. See more at Freeland United Methodist Church.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … Down Home Days at Oregon United Methodist Church offered good music, delicious food, and the awesome love of the Lord. See more at Oregon United Methodist Church.
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … Residents of Clark Retirement Community recently packed the first-ever cardio drumming class. Cardio drumming provides exercise for the body, mind, and spirit, plus it makes fitness fun. See more at Clark Retirement Community.
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT … Hooping it up at the Church Picnic that kicked off a new ministry season at Farmington: Orchard United Methodist Church. See more at Orchard UMC.
CENTRAL BAY DISTRICT …Pastor Scott Sherrill teaches the children of Vassar First United Methodist Church about things they see in worship, like paraments the color of the liturgical season. See more at Vassar First UMC.
HERITAGE DISTRICT … The Middle School Youth Group at South Lyon UMC created a Pumpkinfest Scarecrow. A BBQ and a Hydration Station were also part of the church’s engagement with this community event. See more at South Lyon UMC.
GREATER SOUTHWEST … Water’s Edge UMC previewed Children’s Ministries for fall with a Beach Party on September 15. Sandcastle artist Janet Moore Schrader (AKA the Sand Pirate) wason hand to teach kids, teens, and families more about the art of sand sculpting. See more at Water’s Edge UMC.
MICHIGAN UM CAMPING … Halloween comes early to Lakeview Campground. The Fall Extravaganza welcomed lions, bumblebees, lumberjacks, and all. See more at Lakeview Campground.
MID-MICHIGAN DISTRICT … All smiles during Picnic Day at Owosso First United Methodist Church. Lots of fun, games, and friendship. See more at Owosso First UMC.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … Shining a light for mission. The Plainwell United Methodist Church Volunteers in Mission just returned from Tarboro, North Carolina. See more at Plainwell United Methodist Church.
NORTHERN WATERS DISTRICT … Empire UMW delivered “fidget quilts” and “fidget bottles” to Alzheimer and dementia patients at Culver Meadows and Orchard Creek facilities in Traverse City. The lap quilts have buttons, zippers, beads, ribbon, keys, etc. attached for patients to handle; the bottles are filled with rice and small objects to hunt for and keep busy. See more at Empire United Methodist Church.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … Kalamazoo: Sunnyside UMC honors the Free Store Volunteer of the Month, Registration Superstar Trish McBride. She says, “I know there are so many people out there that need the basics that so many of us take for granted. I feel like it’s an opportunity to help others, especially those in crisis. I have worked within the system, so I have some working knowledge of the availability of the services in the area. I have been able to form deep relationships with shoppers over time.” See more at Sunnyside United Methodist Church.
HERITAGE DISTRICT … Pastor Devin Smith, Blissfield: Emmanuel UMC shares: “This is why I love the church and all the generations represented at Emmanuel. It may look like an innocent game of foosball after our Wednesday night activities, but I will tell you that little boy talked about it all the way home tonight. ‘Yeah he’s older, but I scored a few on him,’ … ‘it was fun that he let me play with him,’ … ‘I’m going to practice so I can beat him next time!’ Simple gestures that make a difference in others lives. I am thankful to be a part of a community that embraces the churches vision to love God, love others, and make disciples of Jesus Christ.” See more at Emmanuel United Methodist Church Blissfield.
NORTHERN SKIES DISTRICT … Grilling for all. Hancock First United Methodist Church kicked off the fall ministry season with a Community Fun Festival. See more at Hancock First UMC.
NORTHERN WATERS DISTRICT … The third Saturday of every month is Serve Saturday for Traverse City Central UMC, a time to get out into the community to volunteer. One group teamed up with the Great Lakes Alliance and picked up beach trash. What was collected will be used in an eco-awareness art installation. See more at Central United Methodist Church Traverse City.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … On September 15 Pastor Joe Shaler, Otsego United Methodist Church, teammed with the Rev. Dan Minor to share a sermon titled, “Running for God in 2019-2020,” from the Bible Verses in the Book of Jonah. Gail Pickett also led a “whale” of a Children’s Time. See more at Otsego United Methodist Church.
MICHIGAN UM CAMPING … Building a pole barn was just one of the many tasks completed by NOMADS at Lake Michigan Camp. During their three week stay they left a “big footprint.” See much more at Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat Center.
NORTHERN WATERS DISTRICT … A great time was had by all at the free community carnival sponsored by Lake Ann United Methodist Church. See more.
CENTRAL BAY DISTRICT … If I had a hammer … I’d hammer in the morning at God’s Country Cooperative Parish. A work team from Frankenmuth United Methodist Church gave themselves in service up north. See more at Frankenmuth United Methodist Church.
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT… Following worship on September 15, Scott Memorial United Methodist Church prayed for their community with a Door to Door Ministry. See more at Scott Memorial UMC.
NORTHERN SKIES DISTRICT … The Children’s Choir at Marquette Hope is keeping their mind on their music. Grades K-5 having fun on Wednesday afternoons. See more at Marquette Hope.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … The Apple Dumpling Gang is a hard-working group of bakers at Otsego United Methodist Church. Sale of these delicacies support mortgage retirement and building improvements. Fund-raising at its sweetest! See more at Otsego United Methodist Church.
HERITAGE DISTRICT … Explorers Bible Study has started their fall study of Genesis at Dexter UMC, Tuesday mornings and Wednesday nights. Described as an “in-depth, live-study, small-grouped, transformational deep-dive into God’s Word,” Pastor Matt Hook also adds, “Super-encouraging, hard-hitting, plus homework” to the invitation. Clearly, the response is enthusiastic. See more at Dexter United Methodist Church.
CENTRAL BAY DISTRICT … “Flexible” is her middle name. Teri Rice “makes-do” as the Central Bay District Office re-organizes. “When your internet connection is in one location, but your furniture and files are in another.” See more at Central Bay District.
HERITAGE DISTRICT … God’s doors are open to all at Jackson: Trinity United Methodist Church, where they love their neighbors “without exceptions.” See more at Trinity United Methodist Church.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … Young disciples receiving Bibles on Rally Sunday at Seymour Lake UMC. “Receive the Word of God. Learn its stories and study its words. Its stories belong to us all, and these words speak to us all. They tell us who we are. They tell us that we belong to one another, for we are the people of God.” See more at Seymour Lake UMC.
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … Sweet blessings were given to the therapy animals at the Methodist Children’s Home Society St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. AAT (Animal Assisted Therapy) is intended to improve the healing process of residential youth. MCHS has welcomed two goats, two piglets, and nine chicks over the summer. See more at Methodist Children’s Home Society.
MIDWEST DISTRICT … Pastor Andy Hollander, Amble United Methodist Church, celebrates three baptisms and reaffirmation of baptism at Artman Park on August 11. See more at Amble United Methodist Church.
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … Bulldog Bonanza welcomed students back to Ferris State University. Wesley House shared color-changing cups and an invitation to Grill and Chill. See more at Big Rapids Wesley House.
HERITAGE DISTRICT … A lion in South Lyon. Pastor Mary McInnes demonstrates an evil laugh during The Bible Story Station at their VBS featuring stories of Boldness. The voyagers listened and participated in the story. See more at South Lyon UMC.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … Sheriff Woody visits New Buffalo. Water’s Edge UMC’s summer series, At the Movies, was promoted with life-size cardboard cut outs. We See more at Water’s Edge United Methodist Church.
NORTHERN WATERS DISTRICT … They shared 1,100 crosses along the route of the CrossRoads Festival Parade in Reed City. See a close-up of the beautiful hand-made pocket crosses at Reed City United Methodist Church.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … Lake Orion United Methodist Church share Blessings in a Brown Bag lunches for the free Summer Lunch Program in their community. See more at Lake Orion UMC.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … Young disciples of Otsego United Methodist Church take to the sidewalk to share God’s love. See more at Otsego United Methodist Church.
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … Things are blooming at Chelsea Retirement Community. Enjoying summer … while it lasts! See more at United Methodist Retirement Communities.
HERITAGE DISTRICT … A carload of quilts made by “Stitching for Others” at Milford United Methodist Church. The quilts were blessed, with a prayer for all the recipients. See more at Milford United Methodist Church.
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … Pastor Deb Johnson serves communion at the MI-AIM Retreat at Kettunen Center. Michigan Assistants in Ministry is a chapter of the national organization, Professional Administrators of the United Methodist Connectional Structure. (PAUMCS). See more at MI-AIM.
CENTRAL BAY DISTRICT … Paul’s Dangerous Journey was the theme of Vacation Bible School at First UMC Mt. Pleasant. Kids even got a chance to practice a new alphabet … It’s all Greek to me! See more at First UMC Mt. Pleasant.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … Who showed up in that small pink pocket for blessing of the pets at Lexington UMC?? See Worship in the Park photos at Lexington United Methodist Church.
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … A young volunteer from Project Unite at Aquinas College brings some beauty to a resident’s day. Project Unite helped with yard work and outdoor clean up and enjoyed spending time with residents and giving manicures. Clark Retirement Community is looking for such helping hands: please contact Volunteer Services at Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616-278-6691. Thank you, Project Unite!
MICHIGAN MINISTRY PARTNERS … EngageMI missionary Paul Webster reports, “I may not be there, but the work at Mujila Falls goes on and the people experience abundance.” Silvester and Brian bring in a big harvest of bananas. See more at Mujila Falls Agriculture Centre.
MICHIGAN CONFERENCE … The Michigan Conference was well represented at the Generosity and Stewardship Conference that took place August 4-7 in Lakeside Chautauqua. This conference was generously funded by the collaboration of six United Methodist Foundations including the United Methodist Foundation of Michigan. David Bell, President and Executive Director of the United Methodist Foundation of MI (second from left in back) was a featured speaker. He presented, “Encouraging the Joy of Generous Giving: Keys to Effective Planned Giving Programs.” Other topics included Stewardship & Millennials, How to Make the Ask, Economic Practices & Year-Round Stewardship and Legacy Gift Planning. Lakeside Chautauqua is a historic community located in Ohio that offers spiritual opportunities, educational events, cultural arts performances, and recreational activities during the summer season. The 2020 Generosity and Stewardship Conference will be held August 2-5. See more at United Methodist Foundation of Michigan.
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … The Free Store of Kalamazoo is hosted at Sunnyside United Methodist Church. Not only do guests have the opportunity to shop, they can receive resources and make requests for prayer. See more at Free Store of Kalamazoo.
CENTRAL BAY DISTRICT … Caped crusaders at Freeland UMC Vacation Bible School learn that God is Super. See more at Freeland United Methodist Church.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … The lovely women of Flint: Bethel United Methodist Church arrive in style for the UMW Hat & Brooch Luncheon. See more at Flint Bethel UMC.
MICHIGAN AREA UM CAMPING … Many small flames remember the lives of loved ones. Jackson First UMC Family Campers comes together for worship at Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat Center. See more at Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat Center.
MIDWEST DISTRICT … Centenary UMC drove in the Homecoming Parade in Pentwater. Making a witness as “A breath of God in our community.” See more at Centenary UMC.
CENTRAL BAY DISTRICT … The Rev. Rob Nystrom was not the “Faster Pastor” at Tri-City Motor Speedway on August 9, but his efforts behind the wheel benefitted the Auburn United Methodist congregation. Report from the track: “Rob smoked the first heat … but lost his first-place status when he left the track and returned in last place under the caution flag. You didn’t bring home the six-foot trophy, but you left it all on the track … The Fastor Pastors earned a combined total over $100,000 for their various charities, a record breaker. Auburn UMC earned close to $8,500 for youth summer camperships.” See more at Auburn United Methodist Church.
MICHIGAN UM CAMPING … Who said camping is always fun and games?? Lake Michigan Camp and Retreat Center reports: “When youth camps end our mega Family Camps arrive. This week Lansing Family Camp took over our camp and their first order of business was building a walkway across the pond that formed at the bottom of our south staircase. Next, they took to the ever growing woodpile and cut and spit wood giving us over 100 hours of volunteer labor! See more at Lake Michigan Camp and Retreat Center.
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT … Reported by Joe Chu, Detroit: Korean UMC: “From June 26 to July 2, ten members (six first-time missioners), embarked on a VBS mission to Bolivia. We visited the local grade school in Santa Cruz to announce the three-day VBS at a nearby neighborhood church. We started with 60-some kids, by the 3rd day, 130+ kids came. Our VBS consisted of skids, arts & crafts, singing & body worship, and sermons. The team also visited Mairana, a mountain village that our church has been sponsoring with lunch twice a week for two years. We cooked spaghetti and meatball lunch for Sunday worshippers, mostly kids. Our members also brought their special ministries in dental, haircut, and acupuncture that we served to the kids of Santa Cruz and Mairana. Overall, it was a blessing for us to experience the love of God through the children of Bolivia. Our members felt, for a moment, what it would be like to be in heaven on earth, where only Christ’s love is lifted up instead of our own needs.”
MICHIGAN UM CAMPING … Drake is the first one to finish the 30 Day Devotion Challenge at Judson Collins Camp. A prize from the camp store is on the way to him. This opportunity is a way to grow in faith “Beyond Camp.” See more at Judson Collins Center.
NORTHERN WATERS DISTRICT … Northville UMC youth travelled to Charlevoix to experience the Greening of Greensky Hill Youth Heritage Camp. Drumming was just one of the many activities that provided cultural and spiritual focus. “A theme that we are exploring throughout the week is the idea of being aware of the environment and how to be conservative with our water and trash. A Native American motto is that you need to take care of the earth well enough for seven generations after you to be able to continue to thrive on this planet.” Learn more much at First United Methodist Church of Northville.
NORTHERN SKIES DISTRICT … Gwinn UMC visited Camp Michigamme for P.R.A.Y. Camp. Learning about Fruits of the Spirit. “Our group leaves a legacy for the future, as we have planted, mulched, composted and watered-in five brand new apple trees for the camp! Come back in about ten years for ‘Applesauce and Cider Camp.'” See more at Family Ministries Gwinn UMC.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … Senior Pastor Steve Charnley (third from right) joins the First Strings Ensemble at Kalamazoo First United Methodist Church. See more at First UMC of Kalamazoo.
CENTRAL BAY DISTRICT … VBS at Vassar UMC went Under the Sea and found Jesus. See much more at Vassar United Methodist Church.
NORTHERN SKIES DISTRICT … Hooping it up at Vacation Church School. Kids at Marquette Hope go to Mars and Beyond. See more at Marquette Hope.
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT … “The wisemen brought the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (a little bit of money, some deodorant and some soap.) Thank you to the good folk of Royal Oak Royal Oak First United Methodist Church for their generous support of our Christmas in July offering. Nearly 100 boxes of personal care items to help our friends at the The NOAH Project Detroit, The Redford Brightmoor Initiative and our local bag lunch program. See more at Royal Oak First UMC.
MICHIGAN MISSIONARIES … Michigan says goodbye to two US-2s after their two-year term of service. Lynda Sylvain (left) served Motown Ministries. Grace Okerson was in ministry at NOAH Project Detroit. Says Rev. Lisa Batten, Michigan Conference Young Adult Initiatives Coordinator: “These two! Amazing, inspiring ladies! Not saying good bye, saying ‘see you later’ as we wish Lynda and Grace blessings for the next step in their journey!”
CENTRAL BAY DISTRICT … Getting their Cross and Flame on with United Methodist clothing from Africa. Dr. Pierre and Pauline Manya of Ivory Coast, center, with Diana and Duane Miller. Dr. Manya shared about his missionary work in Ivory Coast with Gladwin and Wagarville Community United Methodist churches. He is an EngageMI missionary.
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … All ages had a great time at the United Methodist Community House Intergenerational Carnival. See more at United Methodist Community House.
CENTRAL BAY DISTRICT … Pastor Marty Cobb is the Shake Master at the Farwell VBS. Furthermore, the church met his challenge of 30 kids coming out for the event. They get to turn him into a “Human Sundae.” See more at Farwell UMC.
MIDWEST DISTRICT … The inclusive hospitality of Grand Rapids Trinity UMC includes hosting weekly Monday meetings for Circles Grand Rapids families. Last month, Circles Kids and their volunteer companions joined Trinity’s “Rainbow Children’s Art Fest” for crafts, music, face painting, bobbing for marbles, hula hooping and pizza. See more at Circles Grand Rapids.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … A big thumbs up for volunteer service. Our District Youth Mission Team is working in Detroit this week. See more at Greater Southwest District.
MID-MICHIGAN DISTRICT … This little light of mine! Acolyte practice at Mulliken UMC.
HERITAGE DISTRICT … On Sunday July 21, 2019 Cherry Hill UMC in Canton celebrated its 185th anniversary as a congregation. Bishop Bard was on hand to deliver a wonderful message and bless the future of the congregation. Some of the members dressed in 1834 attire. Pastor Mike Desotell dressed up as a circuit rider in memory of the Rev. Marcus Swift the circuit rider who first formed the congregation. Swift eventually left the Methodist Episcopal Church when they were slow to speak out against slavery but not before helping to bring together several congregations and help found, what is now, Adrian College. See more at Heritage District UMC.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … Youth from Vicksburg UMC travelled to Nashville, Tennessee for a Week of Hope. They served in many ways, including the clean-up of Wightman Chapel at Scarritt-Bennett Center in preparation for a UMC Creation Care Summit. See more at Vicksburg UMC.
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT … The youth of Newburg UMC in Livonia are in Kentucky serving at Appalachia Service Project, “cranking out hard work.” See more at Livonia Newburg UMC.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … Port Huron First UMC repurposed their VBS — From Mars and Beyond — materials for an awesome float in the Rotary International Day Parade on July 17. See more on Port Huron First UMC.
NORTHERN WATERS DISTRICT … Rev. Russell Logston’s installation at St. John Lutheran Church, Lake City, on Sunday July 14. Representing the ELCA Lutheran Church were Bishop Craig Satterlee and his assistant, Rosanne Anderson. Bishop David Bard and the Rev. Jodie Flessner, Superintendent of the Northern Waters District, were there on behalf of The United Methodist Church. St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church and Lake City United Methodist Church have joined together and formed a Covenant of Mutual Ministry between the two churches.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … Vacation Bible School is underway at Sandusky First UMC. Who does Jesus want? Jesus wants you! See much more at Sandusky First United Methodist Church.
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … Studying with a mentor makes an exceptional reader at Pathfinder of Muskegon, an EngageMI ministry. See more at Pathfinders of Muskegon.
NORTHERN SKIES DISTRICT … Marquette Hope celebrated two baptisms at their Connection Center on July 14! Blessings and love to these little ones and their families. See more at Marquette Hope.
NORTHERN WATERS DISTRICT … Last night of Vacation Bible School at Traverse City Central UMC was Family Movie Night. Families walked the red carpet, had a dance party complete with awards, and a movie in the Chapel. See more at Central UMC Traverse City.
MICHIGAN AREA UNITED METHODIST CAMPING … A week of camp at Wesley Woods comes to a close at the fire bowl. Do you remember an awesome experience at a United Methodist camp? See more at Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center.
MICHIGAN UNITED METHODIST WOMEN … Bishop Bard with his young friends at Mission u of the West hosted at Albion College. See more at Michigan United Methodist Women.
CENTRAL BAY DISTRICT … Children having a good time at Vassar United Methodist Church with activities offered during the Wednesday night concert series in the village. See more at Vassar UMC.
NORTHERN WATERS DISTRICT … New District Superintendent, the Rev. Jodie Flessner, reports from Epworth UMC in Brethren: “Partnering with the schools and parents, Epworth UMC provided 39 kids with gifts this year!” See more at Northern Waters District.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … Praising the Lord at Melvin United Methodist Church. And a welcome to new pastor, Dennis Irish. See more at Melvin UMC.
MICHIGAN AREA UNITED METHODIST CAMPING … Hey guys! Whatcha making?? Find out what the staff and volunteers at Lakeview Campground have built. Click here.
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT … The summer sermon series at Farmington: Orchard UMC focuses on the life of Joseph, a story “that enables us to explore the lifelong journey of faith.” As members live their lives this summer, they are invited to send back pictures with “Flat Joseph” as a way of staying connected with their church family. Flat Joseph accompanied the youth on their recent mission trip. See more at Orchard United Methodist Church.
NORTHERN SKIES DISTRICT … Pastor Christopher Hintz watches over young artists at Teddy Bear Camp hosted at Camp Michigamme. Painting, tie dying, filling scavenger hunt jars, waterfront fun, fishing, dance parties, and campfire songs have all been part of the joy camp has to offer. See more at Marquette Hope.
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … Reported from Cass Community Social Services: “Customer satisfaction is important especially when your products are good for 100,000 miles. Vicky called this week to say that she wanted to buy two mud mats. She purchased her first mat over ten years ago! No, the new ones weren’t replacement mats. One was for her back porch and the other was a present for a friend who had just moved into a new home.” See more at Cass Community Social Services.
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT … Sharing a cup of cold drink in Jesus’ name. Youth of Newburg UMC spend a summer week of service through Motown Mission. See more at Newburg UMC Livonia.
MIDWEST DISTRICT … Garden Club kids of Georgetown UMC tend the crop and harvest the bounty to share with the congregation. See more at GUM Church.
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … Pathfinders of Muskegon is a faith-based program helping young people to find their path in life. The ministry is housed at Temple United Methodist Church in Muskegon Heights. An EngageMI ministry. See more at Pathfinders of Muskegon.
MID-MICHIGAN DISTRICT … Look at THAT sundae!! Keeping an eye on the prize at Mulliken UMC’s ice cream social. See more at Mulliken Church.
MIDWEST DISTRICT … Pastor Mona Dye portrays Marilis as part of the cast of Athens Vacation Bible School at Wolf Lake UMC. See much more about “Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Tell the Truth” at Wolf Lake UMC.
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT … Babylon comes to Farmington. King Nebuchadnezzar holds court at Orchard UMC’s Vacation Bible School.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … Messy Church at Flushing UMC kicked off with some fancy footwork. See more at Flushing UMC.
NORTHERN SKIES DISTRICT … Celebrating retirements up north. Left: Pastor Mary Laub’s “second retirement” is marked with the gift of a plaque from D.S. Scott Harmon for 29 years of faithful service among the people of the Northern Skies (Marquette) District. Right: The congregations of L’Anse, Zeba, and Sidnaw came together to honor Pastor Steve Rhoades’ retirement following 38 years of ministry. See more at Northern Skies District.
CENTRAL BAY DISTRICT … Superintendent David Kim and others help keep hungry volunteers fueled during One Week, One Street, June 24-28. For the past six years volunteers have work in neighborhoods across Saginaw. This year’s focus in the Loomis Elementary Neighborhood. See more at Central Bay District.
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT … Detroit Calvary UMC and their partners recently offered free food and clothing to their neighbors. See much more at Detroit Calvary UMC.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … A young disciple at Heritage UMC in Snover helps with the Pancake Breakfast. Proceeds will send kids to camp. See more at Heritage UMC of Snover.
CENTRAL BAY DISTRICT … “When I survey the wondrous cross…” A child at New Heart United Methodist Church lifts eyes to the altar cross. “To precious not to capture the moment.” See more at New Heart UMC.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … Otsego Youth engage in a Hometown Mission experience. The focus was, “JOY! Where we find it, how we can spread it and how to celebrate it!” Prepped food at Christian Neighbors and then found joy in delivering the food. ~ see more at Otsego United Methodist Church.
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … Volunteers from Nardin Park United Methodist Church, Northville First United Methodist Church, and First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor served together last week at Motown Mission. Kicking off summer with service. See much more at Motown Mission.
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … The Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy (HYLA), hosted at Adrian College, is now in its sixth year equipping Michigan high-schoolers. See more.
CENTRAL BAY DISTRICT … A sweet time for the United Methodist Women of Farwell as they came together for their annual Spring Salad Buffet. Their guest speaker came from the Northern Michigan Alliance for Children. “Together we are stronger. Together we can protect all Michigan Kids.” ~ see more at Farwell United Methodist Church.
NORTHERN WATERS DISTRICT … Women of the Bible, a ministry of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Roscommon presented at Mancelona UMC. Those portrayed: Sarah, Rebekah, Ruth, Queen Esther, Hannah, Mary, Mother of Jesus, Mary of Bethany, and to Mary Magdalene. See more at Mancelona UMC.
CENTRAL BAY DISTRICT … Youth from Saginaw Bay: First United Methodist Church are up north in Newberry, Michigan lending a hand at God’s Country Cooperative Parish. See much more at First United Methodist Church of Saginaw.
NORTHERN WATERS DISTRICT … Our Neighbors’ Garden is a partnership between Central UMC and Mosaic United Methodist Faith Community – both in Traverse City. Serve Saturday, June 15, was a day for planting. See more at Central UMC Traverse City.
GREATER DETROIT DISTRICT … Getting ready for Father’s Day during Messy Church at Warren First UMC. See more at Warren First UMC.
MID-MICHIGAN DISTRICT … Celebrating Food Pantry Volunteers at DeWitt Redeemer UMC. “Bill has been a member of Redeemer Church in Dewitt, MI for 10 years and is also a long-time volunteer with the church’s food pantry. Bill says, “It is a terrific way to outreach to the community and serve our community members who have really come to appreciate that there is food available here for them. We have regulars and first-timers. Some are veterans, moms, doctors, grandparents – I see people my age all the time who are raising their kids and grandchildren and coming in to get food from the food pantry.” See more at Redeemer Church DeWitt Campus.
NORTHERN SKIES DISTRICT … The Holy Spirit alive in the U.P. Marquette Hope celebrated Pentecost Sunday with red balloons and a report of Annual Conference. Happy Birthday, Church! See more at Marquette Hope.
GREATER SOUTHWEST DISTRICT … On June 2 the youth of First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo performed “In the Image” by Mark Burrows, directed by Minister of Music Jacqueline Stilger. See more at First UMC Kalamazoo.
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … The United Methodist Men are reorganizing for Christ-centered mission and ministry in The Michigan Conference. L-r: Peter Thom, Secretary; Don Archambeau, President; Bishop David Bard; Ray McClintic, Treasurer; and Max Waagner, Vice President. Photo courtesy of Don Archambeau.
MICHIGAN UM CAMPING … Summer is coming. School is out and soon camp season will be in full swing. Wesley Woods is in its second week of getting ready for campers and training the staff. See more at Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center.
EAST WINDS DISTRICT … It was an exciting day in the neighborhood in Port Huron when volunteers from First UMC joined with other community agencies to Rock the Block in partnership with Blue Water Habitat for Humanity. See much more at Port Huron First UMC.
MICHIGAN IN MISSION … The Michigan Conference has strong relationship with the General Board of Global Ministries. These good folks were on hand for the Global Ministries dinner at Annual Conference. L-r: George Howard, GBGM staff; Jackie Euper, Michigan Secretary of Global Ministries; Stephan and Gail Quigg, NCJ Mission Advocates; Paul Webster, Engage MI missionary; Tammy Kuntz, NCJ Volunteer in Mission Coordinator; and Randy Hildebrant, missionary serving God’s Country Cooperative Parish.
MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … Last week, Clark Retirement Community partnered with Plaster Creek Stewards to restore native plants in the footprint of their Keller Lake expansion project. Clark employees, including CEO Brian Pangle, Clark residents, Plaster Creek Stewards, Calvin College students, and community members worked together to dig trillium, jack in the pulpit, baneberry, trout lilies, may apple, and Pennsylvania sedge and relocated half of them to other parts of the campus. See much more at Clark Retirement Community.
NORTHERN WATERS DISTRICT … Passing the baton. On Sunday morning, June 2, Bishop Bard said goodbye to the Rev. Anita Hahn (r) who has led the Northern Waters (Grand Traverse) District since 2011. The Rev. Jodi Flessner (l) begins her leadership there on July 1. ~ mic photo/Jonathan Trites
NORTHERN SKIES DISTRICT … Thank you Pam Quayle for your 29 years of steadfast service to the Northern Skies District. See more at Northern Skies District.