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‘Fixing hearts’ after mid-Michigan flood

Bishop visits flood recovery in Sanford

Bishop David Bard and Michigan Conference leaders recently visited Sanford, Gladwin, and Midland to hear Case Managers talk about long-term recovery from the catastrophic Tittabawassee River flood in May 2020.  

FaithAnne Marie Sawicki

FaithAnne Marie Sawicki, a beautiful “cup of sunshine” and living testimony to God’s abounding love and grace, died unexpectedly on Friday, January 8, 2021 as the result of a sudden and undetected shunt malfunction leading to a catastrophic brain injury.  Born on August 15, 2002, FaithAnne was the youngest daughter of Pastor Michael T. (Midland:… Continue Reading FaithAnne Marie Sawicki

4 weeks downstream, still suffering

Assessing four weeks aid

Many, many more weeks of relief and recovery are ahead in mid-Michigan after May 19th flooding caused significant damage in over 1000 households across five counties. Here’s an eye-witness account.

Michigan UMs help in flood response

Volunteers help with meal delivery

Response to the May 19 flooding in the Great Lakes Bay Region is underway. United Methodists across Michigan are packing Cleaning Buckets, feeding volunteers, mucking-out basements, and more.

Lend a hand across the water

Supplies for those affected by flood water

You have seen the devastation the water left in Sanford, Midland, and elsewhere. The Michigan Conference Disaster Response team offers ways you can help with clean-up and care for neighbors.

Rev. Webley J. Simpkins Jr.

Rev. Webley J. Simpkins Jr. We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Rev. Webley Judson Simpkins Jr., age 88, who died on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at J&K Assisted Living in Palm Bay, Florida.  Webley was a Retired Elder of the Michigan Conference who served at Birmingham: First, Midland: First, Pigeon: First, Marquette: First, Marysville, and… Continue Reading Rev. Webley J. Simpkins Jr.

Lois M. Powell

Lois M. Powell We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Lois M. Powell who died on April 10, 2019 at the age of 94.  Lois was born to the late Robert and Estella (Humphrey) Shimmons in Sterling, Michigan. Sadly, she lost both birth parents at an early age. Fortunately, Lois was raised by… Continue Reading Lois M. Powell

Karleen J. Pettis

Karleen J. Pettis Karleen J. Pettis, wife of Rev. Warren D. Pettis (retired 1998) passed away Good Friday, April 19, 2019 at DuPage Central Hospital, DuPage, Illinois following a year of declining health. Karleen Strayer Pettis, was a daughter of Carl & Eileen (Bowsher) Strayer of Midland, Michigan. She grew up in the Midland First United Methodist Church… Continue Reading Karleen J. Pettis

UMCOR is on the job in Michigan Conference

The Michigan Conference’s new Coordinator of Disaster Recovery Ministries, Nancy Money, talks about the future of disaster preparedness in the state, and the importance of strong support for UMCOR Sunday. 

Recovering from the flood

Volunteers from Chesaning UMC restore home of Midland family of nine.