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Small churches rise to COVID challenges

Churches in small rural communities

Revs Peggy Paige, Jackie Roe, and Jodie Flessner believe Michigan’s small, rural churches will come out of the pandemic year with new strength for future ministry and mission.

Connection under Northern Skies

Camp Michigamme, a ministry of Northern Skies District

“A vital web of interactive ministry” is how the Book of Discipline describes the United Methodist Church. Cathy Rafferty shares how that connectional approach works on the Northern Skies District.

Stepping boldly through change

Move into change

Change happens. The Rev. Scott Harmon looks at changes at Camp Michigamme, in the Church, and in his life. His trust in God gives him hope.

We are partnering in mission in the U.P.

Randy Hildebrant guides the mission of GCCP

What happens when local churches pay their Ministry Shares in full? Lives are changed through the mission efforts of organizations like God’s Country Cooperative Parish. Ministry Shares multiply God’s blessings.

Michigamme welcomes New Englander

Michigamme kayakers

Meet Pete Stahlbrand, the new director of Camp Michigamme in the northwest U.P. He is a veteran of ten years of service in New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

Rosemary DeHut

From: Northern Skies District — White Pine Community UMC  To: Northern Skies District — White Pine: Community, Bergland, and Ewen UMCs. This full-time appointment began July 1, 2019. 

Charles Williams

From: Northern Skies District — Houghton: Grace UMC   To: Northern Skies District — Houghton: Grace and Painesdale: A. Paine Memorial UMCs. This full-time appointment began July 1, 2019.

John Murray

From: Northern Waters District — Kalkaska UMC   To: Northern Skies District — Menominee and Stephenson UMCs.  This full-time appointment begins July 1, 2019.

James Matthews

From: Northern Skies District — Stephenson UMC   To: Northern Skies District — Keweenaw Parish   This full-time appointment begins July 1, 2019.

District dialogue: ministry in season

Woman looking over frozen Lake Superior

With snow still in the forecast this week, Scott Harmon, Superintendent of the Northern Skies District, anticipates the coming of Spring in the Upper Peninsula.