Snapshots of Vitality 3

MICHIGAN AREA ... Motown Mission welcomed Wesley Foundation at Michigan State University and Wesley at CMU to The Foundry House for service and a discussion about vocation. See more at Facebook/Motown Mission.

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GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … Trinity UMC Community Ministries went to the dogs on February 22. West Michigan Therapy Dogs came to church to share their work and children then had the opportunity to read to them. Read more at Trinity UMC Grand Rapids.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … Students from MSU Wesley making door mats out of tires at Cass Community Services.MICHIGAN AREA … Dearborn clinic volunteers signing petitions to advocate for compassion and humanity for immigrants. See more at Justice For Our Neighbors Southeastern Michigan.ALBION DISTRICT … On February 8 Battle Creek 1st hosted their first Taize Worship for 2017. “It was beautiful and moving.” Shown here is Shuler Harmon explaining the Taize tradition and meaning.  See more at First UMC of Battle Creek.

ANN ARBOR DISTRICT … The 4th-6th graders at First UMC Brighton collected socks throughout the month of January. They then handed out 1,778 pairs at the Livingstone County Community Connect Event on February 4. See more at First UMC Brighton.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … The Rockford UMC Sunday School gives Rev. Ken Bremer a CandyGram. Good and Plenty love to their pastor. See more at Rockford UMC.

BLUE WATER DISTRICT … One of many Griddle Masters at the Community Pancake Breakfast hosted at Attica United Methodist Church on January 21. See more at Attica UMC.

GRAND TRAVERSE DISTRICT … February 15 was Date Night for parents as kids had an awesome time at Grant United Methodist Church, Buckley MI. See more at Grant UMC.

CROSSROADS DISTRICT … The young disciples of Davison UMC’s Children’s Church deliver Love Cookies to their neighbors at Braidwood Manor. See more at Davison UMC.

KALAMAZOO DISTRICT … Otsego UMC celebrates an awesome Youth Sunday. God’s mercy and love shared in word and song. See more at Otsego United Methodist Church.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … Members of Grand Rapids: First United Methodist Church cared for young and old in Mizak, Haiti for eight days in January. L-r: Lois Walker PT, Diane Gedris RN, Iain Charnley MD, Marj Timmerman RN stand with the staff of HAPI’s Felisane Health Center.

ANN ARBOR DISTRICT … God’s people at St. Matthew’s UMC in Ypsilanti enjoy Coffee with the Pastor on Wednesdays at Leo’s Coney Island. See more at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church.KALAMAZOO DISTRICT … Kids at Vicksburg United Methodist Church experience the call of the fishermen to become disciples of Jesus. See more at Vicksburg UMC.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT …Members of three Muskegon-area churches joined in a Unity and Diversity Worship Service hosted at Temple United Methodist Church in Muskegon Heights. L-r: Rev. Anita McCants (Phillip Chapel A.M.E.), Rev. Jeff Bowman (Temple UMC), and Rev. Orea Peterson Jr. (John Wesley A.M.E. Zion) lead a “glorious time worshipping the Lord!” The congregations will continue to worship together once a month leading up to Easter.

GRAND TRAVERSE DISTRICT … Pinewood Derby time up north. Pack 36 getting ready in Fellowship Hall at Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City. See more at  Central United Methodist Church Traverse City.

MARQUETTE DISTRICT … A new Top Chef is crowned on February 5 at St. Ignace UMC. Cara Mason and all chili chefs raised money for camp scholarships and exceeded their goal. See more at St. Ignace UMC.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … The Epiphany worship theme at Muskegon Central UMC is “Under Construction” …”how we as disciples of Jesus Christ are still developing and growing in our faith.” The God-is-not-finished-with-us-yet focus was presented at the Communion Table by their Worship Arts Team on February 5.

BLUE WATER DISTRICT … Lake Orion UMC’s Kids on the Rock (Sunday School) create bags full of Valentines cards for the children at the Center for Success in Pontiac. ~See more at Lake Orion UMC.DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … Volunteers from Birmingham 1st UMC went to work at Motown Mission’s Foundry House in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. See more at Motown Mission.

CROSSROADS DISTRICT … Daniel Peters prepares a sign to carry in a march for unity. Says his father, Rev. Jeremy Peters, pastor of Court Street UMC in Flint, “He has a classmate from Yemen. This is personal for him.” See more at Jeremy Peters.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTICT … Every 5th Sunday in the month is “Children’s Sunday” at Fremont UMC. On Jan. 29th 19 children helped with worship, including these two friendly ushers. See more at Fremont United Methodist Church.DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … NOAH Project in Detroit (Networking, Organizing, Advocating for the Homeless) helps provide clients with glasses. Now that she has her glasses, Bridget wants to work towards gaining her recertification as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Bridget is now able to see not only the world around her more clearly, but her goals as well. See more at NOAH Project Detroit.GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … GR Trinity UMC’s Community Ministries Program went to Shuler’s Books on Jan. 25. With the help of amazing volunteers, young readers picked out their book. See more at Trinity UMC Grand Rapids.

MARQUETTE DISTRICT … Aiden, Bear Scout from Pack 333 hosted by Gwinn UMC, is taking his duty to God seriously as he reads to his baby sister. A scout is always faithful.ANN ARBOR DISTRICT … Meet the 20somthings Guys of Dexter UMC, coming together on Sunday nights for “great and humorous conversation,” currently exploring the life of David. See more at Matt Hook.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … Wesley at Grand Valley State University engaged in Serve GR at the start of this new year. Helping out at SECOM (South End Community Outreach Ministries) proved to be an awesome veggie tale. See more at Wesley at Grand Valley State University.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … Carmen Zeigler, leader in the Jeremie Project, enjoyed a reunion with goddaughters and family in Gommiers, Haiti. A container of supplies was delivered to the Gommiers Church. See more at Jeremie Haiti Project.

ALBION DISTRICT … Members of Center Park UMC attended a “Re-Fuel 2017 Worship Conference” in Mishawaka, IN. When asked to show their event id, the group decided to “point up towards God while showing our bracelets.

CROSSROADS DISTRICT … Owosso UMC is hosting Cheeseburger in Paradise to benefit mission. Auction, summertime music and tropical photo opps. See more at Trinity UMC Owosso.

SAGINAW BAY DISTRICT … Vassar UMC rejoices in generations of faith, from the baptism of little Eleanor to the 100th birthday of dear Eleanor. See more at Vassar UMC.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … On January 8 Rockford UMC was presented this model of a hand powered cart. The congregation contributed enough money to purchase 50 of these carts, made in Holland, Michigan, for people all over the world. World Wide Mobility (formerly known as Personal Energy Transportation) distributes these hand powered carts; each cart costs $300 to make and ship. See more at Rockford UMC.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … All ages gathered at Detroit Central UMC on January 16 for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Rally. See more at Central UMC Detroit.

CROSSROADS DISTRICT … Building expansion is underway at Clarkston UMC. Pastor Rick Dake blesses the crew wearing hard hats and brandishing shovels. “We are making space for generations of faithful ministry in our new Community Center.” See more at Clarkston UMC.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … Orchard United Methodist Church’s Tiny Home committee chair (c), Sarah Hume and Pastor Amy Mayo-Moyle delivered the first installment in their commitment to fund one of the 25 Tiny Homes Cass Community Social Services is building. Rev. Faith Fowler (l) received the check for $32,000, bringing tears to everyone’s eyes.GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … Baby Celebration Sunday at Grand Rapids First UMC. We count 16 babes in arms, disciples in the making. See more at First United Methodist Church Grand Rapids.

KALAMAZOO DISRICT … Kathy Brown, pastor of Plainwell United Methodist Church, is a Bridge Builder. She joins others across the state in fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment without walls. See more at Welcoming Michigan.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … Making Christian symbols at Family Night at Warren First UMC. Learning about Jesus with yummy pasta and fun crafts on the side. See more at Warren First United Methodist Church.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … Great technique! Painters of all ages get into the act at Byron Center UMC. Team work is an awesome thing. See more at Byron Center UMC.
CROSSROADS DISTRICT … Pastor LuAnn Rourke stands at the font as members of Bethany UMC in Clio remember their Baptism. See more at Clio: Bethany UMC.ANN ARBOR DISTRICT … Director of Discipleship Bob Fuchs joins the cattle lowing on Christmas Eve … Getting ready for the children’s nativity service at Brighton First UMC. See more at First United Methodist Church Brighton.

LANSING DISTRICT … A little drama for dollars. Lansing Central performs a skit to raise money for the annual budget. See more at Lansing Central UMC.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … Come as you are movie night at Berkley First UMC. Who showed up on December 20? This elf came off the shelf and enjoyed the show. Berkley First launched officially on January 8, 2017. See more at Berkley First.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … Youth and Young Adults of Fremont United Methodist Church made lots of Christmas goodies. These treats were handed out on Christmas Eve to workers and businesses that were open in the town. See more at Fremont United Methodist Church.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … Wesley students from GVSU participate in service days in Grand Rapids. Campus minister Greg Lawton reports: “Degage Ministries for bingo on Thursday night and sorting donations at Love INC, Allendale on Friday. I’m very proud of these students who gave up part of their winter break to do some good.”
DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … The shepherd comes to the manger during Posadas 2016 at CFCUMC Detroit. See more at Centro Familiar Christiano UMC.

KALAMAZOO DISTRICT … The youth of Portage Chapel Hill UMC invite the congregation to “Fill the Van.” The toys they collected were taken to the Free Store of Kalamazoo for distribution the following Saturday. See more at Portage Chapel Hill UMC.

MARQUETTE DISTRICT … On December 16 the Peace Light came to Gwinn United Methodist Church. The light travelled all the way from Bethlehem to the Upper Peninsula with the help of Boy Scouts. Learn more at Gwinn UMC.

SAGINAW BAY DISTRICT … What brings more joy than Christmas … especially the cookies! There was some serious decorating going on at Reese United Methodist Church. Delicious fun for all ages. See more at Reese UMC.

LANSING DISTRICT … The woman of Kalamo United Methodist Church decided to do something special for the church’s Food Pantry recipients Christmas week. They gave out blankets and Christmas gifts and offered to wrap the presents. See more at Kalamo UMC.




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