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Paul Perez (l) receives the Peacemaker of the Year Award from West Michigan Board of Church and Society. Carl Gladstone receives the Harold Stanton Peace and Justice Award from the DAC Board of Justice Advocacy and Equity. Deacons rock!! ~Facebook photo/Paul Perez

See Christ in the faces of Michigan United Methodists who share their faith on the pages of Facebook.

“Your church’s Facebook page is like the sign in front of your church,” says United Methodist Communications contributor, Jeremy Steele. He then observes, “Though most churches take good care to make sure their sign by the road is well kept and updated with current information and that it puts forward the message they want to display, the Facebook page often gets less attention.”

Your church’s Facebook page offers a huge opportunity for opening your doors to your neighbors. Here are some congregations and agencies in Michigan who are making a good effort to celebrate making disciples and transforming the world on Facebook . Have a photo that we’ve missed? Email News Editor Kay DeMoss. Click here for Jeremy Steele’s Six Tips to Get More Like’s on your Church’s Facebook Page.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … Rev. Karl Zeigler (r) is steppin’ up as one of the Metropolitan UMC tour guides who welcomed visitors to Cass Community Tiny Homes on May 27. Karl gave folks entering the blue tiny home a nice boost. See more at Cass Community Social Services.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … Fishing is good at Clark Retirement Community. What kind of bait is grandma using?!? See more at Clark Retirement Community.

DETROIT CONFERENCE … Seventeen young adult interns are preparing to engage 150 scholars this summer in Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools. Flint: Bethel UMC, Detroit: People’s UMC, and Detroit: Second Grace UMC are hosting sites this summer.KALAMAZOO DISTRICT … Portage Chapel Hill is “Taking the Next Step.” Children’s footprints are posted around the church. “Taking the Next Step is for us now and for our future … Take a moment to look at the footprints around the church, read what the child has said about why/how Chapel Hill is important to them.” See more at Portage Chapel Hill UMC.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … Fun for all ages at Redford Aldersgate Family Game Night. See more at Redford Aldersgate.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … United Methodist Community House in Grand Rapids is proud of its 2017 graduates. See more at UMCH-United Methodist Community House.

DETROIT CONFERENCE … Congratulations to Melanie Goldberg, Justice For Our Neighbors Southeastern Michigan, who recently became the Chair of the Michigan chapter of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Assoc.). As Chair, she’ll lead 300+ members as they seek justice for immigrants. Here she is at the recent AILA National Day of Action in DC (second from right).

ANN ARBOR DISTRICT … South Lyon First UMC “Left the Building” on May on May 21. Over 180 participants took part in over 21 different projects in South Lyon, Whitmore Lake, New Hudson and Green Oak Township, sharing God’s love in tangible ways. This young disciple participated in clean-up at New Hudson Cemetery.See more at South Lyon 1st UMC.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … the praise band is witnessing from the steps of The Corner, the second venue of Muskegon Central United Methodist Church. See more about the concert at The Corner.

BLUE WATER DISTRICT … The United Methodist Women from Pigeon UMC recently shared a programs, “Beautiful Feet,” with the Country Gardens & Long-Term Care. Deb Sturm waded in with both beautiful feet. ~see more at Pigeon First UMC.

ALBION DISTRICT … Pastor Mike Conklin and the altar flowers teach some Christian symbolism to young disciples at Battle Creek First UMC. See more at Battle Creek 1st.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … On May 23rd, members of Detroit Conant Avenue UMC participated in a Heartsaver CPR AED training endorsed by the American Heart Association and presented by the Detroit Fire Department. Pastor Willie F. Smith was among those receiving a certificate of completion.  

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … Holy Humor Sunday was a real “rootin’-tootin’ time” at East Nelson United Methodist church. Pastor Inge Whittemore doing some good-shepherding. See more at East Nelson UMC.                                               

CROSSROADS DISTRICT … Disciples took to the streets and to Asbury UMC’s strawberry garden on May 20. Plenty more to see at Crossroads District UMC.

HEARTLAND DISTRICT … A little traveling music. The Congregational church donated a baby grand piano to their United Methodist friends at Belding UMC (Flat River Cooperative Parish). Some interfaith love rolling down the street. See more at Belding UMC.

BLUE WATER DISTRICT … Graduate Taylor Hogue receives a keepsake quilt from has church family, Sandusky 1st United Methodist Church. God’s love in every stitch.

MARQUETTE DISTRICT … The community of Gwinn held its 5th annual P.S. I Love You Walk on May 20. The focus of the walk is suicide prevention awareness and community resources available for those in need. Gwinn UMC took to the sidewalk and provided hospitality. “The Good Shepherd calls us to Feed His Lambs… so, that’s what we did! His Love endures forever.” See more at Gwinn United Methodist Church.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … Rev. Dirk Elliott, Michigan Area Director of New Church Development, reports there’s a new church here in Michigan! “Great worship at Berkley First. Band was amazing. Great interview with a young man whose life has been changed by Jesus. Zack’s message was powerful.”

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … Royal Oak UMC is raising money for the youth mission trip. This is Rev. Caleb Williams, Minister of Worship and Arts. He says, “I look like a WWI flying ace who just won a battle against a squadron of geese.” Good Sport Award goes to Caleb. See more at Royal Oak 1st UMC.

GRAND TRAVERSE DISTRICT … Kalkaska UMC’s Sunday School focus was Matthew 28:16-20. The kids respond to The Great Commission by making greeting cards, “to give to our friends to invite them to church or just to let them know God loves them!” See more at Kalkaska UMC.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … St Paul’s UMC in Rochester held a Hospitality Summit on May 2. Phil Swisher was recognized for his outstanding leadership in welcoming guests. See more at St. Paul’s UMC Rochester.

HEARTLAND DISTRICT … Mt. Pleasant 1st UMC celebrates recognition given to Rebecca and Julia Kepper by the Mt. Pleasant branch of the Gleaners Club. On May 16, 2017Julia was given the Community Service Award and Rebecca was given the organization’s Youth Service Award. “Way to go! Such good Methodists! See more at Mt. Pleasant 1st UMC.GLOBAL CONNECTION … The Michigan Area celebrates with Karen Vo To as she receives her Doctor of Ministry degree at United Theological Seminary on May 12. Karen is an Elder in the Detroit Conference serving as a missionary of The General Board of Global Ministries in Vietnam.

LANSING DISTRICT … A hard working Okemos Community Church team serving at Rebuilding Together, Tri-County on April 29th. See more at Okemos Community Church.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … Two of the great landscaping disciples from Birmingham First this morning making the grounds beautiful and transforming the world for the residents, staff and visitors at Cass Community Social Services! “Thank you to the moon and back.” See more at Cass Community Social Services.

HEARTLAND DISTRICT … Lincoln Road UMC loves their Tech Guys. Where would our churches be without volunteer stars like these? See more at Lincoln Road UMC.

SAGINAW BAY DISTRICT … The Force was with this young man as he searched the halls of Sanford UMC for Easter eggs. See more at Sanford UMC.

BLUE WATER DISTRICT … A little time out for the soul and the soles at the 35th Annual Lake Orion CROP Walk. See more at Lake Orion United Methodist Church.

GRAND TRAVERSE DISTRICT … To everything there is a season … a time for members of Mancelona UMC to walk the labyrinth and a time to clean up the labyrinth. Spring has come up north. See more at Mancelona UMC.

CROSSROADS DISTRICT … The CORE Junior High-Senior High Youth Group at Laingsburg United Methodist Church led worship on May 7. “Great job by all,” says Pastor Brian West  More photos and video here.

BLUE WATER DISTRICT … Bill Wiza, chairperson of the trustees at Mount Clemens 1st UMC received a certificate for the congregation’s ministry beyond 175 years. Diana Spitnale Miller, member of the Commission on Archives and History for the denomination and president of the Michigan Area Historical Society, presented the recognitions at a convocation held on April 22.

ALBION DISTRICT … Before and After … two small groups from Center Park United Methodist Church got together and built raised garden beds for a local homeless shelter. Planting will take place later this month. See more at Center Park UMC.

CROSSROADS DISTRICT … Flint: Asbury UMC hosted the third High Tunnel Workshop for the Genesee Conservation District on May 15 with the added surprise of a musician singing “The Garden Song.” See more at Flint: Asbury UMC.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … Rev. Anna Moon shares Easter joy during a joint worship session of TroyHope Ministry and youth. See more at TroyHope Ministry.

KALAMAZOO DISTRICT … The Blessing Box is up and open for business at Oshtemo UMC. Non-perishable food items or toiletries go in and passersby may take whatever is needed. Rev. John Fisher (left) says: “Thank you, Robert, for your beautiful work. Let the blessings flow like a gentle warm spring rain, bringing life to all.” See more at Oshtemo UMC.

MARQUETTE DISTRICT … MARQUETTE DISTRICT … Easter Sunrise joy in Escanaba. Central UMC held early worship at the Lake Michigan shoreline. See more at Central UMC Escanaba.
DETROIT CONFERENCE … Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast 2017 at Justice For Our Neighbors Southeastern Michigan. Delicious breakfast prepared by Chef Paul Perez, a fun get-to-know you game, and all having a go at the Citizenship test. See more at Justice For Our Neighbors Southeastern Michigan.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … Kasen Witkowski was a Top Banana at the Access of West Michigan Hunger Walk in Grand Rapids on Sunday, May 7. Kasen hoofed for hunger along with Aldersgate UMC and GR Trinity UMC Community Ministries. See more at Trinity UMC Grand Rapids.

BLUE WATER DISTRICT … Superintendent Elizabeth Hill (r) and Blue Water District clergy together at the Lake Huron Retreat Center. Click here for more about the Annual Retreat.

CROSSROADS DISTRICT … Juddville United Methodist Church will again be hosting the community Farmers’ Market, starting in June. They support young entrepreneurs like Kingston Clingan as all vendors setup and sell free of charge. See more at Juddville UMC.

KALAMAZOO DISTRICT … The mission quilters of Portage: Chapel Hill UMC  work with youth. An in-stitches evening of faith and outreach. See more at Portage Chapel Hill UMC.

DETROIT CONFERENCE … These United Methodist Women just finished Mission U training. Now “prepared to teach Covenant Community this summer.” L-r: Charissa Shawcross, Ruby Anderson, Jackie Euper, Mary Gibson McInnes, and Linda Schramm.

GLOBAL CONNECTION … The United Methodist Women are in the house at the Cameroon Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. The UMW are distinguished by their yellow scarves and are known as “They Who Love One Another.” Nkemba and Mbwizu Ndjungu, missionaries supported by the Michigan Area, are leaders in the Cameroon UMC. ~see more at Mbwizu Ndjungu

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … On April 29th Pathfinders of Muskegon celebrated their 20th Anniversary. L-r: Muskegon Heights Commissioners Rillastine Wilkins and Ken Mahoney presented a proclamation from Muskegon County; accepting the proclamation was Dr. Pamela Smith, Executive Director, and Susan Harrison Wolffis, Pathfinders Board Chair. See more at Pathfinders of Muskegon.

CROSSROADS DISTRICT … Woman at Flint: Calvary United Methodist Church gather on April 8 to experience the Priscilla Shirer Live Web Simulcast.

LANSING DISTRICT … The Upper Room recreated at University United Methodist Church MSU. The “Living Last Supper Tableau” has been presented bi-annually by UUMC members and friends on the Thursday before Easter for more than 25 years. See more at University UMC at MSU.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … Easter outreach at Friendship Church Shelby Township was mighty sweet …”Invite your peeps!” See more at Friendship Church Shelby Campus.

HEARTLAND DISTRICT … Thousands of Easter eggs and a whole love of God’s love went into the Egg Hunt and activities at Mt. Pleasant 1st United Methodist Church on April 8. Great family fun. See more at Mt. Pleasant 1st UMC.KALAMAZOO DISTRICT … Plainwell United Methodist Church has sent a Work Team to South Carolina. Their trailer is full of tools and their hearts are full of love! See more at Plainwell UMC.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … The parking lot is so big and my wheelbarrow is so small. But that didn’t deter this young volunteer helping at Grand Rapids Trinity’s after-church clean up effort. See more at Trinity United Methodist Church Grand Rapids.

BLUE WATER DISTRICT … A special visitor comes to North Branch United Methodist Church. “With malice toward none. With charity toward all.” See more at North Branch UMC.

KALAMAZOO DISTRICT … Pastor Joe Shaler was a fool for Christ during Lent. His sermon, “Send in the Clowns,” shared the truth found in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. See more at Otsego UMC.

SAGINAW BAY DISTRICT … The Bag Ladies at Frankenmuth United Methodist Church went on a creative binge on April 12. See more at Frankenmuth UMC.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … NOAH Project Exec. Director Amy Brown (center) and NOAH Bag Lunch Coordinator Chelsea Williams present the Golden Sock Award to Jeff Nelson, Senior Pastor of Royal Oak 1st UMC. The congregation collected 1,593 pairs of socks during NOAH’s 2016 Sock-It-To-Me September fundraiser. Who will be the next to win? See more at NOAH Project.

ALBION DISTRICT … New life emerges at Marshall United Methodist Church. Welcome baby caterpillars! Pastor Melany Chalker has named them, ” Harry, Larry, Curly, and Moe.  Mary, Carry, Shirley, and Flo!” See more at Marshall UMC.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … A Sunday of resurrection filled to the brim with blessings at Grand Rapids: La Nueva Esperanza. Rev. Nohemi Ramirez received 5 new members, confirmed two young people, and baptized two children. “All the glory and honor be to the Lord!” See more at La Nueva Esperanza.

KALAMAZOO DISTRICT … March 25th was Sewing for Missions Day at Coloma UMC. These baby items will be sent where needed around the world through Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, Illinois. Thirty-six diapers were done when the scissors and sewing machines stopped working. See more at Coloma United Methodist Church.

ANN ARBOR DISTRICT … Manchester: Sharon UMC makes a global connection with Haitian Artisans for Peace International (HAPI). HAPITech electrical students benefit from distance-learning training with Joe Turk, a Sharon UMC member, visiting electricians, and a local professor. Together, they continue to improve and maintain HAPI’s Merlet Center facility. Thanks students and partners! See more at Haitian Artisans for Peace International.

HEARTLAND DISTRICT … Pastor Sue Babb found something extra in her basket at the end of the Easter Egg Hunt at New Life United Methodist Church, Six Lakes.

MICHIGAN’S MISSIONARIES … Revs Ut To and Karen Vo-To (center top) continue to share the Gospel abroad. Leaders in The United Methodist Initiative in Vietnam, the are  clergy members of The Detroit Conference.

HEARTLAND DISTRICT … It takes more than a little luck to keep your tractors and garden tools working properly, so Pompeii UMC had a special blessing of the machinery on April 2nd!  Here’s Pastor Mona Dye in action.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … Cornerstone Church baptized 8th and 9th grade students at East Kentwood High School’s pool. “It is so amazing to see these students publicly say, ‘I belong to Christ!'” See more at Cornerstone Church.

ANN ARBOR DISTRICT … On Saturday, March 25th, a group of students from the Wesley Foundation at the University of Michigan traveled to Cass Community Social Services in Detroit, MI for a service project. There, students learned about the mission of the organization, toured their facilities, and helped with some of their ongoing projects.

SAGINAW BAY DISTRICT … A selfie of District Superintendent David Kim and Bishop David Bard as they prepare for the Q & A Session at the Saginaw Bay District Leadership Day on April 8. See more at Saginaw Bay District.

MARQUETTE DISTRICT … Forty children and youth enjoyed the Palm Sunday celebration at Hancock First United Methodist Church… Easter Story, games, and egg search outside. See more at Hancock 1st UMC.

SAGINAW BAY DISTRICT … Saginaw: Ames UMC is on pace to give away a record setting 415 refurbished computer through their Drive Ministry. “Individuals in need continue to be empowered with the tech, prayer, service opportunities, and encouragement.” Drive Ministry says they have “major need” for used laptops and USB mice. See more at Ames United Methodist Church.

GRAND TRAVERSE DISTRICT … Grab a cup and head to Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City for Coffee with the Pastors. Dale Ostema (left) and Chris Lane mugging for the camera.

ALBION DISTRICT … Artists at work at Family Fun Night at Center Park United Methodist Church. See more at Center Park United Methodist Church.

SAGINAW BAY DISTRICT … Big tractors and small calves. Kids on spring break are enjoying a great week of activities hosted by West Branch 1st UMC. See more at Family Ministries Outreach at 1st UMC West Branch.

ANN ARBOR DISTRICT … Sandra Harsh helping a couple of cherubs make a potted plant as Adrian 1st UMC brought spring to the table at Celebrate Lenawee’s Children at the Adrian Mall. See more at First United Methodist Church of Adrian.

ANN ARBOR DISTRICT … Advocating for justice and shopping the Global Marketplace at the Fair Trade Fair on the Adrian College Campus.

MICHIGAN AREA … Michigan pastors attend the Multiethnic Church Ministries Training in Oklahoma City. L-r: Patty Gandarilla (Ypsilanti 1st UMC),  Sonya Luna (Director of Hispanic and Latino Ministries for Michigan Area), Anna Moon (Troy Hope Ministry), and Rob Cook (Lansing: Mt. Hope UMC).

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … How do you make the NOAH staff this happy? Send boxes of razors. Chelsea Williams says, “Thank you so much to the donor of these hygiene items.” P.S. NOAH also needs lotion, conditioner, and soap. See more at NOAH Project.

HEARTLAND DISTRICT … Who is that on the altar at Mt. Pleasant First United Methodist. Clue … Pastor Diane Gordon’s sermon series is, “Wings of Transformation,” and the March 5th sermon title: “Born Into it.” See more at First United Methodist Church Mt. Pleasant. 

MARQUETTE DISTRICT … Meet the newest member of Marquette Hope UMC’s praise band, Hearts on Fire. See more at Marquette Hope.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … Orchard United Methodist Church makes “Agape Bags” available for members to take an give away to those who need them. See more at Orchard UMC.

MICHIGAN AREA … The Grand Traverse District  and the Saginaw Bay District together hosted the 10th annual Spring Splash held at Great Wolf Lodge March 17-18. Key note speaker was Brian Pruitt, an all-American running at Central Michigan University.  Brian inspired and challenged the 192 in attendance to be courageous in their walk for Jesus Christ.  Sunday everyone was blessed by District Superintendent Anita Hahn and husband, Kevin, as they clowned an inspiring pantomime of the gospel then invited all  to share in communion.

HEARTLAND DISTRICT … Ferris State Wesley House getting the word out about the Free Food Pantry that serves the hungry folks on campus. See more at Ferris State Wesley House.GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … Their spring break was for the birds!?! Valley Church sent an incredible team of Christ-following college students to Sevier County, TN and the Gatlinburg area to help assist in efforts with the recovery of the devastating fires from November 2016. “God is moving big ways in relief efforts and we are so thankful that we could be there to join in!” See more at Valley Church Spring Break.DETROIT RENAISSANCE … Founders’ Day celebration at Trenton: Faith United Methodist Church. Says Pastor Doug Ralston, “It was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy each other’s company, welcome back our friends, and thank God for our wonderful church family.” ALBION DISTRICT … The Lenten Cross stands in the center of worship at Marshall 1st United Methodist Church. See more at Marshall UMC.

MARQUETTE DISTRICT … Spring has come to the Sunday School at Marquette Hope UMC. See more at Marquette Hope.

KALAMAZOO DISTRICT … Thor couldn’t do it better. Super heroes from Kalamazoo Wesley were in Atlanta for spring break exercising their powers of compassion. See more at Wesley Campus Ministries WMU.

WEST MICHIGAN CONFERENCE … So this is what happens when ministers retire and move to Nashville? They become leprechauns (at least for a day). Wayne and Jo Reece, retired Elder and Deacon get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit at their home in Tennessee.

MICHIGAN AREA CAMPING … thanks Bishop Bard for cutting the ribbon on March 25 at Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center.  The new dining room has been dedicated and is looking forward to serving campers. See more at Michigan Area Camps, Retreats and Campgrounds.

GRAND TRAVERSE DISTRICT … Superintendent Anita Hahn and friends are all ears at this year’s Spring Splash held at Great Wolf Lodge and sponsored by the Grand Traverse District Youth.

BLUE WATER DISTRICT … Did you know? Lenten scenes revisited at Yale United Methodist Church. See more at Yale UMC.

SAGINAW BAY DISTRICT … Scout Sunday at Poseyville Untied Methodist Church. “We are blessed to have a Troop, a Ship, and a Crew!” See more at Poseyville UMC.

KALAMAZOO DISTRICT … There were 12 disciples and the young people at Portage Chapel Hill UMC are learning about how Jesus called them to follow him. See more at Portage Chapel Hill UMC.

MARQUETTE DISTRICT … Soup’s on! at Central United Methodist Church in Escanaba. Lenten Soup and Vespers on Wednesday evenings. See more at Central UMC Escanaba.

GRAND TRAVERSE DISTRICT … “Homemade hometown up north made-with-love treats” hot out of the oven at Alanson United Methodist Church. See more at Alanson and Harbor Springs UMC .

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … Janis Kaufman and Rev. Janice Gaston Petty with Detroit: Metropolitan UMC’s Little Free Library. “Grab and book. Bring a book. Read a book.” See more at Metropolitan UMC and Ministry Center.

HEARTLAND DISTRICT … A group of students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, spent spring break on a mission trip working with the Choctaw Tribe, in Mississippi, through Ferris State Wesley House. The photo was submitted by Sierra Oliver, a junior in the Music Industry Management program. Learn more at Ferris State Wesley House.

KALAMAZOO DISTRICT … The United Methodist Women of Hopkins United Methodist Church help out at Kids’ Food Basket in Grand Rapids on March 2. See more at Hopkins UMC.MARQUETTE DISTRICT … Winter is coming and this missionary in the north is ready for it. Randy Hildebrant models “fashion accessories for snowblowing” at God’s Country Cooperative Parish.

LANSING DISTRICT … Haiti Work Team visits a hospital where a generator was provided with funding through partnership of MSU, Sparrow Hospital, and Williamston Elementary students. MSU Campus pastor, William W. Chu, discovered the hospital CEO’s son will be a Spartan freshman this fall and made a personal connection. See more on Facebook/Okemos Community Church.

GRAND TRAVERSE DISTRICT … The table is spread. Setting up for the Free Community Spaghetti Dinner at Traverse Bay UMC. See more at Traverse Bay UMC.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … She’s back! Chelsea Spyres spent two years at NOAH as lead caseworker and intern supervisor through the US-2 program. She recently made a return visit. She currently serves as Director of Christian Formation and Education at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church Bowie, Maryland.

BLUE WATER DISTRICT … An interfaith Ash Wednesday in downtown Mt Clemens. United Methodist Pastor Mary Gibson McInnes is joined by Pastor Scott Davis (Zion United Church of Christ), Rev. Peggy Casteel (1st Presbyterian Church) and Pastor Susan Brock (Grace Episcopal Church) in sharing Lenten blessings.“GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … Greg Lawton, Director of Wesley at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, offered ashes to students on their way to class on March 1. “A few strange looks, but more gratitude for being present in the midst of their busy lives,” Greg said. “That’s the essence of campus ministry in my opinion.” See more at Greg Lawton.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … “Why does Isaac look so bummed? It’s because he has to keep telling NOAH Project guests ‘no’ when they ask for hygiene items.” Isaac Dunn is a US-2 serving at NOAH. See more at NOAH Project.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRIST … Royal Oak First UMC has launched The Grace Cuts Salon. “As a part of our bag lunch program we offer hair styling and shampoos. The hungry and homeless of our community were treated with kindness and dignity,” says Pastor Jeff Nelson. See more at Royal Oak First UMC.SAGINAW BAY DISTRICT … Good Shepherd UMC of the North hosted a 5-congregation food give away on February 6. Over 70 servant ministers helped 161 families pick up their free groceries. See more at Good Shepherd UMC of the North.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … God’s people at work at Muskegon Central UMC. Construction Crew gets the cross and flame together during worship on February 26. See more at Muskegon Central UMC.ANN ARBOR DISTRICT … God calling disciples at Chelsea First UMC by name, to receive light and to be the light! See more at Chelsea First UMC.HEARTLAND DISTRICT … Pastor Mona shares the children’s message with kids at Pompeii United Methodist Church. See more at Pompeii UMC.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … The Noisy Offering is received and blessed by Pastor Robert Schoenhals at Ferndale First UMC. See more at First UMC Ferndale.

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.

LANSING DISTRICT … This entry took the cake at the auction held at Sycamore Creek Potterville Campus. Sale of the famous Horton netted $100 for camp scholarships. A total of $4980 was raised to send 21 kids to camp.MICHIGAN AREA … Dearborn clinic volunteers signing petitions to advocate for compassion and humanity for immigrants. See more at Justice For Our Neighbors Southeastern Michigan.

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 Motown Mission.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.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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