Snapshots of Vitality

This summer Travis and Amanda are interning in Detroit with Cass Community Social Services. As interns, they help with a variety of tasks for CCSS. It looks like their summer is off to a great start so far. Keep up the great work Travis and Amanda! See more at Facebook/Detroit Conference Mission Intern Program

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.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … Residents of Clark Retirement Community enjoying raised-bed gardening. Now in its second year, thumbs were made greener with some training provided by MSU master gardener. Residents can choose one or more square feet in the garden and plant veggies or flowers of their liking. They help with weeding and harvesting of the produce when it is ripe. See more at Clark Retirement Community.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … Earn-A-Bike is a program sponsored by The NOAH Project in Detroit. Class participants learn how to take apart and fix donated bicycles over a two-week period. At the end of the program, they get to keep their bike as a means of transportation around the city. See more at The NOAH Project Detroit.

KALAMAZOO DISTRICT … Who knew a new appointment could be so romantic!?! Rev. Greg Culver, who begins ministry at Vicksburg UMC on July 1, says: “Carrying my bride into our first purchased home — 15 years after our wedding!” Best wishes to Greg and Joanne Culver and family in their move from Charlevoix.

SAGINAW BAY DISTRICT … Learning to play bells. The Summer Enrichment Program is in full swing at West Branch UMC. Learn more at West Branch First UMC.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … Berkley First welcomes Rev. Elbert Dulworth to dining below the bridge. Elbert has moved south from Marquette, where he was District Superintendent, to Birmingham where he will serve as Senior Pastor of First UMC. See more at Berkley First.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … Having fun at the United Methodist Community House Senior Prom. This is an annual formal event. This year’s theme, “Fantastic Voyage.” See more at UMCH.

KALAMAZOO DISTRICT … Waffle Church at Sunnyside UMC was a big success. A family-inclusive experience. “Something special for all – but most especially if you find it hard to sit and be quiet for an hour!” See more at Sunnyside UMC.
BLUE WATER DISTRICT … On June 14 Rev. John Ball, associate pastor of Lake Orion UMC, was sworn in as a volunteer chaplain for the Lake Orion Police Department. He received his badge and uniform along with an LOPD hat. John’s responsibilities will include supporting and caring for the police force as needed. “I am humbled to be asked to serve … In the words of John Wesley, ‘The world is indeed our parish.’ It is a gift for LOUMC to be the church in the center of the community as we take on the responsibility of caring for our neighbors.” See more at Lake Orion UMC.

KALAMAZOO DISTRICT … Joyce Bliss (center0 sat by a camp fire at Crystal Springs over 70 years ago. On May 26th she brought her daughters, Nancy Bliss and Karen Bliss Dalzell, back for a visit. Camping changes lives … for a lifetime! See more at Crystal Springs Camp and Retreat Center.

MICHIGAN UM CAMPING … Who is that masked woman?? She’s Sherry Stone, Director at Camp Kinawind. She’s working with volunteers to get the camp ready for summer fun. Water on, tents and teepees up, and kitchen facelift. See more at Camp Kinawind.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … Making a joyful noise at Grand Rapids First’s Arts Alive Camp: Kindness University. The congregation hosted a tent at the city’s 2017 Festival of Arts. See more at First UMC Grand Rapids.

KALAMAZOO DISTRICT … Whoa, David! That’s one TALL order! Goliath comes to Kalamazoo First UMC during, “The Rock Slinger and his Greatest Hits.” See much more at First UMC of Kalamazoo.

CROSSROADS DISTRICT …  Flint: Calvary reached out to their neighbors with a food give-away on June 10. At the 2017 Annual Conference Calvary was recognized as recipient of the One Matters Award of Discipleship Resources. See more at Calvary Church Flint.

GRAND TRAVERSE DISTRICT … Meet the Secret Saints of the United Methodist Church of Cadillac. The big reveal happened on June 12. Thanks were given to those who encouraged CUMC’s college students throughout the school year (anonymously) with cards, homemade goodies, and small gifts to let them know they were being thought of and prayed for. See more at United Methodist Church of Cadillac.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … Staff of Motown Mission commissioned after three-day training with the Detroit Conference Mission Intern Program. Anti-racism training, conflict management, worship, spiritual gifts, and more! See more at Motown Mission.

ALBION DISTRICT … Marshall UMC’s 180 Youth Group ends the school year with Paper Plate Awards. This “Community” Award was one of many. See more at Marshall United Methodist Church.

MICHIGAN UM CAMPING … Thank you to everyone who contributed to the purchase of the new golf cart! at Lake Huron Retreat Center. “This will be a tremendous asset to our ministry this summer and in the years to come,” says Director Ann Emerson. “You have blessed us with your financial gifts.” See more at Lake Huron Retreat Center.

GLOBAL CONNECTION … Missionary Paul Webster (center) and assistance, Silvester, are in the U.S. thanking supporting churches. In Richmond, IN Paul and Silvester caught up with Rev. Ted Halstead (right) who volunteered at Mujila Falls, Zambia in 2014.

GRAND TRAVERSE DISTRICT … Conference provided various opportunities to visit Native American ministries in the region. Rev. David Nellist (r) and wife, Glenys, visited Northport Indian Mission Church, site of Spirit Journey. Grand Rapids Trinity UMC is among churches building up the campground for ministry with young people directed by Brandon Ahmicasaube Smith (l).

ANN ARBOR DISTRICT … District Superintendent Mark Spaw celebrates 21 years of service on the Board Of Ordained Ministry of The Detroit Conference.

MICHIGAN AREA … The Rev. George Howard journeyed from Atlanta to Michigan on behalf of the General Board of Global Ministries. He celebrated the mission-mindedness of the West Michigan and Detroit conferences and presented Bishop Bard with a plaque: Gratitude to the Detroit Conference for the highest number of missionaries supported in the North Central Jurisdiction.

LANSING DISTRICT … A Dynamic Duo. The pastoral team of Lansing: Mt. Hope United Methodist Church — Rev. Rob Cook (l) and the Rev. Eric Mulanda. Eric came to the congregation by way of DR Congo and Africa University. His sermon on abundance inspired the Annual Conference.

MICHIGAN AREA … A holy fist bump. Bishop David Bard joins children in the Grace Space set up at the front of the hall during Saturday morning worship. Churches around the Michigan Area are offering radical hospitality in their sanctuaries with pray-grounds such as this. ~mic photo/Hannah HazenDETROIT DEACONS … The Deacon Trio of musicians in worship leadership. L-r: Revs. Carl Gladstone, Christy Miller-Black, and Caleb Williams.

DETROIT CONFERENCE … Andy Wayne is a man of many talents … Member of Committee on Standing Rules, Council on Finance and Administration, Design Team … all that and a crucifer, too. Here he is on Sunday ready to lead the processional.

MICHIGAN AREA … A Celebration of the Journey of Ministry took place on Saturday. A “passing of the mantle” took place between a those retiring and those newly ordained. Shown here l-r: Deacon Catherine MIles and Deacon Nancy Fanscher; Elder Gary Haller and Elder Andrew Lee.

MICHIGAN AREA …Bishop Bard asks at end of business on Saturday, “Is this the right way to wear these?” Sample responses … “Only if the yellow and blue one is in the front and very visible!” … “Yes, Bishop!! MSU on top!! Good call!!” … “Yes, with the exception of the Sparty tie. That one is worn DEEP in your closet.”

MICHIGAN AREA … Clergy who equip and support their colleagues. Back: Rev. Jeremy Wicks (Outgoing Chair, John Wesley Association, WM) and Rev. Dean Prentiss (Chair, Order of Elders WM). Center: Rev. Greg Lawton (Chair, Order of Deacon Chair, WM) and Rev. Sue Platt (Chair, Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members, DC). Front: Rev. April McGlothin-Eller (Chair, Order of Deacons, DC) and Rev. Mary Gibson McInnes (Chair, Order of Elders, DC).

LANSING DISTRICT … Bill Chu, Director of Campus Ministry of the Wesley Foundation at Michigan State University, responded to Bishop Bard’s sermon, “Your Bishop is a Basket Case

WEST MICHIGAN CONFERENCE … Rev. Dean Prentiss, Chair of the West Michigan Order of Elders, announces that the Rev. Bernanrd Randolph continues to hold the Conference Cane as the oldest elder in the clergy community. Bernard has held the cane since 2009 and will turn 101 in October of this year. The Rev. Art Spafford is the holder of the Detroit Conference Cane.

MICHIGAN AREA … Meanwhile Area Director of Communications and Assistant Kristen Gillette are experimenting with fruitful new ways to relay information … Banana Gram?




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