Snapshots of Vitality

CROSSROADS DISTRICT … a student made some new friends during Clean and Green Day at the community garden. See more at Flint: Asbury UMC.

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

This MIconnect features showcases congregations who are using Facebook effectively. Is your church using Social Media to enhance your nurture and outreach? United Methodist Communications has lots of resources to help you get started or to do better. Click here for more. MIconnect checks Facebook for signs of vitality but we can’t find them all. Do you have a photo to feature in Snapshots of Vitality? Send it, along with a brief caption, to News Editor Kay DeMoss. Thank you!

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … Grand Haven: Church of the Dunes asked for 80 VBS sponsors and got 160. See more at United Methodist Church of the Dunes.

SAGINAW BAY DISTRICT … Pastor Tony Tomasino welcomes six new members to God’s Kingdom and Caro United Methodist Church. See more at Caro UMC.

GRAND TRAVERSE DISTRICT … Pastor Melanie Young is ready to labor in the Garden of the Lord. Pentwater Centenary UMC says goodbye as she moves to Ovid United Church. See more at Centenary UMC.

SAGINAW BAY DISTRICT … The Bavarian Fest Kinder Parade was a little soggy on June 10, but Super Hero kids and grown-ups from Frankenmuth United Methodist Church, picked up their sign and braved the elements to witness for God in their hometown. See more at Frankenmuth UMC.CROSSROADS DISTRICT … Surprise volunteer at the Help Center. Niko Goodrum from the Detroit Tigers helped pass out water at Flint: Bethel United Methodist Church on June 11. See more at Flint Water Crisis: United Methodist Response.
KALAMAZOO DISTRICT … You can’t get a good Christian woman down. This brave soul made it to her seat in the pew at Otsego United Methodist Church on June 10. Jesus loves you! See more at Otsego UMC.

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT … “Take Out Church” starts with a pizza box. Nardin Park UMC explains: “Summer is almost here… and if you are traveling then why not take some church with you? “Take Out Church” is a 10″ pizza box with activities for your family to use at home or traveling. Each piece inside the box helps deepen our spirituality and offers guidance in the practice of our faith, in times of quite, in times of laughter and fun! Even when we are outside the walls of the church, we are still members of the family of God.” See more at Nardin Park UMC.

GRAND RAPIDS DISTRICT … Grand Rapids First takes the sacrament to the sidewalk.  Rev. Tim Tuthill shares Communion and Community. See more at First UMC Grand Rapids.

CONGREGATIONAL VIBRANCY … Rev. Dirk Elliott (left) and Bishop David Bard (right) bless those leaders involved in starting new churches around the new Michigan Conference. L-r: Rev. Lindsey Hall, Associate pastor Birmingham: First UMC and spouse of the Rev. Jon Reynolds, Associate Cass Community UMC/Midtown Detroit; Rev. Banza Mukalay, Grand Rapids: Restoration UMC; and Revs John K. Ilunga Ngoi and Gertrude M. Mukalay, Detroit: Africa Diaspora UMC.
SAGINAW BAY … Rev. Carl Gladstone, staff for Discipleship Ministries Young People’s Ministries, and Bridget Nelson, Coordinator of Youth Ministry Development for the Michigan Conference, introduce Izzy Nowak. Active at Pinconning UMC, Izzy will be attending the Global Young People’s Convocation in Johannesburg, South Africa July 18-22, 2018.MICHIGAN DISTRICTS …Nine Superintendents of new Michigan Conference districts pick up the baton and are ready to race. L-r: Rev. Dr. Charles Boayue (Greater Detroit); Rev. Elizabeth Hill (Heritage); Rev. Dwayne Bagley (Greater Southwest); Rev. John Hice (East Winds); Rev. Dr. Jerome DeVine (Mid-Michigan); Rev. Margie Crawford (Midwest); Rev. David Kim (Central Bay); Rev. Anita Hahn (Northern Waters); and Rev. Scott Harmon (Northern Skies).
CROSSROADS DISTRICT … A congregation supports their pastor. The bus from Flint to Traverse City was on the road June 3. Passengers prayed for those worshiping at Court Street while they travelled to attend worship at Annual Conference  to celebrate the ordination of the Rev. Christy Miller Black. See more at Court Street UMC.

GRAND TRAVERSE DISTRICT … Native American congregations welcomed Annual Conference goers for dinner on Friday evening. Those who traveled to Charlevoix enjoyed drumming and dancing at Greensky Hill Indian United Methodist Church.

MICHIGAN MINISTRIES … Outgoing Board of Ordained Ministry Chair, the Rev. Sherri Swanson, is congratulated by the Rev. John Boley (left) and Bishop David Bard. Sherri received the Lynn Grimes Spirit Award on Saturday during a Celebration of the Journey of Ministry.

LANSING DISTRICT … During his introduction as Lansing (soon to be Mid-Michigan) District Superintendent, the Rev. Dr. Jerome DeVine helped conference members re-enact a gospel story on the Sea of Galilee. The “vintage oar” was then given to Bishop Bard.MICHIGAN UM CAMPING … Members of Annual Conference gather at the “firebowl” at Saturday evening’s Camp Ministries Dinner. Diners learned that United Methodist sites hosted 22,000 participants in 2017.



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