Western Waters District Conference

The first Western Waters District Conference took place via Zoom on Saturday, May 13. The purpose of this conference was to vote on the proposed 6-month budget and leadership roster for the new Western Waters District. The recording and minutes are below along with all the voting items. Minutes  View the recorded Western Waters District… Continue Reading Western Waters District Conference

DS Margie Crawford’s Farewell Gathering

The Farewell Gathering for DS Margie Crawford was held on Sunday, April 30 at Grand Rapids Trinity UMC. The worship service was recorded: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1VrMW6OgFE Below are photos from Sunday’s event:      

Free Used Clergy Robes and Stoles

Most sleeves are 33” long and robes are 56-57″ in length. If interested, please contact Mara Marsman for pick up in Grand Rapids or to make other arrangements.        

ReadGR Distributed 45,000 books in 2021

ReadGR successfully distributed over 45,000 free books to children in Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas this year through a combination of school, food distribution, park, and pop-up events, in addition to our Book Pantries. Our focus, as always, is on creating a more equitable literacy landscape in the Grand Rapids area. To that end,… Continue Reading ReadGR Distributed 45,000 books in 2021

Wesley Fellowship at GVSU

Vision: The Wesley Fellowship at GVSU is an inclusive community enabling individuals to grow in faith and social justice.  Mission: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by welcoming and affirming, equipping, challenging, the mind, heart and spirit. Values: Open Doors, Open Hearts and Open Minds. Inclusive, Accepting, and Committed… Continue Reading Wesley Fellowship at GVSU

Leadership Opportunities to Deepen Your Involvement in UMW 

Has your spiritual gifts inventory revealed a desire to provide hospitality, serving others, shepherding, or being a helper? United Methodist Women have opportunities to use these gifts on the District United Methodist Women Team. Positions available are:    ► Vice President/Program Coordinator: Coordinates District events with the help of the leadership team and fills in… Continue Reading Leadership Opportunities to Deepen Your Involvement in UMW 

Easter is Coming

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We are about to relive the most anguishing moments in our Savior’s life.  Maundy Thursday is still the night that I wish hadn’t occurred.  The celebration of that particular Seder meal had to be bittersweet for Jesus and the disciples.  This is the night that Hebrews celebrated each year, commemorating the promise that God made… Continue Reading Easter is Coming

Ash Wednesday & Lenten Resources

Michigan Conference website Lenten Resources page is HERE Bishop Bard has also offered some recommendations for the observance of Ash Wednesday — Click here to view The Lent Kit project below and pictured was submitted by Rev. Ryan Wieland, pastor at Grandville UMC. Lent Kits will be delivered by volunteers on February 15. Each kit… Continue Reading Ash Wednesday & Lenten Resources

God’s Call

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When I first began my journey toward becoming a pastor, I was asked to share my call story frequently.  I remember my first meeting with my District Superintendent, now Bishop Linda Lee.  As we sat in her office, she invited me to share how I heard the Lord asking me to serve.  Over the next… Continue Reading God’s Call

COVID-19 Resources

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Click HERE for a very useful and thorough COVID-19 resource list curated by Rev. Dean Prentiss, pastor at Wesley Park UMC There is also much information on the Michigan Conference website page Health Risk Management page HERE Guidelines on how to count online worship attendance HERE The weekly Midwest District E-Newsletter is also a resource with… Continue Reading COVID-19 Resources

Midwest District