GR Metro Ministry Annual Meeting & Hands-On Ministry Showcase

Hands-On Ministry Showcase and Annual Meeting

Grand Rapids Metro Ministry invites you to their annual meeting at La Nueva Esperanza on Tuesday, Oct 24. Dinner will be served at 6pm followed by a program at 7pm. The program will showcase a number of the UMC related ministries that are doing work right here in the Grand Rapids area such as:

  • Thrive: A Refugee Support Program
  • Justice For Our Neighbors
  • Circles Grand Rapids
  • Reading is Fundamental of Greater Grand Rapids
  • Native American Elders Program
  • Community Ministries at Trinity UMC

This is a GREAT opportunity to learn about the work being done locally and how you can get involved. Plus, it’s a great way to network with all the wonderful folks who are working to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the Grand Rapids area.

Advance RSVPs are requested for dinner.

RSVP HERE or via email to Holly Downer at

After the program, we will hold the business portion of the Grand Rapids Metro Ministry meeting where we will vote on our Board of Directors and budget. Per our bylaws, all United Methodist Churches in the Greater Grand Rapids area are eligible to vote at our annual meeting. Each church may designate one person to vote on behalf of their congregation.

Hersey UMC 150th Anniversary Celebration

Hersey United Methodist Church, 200 W 2nd St, Hersey, MI 49639 invites you to join us on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 10:50am for our 150th Anniversary Celebration of the first Quarterly Meeting of the Mecosta/Osceola Mission that was on September 1, 1867, held in the John Gerhardt home, located west of Hersey and south of Reed City.

Soon a log church was built on the Christoph  Schwalm homestead then owned by Adam Ruppert .  Henry Bittner, John Gerhardt, Phillip Nagel and John Pheffer came in 1862.  A year later Christoph Schwalm, F. Fulmermhouser,  the six Faist brothers and the Finkbeiner brothers came to this area when it was still part of Mecosta County.  As Osceola County grew, the early families of this group also spread out forming other Evangelical churches.  Hersey was in 1867, Evart in 1873, Maple Hill in 1875, Reed City in 1879, Leroy 1885 and Pinora in 1885. In 1867, Henry Bittner, from the Ohio Conferences, was chosen as the lay leader of this local German-speaking group of the Evangelical Society.

You are invited to attend this service of praise and thanksgiving if have any connection to these early families.  Please plan to attend so that you can be a representative of your early family and be proud of your Heritage.

CAMPMEETING, The Chippewa Indian UMC


The Church on the Hill

The Chippewa Indian UMC will host a CAMPMEETING from August 27 to September 4, 2017 at 7529 E. Tomah Road, Mt. Pleasant, MI.

There will be morning, afternoon and evening services, with a Children’s Service at 4:00 pm.

Meals are donations.

Please see the flyer below for additional details:

Chippewa UMC Camp Mtg 2017

Please contact Rev. Owen White-Pigeon (989) 621-8867 or Rob White-Pigeon (989) 621-8868 for additional information.

Northport Indian UMC Summer Camp Meeting

Northport Indian UMC

8626 N Manitou Trl
Northport, MI

Summer Camp Meeting
August 10 – 13, 2017

Our guest speaker is Larry “Grizz” Brown, pastor and recording artist of Cherokee and Creek heritage. He received Jesus Christ as
Savior and Lord at age 17 after having been severely beaten and left for dead. His ministry of music and testifying began during his healing process and has taken him all over the United States, parts of Europe, South Africa and Mexico.
He and his beautiful late wife Dawn Brown have recorded two CDs “Out Of The Rainshadow,” which received a Native American Music Association nomination, and “Not Held Captive.”
Larry has pastored Apple Valley Foursquare Church in Apple Valley, CA since January 2005 and has been the leader of Rainshadow Fellowship since October 2003.

Primitive Camping is Free! Just Contact Us for Reservations—Phone: 231-715-1280
The meetings are nightly Thursday through Saturday.
5:00 pm — Pot Luck Meal.
6:30 pm — Hymn Sing.
7:00 pm — Special Music with RainSong and others.
7:30 pm — Guest Speaker: Larry Brown
9:00 pm — More Food and Fellowship.
Final Meeting at the campground: 11:00 am — Sunday morning with a meal following.

Grilled Chicken Dinner – Casco UMC

The Casco UMC Grilled Chicken Dinner will be held

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

at the

Casco United Methodist Church

located at 880 66th Street in South Haven (corner of 109th & 66th).

The dinner will be served buffet style


5 p.m. to 7 p.m.



Grilled Chicken

Cole Slaw

Baked Beans



Homemade Dessert

& Beverage!


The cost per person is:

$12 adult

$7 Youth (5-12 yrs)

under 5 – Free

Dine-In or Carry-Out

Purchase tickets at the church office (269-227-3328 M-TH 9am – 1 pm)

See you there!

“Hungry For Christ” Mobile Food Pantry – February 13th

The next opportunity to offer the “Hungry For Christ” Mobile Food Pantry at our Church is Monday, February 13, at 3:00 p.m. at Casco United Methodist Church, 880 66th Street (corner of 109th & 66th Streets), South Haven, MI 49090.

If you would like to volunteer or you know someone who needs food, please contact the church office at 269-227-3328.

157 Anniversary Heritage Weekend Celebration at Marne UMC

Marne UMC, one of West Michigan’s pioneer Methodist congregations, will observe its 157th anniversary the weekend of October 22 & 23, 2016.

Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

Amaryllis – In Concert

The church’s Heritage Weekend celebration will open on Saturday evening, October 22nd, with a sanctuary concert held at Marne UMC 14861 Washington Street, Marne, MI 49436 featuring the popular Michigan folksingers, Amaryllis, who just returned from a 3-week concert tour in France.

Sunday, October 23, 2016 beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Special Worship Service

The celebration continues Sunday morning, the 23rd, with a special worship service featuring highlights of the church’s colorful history, followed by a traditional Methodist potluck dinner.

Both events are free and open to the public. All are welcome.