Farewell Service & Reception for Bill Haggard

A farewell service and reception for retiring Grand Rapids District Superintendent, Bill Haggard is Sunday, May 6 from 3-5pm at Georgetown UMC (2766 Baldwin St., Jenison, 49428). All GR District clergy and laity are invited and encouraged to attend the special service and reception being planned by the GR District Superintendency Committee. Questions? Please contact Liz in the GR District Office at 616.459.4503 or lbode@miumcarchive.org.

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 Holly@GRMetroMinistry.org.

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.

Ministry WITH the Poor: Experiential Training

Diverse gifts strengthen the Body of Christ, helping us become local agents for community development and reconciliation. Explore how multicultural ministry can take your church community to the next level. Whether you yearn to take the next step in reaching out to a community that is different from the people who sit in the pews on Sunday, or are already engaged in multicultural, multi-class ministry and desire for it to grow deeper, this experience is for you!

This experiential training will focus on:

  • Embracing Diversity
  • Building Relationships Deep & Wide
  • Creating a Racially Diverse/Income Diverse Congregation
  • Diverse and Welcoming Worship to Strengthen Your Community
  • Launching Outreach Programs that Use Local Assets to Address Community Concerns
  • Engaging Partners that Support and Sustain Your Ministries Housing Development.

Limited # of scholarships are available!! (When the scholarships are gone, they are gone. Register early!! Check website for details.)

Airport: Port Columbus International Airport

Lodging: Holiday Inn Downtown Capitol Square, 175 E Town St, Columbus, OH 43215. Room rate: $92.00 per day plus tax.


Basic Lay Servant Ministry Training: Lake Ann

Basic Course: This course is the foundation for all courses in Lay Servant Ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship. Please order your own book “Lay Servant Ministries” by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson at Bookstore.UpperRoom.org or 800.972.0433

  • BDR634
  • 978-08817-7634-8
  • now available for Kindle

Classes will be held on September 19 and October 3 at Lake Ann UMC starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. Participants must attend both sessions. Lunch is included.

Register now!