Why Water Matters

Registration has begun for Why Water Matters, an ecumenical summit offering workshops, worship, and presentations from United Methodist bishops, Native American activists, professors, and ecumenical faith leaders. Bishop David Bard and Rev. Paul Perez, Michigan Area, are among the speakers.

The summit will be held November 16-18, 2017 at Embassy Suites Airport, 7901 34th Ave S,  Minneapolis, MN.

Other keynotes and presenters include Bishop Sally Dyck, Bishop Bruce Ough, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Dr. Randy Woodley, Lionel Little Eagle Pinn, John Hill, Rev. E. Michelle Ledder, and Laura Pfeffer.

This summit will provide a theological foundation for environmental action, teach faith and community leaders to engage in direct communication with government agencies and commercial companies that oversee the care of bodies of water, offer tools for creating effective solidarity with Native American spiritual and tribal leaders whose source/s of water has become threatened, and empower individuals to create an action plan for water advocacy and/or sustainability in their local communities.

Register before September 1st for the early bird rate ($175). Registration after September 1st is $195 and increases to $225 after October 15th. Registration includes the cost of dinner on Thursday and lunch and dinner on Friday. On-site registration is available Nov. 16th from 3-5 pm. The event begins with dinner Thursday at 5:30 PM and ends Saturday Nov. 18th at noon. Hotel reservations can be made with group code WAS. Limited scholarship funds are available. Priority is given to young adults, Native American attendees or other ethnic representatives. Contact Rev. Adrienne Sparrow Trevathan for information.

Why Water Matters was created in response to the crisis at Standing Rock, and further inspired by the continued need for faithful education and action for water justice. This event has been planned by Native American clergy and laity, with the hopes of creating an inter-generational opportunity for solidarity and transformation. The leadership team encourages each annual conference to bring a small group, including at least one young adult. To learn more, visit www.whywatermatters.org.

Click here to register.

Lord Teach Us to Pray Seminar

Crossr0ads District UMC Flint and Aldersgate Renewal Ministries will host a one-day seminar where you will:

Experience Spirit-filled prayer

Learn Lessons from Jesus’ prayer life

Gain practical tools for prayer

Overcome obstacles in prayer

This seminar will be held November 4, 2017 at Calvary UMC, 2111 Flushing Road, Flint, MI from 9:00am – 4:30pm with registration beginning at 8:30am.  The $25.00 fee includes a workbook and lunch

Flyer and registration information here:

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For additional information, please call Rev. Jim Britt at 810.282.8081

Please mail check and registration to:

Denise Britt, Registrar

2327 Limestone Drive

Flushing, MI 48433

On-line PaPal payment of $27.00 is available at Flintcalvary@gmail.com

Deadline is Monday, October 30 to reserve lunch.  Walk-ins welcome, however lunch will not be provided.



First United Methodist Church, 215 S. Center Ave, Gaylord, MI  49735
Monday & Tuesday, October 16-17, 2017

Detroit Conference & West Michigan Conference Mission u & the Conference Board of
Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church CORDIALLY invite men & women to:
2017 Mission u Studies – A study, fellowship and worship experience

“Learning Together for the Transformation of the World”
Mission Conferences of the UMC in the US by J. Ann Craig (Geographic Study)
This study gives an overview of the 3 missionary conferences in the UMC: The Alaska United Methodist
Conference, Red Bird Missionary Conference, and the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. What does
the future look like for these conferences? Study Leader: Rev. Julie Yoder Elmore

Living as a Covenant Community by Evy McDonald (Spiritual Growth Study)
This study examines major covenants throughout the Bible and what they reveal about God’s character and
eternal love for us. It will enhance your understanding of how God works with us, in us, and through us.
Study Leader: Rev. Deborah Johnson

Climate Justice: A Call to Hope & Action edited by Pat Watkins (Social Action Study)
We live on a small blue planet in the midst of a mind-bogglingly huge universe. It is a fragile planet, and it’s
the only one we have to call home. Our responsibility is to learn how to live in right relationship with God,
each other, and with the earth itself. Study Leader: Nichea VerVeer Guy

MISSION u of the NORTH – First UMC, Gaylord, MI
Choices for studies: (Everyone attends Spiritual Growth study.)
Mark your 1st & 2nd choice: ______“UMC Missionary Conferences in the US” or _______ “Climate Justice”
Note: Classes are limited to 25 persons. Class assignment is based on order of receipt of registrations.
Check if appropriate: _____Diabetic _____Vegetarian _____1st time attendee
SEND THE REGISTRATION FORM AND $65 FEE (which includes 3 meals) TO:
Tiffany Crawford, 800 E. Hull Rd., Hope, MI 48628 (989-429-9418)
Email: missionuofthenorth@yahoo.com
* * * * * * * * * * *
Celebrating 38 Years of Mission Learning!
EVERYTHING you ever wanted to know about Mission u of the North without even asking!
(Attendance at Mission u is by pre-registration.)
WHERE: First United Methodist Church, Gaylord, MI – 215 S. Center St., Gaylord, MI, 49735
989-732-5380 – The church is handicap accessible.
TIME: Registration at 9:00 am on Monday, October 16, 2017- gathering at 9:30 in sanctuary
Conclusion at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
LODGING: The Baymont Hotel has a block of rooms reserved for us with a special price of $67.99 + tax if register before October 1st using the group ID number of 1015MN. This is the best price in the area!
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 9, 2017 Make checks payable to: Mission u of the North
(There are no refunds after that date, but substitutions will be accepted.)
SCHOLARSHIPS: Limited scholarships of $35.00 each are available for first time attendees. Contact the registrar for details. Please also see if your local UMW unit will help defray costs.
DEPENDENT CARE: For the fourth year, dependent care reimbursement is being offered @ $20.00/day – contact the registrar for details. (Includes children & dependent adults)
RESOURCE TABLE: UMW Reading Program & Mission u study books will be for sale during Mission u. However, it is recommended that study books be purchased (and read!) prior to Mission u, either from District Annual UMW Celebrations or from the Service Center: 1-800-305-9857 or www.missionresources.org
SPECIAL OFFERING: Divided between Alaska, Red Bird, & Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conferences.
Make checks payable to “Mission u of the North”.
WORKSHOPS: Additional learning opportunities include: Rev. Fowler – Cass Community Social Services; Randy Hildebrandt – God’s Cooperative Parish; Rose Simmons – UM Community House in Grand Rapids; Della Wilder – Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, Illinois
MONDAY NIGHT PROGRAM: Rev. Faith Fowler on “Tiny Houses”. This program will be open to anyone who wants to attend “free of charge”, and a free-will donation/offering will be taken to benefit this Cass Community Social Services UMC project.
IN-GATHERING: Baby items for the New Life Pregnancy Resource Center in Gaylord.
Items needed are: * Newborn: mittens, diapers, 1 piece sleepers (sizes up to 3 mos.); outfits * Preemies: mittens, diapers * Diapers – sizes 4-6 *Outfits – sizes up to 2T

To serve United Methodist – MEN and WOMEN – in the Michigan area;
To challenge, involve and commit us ALL in the area of global responsibility.

Healing Prayer Training

If you have been curious about the power of prayer and healing or would like to explore this topic in more depth, we would love for you to join us!

Kzoo Prayer Center offers training to anyone interested in learning more about healing prayer or increasing connection to healing prayer. Training consists of short presentation of topics, discussion, and small group activities. This is an introductory program designed to release the power that is within you and see this model in practice.

You should attend if:

* You are curious about the power of prayer in healing.

* You feel called to healing and want to explore the concepts.

* You are interested in providing healing in your church or organization.

* You participate in a healing center and want to increase your connection.

Training is free and is available to individuals, churches, prayer groups, and other Christian organizations. You may register at KzooPrayer.org.

The training includes the four teachings and impartation:

* The Biblical Basis for Healing

* A Model for Healing Prayer

* Roadblocks to Healing

* The Authority of the Believer & The Anointing

When:    Friday, September 29 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm and September 30 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where:   Pathfinder Church, 8740 S. Westnedge, Portage, MI, 49097

Lunch:   On your own

Lodging:  Email Prayer@KzooPrayer.org.

AWAKEN! Wake up! Worship! What’s Next?

Bishop Carcaño, Wilson, Hawn
among featured leaders at Awaken 2017
Biennial convocation of The Fellowship
to be held July 24-27 in Little Rock, Arkansas

As the city of Little Rock, AR, commemorates the historic 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine and the journey toward desegregation, The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts will gather to explore what it means to engage in transformative worship in communities that are full of complexities, conflicts, and politics during its biennial convocation.

Titled “Awaken 2017: Wake up! Worship. What’s next?,” the convocation is a unique event for musicians, dancers, visual artists, preachers, and all who seek to serve God’s people by designing and leading participatory worship experiences.

It will be held July 24-27, 2017, at the Little Rock Marriott and other nearby venues.
During the event, attendees will gather for daily worship in addition to learning through a wide variety of seminars and hands-on experiences, as well as numerous choral reading sessions. A highlight of the event will be a panel discussion on the Little Rock Nine held at Philander Smith College, a historically Black college affiliated with The United Methodist Church.

“Our world has not yet been purged of the prejudice and exclusion that led to the events at Central High School in Little Rock nearly 60 years ago,” said Laura Jaquith Bartlett, president of The Fellowship. “As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to wake up to the injustices still at work in the world around us. When we worship — as we will frequently at this convocation — we are shaped anew into the Christian community that together explores the question, ‘What’s

Featured leaders at Awaken 2017 include:
• Bishop Minerva Carcaño, currently serving as Resident Bishop of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church;
• Rev. Lisa Yebuah, Campus Pastor at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina;
• Rev. Cynthia Wilson, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Students, and Director for the Garrett-Evangelical Center for Music and Worship in the Black Church Experience;
• Dr. C. Michael Hawn, Director of the Master of Sacred Music Program and University Distinguished Professor of Church Music at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University;
• Tom Trenney, Minister of Music of First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, and widely recognized choral composer.
“Convocation is all about our name – The Fellowship,” said Brad Kisner, co-chair of the Awaken 2017 Design Team along with his wife, Jane Kisner. “We fellowship through worship, singing new music, sharing meals, meeting new colleagues, renewing longtime friendships and renewing our souls. We get our spiritual batteries charged as we return to our local congregations to lead worship.”
Early bird registration for Awaken 2017 will open on October 25, 2016. For more information or to register for the event, visit http://www.umfellowship.org/Awaken2017.

About The Fellowship:
Founded in 1956 to support musicians in The United Methodist Church, The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts has grown to include worship artists, clergy, and laity involved in all aspects of worship from a variety of denominations and experiences.

The Fellowship exists to assist worship leaders in creating meaningful worship experiences that bring people into deeper relationships with God and each other. The mission of its members is to embrace God’s artistic gifts to create world-transforming worship. To learn more about The Fellowship, visit http://www.umfellowship.org.



Contact: Carla Swank Fox

License as a Local Pastor School ~ 2017

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry requires 80 hours of hands on teaching.  The school begins with a 40-hour-week intensive at Lake Huron Retreat Center beginning July 16 and ending July 20

There will be 4 weekend teachings (one Friday/Saturday a month in August, September, October and November) and the dates for those will be determined in July.  The November teaching weekend also includes the Sunday certification worship service. 

2017 MASLLP Registration and Information Packet (PDF)

Questions? Please contact Rev. Jeremy Wicks, LLPS Registrar, jeremy_wicks@yahoo.com


Human Trafficking Seminar

Thurs. MAY 18, 2017   6:30 pm

At Owosso First United Methodist Church

1500 N. Water St. Owosso, MI 48867

989-725-2201   firstumc@michonline.net

Michigan ranks No. 2 for human trafficking sex trade behind only Nevada. (2013)

Children are especially vulnerable:

40 percent of human trafficking cases involve the sexual exploitation of a child.

Between 100,000 and 300,000 children are at risk for sexual exploitation in the U.S. with an average age of 11 to 14 years old.

It is estimated that 76 percent of transactions for sex with underage girls start on the internet.      www.michigan.gov  2017

Trooper Steve Kramer of the Michigan State Police will present a one-hour power point lesson for parents & caregivers that will teach you warning signs & help educate you on how to prevent this tragedy from happening.

Everyone welcome for this FREE seminar (adults only).

Childcare will be provided on-site.

Human Trafficking Task Force of Shiawassee County

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Webinar–Relational Meeting: Christian Leaders in Search of Strength and Anger

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will be hosting a free webinar for clergy and religious leaders titled, “Relational Meeting: Christian Leaders in Search of Strength and Anger.” Led by Dr. Angela Cowser and Rev. Yehiel Curry, this webinar will discuss the theology of the relational meeting through Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan Woman at the Well. Participants will spend time exegeting that pericope through the lens of the relational meeting, provide practical application, and take away one to two concrete actions to apply to their ministry.

This webinar will be held on Tuesday, April 25 at 12 p.m. (CST).

Interested conference members can learn more and register at the Garrett Website 

180 Turnaround Church Conference

180 Turnaround Church Conference

MARCH 23, 2017

Join Redeemer United Methodist Church, 13980 Shavey Road, DeWitt, Michigan on March 23, 2017 for our 9th annual ­180 Turnaround Church Conference!

This all-day, reasonably priced teaching conference is designed to help pastors and church leaders get started and continue transitioning their congregation through change.

This conference offers a variety of workshops on a multitude of topics from strategic planning, volunteers, communications, leadership, hospitality, administrative structure, outreach and much more.

For more information

Generosity and Stewardship Conference – August 6-9, 2017

Lakeside Chautauqua will present the Generosity and Stewardship Conference on August 6-9, 2017.

Major keynote speakers include: The Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith, Executive Pastor of Generosity at Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City, KS, J. Clif Christopher, author and founder of Horizon and Bishop Ivan Abraham, former Presiding Bishop of  Methodist Church in Southern Africa.

Conference attendees will network and learn about growing the culture of generosity in their local church or organization.  Lakeside Chautauqua is located in Ohio along Lake Erie with a beautiful backdrop of spiritual opportunities, educational lectures, cultural arts performances and recreational activities.  www.lakesideohio.com/generosity.

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