Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop

On Saturday, April 21, Cornerstone UMC: 84th Street Campus will host a Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop from 9:00 AM–1:00 PM. Registration is from 8-9 AM. This half-day, three-session workshop is designed to help congregations catch a vision for strengthening their caring ministry through equipping laypeople as caregivers. During this event, participants will also develop care-giving skills they can use right away. The cost of this workshop is $15 per person or $50 for a group of four or more from the same congregation. For more information or to register for this half-day Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop, call Stephen Ministries at (314) 428-2600 or visit www.stephenministry.org/workshop.

Register ⇒ HERE

Michigan Conference Protection Policy Training

Heritage, Sand Lake and South Ensley UMCs will be hosting an Protection Policy Training on Saturday, March 24 from 8:30am – 12:30pm at Heritage UMC (19931 W Kendaville Road, Pierson, MI 49339).  If you would like to attend, please let Anika Kasper know at anikakasper@gmail.com so she can plan for materials.

Early Response Team Training

Early Response Teams (ERT) are an active part of the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission
(UMVIM) program. The ERT program trains individuals to go into a community or area for three days
after a natural disaster has hit to help families begin the process of putting their lives back in order.
The work of the ERT is to “Be a Caring Christian Presence in the aftermath of a disaster”. This
happens through working with families to make their home and yard safe by picking up debris, tarping
roofs, removing and sorting items that were harmed, tearing out damaged carpet and dry wall. It may
also include mucking out a basement, or cleaning where mold has begun to grow. It is a ministry of
caring for those who have been affected by a disaster through offering help which begins their journey
back to normal.

If you believe that working for three days of intense sharing, caring, sorting, sifting
and lifting sounds like a ministry for you, then consider this training event. If you have already taken
the basic course, but your certification has lapsed, this course will cover your recertification.

An ERT Training Event is an 8 hour day of learning the history, mission and purpose of being a part of
an Early Response Team. During this time you will learn about working with victims of natural
disasters, how to help them in this time, what we do as volunteers, and what we do not do. You will
have an opportunity to try tarping a roof, scrubbing a wall, or deciding how much drywall to cut out of
a house that has been harmed by flooding. You will get a basic idea about site safety and the seven
roles that are needed for each team. After training, you will receive a Manual, a t-shirt, and a badge
signifying that you have been trained to go into an area after the First Responders have done their work
and deemed it safe for volunteers to enter.

The cost of the training is $35 per person. The thirty-five dollars covers your Training Manual, T-Shirt,
Badge, lunch and snacks.

For a registration packet, please call:

10/28/17
Stevensville United Methodist Church
5506 Ridge Rd
Stevensville, MI 49127

Contact: Bob McCormick
810-357-5617
mccor1958@gmail.com

Registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017.  Earlier is better.

 

GR District: Early Response Team (ERT) Training

Early Response Team Training Basic Course

Early Response Teams (ERT) are an active part of the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) program. The ERT program trains individuals to go into a community or area where a natural disaster has struck to help families begin the process of putting their lives back in order. ERT’s follow emergency responder’s work and the authorization of the District Emergency Management Agency.

The work of the ERT is to “Be a Caring Christian Presence in the aftermath of a disaster.” This happens through working with families to make their home and yard safe by picking up debris, tarping roofs, removing and sorting items that were harmed, tearing out damaged carpet and dry wall. It may also include mucking out a basement, or cleaning where mold has begun to grow. It is a ministry of caring for those who have been affected by a disaster through offering help which begins their journey back to normal. If you believe that working for three days of intense sharing, caring, sorting, sifting and lifting sounds like a ministry for you, then consider this training event.

If you have already taken the basic course, but your certification has lapsed, this course will cover your re-certification.

  • Where: Cornerstone Church, 1675 – 84th St SE Caledonia, MI 49316
  • When: Saturday, May 6, 2017 (9am-5pm)
  • Cost: $30 – Includes ERT Manual, Snacks, Lunch, Badge, and T-Shirt

For more information or to reserve your place, please contact Dan O’Malley at Cornerstone Church dano@cornerstonemi.org, 616.915.6301 or email Bob Freysinger (Trainer) at pastorrjf913@yahoo.com. A registration packet will be mailed or emailed to you.

Registration deadline is May 2

Blue Water District District Conference and Training Day

Saturday, September 17th* at Sandusky: First UMC  is when the the Blue Water District training and conference with the ministry fair will be held.

Training – Classes will focus this year on missions.

Grants and Loans – All the information you need regarding grants and loans that are available from the Blue Water District to support your ministries and missions.

MissionInsite – An overview on what MissionInsite is and how it can be used to better understand the people and needs of your community.

Conflict Resolution – The Rule of Christ, A Matthew 18 Conflict Resolution Application Model for the Church
The presence of conflict in our world today is often is a sign that the involved parties do not know a healthy or constructive alternative to their behavior. Sometimes being in conflict is a form of relating to one another, a kind of backhanded expression of caring. Other times people lack skills to get past feeling stuck in a conflict. Westerners typically approach conflict with an assumption that a solution is one of two opposite options. There is a better way! It’s found in Matthew 18:15-20!

Sabbath Time – Why Sabbath time is vital for clergy and for laity. How to support and encourage proper Sabbath time for your pastor and leadership.

Mission Intern – Here from a young adult who has served as part of the Mission Intern program. See how the program can impact both the intern and your local church.

Ministry Fair – Churches, this is your chance to share your outreach ministry in your community. You will have the opportunity to not only share the ministry of your church but see those of fellow churches in the Blue Water District.

District Conference – All pastors and church lay leaders should plan on attending. Your vote is your voice! There will be a time of sharing by Rev. Elizabeth Hill, District Superintend, and various committees/teams. We will be voting on the 2017 budget and nominations.

Guest Speaker – Rev. Paul Perez, Detroit Conference Director for Mission and Justice Engagement and Leadership, is the guest speaker.

Lunch provided. Click here to register. Deadline to register for the training portion is Sunday, September 11, 2016.

Check back for updates.

*This date is dependent on the new Bishop’s schedule and subject to change.

Blue Water District Conference & Training Day

The Blue Water District (BWD) Conference and Training Day will be held together this year. For the first time! The schedule for the day is as follows.

8:30 am: Registration
9:00 am: Opening
9:15 am: Session 1
10:15 am: Session 2
11:15 am: Session 3
12:00 pm: Lunch
Lunch will be available for a small fee ($5).
1:00 pm: District Conference
2:00 pm: Keynote Speaker – Rev. Dr. Jerry DeVine, Detroit Conference Director of Connectional Ministies
2:45 pm: Communion and Closing

The classes available during each session are:

Church Finance: In this session, you will learn how to set up proper church books and how to handle your legal requirements. You will also receive information on possible tax credits, requirements for annual giving receipts, and much more.
United Methodist Foundation (UMF): What is the UMF and how can they work both the local church and it’s members. They help set up endowment funds and also help with church and personal budgets as well as investing.
Camping and Retreats: Come learn about what resources for camping and retreats are available for our membership and churches.
Finding Time for Fitness: Rev. Matt Osborne, pastor of Sandusky: First UMC, will share his personal weight loss journey. How did he do it? How did his faith assist him in his journey?
Parish Nursing Ministry: Parish nurses are licensed, registered nurses who practice holistic health for self, individuals and the community using nursing knowledge combined with spiritual care. They function in paid and unpaid positions as members of the pastoral team in a variety of religious faiths, cultures, and countries.
Building Healthy Relationships: Our keynote speaker will be teaching about building healthy relationships in our communities including reaching out to those who are different from us and being aware of our differences.

Click here to register online or click here for a download brochure and registration form. Registration closes September 13, 2015. Childcare is available.