2022 Annual Conference

Based on Psalm 30, the 2022 Annual Conference focused on resiliency as our church journeys through pandemics, denominational, and social change. Find legislative results, materials and videos at 2022.michiganumc.org. District Highlights The Service of Recognition, Commissioning, and Ordination included these District clergy: Dan Colthorp & Nate Starkey – completed Course of Study Ian Boley & Mikki… Continue Reading 2022 Annual Conference

Summer Lay Servant Course

Course is free – order your own book and bring a sack lunch. You must attend all sessions to earn credit for the course. Courses with fewer than 5 people will be canceled. Called to Preach Saturdays, July 16 & 30 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Kalamazoo: Milwood UMC (3919 Portage St, Kalamazoo) Led by… Continue Reading Summer Lay Servant Course

Mission Evening

It’s Easy Being Green! Mission Evening Presented by the Climax United Women in Faith Visit stations to learn how your unit can become green! We invite you to present your progress and ideas. Scotts United Women in Faith will share information about their Food Pantry… perhaps you’d like to start one at your church! Hosted… Continue Reading Mission Evening

District Baseball Game


Join United Methodists from around the District at our annual Kalamazoo Growlers baseball game! Sunday, July 31 Gates open at 12:35, first pitch is at 1:35.  Reserved tickets: $10 includes hat, $20 includes all-you-can-eat buffet (from 12:35 until end of 4th inning). Purchase tickets online at GrowlersTickets.com using promo code: UMC. 2022 Growlers Baseball Flyer

The Living Legacy of an Idle Tale

The Living Legacy of an Idle Tale by Rev. Dwayne Bagley, Greater Southwest District Superintendent When I was young and full of grace and spirited as a rattlesnake, I was given the opportunity to become a filmmaker. As some of you already know, “opportunity” is probably the wrong word to use in this case. Since… Continue Reading The Living Legacy of an Idle Tale

Hopkins UMW Provides Re-Entry Kits

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Hopkins UMC United Methodist Women initiated a project to provide “re-entry” kits to inmates being released from the Allegan County Jail. Each kit contains personal care items, a pocket calendar, a pair of socks and/or gloves, a small treat and a card from our church. Funding for the project came from private donations, loose change offerings and… Continue Reading Hopkins UMW Provides Re-Entry Kits

2022 District Business

Thank you to the 42 people that voted for our District business. The results are as follows: 2022 District Leadership – 41 yes, 1 no 2022 District Narrative Budget – 41 yes, 1 abstain There are many opportunities to serve in District leadership. If you are interested in filling a vacancy, please email District Superintendent… Continue Reading 2022 District Business

4 Churches 4 Jesus

By Diane Grimm (Paw Paw UMC) & Leanne Fader (St. Paul’s UMC) September 2019… It all started over a cup of coffee, a prayer and four willing UMC lay people to think a bit out of the box. The first meeting was pre-pandemic and it was lead by Bob Graham, Administrative Council Chairperson at Paw… Continue Reading 4 Churches 4 Jesus

2021 District Ministry Shares

Thank you to all the churches that paid their 2021 District Ministry Shares! Through your support, we fulfilled our commitment to the Wesley Woods Camp and Retreat Center and the Wesley Foundation of Kalamazoo. Mission & Ministry grants and Fresh Expressions grants were awarded to ten churches for a variety of purposes, such as: hygiene… Continue Reading 2021 District Ministry Shares

Lay Equalization Members to AC

As District Lay Leader, I have the opportunity to invite 14 laity to be Equalization Members to Annual Conference. These people shall have been professing members of The UMC for at least two years and shall have been active participants in The UMC for at least four years (not required for those under 30 years… Continue Reading Lay Equalization Members to AC