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 using promo code: UMC. 2022 Growlers Baseball Flyer

Hopkins UMW Provides Re-Entry Kits

20 personal care bags on table

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

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

2021 Charge Conferences

All Fall conferences will be Charge Conferences, unless specific arrangements have been made. Who are the members of a charge conference? 2016 Book of Discipline ¶246.2 The membership of the charge conference shall be all members of the church council or other appropriate body, together with retired ordained ministers and retired diaconal ministers who elect… Continue Reading 2021 Charge Conferences

District Youth serve in Detroit

district youth mission team

Last week, a Mission Team made up of four youth and two adults served at Cass Community Social Services in Detroit. Justice and Zion from Three Rivers: Center Park UMC and Julia and Lincoln from Edwardsburg: Hope UMC were led by Pastor Matt West (Girard) and Corey Sheets (Hope). The team spent time in the… Continue Reading District Youth serve in Detroit