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Lay Servant Courses

Saturdays, March 4 & 11, 2023 9:30am-3:30pm Stevensville UMC (5506 Ridge Rd) Courses are free – order your own book and bring a sack lunch. You must attend all sessions to earn credit for the course. Registration deadline is February 27. Courses with fewer than 5 people will be canceled.   Basic Course Led by… Continue Reading Lay Servant Courses

Youth Member to Annual Conference

We are currently looking for a United Methodist Youth in the Greater Southwest District between the ages of 12 and 17 that might be interested in attending the Michigan Annual Conference in Traverse City from June 2-4, 2023 as part of the Lay Equalization members. The youth must be a professing member of The UMC… Continue Reading Youth Member to Annual Conference

Changing Church for a Changing World

POSTPONED UNTIL 2023 In the midst of a rapidly changing ministry landscape, Fresh Expressions invites you to join us for a day of envisioning the unique ways the Holy Spirit might be inviting you to step deeper into mission. In this interactive day of training on November 12 you will:   • Catalyze a vision… Continue Reading Changing Church for a Changing World

Lay Equalization Members

How can I attend and vote at Annual Conference as Laity?  In order to serve this role, you must be a member of The United Methodist Church for two years, and an active participant in The UMC for at least four years prior to your election (this is waived for those under 30). More information… Continue Reading Lay Equalization Members

Beyond Boxes

Beyond Boxes ~Rev. Dwayne Bagley, District Superintendent How often has someone encouraged the leadership of your church to “think outside the box” when the topic of reaching new people surfaces during a planning session, visioning retreat, or committee meeting? I’d guess that such encouragement comes frequently, but results in efforts that are not far removed… Continue Reading Beyond Boxes

2022 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 2022 Charge Conferences

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

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

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

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

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