Farewell Service & Reception for Bill Haggard

A farewell service and reception for retiring Grand Rapids District Superintendent, Bill Haggard is Sunday, May 6 from 3-5pm at Georgetown UMC (2766 Baldwin St., Jenison, 49428). All GR District clergy and laity are invited and encouraged to attend the special service and reception being planned by the GR District Superintendency Committee. Questions? Please contact Liz in the GR District Office at 616.459.4503 or lbode@michiganumc.org.

New District #4 Organizing Conference

New District #4 will not be an official entity until July 1, 2018, but much work needs to be done in order to facilitate this change!  District #4 is one of the new nine Districts in the Michigan Conference. New District #4 includes 91 churches, 80 charges in the middle to west, central part of our state.

An organizing conference for New District #4 will be held on Sunday, April 22 from 4-5:30pm at Greenville UMC (204 West Cass Street, Greenville, MI  48838). Please plan to attend if you are clergy or laity in a local church that will become part of New District #4.  No RSVP’s are necessary! New District #4 DS Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford and current GR DS Rev. Bill Haggard will lead this important organizing conference. Please bring a small container of water from your area, preferably from a lake, river, or steam. It will be used for a remembrance of baptism during this conference. 

View District #4 churches → HERE

At the organizing conference leaders will be elected for the following Discipline required areas:

  1. Superintendency Committee (5-9 persons)
  2. District Committee on Ministry (7-12 persons)
  3. District Board of Church Location & Building (7-10 people)

And this initial team along with these positions:

  1. Vision Team (8-12) persons who will serve as the leadership body as we determine what we need going forward)
  2. Co-Lay Leaders (2)
  3. Treasurer (hopefully a volunteer who can care for the administration of the District budget as all Districts become incorporated)

Also on the agenda will be the selection of a name for District #4. District #4 is comprised of parts of 3 prior Districts (Grand Rapids, Grand Traverse, Heartland).

The names under consideration for New District #4 are below:

  • Grand West District
  • West Grand District
  • Midwest Grand District
  • Grand Midwest District
  • Great Rivers District

Questions? Please contact Liz in the GR District Office at lbode@michiganumc.org or 616.459.4503.

GR District Winter 2018 Lay Servant Classes

Winter 2018 Lay Servant Classes

Middleville UMC

Classes Offered:

  • Basic
  • Advanced: Leading in Prayer
  • Advanced: Search for Understanding/Children of Abraham (combination)

Fee is $25 per person and includes lunch/materials for both days. Registration is accomplished by contacting Jody Pratt and begins November 1, 2017 and ends January 1, 2018. Questions? Please contact Jody Pratt at prattgji09@gmail.com or call 269.792.0481 or 616.292.4908. Click HERE for a reminder flyer to print/post.

Grand Rapids District Jubilee Celebration

Celebrating 50 Years of Vibrant Ministry

Join the celebration on Saturday, January 27 from 9am-Noon at GR First UMC. A worship service is planned to celebrate the ministry of the Grand Rapids District as the Michigan Area becomes one new conference. Bishop Laurie Haller will be part of the worship celebration! The Jubilee concludes with a buffet luncheon for $8.

Click HERE to register for this special event!

GR District Winter 2018 Lay Servant Classes

Winter 2018 Lay Servant Classes

Middleville UMC
Saturday’s January 13 and February 3

(Feb. 17 is alternate date due to inclement weather cancellation)

Classes Offered:

  • Basic
  • Advanced: Leading in Prayer
  • Advanced: “Faith Club” — Search for Understanding/Children of Abraham (combination)

Fee is $25 per person and includes lunch/materials for both days. Registration is through Jody Pratt.  Questions? Please contact Jody Pratt at prattgji09@gmail.com or call 269.792.0481 or 616.292.4908. Deadline to register is January 1, 2018.  Flyer

Smart Money – LIVE STREAM

Nov. 7, 2017 @ 8:00pm ET @ Coopersville UMC, 105 68th Ave. N, Coopersville, MI  49404

What if all your money questions could be answered in just one night, and all that was required of you was a desire to learn and an internet connection? The Smart Money Live-Stream Experience will give you the proven plan for dumping debt and building wealth in seven steps, all from the comfort of your own home. You’ll get a clear vision for your family’s financial future while learning to work together and communicate more effectively with your spouse. Join Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze for this one-night-only event that will change you and the trajectory of your life forever! If you’re interested in learning more about the class, contact PamStammis@yahoo.com!

 

GR District Fall 2017 Lay Servant Classes

Rockford UMC
Tuesday’s, October 3, 10,1 7, 24
$25 fee includes your materials

7-9pm (Oct. 3 start time is 6:45pm to accommodate registration)

Classes Offered:

  • Basic Class: (Keith Caldwell, instructor)
  • Advanced Class: Wesleyan Heritage (Jody Pratt/Sara Wolfsen, instructors)
  • Advanced Class: Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation (Don Williams, instructor)

Registration is by phone or email to Jody Pratt, and begins August 1. Deadline to register is September 15. Classes must have at least 10 participants to be held. Questions? Please contact Jody Pratt via email prattgji09@gmail.com or phone 616.292.4908. Click HERE for reminder flyer to print/post.

GR Metro Ministry Annual Meeting & Hands-On Ministry Showcase

Hands-On Ministry Showcase and Annual Meeting

Grand Rapids Metro Ministry invites you to their annual meeting at La Nueva Esperanza on Tuesday, Oct 24. Dinner will be served at 6pm followed by a program at 7pm. The program will showcase a number of the UMC related ministries that are doing work right here in the Grand Rapids area such as:

  • Thrive: A Refugee Support Program
  • Justice For Our Neighbors
  • Circles Grand Rapids
  • Reading is Fundamental of Greater Grand Rapids
  • Native American Elders Program
  • Community Ministries at Trinity UMC

This is a GREAT opportunity to learn about the work being done locally and how you can get involved. Plus, it’s a great way to network with all the wonderful folks who are working to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the Grand Rapids area.

Advance RSVPs are requested for dinner.

RSVP HERE or via email to Holly Downer at Holly@GRMetroMinistry.org.

After the program, we will hold the business portion of the Grand Rapids Metro Ministry meeting where we will vote on our Board of Directors and budget. Per our bylaws, all United Methodist Churches in the Greater Grand Rapids area are eligible to vote at our annual meeting. Each church may designate one person to vote on behalf of their congregation.

GR District Fall 2017 Lay Servant Classes

Rockford UMC
Tuesday’s, October 3, 10,1 7, 24
$25 fee includes your materials

7-9pm (Oct. 3 start time is 6:45pm to accommodate registration)

Classes Offered:

  • Basic Class: (Keith Caldwell, instructor)
  • Advanced Class: Wesleyan Heritage (Jody Pratt/Sara Wolfsen, instructors)
  • Advanced Class: Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation (Don Williams, instructor)

Registration is by phone or email to Jody Pratt, and begins August 1. Deadline to register is September 15. Classes must have at least 10 participants to be held. Questions? Please contact Jody Pratt via email prattgji09@gmail.com or phone 616.292.4908. Click HERE for reminder flyer to print/post.

GR District Fall 2017 Lay Servant Classes

Rockford UMC
Tuesday’s, October 3, 10,1 7, 24
$25 fee includes your materials

7-9pm (Oct. 3 start time is 6:45pm to accommodate registration)

Classes Offered:

  • Basic Class: (Keith Caldwell, instructor)
  • Advanced Class: Wesleyan Heritage (Jody Pratt/Sara Wolfsen, instructors)
  • Advanced Class: Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation (Don Williams, instructor)

Registration is by phone or email to Jody Pratt, and begins August 1. Deadline to register is September 15. Classes must have at least 10 participants to be held. Questions? Please contact Jody Pratt via email prattgji09@gmail.com or phone 616.292.4908. Click HERE for reminder flyer to print/post.