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Bishop announces Area Communications team
Today Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey named a new Director of Communications for the Michigan Area, effective April 1. Mark Doyal will lead an Area team that includes Kay DeMoss, Valerie Mossman-Celestin and Jim Searls.... READ MORE

This camp opens dunes and doors
Lake Michigan Camp will open a new season with a new director. Saying, "The Spirit hangs out here!" Nick Delaney invites children, youth and families to Pentwater in the summer of 2013.... READ MORE
Create an ethos of graciousness   
Lovett H. Weems, Jr. will be the keynoter at the West Michigan Conference's "Inspiration Saturday," June 1. Here he shares secrets of success learned from his friend, Senior Executive of Hallmark Cards. ... READ MORE

Study of clergywomen
The Anna Howard Shaw Center embarked upon a second research project focused upon the experiences of UMC Clergywomen in the twenty-first century. The purpose of the second study was to determine, what if any changes in clergywomen’s ministerial experience occurred since the initial study two decades earlier. ... READ MORE

The Shroud of Turin
On March 27th, 2013 a full size accurate replica of the shroud will be on display at St. Francis Retreat Center 703 E. Main St. in DeWitt from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m with a presentation at 7:00 p.m. by a local shroud historian. Questions? Call the Retreat Center at 517-669-8321.

UMC online Courses: Build Online Bible Studies
April 3 – May 15 This online course is hands-on and will equip you with the skills you need to understand Moodle and prepare to build your own course. READ MORE.

Ed Mohr Memorial Scholarship
The West Michigan Town and Country Committee is accepting applications from current Seminary and Course of Study students. Click here to download pdf, also found on the WMC website.
The completed application can be emailed to Rev. Susan Olsen, revsolsen@hotmail.com, or postal mailed to to 175 Cherry Street, Freeport, MI 49325. Deadline is April 5.

Annual Community Rummage Sale
United Methodist Church of the Dunes women’s group will host its annual Community Rummage Sale fundraiser on Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., 717 Sheldon Rd, Grand Haven. 

Register now to Change the World
Register your service projects and they will appear on a map at the denomination’s seeker site. Learn more at umcom.org/changetheworld. Check out the Change the World site on Pinterest to see how The United Methodist Church is changing the world by being the hands and feet of Christ in their communities. READ MORE.

The NOMADS (Nomads on a Mission in Active Divine Service) reunion/work project will be held at Albright UMC Camp in Reed City from May 28 to June 1. For more information, go to www.nomadsumc.org or about the project email Joan and Gary Melvin at gjmelvin08@gmail.com.
Women helping women in Haiti
And the West Michigan Conference Council on Youth Ministries will help as well. The CCYM is preparing a Work Team to travel to Mizak in June to begin building HAPI's new Maternal Health Clinic.... READ MORE

Mission Discovery to Brazil

Two pastors from West Michigan, Matt and Cara Weiler, are leading a Mission Discovery Team to Brazil, July 12-22, 2013. Online registration may be done by clicking here. READ MORE

ERT training available

The job of the ERT is to “make homes and property safe, sanitary and secure…as a presence in the aftermath of disaster, they help families transition into a new reality.” Sign up today for training on either April 20 or June 22. ... READ MORE.
Why churches don't grow
No church members want to see their local congregation die. It would seem that their motivation to keep the church alive would be strong enough to overcome any obstacle, yet each year more churches close their doors while lamenting their fate. ... READ MORE.

Free UMC Cyber Campus
Training materials for annual conference Boards of Ordained Ministry and presentations from a churchwide sexual ethics summit are among the materials now available through the UMC Cyber Campus. ... READ MORE

"Right Start" in a new appointment
These video-based learning resources are designed to assist pastors and congregations as they prepare to finish their ministry with one congregation in transition. ... READ MORE

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