Grand Traverse District

West Michigan Conference

United Methodist Church


Rev. Anita Hahn, District Superintendent

Aug 17
District Committee on Clergy/Laity Support & Development
Traverse City: Central UMC
12:30 p.m.

Aug 17
Grand Traverse District Leadership Council
Traverse City: Central UMC
3:00 p.m.

Aug 20
District Committee on Ministry
Traverse Bay UMC
9:00 a.m.

Sep 8
District Nominations Committee
1:00 p.m.
TC Christ

Sep 8
District Mission & New Ministry
Traverse City: Christ UMC
10:30 a.m.

Nov 7
The Main Event with Brad Kalajainen
TC Central UMC


School for Pastoral Ministry: The School for Pastoral Ministry (SPM) will be held August 25-26 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. The speaker will be Bobette Buster, an author, story consultant, speaker and lecturer, her expertise is in storytelling, (both written and spoken). She is the author of a book Do Story: How to Tell Your Story so the World Listens. Find out more and register at
Church Conference Forms are now available.: WMC forms website
FALL HUB EVENTS-CONNECT, ENCOURAGE &THRIVE: The dates are set and details will be sent out to your pastor, PPR or SPRC Chair and Mission or Outreach Chair. Church Conferences will again be individually led by Elders from our District followed by LUNCH. After lunch, every church will be invited to share a few minutes about a great outreach/evangelism/mission project that your church is engaged. Everyone will vote for their favorite ministry and your HUB'S offering will go to support the ministry that receives the most votes! GET YOUR FALL HUB DATE on your calendar and decide what local church or community ministry you want to celebrate.
Create a display and get ready to share your stories!
Tip of the Mitt September 19, Petoskey UMC, 11-4:30
West Hub September 26, Lake Ann UMC, 11-4:30
Cadillac Hub October 4, Lake City UMC, 1:00-6:00
Southern Hub October 10, Ludington St. Paul UMC, 11-4:30
East Hub October 24, Kalkaska UMC, 11-4:30
PLANNING EVENT: August 29, 2:00 in Cadillac, MI! Anita will be meeting with Conference, Camping, District, Wesley Foundation and a youth leader from each HUB so that we can put together a common calendar for our YOUTH for 2015-16. If you are planning a large event or an event that you would like other youth to feel welcome to attend, please share this information with Anita before the end of August! If you are passionate about youth you are welcome to join us!
Count Day Results: Bishop Deb Keisey read the votes at 1:00 June 10th to create a new conference. Here are the results:
Detroit Annual Conference: yes 718 and no 75
West Michigan Annual Conference: yes 551 and no 83

This morning "the invisible line that separates the camping ministries in Michigan" was erased as Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey announced the result of the balloting done at the Detroit and West Michigan conferences. The members of the state's two annual conferences voted to create a new Michigan Area Corporation to administer Camps, Campgrounds and Retreat Ministries. The vote was as follows: Detroit 681 yes and 7 no; West Michigan 435 yes and 50 no.

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