Grand Traverse District

West Michigan Conference

United Methodist Church


Rev. Anita Hahn, District Superintendent

Nov 3
Grand Traverse District Leadership Council
Traverse City: Central UMC
2:00 p.m.

Nov 3
District Committee on Clergy/Laity Support & Development
Traverse City: Central UMC
12:30 p.m.

Nov 8
District Conference at Traverse Bay UMC
Connect & Encourage & Thrive

Dec 2
District Superintendency Committee
Traverse City: Christ UMC
6:00 p.m.


HUB Connections: Dates:
Oct. 5 at Lake Louise Christian Community for Tip of the Mitt
October 11 at Cadillac UMC for the Central HUB
October 19 at Ludington UMC for the Southern HUB
October 25 at Leland Community UMC for the West Bay HUB
November 1 at Kingsley UMC and The Rock for the East Bay HUB

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District Conference: November 8th at Traverse Bay UMC. Please join us as we "Connect & Encourage & Thrive". Online registration is available, please click the button below.
Dr. Carol Krau from the General Board of Discipleship is joining us as our keynote speaker. We'll start the morning with opening music and welcoming at 9:45, worship at 10:00 followed by the business of our district. And after lunch we have 7 workshops to choose from for our afternoon session: Cultivating Adult Faith & Discipleship through Small Groups, Spiritual Formation & Prayer, Developing an Intentional Adult Discipleship Program, Free & Low Cost Christian Education Resources, #Authenticity, Where are the Men at Church, Covenant Groups - The Wesleyan Model. Closing worship is at 1:45 -3:00.

Lay Servant Training Classes: Saturday, November 22nd and Saturday, January 24th. 9am until 4pm at the Grawn UMC. Participants must attend both sessions for credit.
Please register online:
NO MORE MALARIA UPDATE: Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey thanks the Michigan Area for the year-long effort of fund-raising for Imagine No Malaria. Young and old alike are called to one final effort before the pledge period ends on December 31. Promising her prayer support, Bishop Deb concludes, "Working together, we can change the world."

Ideas and resources are available at
Listening Sessions: MARK DOYAL
Communication Director, Michigan Area

LANSING MI -- Last month, following more than two years of listening, Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey invited United Methodists in Michigan to join her on a journey. She asked members of the Detroit and West Michigan conferences to discern a new path for ministry in the state posing the question, "What new thing is God calling us to do in Michigan?"

Last week, a diverse mix of clergy and laity came together from across the Michigan Area to discern this question and others. They met in the newly constructed Assembly Room of the Area Center, an aptly appropriate space as they discussed what new visions and ministry might be created in Michigan. The outcome of the two-day conversation was an overwhelming agreement the time has come to discuss the possibility of creating a new conference in Michigan, building on the strongest elements of each ministry rather than attempting to merge the conferences.

Those gathered encouraged Bishop Deb to hold five listening events. The group also suggested a series of guiding questions to be asked during the listening sessions related to the discussion of forming a totally new conference in Michigan. Among the questions were:

What are the compelling reasons for creating a totally new conference in Michigan?
What are the compelling opportunities?
What may be gained?
What concerns need to be considered?
What are some anticipated outcomes?
How will we listen for the anticipated losses?
How will we use the years ahead to dream and vision?
The group affirmed Bishop Deb's commitment to a broad, open and transparent conversation about the creation of a new conference.

"These five events are open to any and all United Methodists who would like to enter into this dialogue about the creation of a new conference for the Michigan Area," commented Clergy Assistant to the Bishop Rev. Dr. Bill Dobbs. "Bishop Deb will come prepared to share her thinking around this possibility, but wants those attending to know that she really wants to hear from you; your concerns, your hopes, your dreams,"he concluded.

The five events are free and open to all United Methodists. To accommodate broader participation in the conversation, the January 12 event at Cornerstone Church in Grand Rapids will be webcast live.

November 19, Wednesday at Cadillac UMC, 6:30 until 8:00 pm.
November 20, Thursday at Escanaba Central UMC, 6:30 until 8:00 pm.
November 22, Saturday at Midland First UMC, 2:00 until 3:30 pm.
January 12, Monday at Grand Rapids, Cornerstone UMC, 6:30 until 8:00 pm.
February 3, Tuesday at Northville UMC, 6:30 until 8:00 pm.

Area leaders are hoping members will participate in the listening sessions across the state. "This is your chance to speak with and hear from our Episcopal leader," said Dobbs, "Your voice is important in this conversation."

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