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Detroit Conference Connection - April 5, 2011

Detroit Conference Connection - April 5, 2011

What's In This Edition of the Connection:
Conference News
Tidbits and Other Information You Might Want To Know About …
Annual Conference 2011 Information
Appointment Announcements
Upcoming Events
Local Church Event of the Week
Connectional News
Job Opportunities
About the Detroit Conference Connection
The Detroit Conference Connection is the weekly e-newsletter of the Detroit Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Subscribe to the Detroit Conference Connection. Every local church is encouraged to have their leaders subscribe to the Connection so that they can receive the latest news from the conference and general church. To subscribe to the Connection, please visit To submit news items for the Detroit Conference Connection, please send stories to Paul Thomas, Director of Communications.
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For the latest news from the Detroit Conference, please visit
Annual Conference Voting Items Posted
All voting items for the 2011 annual conference session have been posted at It is the responsibility of members to print their own materials for the conference session. Voting items will not be mailed to members. 
The Program Committee is Looking for Stories!
The Conference Program Committee is looking for stories from local churches that are engaging in ministry with the poor that will be used during the annual conference session. To submit your story, please visit Please make sure you select "Ministry with the Poor" as the category. 
Help Make a Difference in Adrian!
To engage in the theme of ministering with the poor, the conference Program Committee is calling on all clergy and lay members of the annual conference to join together to make a difference in the Adrian area, where the conference has met for 42 years. The Program Committee, in cooperation with Adrian: First UMC, is sponsoring a collection for food pantry items that will be distributed in Adrian. Clergy and lay members are asked to bring any of the following items, which will be collected and distributed to food pantries in the Adrian area:
Diapers and wipes for infants through size 6
Toilet paper
Box milk (that does not require refrigeration)
Canned fruit


New Resources Section of Conference Website
We have revamped the Resources section of the conference website, which can be viewed at If there is a resource that you need that you feel needs to appear on the Resources page, please send it to
Is your church ready to Change the World?
The Change the World event, which is a global movement of United Methodists doing what they can to improve lives and their communities, is scheduled for Saturday-Sunday, May 14-15, 2011. All United Methodist churches are encouraged to plan an activate to be a part of this movement. To register your event is simple. Just go to Each church who registers will receive a 50 percent discount on the Change the World sermon series multimedia bundle that will help them invite persons to both a service project, and worship services. The sermon starter series is free, as are the poster, lawn banner, flier and more and can be downloaded from the Change the World website.
Golden Cross Sunday - May 1
Golden Cross Sunday is a day of special recognition highlights the work of organizations who serve vulnerable groups. The organizations featured are United Methodist Outdoor & Retreat Ministries, Methodist Children’s Home Society, and United Methodist Retirement Communities. A special offering will be taken on Sunday, May 1 in United Methodist Churches. You can help promote Golden Cross Sunday by distributing offering envelopes, placing an insert in your bulletin, and/or including information in your monthly newsletter. To request offering envelopes, please email with your church name and address, along with the number of envelopes you need. To ensure timely delivery, please respond by April 7, 2011. To learn more about Golden Cross Sunday and to download bulletin inserts, please visit
Celebrate Heritage Sunday - May 22
The United Methodist Commission on Archives has a PowerPoint and other historical content for churches to use on Heritage Sunday, which is on May 22 this year. United Methodist congregations are asked to celebrate their Wesleyan heritage each year on the Sunday closest to May 24. That is the anniversary of John Wesley’s heartwarming spiritual revival in 1738 at a religious-society meeting on Aldersgate Street. This year’s theme is “Engaging in Ministry with the Poor: Our Heritage.” The PowerPoint on that theme is already online, and more resources including hymns, prayers and suggested Scripture texts, will be available by April 1. RESOURCES FOR HERITAGE SUNDAY 


This section contains news and information regarding the 2011 Detroit Annual Conference, which will take place on Thursday-Sunday, May 19-22 on the campus of Adrian College in Adrian, Mich. Please read this section to stay informed on the latest news regarding annual conference. You may also visit
Registering for Annual Conference
You can now register for annual conference. Please visit to download registration forms or to register online.
Would You like to Serve During the Annual Conference Worship Services?
If you are interested in participating in the annual conference choir or serving as an usher during the worship services at the annual conference session, please download a registration form at Forms are due by April 20.
Ushers Needed
Ushers are needed to assist in distributing materials to the members of the annual conference, verifying name badges for admission to the bar of the conference, and assisting with voting in Dawson Auditorium during the 2011 Detroit Annual Conference session. If you are interested and willing to serve as an usher, please contact Jon Gross, head usher, at 248-391-5983 or He can also be contacted by mail at 2679 Cedar Key Drive, Orion, MI  48360.
2012 General and Jurisdictional Delegate Nominees
A total of 55 individuals - 29 clergy and 26 laity - have been nominated to represent the Detroit Conference at the 2012 General and North Central Jurisdictional Conferences. To view the list of nominees and their biographical information, please visit
Annual Conference Special Collection Opportunities
During the 2011 annual conference session, several special collections will take place that allow the United Methodists of the Detroit Conference to make a local, state, and global impact. For more information on the collections, please visit


Michigan Area Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton has announced the following appointment for the Detroit Conference:
Terry N. Gladstone to Conference Director of Discipleship (LTFT 1/2) and Program Development Specialist at Lake Louise Community (LTFT 1/2), effective August 1, 2010. She had been previously serving as Conference Director of Discipleship. (This announcement was previously posted as a news story at
For updated appointment announcements, please visit To subscribe to the appointments mailing list and receive appointment announcements as they are released, please visit


To view the conference calendar and submit events, please visit
April 9 - Keep Making Peace - Lansing: Central UMC 
April 16 - Michigan Area Confirmands Rally - Albion College
April 22 - Good Friday (Conference Office Closed)
April 25 - World Malaria Day 
April 20 - Youth and Young Adult Worker Day - Warren: First UMC 
May 1 - Golden Cross Sunday
May 7 - Youth and Young Adult Worker Day - Dexter UMC
May 7 - Renovare Conference - Swartz Creek UMC
May 8 - Native American Ministries Sunday 
May 14 - Youth and Young Adult Worker Day - Gladstone: Memorial UMC 
May 14 - 4th Annual Conference Hispanic/Latino Ministries Celebration - Pontiac: Grace and Peace Community UMC 
Mat 14-15 - Change the World 
May 19-22 - 2011 Detroit Annual Conference session 
For events happening in local churches across the conference, please visit Local churches may submit events through the Church Dashboard at


General Conference Petition Submissions Begin April 1
Nashville:  Petitions for consideration by the 2012 General Conference may be submitted to the Petitions Secretary beginning April 1 and continuing through September 27, 2011. 
According to church law, “Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference … ”.
Detailed instructions for submitting a petition are available on the General Conference website at Petitions must be typed and may be submitted via e-mail to, through the website, postal mail, or fax.  Petitions submitted without digital media through mail or by fax need to be submitted by July 1, 2011 to allow time for transcription and translation.
The mailing addresses for petitions (hard copy accompanied if possible by digital version on diskette, CD or USB drive) are: Gary Graves, Petitions Secretary, United Methodist General Conference, P.O. Box 140, Rockfield, KY 42274, or for delivery by FedEx, UPS, etc., 2511 Richpond -  Rockfield Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42101.
There were approximately 2,500 submissions in 2008, many of which were duplicates. Eligible petitions are given numbers and assigned to one of 13 legislative committees or the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters. The committees will debate the proposals and determine whether to approve, amend, combine or reject them for recommendation to the full body of General Conference. 
When submitting a petition, you must indicate whether a petition has “general church budget implications,” meaning a petition that causes the need for funding (i.e., creation of a new program, staff position, support requirements, etc.) through the general church apportionments. Such petitions require review by the General Council on Finance and Administration to verify if the funding is already included under the recommended quadrennial budget.
Submitters must also indicate whether a petition has “global implications,” meaning it is a constitutional amendment, has a direct effect on the global work of general agencies, places requirements or expectations on all annual conferences, districts, or churches, or speaks to societal concerns regardless of the particular form of secular government.
Questions about the petition submission process may be submitted by e-mail to Gary Graves, Petitions Secretary, at
10-Fold April - Healthcare Initiatives in Africa
On Sunday, April 10th, throughout the day, Dr. Cherian Thomas, Director of Health Ministries for UMCOR, and missionaries stationed in Africa will provide an inside look at the work being done to promote good health in communities that don’t have easy access to medical care. There will be a live update at 12:00 p.m. ET, with an opportunity to ask questions. You can also chat throughout the day with others who are interested in these projects.
To participate in this online event, go to
Don’t forget, while visiting, with one simple click of the mouse it is easy to become an advocate of Healthcare in Africa and automatically raise $1.00 to support this project. Mission never stops, so please be counted.
Take a moment to download the attached resource, which you can use to promote 10-Fold.
On the 10th of each month, features a different Advance Project, and we will hear from people closely involved who will report on the progress that is being made around the world. Check back regularly to learn more.
Webcast on Mission Initiatives 
An hour-long, live and interactive webcast on United Methodist new church starts in more than a dozen countries will originate from the semi-annual meeting of directors of the General Board of Global Ministries on April 12.  It will feature electronic links to missionaries and church leaders in South East Asia, Africa, Russia, and Honduras, as well as onsite interviews, music, and information on the church’s new and recent Mission Initiatives.
The broadcast will begin at 8:45 a.m. EDT, and will be seen on
Additional details can be found online at
Web Ministry 101 Online Course
UMCom is pleased to invite you to the next course in the Web Ministry Series: Web Ministry 101: Design and Strategy.
This is the second course in the four-part series of online courses to help you launch and maintain a website as a primary tool for your church's Web ministry. You will work with an instructor for six-weeks to make important decisions that form a strong foundation upon which to build a dynamic Web ministry in your local church.  In addition, you will build a network of relationships with other course participants to foster ongoing support, feedback, encouragement and resource sharing as you all work to maintain a vibrant Web ministry. You will leave with knowledge and skills that will empower you to take these steps toward developing a website as a part of your church’s Web ministry:
Identify and meet with your Web ministry team.
Secure buy-in from key people and groups in your church who will help to make your website and Web ministry a success.
Explore church, non-profit and secular websites to determine the design, features and functions that can create a dynamic, interactive Web experience.
Develop a Web ministry plan that includes a purpose and goals as well as the details of your website development process, preliminary budget and timeline.
Identify your target audience groups and their needs from a website and Web ministry.
Update your church’s Find-A-Church profile and include as much relevant information as possible to make this a destination for visitors and seekers.
Acquire basic computer hardware, software and other technology tools for your church to develop and maintain a website.
Select and register a domain name for your website.
Investigate various website design and hosting services and select the option that is right for your church’s financial and human resources as well as purpose and goals.
Prepare to take the next steps toward designing, building and launching your website in part two (WM102: Design, Build and Launch).
Click here for more information and for links to register. Thank you for your ministry -- we look forward to learning more with you!
If you are interested in participating in UMCom's Web Ministry 100 online course - "What is Web Ministry?" please click here. The next session begins on May 4.
Native American Ministries Sunday is May 8
Native American Ministries Sunday is less than two months away. Be sure to order your free offering resources to promote the May 8 offering that supports Native American ministries and helps United Methodist Native American seminarians to become church leaders.
Approximately 22,310 United Methodists identify themselves as Native American. About 141 United Methodist churches, fellowships and ministries relate to Native Americans.
“Not many of our pastors have gone to seminary,” says scholarship recipient the Rev. David Dunson about Native American clergy. “But now, I can bring the message of hope through education to encourage my people.” 
Dunson sees his scholarship as “a gift from God, an answered prayer.”
His message of hope is possible because of your generous gifts to the Native American Ministries Sunday offering.
Read the rest of Dunson’s story
Order your free offering resources today. Bulletin inserts, posters, worship resources, stories and a video are available to download or order at If you cannot celebrate this offering May 8, observe this Special Sunday on any day of the year. You can give online to Native American Ministries Sunday at any time. Give now.
Concert of Celebration at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary invites you to an open house for the newly renovated Loder Hall and a concert featuring Grammy-nominated Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson on Wednesday, May 11.
5:00 p.m. - Loder Hall Open House (Lobby of Loder Hall)
7:30 p.m. - A Concert of Celebration (Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful)

A native of New Orleans, Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson is an ordained Deacon in The United Methodist Church.  An extraordinary vocalist, this Grammy nominee has performed around the world, including a Spirit-filled concert for the World Council of Churches in Brighton, England. Presently, Rev. Wilson is a PhD student in Liturgical Studies at Garrett-Evangelical.

To learn more about Rev. Wilson and Garrett-Evangelical's LEED certified renovation of Loder Hall, click here.
The Latest News From the United Methodist News Service
Hellfire, brimstone and John Wesley
The debate over hell that has ignited online discussion is nothing new. In fact, Methodism’s founder had something to say about it.
Leadership Summit invites global sharing
April 6 webcast participants will consider future challenges for United Methodist churches and annual conferences.
Update: Côte d’Ivoire city under fire
As fighting continues, Bishop Benjamin Boni voices concern for the people caught in the violence.
Church offers aid amid Ivorian tumult
Churches are providing shelter and relief to people displaced by the fighting, and the United Methodist radio station remains on the air.
Church agencies battle human trafficking
Eighty percent of those trafficked are women and girls, and half of all victims are under the age of 13.


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