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Detroit Conference Connection - December 14, 2011

Detroit Conference Connection - December 14, 2011


For the latest news from the Detroit Conference, please visit
Clergy sexual ethics training scheduled for March 19-21 across Michigan Area
The office of Michigan Area Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton has announced that mandatory sexual ethics training for all clergy in the Michigan Area will take place at three sites from March 19-21. All clergy currently under appointment or anticipating an appointment are required to attend one of the single-day sessions. Read full story. 
Local churches assigned lay members for 2012 annual conference session
The Rev. Tracy N. Huffman, secretary of the Detroit Conference, recently announced the lay membership from local churches that will make up a portion of the body of the 2012 annual conference session. A total of 457 lay members were assigned to the conference's 441 churches. Read full story and view local church lay member allotment.  
Spanish Language Workshop being offered for clergy and lay leaders
The conference Committee on Hispanic/Latino Ministries is offering a Spanish language workshop beginning Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Redford Aldersgate UMC. Participants of the Spanish language workshop will learn elements of a Spanish language worship service, Hispanic/Latino cultural traditions and social issues, Spanish language praise songs, and basic Spanish language vocabulary and grammar. Click here for more information and to register. 


Catalyst at Wayne State helps Cass with mud mat sales
Catalyst at Wayne State, a United Methodist-sponsored campus ministry at Wayne State University in Detroit, recently aided Cass Community Social Services by selling mud mats. Read more about it on the Emerge Detroit website. 
December edition of MyCom now online
The December edition of MyCom, the e-newsletter of United Methodist Communications, is now online by clicking here. The issue includes many resources for local churches in the area of communications.
Ministry Matters
Ministry Matters is an e-newsletter from The United Methodist Publishing House designed to be a resource for church leaders. To view this free resource, visit
Free Music/Worship Planning Calendar for 2012
From the General Board of Discipleship: Start the year off right with a clean, fresh 2012 planning calendar FREE from GBOD. Give copies to your church staff, committee chairs, committee members, choir members. Includes lectionary readings for all Sundays and major liturgical dates as well as holidays and observances of the church and civil calendars. Click here for the calendar. 
Free Piano Accompaniments of Advent and Christmas Hymns
Now available on the General Board of Discipleship worship website: live piano accompaniments of Advent and Christmas hymns and carols. These may be used to accompany congregational or other singing. Currently there are accompaniments to nineteen hymns from The United Methodist Hymnal. This is a joint project of The General Board of Discipleship and United Methodist Communications. All sound files are available without charge and all are provided without copyright restriction or permission required. Other accompaniments for Lent, Easter, special dates and general use will be added in the future. Click here to visit the website. 
Flushing UMC looking for old sewing machines
Old Sewing Machines will still fill a need. At the PET (Personal Energy Transport) building in Columbia, Mo., there is a man who cleans, repairs and packages sewing machines for use in many other countries. This includes old treadle sewing machines, though only the “heart” is needed, no cabinet, no treadle. A handle will be attached to the wheel so the machine can be hand cranked. Electric sewing machines are also put to good use. All sewing machines are shipped with needed tools, needles, thread, lubricant and some cloth. Sewing machines brought to Flushing UMC will be taken to Columbia. Any sewing machines no longer being used, in any condition, will be accepted. Anyone going to or near Columbia, Mo., can help by offering to take one or more sewing machines. We can give you directions. Thanks in advance. Flushing United Methodist Church - 810-659-5172.


Powerful demographic tool available to conference churches
The New Church Development Committee of the Detroit Conference has announced that it has made available MissionInsite - an online demographic tool - to all conference local churches free of charge. Read full story 
Conference website now features mobile friendly version
The conference website can now be viewed and accessed by users who use smartphones or mobile devices to access the web. Visit on your mobile device to access the site. Features include an easily accessible people directory and a church listing that uses the GPS on your mobile device.
See your apportionment dollars at work
There is a new tool available on the conference website at that shows where your church's apportionment dollars are being put to work. Visit the website, select your church from the drop-down menu, and you will be able to see a breakdown of how your church's apportionment dollars are spread throughout the connection and conference. The tool contains the 2011 apportionment totals, and will be updated with 2012 numbers in early January.
Bishop's Advent Offering to support water ministry in Sierra Leone
Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton is calling on all United Methodists in the Michigan Area to help bring water to the people of Sierra Leone this Advent season. Read full story 
2011 Conference Journal now online
The 2011 conference journal is now viewable online at In addition, a PDF of the Journal may be downloaded for viewing on e-readers and computers.


To view the conference calendar and submit events, please visit For events happening in local churches across the conference, please visit Local churches may submit events through the Church Dashboard at
December 23 - Conference office closed in observance of Christmas
December 24 - Christmas Eve
December 25 - Christmas Day
December 26 - Conference office closed in observance of Christmas
December 30 - Conference office closed in observance of New Year's Day
December 31 - Watch Night 
January 1 - New Year's Day
January 2 - Conference office closed in observance of New Year's Day
January 15 - Human Relations Day 
January 11 - Spanish Language Workshop 
January 15 - America's Sunday Supper 


Peace With Justice Grant Deadline - Jan. 6
Jan. 6 is the deadline to apply for a Peace with Justice grant from the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS).
Funding for this program is generated through the Peace with Justice Special Sunday offering of The United Methodist Church. One of six Special Sundays in the denomination, Peace with Justice “witnesses to God’s demands for a faithful, just, disarmed and secure world.” Peace with Justice Sunday is June 3 in 2012.
Peace with Justice grants are awarded annually. This year $50,000 was granted to 18 Peace with Justice ministries.
Grant applicants must be either a United Methodist or other affiliated organization, or an ecumenical group working with and through at least one United Methodist agency or organization.
Applicants must work toward achieving at least one of the following objectives:
  • Assist United Methodists in understanding and responding to violence and militarism, and in moving and leading nations and peoples to reconciliation, transformation, and redemption.
  • Involve and develop leaders among United Methodists and enjoin the general public in efforts to end conflicts, human rights violations and violent aggression around the world;
  • Promote just national and international policies and actions (governmental and non-governmental) seeking to address poverty and restore communities; or
  • Support policies that promote systematic economic justice and the self-development of peoples, in particular to respond to the disproportionate effect of injustices on racial, indigenous and ethnic persons.
Preference will be given to institutions related to The United Methodist Church, then to first-time requests and, finally, to those including an advocacy component in their program or project.
Applications will be evaluated by GBCS’s Board of Directors.
Applicants may seek assistance in filling out the form, which is available on the GBCS Web site at Peace with Justice Grant Application. For assistance, contact Marvlyn Scott, (202) 488-5643.
For more information, contact Mark Harrison, GBCS director of Peace with Justice, (202) 488-5645.
From General Board of Church and Society - Ninth Young Clergy Forum
The 9th annual Young Clergy Capitol Hill Leadership Forum sponsored by the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) will be Wednesday to Friday, Feb. 8-10, at the historic United Methodist Building, next door to the Supreme Court and across the street from the U.S. Capitol.
Annual conferences are urged to send persons, age 35 and under, who may be either Elders or Deacons.
Annual conferences are urged to send persons, age 35 and under, who may be either Elders or Deacons, and serving full-time. The Conference Director of Connectional Ministries should approve the candidates from his or her conference.
The Young Adult Clergy Leadership Forum will provide creative and participatory ways to teach the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church in congregations.
Update on issues
There will be opportunity for conversation with Jim Winkler, GBCS general secretary. GBCS advocacy staff will discuss key legislative issues being debated on Capitol Hill. Representatives of other advocacy organizations will explain their activities.
There will also be worship in the historic Simpson Memorial Chapel at the United Methodist Building, and time to network with other young clergy from across the connection. 
GBCS resources that support nurture, outreach and witness will also be presented.
Registration is limited to 50 persons. Registration fee is $120. Attendees or their conferences are responsible for covering travel expenses to and from Washington, D.C. GBCS will pay hotel, meals and program costs in Washington, D.C.
1.5 Continuing Education Credits will be awarded for this training event.
Register online at 2012 Young Clergy Leadership Forum.
For more information, contact the Rev. Julie Wilson, GBCS annual conference organizer, (202) 488-5650.
America’s Sunday Supper - January 15
“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.
America’s Sunday Supper (Jan 15) offers a means to make the world better…through a shared meal, meaningful conversation and community service. It’s a great way to get youth groups, small groups and the broader congregation to reflect on what it means to live the faith and take on risk for mission and service.
By signing up to host a supper, participating churches will receive marketing support to share an invitation with their communities, and a film to share at the event. Films come with discussion guides to stimulate conversation about education, food security, children of prison inmates and more.
United Methodist Communications has teamed up with HandsOn Network and Points of Light Institute to offer America’s Sunday Supper as a Rethink Church Event – providing a model to honor both Human Relations Day and Dr. Martin Luther King’s life. Through this partnership, local churches participate in a nationwide event, which last year recorded over 4,000 projects and over 240,000 volunteers.
For more information, go to or email
Young adult missionary applications due February 5
For 60 years, the General Board of Global Ministries has been sending young people into service. Through the US-2 and mission intern programs, we have enriched the lives of thousands of young men and women, and through their witness touched uncountable youth, adults, and communities. The US-2 and mission intern programs develop church leaders, as young people work in communities that face issues such as poverty, racism, or environmental justice.
US-2s serve two years living out faith through social justice in the United States. They live, work, and make a positive impact working with a United Methodist partner organization, boldly reexamining their role and participation in society to address systemic injustice. Mission interns integrate the global and local by serving for three years, approximately half of the time in an international community and half in their home country. They respond to the prophetic voice of communities and individuals working for systemic change around the world, walking the path of justice, mercy, and love.
The deadline for the 2012 class of mission interns and US-2s is February 5. Please share the application with those in your networks and communities between the ages of 20 and 30 throughout our global connection, who are committed to addressing the root causes of injustice. The application is available here:
Mission interns and US-2s are encouraged to engage in disciplined theological reflection and are equipped to discern God’s calling for their lives. Thank you for partnering with us in shaping ethical, prophetic Christian leaders who are engaged firsthand in God’s mission in a world of injustice and need.
The following information was taken from the UMCOR Hotline, a weekly e-newsletter from the United Methodist Committee on Relief. To view the newsletter, and to subscribe, click here. 
There are a lot of children living in Somali camps for those displaced by the famine there. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is helping to bring them relief through its partner, International Blue Crescent (IBC).
IBC reports that many of these children are carrying huge burdens in these camps. Just one example is Fawziya, 11, who lives in Korson Camp in the Somali capital. She is the principal caregiver for her brother, Abdullahi, who has a neurological ailment and is paralyzed.
UMCOR’s assistance is helping to ease the burden even for these littlest survivors. Read more.
You can help the children and their families in camps in Somalia and elsewhere in the Horn of Africa, where drought and violence threaten millions. Your gift to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450, is urgently needed. Please earmark your check “Horn of Arica Crisis.” GIVE NOW 
Christmas is right around the corner, but it’s not too late to finish up your gift list with something very special. When you give through UMCOR’s Gift Catalog, you give the gift of hope.
Your gifts help parents provide for their children, communities create access to clean water, families rebuild after disaster, and more. Consider how you can give a gift that will change the world by exploring UMCOR’s Gift Catalog today.
UMCOR is reaching out to the people in Van, Turkey, who suffered two major earthquakes in just three weeks. The quakes destroyed the community’s infrastructure, including the local hospital.
UMCOR is partnering with GlobalMedic to establish field hospitals that will provide for health needs in Van while the town recovers. UMCOR also is partnering with International Blue Crescent to provide food, medicine, blankets, heaters and other supplies to quake survivors.
You can help the people in Van and surrounding communities by giving to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450 and designating your gift to “Turkey Earthquake.” GIVE NOW 
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To view and submit classifieds, please visit Local churches may enter a classified through the Church Dashboard at
Peace with Justice organizer sought
Grassroots organizer for General Board of Church & Society
1-year position will educate about United Methodist Peace with Justice program, grants and Special Sunday, build grassroots networks.
Addictions-prevention consultant sought
Will serve as field organizer/educator for General Board of Church & Society
12-month position to build support for public policies addressing addiction issues, including confronting alcohol, tobacco and gambling industry efforts to loosen regulation and market to young people.
Health-care consultant opening
Grassroots educator/organizer with General Board of Church & Society
Consultant will assist social-justice agency in building awareness of health-care policy issues among United Methodists, develop resources for local churches.


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