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Your dollars and your prayers are needed in the global mobilization to aid victims and first responders in Nepal. UMCOR assistance will be funded through International Disaster Response Advance: 982450.
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Five years after an offer was made by Western Michigan University, the Kalamazoo Wesley Foundation broke ground for a new student center on April 21st.
United Methodist News Service
United Methodists joined Christians around the world in a prayerful response to the earthquake that has claimed thousands of lives in Nepal and neighboring China and India.
BBC News reported the death toll at 4,000 people, with at least 7,000 injuries by Monday evening as the Nepalese army and police undertook massive search and rescue operations. Many were living in “vast tent cities” in the capital of Kathmandu as aftershocks from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake continued.
Five missionaries working in Nepal for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries were reported safe.
In a joint statement, the World Council of Churches and the Christian Conference of Asia called churches around the world to pray for those affected by the earthquake and “extend every possible support for humanitarian aid assistance in Nepal and other affected areas in the neighboring countries.” The World Methodist Council also offered its prayers for the people of Nepal.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is planning to offer assistance through international and local partners, including the United Mission to Nepal, a longtime church partner. UMCOR approved a $90,000 grant April 27 to GlobalMedic, which will help earthquake survivors access clean water by providing household and public water-filtration units.
UMCOR is part of the ACT Alliance, a coalition of more than 140 churches and affiliated organizations associated with the WCC or Lutheran World Federation, some of whom already have a presence in Nepal.
The Lutheran World Federation, for example, has an emergency team on the ground and is coordinating its efforts through the ACT Alliance Nepal forum with the Nepalese government and the United Nations.
Over the weekend, the federation distributed tarpaulins, hygiene kits and ready-made food to about 400 families in Kathmandu and is working on emergency shelter and water, sanitation and hygiene materials.
DanChurchAid, which has a local office in Kathmandu, is building a temporary tent camp where survivors could safely stay.
The United Nations refugee agency is sending plastic sheets, 4,000 solar lanterns and tarpaulins for shelter, while UNICEF, the U.N. Children’s Fund, is mobilizing to help children and families affected by the earthquake.
Dr. Mark Zimmerman, a United Methodist missionary and medical doctor serving in Kathmandu as director of the Nick Simons Institute, which trains rural health care workers, was with his family in church when the earthquake struck at noon Saturday Nepal time.
At first, he said, the damage seemed minimal. But Zimmerman and his wife, Deirdre Zimmerman, a missionary who serves as advisor for nutrition programs, soon learned that was not the case.
The more serious concern is in the rural areas, where communication and relief support are sparse,” he wrote in an April 26 letter. “No one knows the extent of the loss of life and the hardship out there.”
Missionary Katherine T. Parker expressed appreciation for the outpouring of concern by church members and made specific prayer requests as the earthquake recovery began. Parker deals with issues of water, sanitation and hygiene as a member of the health team of United Mission to Nepal.
“Our relief focus will be primarily in Dhading and planning for this has started,” she wrote about the mission’s plans in a Facebook post. “Two doctors from Tansen left from Pokhara this morning to go to Gorkha. We are coordinating all of our efforts with other local partners.”
Thousands of homes and most schools reportedly were destroyed in Gorkha, one of the closest districts to the earthquake’s epicenter.
No damage was reported at Tansen in western Nepal, where a hospital related to the United Mission to Nepal was established in 1954 as a partnership between the people of Nepal and a coalition of 20 Christian organizations on four continents.
A United Methodist missionary couple has worked at Tansen hospital since 2012. Dr. Lester Dornon is a senior physician and Deborah Dornon is coordinator of expatriate services. They also served in Nepal and Tansen from 1990 to 2002.
Your gifts needed
Donations to support the response to the earthquake in Nepal and other international disasters can be made through UMCOR Advance # 982450. Checks can be made out to your local United Methodist church. Write UMCOR Advance #982450 on the memo line and put in the offering plate.
The Board of Global Ministries asks that people NOT self deploy to the disaster area. The situation remains one of search and rescue and is not a place for untrained volunteers.
~home page photo from General Board of Global Ministries courtesy REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
United Methodist Communications
Meeting in Portland, Oregon this week for their final meeting before General Conference 2016, the Commission on the General Conference voted to take the quadrennial legislative gathering out of the U.S. for the first time in 2024 – and again in 2028.
Manila, Philippines was chosen as the site for the 2024 General Conference. The Commission also voted to hold the 2028 conference in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Judi Kenaston, chairperson of the Commission on the General Conference, said that the Commission has been considering holding the assembly outside the U.S. for some time. Bishop Rodolfo Alfonso Juan of the Manila Episcopal Area and Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area both extended invitations for the General Conference to meet in their respective areas, an important consideration in choosing those areas.
"The Commission wanted to set these locations now to allow plenty of time for all involved to make the necessary preparations," said Kenaston.
“Meeting outside the U.S. is an important statement to say that we're a worldwide denomination,” said Sara Hotchkiss, business manager of the General Conference. “The enthusiasm and hospitality in the two host countries has been remarkable.”
The meeting is expected to cost more than the 2016 General Conference, but pricing is not available at this early date. Hotchkiss said there are two convention centers in Manila to be considered and that the University of Zimbabwe would be a potential location in Harare, but it is too soon to make any definite decisions.
The Commission also took steps to help delegates from outside the U.S. participate more fully in the 2016 General Conference. They voted to provide tablets to Central Conference delegates so they would be able to receive documents electronically.
"We want to utilize technology to improve communication and provide opportunities for discussion for non-U.S. delegates ahead of time," said the Rev. Gere Reist, secretary of the General Conference. "It will enable us to ensure delivery of the Advance Edition Daily Christian Advocate to delegates who have the tablets in a more timely way ... they could get the information at the same time as delegates in the U.S. and participate more fully."
Reist said the General Conference had specifically charged the Commission to look at "greater use of technology before General Conference to inform our debate, let dialogue between delegates begin before arriving at the session and to prioritize petitions."
The staff at United Methodist Communications evaluated a variety of tablets to see which would work best, looking at pricing, ease of use, size, weight, battery life and durability in harsh environments, and chose the Samsung GalaxyTab 4.
Sherri Thiel, interim General Secretary of United Methodist Communications, said her agency would distribute the tablets beginning in October and would also be responsible for training delegates how to use the tablets and coordinating help-desk support during the 10-day event.
"It's an exciting opportunity," said Thiel. "This is just one of the ways that technology is transforming the way the church communicates. We want the delegates to have the tablets in advance so they will be able to get familiar with the technology."
She said the tablets would also include an electronic version of the Bible and the United Methodist Book of Discipline.
"We think this is a good opportunity to see how the tablets work to test whether they might move towards going to an electronic state for all delegates in 2020 in Minneapolis," said Hotchkiss. “We’d love to avoid the bulk of the paper and lessen our environmental impact.”
The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has awarded $41,400 to 15 Peace with Justice ministries around the world. The grants are in conjunction with the denomination’s Peace with Justice Sunday, which witnesses to God's demand for a faithful, just, disarmed and secure world.
Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) — Southeastern Michigan, a ministry of the Detroit Conference based at Beverly Hills United Methodist Church, was among the recipients. JFON provides free or low-cost legal services to persons with immigration issues. The ministry also includes education and advocacy. The grant of $2,500 will further that work.
Peace with Justice Sunday, May 31, this year, is one of the six United Methodist Special Sundays with offering. Established by the 1988 General Conference, the denomination’s highest policy-making body, Peace with Justice Sunday supports programs that advocate peace and justice at home and around the world.
Half of the Special Sunday offering is retained in annual conferences to fund local Peace with Justice programs. Half is remitted to GBCS to help fund U.S. and global work in social action, public-policy education and advocacy.
Grant awards are determined by GBCS’s Board of Directors during its spring meeting.
A special toolkit contains all you need to lead your congregation to promote peace and justice.
Global Ministries Missionary Mark Zimmerman serving in Kathmandu, Nepal, shares an update following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake which struck the region, Saturday, April 25. Mark serves as a medical doctor serving in Kathmandu, Nepal, as director of the Nick Simons Institute (NSI) and his wife Deirdre Zimmerman serves as an advisor to the Nutrition Promotion and Consultancy Services, through the Nutrition Project for Urban Communities, which works to enrich the lives of Nepalis with better nutrition through education and training.
This is a quick note to keep you informed in the aftermath of Saturday’s Nepal earthquake. My family and I are well and are thankful for your thoughts and prayers.
We were in church when the earthquake hit on Saturday (April 25) at 12 noon, Nepal time. Its length and force was far beyond anything anyone of us had experienced before and we fully expected the buildings to come down.
Thankfully, this did not happen. In fact, on the street, the main overt damage was two flimsy compound walls and old temples. Our first impression was of minimal damage. Our apartment only experienced some things falling from the shelves; 95 percent was left standing and intact.
However, as news filtered in from all sources, it became apparent that many were not so fortunate. The iconic Bhimsen Tower (Dharahara) was leveled to a single, one story shard with 80 lives lost in that incident alone. Reports continued to put the numbers into the hundreds, and now have crossed 2,000 dead. Patan Hospital remained standing (as did most modern structures) and saw 30 people dead, most of the rest were ‘walking wounded.’
The more serious concern is in the rural areas, where communication and relief support are sparse. No one knows the extent of the loss of life and the hardship out there. We, in NSI (Nick Simons Institute, an organization working in Nepal with a mission to train and support rural health care workers), are in touch with the government about how we can help respond. I think this will be in Sindhupalchowk District, which we’ll visit tomorrow. The other badly hit area is Gorkha, the epicenter of the quake.
In the 32 hours since the quake, we have experienced aftershocks significant enough to shake us up. I’d guess that 80 percent of folks in the valley continue to camp out on their front lawns, rather than go inside their houses. The power has been completely cut, which has begun to affect water supply, because most people here have to pump it. Only 10 percent of shops are open. With roads all intact, there is every reason to hope that food will not become short.
To reiterate, my family and the folks in NSI are well. We thank God. All of us in Nepal thank you for your thoughts and prayers over the coming days and weeks.
Nick Simons Institute, Nepal
Once upon a time, team members had to be located together, usually in the same place. The Internet changed everything. Collaborators and companies all over the world fundamentally shifted the ways they work and thrived as they spanned distance and time with virtual teams.
Church leaders can also benefit from virtually connected teams by leading more effectively and saving valuable time for members.
Good virtual teams include individuals who understand the benefits of project management. They share project goals and objectives and work together from dispersed geographic locations through telecommunications. Interaction can be live or asynchronous (not occurring at the same time).
Effectively using mediated communication such as the Internet requires a different communication skill set. Before we get to the best ways to set up and manage your group virtually, consider a few reasons you might want to experiment more with this model.
1. Overcome time restrictions. You probably don't know many church leaders with too much time on their hands. We all want more hours in the day. You probably know someone who struggles to attend physical meetings but could answer a video call.
2. Overcome geographic barriers. You don't have to run a multi-site church in order for distance to be challenging. It can be tough to make even a 20- to 30-minute drive to a meeting site. What about individuals who need child care for every meeting? Working virtually can be a stress-relieving money saver.
3. Be culturally relevant. Technology is only increasing, so we do well to learn the tools. Students use virtual groups throughout their educational careers and more people than ever work remotely. Virtual interaction is second nature to future leaders.
4. Encourage more voices to be heard. In a virtual meeting, perceptions about rank and differences often decrease. People who are shy or intimidated in face-to-face conversation are often more comfortable voicing their opinions in computer-mediated interaction. We are all the same size on computer monitors.
To establish a collaborative climate in any medium, group members need to trust and support one another. This is sometimes difficult. Be realistic about obstacles to establishing an ideal group dynamic. Here are some potential drawbacks in virtual interaction.
Successful leaders set clear goals and make communication an integral part of the church’s mission. Here are ways to do both in a virtual setting.
If you're not using the Internet to communicate with your team, try it. You might find unexpected value like saving resources or seeing a typically passive contributor emerge.
|Adrian College student Gregory Roy prepares to enter the debate in the game used to teach students about history. Photo Mike Neal|
Chaplain-Professor, Adrian College
Aging former president John Quincy Adams steps to the podium. He is troubled. It is 1845, and a man named Frederick Douglass has just released an autobiography.
Several in the room attack the memoir. Its elegant style, clarity and powerful arguments could not have been written by Douglass, a former slave, they insist. The conversation is thick with presumption, racist attitudes and, thankfully, insightful affirmations of Douglass and his work.
Adams has resisted slavery for some time and even defended the Amistad captives before the U.S. Supreme Court. How long? How long will it take for all Americans to be free? Douglass is there, too, enduring the arrogant insults of those who hold his intellect in contempt. It is a tense meeting, and there is a lot to sort out.
This tense meeting is not really a gathering in 1845, but a dramatic portrayal undertaken by Adrian College’s first-year students in 2015. Adrian College is a United Methodist-related school.
“The Frederick Douglass Game,” uses the teaching method termed “Reacting to the Past.” The drama was written by historians Mark Higbee, a professor at Eastern Michigan University; James Stewart, a professor emeritus at Macalester College; and Deborah Field, a professor at Adrian College. The “game” is designed to confront college students with our nation’s history around race, gender, class, and other issues.
Some unsavory characters take part in this debate, figures from history who did not believe in equality.
“The game is definitely challenging when it comes to remembering that these aren’t really our own opinions and that we really aren’t getting upset or angry at each other. These opinions are from people in history, and we are trying to portray them accurately,” said Ashley Bruce, a first-year student who played John Quincy Adams.
The students note that the person who would become Adrian College’s first president is also in the room. Asa Mahan is a fierce advocate for love and justice, and he intends to speak his mind.
The “Frederick Douglass Game” is just one component of a first-year experience course taught by Adrian College faculty. Many colleges and universities have such first-year experience courses that help students transition from high school to college life.
Adrian College does that, too. The course is called “Core,” and much of the curriculum covers the practices of close reading, writing, speaking and research.
But Adrian, started by anti-slavery advocates in 1859, has a twist.
Most of the college’s founders were veteran abolitionists and activists on the Underground Railroad. They came from places like Syracuse, New York, and Oberlin, Ohio. President Mahan was widely published in philosophy and ethics. He was known for his writing on Christian perfection or holiness.
The Adrian College program draws upon this unique heritage when helping students learn today. Part of the curriculum includes reading David Batstone’s book, “Not for Sale,” an exposé of human trafficking — otherwise known as modern-day slavery. Then, of course, there is the Douglass game.
Melissa Stewart, Adrian College professor of religion, said: “The first-year experience courses give students a chance to find their voice. Adrian College is uniquely poised, given its abolitionist history, to help students connect their young passions, school pride and academic studies so that they can envision themselves as future citizens concerned for greater justice.”
Recently, the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church challenged member institutions to develop programs on behalf of social justice and human dignity. Core is one way we at Adrian are already doing that. Our students learn to step back in time and grapple with difficult issues. They learn to speak up for the intrinsic worth of people. They learn that as many as 27 million people are enslaved today. They consider the similarities and the differences between slavery old and new, and they develop creative and courageous ways to fight injustice.
The core program began one year ago with a pilot course. This year half of the first year class is involved (260 students). Next fall the entire entering class will participate.
History harbors both good and bad. The past is not automatically worse than the present, nor is it a time of pristine example. But it is immensely instructive.
We were abolitionists more than 150 years ago, and we remain abolitionists today. Moreover, this is not simply some initiative on the margins of campus culture, shoved in around the edges of academic life. This is at the center of our pedagogy. Being who we are is hard work, and we take that very seriously.
Pastor's seminar from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Support staff seminar from 9:30 - 3:00 p.m.
To register, email your name, church, email contact, and role (Pastor, support clergy/staff, P/SPRC, Admin)
to Nancy Arnold: email@example.com
Rev. Linda Fuller, pastor of Caseville UMC, is the speaker. Special Music by Debi Ackerman and her daughter, Lora Aldrich. The reservation deadline is by April 25, 2015.
The 1st Saturday of the month, A Dinner will be served from 5-7pm. This month will be Cinco De Mayo - Taco Dinner. This is a fundraiser. The cost of Each Homemade TACO is $3 which includes beans, rice, & cinnamon crisps if you like!
Come and enjoy some great food!
To register, email your name, church, email contact, and role (Pastor, support clergy/staff, P/SPRC, Admin) to
Nancy Arnold: firstname.lastname@example.org
I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for the early signs of spring and the returning warmth in Michigan. I know that I am not alone in thinking that the last two winters have been harder to bear than earlier ones, and I don’t think it is only old age and approaching retirement causing me to think that way. Come on spring!
“Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops.” Luke 12:2-3, NRSV
Perhaps you thought it would go away, or even hoped it would go away. Let it retreat back to the shadows where light won’t reveal it. It is more comfortable for you that way, and the light can be fearful if you do not know how to move forward.
On the other hand, maybe you instead feared that it would be allowed to become hidden and out of sight once again, while all of the underlying pain, tension and systemic patterns remain unresolved.
Hope and transformation can only be found in the spaces where darkness and light meet. This is the place of relationship. To move beyond the divide we are compelled to move into relationships. This is especially true as we consider issues of race, racism, multicultural complexity, power and community here in the United States.
|Bishop Deb listening in Midland. Please click here for Frequently Asked Questions on Conversations on the Journey.|
Where are you going? I asked,
To places I have never been, was the answer.
What do you plan to do? I asked.
My purpose will be evident at journey's end.
Who has planned your itinerary? I asked.
Its plan will be revealed at times most unlikely.
Why would you consent to such a vague plan? I saId.
I accepted the challenge when I accepted life, was the answer.
What a great time we have had traveling across Michigan. The weather was not always the best, but the people who came out to each of the first four events made the Bishop’s Conversations on a Journey truly exciting.
It was great to hear people’s questions and comments about the possibility of creating a new conference for Michigan. It was especially exciting to be part of the “live” webcast from Cornerstone Church in Grand Rapids.
If you go to either conference website, you will find the notes which were taken at each on the events and you can even find an archived copy of the webcast. They will give you a much better sense of what we heard than I can in these few lines.
However, there were some Burning Questions which came my way during our time on the road which I would like to try and answer here for the benefit of everyone.
The first question came from a clergy person: “Does everyone who is appointed in the Detroit Conference have to go to the city of Detroit or the Upper Peninsula at least once? That’s what I heard last week at our clergy forum.” The second question, this time from a lay person, was actually heard in several variations: I know we are talking about Annual Conference, but that is way “down there” and I never see any of that at my local church. What’s a good reason for me and our church to support this idea? How will this change affect us?” And finally, at every session: “What would be a missional reason for doing this?”
I should start off by saying that neither the Bishop nor Mark Doyal nor I ever heard anything that could be characterized as negative about the “other” conference. Questions, to be sure, but nothing from either side which would lead anyone to believe that we were anything but sisters and brothers in the faith. Separated by miles and isolated by years of little or no communication, people were still not hateful or unkind. Even my clergy colleague was not being deliberately unkind. He just didn’t know enough about the Detroit Conference or the ministry locations mentioned in the question.
And my answer to this question is relatively easy: First of all, appointments in the Detroit Conference are made just like the appointments in West Michigan; by a bishop and cabinet who are committed to making disciples for Jesus Christ and transforming the world. They understand that their critical part of that process is the appointing of clergy who will do everything in their power to accomplish the same goal in the place where they are appointed. There are no pre-determined rules about where one must be appointed in either conference. The bishop and cabinet do not sit down and say to themselves, “Who hasn’t been to the UP yet? or “Who hasn’t done time in Detroit yet?” any more than they say “Who hasn’t been to a two-point charge or a really small town yet?”
Appointments are discerned on the basis of the gifts of the pastor and the needs of the congregation. There are some tethers attached to some pastors, but most of those are related to spouse or family concerns and are most often expressed as places we want to stay near rather than places we don’t want to go. And I can tell any pastor who asks that every church is unique and all people are similar in regard to their faith needs, regardless of where they live. There are some fantastic ministries happening in the cities of Detroit and Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo and Flint and there are equally fantastic ministries going on in the small congregations of the Heartland or Blue Water districts and across the Upper Peninsula.
Not every pastor will have an opportunity to reap where another has sown, but every pastor will have the opportunity to bloom where they are appointed. It’s true that some of us do not have the same gifts or skills and so we may not be equally effective in every location. But based on my personal life experience, I will say that we should not assume that there are only certain places where we can serve. I’ve been in open country and inner city and county seat settings and have found opportunities to do ministry in each place where I’ve been appointed. That is less a reflection on my gifts and more on my willingness to love the people wherever I get the opportunity to serve. And I can truthfully say that I have found people to love in every area of this state – regardless of the conference or district boundaries.
Secondly, the “will” in the second question is easier to speak to than the “how.” I can say with confidence that, if this creation of a new conference is done right, it will affect everyone. If we become more fruitful and dynamic as a conference and begin to support the work of local congregations with excellence in leadership and a shared expectation of effective missional congregations that are making disciples for Jesus Christ who are transforming the world, then every local church member will see and experience the kind of life-changing movement of the Holy Spirit which cannot help but change us.
But “how” we are going to do that and what that new conference will look like is impossible to say at this point. It is too early to speak with any certainty about retiree health care or the place of campus ministry in the life of the conference. We are a little like the Israelites who must have asked Moses exactly where they were going and how long it would take before they would set one foot in the wilderness. The biblical record seems clear. There were many who were very uncomfortable with the lack of certainty. They were, I think, good people who simply preferred the certainty of the way they had always done things to the uncertainty of an unclear destination or an unknown path, even though they had be praying for just such a “next step” in their nation’s future.
Like the children of Israel, we are at a stepping-off point on our life’s journey. We are poised at the precipice of an unseen future and we are about to decide if we will step out in faith or not. The good news in all of this is that we will get to decide what our next destination, our new conference will look like. The outcome is not pre-determined and it will not be decided by the infamous “them.” It will be all of us – clergy and lay alike – who will pool our resources and talents to create something uniquely able to respond to the circumstances we will face in the days and weeks and years to come!
Help Wanted - Nursery Attendant
United Methodist Church has openings for Nursery Attendants effective
person(s) hired will be expected to be in the Nursery during morning services for three hours per Sunday. Nursery Attendants must become certified according to the United Methodist Safe Sanctuaries Policy.
Those interested should send mail their resume to the Staff Parish Relations Committee, Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 8000 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202, or email it to email@example.com.
Part-time youth/young adult ministry position at First United Methodist Church, Northville, MI (a suburban church of 1100 members). Degree and/or experience in youth ministry or related field required. 20 hrs/week with $20,000 annually.
Please send resume to Carmen Markstrom firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Marketing Director develops, plans, implements, and organizes sales and marketing efforts to increase the usage of children’s youth and family camps, guest groups and special ministries. The Marketing Director oversees all marketing, advertising, and promotional activities on and offsite.
Essential responsibilities include developing, implementing and managing marketing strategies including print, radio, tv and direct mail advertising campaigns for Bay Shore Camp. This position is responsible for maintaining the camp website, increasing presence on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and for E-marketing. This position designs and publishes all print promotional materials. The Marketing Director recruits, trains and supervises summer multimedia interns to take photos and videos of each camp event during the summer. The Marketing Director serves on the camp’s management team.
This position requires a person with a servant’s heart and a commitment to the Bay Shore Camp ministry. It requires a person who possesses an evangelical Christian commitment and a lifestyle consistent with the organization’s goals. The ideal candidate will be fluent in verbal, written and electronic communication skills and have previous marketing/promotions/communications experience and training preferably in a camp and retreat ministry setting. Desire a person experienced in web design and creation (Wordpress,) maintenance, SEO and analytics as well as video production. Experience with data analysis, social media, e-marketing, direct mail, print media, radio and tv, and google adwords will be helpful. This person will be able to work without direct supervision and will be able to undertake the essential responsibilities in a timely, friendly, respectful and detail-oriented manner.
The qualified candidate maintains a viable and growing relationship with Jesus Christ and exemplifies that relationship in daily life. They will work well with others, be self-motivated, anticipate the needs of guests and staff, have the ability to multi-task, interact extremely well with the public and exhibit entrepreneurial enthusiasm. The qualified candidate must have post high school education with a bachelor’s degree preferred. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite will be helpful.
This is a full time, year round management position, eligible for the camp’s benefit package, including salary, health insurance, 401K, meals and paid vacation/sick/holiday.
To apply for this position, please send a letter of application detailing why you would be the perfect person for this position, compensation requirements and a resume via email to: email@example.com. Email the same for a complete job description. No phone calls, please.
Director of Youth Ministries (Youth Pastor), Highland United Methodist Church
The Highland United Methodist Church is looking for a committed and spirited individual to continue the exciting growth of our Middle and High School Youth Ministry. Were flexible in that we are open to either a full time or part-time person. The part-time position is unique in that it would allow you to work with our current Director of Youth Ministries for a year while you assimilate into the role.
The Job Description Summary
The Director of Youth Ministries plays a vital role in the exciting and expanding ministry at Highland United Methodist Church. The Director of Youth Ministries will focus leadership and development efforts in the area of youth ministry and will have an opportunity to play a key role in the lives of our youth and adult volunteers. We are looking for someone who is devoted to their individual faith and to the growth and spiritual development of young people. Salary Commensurate with experience.
Please email your resume and cover letter to: John Welch / Staff Parish Relations Committee firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also mail your resume to: Highland United Methodist Church, 680 W. Livingston Rd. Highland, MI 48357 .
We are not the perfect church looking for the the perfect youth pastor, but God is doing some exciting things around here and were looking another team member to join us in reaching out in the greater Okemos area.
God is calling Okemos Community Church to go to the next level in reaching high school, college and young adults. Our staff team is solid, dedicated and enjoys working together; now were searching for the right person to lead our children and student ministries to that next level, to help us launch post high ministries, and to build our connections with young adults and families.
We desire a person with a deep commitment to Christ, an outgoing personality, a drive to connect kids to Christ and to strengthen their faith, along with the proven ability to recruit, motivate, organize and lead volunteers. Organizational skills will be critical, as will a team player attitude.
We are open to clergy or laity for this full time salaried position. Those who are headed toward ordination, or are trained as local pastors, are encouraged to apply. As an independent congregation, that affiliates with The United Methodist Church, we are open to persons from different denominations. We are a main-line congregation with a progressive theology that is deeply committed to social and mission ministries.
Were located 2 miles from Michigan State University and all that has to offer. The Okemos, Haslett, and East Lansing school districts consistently rank highly in the school systems in the state. We currently worship 170, and are growing. Our single worship service is traditional in style; we plan to add a distinctly different service that will connect with younger people.
The Youth Minister
You love Christ and are committed to the church as a place to make disciples and deepen faith
You love to work with children, youth, college and young adults
You have a great sense of humor, an engaging personality, and plenty of energy, enthusiasm and drive
You are a leader, called to lead youth, youth leaders, and parents
You are self-motivated, with a bias toward action and have solid organizational skills
You have experience leading youth groups, motivating and managing volunteers, and launching new ministries
The Job Description Overview (see link to full job description)
The Associate Pastor for Children, Youth and Young Adults reports directly to the Senior Pastor and is responsible for the development and oversight of leadership teams and ministry with children, youth, post-high/college students and young families (those 0-30 years old). If clergy, the Associate Pastor will assist with pastoral duties beside the Senior Pastor (preaching, worship leadership, pastoral care, etc.) The position is full time, with a total compensation package of up to $50,000, depending on experience. For a complete job description, go to http://bit.ly/OkemosAssocPastorJobDescript. We are anxious to begin the position as soon as the right person is found. Applications will be continually reviewed as received.
Please email a complete resume (including a list of 4-6 personal references) to email@example.com. You may also mail your resume to: Okemos Community Church, P.O. Box 680, Okemos, MI 48805.
Bay Shore Camp and Family Ministries, a United Methodist affiliated ministry, located in Sebewaing, Michigan, on the shore of Saginaw Bay, has spots available for couples or individuals for the 2015 summer season. Our workampers have the opportunity to invest in the lives of young people and see lives transformed before their very eyes.
Duties may include: serving meals, helping with camper check in/check out, running mini-golf or helping with the zipline, working in our camp store and light duties with Housekeeping, Maintenance and Grounds.
Compensation: full hook up for RVs or housing, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, and meals while working provided in exchange for 24 hours/week/couple or individual. 3 days on, 4 off with couples together. Additional hours paid at $8.15/hour. Position starts May 12 and runs through Labor Day Weekend. (Extended dates, before and after, may be possible.)
Background check required. Send resume and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 989-883-2501. Web: www.bayshorecamp.org.
Rev. Jack E. Price (Retired Detroit Annual Conference Clergy), died Sunday, April 19, 2015.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Court Street UMC, located at 225 W. Court Street; Flint, MI 48502 (810-235-4651).
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO (Spouse):Mrs. Martha Price
GIFTS IN MEMORY MAY BE GIVEN TO:Court Street United Methodist Church
Mrs. Margaret Stout, surviving spouse of Rev. Dr. Samuel F. Stout [Detroit Annual Conference Clergy], died Friday, April 10, 2015.
The Funeral Service was held Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Birmingham: First UMC, 1589 W. Maple Road; Birmingham, MI 48009.
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO [Son]:Mr. John Stout
GIFTS IN MEMORY MAY BE SENT TO:Methodist Children's Home Society
Mr. Thomas Houlihan, father-in-law of Rev. Brian K. Johnson [Detroit Annual Conference Clergy], died Thursday, April 9, 2015.
Visitation will take place today, April 13, 2015, from 2:00pm to 8:00pm at Snow Funeral Home located at 3775 N. Center Road; Saginaw, MI 48603 (989-791-4515).
Funeral Service will take place at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at St. Stephen Catholic Church which is located at 2711 Mackinaw Street; Saginaw, MI 48602 (989-799-2334). There will be a time of visitation with the family at 9:00 a.m., prior to the service.
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO:
Rev. Mark K. Smith [Retired Detroit Annual Conference Clergy], died Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
Visitation will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2015 at the Merkle Funeral Service, located at 9156 Summit Street; Erie, MI 48133 [734-848-5185].
Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Erie UMC, located at 1100 E. Samaria Road; Erie, MI 48113 [734-856-1453].
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO [Spouse]:
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4131 April Lane
Sterling Heights, MI 48310
Rev. Ki Han Kim, father of Rev. Won Dong Kim [Detroit Annual Conference Clergy], died Friday, March 27, 2015.
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO:
Rev and Mrs Won Dong Kim
4131 April Lane
Sterling Heights, MI 48310
Mrs. Lucille Fleming , mother of Rev. Nancy J. Bitterling [Detroit Annual Conference Clergy], died Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
Visitation will be held from [989-635-3658].
Funeral Service will be held at , Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Marsh Funeral Chapel. There will be a time of visitation at until the start of the service.
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO: