For the third time in three years, the United Methodist Committee on Relief has sent a disaster grant to the Michigan Area. This time UMCOR is helping with efforts to clean-up and rebuild after a July 6 tornado in Grand Rapids.
Michelle Obama told the 226 Dillard University graduates to never lose their hunger for education as she recounted the history of the school which dates back to 1826. MORE
It's one thing to read the news. It's another thing to pray the news and to be used by God as an answer to prayer. The Rev. Paul Perez reflects on current events in the state and in the world and offers next steps.
Two young people have left Michigan to spend the summer in Asia as Global Justice Volunteers. Jonathan Jue-Wong reports from Japan and Heather Jue-Wong tells of her service in the Philippines.
The Michigan Area welcomes Jennifer Weaver to the Episcopal Office Team when the new Ministry Center opens on July 24. Jennifer comes with 20 years of administrative experience in the Central/Heartland District Office.
The Rev. Dr. William Dobbs notes, "We said good-bye to Vicki Gibbs after ten years with our office staff as the Administrative Assistant to the person sitting in the chair of the Clergy Assistant." Jennifer replaces Vicki in that role. Bill continues, "Both Terry Euper and I were grateful for Vicki's cheerful demeanor and helpful manner as we worked to support three bishops during her tenure."
Bill also expresses appreciation of Jennifer as a co-worker. He was one of six District Superintendents to work with her in the office in Mount Pleasant. "I am truly excited to be working with Jennifer again," Bill remarks.
Jennifer lives in Ithaca with her husband, Tim. They have four grown children, five grandchildren, with a sixth on the way. Following her retirement from serving the district, for the past two years she has been the Office Coordinator at the Ithaca United Methodist Church.
A life-long United Methodist, Jennifer has held many different leadership positions through the years. "I am now looking forward to serinvg in hte Episcopal Office," she says.
REV. PAUL PEREZ
DAC Dir. for Mission and Justice Engagement & Leadership Recruitment
Last week Bishop Kiesey’s article, “Take A Chance on Peace,” really captured the heart break and frustration I felt after a week of listening to news reports about the Palestine/Israel conflict, working with community and faith leaders in Detroit in response to residential water shut offs, and hearing from colleagues across the nation and in our state about the reaction to children fleeing violence in Central America and seeking refuge in our nation.
Inspired by the challenge to “take a chance on peace” I have compiled some ways that all of us through prayer, reflection, and response might answer that challenge. Please feel free to share how you are responding by posting a comment below.
If you have any questions or would like to be in further conversation about these issues please do not hesitate to contact me directly at email@example.com.
Creator God, we give you thanks for your creation and everything in it. Teach us to love and care for our communities and our neighbors, near and far. Please help us to remember you and your gift of water now and always. May we recognize the holiness in all the earth’s water and strive for care and protection. In your name we pray, Amen. (From Water, Holy Water, Earth Day Sunday 2014 Resources)
Hear our prayer, oh loving and compassionate God, and give us courage that we may accompany these migrant children with abundant mercy and grace. Embolden us to speak to the world of your love for all your children, and give us the courage to be unafraid. Free us from the fear of scarcity and the fear of the one whom we do not know. Through the power and presence of your Holy Spirit remind us that we are all your children, and allow us the blessing of experiencing the renewal of life that comes when we share your love with especially the littlest among us. Bring your healing among these unaccompanied migrant children. Bless their hearts with your loving presence, and surround them with your angels of care. Bless their parents and their families wherever they may be as they suffer the separation and the not knowing that comes with the migrant journey. Bless us to be the parents, family and friends of these children who now come to be among us, blessing us and bringing us your love. Amen. (From Interfaith Weekend of Compassion and Prayer for Unaccompanied Migrant Children)
God of peace, encourage those who seek to establish a fair and just peace in the Middle East. Bless their efforts as they work to end conflict. Lead those who engage in violence to put down their weapons and to live in peace with one another. Amen. (From Prayer Vigil for the Middle East)
|United Methodists are helping with their hands and with their UMCOR dollars to assist in the clean-up from the July 6 tornado in Kentwood. Considered a "small storm" by official disaster measurements, no government funding is available for the effort. Realizing that no storm is "small" when neighbors' lives are affected, churches are working to offer help and hope. ~photo courtesy of St. Paul's UMC|
Elsewhere in this week's news the head of the General Board of Global Ministries, Thomas Kemper, celebrates the ways that young people are being transformed and transforming in places across the globe.
Two young people with Michigan ties--Jonathan and Heather Jue-Wong--are making a difference even as they grow in their faith. Heather and Jonathan are serving as Global Justice Volunteers; they are the daughter and son of the Rev. Jennifer Jue, a pastor from the West Michigan Conference now serving Oxford UMC.
Heather is serving in a rural village outside of Manila, Philippines, at Kapatiran Kaunlaran Foundation (KKFI). KKFI is a social development organization involved in education, training and community organizing for the past 63 years. KKFI equips marginalized individuals and communities with knowledge and skills.Heather is involved in hte Alternative Learning System, teaching at-risk cihldren and youth.
Here's her recent report:
Went to the dump site to teach class today. This week's lesson was on how to brush teeth and wash hands. Last week Love asked me if there was anything I wanted to teach related to public health. I noticed that even the tiny babies had rotting teeth and they were sticking their dirt covered hands in their mouths. These kids, and adults too, have such poor oral hygiene and most likely lack the resources and awareness. So we got toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap. We did a fun lesson with that. There were 35 kids today. They're all so great and happy that we're there. I love them already. This evening we went to the town center and just observed the street children. Most of them stand outside the mall or fast food places selling flower chains that people hang in their cars or give as an offering to a saint. Some just beg. There are some young mothers who have their babies and young children with them selling flowers.
KKFI started these classes because the establishments complained about the children bothering their customers and asked the local government to do something. The local government then asked KKFI because they knew about the work the org does. KKFI tries to identify the neighborhoods the kids come from to target the classes for them. The classes that we offer are designed to help them in school and keep them off the streets for at least a few hours. Love serves as a positive role model and really loves the kids. I admire the work she is doing in the community and how God is working through her. I hope I can do something meaningful like she is doing. The kids beg/sell things so that they can put food on the table. Education is a challenges as it is such a long term solution.
Jonathan is serving in Tokyo, Japan with the Christian Coalition for Refugee and Migrant Workers, part of the National Christian Council of Japan. He shares about his first weeks as an intern:
Ohayo gozaimas! I do know how to say ‘good morning' in Japanese. The GJV interns flew to Manila in late June. We spent a week in Quezon City in training sessions, staying in the guest dormitories of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines.
The most memorable and impactful experiences for me included Rev. Elizabeth Tapia’s compelling presentation on the United Methodist Church’s mission theology and a visit to Migrante International. Migrante International is an advocacy organization working hard to support Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). The Philippines has a policy of exporting many, many workers. The government really pushes this policy because of high unemployment and poverty in the country. Unfortunately, many workers are abused and human trafficking is rampant.
After a week in the Philippines, two team members and I flew to Tokyo to start our placement with CCRMW. My new colleagues are Sharon Michael, from South Dakota, and Thiago Agosto, from Brazil.
Instead of sitting in an office all day (which is kind of what I expected we’d be doing), we have a pretty diverse schedule that includes quite a bit of fieldwork. One thing we do regularly is visit detainees at the immigration bureau detention centers in Tokyo and Ushiku. We also do a lot of education and exposure sessions, for our own learning. We visited Kotobuki, an urban poor neighborhood in Yokohama. There, we met with Rev. Hidetoshi Watanabe, who gave us a lecture on the many problems facing migrant workers and low-income communities like Kotobuki. On a different day, we went to the Diet (parliament) Members’ Building to attend a presentation about the plight of refugees from Myanmar.
Please keep all of the GJV mission teams—working in the Philippines, Japan, Latin America, and Dallas—in continued prayer, as well as God’s kingdom of peace and justice that we all strive for together.
The Global Justice Volunteer program is supported through The Advance, #982459. Contributions to the program go to noone's personal gain. However, gifts may be given "In Honor Of" Heather or Jonathan. Checks should be sent to the Conference Treasurer. Those interested in exploring more about participation in the Global Justice Volunteer program, should click here for more information.
~homepage photo shows (l-r) Heather Rashid and Larissa, all Global Justice Volunteers assigned to Kapatiran Kaunlaran Foundation in Manila.
KATHY L. GILBERT
United Methodist News Service
The Rev. Christopher L. Fisher, who was counsel for the church in the trial of the Rev. Frank Schaefer, is appealing to The United Methodist Church’s top court to overturn last month’s reinstatement of Schaefer’s ordination credentials.
The denomination’s Judicial Council will next meet in October, and the appeal is on the docket.
"As counsel for the church of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, I have determined to appeal the June 24 decision of the NEJ Committee on Appeals in the case of Rev. Frank Schaefer to the Judicial Council. After review of the appeals court decision, I believe it was based on several errors of Church law. The Judicial Council will be requested to correct these errors of law and to reverse the lower court's ruling. We are asking the church to keep this difficult matter in prayer," Fisher said.
His brief to the Judicial Council argues that the decision to reinstate Schaefer conflicts with the Book of Discipline, the denomination's law book, and earlier Judicial Court decisions. Fisher also says the committee on appeals "wrongly crafted its own penalty" for Schaefer rather than remanding back to the lower church court. In his appeal, Fisher also requested that the Judicial Council hear oral arguments in the case.
Schaefer told United Methodist News Service he knew an appeal “was a real possibility … and knowing how politicized my case has become I sort of expected it to happen.”
“I am just hoping and praying the Judicial Council will really keep in mind our LGBQT community first because harm is still being done to them,” he said. “I am hoping they will really review this case also in light of the fact that we are a diverse church and that we have many LGBQT members in our churches. I am hoping that their decision will really reflect that.”
The Rev. Scott Campbell, counsel for Schaefer, said the appeal is disappointing.
“While the defense team for the Rev. Schaefer is disappointed that the counsel for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference has failed to accept the clear and compelling decision of the Northeastern Jurisdictional Committee on Appeals, we welcome this opportunity to have the Judicial Council, the highest court in our church, ratify what the Appeals Committee decided. We are confident that the Judicial Council will uphold the careful work of the lower court,” he said.
Schaefer’s ministerial credentials were reinstated by the denomination’s Northeastern Jurisdictional Committee on Appeals on June 23. The decision also ordered the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual (regional) Conference to compensate Schaefer for all lost salary and benefits dating from Dec. 19, 2013.
The nine-member panel unanimously ruled the lower church court’s penalty against Schaefer was “illegal.” An eight-member majority of the committee supported a penalty modification to the 30-day suspension Schaefer had already undergone.
The former pastor of Iona United Methodist Church in eastern Pennsylvania, Schaefer was defrocked after a November 2013 church trial found him guilty of violating The United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline by conducting a same-sex marriage ceremony for his son. He also was found guilty of violating the church’s order and discipline.
In the penalty stage of the trial, the court suspended Schaefer from his ministerial duties for 30 days and declared that if he could not “uphold the Discipline in its entirety” at the end of the suspension, he would surrender his credentials. He refused to do that, and on Dec. 19, the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Board of Ordained Ministry asked him to give up his credentials.
After the June 23 ruling, Bishop Minerva Carcaño announced Schaefer’s new appointment to Isla Vista Student Ministry in Santa Barbara, California, with the blessings of his previous bishop in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual (regional) Conference. Schaefer will be responsible for reaching out to the large college community that “lives, studies and works at the doorsteps of the church,” said Carcaño, who leads the denomination’s California-Pacific Conference.
“Rev. Schaefer has much to teach us about what it means to love the children God gives us who happen to be gay. I pray that we will make space for him and his family in our lives and in our hearts as he comes to labor among us,” she said.
Scott Memorial UMC in Detroit is serving as one of ten hosts sites for the upcoming School of Congregational Development sponsored by the General Board of Global Ministris. The event takes place on Saturday, August 16, 10 am EDT.
The School of Congregational Development focuses on resourcing, designing and implementing leadership development components that will assist United Methodist churches across the world embrace and welcome the growing diversity in their communities.
The Satellite Experience in Detroit will provide facilitators who will lead guided conversations with those present.Cost is $29 per person.
Also, new this year, LiveCast will allow participants to watch the event from their own home or local church.
The training features Dr. Joseph W. Daniels. Jr. and Ms.Christine Shinn Latona. Their topic is REAL Transformation. This session will teach participants how to lead a Relevant, Enthusiastic, Authentic and Loving cultural revolution that results in changed lives and a changed community.
Rev. Daniels is a nationally recognized turnaround pastor and district superintendent. Ms. Latona, a lay person, facilitates leaders and groups toward thriving ministry. Together they have authored two books--Begging for REAL Church and The Power of REAL: Changing Lives, Changing Churches, Changing Communities. Both Daniels and Latona call Emory UMC in Washington, DC home.
Get Registered Today! Once at the website find the link to the North Central Jurisdictional event at Scott Memorial UMC. Be ready for a full and productive day in person or online.
Following last year’s huge success we are back and bigger than ever. Reminder – Limited Tickets and Time to Order Tickets - First Come, First Serve basis for getting the discounted tickets: What better than a Summer night at Detroit Tiger game, fellowship with United Methodists of the area, fireworks after the game plus extras. Sign up and be a part of the first Detroit Renaissance District -’Renaissance in the D at Comerica, sponsored by the Detroit Renaissance District.
Summer weekend games are expected to be sellout crowds. Order AND prepay now, this is critical and required because of the high upfront deposit, need to secure larger block of seats, new Tiger dynamic pricing policy. We will work to expand for additional seats based on demand.
GAME DATE: FRIDAY, Aug 1, Game 7:08 PM (Tigers v Colorado Rockies) – Come Early
· Be present for a Imagine No Malaria and Hands 4 Detroit pre-game recognition
· Post-game Fireworks will follow, weather permitting.
· As like last year, expect other special events to be announced
SEAT LOCATION/ COST: Upper Deck, Sections 330 & 331 behind Home Plate –Ticket Cost is $38.00 Subject to change based on demand.
If you are interested in attending, please call Ruby Anderson at (586) 040-0221
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as we learn that
Because of Jesus we can be Friends with God!
Monday - Wednesday August 4th - 6th
5:30 pm - 8 pm
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Algonac, MI 48001
The Psalmist asked, “If the foundations are destroyed what can the righteous do?” (11:3) Resolution 14 passed at the recent Annual Conference strongly recommends against the use of Disciplinary procedures relating to same-sex marriage. It is imperative that faithful United Methodists of all opinions protest this action as schismatic. For decades we have been locked in debate over homosexual practice. This resolution is a decisive move away from dialog and relationship and towards separation.
The Discipline is the table around which United Methodists gather. Inasmuch as the Detroit Annual Conference aspires to step away from this table, it aspires to schism. This action breaks new ground and with it we enter into our final hour as a denomination.
United Methodism has an accessible and sensible governing polity through the General Conference and the Book of Discipline. It is critical to the health of our denomination that we deliberate with many voices but govern in one. The Detroit Annual Conference aspires to solutions outside United Methodist polity and this is schism.
Now is the time for faithful United Methodists of all opinions in our conference to raise their voices in protest. Clergy should not mistakenly believe they have permission to break their ordination vows. Churches should not wrongly assume they have license to separate themselves from our Discipline. Such things are already happening around the country. Dialog is being eclipsed by schism.
As I write this we are between sessions of our two Annual Conferences and I confess that I am enjoying the Sabbath time before we get to the second session. That being said, I have also enjoyed thinking about this month’s burning questions. The first question to hit my desk was “Why are Local Pastors allowed to wear stoles in Michigan? I find it very confusing. I know that stoles are for the Ordained only but I have seen many Local Pastor wearing them as I have been visiting here in Michigan.”
The second question came from someone who had attended the Annual Conference Session in Adrian and wanted to know what the difference was between a Local Pastor and a Commissioned Clergy Person, since neither is ordained.
About the stoles: We present stoles to ordained persons as a sign of their ordination. The stoles are different for Deacons and Elders and are a powerful non-verbal witness to their ministry among us. These clergy stoles are a tradition that dates back to the Bible.
In a recent article from the United Methodist Reporter (07/27/12), the Rev. Taylor Burton-Edwards, director of worship resources for the General Board of Discipleship, was quoted as saying, “Only ordained deacons and elders are to wear stoles. That is solid Christian tradition that dates back at least to the fourth century. The stoles recall the serving towel that Jesus used to wash the disciples’ feet, as well as the prophetic mantles worn by Elisha and Elijah.” He goes on the say that some district superintendents have allowed – or even encouraged – local pastors who aren’t ordained to wear the stole, but that goes against the denomination’s ordinal. The article quotes Mr. Burton-Edwards as saying, “The stole is not a sign of being a pastor, it’s a sign of ordination to a particular order, elder or deacon.”
All that being said, I understand why some Local Pastors have resisted being told that they could not wear stoles. While they are serving in the church where they are appointed, they are every bit as much a pastor as an elder would be, and if the clergy are going to robe and wear stoles, many Local Pastors feel that they should be able to as well. They are quick to point out that the Discipline does not prohibit them from wearing stoles. (One Local Pastor even reminded me, on some occasion, that the Book of Worship for our denomination speaks of stoles as a sign of pastoral authority.) And no one that I know wants to say or imply that Licensed Local Pastors are second class clergy, so the Bishop and Superintendents are reluctant to say that Local Pastors cannot wear stoles. But Local Pastors should be aware of the history behind the wearing of stoles and how some, particularly persons not of our United Methodist denomination, will view their wearing of ordination stoles with concern.
On a personal note, I never wore a stole until I was ordained, but I remember my concern for how my then Local Pastor daughter was being perceived by her congregation when she did not wear a stole, and thinking more than once that maybe it would be ok if she did chose to wear one. In the end, each Licensed Local Pastor will make up their own mind on whether or not they want to wear a stole, and remember that it is their faithfulness to their calling and their charge which, in the end, will be the mark by which they are measured.
We have been talking about Licensed Local Pastors. These are non-itinerant clergy who are licensed, credentialed and appointed for service as a pastor in a local charge or congregation. Their license and authorization is tied to their appointment, and without an appointment, they are lay persons once again. I have said it before, and I will say it again, that Licensed Local Pastors, who are under appointment, are clergy in the fullest sense of the word, and should be respected as such by laity and other clergy.
Commissioned clergy, both deacons and elders, are clergy who have completed a certain level of education and training, have been examined and recommended by the Board of Ordained Ministry and elected into a provisional relationship with the Annual Conference. In the case of Elders, they are expected to be itinerant pastors – meaning that they agree to go where sent and be under the authority of the bishop and others in supervision over them – in exchange for which they are guaranteed an appointment. Deacons and Elders, who are in the provisional status, are expected to be in a continuing relationship with the Board of Ordained Ministry who will evaluate their effectiveness until they are ready for Ordination or surrender their credentials with the church. Ordination is that moment when the Church says to persons who have been called and trained for this set-apart ministry and have served under supervision for at least two years, “we see the gifts and the fruit in you for life-long effective ministry and we send you forth with authority and responsibility as part of a covenant community of clergy.”
If I am a lay person in a local church and I am being ministered to by a clergy person – licensed or commissioned, ordained Elder or Deacon – I would not worry so much about which status or category of clergy they were. If I saw evidence of call, gifts, and fruit for ministry and if I experienced grace and mercy in their witness and in their lives, and if the larger church had that same experience of them, then that would be enough for me to acknowledge them as clergy and worthy of my respect.
Until next time… may God grant you Shalom!
As the first contact many persons have with the church, the Administrative Assistant position is a key and essential position. Responsibilities include serving as receptionist, producing worship service materials, distributing and assisting in the acknowledgment of mail, coordinating church mailings, recruiting, training and supervising volunteers, assisting in preparations for weddings and funerals, opening and closing the building as assigned, and performing other office duties related to the administration of the church. The Administrative Assistant will proactively maintain the church website. The Administrative Assistant needs to maintain regular office hours and seek continuous improvement in processes and procedures.
The Administrative Assistant will uphold the mission and values of University United Methodist Church. UUMC does not discriminate based on race, gender, or sexual orientation.
Mt. Pleasant First United Methodist Church is hiring a part time (22 hrs/wk) Christian Life Director who will provide dynamic, strategic leadership and oversight of Christian education opportunities for children and adults, and coordinate with the Youth Director for the needs of the youth, equipping the process of multi-generational discipleship growth. They will resource and implement curriculum for: Sunday morning classes for children and adults, small groups, Vacation Bible School, Kid’s Club, develop and coordinate a 5th/6th grade group, and provide fellowship and local mission opportunities. Minimum requirement: at least one year experience in Christian education and a Bachelor’s degree in education or theology-related field. For full job description go to www.mtpfumc.org . To apply, send letter of interest and resume’ to PastorDiane7@aol.com
Mt. Pleasant First United Methodist Church is hiring a part time (22 hrs/wk) Youth Director to develop and oversee programs to promote the spiritual development of youth, 7th thru 12th grade, through study, fellowship, and service programs. Responsible for overseeing weekly Bible study, small groups, classes, curriculum selection and recruitment of leaders, weekly Youth Group meetings which promote fellowship, assist the pastor in annual Confirmation classes, and special events such as trips, retreats, service and mission work, fundraisers and special services. Minimum requirement: At least one year of experience working with youth and in developing youth ministry and Christian education and a Bachelor’s degree in education or theology-related field preferred. For full job description go to www.mtpfumc.org To apply send letter of interest and resume’ to PastorDiane7@aol.com
Mrs. Lena Murry, widow of Rev. Horace Murry, (Detroit Conference Clergy), died July 6, 2014 in Lansing, MI.
Viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 8 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Gorsline Funeral Home, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing Charter Township., and on July 9 at Pennway Church of God, 1101 E Cavanaugh Rd., Lansing Charter Township from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m.
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO:
Gerry Tibbits, daughter and Roy Murry, son
106 Hartwell Terrace
Mason, MI 48854
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, GIFTS IN MEMORY MAY BE SENT TO:
· Bayshore Camp, 450 N Miller St, Sebewaing, MI 48759
· Mid-Michigan Hospice c/o Gerry Tibbits 106 Hartwell Terrace, Mason, MI 48854
· Adventures in Mission c/o Gerry Tibbits 106 Hartwell Terrace, Mason, MI 48854
Rev. Frank A. Cozadd, retired Detroit Annual Conference clergy, died on June 28, 2014.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at a later date.
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO:
Mrs. Fay Cozadd (spouse)
2450 S. Ridgewood #10
Edgewater, FL 32141
Mrs. Janelle Anne Couch, mother of Rev. Dr. Joanne Bartelt (Detroit Conference Clergy), died June 23, 2014.
A private graveside service will be held for the family on Friday, June 27, 2014. The memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Retirement Community, 805 W Middle St., Chelsea, MI 48118; phone: 734-433-1000 on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Obituary link: http://www.modetzfuneralhomes.
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO:
Rev. Dr. Joanne Bartelt
c/o Blue Water District Office
3061 Commerce Drive, Suite 5
Fort Gratiot, MI 48059
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, GIFTS IN MEMORY MAY BE SENT TO:
805 West Middle Street
Chelsea, MI 48118
Ann Arbor Hospice
Lynn C. Voegeding, father-in-law of Rev. Mark Alan Miller (Detroit Conference Clergy), died 11 June 2014.
Visitation will take place Saturday, 14 June and Monday, 16 June at Borek-Jennings Funeral Home, Manchester MI.
The funeral service will take place Tuesday, 17 June at Sharon United Methodist Church, Manchester, MI.
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO: (son-in-law and daughter)
Rev. Mark A. and Mrs. Sharon Miller
808 Derby Drive
Tecumseh, MI 49286
GIFTS IN MEMORY MAY BE GIVEN TO:
Sharon United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 543
Manchester, MI 48158
Mrs. Evelyn Hawkins, mother of retired Detroit Annual Conference clergy Rev. Rhonda Hawkins, died on June 10, 2014.
Funeral services will take place at Saline First UMC, 1200 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline MI 48176 on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Visitation is at Saline First UMC from 6-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 12 and on Friday, June 13 from 2:00 p.m until the time of the service. For more information please visit www.rbfhsaline.com.
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO HER DAUGHTER:
Rev. Rhonda Hawkins
1223 Mountain Ash Dr.
Brighton, MI 48116
The Rev. Edward L. Duncan died June 7, 2014. Rev. Duncan was a retired pastor of the Detroit Area Conference, former Director of Mission and Outreach and Editor of the Michigan Christian Advocate.
Funeral services were held at the Frankfort United Methodist Church, Grand Traverse District.
MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS MAY BE SENT TO THE FOLLOWING:
Alzheimer’s Association (by ph. 1-800-272-3900)
P.O. Box 96011
Washington DC 20090-6011
Frankfort Church UMC
P.O. Box 1010
Frankfort, MI 49635
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO HIS WIFE:
Mrs. Marcia Duncan
1507 W. Lovell
Kalamazoo, MI 49006