United Methodists from around the globe are reflecting on the impact of the Supreme Court's decision on same-gender marriage. What does this mean for day to day ministry and the issues before the 2016 General Conference?
The Rev. Paul Perez offers information and a call to action after participating in the Prayer Vigil at Trinity Faith UMC in Detroit on Wednesday evening.
On June 26 the Supreme Court made same-gender civil marriages legal in all 50 states. On June 29 Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey joined other UM episcopal leaders in providing specific guidelines to pastors regarding their participation in such marriages. read more>>
The Michigan Area wishes the Rev. Dr. William D. Dobbs well as he enters into the sabbath season of retirement. But not before he answers ten more "Burning Questions."
United Methodist Communications
Many older adults are still skeptical about the practical applications or benefits of technology. Some may need assistance to learn how to use digital devices and access Internet resources. According to data by the Pew Research Center, approximately 40 percent of all adults age 65 and older do not access the Internet at all. More than half do not have broadband access at home.
How can churches help older adults take advantage of the wonderful world of cyberspace?
1. Make it personal
Engage older adults with specific applications that can make their lives easier or provide entertainment. Consider the following ideas:
2. Encourage volunteer support
Everything is more fun when you do it with a friend. Recruit volunteers who are willing to take a hands-on approach to introducing technology-based ministries to older adults. Remember, when teaching newbies of any age how to access Internet ministries, use non-techie language and provide easy-to-follow step by step printed instructions. Also encourage volunteers to be very patient and to gently troubleshoot problems that may arise.
3. Provide the equipment
Many older adults live on fixed incomes. Those who are not already connected to the Internet may not have the equipment or funds to do so. If you want older adults to use online resources, you may need to provide the equipment.
Sponsor a computer drive to collect used equipment. Provide at least one computer, with Internet access, in the older adult Sunday school room. Simply offering a computer to use before or after regular class times (or whenever the church is open) may give people a place to develop computer skills or sign up for an email account. Provide a list of other places such as libraries and community centers that offer free computer and Internet services.
Once older adults enjoy the benefits of the Internet, you can find more ways to connect with the "plugged-in" at your church. Of course, despite your best efforts, some will hesitate. Use more traditional methods to stay connected with the "unplugged" as well. And remember that even those who are "plugged-in" will welcome in-person visits and telephone calls, especially if they are homebound.
|Wisdom and a warm smile have been at the center of his ministry for the past 43 years. Now the Rev. Dr. William Dobbs enters into retirement and new opportunities to offer the mind and the love of God. ~MIC photo/John Woodring|
Godspeed, Brother Bill. We look forward to meeting you again ... on the lake, on the golf course, and at other stations along Christ's way.
|South Carolina United Methodist Bishop L. Jonathan Holston shakes hands with President Obama at the June 26 memorial service for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, killed with eight others at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. ~cspan photo|
United Methodist News Service
When the nine died, they were living by faith, reaching out in love and surrounded by grace.
That knowledge is how mourners at the June 26 memorial service for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, killed with eight others at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, could remember his legacy with joy as well as sorrow.
“With grace, anything is possible, everything can change,” declared President Barack Obama just before he began to sing the first verse of “Amazing Grace” at the end of his eulogy.
To South Carolina Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, who represented The United Methodist Church at the service, the president’s leading the worshippers into that hymn “was almost a signature moment” of his speech. “You could tell he felt it in his heart.”
Since the June 17 shooting of the clergy and church members as they were engaged in Bible study at Emanuel, United Methodists have mourned and joined in the national discussion about race, justice and hope.
Holston first met Pinckney when the pastor helped organize a Pan-Methodist worship service for the family of Walter Scott and the community. “We were working on planning a Methodist day at the statehouse,” the bishop added. “It was just a tremendous pleasure to meet him and have a chance to work with him.”
The service already was underway when Obama flew in on Air Force One to deliver the eulogy at TD Arena, College of Charleston, where thousands had begun gathering in the early morning hours. The nearly four-hour service began with a clergy processional at 11:50 a.m. as the Rt. Rev. John Bryant made a call to worship “for the home-going celebration for Clementa Pinckney.”
The president began by acknowledging Pinckney’s personal achievements — in the pulpit by 13, pastor by 18, public servant by 23 — and his graciousness, his ability to stay true to his convictions and his belief in better days ahead.
“Clem was often asked why he chose to be both a pastor and public servant,” Obama said, adding that those in the AME church know “you don’t make those distinctions.”
A calling is not just to a congregation, he explained, but to “the life and the community in which the congregation resides.”
Importance of the church
Obama acknowledged the importance of the church in African-American society. “To the families of the fallen, the nation shares in your grief,” he said. “The pain cuts that much deeper because it happened in the church.”
In particular, Emanuel AME Church in Charleston has a special role in history, “not just for blacks, not just for Christians, but for every American who cares about the expansion of human rights in this country. … That’s what this church meant,” he said.
Whether or not the alleged killer of the nine knew this history, the president continued, “he surely sensed the meaning of this violent act … not random but as a means of control and a way to terrorize and oppress.”
The killer’s attempt to provoke a deep racial divide backfired, Obama noted. “God works in mysterious ways. God has different ideas. He (the killer) didn’t know he was being used by God.”
Obama said that blinded by hate, that person could not imagine grace, love and forgiveness or how others would respond with to his actions not only with revulsion, but also with thoughtful introspection and self-examination.
“Blinded by hatred, he failed to comprehend what Reverend Pinckney so well understood, the power of God’s grace.”
Tackling the tough issues
Touching upon issues raised by the racially motivated shootings, the president talked about being blind “to the pain the Confederate flag stirred in many of our citizens” and praised South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s “recent eloquence on the subject” of removing the flag from the statehouse. Haley is a United Methodist.
“But I don’t think God wants us to stop there,” he said. “For too long, we’ve been blind to the way past injustices continue to shape the present. Perhaps we see that now. Perhaps this tragedy causes us to ask some tough questions.”
The toughest and politically touchiest question, perhaps, is gun control, which the president tackled head on. “For too long, we’ve been blind to the unique mayhem that gun violence inflicts upon this nation,” he declared.
Sporadically, eyes are opened — he referenced Charleston, Aurora, Sandy Hook — but 30 lives are lost to gun violence every day in the U.S., he said, and countless other lives are changed forever because of that.
Obama called for a moral choice to change those statistics and suggested that “an open heart” might be more useful than any policy or analysis to accomplish that.
Holston already is contemplating “how to grow from this moment” and what the next steps might be to guide congregations to deal with racism and gun violence.
“How do we perfect action rather than just perfect our words?” the bishop asked.
Bishops are both celebrating with those who celebrate and mourning with those who mourn the decision. Like the members of their flocks, the bishops have varied personal reactions to the ruling. But many noted in public messages that they want to respond pastorally to all United Methodists in their areas.
|Bishop Deborah L. Kiesey
All United Methodist pastors in the Michigan Area received an email from Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey on June 29. Her statement began: "This decision has prompted me to consider how we, as clergy, can be in ministry with our LGBTQ parishioners and still remain in compliance with the Book of Discipline." Then she continued, "I believe it is important for us to care and counsel all our members--and all those who come to our churches for spiritual guidance and deepening of faith."
She then shared her "understanding of how to live within the Discipline," offering specific ways clergy may participate and ways they may not participate when asked to perform a same-gender marriage. Click here to read her full statement.
Bishop Kiesey reminded pastors that the 2016 General Conference may change portions of the Discipline that will impact those stated guidelines.
She then concluded: "I am committed to upholding the Book of Discipline, and altough there are many ways of interpreting that Discipline, I believe these guidelines offer a way to live together in ministry with all people."
Civil law and church law
“This is not a time to draw lines in the sand but rather a time to come together in prayer for one another and for all those with whom God calls us to be in ministry,” said Nashville (Tennessee) Area Bishop William T. McAlilly in a statement.
He leads United Methodists in the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences. Three of the couples involved in the landmark Supreme Court case were in Tennessee.
To be clear, the Supreme Court ruling does not change church law, which prohibits pastors from conducting and churches from hosting “ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions.” The Book of Discipline, the church’s law book, defines marriage to be between a man and a woman.
At the same time, The United Methodist Church calls for civil rights for all people regardless of their sexual orientation, and the church is called to be in ministry to all people.
Only General Conference, the denomination’s top lawmaking body, can change church law.
|Bishop William McAlilly
United Methodists have been debating the denomination’s teachings on homosexuality for more than 40 years, and each General Conference considers efforts to change that stance.
New survey data from United Methodist Communications found that about 46 percent of U.S. members agree with the church’s ban on same-sex marriage, while 38 percent disagree with it. The global denomination has about 7.3 million members in the United States.
In living with this tension, McAlilly and at least seven other bishops have offered similar guidelines in helping pastors understand what they can and can’t do under church law.
The episcopal leaders offering this advice include Bishops Ken Carter of the Florida Area, James E. Dorff of the San Antonio Area, Scott J. Jones of the Great Plains Area, Mike Lowry of the Fort Worth (Texas) Area, Michael McKee of the Dallas Area and Gary Mueller of the Arkansas Area.
While most of these bishops serve in the southern United States, they all echo a statement Chicago Area Bishop Sally Dyck released in September 2014 after Illinois began legally recognizing same-sex marriage.
“I am aware that many clergy or laity will not be satisfied with these guidelines in terms of what they would like to be able to do in relation to ministry with LGBTQ persons and families, while there are others who will not elect to do any of the things on the list,” Dyck said. The initials stand for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning.
A chargeable offense
|Bishop Sally Dyck
Bishops are the first stop for any complaint accusing a pastor of committing a chargeable offense, and their advice can shed light on how they would process such complaints.
The Rev. Taylor Burton-Edwards, director of worship for United Methodist Discipleship Ministries, said bishops have the task of proper enforcement of the Book of Discipline in their areas. Indirectly, this can give bishops authority to determine what counts as a church law violation when the Discipline is not entirely clear.
Dyck, in her statement, said she determined her lists of do’s and don’ts in consultation with Bill Waddell, the counsel for the United Methodist Council of Bishops. But she also warns that bishops have not offered such specificity before, and her interpretation of the Bishop could be overturned.
Indiana Area Bishop Mike Coyner offered a different possibility to clergy after a federal judge struck down his state’s same-sex marriage ban. He suggested that such rituals as the United Methodist “blessing of a home” might be a way for clergy to care for same-sex couples without violating church law.
He also warned against being judgmental of couples who sincerely want to be married, committed and faithful. He noted that plenty of heterosexuals have allowed “marriage to be violated, ignored, abused, and reduced to mere convenience.”
Ahead to 2016 General Conference
A number of bishops said they expect the Supreme Court ruling will increase calls to change current ban when General Conference meets in May 2016.
|Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr.|
Phoenix Area Bishop Bob Hoshibata said he sees the decision as a signal that it is “vitally important that we make changes in the way our church does ministry.”
“What is changing and what our United Methodist churches must accept and embrace is the need for us all to intentionally reach out in love and radical hospitality to all persons to proclaim the love of Jesus Christ,” he said.
San Francisco Area Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr., president of the Council of Bishops, likewise said the ruling calls attention to the difference between church law and the law of the land.
“May we continue to be a people of prayer, and hope, as we work towards a day of equality and inclusion for all people created in the image of God,” he said in a statement.
Still, at least one bishop offered a different view. Louisville (Kentucky) Area Bishop Lindsey Davis announced his disappointment in the Supreme Court’s ruling.
“The court’s reasoning runs counter to the teachings of almost all world religions including Christianity, Judaism and Islam,” said Davis, whose area encompasses the Kentucky and Red Bird Missionary conferences.
“I will remain faithful to the biblical understanding that marriage is a lifetime covenant between a man and a woman."
“To do this would mean that, even while thinking differently, we strive greatly to ‘love alike,’ uniting our hearts in prayer and conversation, and humbly listening to one another,” she said.
Bishops do not get a vote at General Conference. But they are all empowered to pray for the church. Many bishops included a prayer in their statements.
“While the church must address the issues facing our communities and our world, my prayer is that we might do so in a way that distinguishes us from the world and our culture,” said Louisiana Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey. “We must treat each other as sisters and brothers in Christ who operate from a place of grace that unites and does not divide.”
This article was written by Heather Hahn, reporter for United Methodist News Service, with material contributed by Kay DeMoss, MIConnect Senior Writer.
On August 11 the largest federally declared disaster of 2014 occured in the United States ... in Metropolitan Detroit. Flood waters caused damage to 130,000 households in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. Many homeowners applied for Federal Emergency Management Assistance (FEMA) assistance. Churches and parsonages on the Detroit Renaissance District also suffered damage.
Recovery is not over. The Northwest Detroit Flood Recovery Project of the United Methodist Church is working alongside flood survivors in the northwest area of the city. Two full-time disaster case managers are currently in relationship with more than 30 households. The total case load grows on a daily basis.
The Rev. Becky Wilson, Detroit Renaissance District Director of Justice and Mission Engagement is coordinating the project. Financial support for the project is provided by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
The Michigan Area is invited to an Open House on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the project's headquarter's at Second Grace United Methodist Church. The Ellison Center Office is located at 18900 Joy Road, Detroit, MI 48228. Brunch will be served.
This is an opportunity for congregations--pastors and church leaders--to learn more about the ways that the Northwest Detroit Flood Recovery Project is working in the community and also about ways to become involved. Project staff and steering committee members will be present to share stories and answer questions.
Click here for a flyer to promote the project. Please send Open House RSVP to Rev. Becky Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the project at 313-646-4052.
Glenview, IL—The Center for Health of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) has released the 2015 Clergy Health Survey Report with results of its United Methodist Church (UMC) clergy questionnaire identifying clergy health trends.
For this third administration of the survey, the Center for Health reached out to 4,000 UMC clergy—1,501 clergy responded (38% return) to the 100-question online survey, representing a cross-section of active UMC clergy by jurisdiction, gender, race/ethnicity, age and clergy type. Multiple dimensions of health (physical, emotional, social and spiritual) and the vocational setting were explored. The survey questionnaire is based on—and continues to build on—clergy health research conducted for the 2009-2011 Church Systems Task Force (CSTF).
2015 Key Findings
The complete 2015 Clergy Health Survey Report is available on the Center for Health website (www.gbophb.org/cfh). It contains all findings, including key vocational and demographic differences.
The website also contains previous clergy health survey reports and other clergy and congregational health resources.
It’s been an exciting week here in Michigan as both the Detroit and the West Michigan Annual Conferences overwhelmingly affirmed our coming together as one Annual Conference!
I want to say, “Thank You,” to those who have put in countless hours – for those who have kept this journey in prayer – and for the members of the two Annual Conferences themselves, as they placed their trust in those who will continue to lead us forward.
|Bishop Deb calls the Detroit Conference back to order from her seat at the piano bench in Dawson Auditorium. ~MIC photo/Jeremy Africa|
This is a moment which comes to everyone. For some, it comes with more warning and more preparation. For others, it sneaks up on you or even jumps up when you least expect it. I have been anticipating this moment for a number of years, and somehow, it still managed to surprise me with how quickly it has arrived. I’m speaking about retirement and transition, of course.
|Mark your calendars now. A celebration of Bill Dobbs' ministry will be held on Saturday, June 20, from 2-4 pm at the Area Ministry Center, 1011 Northcrest Road, Lansing. ~MIC photo/Mark Doyal|
As I sit down to write this final Burning Questions blog piece, I have already been through the retirement service at the Detroit Annual Conference and am only days away from my final Annual Conference session in West Michigan. Someone asked me what I have been thinking about in these last few days before the moving people come to take away the books and pictures from the walls of my office. So, if you will permit me, let that be my final Burning Question even if it is not foremost on everyone’s mind.
I’ve been thinking about all the people who have blessed us – Janice and me and our family – over the last 43 years of ministry. Many of them, of course, have already gone on to glory, and many more may well have forgotten the moment or moments which I remember so vividly. But, now, today, they come across the years to remind me that we have been blessed beyond anything we could have imagined when we started out. From that little country church at West Mendon and the arrival of Grandma Dorothy and Grandma Barbara’s welcoming strawberry shortcake just as the moving van departed, to the joys of working with Bishop Deb and all the members of her cabinets as well as every incredible member of our office team, this journey of ordained ministry as an Elder in The United Methodist Church has been a wonderful experience. I know that there must have been painful moments, but I cannot recall the pain. What I am left with is wonderful memories and treasured souls who have made our lives richer for having been touched by them!
I’m also thinking about a line from the service we used every time we left one appointment to go to another. It expressed our awareness of our need for forgiveness and our need to forgive. It was always easier to forgive congregations and church members than it was to admit failure and ask for forgiveness. But the great good news of this repeated exercise was the graceful and forgiving nature of the people of West Mendon and Calvary and Ludington and East Lansing – University and Holland First. They were so forgiving and forgetful that we can only praise God for the mercy and grace we experienced in those appointments. As we now take leave of this last season of ministry in the Bishop’s office, I know that the opportunity for harm has been even greater and the need to forgive and seek forgiveness is even more necessary. Please forgive me for any harm I may have done, either in my writing or in my work as Bishop Deb’s Clergy Assistant. It may be something I said, it may be something I left unsaid or undone. But I hope you will believe that it was never my intention to harm anyone through word or deed!
And I’ve been thinking about what’s next for us – both the “us” of the Dobbs’ household, and the “us” of the Michigan Area. Within a very few days we will know whether the time has come for the two sides of this one state to come together as one whole Area, or if they will remain two distinct conferences. Twice before I thought the time was right, but it was not to be. And, looking back, I now see that it really was not the right time despite all our plans and dreams. There was more work to be done, more bridges to be built, more friends to be made and more joint ministries to be undertaken. Has the right time arrived? I think so, but only the two conferences will reveal the answer on June 10th. However either way, we – the United Methodists of the Michigan Area - are stronger because of the conversations we have undertaken over the last few years and the collaborations we have been a part of. And whatever the future will bring, God is already there beckoning us forward into new possibilities. Our hope is built on nothing less!
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!
About 200 UMC Hymnals
There is no charge for anything but the items must be picked up in Lansing, or interested parties need to pay for shipping costs.
For more information Contact Sue Adsit
Plans are underway for a Volunteer in Mission (VIM) Haiti School Project Trip affiliated with the General Board of Global Ministries and the Michigan Area Haiti Task Force. Proposed dates are October 9-16, 2015. The cost of the trip is approximately $1400 (includes air fares).Youth and young adults are especially encouraged to join the team. Keith Thomas and Rod Green are co-leaders. An orientation meeting will be held in September at the Ypsilanti United Methodist Church.
Applications, medical information, budget, airfares will be available soon for those who are interested.
Donations of playable musical instruments and laptop computers are being collected for use by the schools. The first school band at College Modele as many students with musical talents but a limited number of instruments.
Central United Methodist Church of Waterford is looking to hire a part-time Youth Director.
The job description and application can be found on our website: www.waterfordcumc.org
Please submit your application by July 31, 2015 to either email@example.com or at the Church office.
Commerce United Methodist Church is seeking to fill the time position of Director of Youth/Young Adult Ministries. CUMC is seeking an energized, motivated individual with a strong Christian faith and ability to communicate their faith to others and be seen as an example to the youth at CUMC. Reporting directly to the Pastor, your responsibilities will include:
Direct and oversee the Christian based youth and young adult programs. This includes but is not limited to: providing bible study and spiritual growth opportunities, planning mission projects and trips, and other fellowship opportunities deemed beneficial for the youth and young adults.
Work to identify opportunities to grow youth and young adult membership and participation in the Church. This includes: developing and managing follow ups with those visiting our church, (specifically ones with interest in youth and young adult programming), exploring opportunities This includes developing and managing follow ups with families visiting our church in the community at-large, and within the church community network.
Recruit and train volunteers to assist with youth leadership. This person will work to develop volunteers to be able to mentor the youth at CUMC. The Director of Youth Ministries will coordinate and monitor volunteers pertaining to youth activities
Other tasks assigned by the Pastor and Staff Parrish Relations Committee (SPRC)
CUMC is offering a generous salary for the position as well as a matching church pension program after one year of service and vacation time. All qualified candidates interested in applying for the position should send a resume and cover letter to either Pastor Deane Wyllys, Pastor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Matthew Kennedy, chair of the Staff Parrish Relations Committee, at email@example.com or send their information to the church office at 1155 Commerce Rd, Commerce MI 48382.
Lawrenceburg United Methodist Church (www.lawrenceburgumc.org) is a well-established church in the community of Lawrenceburg, KY, who is committed to leading unified missions and ministries in Christ for the transformation of the world. This worshipping congregation of 100 - 125 seeks a full-time Ministry Assistant who will oversee the youth program and will help in leading worship. The primary responsibilities of the Ministry Assistant will be to provide leadership in youth programming and missions, develop relationships with the youth, families, and congregants, and provide support in the weekly worship and day-to-day ministries of the church.
Dauphin Way United Methodist Church of Mobile, Alabama, seeks a full-time Director of Student Ministries for grades 6-12. This growing congregation of 2100 offers a variety of worship services and has a heart for mission and service in our church, community and around the world. The primary responsibilities of the Director of Student Ministries will be to provide leadership in youth programming and missions, develop relationships with the youth, families, and volunteers, and recruit and train volunteers to minister to the youth.
The successful candidate should have a Bachelors degree, three or more years of experience, and be strong in leadership, relationship building, communication, ministering to youth and working with parents and volunteers. The candidate should be aligned with the beliefs and traditions of the United Methodist Church.
For more detailed information or to submit a resume, including a cover letter and three references, please contact Robin Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. James Huff, Sr., father of Rev. James E. Huff, Jr. [Detroit Annual Conference Clergy], died Sunday, June 28, 2015.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at the Wilson Funeral Home, located at 1323 W. Keiser Avenue; Osceola, Arkansas 72370 [870-563-2877].
Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015 at the cemetery in Morrilton, Arkansas.
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO:
Rev. & Mrs. James Huff, Jr.
PO Box 29
Memphis, MI 48041
GIFTS IN MEMORY MAY BE GIVEN TO:
Blue Water United Methodist Free Store
Blue Water District Office
3061 Commerce Drive, Suite 5
Fort Gratiot, MI 48059
Mrs. Carrol Lewis, mother of Rev. Dr. Barbara Lewis-Lakin [Detroit Annual Conference Clergy], died Thursday, June 25, 2015.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Dearborn: First UMC which is located at 22124 Garrison Street; Dearborn, MI 48124 [313-563-5200]. There will be a gathering time with the family from 9:00 a.m. until the start of the service.
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO:
Rev. Dr. Barbara & Rev. Shawn Lewis-Lakin
Royal Oak, MI 48073
GIFTS IN MEMORY MAY BE GIVEN TO:
Dearborn: First UMC
Robert Bohnsack Surviving Spouse of Rev. Christine F. Bohnsack [Associate Member of the Detroit Annual Conference Clergy], died Wednesday, June 17, 2015.
A Memorial Service was held Saturday, June 20, 2015 at the L’Anse UMC located at 304 N. Main Street; L’Anse, MI 49946 [906-524-7939].
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO [Daughter]:
Mr. & Mrs. James and Heather Miller & Family
2185 Amarillo Street
Portage, IN 46368
GIFTS IN MEMORY MAY BE GIVEN TO:
Omega House - 2211 Maureen Lane; Houghton, MI 49931
Or The L'Anse United Methodist Church
A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Community United Methodist Church. The church is located at 14700 Watertown Plank Road; Elm Grove, WI 53122 [262-782-4060].
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO:
Bishop Donald Ott
S77W12929 McShane Drive D212
Muskego, WI 53150
GIFTS IN MEMORY MAY BE GIVEN TO ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:
The Janet and Donald Ott Scholarship Fund
100 N. East Avenue
Waukesha, WI 53186
Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary
The Don and Jan Ott Scholarship
2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201
Community United Methodist Church
14700 Watertown Plank Road
Elm Grove, WI 53122
Mr. Clifton Smart, father-in-law of Rev. Peter S. Harris [Detroit Annual Conference Clergy], died Wednesday, June 3, 2015.
Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at First Baptist Church of Leander which is located at 10000 Ranch Road 2243 East; Leander, TX 78641 [512-259-1050].
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO:
Rev. & Mrs. Pete and Jan Harris
16181 Wellwood Court
Tipton, MI 49287
Mr. Robert Amick, father of Rev. John H. Amick [Detroit Annual Conference Clergy - UMCOR Assistant General Secretary for International Disaster Response], died Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Dixboro UMC. The church is located at 5221 Church Road; Ann Arbor, MI 48105 [734-665-5632].
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO:
Rev. and Mrs. Jack Amick & Family
260 Maple Road
Valley Cottage, NY 10989
GIFTS IN MEMORY MAY BE GIVEN TO:
[Make check payable to] Regents of the University of Michigan
Connie Amick Dementia Research
3003 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Or Dixboro UMC Volunteers in Mission Scholarships