Dr. Karen Asher (l) discusses ebola response issues with Dr. Olusimbo Ige, who oversees United Methodist health boards in 16 African countries. They were among participants from 14 annual conferences attending the Liberia Partner Summit at Nardin Park UMC, Nov. 13-14.
Bishop Mike Lowry says planting churches requires more than "following the rooftops." United Methodists are starting fruitful congregations in settings as varied as diners and prisons.
The Rev. Dr. William Dobbs explains why it matters for pastors and laypersons to participate in listening sessions with Bishop Deb that begin this week. Find a site convenient for you and enter the conversation read more>>
Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey has regretfully accepted the Rev. Dr. Joanne R. Bartelt’s request for an immediate disability leave. She has named retired pastor and former superintendent Rev. Duane E. Miller to serve, effective December 1, 2014.
Just ask the Rev. Jacob Armstrong, pastor of Providence United Methodist Church in this Nashville suburb. Six years ago, the church held its first service in a city park with about 140 people. About half were visitors who came to show the support of a nearby United Methodist congregation.
Today, Providence has a regular worship attendance of about 1,000 — enough to fill a drafty middle school gym for two services even on a cold, rainy Sunday morning. Many of those worshipers are new to church.
“I think it attests that people are looking to connect with Christ and connect with each other,” Armstrong said. “What we’ve learned from new people is that people come because someone invited them.”
The young congregation is so successful it is now helping to mentor other church planters, including a pastor who started a United Methodist congregation in a neighboring town last year.
Providence is a bright spot highlighted in the Congregational Vitality Report presented to the Council of Bishops earlier this month.
The news on the vitality front is decidedly mixed.
The report showed U.S. church starts are on the rise — from 116 in 2012, to 145 last year.
Over the past two years, 688 new faith communities have started in the denomination’s central conferences — church regions in Africa, Asia and Europe. Faith communities include small worship groups that may never grow big enough to be considered churches.
The same period saw a drop in what the denomination defines as “highly vital congregations.” Such congregations in the U.S. dipped 7 percent from 34 percent in 2012 to 27 percent in 2013.
The denomination measures a congregation’s vitality by growth, member involvement in church, engagement in the community and giving.
“We’re in a time of transition and working on turning things around,” New Jersey Area Bishop John R. Schol, a leader of the denomination’s Vital Congregations Initiative, told United Methodist News Service. “Any time you’re in transition and turnaround, you’re going to see progress and you’re going to see unevenness in the progress.”
In 2013, six U.S. conferences increased in highly vital congregations, while 47 decreased. Ten conferences increased the percentage of congregations growing in worship attendance, while 42 conferences saw declines. Overall, U.S. churches saw a 2 percent reduction in worship attendance.
Worship attendance is growing in only about a third of U.S. churches.
Still, the denomination is ahead of where it was in 2010, when it began its current focus on vital congregations. That year, only about 14.8 percent of U.S. United Methodist churches were identified as highly vital.
“We saw good progress immediately after conferences and congregations set goals,” Schol said. But he added other factors could have contributed to last year’s decrease, including clergy retirements.
To reverse decades of declining U.S. membership, Schol and other denominational leaders say United Methodists will need to maintain focus on congregational vitality. Planting churches is part of that focus.
Indeed, Schol said, new congregations are often among the most vital. They have a sense of calling, know their communities’ needs and can prioritize reaching new people for Christ.
Also, they tend to be planted where the population is growing.
Providence is in Mount Juliet, a growing Nashville suburb, with residents from around the world.
It began as a vision of a group of church leaders in the district who saw a need for a new United Methodist presence in the area. Armstrong, a Mount Juliet native, and his wife, Rachel, felt called to help start a new church.
“Studies show new people are drawn to new places,” Armstrong said. “If someone is moving from Indiana, that person is more likely to check us out than an older church because we’re new, they’re new. We’re all starting on the same foot.”
One of the biggest challenges the denomination has faced in recent decades is the result of Methodism’s early success. In the 19th century, the movement spread rapidly across the United States with new churches sprouting in just about every human settlement.
Today, about 60 percent of U.S. United Methodist churches are in rural communities. Problem is about 80 percent of the U.S. population now lives in urban areas.
While many rural churches are doing vital ministry, church leaders have long known growth comes where more people are.
For many decades in many conferences, planting churches was not a priority, said Fort Worth (Texas) Area Bishop J. Michael Lowry. Some conferences were planting two or three a decade rather two or three a year.
That began to change in 2008 with the founding of Path1 New Church Starts, part of the denomination’s Discipleship Ministries.
Path1 works with conferences to provide coaching, training and other resources for new church developers.
The Rev. Candace M. Lewis, Path1’s executive director, said her division helps “the denomination see the big picture” as it goes about starting new faith communities.
Lowry, who chairs Path1’s advisory board, said the group’s work has made the biggest difference in conferences too small to hire a full-time new church development staff person. It’s also helping the denomination stay focused on cultivating church planters.
For example, Path1 also helps fund residency programs where aspiring church planters work side-by-side with the leaders of large churches.
Providence is now part of that residency program.
“I believe healthy churches can plant healthy churches,” Armstrong said. “It’s in their DNA.”
Between 2008 and 2012, United Methodists started 684 congregations in the United States, exceeding the denomination’s goal of 650. Most of those churches are going strong, Lewis said, but Path1 is still working on tracking closures of the new congregations.
By the end of 2016, the goal is to start 1,000 more.
Lewis acknowledged that looks daunting, but Path1 has plans to expand its efforts.
Leaders are using various strategies to start congregations. They can start as an additional campus of an existing congregation or receive support from a congregation or group of congregations, as Providence did. They can target a specific ethnic or language group or even be what the denomination calls a vital merger, when two or more churches consolidate into a new congregation. Often these vital mergers are finally free from costly, difficult-to-maintain buildings and better able to focus on ministries.
Lowry said starting churches requires more than “following the rooftops” to new leafy, affluent suburbs. United Methodists have started fruitful congregations in settings as varied as diners and prisons.
The denomination is still closing more churches than opening new ones. In 2013, 375 churches closed, according to United Methodist Council on Finance and Administration statistics.
Lowry envisions that trend changing in 20 or 30 years if the denomination keeps an emphasis on establishing new congregations.
“Can you imagine Paul (the Apostle) saying we have enough churches? He never would,” Lowry said. “There are always new groups of people to reach.”
ADRIAN, Mich. (Nov. 10, 14) – Adrian College Chaplain Christopher Momany has been invited to join a major review of The United Methodist Church’s “Social Principles.” The Social Principles serve as the denomination’s central document regarding matters of ethics and social justice. They are included in the church’s Book of Discipline. Momany will travel to Washington D.C. January 23-24 to take part in a consultation.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to join an exciting mission,” said Dr. Momany. “I am especially intrigued by the theological and global nature of our task. United Methodist theology expresses a unique approach to the redemption offered through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This embrace and renewal is open to all – and more particularly, to each and every person. That establishes powerful motivation for global sensitivity and inclusion.”
Worldwide, The United Methodist Church represents about 12.5 million people of faith. As a way to revisit the Social Principles, the denomination’s General Board of Church and Society is holding a series of consultations in different locations around the globe. Each consultation will include approximately 20 people. Consultations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Mozambique have been completed, followed by a gathering in the Philippines. A consultation will take place in Prague, Czech Republic during December. Two consultations will be held in the United States in early 2015.
The consultations aim to help the Social Principles become more succinct, theologically founded, and globally relevant. Findings of the meetings will be shared with the 2016 United Methodist General Conference, the church’s highest policy-making body.
Lansing, Michigan (MIC) -- Michigan Area Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey today announced that she has regretfully accepted Blue Water District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Joanne R. Bartelt’s request for an immediate disability leave. In the announcement, Bishop Kiesey also named retired pastor and former superintendent Rev. Duane E. Miller to serve as interim Blue Water District Superintendent, effective December 1, 2014 until July 1, 2015. A permanent appointment will be announced in the coming months.
|Rev. Duane E. Miller|
"It deeply saddens me to accept Joanne’s request for leave.” Said Bishop Kiesey, “She is a vital member of our cabinet, a faithful leader of the Blue Water District and someone deeply committed to the work of Jesus Christ and our denomination.” Bishop Kiesey added, “We will miss her joyful and caring approach to ministry and pray for her quick return to full health."
Since 2009, Rev. Dr. Joanne Bartelt has served as the District Superintendent in the Blue Water District. Previously, she served Ann Arbor First UMC, Gladstone Memorial UMC and Rochester St Paul’s UMC.
"I am deeply grateful for Duane’s willingness to return to lead as the interim DS in the Blue Water District. “ Commented Bishop Kiesey, “Duane’s leadership has always been an exceptional gift to our conference and I look forward to working with him on the cabinet.” Bishop Kiesey continued, “Please hold him in your prayers as he cares for the people of the Blue Water District."
Rev. Miller retired in 2011. In addition to serving as the Detroit East District Superintendent, he served Memphis Lamb UMC, the Gwinn/Ishpeming/Salisbury Charge, Macomb Community Church, Seymour Lake UMC, and Caro UMC. From 1986 to 1996, he served as the Associate Council Director of Stewardship and Evangelism for the Detroit Annual Conference.
Letters of appreciation and support can be sent to Rev. Dr. Joanne R. Bartelt in care of the Blue Water District Office, 3061 Commerce Drive, Suite 5, Fort Gratiot 48059.
Please direct any specific questions to the district superintendents of Detroit Renaissance, Crossroads or Blue Water:
UMVIM, North Central Jurisdiction
The insurance policy we offered through Brotherhood Mutual was terminated as of September 20, 2014. The company will honor any applications that extend through December 31, 2014.
As approved by the executive committee of the UMVIM-NCJ Board, we have negotiated a very comparable package with CMA out of Georgia (who offer a Seven Corners Insurance Policy from Carmel, IN) – the same company that insures the NEJ and SEJ. The cost has again decreased and everyone on the team does not have to purchase it.
All new applications will go to CMA.
We now offer medical/accident/evacuation insurance for international and U.S. teams. Cost per team member:
$10,000 coverage for $1.55/day + $10 registration
$25,000 coverage for $1.85/day + $10 registration
$50,000 coverage for $2.00/day + $10 registration
Also from CMA, for U.S. and international missions, a Sports policy is now available, which includes the medical/accident/evacuation insurance but everyone on the team must opt in for this one. Cost per team member:
$10,000 coverage for $1.95/day + $10 registration
$25,000 coverage for $2.30/day + $10 registration
We will keep the Accident Only policy for U.S. missions through Special Markets Insurance Company (Mutual of Omaha policy). This is particularly good for ERT teams as the information does not have to come in weeks ahead of the mission – same day is fine. The cost per team member is $.75/day + $5.00 registration.
This information is on the North Central UMVIM website (http://www.umvimncj.org/NCJVIM/Forms.html).
If you have trainings coming up – please substitute the attachments you find here into Section 10 of the UMVIM Manual under Insurance Options.
When Methodists are united . . . we provide an alternative to the recent US consumer driven shopping traditions of Black Friday, Local Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. UMC #GivingTuesday offers an opportunity to start off the holiday season by giving instead of getting through supporting organizations and missionaries that have been researched and approved by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. And 100% of all gifts made through The Advance are given directly to the designated project.
On December 2, you can extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season by participating in UMC #GivingTuesday. Every gift made online through The Advance at www.umcmission.org/give on Dec. 2 will be matched up to $1 million.
Global Ministries will allocate the matching funds dollar for dollar up to the first $1 million in gifts to Advance projects received online on Dec. 2 between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. EST. A maximum of $2,500 per individual gift to a project will be dispersed as matching funds. A project may receive a maximum of $25,000 in matching funds.
Last year on UMC #GivingTuesday, United Methodists collectively raised a record $6.5 million on line in through The Advance. 11,000 individuals and churches in 34 countries gave more than 16,300 gifts to mission and ministries they believe in. It was a wonderful sign of commitment and extravagant generosity, maximizing the impact of thousands of United Methodists coming together on one day to transform the world.
UMC #GivingTuesday is part of an international movement to extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season. It offers an opportunity to start off the holiday season by giving instead of getting by supporting organizations that are transforming the world.
When Methodists are united . . . and support any one of the 850 United Methodist related Advance projects, together we meet a range of needs, from helping survivors cope with natural or civil disasters to helping communities build churches, feed and educate children, and equip hospitals and clinics.
Since its founding in 1948, The Advance has helped channel more than 3 million gifts totaling more than $1 billion dollars to thousands of projects and ministries.
While people can give through The Advance any time of year, having one day when Methodists are united in supporting The Advance together, shifts energy away from secular consumerism and back into a spirit of cheerful Christian giving. It shows the world the transformational power that can happen in one day . . . when Methodists are united. Want to be united, too? Click here to learn of project possibilities.
Giving Tuesday can be a way to facilitate alternative giving.
November 27, 2-5 p.m., the First United Methodist Church of Durand invites the community to its 7th annual FREE Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner. The church is located at 10016 E. Newburg Road, Durand, (just east of town, corner of Newburg and New Lothrop roads). The menu begins with succulent roasted turkey and we go from there: Hearty dressing, rich gravy, creamy potatoes, buttery vegetables and rolls, plus PIES for desert! Take outs are available!
While food is important, it really is about great fellowship and time spent making wonderful memories with family, friends, and making new friends. If you know of anyone who will be alone on Thanksgiving Day, tell them about this opportunity.
We know some people always feel they need to give something in return for the dinner. So (only if you want to), we do receive canned goods and monetary donations for the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank located in Vernon but this is not required! Dont let it stop you from enjoying this thanksgiving meal.
Remember! This dinner is FREE! For more information call the church at 989/288-3880. Office hours are Tuesdays and Fridays 8 a.m. 1:30 p.m. or leave a message and well get back to you as soon as possible.
By now, I hope you have all heard about the “Conversations on a Journey” which Bishop Deb is hosting around the Area over the next three months.
Bishop Deb will be in Cadillac, Escanaba and Midland during the week this blog is published, and later in Grand Rapids and Northville. (see details below)
She is hoping to hear from as many area United Methodists as possible during these five events and she is happy to be sharing her vision and dreams as well. These should be wonderful conversations.
This month’s Burning Question, voiced by a clergy person, came to our office in advance of the first conversation, but was born out of concerns for both the process and any possible outcomes. “I hear the Bishop say she is coming to listen to us, but the last time we had “listening sessions” they were anything but. How can we be sure that this time is different? Why would we want to make the effort to encourage our laity to be there?”
I understand the concern. The last time we talked about listening sessions on an area-wide level, we were operating out of a different set of assumptions and understandings. The people who planned and conducted those “listening” sessions had been given an assignment and thought that the best way to carry out their assignment would be to take a proposed plan to the people and allow them to ask questions about the proposal. Not a bad idea, and well-executed by the members of the MATT team.
But many of us came away feeling like we had different ideas we hoped to share and it seemed that there just wasn’t time or any opportunity to give input. The end result was that some of us were frustrated by the process, and the frustration has not gone away. As I have traveled around the area, I have heard very little resistance to the idea of becoming one conference for the Michigan Area. But I have heard lingering skepticism about how this process will move forward and many questions about timelines and possible input from persons in the pew and behind the pulpit.
So please let me share with you what I think, based on what I have heard to date from Bishop Deb and conference leaders from both Detroit and West Michigan. First, and foremost, I have heard a desire and commitment to learn from the mistakes we have made in the past. Bishop Deb has come to this place after listening to people from across the area, and she is determined to continue to seek input from lay and clergy alike as we go forward. She is coming to these conversations with an open mind and deep trust in the wisdom resident in the people of the Church. She is clear that she wants to give the people of the Area opportunities to weigh-in with their thoughts and ideas, both in these initial stages and throughout the process.
Second, I believe that we will learn from the experiences of others. In the past, we were moving into areas of conversation where few other Annual Conferences had gone, and we did not have many other examples to draw from. But today, many annual conferences have experienced these vital mergers and the creation of a singular new conference where there had been two or more predecessor conferences. They have had successes and bumps along the way and we can learn from them. I know that Bishop Deb and her conference leaders from both West Michigan and Detroit have already been to Indiana to hear about their experiences of moving from two conferences to one new conference, and I am confident that there will be many more such conversations and fact-finding trips in the future.
Third, I am convinced, from what I have heard so far, that we are not in a rush to get to the end of the journey. I believe that the people and conversations I have heard are prepared to take their time in order to get it right the first time. By that I mean that, if the two conferences decide that they would like to become one new conference for the Michigan Area, then the becoming will be stretched out over enough time to allow this new thing to grow and develop, with a variety of inputs through many different means. The new conference, if it is to happen, will not be dropped out of the sky full-grown and fully developed in a matter of weeks. It will emerge from weeks and months of input gathering and idea-testing across the entire area. And I do not believe that this input gathering and idea-testing process will be conducted by the same persons who have brought us to these decision points in the past. We will certainly want to hear their voices and learn from their experiences. But if we are to have a “new” thing, then we must have new leaders with fresh ideas and fewer ties to the ways we have always done things in the past. What excites me is that I believe there are just such persons willing and eager to lead us in these new directions. I also believe that those who have been in leadership roles are prepared to hand off the baton.
However, before any of this can happen, Bishop Deb would like to hear from you and have you hear from her. There are several ways this can happen. You can attend a conversation event. You may participate in the planned “web” event in January. You can speak with a conference or district lay leader. You can email the bishop’s office or join the social media dialogue which has already begun. But mostly, you can prayerfully prepare for the opportunity will be given to each annual conference to let the Bishop and conference leaders know, by means of the ballot, whether you agree with their vision for the area.
There will come a moment when our votes will be each be counted and we will be given our opportunity to say “yes, we agree” or “no, we do not.” In the end, the choice will be ours. I know that Bishop Deb is prepared to trust the wisdom of the two conferences and their members on this. She really wants to hear from you!
This week's schedule:
The year: 1952. The place: Hornick, a small town on the very western edge of Iowa. A bubbly, blonde, curly headed little girl had just celebrated her first birthday, and was just beginning to pull herself to a standing position in preparation for her first steps. She, her parents, and her older brother and sister were looking forward to the relaxing, slower paced days of summer in Iowa.
August’s Burning Questions blog generated a number of questions and comments – some posted and more not. I’m grateful to everyone who responded.
One of those who responded had more than a little “heat” in the Burning Question which came my way: “Why does the Bishop not want to use the 'm' word? It’s a merger no matter how we try to 'sugar-coat it.' We should call it what it is. When we fail to do so, we make people wonder what we are trying to hide!"
Great question! Let me see if I can shed some light on the Bishop’s thinking as she leads us forward into a “new thing” – whatever that turns out to be.
First, the reason around the hesitation to use the “m” word. It began when the Bishop was assigned to the Michigan Area. People on the Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committee and others, people she has known and respected for years, told her that she should NEVER use the “m” or "merger" word in Michigan.
There had just been too many bad experiences in the past and there were still too many painful wounds. She has already said that in print and from the pulpit. I’m not sure if some people think she is exaggerating that part of her story, but I know from personal experience that she came with that thought even before she moved to Lansing. And when she got here we did nothing to discourage her from that line of thinking.
But as she moved around the state, and I was there for some of those introductory meetings, she really did hear people asking repeatedly: “When are we going to be one?”
She heard about our conference successes. Both conferences have much to celebrate and be proud of. But she also heard about our failures and our continual decline in membership and attendance no matter what we have tried in the past. And she began to wonder if we might want to try a new way of doing “conference”, a way that refocuses our energies and resources on the core values we all share.
When we use the “merger” word, we tend to think about the past and how to bring two entities together while preserving the things we have always done or valued. And those conversations can become heated. Letting go of the past is always difficult, and the older we become, the more past we have to hold on to. But if we are going to reverse our fortunes and began to build the kingdom again, we need to regain our focus on moving forward. That’s why Bishop Deb and others have been reluctant to use the “m” word. Not trying to hide or sugar-coat anything, just trying to point us to new possibilities.
Second, I want to assure everyone that the destination toward which we are moving is not yet known – to the Bishop, certainly, nor anyone else. It feels to me a little like the Exodus experience of the Hebrew people. They were being summoned to leave a place they had known, a place they had prayed to be delivered from but were reluctant to leave behind, and set out for a “promised” land they had never seen. I am convinced that they were able to make that great journey on the basis of hope and trust. They had a hope that the future would be better than the past and a trust in the One who was making the promise and surrounding them along the way.
Yes, there were some then and there are some now who do not want to set out until we have seen what the promised land actually looks like. I don’t think anyone can answer that request with accuracy at this point. What we can do is clarify and commit to discovering the values and vison which will guide us along the way and help us recognize it when we reach the place toward which we are headed. Those things, the core values or expectations, as Bishop Schnase calls them in his book, Seven Levers, and our defining vision or mission statement can be seen and known before we make the decision to set out on our journey. They may be refined along the way, of course, but they can be and will be stated clearly for everyone to see before we take the first step in the wilderness of transformation and “new things.”
So, over these next weeks and months, several things will be taking place. Work will be done and input will be sought from all across the Michigan Area as we try to carefully and purposefully listen to you and others share your vision and values for what these new things might look like. There will be opportunities to share with the bishop personally as she travels from St. Joe to Detroit and Adrian to Traverse City to Marquette to meet with and listen to lay and clergy from the four corners of this great state. Please notice that I have been careful to use the “listen” word. That, too, is not sugar-coated or disingenuous. She really wants to listen and to hear from you. She will not be coming with a fixed agenda or a series of “talking points.” She will be coming to listen.
And she will continue to share her sense of call and excitement for what is possible when the people of Michigan come together to do great things for the kingdom. She believes that we are better together than we are apart, and that this is a time for the people of the Area to unite around a vison of disciple-making that can transform the world.
May it be so!
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Approximately 10 hours per week, $150 per week
North Lake United Methodist Church at 14111 N. Territorial Rd, Chelsea is looking for an innovative and enthusiastic person who is organized, detail oriented, has experience with children, is flexible, and is available on Sundays.
The staff person would be physically at North Lake UMC team teaching Sunday School and meeting with our Youth Group on Sunday. The staff person would be communicating with the Education team and the pastor in planning Sunday School and Youth group activities. The staff person would also, be conceiving and implementing new Christian programming targeting children and youth and helping to coordinate volunteers for these programs.
Please send a resume to: email@example.com
Pianist/organist for the Ortonville United Methodist Church, in Ortonville, MI. Organ playing is not necessary but a plus. Call Sharon Williams at 586-707-7348
Upper Pennisula Church (Gwinn UMC) starting a New Children's Ministry is seeking low cost (free would be good), used Bell Chimes. If you've replaced your chimes and would like your old ones to go to a good home to be used by loving children - please give us a call!
Mr. Walter Cain, father-in-law of Rev. Dennis E. Irish [Detroit Annual Conference Clergy], died Thursday, November 13, 2014.
Rev. John N. Howell [Retired Detroit Annual Conference Clergy], died Saturday, November 8, 2014.
Mrs. Paula Thompson, spouse of Rev. James W. Thompson [Former Detroit Annual Conference Clergy,
Retired Indiana Conference Clergy], died Sunday, October 26, 2014.
Funeral Service will be held at 2:00pm Sunday, November 2, 2014, at Aldersgate UMC located at 5130 Lincoln Avenue; Evansville, IN 47715 [812-477-7816].
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO:
Rev. James Thompson
2704 East Blackford Avenue
Evansville, IN 47714
GIFTS IN MEMORY MAY BE GIVEN TO:
Aldersgate UMC - 5130 Lincoln Ave.; Evansville, IN 47715
Methodist Temple UMC - 2109 Lincoln Ave.; Evansville, IN 47714
Mrs. Bonnie Jean McKown, surviving spouse of Rev. Billy J. McKown [Detroit Annual Conference Clergy], died Monday,
September 29, 2014.
A Memorial Service was held Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the Swartz Funeral Home located at 1225 West Hill Road; Flint, MI 48507
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT:
To The Family of Mrs. Bonnie McKown
c/o Swartz Funeral Home
1225 W. Hill Road
Flint, MI 48507
Mrs. Arlene Watt, surviving spouse of Rev. Robert C. Watt [Detroit Annual Conference Clergy], died Friday, September 26, 2014.
Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 3, 2014, at Holly: Calvary UMC, located at 15010 N. Holly Road; Holly, MI 48442 [248-634-9711]. A time of visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service.
CONDOLENCES MAY BE SENT TO [Son]:Mr. & Mrs. Robert Watt
GIFTS IN MEMORY MAY BE GIVEN TO:Residential Hospice Foundation