Detroit Conference Connection - April 18, 2012
Detroit Conference Connection - April 18, 2012
Editor's note: The 2012 General Conference session begins on Tuesday, April 24 and will conclude on Friday, May 4. During that time, there will not be a Detroit Conference Connection. Please check the conference website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed regularly for news and information related to the General Conference session. You can also visit www.detroitconference.org/gc2012 to see all the news and information regarding the General Conference as it relates to the Detroit Conference. The Connection will resume on Wednesday, May 9.
Delegation readies for 2012 General Conference session
The Detroit Conference delegation will travel to Tampa, Fla., next week to participate in the 2012 General Conference session, which will take place from April 24-May 4 at the Tampa Convention Center. The conference will be sending four clergy and four laypersons to serve as delegates to the top legislative body in The United Methodist Church. READ STORY
God made a way out of no way
Michigan Area Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton writes about a recent trip and God's hand in helping him to his destination. READ POST
Plymouth: First UMC choir to perform at General Conference
The choir from Plymouth: First United Methodist Church has been selected to sing during the 2012 General Conference session, which will take place April 24-May 4 in Tampa, Fla. The choir will sing on Tuesday, May 1, performing a 30-minute concert during the lunch break and then singing during the evening worship service. READ STORY
D.S. Speaks - So much to learn
The Rev. Mark Spaw, superintendent of the Ann Arbor District, writes about lessons learned in the latest D.S. Speaks blog. READ POST
Annual conference registration deadline - FRIDAY, APRIL 20!
All clergy and lay members, guests, and visitors to the 2012 annual conference session are asked to register online using the link provided at www.detroitconference.org/annualconference
. The online system allows persons to pay by credit card, or by check. In addition, the system will allows group registrations for those registering more than one individual. The registration deadline is this Friday, April 20. Those registering after the deadline will be subject to a $40 late fee. Before filling out your registration, please consult the following links regarding on-campus housing
, as well as the daily schedule. Please note: on-campus single-occupancy housing in Pellowe Hall is sold out. There is plenty of room in the campus' double-occupancy rooms.
Why start new churches?
The Rev. Dirk Elliott, conference director of new faith communities and congregational development, writes about why we need to start new churches. READ POST
Native American Ministries Sunday is April 22
Native American Ministries Sunday is this Sunday, April 22. It supports scholarships for Native Americans attending United Methodist schools of theology and ministries that reach out to Native Americans. Your gifts to Native American Ministries Sunday help Native American students get the education they need to pursue God’s call in their lives. If you cannot celebrate Native American Ministries Sunday on April 22, receive the offering on any other day of the year. You can give online to Native American Ministries Sunday at any time. Give Now
. For more information, visit www.umcgiving.org/nams
GENERAL CONFERENCE 2012
UMC.org covers General Conference
From April 23 until May 8, the United Methodist denominational website, www.umc.org
, will switch to full coverage of the 2012 General Conference. Audiences will be redirected to the GC site, gc2012.umc.org
. The General Conference is the denomination’s top legislative body, which meets every four years. General Conference 2012 will be held in Tampa, Fla. at the Tampa Convention Center April 24-May 4.
Visitor registration for General Conference
Visitors to the 2012 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, may now pre-register online
. General Conference will meet in Tampa, Fla. at the Tampa Convention Center April 24 through May 4, 2012. Registration is $10 per person and may be paid online by credit card or in person at General Conference by cash. Visitor registration is not required to attend General Conference sessions. However, registered visitors will receive a name badge and program book by bringing their confirmation email to the visitor registration booth on the second floor of the Tampa Convention Center. To register, visit www.umcevents.org/visitorregistration
COMMENTARY: Making Good on Our Promises to Indigenous Peoples
The venue for the 2012 General Conference is a perfect case study on the need for an Act of Repentance to Indigenous Persons. Historically, Tampa was a deportation center for the forced removal of Native Americans from their ancestral lands. Native people were unwillingly and unmercifully shipped like cargo across the Gulf of Mexico to New Orleans. From New Orleans, they joined countless others on the “Trail of Tears.” READ COMMENTARY
ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012
The 2012 session of the Detroit Annual Conference will take place on Thursday-Sunday, May 17-20, 2012, on the campus of Adrian College in Adrian, Mich. This section of the Detroit Conference Connection features news and information regarding the annual conference session. You can visit www.detroitconference.org/annualconference
for the most updated information.
Voting items for 2012 annual conference session now online
The voting items for the 2012 annual conference session, including the resolutions to be considered by the conference, are now available at www.detroitconference.org/annualconference
. As a reminder, voting items are not mailed to conference members. Each conference member is responsible for downloading and/or printing their own materials, or seeking assistance from their local church to access the materials.
Resolution 13 available for downloading
An additional resolution has been added to the voting items for the 2012 Detroit Annual Conference session. Resolution 13, which deals with editorial changes to the conference's policy on Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Persons, can be downloaded by visiting www.detroitconference.org/annualconference
. The resolution has been assigned to Legislative Section 9.
Health Screenings to take place at 2012 annual conference session
As part of its wellness initiatives, the conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits will offer a health screening during the 2012 annual conference session. The screening will be conducted by Personal Health Partners (formerly ProCheck for Health). PHP provides health screening opportunities for a number of annual conferences. FULL STORY
Special collections to take place to benefit Haiti, Liberia, children at conference session
TIDBITS AND OTHER INFORMATION YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW …
From UMCOR: Spring storm recovery
More than 100 tornadoes churned through nine Midwestern states this past weekend, leaving a path of destruction, death, and injury. Especially hard hit were the towns of Norman and Woodward, Oklahoma. In Woodward, six people died in the storm, including three children. The severe weather also destroyed 75 percent of the tiny town of Thurman, Iowa. And in Oaklawn, Kansas, a suburb of Wichita, more than 100 mobile homes were left in ruins. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is in touch with the annual conferences affected by the storms to offer support. United Methodists across the region have sprung into action, providing shelter at churches, distributing supplies, and deploying early response teams where appropriate. Severe spring storms have brought early tornadoes, floods, and high winds all across the United States this year. In each case, UMCOR works with the affected annual conferences to provide them with the support that they need, be it financial, personnel, material goods, or training. You can help UMCOR respond to these storms by preparing cleaning buckets
and by giving to UMCOR Advance #3021473, Spring Storms 2012. DONATE NOW to Spring Storms 2012 Advance
From UMCOR: Spring Storms bulletin insert
This year’s unusually mild winter and warm start to spring have fueled a series of dangerous storms across the United States. Use this new church bulletin insert
to share the United Methodist Committee on Relief's response to these and future storms. The insert also contains giving information, including the new Spring Storms 2012 Advance
, to support UMCOR’s response.
Golden Cross Sunday is May 6
Golden Cross Sunday provides an offering opportunity to support special needs camperships, children who have been abused or neglected, and seniors who have outlived their savings. The organizations represented are United Methodist Outdoor & Retreat Ministries, Methodist Children’s Home Society, and United Methodist Retirement Communities. Click here for more information and to obtain offering resources.
Speak up on World Malaria Day!
World Malaria Day is Wednesday, April 25. Because of The United Methodist Church's support for Imagine No Malaria, the impact of malaria has been cut in half! Now malaria claims a life in Africa every 60 seconds. While this is great progress, your continued support is needed to beat this disease. Please speak up for the children in Africa. Adding your name to the growing list of compassionate advocates is as simple as sending a text message! Text SWAT to 27722 and sign the petition
to save lives. Visit ImagineNoMalaria.org
to learn other ways you can help fight this preventable killer disease.
Healthy Leaders & Vital Congregations: Are They Connected?
As leaders in congregations today are facing massive changes in focus, resources, and capacities, this important question will be the topic of the Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeastern Michigan's next Clergy and Congregational Leaders Day scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Dr. Emlyn Ott, Professor of Ministry and Pastoral Leadership at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH, and CEO and Director of Healthy Congregations, Inc. will enable participants to learn how Bowen family systems theory can bring a unique and deeper view to the challenges faced by leaders and congregations in today’s environment. MORE INFO
Great Inner City Volunteer Missional Opportunity in Flint!
June 17 - 22/23, 2012. Interested in a UMVIM mission project close to home? Calvary United Methodist Church in Flint sponsors one each year - a week of home repair within the city of Flint, MI . People from all over spend as much time as they can during the week of June 17 to pre-assigned projects targeted from a number of applications received. Calvary houses and feeds as many as we can in our facility---showers are available for those who spend evenings with us. All ages are welcome; we think it a great time for youth. Wednesdays bring a break with a wonderful picnic and beach experience. Worship and devotions are integrated each day. The cost is $200 for the week (100 for meals, 100 for materials) but is not absolutely necessary-we will accept anyone simply with any donation. We will accept whatever time you can give as well. Projects start Monday June 18 and conclude by Friday or Saturday of that week, depending on who and what transpires. We will also accept donations for the project. Applications for repair projects we will be accepted beginning April 16. Please contact Mr. Jeff Johnson at 810-397-8384
Online auction to benefit Battle Creek: First UMC
has posted over 200 items to be auctioned online on Thursday, April 19. Battle Creek First United Methodist Church, according to Derek Risor, Manager of Biddergy.com, is the first church in Michigan to use an online auction as an addition to traditional forms of seeking financial support for ministry. First UMC of Battle Creek in engaged ministry with the poor in an urban context and must maintain a 104 years old church facility in that ministry. They want to encourage every United Methodist Church in Michigan to go online at Biddergy.com
and participate in the Miracle happening at the center of the City of Battle Creek. Please Call 269 963 5567
for more information.
Michigan Area Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton has announced the following appointments for the Detroit Conference:
- Patricia Gandarilla Becerra to El Buen Pastor and Lincoln Park Faith Community (Detroit Renaissance District), effective July 1, 2012. She is presently serving as the director of Hispanic ministry in Omaha, Neb., for the Missouri River District of the Nebraska Conference.
- Terri Branstrom to Republic and Woodland UMCs (Marquette District), effective July 1, 2012. She is presently serving Ishpeming: Salisbury UMC (Marquette District).
- Gloria Haynes to Riverview UMC (Detroit Renaissance District), effective July 1, 2012. She is presently serving Pigeon: Salem UMC (Blue Water District).
- Mr. Tom Terhune, father of Rev. Brad Terhune and father-n-law of Rev. Amy Terhune [Detroit Annual Conference Clergy], died on Saturday, April 7, 2012. Read notice
- April 21 - Crossroads District Bishop's Day - Genesse Valley Center
- April 21 - VIM Festival Of Opportunities - West Branch UMC - CANCELLED
- April 22 - Native American Ministries Sunday
- April 24-May 4 - 2012 General Conference session - Tampa, Fla.
- April 25 - World Malaria Day
- April 28 - New Beginnings for Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee members - Frankenmuth UMC
- May 3- New Beginnings for Pastors, Administrative Assistants/Secretaries, and Program Staff - Frankenmuth UMC
- May 4-6 - 2012 Rx Consultation - Highland UMC
- May 6 - Golden Cross Sunday
- May 17-20 - 2012 Annual Conference session - Adrian, Mich.
- May 28- Memorial Day (Conference office closed)
Dreaming of Vital Congregations
This is it, the last film in our five-part series Dreaming of Vital Congregations. We have found this film impacts United Methodists in the U.S. more than any other. For instance, did you know that basic Christian resources are not available in Central Conferences (Africa, the Philippines and Europe)? It seems the places where there is the most growth the resources are simply not available; basic resources that we in the U.S. take for granted.
Watch Making Growth Sustainable: Providing Needed Resources in Central Conferences and ask yourself "what do I take for granted when attend church each Sunday?" How is it that the fastest growing areas of The United Methodist Church are those with the least resources? Will that ever change? Get a group together at your church to view and discuss this film.
This fifth film in the five-part series, Dreaming of Vital Congregations, produced by the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD), is also available to download at: GBOD.org/Dreaming
Be a part of the growing number of church lay and clergy members to watch and comment on this thought-provoking series, and watch for future releases.
Is it hard for you to MAKE THE ASK?
Most of us find it easier to talk about our faith than about money. If you find it difficult to talk about giving, consider taking this online course:
Turning Connectional Living into Connectional Giving
In this free online course, you’ll move at your own pace. The course is interactive, with discussion forums, quizzes and other activities. You’ll learn:
- How to be a missional storyteller— describing the differences the church makes in the world and how giving affects that difference.
- What the apportioned and designated funds are— and the difference between the two.
- How to “make the ask” in your congregation.
Dates: May 2 – June 13
through April 26. No participants will be admitted if the course becomes full. The next CG101 course starts in July.
What does "connectional" mean?
When we say The United Methodist Church is connectional, that means we can do more together than any one of us can do alone. This applies not just to the way we live, but also to the way we give.
Five ways to equip vital congregations
Every month the General Board of Discipleship sends five ways you can better equip Vital Congregations and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Here’s this month’s list:
1 - Help a new church launch its weekly worship service. Media grants for advertising support are available from GBOD’s Path1 and United Methodist Communications for 10 new United Methodist church plants in the U.S. If you know of a new church that will launch public worship services in fall of 2012, tell them about this grant, which is only for advertising the launch of the church's weekly public worship. Applications are due May 15. For more information or to apply, go to www.path1.org/floating7.php
Prepare pastors and congregations for smooth clergy changes. “Making a ‘Good’ Move,” a free webinar on April 24 at 1:30 p.m. CDT, will focus on what pastors with new appointments can do to say good-bye to one community and hello to another. It will include advice from pastors who have made transitions well, as well as provide ideas for a positive change for pastors and their families. A webinar for congregations experiencing a pastoral change will be May 3 at 6:30 p.m. CDT. To register or to get more information, go to www.gbod.org/committee_resources
3 - D
iscover grant opportunities for youth and young adult ministries. Two grants are available through Young People’s Ministries to aid ministries that are by, with and for young people. Both the Youth Service Fund and Grants for Ministries with Young People provide financial support for creative and innovative ministries that involve young people. Applications are due June 1. For more information, go to http://globalyoungpeople.org/grants-scholarship/
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
4 - Plan to celebrate Christian Home Month. May is Christian Home Month in the United Methodist Church, and this year’s theme is “Families: Called to Hope!” Resources are available from GBOD to help local congregations develop and strengthen faith in the home and support Christian families in their faith journeys. Worship suggestions, family devotional ideas and congregational activities are available at www.gbod.org/family
. Or request a print copy by sending your contact information to Nancy Dunlap at email@example.com
5 - Encourage older adults to live with purpose and joy. Share My Story, My Song, the heartwarming memoir of 88-year-old Lucimarian Roberts, mother of Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts. Lucimarian candidly reflects on how God has been her anchor through the peaks and valleys of life and has used people of all ages and races to guide and encourage her. With personal reflections from Robin, My Story, My Song is a welcome reminder that older adults still have a valuable story to tell, and that their story is not yet finished. For more information, go to www.upperroom.org/news/40
Online Course: Moodle 100 - Basic Training
This online course is hands-on and will equip you with the skills you need to understand Moodle from the learner’s perspective, become familiar with the interface, and prepare to build your own course. You’ll see just how much you can do with the Moodle learning-management system. Each session includes four weeks of instruction and an additional two weeks of practice course work.
Is Moodle just a funny word?
Quite the contrary. Moodle is a free software you can download that can help you communicate in new and different ways.
What will I learn with Moodle 100?
- Develop an online Bible study
- Facilitate real-time chats with your congregation
- Conduct a poll among your congregation
- Send surveys and questionnaires
- Share resources and files
- Create a discussion forum
Some churches even use Moodle to manage their websites!
Dates: May 2 – June 13
Credit: Upon successful completion, learners receive one SACEM
through April 26. No participants will be admitted if the course becomes full. The next Moodle 100 course starts in July.
United Methodist News Service stories
to view and submit mission trips originating from the churches of the Detroit Conference. All local churches taking VIM trips are encouraged to enter their trips on the conference website.
About the Detroit Conference Connection
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