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GAP Kids Camp in West Branch

Summer GAP (God’s awesome People) Kids Camp 2019 located at West Branch First United Methodist Church has served 74 children from 55 different families during our first 5 weeks with an average of 43 children per day. Our program’s operational hours are from 8 a.m. until 5:15 for 6-weeks, Monday through Friday and offer this program at no cost to participating families. 
We have surrounded these children of whom 55% are not churched families, 
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Charge Conference 2019

2019 Michigan Conference 
Charge Conference Forms are Posted!

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VBS Props

For those who need to return the VBS props, I will be in Clare on August 19, 20th and 28th all day and into the evening hours for those who cannot come during the day.  You will need to bring at least 2 people to unload, as the prop center is located upstairs (for large and awkward items). Please email me which date/time works best for you so I know who to expect and when so the doors are unlocked - Clare UMC, 105 E. 7th St., Clare.

Props can also be used for Sunday school kick-off, theme parties and even to help set the mood for a Christmas pageant – decorations aren’t just for VBS. Props are free to use and just need to be returned in a timely manner and in the condition they were checked out.
Christian Education Sunday is 8/25! Need help with resources? Check here.

August 9
Tri-Cities Motor Speedway
Auburn, MI

Help support Pastor Rob, racing to SEND KIDS TO CAMP!!!!

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Christian Faith and Love in Action in Mayville

Our United Methodist heritage reflects a history of Christian faith and love put into action. One elderly Mayville United Methodist woman and her friend did just that. They collected clothes and food to be given away or sold for $.25 to those who needed help. From that humble beginning and several buildings later and the with the help from Rev. William Maynard of the Mayville UMC, the Mayville Area Share Shop was born and continues to serve the “least of these”.

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August 21, 2019

Great Lakes Loons & Central Bay District Children’s Ministry are teaming up together to offer a FUN night of baseball, crafts and family time

But wait, there’s more:  Every ticket sold represents $3 towards CB District Children Camp Scholarship Money! 

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Rediscover Your Spiritual Gifts in Rose City

September 7th and 14th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This Lay Servant Ministry course uses Charles Bryant’s book as a practical look at how the gifts of the Holy Spirit can renew the lives of individuals and revitalize the church’s ministry with a solid biblical foundation for 32 spiritual gifts found in scripture.

Registration deadline is August 30, 2019. Contact Merry Henderson, registrar, with questions: (989) 447-1874,

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2019 Retreat

Guest Speaker:  Robyn Dykstra

August 24-25, 2019
Kettunen Center – Tustin, MI

The position of the administrative assistant is a vital part of the overall ministry of a church and the congregation. They are the gatekeeper, bridge-builder, keeper of the “information”, soother of wounded feelings, and deliverer of unwanted news. They are the person who has Their finger on the pulse of your congregation and your community. They are the person people will come to for answers. They are the one consistent in the wonderfully crazy church we are all a part of. 

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Conference Children and Youth Event
REVIVE! The Greater Detroit District Conference is focusing on kids and is open for everyone to attend! The date is Saturday, 9/21 from 8:30 am until 12:30. Lunch is provided. There are many different sessions to choose from depending on where you are with your children’s ministry.

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2019 Pre-Retirement Seminar
Monday, October 14th - Tuesday, October 15th
West Bay Beach Resort
615 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686
“Estate Planning, Retired Clergy Taxes” with Rev. David Bell, United Methodist Foundation
“Michigan Conference Health Care” with Rev. Donald J. Emmert, Director of Conference Benefits & HR, and BenePro Representative
“Social Security” with EY Representative
“Pension Benefits” with Wespath Benefits Educator
Registration Costs:
$225 Registration Fee/Two Nights (Oct. 13 & 14)*
+ $75 Spouse
$150 Registration Fee/One Night (Oct. 14 Only)
+ $75 Spouse
$75 Registration Fee/No Overnight Accommodations
+ $75 Spouse
*Limited rooms available for Oct. 13th. Register early to reserve your room.
Click here for more information and to register.
Questions? Contact Jennifer at or 517-347-4030 ext. 4135
Deadline for registering is September 2, 2019.
 Cancellation Policy: Reservations must be cancelled by September 9, 2019 to be refunded. 
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