The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) awards more than $2 million in scholarships every year. Michigan students can apply now through March 1, 2022.
Called By Name
SUMMER CAMP 2022
The first thing that happens at camp is that your name is called. You are known in the camp community as welcomed, loved, and encouraged to be who God calls you to be. We can’t wait to meet you, know you and call you by name as a friend in Christ!
Ministry with children in our churches and communities is important and vital to families and healthy churches.
Get more information:
- Protecting Our Kids and Youth
- Faith and Family Playlists
- Protection Policy Template for Local Churches
- Ideas, Support and more!
Bring on the Broom Ball & Hot Chocolate!
Warm Up With the Fun of Camp at Winter Blast!
These two February weekends will be a BLAST! One for High School and one for Middle School-Elementary!
Come ready for sledding, playing games on the ice, worship, and chilling out. Make new friends and catch up with camp friends. Hear stories of Difference Makers from the Bible and discover how we can be Difference Makers too.
The Heritage District is happy to announce that Connectional Grants and financial assistance are once again available through the Finance Committee of the Heritage District under the leadership of District Superintendent Rev. LuAnn Rourke. For questions or assistance with forms contact Rick Gorham at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit completed forms to Rick Gorham via postal mail: Rick Gorham, 13539 S. Rainbow Drive, Gregory, MI 48137, or email email@example.com.
Heritage District Youth Ministry Discipleship Grants
COVID-19 continues to present opportunities for new and different ways of youth ministry. The Heritage District is pleased to offer grants for local United Methodist Churches in Michigan in the Heritage District. This grant is intended to provide support to local churches as they re-imagine faith formation with youth. Each church may receive one grant of up to $300. Grants may be used for supplies, postage to send faith formation materials home, digital curriculum, Lent/Easter/Summer programming, etc. that support or enhance creative faith formation. Contact Rev. Mary Hagley firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Apply here: https://forms.gle/yWSDBW2Qg2fg323A9
These grants are different from the Michigan Conference Discipleship Grants, which are still available here: https://michiganumc.org/resources/childrens-ministry-tool-box/
Your Heritage District Ministry shares support two key areas. The majority goes back to the local churches through grants and support of programs for youth, leadership and lay servant ministries. The remaining portion funds expenses necessary to maintain essential items in the district: treasurer, updating e-news and Facebook plus support for other district-wide initiatives.
2022 Heritage District Ministry Shares
2022 Michigan Conference Ministry Shares
The Anti-Bias Anti-Racism Working Group of The Michigan Conference stands in solidarity with Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, following the vandalism of their “Black Lives Matter” sign.
On December 12, 2020, Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, had its “Black Lives Matter” sign and display vandalized after a day of demonstrations. This sign was taken from the property of Asbury United Methodist Church. Similar signs were also taken from two other congregations in Washington, DC: Luther Place Lutheran Church and Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church. We lament this horrific assault on the people of Asbury as well as the entire faith community.
Below is a collective list of ideas activities for Heritage District churches/families to celebrate Advent and Christmas
Ideas and Activities
- Centerpiece or ornament that each person in the congregation receives as a visual connection to the theme for the season (“home for the holidays” “angels among us” “hope is born”)
- Delivering candy canes with messages of hope/ love/ peace/ joy
- Decorating the outside of the church instead of the inside
- “Living Nativity” with different scenes in the driveways of church members – a sort of road rally or scavenger hunt
- Hand-delivered front porch drop boxes with craft items to assemble, or pre-packaged food items
- Drive-in Christmas Eve candlelight service (using battery operated candles)
- Families / individuals video record themselves singing carols and uploaded to Facebook page
- Send Christmas Cards
- Use Sermon by Phone app to record sermons or worship services for those who cannot connect online
- Encourage youth / young adults to host Netflix watch parties
- Provide open Zoom “coffee hour” or “office hour” for people to drop in and have conversation
- Prepare devotional guides for use at home or in small groups
- Purchase Faithful Families for Advent & Christmas by Traci Smith. To purchase use link below:
If purchasing multiple books check bulk discounts available at Chalice Press.
*Suggestions from the Faithful Families Christmas Book
- November 29 Advent Chain page 8
- December 6 Jesus’ Family Tree page 47 (cost is $3)
Luke Genealogy family tree: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-Genealogy-of-Jesus-in- pictures-According-to-Matthew-1-4752935?gclid=CjwKCAjwoc_8BRAcEiwAzJevtZ5_SNhNZDLmtWjLxH71lcVn3Fixh1qpRRYGab8uy5jYIcBRk3Fb8hoCxpQQAvD_BwE
Print out and cut up cards.
- December 13 Homemade Christmas Gifts page 36
- December 20 Christmas Card Prayers page 26
- December 21 Longest Night Prayer with Candle page 72
- December 24 Christmas Eve Candle page 78
Candles available from Dollar Tree: https://www.dollartree.com/glass-jar-candles-8/167532
Use the Michigan Conference Family Friendly Christmas Eve Service
- December 25 – January 5 12 Days of Family Time page 86
Fill out the 12 Days of Family Connection, let each member of your family choose at least one activity. Click here
More resources at the Michigan Conference Website
- Free Devotional for all ages: #pictureadvent (keep checking the link above for more details)
*Resources for Faithful Families Christmas Book gathered by Rev. Mary Hagley
at Dixboro UMC. If you have questions email at email@example.com.
Uncertain times present an opportunity for “redeeming the season,” says Bishop David Bard. He adds, “Redeeming the season remembers that we are involved in a long work.”
BISHOP DAVID BARD
A favorite Bible study method for me involves comparing various English translations and renditions of a passage of Scripture. Doing so reminds me that the Scriptures we read were not originally written in English, that language is complex and translation a creative activity, and that language is rich with nuance so that exploring various shades of meaning opens these texts to me in wonderfully new ways.
The REACH Summit on Oct. 24 is the beginning of a year-long relationship of ongoing support through a REACH Network Group or coaching. Serious about change? Register now.
Computers need them. So do smartphones. Churches do, too. Updates help people and operating systems boost functionality without slowing down. That’s how the Rev. Andy Lee of Commerce United Methodist Church describes the REACH Movement, which includes the upcoming REACH Summit.
The REACH Movement was launched to help churches grow and multiply in a rapidly changing world.