Archive for September, 2016

A View from the Belfry October 2016

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Q: What is the difference between a church conference, a charge conference, a district conference and an annual conference? Do we have to send people to all of these conferences?   A: A Church Conference is convened yearly for a local church such as Manistique First United Methodist Church to conduct its official business. The […]

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Lay Leader Lines October 2016

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Wow! Am I impressed! I always knew that this was an awesome church, but you people reminded me of that again recently! During the announcements at church last Sunday, it was noted that the Deacon’s Fund was depleted, and a situation regarding someone in need of oxygen was described. Pastor Don had been able to […]

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United Methodist Women October 2016

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Our annual United Methodist Women’s Sunday will be Sunday, October 30, this year. Norma Johnson will be the speaker, with other UMW members assisting in the worship service. The UMW will also host the fellowship hour following the service. We encourage all to attend this service (including men!) to help support the efforts of our […]

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From The Pastor’s Desk October 2016

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

         This October let us thank God for our roots. To be sure, we thank God that, as members of our Lord’s church, we have “received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, and are rooted and built up in him” (Col 2:6-7).  We also thank God for rooting us in a congregation that is […]

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Mission of the Year – 2016

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

“Mission of the Year”              Camp Michigamme is unique in the Michigan camping system in that our Marquette District actually owns the facility and completely funds its operation. Opened in 1922, it is 94 years old and in need of repairs and maintenance. It was chosen to be the “Mission of the Year”, and all […]

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United Methodist Women September 2016

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

  The temperatures recently may have been tickling the 80’s, but already I’ve been receiving advertisements for Christmas items. I’ve even received a few 2017 calendars! These happenings remind me that it’s not too soon to think about our annual UMW Christmas Tea. Plans are already in the works, but all I know is that […]

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Lay Leader Lines September 2016

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Q: I know that  teachers have to take continuing education courses throughout  their school careers. Is there anything of that sort required of pastors? A: Pastors do have to take additional training of various kinds. For example, all ministers are required to take                           periodic training on ways to protect themselves and their parishioners from charges of […]

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A View from the Belfry September 2016

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

  Greetings from Benny, your wandering bat!  I decided to take a little trip to visit my 78 brothers and sisters, and while I was in their neck of the woods, I also dropped in on a conference on pastoral ministry in East Lansing. No, I’m not a minister, and as a bat I doubt […]

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From the Pastor’s Desk September 2016

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

  September, since 9/11 has for me been a month of sorrows. The United Methodist Church has not designated a specific Sunday to remember the terrorist attack in worship, but it is difficult to forget that day. Some would just as soon forget and let it go without notice, perhaps because it is too painful to remember, […]

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