Two Babies in a Manger

This true story is one of my favorites. I have shared it at several Christmas Eve services over the years. I hope it blesses your heart as you prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus.        DS John In 1994, two Americans answered an invitation from the Russian Department of Education to teach morals… Continue Reading Two Babies in a Manger

New Resources for Online Advent Services

This year, many local churches are choosing to offer Advent and Christmas services online. It is one of the easiest ways to attract new faces to your congregation and offer alternatives for those concerned about in-person worship during this health crisis.  The Michigan Conference is pleased to offer a series of turn-key resources to help… Continue Reading New Resources for Online Advent Services

Lay Equalization Member to Annual Conference

Each congregation elects at least one lay member of annual conference. Equal numbers of clergy and laity are members of annual conference, so each congregation elects a number of lay members equal to the number of clergy for that congregation. Additional at-large equalization lay members are selected by the board of laity to reach the… Continue Reading Lay Equalization Member to Annual Conference

Fun Ride and Fall Social

Saturday, October 911:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Tridge Rev. John Kasper and Debbie will have a care tent on the lawn with doughnuts and cider from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Those who would like to ride can join with others or ride solo on the Pere Marquette rail trail which is an even straight… Continue Reading Fun Ride and Fall Social

Achievement in Leadership Award

Nominations are open until August 9, 2021 Central Bay is looking to honor the excellent leadership within our district. Who do you know that has shown true leadership in ministry, missions or the community this past year? We are now accepting nominations of a superior leader within the district for a new award that will… Continue Reading Achievement in Leadership Award

District Conference and Family Fun Fair

Voting Items: 2022 Budget >>>2022 Leadership Nominations >>> District Conference will be Saturday, August 28th from 9:30ish to 2:00ish at Swan Valley United Methodist Church, 9265 Geddes Rd, Saginaw, MI 48609. We will be trying something very new and different. With being apart for so long, we want to focus on families and building relationships,… Continue Reading District Conference and Family Fun Fair

This Isn’t Comfortable

We are living through the most extraordinary of Ordinary Times.  We are tired. We are weary.  And yet there is still much work to be done.  As of January of this year, I happily assumed the role of Youth Leader for our Central Bay District.  Through that role and other volunteer opportunities with our district,… Continue Reading This Isn’t Comfortable

NEW ADDRESS!

Central Bay District is moving things around!  A year ago, when everyone was asked to stay home and work if possible, the Central Bay District did just that. It was challenging, but we all figured out the best ways to get the work done and came up with some creative ways to continue being connected… Continue Reading NEW ADDRESS!

Post-Pandemic Webinar Series

As we are emerging into the post-pandemic world, we have opportunities to imagine and re-imagine ministry. On this page you will find: Information about a webinar series that highlights faith formation – including designing hybrid faith formation, building community, Christian living, and ages/stages ministry and the registration link. Resources for post-pandemic ministry focusing on leadership, faith… Continue Reading Post-Pandemic Webinar Series

The Recovery Continues

Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you?Or thirsty and give you something to drink?Or a stranger and show you hospitality?Or naked and give you clothing?When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of… Continue Reading The Recovery Continues