District News

Planning Programing for Youth?

Need ideas? Resources? Inspiration? “Partnering with You to bring People to Jesus” is our Central Bay District’s mission, and when it comes to Youth Group programming, for the summer or the next school year we can be an awesome resource. We can even come to your church to train, inspire, and equip your youth leaders. Please reach out to Jennifer Lane, Youth Coordinator for more information.  Together we can build an event to best serve your church.

Join the Admin Connection!

Administrative Assistants….Let’s Connect!

Calling all admins (full/part time, paid/volunteer, overworked/under-utilized) we want to connect.
For APRIL – we’re celebrating YOU! Gather with us in Mt. Pleasant at First United, 400 S. Main St. Mt.
Pleasant at 11:30. We’ll have lunch, do a project together and have fun with other admins in our district.
Remember, bring a friend! Please RSVP to Teri Rice, [email protected].

Please join us for our regular monthly Zoom gathering the second Wednesday of each month for the
remainder of the summer, 11:30-Noon.
May 8
June 12
July 10
August 14

Join us every single month, or just when you can – this is going to be informal gathering to support each
other in the ministry of the church office.

We are REALLY looking forward to seeing you on Zoom.

Zoom Link https://michiganumc.zoom.us/j/88902539073

*This zoom link will be the same for each Let’s Connect gathering we do – the second Wednesday of
each month from 11:30 – Noon.

We are looking forward to connecting with you.

Teri Rice
Partnering with You to bring People to Jesus

Executive Assistant
Central Bay District
Michigan Conference UMC

UMC Clergy Women’s Retreat

October 27-29, 2024 (Sunday evening through Wednesday morning)
Cost: $250 single; $125 double

Come join other clergywomen as we enjoy the beautiful Autumn season at Lake Louise and anticipate the upcoming winter season. Just as there are seasons in a calendar year, there are seasons in ministry. Let’s gather together to reflect on the rhythm of the changing seasons around us and in our lives.

This year our theme will come from the Katherine May book, “Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times.” Reading the book is optional as it will be used for inspiration only.

This retreat will provide space for personal reflection and connection with God. There will also be ample time for walks in the woods, puzzles, and other activities. It is facilitated by Rev. Susan Hitts who can be reached at 231-622-3839 or [email protected] for more information.

Registration is through Lake Louise at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/070c43de/oVI9ral4AUyPqr8vSnh32A?u=https://lakelouisecommunity.org/2024-retreats/

Questions about accommodations can be directed to Rev. Greg Lawton at [email protected] or 231-549-2728.

Download the flyer >>>

Register Now for Annual Conference

Opening our doors and going out into the world…

It is time to boldly turn a page and welcome exciting new chapters in our conference journey.  A return to the critical missional and ministry needs of the world that surround us.  A time to ask how Christ is working in us to be open, innovative, creative, disciplined, and faithful in how we go about creating new and energizing disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. That is what is at the heart of this quadrennial theme, “Fearless.”

Get more information >>>

Youth Summer Serve Trip

When: June 27-28
Where: Big Rapids, MI
Cost: $85

BIG UPDATE! We will be sleeping on campus in dorm rooms at Ferris State University! And eating our meals at one of their awesome dining hall. This trip keeps getting better and better!

Download the flyer here >>>

Let’s give the youth (current 6th grade through 12th grade) of the Central Bay District the incredible gift of serving others this summer through our Student Summer Serve Trip 2024, WE BE TRIPPING! Our Central Bay District Youth will team up with mission partners in our own backyard of Big Rapids, Michigan.

Our experience will begin the second we step up to our seats on the limousine Thursday morning! Each limo will have its very own MC and ridiculously fun activities for the whole trip. All current middle school or high school students in the Central Bay District attending will get a “taste” of a Serve Trip by experiencing this two-day experience in Big Rapids, Michigan. We will be hands-on with our partners, helping them accomplish their unique mission with the people of our Big Rapids area. Everyone will be picked up by a fleet of limousines (A much less expensive transportation option) from three of our Central Bay District churches. Pick up locations to be determined by registration. The trip will end on Friday morning with a beloved service project before everyone heads for home in their limousine. Possible serve partners: Project Starburst, Evergreen Terrace, New Horizon Humane Society, and Mecosta-Osceola United Way.

If you would like to request a scholarship, please register first (below) with an initial deposit and then contact Jennifer Lane by April 30th. 

Thursday, June 27

  • 8:00am (at drop-off locations): Parent Orientation &  Drop-off
  • 8:30 am: Departure
  • 10:30 am: Arrive at Big Rapids UMC drop off stuff and get service assignment
  • 11:00 am: Lunch
  • 12:00 pm: On site – Serve Partner Rotation #1
  • 2:30 pm Snack & break
  • 3:00 pm: Serve Partner Rotation #2
  • 5:30 pm: Return to Big Rapids UMC
  • 6:30 pm; Dinner & Share Experience
  • 8:30 pm: Lock-In Fun Begins
  • 12:30 pm: Lights out

Friday, June 28

  • 8:00 am: Breakfast & Pack up
  • 9:00 am: Serve Partner Rotation #3
  • 11:30 am: Lunch and Send off
  • 1:30 pm: Depart for home

VBS 2024

Save the Date
It might seem early, but do you have VBS booked on the church calendar? You should! Starting early by
getting ‘Save the Date’ signs up helps not only with getting kids to your program, but it also lets your
volunteers have enough time to get it on their calendars first!

Because if it isn’t on their calendar first, they aren’t going to be able to help out. Even when you don’t
have other details ironed out, get the date posted, published, announced and handed out as soon as
you have it.

  • Examples of places to get the word out:
     Save the date postcard handed out during your Christmas Eve services (hopefully!)
     Save the date flyers posted in the church fellowship hall and Sunday school rooms
     Create an event on your church’s Facebook page
     Put it in the church newsletter and bulletin
     Mail postcards to school aged kids
     Create a volunteer signup
     Try and get your dates locked in before Lent begins – any visitors can see your dates then too!
    Get the Goods

This year, the District has 3 new kits available to borrow:
Scuba – Group Publishing
Camp Firelight – Cokesbury Publishing
Hero Hotline – Cokesbury Publishing

The curriculum kits can be borrowed (some items are digital and available immediately) on a first come,
first served basis this summer for FREE. I keep a schedule of who needs what kit and work around the
dates to get it to each church. So far, Camp Firelight is the only one checked out until June 14 th the rest are still available. Please email me with your dates and one or two choices of your curriculum.

The complete list of available themes is available here>>>

What kind of assistance do you need with getting your VBS started? Send me an email
[email protected] anytime!

Central Bay District