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A Note From the Pastor
Rev. Barbara Fay

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At the 2017 Detroit and West Michigan Annual Conferences, members voted to restructure and create nine districts (instead of the current 12) as we come together to form the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Following The Book of Discipline, it was the responsibility of the bishop to draw the lines establishing these boundaries. Last summer, he brought together an advisory group to help with this task. They were guided first and foremost by the mission of the church - to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. For the Michigan Conference, they envisioned a conference that is Christ-centered and connected: engaged in shared mission and ministry, supports bold and effective leaders, and nurtures vibrant congregations. With nine districts
instead of twelve, they are re-directing ministry share monies to help provide staff that will work with district superintendents and other lay and clergy leaders to fulfill the mission and vision.

With the district restructuring nearing completion, the Grand Traverse District Superintendent, Rev. Anita Hahn, sent a letter to the churches. Here is a portion of that letter.

WELCOME to DISTRICT 2 of the Michigan Conference of The UNITED METHODIST CHURCH!

As of July 1, 2018, you will be a part of a new district. We are so glad that you will be a vital part of
DISTRICT 2!

On April 22, 2018, we will have our first organizational meeting as District 2 at Gaylord UMC from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We have been asked to affirm nominations for: a DISTRICT 2 VISIONING TEAM, the SUPERINTENDENCY COMMITTEE, the COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY, the BOARD OF BUILDING AND CHURCH LOCATION, a TREASURER (volunteer or possibly paid), and a
LAY LEADER, with all terms officially beginning July 1, 2018. The Visioning Team will begin connecting this spring. We want to have leadership representation from across the new district. Some persons who are presently leading in district positions will want to continue in their roles. We want to welcome and make room for new voices in leadership.

We will also vote on a name for DISTRICT 2! Please plan on being at Gaylord UMC for this great celebration and new beginning!

DISTRICT 2—Here we go! Let's make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the WORLD!

Grace and Peace,
Anita K. Hahn

Please keep the United Methodist leadership in your prayers as they continue through the process of joining
the Detroit and West Michigan Conferences into one—the Michigan Area of The United Methodist Church!

Blessings,
Pastor Barb Fay
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