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Mission is a natural aspect of the Christian Lifestyle and as Christians we are called to love the whole world. Our local and global ministries are the way in which we attempt to be one with God in mission among all peoples and in all places at all times.

Hurricane Matthew: A time for prayer

Dear Friends,
 
We have been closely watching the news about Hurricane Matthew as it has moved from the Caribbean to our nation's shores this morning.  We are seeing reports of significant loss of life and damage wrought by this deadly storm and in the coming days we expect to hear more from our partners in Haiti and those along the Atlantic Coast of the United States. 

The Michigan Area is already working with the United Methodist Council on Relief and local mission partners in Haiti to assess damage and develop a plan for how we can best offer assistance to our sisters and brothers there.  As  information becomes available, we will formulate a caring and compassionate response, which will include an invitation to each of our congregations to take a special offering for disaster relief for those in need.  We urge everyone to await guidance from those providing direct assistance to determine how we can best support long-term relief efforts.  These will be shared with you via email, our website and Facebook.
 
In the coming days, I ask that you and your congregations pray for the people of Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and those who will continue to be affected by Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean and along our Atlantic Coast.  Let us offer our prayers with deep love, and then may that same love move us to compassionate action in the days ahead.
 
Grace and Peace,
 
Bishop David Alan Bard

 

Mission Committee
Our Mission Committee oversees many of the mission efforts for our congregation. They drive efforts to engage us locally through the Jackson Personal Care Ministry, Salvation Army, Love INC, Student mentoring at McCulluch School and through various other short term efforts.

They also engage us globally through UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) United Theological College in Zimbabwe, as well as other short term relief efforts inside and outside of our own nation.

Wellness Team
Our Wellness Team is made up of medical personnel and others who are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our congregation and community through various classes, clinics and events.

UMW (United Methodist Women)
This group is made up of women from our congregation dedicated to the mission of the local and global church. They initiate various fundraisers each year in support of those missions, among them are the Spring and Fall Rummage Sales, and the Holiday Luncheon and Bake Sale.

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