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Heartland District Office Closed
July 4

The Heartland District Office will be closed Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.  All voice and email messages will be returned when the office reopens on July 5.  Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!!


Appointment Changes in the Heartland

Pastoral Changes as of July 1, 2016:

·         Donna Sperry, Ionia Easton UMC and Turk Lake/Belding UMCs

·         Ray Francis, Coomer/Winn UMCs

·         Irene Starr, Grant Center UMC

·         Rob Nystrom, United Church of Ovid/Elsie UMC

·         Chuck Kaliszewski, Carson City UMC

·         Terri Cummins, Heritage UMC

·         Mark Babb, New Life UMC (Music and Worship Leader)

·         Lyne Stull-Lipps, Lincoln Road UMC

·         Rusty Morgan, Trinity/Leaton/Countryside UMCs

Retirements as of July 1, 2016:

·         Jana Lynn Almeida

·         Steve Weinberger

·         Mike Palmer

·         Kay Pratt

Status Changes as of July 1, 2016:

·         Kim DeLong, Full Elder

·         Jane Duffey, Returning to Retirement, Full Elder

·         Don Ferris-McCann, Leave of Absence (Moving out of MI)

·         Larry Nalett, Returning to Retirement, Local Pastor



Special Missionary Visit in the Heartland
July 8-10

Six Heartland District churches are hosting Rev. Hyo-Won Park between Friday, July 8 and Sunday, July 10. Rev. Park is a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as a new church planter in St. Petersburg, Russia. Familiar with the area from time previously spent there, Rev. Park is working with the leadership of the St. Petersburg District in identifying opportunities for new congregations.  Methodism returned to St. Petersburg, where it had existed prior to the Communist Revolution, with the dissolution of the Soviet Union almost 25 years ago. Likely constituents for new churches are the young people who come to the city looking for jobs and educational opportunities. If you would like to attend one of Rev. Park’s presentations at the following churches, please give the church a call to let them know you are planning to attend.

·       http://www.umcmission.org/Images/UserUploadedImages/Hyo-Won%20Park%20new.jpgFriday, July 8:  Bannister UMC, 103 Hanvey, Bannister, MI
Church # 989-862-4392
(12 Noon potluck with program following)

·       Friday, July 8:  Shepherd UMC, 107 W. Wright Avenue, Shepherd, MI
Church # 989-828-5866
(5 pm potluck with program following)

·       Saturday, July 9:  Stanwood Northland UMC, 6842 Northland Drive, Stanwood, MI
Church # 231-823-2300
(10 am brunch with program following)

·       Saturday, July 9:  Easton UMC, 4970 Potters Road, Ionia, MI
Church # 616-527-6529
(5 pm with program following)

·       Sunday, July 10:  St. Johns First UMC, 200 E. State Street, St. Johns, MI
Church # 989-224-6859
(10 am - share in Worship and Adult Sunday School)

·       Sunday, July 10:  Reed City UMC, 503 S. Chestnut Street, Reed City, MI
Church # 231-832-9441
(6 pm includes finger food and program following)