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Design Team Sets Listening Tour
January-April 2016

The Michigan Area Design team met at the Michigan Area Ministry Center in Lansing on November 19 and again on December 2 to continue the work of creating a new Michigan area Annual Conference. 

The November meeting was led by ministry consultant Twila Glenn from the Iowa Annual Conference.  Twila had worked with the conference leadership teams last year helping clarify core values.

A schedule of six listening sessions was established.  These sessions are open to all who are interested to meet with the Design Team to offer input, raise questions, and share concerns about the design of a new United Methodist Annual Conference for Michigan.   These sessions will also provide members of the design team an opportunity to ask questions of participants and solicit your opinions about our work.

·         Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7-9 pm at Southfield Hope UMC
6275 Northwestern Hwy Southfield, MI 48076 (248) 356-1020; info@hopeumc.orghttp://news.michiganumc.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2015/12/Design-Team-6.png

·         Monday, February 29, 2016, 7-9 pm at First UMC of Kalamazoo
212 South Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 381-6340; http://www.umc-kzo.org/contactus.asp

·         Saturday, March 12, 10-12 noon at Cornerstone UMC
1675 84th St SE Caledonia, MI 49316 (616) 698-3170; http://www.cornerstonemi.org/contact-us

·         Wednesday, April 27, 6:30-8:30 pm at Grayling Michelson Memorial UMC
400 Michigan Avenue. Grayling, MI 49738 (989) 348-2974; michelsonmemorialumc@yahoo.com

·         Thursday, April 28, 6:30-8:30 pm at Memorial United Methodist Church, Gladstone
1920 Lake Shore Drive Gladstone, Michigan 49837 (906) 428-9311; mumc@uplogon.com

The event in Southfield will be video-taped and posted after the event on our Michigan Area website. The event at Cornerstone in Grand Rapids will be live-streamed with opportunity for remote online participation from anywhere in the State. A link for the live-stream will be posted for persons wishing to connect and to offer feedback.

A report on each of the listening events will be posted on the website and published on MI Connect.

A session will be cancelled if the public school district in the community where the event is being held is closed on the day of the event because of a severe winter storm.