Temporary Closing of Church Entrance at Harrison Road
A section of church parking lot will be getting resurfaced during the second and third week in August. The Harrison Road entrance to the church will be closed during the resurfacing. The construction team will make every effort to have the entrance open for church on Sunday. In the event that the entrance is closed when you arrive, please plan to access our parking lot through the Trowbridge Road entrance at the light by Wendy's. Please feel free to contact the church office at (517)351-7030 if you have any questions.
Policy Governance Board Transition Documents Available
The Policy Governance Board Transition Team has completed its work on the transition plan for moving from the traditional United Methodist Church governing structure to a nine-member policy governance board. This proposed change is subject to approval by the congregation at our Church Conference. The documents are subject to debate and amendment by the Church Conference. The Church Conference will be held on Sunday, November 19, with the Lansing District Superintendent, Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai presiding. The transition documents can be picked up at the church office or click the links below to print. You may also request a digital copy from the church administrative assistant, Kim Depew, 517-351-7030 or email@example.com.
Bishop Ough Issues Statement on Charlottesville
United Methodist Church - Council of Bishops
Bishop Bruce Ough, president of the United Methodist Church Council of Bishops, issued the following statement on Charlottesville:
My shock, dismay and grief over the clashes between white supremacy advocates and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, continue to grow. I grieve for the lives lost, and pray for the family of Heather Heyer, the families of the two state troopers killed while monitoring the Charlottesville demonstration from the air, and for the healing of all the injured. I am shocked by the blatant resurgence of white nationalism, neo-Nazism and racially motivated domestic terrorism in the United States. I am dismayed (and frightened) by the animosity, division, extremism and evil that is spiraling out of control in the U.S.
Let there be no excuses or political justification for the evil that was on full display in Charlottesville last Saturday. Nor, let us forget that many such displays of white supremacy, racism and hatred go un-reported or under-reported in many places. White supremacist and neo-Nazi ideologies are abhorrent and entirely inconsistent with the Christian faith. Read more ...
From the Pastor
Then Peter began to speak to them: I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. (Acts 10:34-35)
I have used this text for sermons at interfaith services. Sometimes, even among different Christian denominations, people will make some pretense to being especially favored by God.
According to Luke, the words belong to Peter. Peter was a devout Jew called by Jesus to discipleship. Peter was committed to the Law of Moses. He kept dietary, Sabbath and other laws. That meant he could not eat certain foods so he could not dine with gentiles. For Peter, gentile meant anyone outside his group. Through a God-given vision, Peter was convinced that God does not favor any group over another. He understood that reverence for God and a desire to God’s will renders anyone acceptable to God. Tribe, nation, language, skin color, even religion are not relevant. God shows no partiality. God doesn’t play favorites. That’s Biblical. Read more...
An Open Letter to Jeff Sessions and all United Methodists
In response to the rally by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK in Charlottesville, Virginia, the general secretary issues a statement to United Methodists and an open letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe August 15, 2017
This past weekend, the United States experienced terrorism at the hands of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK during a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Lives were lost and people were injured, all in the name of hatred, racism and xenophobia.
I have written a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Mr. Sessions leads the Department of Justice – the federal agency charged with protecting the civil rights of all people in the United States. He also happens to be a United Methodist. Read more...
Faith Development Opportunities
During the coming program year we will offer a variety of opportunities for people to participate in Bible studies, discussion groups and short-term small group experiences. The dates for these events are currently in the bulletin. They will also be published on the church website and will appear in the Tower Alert in time for people to plan for them.
We will do three church-wide studies, with a corresponding sermon series.
There will be one in the fall, winter and spring. Each will last five to six weeks. You are encouraged to read the book that will be provided for each study and sermon series. Additionally, we hope that you will organize into small groups with others in the church and meet together to cover the material. You may meet in someone’s home or at the church. Sign-up sheets will be available so you can join a group. You can also indicate your interest on the Connection Card. If you don’t know enough people to form a short-term small group contact Debbie in the office and she will help you. Read more...