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The District Double Header went toe-to-toe with the weather on Saturday, November 10, and while weather scored some points, the Double Header managed to eke out a win. The first winter storm of the season blew across the UP and forced many would-be attendees to stay home. Absent were chairs of both committees, event musicians, and several scheduled participants. However, District Superintendent Rev. Scott Harmon stepped in and pretty much handled everything, so along with local musician Jim Pennell, the work of the district got done and everybody got to sing.

 

Affirming the new district structure was one of the major items on the agendas of both meetings. That voting item read, “The Marquette District Board of Missions and Church Extension, a Michigan Non-Profit Corporation, hereby approves the merger of the Corporation into the Northern Skies District, a Michigan Non-Profit Corporation, as of January 1, 2019. The officers of the Corporation are hereby authorized and directed to take such legal and financial action as is necessary to accomplish this merger.” In essence, following affirmation, the Board of Missions and District Conference became one entity, which will assume the duties and responsibilities of both. Watch for a “Single Header” in 2019.

 

In the morning, the District Board of Missions and Church Extension met for the last time and:

Approved the new district structure.

Learned about EngageMI, our new conference model for mission.

Heard God’s Country Cooperative Parish Director speak about the mission and history of the parish.

Chose Iron Mountain First UMC as the 2019 Mission of the Year.

 

The Hope UMC Wesley Connection NMU student organization served lunch to the 40-50 persons who made it to the event. They also provided coffee and snacks before, during and after both meetings.

 

The District Annual Conference convened after lunch and the body:

Was introduced to pastors new to the district along with one new church.

Bid farewell to Laurium UMC, which closed its doors in June.

Approved the new district structure.

Confirmed the nominations of persons staffing the new structure.

Heard district financial reports from District Treasurer Alan Larsen.

Approved the 2019 budget for the new structure.

Heard a report from GCCP Church and Community Worker Randy Hildebrant.

Watched as Camp Michigamme Director Erica Thomas changed from lifeguard attire to clothes more suitable for winter. After she stopped shivering she gave the camp report. She also spoke about the proposed new Agape Wigwam.

Approved the 2019 Camp Michigamme budget.

 

It should be noted that while weather prevented many folks from traveling, others still managed to make the trip. The longest drive award should be shared between Ted and Jean Trudgeon of Ewen and Rev. Dave Wallis and Roger Moore, who came from Mackinaw City. Those four and all the others who came from places in between should receive the “sisu” award. (“Sisu” is the Finnish concept of strength and persistent determination and resolve in the face of adversity.)

Affirming the new district structure was one of the major items on the agendas of both meetings. That voting item read, “The Marquette District Board of Missions and Church Extension, a Michigan Non-Profit Corporation, hereby approves the merger of the Corporation into the Northern Skies District, a Michigan Non-Profit Corporation, as of January 1, 2019. The officers of the Corporation are hereby authorized and directed to take such legal and financial action as is necessary to accomplish this merger.” In essence, following affirmation, the Board of Missions and District Conference became one, incorporated entity, the Northern Skies District, which assumes the duties and responsibilities of both. Watch for a “Single Header” in 2019.

 

In the morning, the District Board of Missions and Church Extension met for the last time and:

 

The Hope UMC Wesley Connection NMU student organization served lunch to the 40-50 persons who made it to the event. They also provided coffee and snacks before, during and after both meetings.

 

The District Annual Conference convened after lunch and the body:

 

It should be noted that while weather prevented many folks from traveling, others still managed to make the trip. The longest drive award should be shared between Ted and Jean Trudgeon of Ewen (105 miles) and Rev. Dave Wallis and Roger Moore, (169 miles but the weather was better) who came from Mackinaw City. Those four and all the others who came from places in between should receive the “sisu” award. (“Sisu” is the Finnish concept of strength and persistent determination and resolve in the face of adversity.) Welcome to life in the Northern Skies District!

Double Header
November 10, 2018
Marquette Hope UMC Connection Center 
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Northern Skies Structure and Nominations

2017 Spotlight Churches

Engadine
Faithorn
Gladstone: Memorial
Greenland
Hancock: First
Ironwood: Wesley
Manistique: First
Marquette: Hope
Munising
Norway: Grace 
Ontonagon
Rockland: St. Paul’s
St. Ignace
Stephenson
Trenary
White Pine Community

Pastors new to district

 

Rev. Vickie Hadaway, Sault Ste. Marie Central/Algonquin

Rev. Nelson Hall, Ontonagon/Greenland/Rockland St. Paul’s

Rev. Gunsoo Jung, Keweenaw Parish

Rev. Matt Osborne, Ishpeming Wesley

Rev. Vicky Prewitt, Crystal Falls Christ/Amasa Grace UMC

Keith Mullikan, Ironwood Wesley

Welcome New Hope UMC of Emmett County, Rev. Michelle Merchant

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