Lincoln Park FMC Repurposed

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The Dearborn Free Methodist Church formed Revive Network in 2017 to provide services that help meet practical, emotional and relational needs in Metro Detroit. They envisioned a network of community service initiatives that work together for the common good of Metro Detroit residents. Likewise, Revive Network will serve as a hub for missional leaders and community service initiatives by providing the platform, infrastructure and administrative services needed for these leaders and their initiatives to develop and succeed. The team envisions a day when the Revive Network becomes one of the leading community resource centers in Metro Detroit!

The Chandler Center was birthed when Revive Network leaders saw the opportunity to repurpose the building that was formally used by the Lincoln Park Free Methodist Church. The services the center will provide in the first year include exercise classes, financial counseling, a food pantry, a clothes pantry, and the rental of the facility for family events. Revive Network also agreed to lease the facility to a Hispanic Church plant (Latinos Emaus Church) on Sunday mornings and two evenings a week for their services and other activities. Latinos Emaus will partner with the Revive Network team to serve the surrounding community. Tom and Jennifer Jacobs, members and leaders at the Dearborn Free Methodist Church, are serving as Directors of the Chandler Center.

The Chandler Center hosted a Block Party and Rummage Sale on Saturday August 25th to serve as a soft opening and to build relationships with people in the community. The Jacobs, along with more than a 15 Revive Network volunteers, were able to connect with more than a 150 people (mostly neighbors) who attended the event and raised over $700 for the Center. 

Possible future initiatives for Revive Network and the Chandler Center include refugee outreach, counseling, life and leadership coaching, daycare, immigration assistance, citizenship preparation and urban farming. 

Pastor John White to Retire Early

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This communication is to inform you that Pastor John White, lead pastor at Milan Free Methodist Church who planned to retire at Annual Conference 2019, is accelerating his retirement to the end of September 2018. 

Some of you may be aware that Pastor John’s wife, Karen, has been battling cancer for some time. Recent developments with her health have led them to a decision for Karen to enter hospice care. To focus his energy and presence on Karen and the family, and in consultation with the Conference, John has decided to retire from active pastoral ministry, with his last Sunday at Milan being September 30th, 2018. 

Pastor John and Karen have served the Milan church with distinction for 8 years. As a Conference, we are grateful for their exemplary service and personal sacrifice in devoting themselves to the ministry and mission of Jesus. I invite you to warmly express your gratitude and honor them as they transition into this new and difficult season. Please join me in praying that they will experience a profound peace and the close presence of Jesus with them.    

The Ministerial Appointments Committee is working diligently to fill the lead pastor role at Milan and expects to make the announcement of a new lead pastor appointment in late September or early October.

Some of you may wonder what this means for Pastor Alex Mace and his wife Mackenzie. The Ministerial Appointments Committee appointed Pastor Alex to the church knowing a transition of lead pastor would occur this year. Pastor Alex will continue in his appointment as the Associate Pastor alongside the new lead pastor.

General Conference Submission Guidelines

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SEND YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BISHOP CANDIDATES BY AUG 29
All three of our current bishops have announced their intention to complete their serviceas bishops following General Conference 2019. Nominations for the three bishop positions are made by the General Conference Delegation to a National Search Committee.You are invited to share your suggestions with our delegates. Please send them to Dustin Weber by Aug 29. Our delegates will meet Aug 30 to begin the process.

RESOLUTIONS DUE TO SMC OFFICE OCT 1
Part of the business of the GC is to make necessary adjustments to denominational procedures and the Book of Discipline. You’re invited to participate in this process. Any member (Elder or Lay) or any church governing board (BOA) may submit a resolution.The Board of Bishops has asked that all resolutions from Churches and Individuals are submitted to the conference office by Oct 1. To receive further information regarding the format and process, please contact Dustin Weber.

10 Days of Prayer: Day 3

Day 3:  Our Mission Igniter leader Dustin Weber leads us in a time of devotion and prayer in our 10 days of prayer leading up to Annual Conference 2018.

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10 Days of Prayer: Day 2

Day 2: Pastor Heather Castle of Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church leads us in a time of devotion and prayer in our 10 days of prayer leading up to Annual Conference 2018.

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