The Fruitful Life

From accepting that God accepts us, to creating more opportunities to connect with God, to joining a small group and formulating a plan of personal spiritual growth, to rendering service as a response to relationship connections already made, to investing your resources strategically without abandon, amazing returns are just around the corner! 

Join us as we plant seeds of The Fruitful Life!


Living with Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Growth, Relational Service, and Extravagant Generosity.

Mission Supper
Wednesday, September 12 from 5:00pm-6:30pm

Mission Suppers will be the 2nd Wednesday of the month with the ladies from the kitchen serving, burgers, brats, pasta salad and dessert.  Price is on a donation basis.  


Kidz Club Kick-Off!
Wednesday, September 12 from 6:00-7:30pm

An enthusiastic, interactive learning experience with crafts, activities, games, and more! Not your older siblings Kidz Club!! For PreK-6th graders.


I Am Rahab
Monday, September 17 at 6:00pm
Church Van leaves at 5:00pm What do you do when you can relate more to Jezebel, Rahab, or Eve than Esther or Mary? Join the Celebrate Rehab group from MUMC on a road trip to Union City UMC to hear author and talk show host Autumn Miles as she discusses her new book "I Am Rahab". 

Small Group Sign Up
Now is the time to sign up for this semester’s discipleship opportunities, even if you are already a part of that group. See clipboards in the Great Hall. Some groups start this week, others next week. See coordinator or Rachel Labram for information about your group! 


College Students
Do you have a college student?  If you do, please let Discipleship Director, Rachel Labram know by emailing her at with the address of where they are attending.  We'd like to keep in touch with them and send occasional gifts.  

Sending Cards to Rev. Filbrandt
Rev. Harold Filbrandt had a stroke last week. Since then he's gone through rehab and is at home now. For folks that would like to send a card, he and his wife Marian are living at
702 Kentucky Room 104,  Grand Haven, MI 49090.


Save the Date!
Saturday, October 13 at 7pm
Mark Lee, founding member of Christian top charting band Third Day, will be at MUMC! More info to come!


Upcoming Training Dates (click here to sign up):
Thursday, September 13 from 10am-12:30pm
Wednesday, September 26 from 5-7:30pm

Store Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-6pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am-1pm

New Conference - New District - New Church Conference
The church conferences have a completely new format beginning this year.  The churches will meet within their ZONES and all church conferences will be completed within a 2 ½ hour time frame.  The church conference does not allow time for celebrations of ministry for individual churches. 
The expectation for the host church for the Zone church conferences would be to provide coffee, water and light refreshments and have a person to greet folks and give direction to where they should go. (Our location and host has not yet been determined.)
The expectation for the host church for the SPRC meetings would be to provide coffee and water and have someone available to greet the incoming SPRC’s.
For church conferences:  The churches would first meet in a larger meeting space that provides microphone sound (sanctuary, social hall, etc.) for singing, prayer and devotions. Following this time, half of the churches would go to breakout rooms (1 room per church) and the other half would remain in the larger gathering space and view a video.  The two groups would then change places. All 12 churches from our Zone will gather in the larger meeting space, then 6 churches will go to 6 different rooms in the church for their individual Church Conferences (turning in their paperwork and voting on anything each church needs to vote on) while the others will remain in the sanctuary to view a video.  The groups would then switch where those that were in breakout rooms would go back to the sanctuary to view the video and those who were in the sanctuary would go to the breakout rooms.  All folks then gather back in the sanctuary for a Q and A time about the video and for singing, prayer and devotions.  This should all happen within a 2 ½ our time frame. 
All SPRC meetings will happen on a different date/time/location, but still within your Zone.(Ours has not yet been determined.) 
The Church Conferences and SPRC meetings are assigned by the District Superintendent and there is not flexibility within the schedule.  It has been a huge task to come up with a system that allows our District Superintendent to oversee each of the 102 churches within our Heritage District. 

All Paperwork Due in MUMC's Office BEFORE Friday, September 21

Please begin the process of completing any forms you are responsible for by following the instructions below.  Save the forms electronically and you will receive further instruction at a later date on how to place the completed forms in a drop box that will be designated for your specific church. 
FORMS:  Forms will be available electronically only.  All forms are revised so please do not use forms from prior years.  The forms will be completed electronically and you will be placing your forms in a drop box (to be assigned along with instructions).  Conference forms and instructions on completion of the forms are available on the Michigan Conference website using this link: 
Click Here
For Lay Servant Ministry forms use this link: 
Click Here
Host churches for church conferences and SPRC meetings within each zone will be announced soon. Your graciousness and flexibility are greatly appreciated as we all continue to move forward into the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

Heritage District Weekly News
District Superintendent, Elizabeth Hill
Stay connected with our brothers and sisters around our district. See what other churches are up to, lift friends in prayer, sign up for leadership training, and more. Click Here
Michigan Area Weekly News
Resident Bishop, David Bard
Stay connected with our brothers and sisters around our conference. See what we are able to do together, to change the world! Click Here

Ministries in Need of Prayer

Worship: that each member would invite others to join us in worship, offering to pick them up, sit with them, invite them into their small groups. 

Enough Exchange Store: that other churches and organizations will take the training and begin serving, that all current volunteers would be of good health and blessed, that all those who shop at the store would be blessed by the goodness of God and all gifts that have been given for them. 

Fall Semester: that every member and friend at MUMC would become a part of a small group this semester, that all volunteers and leaders would be blessed in their work and guided by the Holy Spirit, that all may grow in grace and love as they attend their groups. 

Friends in Need of Prayer

Joseph Beckering, Stephanie Beresford, Bev Bessler, Jean Bolinger, Nattaly Brown, Barb and Gary Church, Tinley Clair, Judy Clark, Shannon Cronk, Jim Cunkle, Jenny Davidson, Terry Feltman, Dean and Teresa Ferris, LJ Goheen, Tracy Gary, Sharon Geren, Elizabeth Hiither, Jeff Hiither, Judy Huggett, Julaine Kalisz,
Carolyn Kelley, John Marsh, Ron Petty, Lucy Robinson in the passing of her Mother, John Rollins, Anne Seppanen, Missy Shapow, Hunter Smith, Judy Smith, Sue Ramos's Dad, Mike Toman, Jeanne VanArman, Dave Wagner, Mike Wallace, Angel Watts, Family of Melva Wolf, those who shop at There’s Enough

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