June 19, 2018
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 I am Pastor Geri Hamlen and I would like to welcome you to Trinity. We have an active, friendly church community and I would very much like to meet you, in the name of Jesus Christ.   Please join us for worship, for fellowship and for service to the world, by the power of the Holy Spirit!
 Pastor’s Ponderings--May & June      I have three weddings to prepare for this summer. That gives me lots of opportunities to think about what it means when ‘the two become as one.’ Marriage is so much more than the merger of two households and assets. It is a partnership of two separate people who join together for the adventures and challenges of life— but it’s more than just a collaboration. Marriage is the creation of something new...a family that didn’t exist before the ceremony. It’s the covenant commitment to building a foundation of trust, hope, love. A foundation that is strong enough to sustain a lifetime relationship that includes a lot of history and even more future...as it extends to the next generation. The two become as one and the world is a richer and better place for it.

There are times when Church organizations do something similar. The United Methodist Church in Michigan has been divided into two separate groups for a long time: the Detroit Conference and the West Michigan Conference. That division is soon going to end as the new Michigan Conference comes into being. Like a marriage—this is more than a merger. More than a partnership. It is actually the start of something new and wonderful.

A conscious decision was made to use this opportunity to cast off the practices from all sides of the State which have failed to serve God in this time and place. New ways of thinking about being Jesus for the world and new ways of streamlining and building a web of cooperative groups within the church are being implemented, even as we speak. Nobody wants the Michigan Conference to just be ‘business as usual.’ Nobody wants to take all the ineffective and non- productive parts of the current two groups and make a new declining, ineffective organization.

No, the vision is to create a new Conference that is receptive to the needs of the Districts, who in turn are open and available to the needs of the local churches. The new Michigan Conference is building a foundation of trust, hope, and love so that all the United Methodists in the State of Michigan can participate in God’s bigger plan to make disciples of Jesus Christ, with open hearts, minds, and doors.

On Saturday, April 21, the Marquette District moved quietly into the sunset of its organizational life. A new name was voted on to be effective January 1, 2019. Trinity UMC at that point will be known as a member of the Northern Skies District of the soon-to-be Michigan Conference. A new name. A new family. A new foundation. It’s a marriage of sorts! The history won’t change. The future, however, will be informed by a spirit of cooperation and energy for God’s work in the UP to be done through each and all of the churches who are connected together in this beautiful area with Northern Skies. God is so good as to include us in that process. Thanks be to God,     Pastor Geri

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