I am looking forward to Saturday. If you haven’t heard we are gathering Saturday morning to celebrate the Grand Rapids District as we anticipate July 1st when the Michigan Annual Conference will begin functioning with 9 new Districts rather than the current 12 Districts of the West Michigan and Detroit Annual Conferences. It is on that day that the Grand Rapids District will cease to exist and the new District will begin functioning. Click HERE for details about the Jubilee Celebration on Saturday, January 27!
But before that happens we are going to celebrate! Over the past few weeks I’ve been doing videos with former Superintendents and they have been sharing their recollections of their time on the District. These videos will be a part of the worship experience on Saturday. Bishop Laurie Haller will be with us bringing her recollections and a message of hope for the future as our preacher for the morning. There will be wonderful music and we will share together around the Table of the Lord that has bound us, and continues to bind us together in God’s love.
There is a lot to celebrate as we move into this one new Conference and the nine new District structure. I believe the new Michigan Conference is committed to and designed well to enable all our local churches to be even more effective in Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.
But before we do that, before we step into this new future, we are going to pause and say thanks to God and to one another for what has been. I hope you will plan to be there. There’s still time to sign up for the lunch following worship which will be another opportunity for fellowship and celebration. Don’t miss this time together, it’s going to be great!