Proposal for the Formation of a Cooperative Parish with Otisville UMC has been approved by our congregation
UPDATE! – We Said YES!! Read the Announcement from March 6th here
All take place directly after Sunday Worship time
Sunday Feb 6th – Initial presentation to the congregation by Rev. Hice
Sunday Feb 13th – Q&A and Listening Session During Cookie Hour
Sunday Feb 20th – Potluck with Members of Otisville UMC
Sunday Feb 27th – Congregational Meeting on the Proposal – Consensus Building Model
Please feel free to contact Pastor Cathi, Elizabeth Whiting, or any member of SPRC with questions not covered here.
Check out these examples of other Cooperative Parishes in the Michigan Annual Conference for inspiration of ministries and mission they are sharing in their parishes:
There are also several examples in the district and in the Conference that have the larger church served by a pastor and the small churches are much smaller, being served by a rotation of lay speakers and an occasional visit from the pastor: Marysville (with Central Lakeport), Sandusky: First (with Deckerville), and Romeo (with Leonard) in East Winds District; and Water’s Edge (Algonac: Trinity with New Baltimore: Grace) in Greater Detroit District; and Jackson Cooperative Parish (Brookside, Trinity and Calvary) in Greater Southwest District.
Marc Middleton prepared a financial forecast based on different routes we might take as part of his discernment process and shares his data and reflection for the congregation here.