Recognitions of Church Longevity in 2021

Recognitions for 2018 through 2021

ChurchFoundingAnniversaryYear Awarded
Mount Clemens: First*18201962017
2002020, given 2021
Birmingham: First18212002021
Greensky Hill18331852018
Grand Blanc*18351822017
1852020
Goodrich18441752019
Warren: First18451752020
Davisburg18461752021
Freeland*18461722018
1752021
Saginaw: First18511672018
North Street18541652019
Pentwater: Centenary18561622018
Williamston18591592018
Gunnisonville18621562018
Blissfield: Emmanuel18631552018
Leighton18631552018
Cedar Springs18661512018
Attica18681502018
Rollin Center18681652018
Calumet18691502019
Gaines18691502019
Escanaba: First18701502020
Hardy18701502020
Mayville18701502020
Vicksburg18701502020
Kendall18711502021
Frontier18961252021
Munising18961252021
Faithorn19201002021
Lake Ann19211002021

* These three churches have received two certificates in the years shown, as they fit the category of being above 150 or 175 years and then hit a milestone celebration and received another certificate.

Special Requests

ChurchFoundingAnniversaryYear Awarded
Lexington18381822020
Swartz Creek18561652021
Durand: First18651502015
Imlay City18791402019
Montrose18911302021
Detroit: Scott Memorial19101102020
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Roots and Branches 2021 – Learning from Past Separations: The Methodist Protestant Church

The next Roots and Branches Convocation will be Saturday April 17 via Zoom from 10 am – 12:30 pm.  The theme will be “Learning from Past Separations: The Methodist Protestant Church”.  The keynote speaker will be Rev. Melanie Young, past Chairperson of the former West Michigan Commission on Archives and History.

Other topics will be “The Story of Rev. Anna Howard Shaw: First Woman Ordained by the Michigan Protestant Church” presented by Rev. Joyce Vanderlip of Centreville UMC and “The Identifiable Methodist Protestant Church still in Michigan” presented by William McNitt, former archivist at the Bentley Historical Library and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Persons from the entire Michigan area – especially historians of churches, those interested in church history and preserving it, clergy and lay will want to attend.

(Roots and Branches Registration – 2021)

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Roots and Branches 2020 – Learning from Past Separations: The Methodist Protestant Church (with registration and award links)

The next Roots and Branches Convocation will be Saturday April 18 at the Clark Library at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant from 10 am – 3 pm with lunch included.  The theme will be “Learning from Past Separations: The Methodist Protestant Church”.  The keynote speaker will be Rev. Melanie Young, pastor of Ovid United Methodist Church and past Chairperson of the former West Michigan Commission on Archives and History.

Other topics will be “The Story of Rev. Anna Howard Shaw: First Woman Ordained by the Michigan Protestant Church” presented by SMU Student Intern Joyce Vanderlip serving at Fenton UMC and “The Identifiable Methodist Protestant Church still in Michigan” presented by William McNitt, former archivist at the Bentley Historical Library and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The Annual Meeting of the Society will also take place.

Persons from the entire Michigan area – especially historians of churches, those interested in church history and preserving it, clergy and lay will want to attend.

As part of this convocation, certificates will be presented to those churches that are celebrating anniversaries in 25 year increments – 100 years – 1920, 125 – 1895, 150 – 1870, 175 – 1845, 200 – 1820.   Those churches who are celebrating one of these anniversaries this year will need to notify MAUMCHS by April 9 in order for certificates to be prepared.  (Contact Diana Miller at diana@ddmiller.net or call her at 989-426-2644 with questions or to get the application for the certificates.)  Hopefully a representative of each church being recognized will be able to attend the convocation.

(Roots and Branches Registration – 2020) (Application for Longevity Award – 2020)

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Roots and Branches 2020 – Learning from Past Separations: The Methodist Protestant Church

Do you know how old your church is?  Do you realize your church is part of the historic development of the United Methodist Church in the Michigan Area?  No matter when it was begun, it is important to be aware and celebrate the ministry that has brought us to where we are.

Our next Roots and Branches Convocation will be Saturday April 18 at the Clark Library at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant from 10 am – 3 pm with lunch included.  The theme will be “Learning from Past Separations: The Methodist Protestant Church”.  The keynote speaker will be Rev. Melanie Young, pastor of Ovid United Methodist Church and past Chairperson of the former West Michigan Commission on Archives and History.

Other topics will be “The Story of Rev. Anna Howard Shaw: First Woman Ordained by the Michigan Protestant Church” presented by SMU Student Intern Joyce Vanderlip serving at Fenton UMC and “The Identifiable Methodist Protestant Church still in Michigan” presented by William McNitt, former archivist at the Bentley Historical Library and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The Annual Meeting of the Society will also take place.

Persons from the entire Michigan area – especially historians of churches, those interested in church history and preserving it, clergy and lay will want to attend.

As part of this convocation, certificates will be presented to those churches that are celebrating anniversaries in 25 year increments – 100 years – 1920, 125 – 1895, 150 – 1870, 175 – 1845, 200 – 1820.   We are working on a database that lists all the churches in the conference and their beginning year.  But it is not complete.  Those churches who are celebrating one of these anniversaries this year will need to notify MAUMCHS by April 9 in order for certificates to be prepared.  (Contact Diana Miller at diana@ddmiller.net or call her at 989-426-2644 with questions or to get the application for the certificates.)  Hopefully a representative of each church being recognized will be able to attend the convocation.  (The recipients from 2017 are on our Historical Society website.  Others from 2018-19 will be added soon.  https://michiganumchistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/church-recognitions)

The Area Historical Society has traditionally been a Board of Directors made up of persons nominated by the Board and by the Conference Commission on Archives and History, the chair of the Commissions on Archives and History and the Archivists for the Michigan Area Collections at Adrian and Albion Colleges totaling 11.  The current officers are Diana Spitnale Miller – President, Sharon Scott – Secretary, and Della Wilder – Treasurer.  The Area Society continues to expand membership to include church historians and other interested persons.  Plan to come to the convocation and annual meeting and find out more about it.

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New titles available

The Michigan Area United Methodist Church Historical Society recently gave permission to Google Books to make the histories written by Margaret Macmillan and Douglas MacNaughton on the history of Methodism in Michigan available online.  Links to these materials, as well as others, are available under the Resources tab on this site.

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Roots and Branches – 2019 – First Nations: Christian Connections

On Saturday, April 27, a Michigan Area United Methodist History Convocation is planned at Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library (250 East Preston St., Mount Pleasant, MI 48859).  The theme is “Roots and Branches – 2019 – First Nations: Christian Connections”.  Our keynote speaker will be Jason Sprague of Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan – Dearborn speaking about Odawa Catholicism from 1765-1825.  Archivist Rebecca McNitt will again share about her work and how the Archives can help the local church historian.

Persons from the entire Michigan area – especially historians of churches, those interested in church history and preserving it, clergy, and lay will want to attend.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 27, 10 am to 3 pm (registration at 9:30am) with lunch included at the Clarke Historical Library.  Registrations (see below) must be mailed no later than April 11th.

Any churches that would like to be recognized for their longevity, specifically those founded in 1819 (200 years), 1844 (175 years), 1869 (150 years, 1894 (125 years), and 1919 (100 years), should fill out the application at the end of this post and submit it to Diana Miller by April 10th.

The current officers of the Michigan Area United Methodist Church Historical Society are Diana Spitnale Miller – President, Lois Omundsen – Vice President, Sharon Scott – Secretary, and Della Wilder – Treasurer.  The Michigan Area United Methodist Church Historical Society continues to expand membership to include church historians and other interested persons.  Please come to the convocation and find out more about it.

(Roots and Branches Registration – 2019) (Application for Longevity Award – 2019)

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Forthcoming Book by Rev. Chris Momany

Asa Mahan book coverAdrian College Chaplain Rev. Chris Momany, who was one of our speakers at the 2017 meeting of the Michigan Area United Methodist Church Historical Society at Central Michigan University’s Clarke Library, has completed a new book concerning an aspect of our Methodist history.  For Each and All: The Moral Witness of Asa Mahan was released on 1 October 2018.  Rev. Mahan was the first president of Adrian College and was instrumental in arranging its affiliation with the Methodist Protestant Church, one of the predecessors of the United Methodist Church.  For more details, see the press release.

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Roots and Branches – 2018 – 50 years of the United Methodist Church

On April 23, 1968 at the uniting General Conference in Dallas, Texas, representatives of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church joined hands as the churches merged into one of the largest Protestant denominations in the world.  Commemorations of this will be held in various places across the world of United Methodism.

On Saturday, April 7, an Area United Methodist History Convocation is planned at Leighton United Methodist Church in Caledonia, MI.  The theme is “Roots and Branches – 2018 – 50 years of the United Methodist Church”.  Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Sarah Blair of United Theological Seminary speaking about Evangelical United Brethren Roots in Michigan.  In addition two other presentations will be given  – one on the history of Leighton United Methodist Church – a former EUB church – and the other on the significance of the Central Jurisdiction dismantling as part of the merger.  West Michigan archivist Justin Seidler will again share about his work and how the Archives can help the local church historian.

As part of this convocation, certificates will be presented to those churches that are celebrating anniversaries of existing 150 years and higher.  Those churches 175 years and above who received certificates in 2017 will not receive one this year.  Others who had not applied last year may do so this year.  Any church celebrating 175 years 0R 200 years in 2018 will receive a certificate.  In 2019 we will begin to recognize the anniversaries from 100 years and up in 25 year increments – 100, 125, 150, 175, 200.  Those churches 150 years or older this year will need to notify MAUMCHS by March 15 in order for certificates to be prepared.  (Contact Diana Miller at diana@ddmiller.net or call her at 989-426-2644 with questions or to get the application for the certificates.)  Hopefully a representative of each church being recognized will be able to attend the convocation.

Persons from the entire Michigan area – especially historians of churches, those interested in church history and preserving it, clergy and lay will want to attend.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 7, 10 am to 3 pm with lunch included at Leighton United Methodist Church in Caledonia.

The Area Historical Society has traditionally been a Board of Directors made up of members from both conferences, the chairs of the Commissions on Archives and History and the Archivists totaling 12.  The current officers are Diana Spitnale Miller – President, Lois Omundsen – Vice President, Sharon Scott – Secretary, and M. Kay Mowery – Treasurer.  The Detroit Conference Friends of the Archives have joined the Historical Society as of last November.   The Area Society continues to expand membership to include church historians and other interested persons.  Plan to come to the convocation and find out more about it.

(Roots and Branches Registration – 2018) (Application for Longevity Award – 2018)

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Recognitions of Church Longevity in 2017

In April of 2017 Certificates recognizing the longevity of United Methodist Churches in the Michigan Area were presented.  Here is the list of the churches recognized for 175 years or more in 2017.  The date is the year the church began to meet either as a class, society or a church.   The number is the number of years in 2017.  If your church should have been on this list, you may apply to get the certificate this year.  In 2018 we are recognizing churches that have been in existence for 150 years or more.  Those already on this list will not be recognized again until they reach 200 years or more.  The application can be found on the home page of this website at the end of the “Roots and Branches” article.

Detroit: Central1810207
Dearborn: First1810207
Mount Clemens1820197
Utica1823194
Flat Rock1823193
Romeo1824193
Ypsilanti: First1825192
Dundee1826191
Ann Arbor: First1827190
Plymouth: First1828189
Farmington: First1829188
Adrian: First1830187
Centreville1830187
Kalamazoo: First1830187
White Pigeon1830187
Constantine1831186
Macon1831186
Marshall1831186
Clinton1831186
Jackson: First1831186
Schoolcraft1832185
Battle Creek: First1833184
Saline1833184
Bellevue1834183
Oxford1834183
Lambertville1835182
Grand Blanc1835182
Grand Rapids: First1835182
Albion: First1836181
North Adams1836181
North Lake1836181
Holly: Mount Bethel1837180
Hudson1837180
Union City1837180
Commerce1838179
Mason1839177
Memphis1839178
Franklin: Community1840177
Hastings1841175
Flushing1842175
Hillsdale1842175
Otsego1842175
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Roots and Branches – 2017

On 22 April 2017, the Michigan Area United Methodist Church Historical Society will be hosting “Roots and Branches – 2017”, a convocation on United Methodist history, from 10am to 3pm at Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library (250 East Preston Street, Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859)

The keynote speaker will be Rev. Dr. Chris Momany, Chaplain of Adrian College, who will be speaking on “The Art of Hearing to Speech”, helping the voices of the past to come alive.

In addition to this keynote speech, there will also be a workshop hosted by Detroit Conference Archivist Rebecca McNitt and West Michigan Archivist Justin Seidler, discussing their work and how it might be helpful to local church historians.  At this time, certificates will be presented to churches that have reached or surpassed their 175th anniversary.

This convocation is $15 per person with lunch included.  Registrations must be mailed by Thursday, 6 April 2017.

Roots and Branches – 2017 Registration

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