Friend's of the Conference - 2019 Appeal

I don’t call you servants any longer, … I call you friends …. (John 15:15)

October 11, 2019

Dear Friends:

We’ve sharing this letter with you because you are the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ. You are a member of a local UCC congregation. You are part of one of the six local Associations of congregations that make up the Conference. You may be a leader, member, or pastor in a congregation, Association or the Conference. Whoever you are, you are part of the Michigan Conference and have in many ways empowered its mission and benefited from its work.

You have helped us “Be the Church” in Michigan and beyond through your local congregation’s support of Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM), through your service on Mission Area Teams (MATS) and through your gifts to the annual Friends of the Conference Appeal.

Your gifts to Friends of the Conference.

  • Help congregations during the stressful times of pastoral transition
  • Equip lay and clergy leaders through special events like Vitality Days, Festival of Faith, Clergy Retreats, and Stewardship Workshops
  • Help congregations discover renewed purpose through the ReVision Program conducted by our resource partner, the Center for Progressive Renewal
  • Encourage new generations of pastors and leaders with generous seminary scholarships
  • Support pastors and retired clergy in times of economic need
  • Assist local congregations plan for their futures through New Beginnings, a program of the National Setting of the UCC
  • Enabled 20 youth to attend General Synod in Milwaukee and experience the work and witness of the wider church

Your contribution helps the Conference be a voice for inclusion, justice and peace by:

  • Advocating with those in need in Lansing and Washington, DC
  • New Waves UCC in Traverse City – a new church practicing radical hospitality
  • Joy Like A River in Grand Rapids – an immigrant welcoming, multi-cultural new church
  • Chelsea – “Parables” worship and ministries for persons with special needs
  • Holland UCC – a new church modeling radical inclusivity
  • Flint – continually seeking ways to be in solidarity with residents and our UCC church
  • Detroit – standing with faith leaders around issues of water justice
  • Supporting our “Youth Champions” as they create programs for our Conference youth

If you have given to the Friends of the Conference Appeal will you help us again? If you haven’t made a gift before, is this the year you will make this extra effort to support the work of the Michigan Conference?

You can make your gift by sending a check directly to the Michigan Conference Office.  Please make your check out to the Michigan Conference, UCC, and write “Friends of the Conference” on the memo line. You can make your one-time gift or set up a recurring gift by going to and clicking the “Support the Michigan Conference” button in the lower right hand corner.

Thank you for your continued support of the Michigan Conference.

Your Compassionate Generosity Mission Area Team,

Ralph Brown
Andy DeBraber
Herman Haller
Campbell Lovett
Dan Spaulding
David Wheeler
Karen Wheeler
Jean Winther

P.S.      Please join us for Cultivating Generous Congregations, a two-day workshop presented in conjunction with Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at The Peoples Church in East Lansing on Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1, 2020. Information and registration are available at


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