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DS Installation and Celebration September 16
A special celebration to welcome District Superintendent Scott A. Harmon will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 3 p.m. at  Wesley UMC in Ishpeming. The day will include an installation service with our Bishop, David Bard, in attendance, with fellowship time to follow.
Rev. Harmon asks that each church bring a small rock (no bigger than a golfball) or a small baggie of sand or soil to the event as a representation of its location in the district. He will collect and combine them to commemorate his tenure as a District Superintendent. Light lunch will be provided, everybody is welcome, and hopefully each church will be represented.


Ray Buckley to speak at Day of Inspiration
Ray Buckley, author/illustrator, speaker and storyteller will speak at the District Day of Inspiration (formerly Learning Fair) on October 7 at Marquette Hope Connection Center.

Ray is the interim Director of the Center for Native American Spirituality and Christian Study. Buckley has served The United Methodist Church as a staff member of The United Methodist Publishing House, Director of the Native People’s Communication Office (UMCom) for nine years, and Director of Connectional Ministries for the Alaska Missionary Conference.

Most recently Buckley wrote Hard to Dance with the Devil on Your Back and contributed to New Dawn in Beloved community. Also, he is the author/illustrator of five books: God’s Love is Like…, The Give-Away: A Christmas Story in the Native American Tradition, The Wing, Christmas Moccasins, and Dancing with Words: Storytelling as Legacy, Culture, and Faith.

He is also the author of Creator Sang a Welcoming Song, and Walking in These White Man Shoes, children and youth resources for the Women’s Division School of Missions. The Give-Away was selected to appear on the CBS Christmas Eve special, An American Christmas, produced by the National Council of Churches. His stories, poetry, and art have appeared in numerous journals, periodicals, books, and museums.

Buckley has taught in Nigeria, and Ghana, and served as a lecturer in Native American studies for several universities.

Ray Buckley is of Lakota/Tlingit/Scots descent and lives in Alaska.

Lay Servant Classes
There are two up-coming classes for Lay Servants.
The first is a Certified class that piggy-backs on the Day of Inspiration and the second is a Basic class at Ishpeming Wesley. Get details....