Early Response Team Training Early Response Teams (ERT) are an active part of the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) program. An ERT training is scheduled for Saturday, February 3, 2018, (watch for date change) 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m. at Gladstone Memorial UMC. Participants will be certified to go into a community or area for three days after a natural disaster to help families begin the process of putting their lives back in order. Go here to read more and learn how to register. Special District Conference A special District Establishing Conference is scheduled for April 21, 2018, 1 - 3 p.m. at Marquette Hope Connection Center. The purpose of the conference will be to establish our (as yet unnamed) new district entity under the re-organized Michigan Area Annual Conference.