2021 virtual district conference

Virtual District Conference  on January 23, 2021.

Hebrews 12:1
So then, with endurance, let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us,
since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us….

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As we continue the marathon known as COVID, I wanted to share with you about our Virtual District Conference on January 23rd, 2021.  Like many things, not only the timing but the format will be different this year.  There are some business items we need to care for, but the desire has been to offer resourcing and encouragement for ministry as well.  We still hope to do that this year, even though the District Leadership Team and I agree that it is unwise to attempt to gather in person.  We are grateful to Petoskey UMC for “hosting” the Virtual District Conference 2020 / 2021 and we will send out details as the date draws closer.

District Conference Business and Voting: 

  1. There are two items we need to vote on for our District Conference.  Attached are the District Budget (including the breakdown of District Ministry Shares by church) and the slate of District Officers. 
  2. Please discuss these in your local church at a meeting of your Church Council (or its equivalent).
  3. Then send your vote (approve or disapprove for each document) to the District by December 10, 2020.
  4. Results will be announced at the District Conference. 

As we have journeyed through the last months I have found myself drawing on the encouragement from Hebrews 12 time and again.  The other day I went back and read chapter 11, a narrative of many of the Biblical witnesses to our faith.  I encourage you to also take a look at this chapter and maybe add the names and stories of those who have been a part of your faith journey.  I continue to hold each of you, as well as your witnesses in your communities, in prayer.


Jodie R. Flessner
Northern Waters District Superintendent
1249 Three Mile Rd., S.
Traverse City, MI  49696
Cell: 231-499-3262