2022 Virtual District Conference

From Jodie Flessner (DS), Jan. 10, 2022 ~~

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

With the advent of the Omicron variant and recent spikes in COVID numbers, I wanted to share with you that once again we will be holding a Virtual District Conference.  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 also wish to thank all who have served on District Teams through 2021. This year we want to celebrate:

Judy Zimpfer, who has served many years as a District Youth Coordinator; 

Denny Olin, who has served 10 years as District Lay Leader;

And introduce you to Beth Pelkey, incoming District Lay Leader.

We are grateful to Lake Louise United Methodist Camp for “hosting” the Virtual District Conference 2021/2022.  You will be sent a link to the District Conference Video the week of February 28th.  It will also be available on Facebook.  

District Conference Business and Voting: 

  • There are two items we need to vote on for our District Conference.  See below for the District Budget, the breakdown of District Ministry Shares by church, and the slate of District Officers.

               Links:     District Budget                         District Ministry Shares                         Slate of District Officers

  • Please discuss these in your local church at a meeting of your Church Council (or its equivalent).
  • Then send your vote (approve or disapprove for each document) to the District by February 15, 2022.  jflessner@michiganumc.org
  • Results will be announced at the District Conference. 

As we have journeyed through Advent the first chapters of Genesis and John’s Gospel have come to mind, including Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. (Genesis) and in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. (John)  No matter how we are experiencing the dark days of winter we know that spring is coming, more importantly we remember that the LIGHT has come into the world! I continue to hold each of you, as well as how you share the LIGHT of Christ with your communities, in prayer.


Jodie R. Flessner
Northern Waters District Superintendent

Office: 231-947-5281
Cell: 231-499-3262