To the Northern Waters District Churches

Letter to the Churches of Northern Waters Distrct ~

I am sure you are aware of Northern Waters Executive Assistant Jill Haney’s retirement, effective February 1st, and know that this is also the date we will switch to virtual offices.  Beginning February 1, Diana Byar, [email protected] , will be handling all of your communication with the District Office.  Diana is the Executive Assistant for the Northern Skies District, and we are grateful that she is also stepping into this role for Northern Waters February through June.  You can continue to call the District Office at 231-947-5281, Diana will greet you on the other end. 

You have probably already seen the announcement of the new Michigan Conference District boundaries and the assignment of District Superintendents. These changes will take effect July 1st.  

Here are some important steps as we head into spring:

  • Pray: Everything we do is centered in prayer. We remind ourselves of our dependency and reliance on God, especially at times of transition (see A Prayer for Liminal Spaces below).  And we know that God is calling us into a hopeful future: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”- Joshua 1:9b and as Jesus reminded the Disciples: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20b
  • District Ministry Shares: The amount you received in December is your total amount for 2023.  Please continue to send those to H & R Block through June of 2023 to PO Box 456, Kingsley 49649 Attn: Whitney made payable to Northern Waters District.   We will offer updated information as it becomes available.
  • Keep an eye out for more communication.

Please feel free to contact Diana or me with questions.


Jodie R. Flessner
Northern Waters District Superintendent
Cell: 231-499-3262


A Prayer for Liminal Spaces

These February days always give me pause – A slender sliver of ordinary time suspended between Christmas and Lent. As sacred time folds over on itself, forming ever more layers of purple and green, we find ourselves yet again in the already, but still quite firmly in the not yet. Perhaps these days are a loving reminder that so much of our space is liminal, so much of our time spent watching, waiting. Lord of mercy, your gaze ever upon us, Send us a blessing for the in-between. Amen.  – Cameron Bellum

12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.  – Romans 12:12 (NLT)



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