News from University United Methodist Church in East Lansing, MI 

September 9, 2020



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From the Pastor: Election of Church Officers for 2021


Believe it or not, I am beginning the annual preparations for our fall Church Conference. Our Conference is scheduled for the evening of Monday, November 2. This year we will have a Charge Conference rather than a Church Conference. While those two terms are often used interchangeably, there is a difference. A Church Conference is open to everyone, and all church members are able to vote at the annual meeting. A Charge Conference only requires attendance by members of the Policy Governance Board, the Lay Leader, and the chairs of the Finance, Staff-Parish Relations, and Trustees committees.

We are having a Charge Conference because of COVID-19. The business of the Charge Conference will be kept to the necessary minimum. The meeting will be held online using Zoom. Our District Superintendent, Rev. Jerry Devine, will preside at the meeting.

One of the things that will happen at this meeting will be the election of officers for our church. People who are elected at the November 2nd meeting will begin their leadership terms on January 1, 2021. Yes, we are already planning for 2021!

There are several leadership positions that need to be filled at the November 2nd conference. If you are interested in serving in one of these positions, please contact me, and I will place your name before the Committee on Nominations and Lay Leadership ( Here are the positions that will be open for next year:

LAY MEMBER TO ANNUAL CONFERENCE: The lay member is one of four people who represent our church at the Annual Conference in late May in Traverse City. The Conference is a four-day event. Lodging and meals are covered by the church. The meeting is held at the Grand Traverse Resort. Sue Abent and Julie Bills are currently lay members and Rev. Bills is the clergy member. The main agenda item for 2021 will be the possible split of the UMC into two or more new denominations. This is a four-year term. There is one opening.

STAFF-PARISH RELATIONS: Staff-Parish Relations works with the church staff to ensure that we are adequately staffed to carry out our mission and vision. They also evaluate the pastor each year for the District Superintendent. The committee is responsible for hiring new staff as needed. They may also vote to request a new pastor in any given year. This is a three-year term. There are two openings.

TRUSTEES: The Trustees are responsible for the buildings and grounds. This sometimes requires working with contractors to secure bids for major repairs and upkeep for our facility. The Trustees also ensure that the church is adequately insured. They have input on building use policies. We own two houses near the church for which the Trustees are also responsible. The Trustees work closely with the building manager. This is a three-year term. There are two openings.

ENDOWMENT COMMITTEE: Our church has an Endowment Fund valued at more than one million dollars. The Endowment Committee is responsible for the maintenance and administration of these funds. The committee receives grant requests two to three times each year and is responsible for approving or denying these requests under the guidelines put forth in the church endowment policy. This is a five-year term. There is one opening.

FINANCE AND MISSIONS: The Finance Committee and the Missions Committee don’t have specific membership size requirements or term limits. If you have experience or interest in finance and/or missions and would like to serve on one or both of these committees, you may serve for one year at a time as long as you are able.

Rev. William C. Bills




Our next outdoor Communion Service will be held on Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the UUMC parking lot. An attendant will meet you at your vehicle as you arrive, and you will be given communion elements and a service bulletin in a plastic bag for each person in your group. Please RSVP by clicking the "Going" button on our Facebook event or by sending a message to Bring your lawn chair(s) and your face masks with you. Restrooms will be available at the Wesley entrance. This event will be postponed to Thursday, September 24 if we experience inclement weather; any postponement will be posted on our Facebook page and website in advance.


The Greater Lansing CROP Hunger Walk is going virtual! The UUMC Community Outreach Committee invites everyone to help make this virtual Walk the best participation we have ever had. We will not risk your health and the health of your families with potential exposure to COVID-19 so we ask that you make a donation through UUMC, noting that your donation is for the CROP Walk. Please send your donations to UUMC by Thursday, October 1. The Walk may be virtual, but the need couldn’t be more real! Please take care and be safe. Thank you!


Many of you know you can find our online worship service on Facebook on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. But did you know we also have a YouTube channel? You can subscribe to our channel and watch our videos there, too, if you prefer! We “premiere” our worship services on both platforms, which means it is pre-recorded but aired in “real time” so that you can interact with your friends and neighbors as it is showing for the first time. If you are subscribed to our Tower Alert e-newsletter, you will automatically receive an email on Sunday morning with direct links to the Facebook and YouTube videos.
  •  To Watch on Facebook: In the Facebook search bar, type “University United Methodist Church – MSU” to find our page. Make sure to “Like” our page so that you can easily follow us and receive reminders in the future! The direct link to the page is:
  • To Watch on YouTube: In the YouTube search bar type, “University United Methodist Church – East Lansing” (yes, they’re different!). Then “Subscribe” to our channel to that you will be able to locate us quickly! The direct link to our channel is:


If you would like to submit a prayer concern, please send your request via email to These will be posted on our website, and Rev. Bills will read the names and lift them in prayer during our online services. If you would like to view the prayer concerns on our website, go to From the top menu, select “Make a Difference” and then “Prayer.” The password to view the prayer concerns is “Together” (please note that It is case-sensitive). If you have an urgent request, please contact Rev. Bills at 517-351-7030, ext. 207.


Thank you for your continued support of the church during this uncertain time! There are three convenient ways to make sure your donations reach us: 
  1. Mail your donation to UUMC (1120 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823). Make sure to specify what the donation is for on the memo line.
  2. Give through the Venmo app to @UUMCDonation.
  3. Electronic Giving: If you would like to utilize the e-giving option, please contact our Financial Administrator, Jay Weessies, at 517-351-7030, ext. 205 or for assistance.
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