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GPUMC prepares to welcome a new minister

GPUMC will be welcoming a new minister to the church, effective July 1. District superintendent Charles Boayue announced the plan to transition to a new pastor during the December charge conference.

Rev. Ray McGee will continue to serve as GPUMC’s senior pastor until June 30. However, he will be shifting to “retirement status,” effective Feb. 1, a technical change that means that GPUMC will no longer contribute to his pension account. This change was made at Ray’s request.

Bishop David Bard typically begins making announcements about new appointments in February, but GPUMC may not know the name of its new minister that soon.

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee completed the pastor profile as part of the December charge conference. “I want to assure you that the Staff-Parish Relations Committee will do our best to communicate to the church leadership the type of qualities that you value in our next pastor,” said Bob Heimbuch, SPRC chair.

“While this future shift in pastoral leadership may be unsettling to some of you, I ask that you look at it with an optimistic eye and embrace it. In the coming months, we will share the important task of helping Rev. McGee make a seamless transition for our new pastor, so that GPUMC doesn’t miss a beat and continues to thrive,” he said.

Bob said SPRC will meet with the new pastor in the coming months to begin the transition process and introduce them to GPUMC, our vision, and mission in the Metro Detroit area and beyond.

Learn more about the pastoral transition here.

Shelter Week 2022

GPUMC is gearing up for our 2022 Shelter Week — without the shelter part of the week, again!

Cass Community Social Services is still serving the homeless and we still want to support that work, so we plan  to provide Shelter Week meals from Saturday, Jan. 22 through Saturday, Jan. 29 in the same manner as 2021.

That means that we’ll be providing three meals a day for those seven days. Instead of having 50 homeless men and women at GPUMC, we’ll deliver meals for 50 people to the Scott Center at Cass.

Several groups within the church will be preparing dinners to be delivered: the Witness committee, the Outreach committee, and  UMW fellowship groups. We will also buy and deliver meals from local restaurants for any nights when we aren’t preparing meals on our own.

We will collect all the food and necessary supplies for breakfasts, lunches, and snacks and deliver those to Cass.

Learn more by visiting the Shelter Week page on this web site.

Pub theology

Join Rev. Ray McGee on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at WaterMark Pub and Grille on East Jefferson in St. Clair Shores when he leads Pub Theology. You can arrive at 6 pm for dinner on your own or come just for the discussion, which will begin at 7 pm. The discussion will last about one hour.

New office hours

Our office administrator, Kristyn Walker, is back in the office from 9 am to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 9 am to 11:15 am on Tuesday and Thursday. She is available by phone (313-886-2363) and email from 9 am to 2:30 pm weekdays..

Get musical during worship  

We’ve all been missing the choir during the past year, but we’ve also heard some new voices and experienced new opportunities to hear music virtually.

Let’s keep that going!

Charlie van Becelaere is ready to sign up more singers and instrumentalists to bring the joy of music into the worship service. Charlie is happy to help folks explore what they might be able to do to help us praise God together.

Interested? You can sign up online or you can call (313-343-0760) or email Charlie van Becelaere — or even try to catch him at church.