July, 2024 Newsletter

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Foundation Earns Platinum Seal

The United Methodist Foundation of Michigan proudly announces our recognition with the 2024 Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency, affirming its steadfast commitment to accountability and excellence in nonprofit operations. Candid (formerly known as GuideStar), the world’s largest source of nonprofit information, awards this prestigious seal to organizations that demonstrate exceptional transparency by providing detailed information about their mission, goals, achievements, and governance.

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A Beacon of Hope and Community—

Reading UMW and June’s Place

The Evolution of June’s Place

From humble beginnings, June’s Place has grown into a bustling hub of activity. Initially, the thrift store operated out of a rented space. However, by 2021, the store had outgrown its location. The community rallied together, and with the help of grants, community sourcing, and a crucial loan from the Michigan Area Loan Fund (MALF), June’s Place relocated to the corner of Main St. and Enterprise Drive. This new location has enabled them to expand their offerings and serve even more people.

The store is open only on Fridays and Saturdays, yet it has become a hotspot for shoppers seeking quality reused items at low costs. Staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers from both Reading UMC and the broader community, June’s Place embodies the spirit of service and fellowship.

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Community UMC North Muskegon

Recognized with a

Wayne C. Barrett Steward Leader Award

The church was recently recognized for their innovative financial stewardship practices.

The leaders believe education has been the key component in achieving exceptional financial stewardship. This education includes being transparent about church finances and promoting the vision and hope of where God is leading them. They are moving towards a narrative budget and have increased awareness of giving overall, especially to those ministries that are making a difference in people’s lives.

Church leaders plan to use the $2,500 grant to fund their VBS called “Just Like Me”. Wendy Hodgin, the church administrator, was ecstatic about being awarded the grant. She shared that the church parking lot will be filled with bicycles during VBS because they attract over 60 kids from the neighborhood!

The congregation’s heart for service is evident in their commitment to giving $10,000 each year to send a team to Appalachia to work on homes. They are also actively involved in their community by offering their building to multiple community programs. They are involved in the local schools and partner with organizations through funding to serve the homeless. They recently raised $3000 for a family that had lost their home.

We are proud to recognize the ministry of Community UMC in North Muskegon!

  • Helping Faithful People Live Generous Lives

    for Over 90 Years

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