Blue Water District United Methodist Women

UMW LogoThe Blue Water District is part of the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church. The District is made up of parts of seven counties in what is called the “THUMB AREA” of Eastern Michigan surrounded on two sides by Lake Huron and the St. Clair River and next to the Detroit city area to the south. The District is mostly rural farmland and small communities although there are a few larger cities on the edges. The city of Port Huron connects the district to Ontario, Canada by the Blue Water Bridge.


United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

Mission Team – 2017

  • President – Kathy Freeland, Mayville
  • Vice President – Doris Huntoon, Marlette
  • Secretary – Kathie Abke, Bad Axe
  • Treasurer – Judy Stambaugh, Ubly and Bonnie Dunstan, Caseville

Mission Coordinators

  • Spiritual Growth – Dawn Titus, Snover: Heritage
  • Education and Interpretation – Rhonda Powers, Owendale
  • Social Action – Lynn Geer, Lexington
  • Membership Nurture and Outreach – Judy Chasney, Harbor Beach
  • Secretary of Program Resources – Myrt Kohn, Brown City

Committee on Nominations

  • Chairperson – Marilynn Cubitt, Bad Axe
  • Class of 2017 – Rita Wencel, Bad Axe
  • Class of 2018 – TBS
  • Class of 2019 – TBS
  • Newsletter – Ruth Charlton, Utica
  • Historian – Lynda Brooks, Mayville

Blue Water District United Methodist Women Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 14, 2017 @ Sandusky: First United Methodist Church (UMC). Rev. Carolin Spragg (retired clergy and performer at the 2016 North Central Jurisdiction Conference in Grand Rapids) is the speaker. The focus is “Jesus Sets Entrapped Women Free.” RSVP by October 1, 2017. Click here for the registration form.

  • Click here for information about the 44th Detroit Conference UMW Annual Meeting at Brighton: First UMC on October 28, 2017.
  • Click here for information about the 2018 UMW Assembly in Columbus, Ohio May 18-20, 2018.

2017 District Dates

  • January 14 (Saturday) Mission Team Meeting, Conference Call
  • March 24-25 (Friday-Saturday) Spiritual Growth Retreat, Lions Bear Lake Camp
  • April 1 (Saturday) Keep Making Peace Social Action Event, University UMC, East Lansing
  • April 16 (Sunday) Easter
  • May 6 (Saturday) Prayer Breakfast – Kingston UMC, District Mission Team meeting following
  • June 1-4 Detroit Annual Conference – Traverse City
  • June 10 (Saturday) Newsletter Article Deadline
  • July 20 (Thursday) Mission Team Day Away – Detroit
  • July 22 (Saturday) Mission u of the South, Erie UMC
  • August 17, (Thursday) One Day Sampler Mission u, Lake Huron Retreat Center
  • August 17, (Thursday) Conference Hands on Mission Experience, Port Huron Area
  • August 18-19 (Friday-Saturday) Mission u, Lake Huron Retreat Center
  • September 1 (Thursday)…Due:
    • Mission Today Unit Objectives (Membership Nurture and Outreach)
    • Names and/or picture of Deceased members since 9/15/16 (Membership Nurture and Outreach)
    • Reading Program Accomplishments (Program Resources)
    • List of Ingathering Project Distributions (Education and Interpretation)
    • Five-Star Unit/Woman Names and Church (Treasurer)
    • Pledge for 2018 (Treasurer)
  • September 14 (Thursday) Mission Team Meeting, Sandusky: First UMC
  • October 14 (Saturday) 10 a.m.–2 p.m. District Annual Meeting, Sandusky: First UMC
  • October 16-17 (Mon-Tues) Mission U of the North, Gaylord: First
  • October 27 (Friday) Conference Leadership Training for District Officers, TBD
  • October 28 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Conference Annual Meeting at TBD
  • November 1 (Monday) Due: List of Elected or Nominated Unit Officers (Secretary)
  • November 11 (Saturday) Mission Team Meeting, Brown City UMC
    • Annual Reports Due at the meeting
  • November 10 (Saturday) Newsletter Deadline
  • November 30 (Saturday) Due:
    • Monies for 2017 Giving (Treasurer)
    • Transient Money Information (Treasurer)