Exodus Place 7th Anniversary Event: July 12

Exodus Place Event Flyer 7-14-16

About Exodus Place

Birthed by the desire of men who were tired of getting handouts. They didn’t want to be a rescue mission that takes care of the emergency situations. The men wanted to go to the next level and out of poverty. Exodus Place is a facility focused on rehabilitation and development of men in Grand Rapids dealing with difficult circumstances.

Our objective is to help restore the lives of men who have faced almost hopeless situations.

  • Click HERE to learn more about Exodus Place
  • For more information about the 7th Anniversary Pig Roast & BBQ Event, please contact Exodus Place Board Member, Brad Greeno at bsgreeno@gmail.com
  • Click HERE for the July 12 Event Flyer


Rev. Dr. Glenn Wagner-New Book Signing on July 14 and 17

Press Release

The United Methodist Church of the Dunes is pleased to announce the arrival of the new book, God Incidents – Real-Life Stories to Strengthen and Restore Your Faith, by Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Glenn Wagner.  This book, which was the number one best seller at the recent state wide conference of United Methodists, invites persons who are struggling with belief to reconsider God.

With honesty, empathy, and inspiration from four decades of global pastoral experience, Pastor Glenn shares many different ways that God is made known so that persons who doubt God and those who seek to help them may find new perspectives for living.

“In nearly four decades of pastoral ministry, I have had the privilege of meeting many people who reject God.  They disbelieve with strong reasons.  Their authentic doubts have helped me grow. They have caused me to stretch my understanding of faith.  They have humbled me. They have taught me to listen – to them and to God.  Their attitudes about God are increasingly commonplace.  I wrote this book as a personal and pastoral response to their very real and legitimate questions about God.”  ~ Glenn Wagner

Pastor Glenn shares life shaping events that have helped him to deepen his understanding of God including the inspirational story of his special-needs sister, Jane. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book supports Lambs Farm in Libertyville, Illinois, a world-class community for special-needs adults that has been Jane’s home for over thirty years.

Chapters cover different facets of God by examining topics such as defining God-incidents, miracles, creation, prayer, dreams, places to discover God, ways to discover God, what to do when God seems absent, dealing with disappointment and doubt, discovering God in community, and more. Discussion questions for each chapter are offered at the end of the book, and will also be used in the 5-week book discussion class led by Pastor Glenn on Wednesday evenings, beginning July 27.

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Rev. Dr. Glenn Wagner

Meet the Author, Rev. Dr. Glenn Wagner at his book signings on Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. at The Bookman, 715 W. Washington Street, Grand Haven or Sunday, July 17 at 9:30 a.m. at Church of the Dunes, 717 Sheldon, Grand Haven.  Sunday morning’s event will take place in the Wiltse Center from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.  Pastor Glenn will be on hand at both events to meet you and sign your book.

For more information about God Incidents, including excerpts, visit www.glennmwagner.com. Copies will also be available for purchase at The Bookman.

God-Incidents is endorsed by Bishop Kiesey with a forward by Bishop Sharon Rader. A simple way to learn more about the book, link to a preview of the book, or to booksellers to direct order, is through the website www.glennmwagner.com

Churches interested in having Glenn come for a book signing or in arranging for volume discounts for book study groups are welcome to contact him at 616.510.1770.

Purchase a paperback copy HERE

Purchase a Kindle copy HERE

Reflections on General Conference: June 1

All are invited to attend this event, but especially GR District Clergy and Lay Persons who are attending West Michigan Annual Conference. This June 1 Holy Conferencing opportunity comes after General Conference but before the West Michigan Annual Conference, and will take place on Wednesday, June 1 at 7pm at Trinity UMC (1100 Lake Dr. SE). Our time together will be framed in worship and Holy Conferencing. Please join Grand Rapids District Superintendent Bill Haggard along with Nichea Ver Veer Guy and Laura Witkowski for this time together. Please RSVP to Liz grdistrict@wmcumc.org or 616.459.4503.

Muskegon Area Holy Week & Easter Events

Lake Harbor UMC will host a potluck at 6:15 p.m.  People are invited to bring finger foods such as those that might have been a part of Jesus’ meal with the disciples.  We’ll worship at 7:00 p.m. with a celebration of Holy Communion and an opportunity for footwashing.  Your church may already plan for this time of worship, but I wanted you to be aware of it.  It’s an opportunity for you to worship if you don’t have a service at your church that night.  Please feel free to pass it along.
We also host a prayer vigil beginning after Holy Thursday worship that continues overnight until Good Friday at noon.  There are people there all night as hosts, and you’re welcome to come and pray anytime.  Again, I offer that to you and your congregation as another opportunity to be in prayer as we consider Jesus’ love and sacrifice.

Temple UMC will host worship at 12:00 p.m.
Again, your church may already plan for this time of worship, but it might be an opportunity for those who work in Muskegon to join us.  Please feel free to pass it along.

One tradition at Lake Harbor is to celebrate Easter morning at Mona Lake Boat Club (off Randall Rd.).  We plan for a 7:00 a.m. meeting, and we’re usually done by 7:30 a.m.  Jeff Bowman and I have made plans for the service; it will be a meaningful time for us to consider the power of resurrection in our lives.
It is not intended to replace Easter worship services, but simply a time to gather and reflect with music and Scripture.  An offering will support Muskegon Rescue Mission’s discipleship program