General Conference / Affiliation Information

General Conference / Affiliation Information

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Affiliation/Disaffiliation Information

This page is where you can find the latest information about how our congregation is responding to the current realities related to the split within The United Methodist denomination and the upcoming General Conference in 2024. Below are various links to different events and information pages. Please know that as it regards a congregational vote, Port Huron First United Methodist church has NOT taken a vote. If the decision is made to take a vote, information will be provided on this page.

Events/Meeting Dates

Here are some important events and dates. Events will be added to this page as they are scheduled. Grayed-out text indicates the event is complete.

  1. Sunday, March 5, 2023 – 11:30am congregational informational meeting in the sanctuary. Rev John Hice will talk about what would entail remaining a part of The United Methodist Church. AUDIO RECORDING OF THIS EVENT IS A LINK BELOW.
  2. Monday, March 20, 2023 – 6:00pm congregation informational meeting in the sanctuary. Rev. Dan Bowman will talke about what would entail disaffiliating from The United Methodist Church and also aligning with The Global Methodist Church.
  3. Sunday, April 23, 2023 – 10:45am Town Hall meeting #1. We will gather in small groups around tables and give persons the opportunity to share personal thoughts and ask questions. Following small group discussions, the large group will briefly convene. A anonymous straw poll will be conducted. Persons may attend one or both town hall meeting.
  4. Sunday, April 30, 2023 – 10:45am Town Hall meeting #2.

Audio Recording: March 5 Congregational Meeting

  Remaining a United Methodist Congregation On March 5, an informational meeting was called in order to hear a presentation about what would entail remaining a United Methodist congregation. The presenter was our district superintendent, the Rev. John Hice. You may read the written notes of the March 5 meeting. Please read the content below before listening to the recording. Due to unforseen technical problems, we were unable to video record the meeting. At the bottom of the page is…

March 5 Info Meeting Written Notes

  Congregational Meeting – Led by Rev. John Hice This informational meeting was to hear about what it would entail for our congregation to remain aligned with The United Methodist Church (hereafter, UMC). The presenter was our district superintendent, the Rev. John Hice. The following are the notes of the meeting taken by a church member. Note: in the notes, the term “human sexuality” is a reference to the LGBTIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and asexual) issue. You may…

March 20 Info Meeting

  Congregational Meeting – Led by Rev. Dan Bowman This informational meeting was to hear about what it would entail for our congregation to disaffiliat from The The United Methodist Church. The presenter was the Rev. Dan Bowman, pastor of Swartz Creek UMC. Below is the content of a handout he provided which gave an general overview of the actions within the denomination which have brought us to where we are today. The Present Situation What: It appears likely that…

Straw Poll Results

  Results of the Straw Poll The Church Council met on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, to review the results of the straw poll regarding the question about remaining connected to The United Methodist Church or to disaffiliate and align with a different denomination. The outcome of this straw poll is unofficial and non-binding, but it does reflect the initial desires of our church members who participated. Ballots were cast during each of the two town halls on April 23 and…