Good News Club


After school Bible club meets Tuesdays 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM at Collins Elementary. A project of the Child Evangelism Fellowship coordinated by Brette Walker. For more information call Brette at 989-386-3847 or e-mail:


Fresh made pasties made right in the HLUMC kitchen with or without rutabagas. Pasty Sales happen in the Spring and in the Fall. See Wayne or Jill Shoeppach for details.

 Prayers and Squares


 It’s not about the quilt;  it’s all about the prayers.”
That’s the motto of Prayers and Squares, a group that meets at church on the 3rd Thursday 
of each month from 10 am-2 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The idea behind making quilts is simple: each quilt is made for someone in special need of comfort and prayer. As each tie in a quilt is knotted, a prayer is said for that person, who receives the finished quilt. Anyone can request a quilt for a family member or friend of the congregation who is sick, suffering, or in the military. Prayers and Squares brochures (with a request form) can be found in the narthex on the table left of the Library door.

New members are welcome and can contact Dottie at 422-3563 for details or questions.



The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of woman 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 the participation in Global ministries of the church.  Call 422-5622 for more info.



We are actually several smaller ministries working together under one larger and loving circle or ministry. Yet we all have one thing in common – our desire to show the love of Christ to the members of the local community, right here in Houghton Lake.  Our current projects include Heavenly Patches, College Connection, Blessings in a Backpack, Pumpkin Pies for Thanksgiving, Undies and Sox, and Helping Hands  It is our sincere desire that the Circle of Hope will help to make the Love of Jesus Christ more real for the people in the communities in and around Houghton Lake., If you want to take part in making a difference in the Houghton Lake area, join our group. We meet each month at the church on the 3rd Monday of each month.  Contact person is Regina Romo and Deb Norten. More information can be accessed by contacting the church office at 422-5622.



On July 9th , 2011 , our relay team set the world record for the “Largest Cancer Ribbon Cake” for Breast Cancer awareness. Take a look at the official video above!

Praise Band


We meet every Wednesday at 5:45pm for an hour of practice as well as Sunday morning at 7:45am. We perform each Sunday during the first service, starting at 8:45 am. We are currently looking for a Praise Band leader (which is a paid position.)


 Sara's Bears Ministry

 “I was born in 1963 with cerebral palsy. That may be all you see – but , greater than this , I was born with dreams to dream and desire to discover my world . With encouragement from family and friends , I have worked hard to see my dreams come true–but, I still dream and have more to accomplish. I would like to share a poem by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It challenges us to be all that you have been created to be . ‘ Happiness is as a butterfly , which when pursued , is always just beyond our grasp , but which , if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you ‘ “
– Sara Murdoch 
Sara’s Bears began with Sara Murdoch witnessing two small children after a car accident.
She though they needed to have teddy bears because they were afraid. Sara decided to collect bears to give to the local ambulances. To celebrate her 45th birthday, Sara asked for teddy bears instead of gifts for herself. The bears began arriving and were placed at the front of the church. The bears were blessed, and she felt that was why the bear ministry was so successful.  Sara’s Bears is Sara’s legacy. The minisrty continues to grow. The bears are at the local ambulances, walk-in clinics, and emergency rooms, where they are given to children as they come in.

Sara was born in 1963 with cerebral palsy, but she was also born “with dreams to dream and a desire to discover her world”. Sara’s Bears continues to bless so many people.  If you would like to help this minisrty you can contact Betty Murdoch at  989-366-7853 www.Facebook/sarasbearsministry  (click the link above)

Sara left this world in 2010, but her memory lives in the minstry she selflessly began, doing what she always did…..thinking of others rather than herself. There are no wheelchairs in heaven! If you would like to donate to Sara’s Bears , teddy bears are available for purchase at Houghton Lake United Methodist Church. Custom t-shirts for your teddy bear are available for order , just ask about them! Bears can be purchased at Houghton Lake United Methodist Church located at – 7059 W. Houghton Lake Dr., Houghton Lake, MI 48629

If you have a bear that needs to be picked up , please call 366-7853 or (989) 422 – 5622

We also accept monetary donation- Tax deductable. Send to –
Sara’s Bears c/o HLUMC – 7059 W. Houghton Lake Dr., Houghton Lake, MI 48629

Centershot Ministries


Swiss Steak Dinner

All the Kings Men