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  • Contact | westside-church

    WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU Please Reach Out Office Phone (734) 663-4164 Emails Office westside@gowestsidechurch.org Pastor tim@gowestsidechurch.org Director of Spiritual Formation elisabeth@gowestsidechurch.org Director of Music maggie@westside-umc.org Director of Communications communications@westside-umc.org

  • Give | Ann Arbor | West Side United Methodist Church

    Ways to Give Stewardship is an important part of a Christian life. Christian stewardship is an important part of living a Christian life. We are all encouraged to live into the Biblical principle of tithing - giving one tenth of all that we have been given to building God's Kingdom here on earth. There are many opportunities to support this Kingdom work at West Side Church. Our day-to-day ministries and programs our supported through our regular worship giving. We are beginning phase two of our Foundation for the Future capital campaign which is updating our facilities to better serve our community and enhance the worship experience. We also support a variety of current mission needs in our community and around the world through specific designated giving that includes our monthly communion offering. ​ Through the United Methodist Commmitee on Relief (UMCOR) we provide direct support with no overhead cost to national and worldwide emergent needs. ​ ways you can donate: In Person Each Sunday we encourage everyone committed to the mission and vision of West Side Church to make a financial commitment. If you're not able to make it to our outdoor worship service or donate online, you can mail your gift of support to the church. ONLINE Donate You can sign up to give electronically on a recurring basis or make a one time gift through our on-line portal. You can also download the giving app for your android device here or your , iOS device here . Text-to-give It's easy to give with your smart phone by using Test-To-Give! Simply text the amount you'd like to give to . 84321 ​ The first time you text you'll get a link to follow in order to set up your Text-To-Give account. Thereafter you will simply text the amount you want to give to . 84321 ​ Here's a that will walk you through the process. VIDEO Christmas 2020 100% of our Christmas offering this year will be divided evenly between two charities: ​ United Methodist Commission on Relief (UMCOR) International Disaster Relief Fund ​ ​ A Brighter Way - a local charity that helps individuals transitioning from prison back to society Text "Christmas" and the dollar amount you wish to give to 84321

  • contact us | Ann Arbor | West Side United Methodist Church

    Contact Us GET IN TOUCH We'd love to hear from you - Office westside@gowestsidechurch.org - Pastor tim@gowestsidechurch.org - Director of Spiritual Formation for children, youth and adults elisabeth@gowestsidechurch.org ​ Call us during office hours M-F 9:00am-1:00pm 734-663-4164 Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WSUMC/

  • Prayer Garden | westside-church

    WELCOME TO THE PRAYER GARDEN West Side Church's Prayer Ministry Heading 3 This is a safe place for you to submit a request for prayers of joy and/ or concern. ​ Request may be submitted anonymously.

  • Serve | West Side United Mehodist Church | Ann Arbor

    Make a Difference Get involved in changing the world. We all desire to build deeper relationships with Jesus Christ, and part of that process is personal involvement in the ministries of the church. We each have unique God-given gifts. We invite you to find a place to plug yourself into an opportunity to grow, learn and participate in ministry. Around Ann Arbor There are always a number of ways to make a difference right here in our community. We have teams helping at Alpha House, the Delonis Center, Habitat for Humanity, C.R.O.P. Walk, and the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice. There is a quilt group and Stephen Ministers. Where are your gifts, and how can you put them to work? Explore more here... ​ Learn More... United Mehodist Women The UMW is a methodist tradition. We welcome all women to participate in the programs of the Mary Martha or Friendship Circles. Both circles meet on the 2ndMonday of each month-Friendship at 7PM & Mary Martha at 1PM . If you have questions about how to get involved with United Methodist Women, please contact Marilyn Kirking or Gwen Dunlap. Learn More At West Side There are many ways to serve the Lord right here at West Side Church. You can be a host or greeter, help with audio visual team, be a lay reader, share your musical and artistic talents, help around the office, host coffee hour, and so much more. Find out more about these chances to use your gifts right here at West Side! ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Learn More... Ministries Beyond West Side West Side Church is deeply engaged in making the direct and real difference in our community and the world around us, just as Jesus expects of us. Where is your passion? Click below to explore the many opportunities that are available for you to be a part of. Learn More...

  • West Side Methodist Church|Ann Arbor|Learn More

    Get To Know Us! a great place to find out more about West Side Church About West Side Meet our Staff Our Story Getting Involved Beliefs General Information Top of Page About Staff Beliefs Our Story Becoming a Member Info About West Side Church Our Mission: As a United Methodist church we share a common Mission Statement with Methodists around the globe: Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. ​ Our Vision: CONNECT people to the life and love of Jesus Christ; GROW generations of Disciples; ACT on our faith to change the world ​ The Journey: Connecting with the life and love of Jesus Christ is a life long journey. It requires a process of engaging, learning, growing and serving. We work together in small groups and as a congregation to ignite that growth. ​ Our Welcome: West Side United Methodist Church is an intentionally diverse community of faith that embraces and celebrates all people as loved children of God. Our vision is to connect people to the life and love of Jesus Christ, supporting current generations and building future generations of Christians. We welcome, affirm and share our ministry with people of all faith histories, ages, races, gender identities and expressions, economic status, mental abilities, physical abilities, sexual orientations, marital status, and nationalities. We look forward to building relationships with you by sharing together our gifts, service, prayers, worship, and witness. Welcome home to West Side. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Meet Our Staff: Tim Ziegler Pastor Tim is our inspirational leader. He leads us and challenges us to be more like Christ each day. Lead Pastor Elisabeth Danielsons Elisabeth is a recent graduate from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. She is a candidate for ordained ministry as a Deacon and is excited to continue her call to ministry with West Side. Her background includes a wide variety of teaching and missions work, and she looks forward to leading us into a deeper relationship with Christ. Director of Spiritual Formation Alina Sanburn Have a question? Need to know what's happening? Alina is an invaluable resource regarding office related tasks, wedding planning, or Children's Ministry! Office Manager, Wedding Coordinator & Children's Ministry Assistant Maggie Burk Maggie comes to us most recently from the Yale School of Music where she completed a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting. Prior to Yale, Maggie taught middle and high school choral music in Minnesota and Kansas and served as Assistant Organist/Choirmaster at Grace Cathedral (Episcopal) in Topeka, KS. She earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Organ Performance at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Maggie is currently working toward a Doctor of Musical Arts at U-M. Director of Music Ministries Please reload Meet Our Staff: Our Beliefs ​ We believe the church belongs to God and that the church is, in the words of the Apostle Paul, the body of Christ, called to do God’s will and be the physical presence of Christ in the world. ​ A U nited Methodist Community West Side Church is part of the United Methodist denomination, the second largest Protestant denomination in America, and we uphold our heritage by pursuing ministry in keeping with this tradition. We seek to be generous in spirit, broadminded, passionately devoted to Jesus Christ, and wholly surrendered to God. We strive for personal holiness by inviting people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. We also pursue social holiness in the public sphere by addressing key issues of our time so that our world will look more like the Kingdom of God. United Methodists have a passionate faith with strong convictions, but we also recognize that the world is not always black and white. We are willing to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with grace and compassion. ​ The Bible United Methodists are “people of the Book,” whose faith is firmly rooted in and built upon the scriptures. We hold the Bible to be divinely inspired and are committed to live by its words. We also recognize the Bible was written by people who heard God in the light of their own cultural and historical circumstances. As such, we make use of scholarship and study the scriptures carefully. When we encounter theological differences among Christians, we bear in mind John Wesley’s approach, “in essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” United Methodists share a common heritage with other Christians, holding to the historic essentials of the Christian faith. ​ We believe the goal of the Christian life is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love your neighbor as you love yourself. We value passionate worship, relevant preaching, small groups to hold Christians accountable to one another, and serving those who are in need. We value the spiritual disciplines and take a “methodical” approach to growing in the faith. Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors. United Methodists value the full participation of people of all backgrounds in every facet of fellowship and leadership within the church and society. ​ This is our heritage, and it continues to shape West Side Church in every area of our ministry. Our Story ​ Many German immigrants came to the Ann Arbor area in the nineteenth century. These were farmers and business people who settled on the west side of Ann Arbor and began to build their new lives in America. In 1832 a group of these immigrants organized a German Evangelical Society, and 14 years later a group of families unhappy with the Evangelical Society petitioned the Ohio Conference of the Methodist Church to open the "Erste Deutsche Methodisten Kirche" -- the First German Methodist Church on the west side of Ann Arbor. The first church building was at the corner of Division and Liberty streets, and then later was moved to a new building at the corner of Jefferson and Fourth streets in 1896. Over the next 20 years the church gradually transitioned from the German language to English, and in 1919 re-named itself West Side Methodist Church. ​ In 1952 the church acquired property on Seventh Street near Pauline, and built the sanctuary portion of the current building. Later an education building was added to the site, and a connecting building was added in 1986. In 1968 the Methodist Church merged with the Evangelical United Brethren Church, and became known as the United Methodist Church. ​ Today, West Side Church fully lives into the diverse society found in our community. Ann Arbor is a major university city in America, and we celebrate and serve the unique diversity that comes with our location. Getting Involved We all desire to make a difference in the world around us. As Christians, we believe that Christ offers the perfect example of committed, compassionate, loving action to make a difference in the world. We want you to find a place to utilize your gifts, push outside your comfort zone, and make a difference for one person, a small group, or a larger community. Want to learn more? , and then talk to our Staff or our welcome team members to take the next step. Start here

  • Events | Ann Arbor | West Side United Methodist Church

    What's Happening? Event Calendars New Sermon Series Beginning September 13th (Streaming live on our YouTube and Facebook) UPCOMING EVENTS Volunteer Opportunity Would you like to help us assist Habitat for Humanity in building and bettering our community? For more information on how to join us, please ! click here Thanks for your support! If you'd like the direct link to our blood drive, click here Top of Page Special Events Calendars All in person meetings temporarily postponed. To join a zoom meeting, email us! Community Calendar Worship and events interesting to our greater community Church Calendar A more detailed listing of group meetings, committees, and rehersals in our building

  • Youth | Ann Arbor | West Side United Methodist Church

    YOUTH PROGRAMS As young people grow in age and maturity, so also their faith journey grows. Harder questions about who we are and what we believe need to be cultivated and explored in safe, relevant and meaningful settings. Youth Group: Growing Together in Christ During middle school and high school years, youth are growing in their understanding of the world around them. They have questions. Relationships with parents, teachers, and friends are changing and evolving. Every Sunday evening, all 6th-12th grade students are invited to come and explore their faith and their questions in an open, safe, and supportive group. Sometimes we play games, or watch movies, sometimes we engage in spiritually dynamic activities, and always, there is a snack, and more! We don't pretend to know the answers to tough life questions, but we do believe that Christ is our best guide to asking those questions, and seeking answers together. Youth group meets most Sundays (unless there's a special event) at church from 5-7 pm on the north lawn (temporarily-due to COVID), weather permitting, and is open to all 6th to 12th grade students. This time includes music, hanging out, games, weekly spiritual thoughts, exploration of God's vision for Ann Arbor, videos and more. ​ Want to learn more? Contact Elisabeth Danielsons at (734) 663-4164 ext. 13, elisabeth@westside-umc.org Mission Trips Each year the youth take a trip to be in service with neighbor. In past years, we have gone to Motown Mission in Detroit. We are currently planning a trip for Summer 2020. Stay tuned for details! Spring Hill Camp They are a non-profit Christian camp and retreat ministry whose mission is to create life-impacting experiences that enable young people to know and to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Many of our youth look forward to this annual trip. Confirmation When youth are ready to explore their faith commitment more deeply, we offer Confirmation classes. At the end of the confirmation session, the student will have the opportunity to publicly proclaim their faith during a worship service.

  • West Side Methodist Church | Ann Arbor | First Visit

    We're happy that you want to visit! Introduction Worship Times Getting Here Children's Programs Top of Page Introduction Worship Times Getting Here Children's Program First Impressions Matter Coming to a new church for the first time can be difficult. What will the service be like? Will the people greet me? Will they seem too pushy? Will I fit in? ​ Come and see why so many people have found West Side Church to be a welcoming place to learn about the life and love of Jesus Christ, and to find deeper meaning and an opportunity to serve and be served. People of all ages, races & backgrounds -- single people, married people, families -- people just like you. Welcome. Outdoor Worship Service: Temporarily Postponed ​ Sunday Morning 9:00 am This is a blended style service that includes music as well as more contemporary offerings. ​ Come and join us this Sunday. We have ample parking behind the church and one time use worship bags for children to take home and utilize during the service. Dress is casual and comfortable. ​ 900 S. Seventh St. Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103 734-663-4164 ​ Sunday School & Childcare temporarily postponed due to COVID Little Ones ​ Children are always welcome to stay with you during the service. If you prefer we offer infant and toddler care during worship time. If you elect to have our trained staff watch your small ones, we will have you check them in with our family tracking system, and then we will introduce you to our child care staff. Kid Zone ​ After Children's time with Pastor Tim, we have a weekly learning experience for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade children. Using a rotational model, the children learn some of the classic Bible stories through a series of experiences including art, drama, games, science, and literature.