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  • West Side Methodist Church|Ann Arbor|Learn More

    Top of Page About Staff Beliefs Our Story Becoming a Member Info 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 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? Start here , and then talk to our Staff or our welcome team members to take the next step.

  • Children & Youth | westside-church

    CHILDREN & YOUTH Join us for a moment of meditition A Moment for Children & Youth Every Sunday at 10:30 Good morning church! let get ready for Spiritual Funmation with Pastor Elisabeth! A WEST SIDE CHRISTMAS The West Side Chruch 2020 Christmas Pegent Thanks to COVID-19, the West Side Christmas pageant looks a bit different than normal. This year, we sent out the script and asked church members to record scenes of the pageant using whatever they had at home for costumes and props. Sit back, and have a laugh while enjoying the 2020 West Side Christmas Pageant. CHILDREN AT WEST SIDE CHURCH For Students Grades K- 6 SUNDAY SCHOOL Children are at the heart of Jesus' ministry. We use a rotational model of children's Sunday School to give our elementary-aged kids a chance to learn about memorable and important bible stories in more depth. We focus on a single bible story over several weeks using a series of different experiences including music, art, games, science, and performance, to gain a deeper understanding of the story. ​ DUE TO COVID - 19, SUNDAY SCHOOL HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL West Side's Vacation Bible School is usually held for one week in June from 5:00-8:00pm (dates and times may vary) and it is free for everyone. Children ages 3 (potty-trained) through 5th grade are welcome, and older students are invited to volunteer. The week includes art and crafts, music, games, snacks, and fun all connecting to the week's Biblical theme! ​ PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES CONCERNING VBS 2021 SUMMER MUSICAL During the summer months, children are invited to participate in West Side's summer musical. Children rehearse on Sunday mornings during the worship service. Rehearsal attendance is flexible to accommodate vacations and other summer activities. The cast and crew perform the musical at the worship service on the 2nd Sunday in September. We welcome all children who want to participate, and have big parts, small parts, and director's assistant roles available to fit everyone's comfort level. ​ DUE TO COVID - 19, PLEASE STAY-TUNED FOR UPDATES FOR THIS SUMMER'S CHILDREN'S MUSICAL YOUTH AT WEST SIDE CHURCH For Students Grades 6 - 12 As young people grow in age and maturity, so also their faith journey grows. Harder questions about who we are and what we believe needs 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 CONFIRMATION Proclaim Your Faith 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. SPRING HILL CAMP A Can't-Miss Experience 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. 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. MISSION TRIPS Serve God by Serving Others 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. 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.

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    Worship Assisting Tel: 734-663-4164 | WestSide@WestSide-UMC.org Close Success! Message received. SEND 500 Terry Francois Street, San Francisco, CA 94158

  • Serving our world | Ann Arbor | Westside United Methodist Church

    West Side In Action: Mission & Ministries in the World Costa Rica Mission Each year we send a group of volunteers to help construct a school and orphanage in Costa Rica. Here's a chance to stretch yourself by making a hands-on difference is a place far from home. The 2017 trip is complete, and you can learn more at the trip blog site. Follow the Blog Here Volunteers In Mission As part of the connectional ministry of the world-wide United Methodist Church, we have the opportunity to serve in a wide variety of mission projects in the United States and across the globe. Our members have participated in VIM trips to Russia, India, Haiti, and the gulf coast following hurricane Katrina. Learn more about the VIM possibilities at the VIM website, and talk to staff if you want to explore these exciting opportunities more deeply. VIM Website Please reload

  • 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 VIDEO that will walk you through the process. 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

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    Tell me about Music Tel: 734-663-4164 | WestSide@WestSide-UMC.org Close Success! Message received. SEND 500 Terry Francois Street, San Francisco, CA 94158

  • Piecemakers Quilt Group | westside-church

    Piecemakers Quilt Group A Gift of Warmth ​ One of the joys of quilting is to share a part of yourself in your creations. If you are a quilter, beginner or experienced, and would like to meet once a month for fellowship while working on quilts to give to those in need of comfort and warmth, please plan to join the West Side Piecemakers. ​ The group meets monthly, September through May, with the purpose of constructing quilts for home bound church members and those in need throughout the community. ​ Meetings are held in Weiss Hall the second Monday of each month at 9:00 am and continue through the early afternoon. We welcome new members. Bring basic sewing supplies, a sewing machine if you have one, and a packed lunch, and plan to have an enjoyable day stitching and making new friends.

  • Weddings | Ann Arbor | West Side United Methodist Church

    Weddings Love. Commitment to each other and God. A sacred celebration. Weddings at West Side ​ We would be delighted to share in your special day here at West Side UMC! Click here to view our wedding booklet. ​

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

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

  • Serving our community | Ann Arbor | West Side United Methodist Church

    West Side In Action: Mission & Ministries in our Community Habitat for Humanity Each summer we work with other churches in our area to complete 2-3 habitat for humanity houses in Washtenaw county. Alpha House About four times each year, we take responsibility for one week of assistance at Alpha House, a temporary housing orginization for families in our area. There are many opportunities to help with providing food, preparing meals, child care, over night assistance, and more. C.R.O.P. Walk Part of the Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice, this annual walk-a-thon is a fund raiser to provide food resources in our community Please reload