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Out of the Heart of our community
we welcome ALL
into this safe {and sacred} space.

Out of the Heart of our community
we welcome ALL
to come and know the heart of God.

Out of the Heart of our community
we welcome ALL
to share their lives in service with us
into ALL the world.

It is out of the heart of our collective understanding of God’s complete and unconditional love that we invite, encourage support, love and welcome ALL.


A Letter From Our New Pastor: Kevin Dembinski 

July 2019

Greetings Bayview UMC,

Let me introduce myself as your new pastor. I am Rev. Kevin Dembinski and currently am serving First UMC: Marinette, Peshtigo UMC, and Harmony UMC and have just completed my sixth year. I am looking forward to moving south and I am sure it will be quite the adjustment from rural northern Wisconsin to southeast urban/city living. I pray for you and for Rev. Kelly Fowler in this time of transition. 

I was ordained an Elder in The United Methodist Church in 2011 and have been serving multi-point charges since 2005 when I became a student pastor. Since the age of nine I had a desire to serve God and the church and today am living the dream; yes, even in the midst of messiness of General Conference. I bring many passions such as preaching, leading worship, teaching, Bible/Book studies, and making every church gathering fun, relaxing, non-judgmental, and renewal for the body and soul.

Lastly, I will be bringing with me my family of pets. They range from all ages. I have three cats and two dogs—Sugar (cat, age 17); Susanna (cat, age 11); Cleo (dog, age 10); Sophie (dog, age 5); Wesley John (cat, age 1). You will soon find out that I love all creation and have a soft spot for animals. However, I believe five is the limit so please hold back in offering me any kittens or puppies! Don’t even tempt me with cute pictures.

Just imagine, in just a few weeks we venture together on this new journey. Let us remember John Wesley’s last words—“The best of all is God is with us.” May it be so.

Blessings, 

Pastor Kevin 

 

What Is the Meaning of Methoducks?

From Pastor Kelly

“Methoducks” came from a crazy Christmas gift I gave staff and leadership 2 years ago. Everyone got a rubber duck Nativity set and was challenged to play Where in the world-Flat Stanley style with it. I got pictures of those ducks from all over the world! It was a lot of fun. The tag just evolved from there as themed ducks became our give away at local events and in church around the seasons. Our latest is our best with the symbol of the United Methodist denomination (the cross and flame) adorning a duck amidst other ducks in our ad for the 2013 neighborhood places map (available for free in the BVUMC Gathering Space).

 

Bay View United Methodist Church

The Methodist denomination organized the first church in Bay View. It was a small wooden church built in 1868 by English immigrants on the land donated by the Milwaukee Iron Company at what today is 2471 and 2473 S. Wentworth Avenue. In 1887, the congregation moved to this Victorian Gothic cream city brick edifice designed by parishioner WIlliam Davelaar.

After World War II, husband and wife Lillian and Willis Leenhouts designed an educational wing and remodeled the church interior, installing new stained glass windows. The Bay View Historical Society designated the Bay View United Methodist Church as a landmark on May 6th, 1984.

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