Summer Services will be held virtually, at least until mid-July at 9:30 a.m. When services resume in house, they will be held at the Leland Community United Methodist Church for eight weeks during the summer season. Any changes to the worship schedule will be announced here and on our Home Page.
Virtual Services will be streamed on our Facebook Page and posted soon after on our website.
The Leland Summer Church has a tradition dating back 64 years. Leland Summer Church provides a seasonal worship service that features notable guest preachers.
In 2020, Summer Church services host the following guest preachers:
June 28-Rev.Glen Howell, Director of Development-United Methodist Foundation of Indiana
July 5-Rev.Matt Hook, Pastor, Dexter UMC, Dexter, Michigan
July 12-Rev.Faith Fowler, Pastor, Cass Community UMC, Detroit, Michigan
July 19-Rev. Sharon Brown, Retired Co-Pastor, Redeemer Covenant Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan
July 26-Rev.Benton Heisler, Director of Connectional Ministries for the Michigan Conference of the UMC
August 2-Rev. Todd Cioffi, Assistant Professor, Calvin College; Director, Calvin Prison Initiative, Grand Rapids, Michigan
August 9-Rev.Neal Plantinga, Senior Research Fellow, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
August 16-Rev.Denise Kasischke, Pastor of Family Ministries, Dexter UMC, Dexter, Michigan
During Summer Church, the Leland Community United Methodist Church conducts its worship services at 9:30 am.
A History of Leland Summer Church
The Methodist Church in Leland dates back to 1857 when the Rev. L.J. Griffin was directed by
the presiding elder to form congregations in Northport and on the Carp River, as Leland was then
In 1872, Congregationalists built their Leland Church. The village could not support two
churches, so the Congregationalists and the Methodists informally merged their parishes. The new parish was served by a Congregational clergyman, usually from Northport. The
combination, however, did not solve the financial problems. The minister at the time sued for back pay, and the
result was that the church building was sold at auction in 1896 to a Mrs. Ada K. Pratt of Traverse
The following summer, the building was destroyed by fire, and the next spring Mrs. Pratt deeded
the lot to the Leland Methodists. A local doctor, James Brady, organized and raised funds for the
new church structure. The new church was completed in 1898 and the Rev. P.E. Whitman was the first pastor. The Leland Community United Methodist Church has since served the greater
Leelanau Peninsula community providing continuous worship services at the current 4th Street location.
The practice of utilizing guest pastors for summer services began as early as 1905. This practice continued intermittently for years. Appointments of pastors to Leland Methodist Church were seasonal. This left the summer months with no appointed clergymen, as they were serving other parishes.
In the early 1950s, some of the summer services were held in the homes of Leland
residents. In 1955, a group of summer residents began to search for pastors who would speak in
Leland during the summer months. These residents arranged with the Leland Methodist Church
to provide the venue for the guest pastors. With no pastor assigned to the Leland Methodist Church in the summer, and a growing number of summer residents wishing to attend services, this proposal was well received.
These summer services were non-denominational to provide a worship
service that would be of interest to as many people in the community as possible. The original
committee consisted of Harry Finke, John Fisher, Russ Riley, Harry Harrison, and Frank Mead.
John Fisher became the formal head of this committee, which oversaw the summer church
operation for many years. Pastors were provided to speak each Sunday in July
and August at LCUMC. The opportunity for pastors to come to Leland to preach for a Sunday
(or more) during the summer months and stay as guests in the homes of Committee members
became very popular with pastors throughout the Midwest.
John Fisher headed the committee through 2008 was succeeded by Mrs. Joanne Thomas. Since 2013 Tony Borden has led the Leland Summer Church Committee.