That's how we felt Sunday morning, not going to church because there were so few churches to choose from in our immediate area. The nearest ELCA, Episcopal or UCC congregations were all about 30 miles away in various directions; and we didn't feel all that comfortable with our other local denominational choices (I personally don't feel welcome in a denomination that at least officially doesn't want me to commune at one of its services, no matter what it says about welcoming visitors, and that's not even getting into the Issue That Dare Not Speak Its Name).
If anyone with any pull in our synod or on Higgins Road is reading this, here is my humble suggestion for ministry in northern Michigan tourist country: If a start-up congregation isn't a viable option in a given area (which seems to be the case along the western side of Leelanau County), why not take the show on the road? Have some congregations within a 30- or 40-mile radius commit to holding a weekly worship service in some unserved resort town -- work with the community and find a friendly park or other open area or public building, and advertise your presence like you actually mean it. (Which I mention because this seems to be a weak link in local ministry endeavors.) No gimmicks or worshitainment; just a simple Eucharist service. Pitch a tent. See who shows up. I'm just sayin'.