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Bishop speaks on rise in AAPI violence

Bishop Bard shares message on AAPI violence

Bishop David Bard calls for prayers for the Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the wake of killings on March 16, 2021 in Atlanta, GA.

COAAM decries hate crimes against Asians

COAAM cites scripture

COAAM, the Committee on Asian American Ministry of The Michigan Conference, calls for prayers against the evil of anti-Asian racism.

Michigan responds to GLBR flooding

Flooded Midland 2020

Bishop David Bard has called for prayer for those impacted by the Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR) flood and has activated the Michigan Disaster Response Ministry team. On May 19, 2020, following days of heavy rain in the GLBR, which includes the city of Midland, village of Sanford and Edenville, and areas of Tittabawassee Township,… Continue Reading Michigan responds to GLBR flooding

Leaders offer separation plan

Leaders who offer separation plan

On January 3rd, a diverse, 16-member team of church leaders, offered a separation proposal that would preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination.

Bishop releases statement on separation plan

Bishop Bard speaks from his office in Lansing

Michigan Conference Bishop David Bard released a statement today in response to, “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation,” a 9-page proposal announced on  January 3, 2020, that would preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination. STATEMENT FROM BISHOP BARD Yesterday, January 2, I participated in a conference… Continue Reading Bishop releases statement on separation plan

Children’s Ministries Meet and Greets

Children’s Ministry champions around Michigan have been gathering for Meet and Greets with Rev. Kathy Pittenger, the new Children’s Initiatives Coordinator for the Michigan Conference. We share a time of devotion together and then use brightly colored post-it notes to write down thoughts on needs and dreams for children’s ministry as well as resources that… Continue Reading Children’s Ministries Meet and Greets

Marge J. Dahringer

Marjorie J. Dahringer, age 83, passed away, September 6, 2018, surrounded by her family. Marge was a member of Howell First United Methodist Church and was married to the late Rev. Ed Dahringer. Marge was born August 23, 1935 in Bad Axe, MI. Her obituary may be found here.  Visitation will be held on Sunday… Continue Reading Marge J. Dahringer

Rev. Susan Bennett Stiles

Rev. Susan Bennett Stiles, 66, passed away on August 31, 2018. Born in Michigan, Susan attended Fenton High School, graduated from Michigan State University and from Garrett Theological Seminary. She served Halsey Mt Bethel UMC, Owosso FUMC, Algonac UMC, Redford Lola Valley UMC, Waterford Central UMC, Flint Lincoln Park UMC, Saginaw Kochville UMC, and Montrose… Continue Reading Rev. Susan Bennett Stiles

Marilyn Joyce Ackerman

Marilyn Joyce Ackerman of Wixom, formerly of Clawson and Frankenmuth, passed away on August 22, 2018 at the age of 82. Mrs. Ackerman is the beloved wife of 60 years to Reverend Gordon Earl Ackerman. She is the loving mother of Kim (Michael) VanErp, Lisa Ackerman and the late Cheryl (the late Scott) Schlosser. Grandmother… Continue Reading Marilyn Joyce Ackerman

Rev. Rex E. Bean

Rev. Rex E. Bean, age 95, passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2018, at the Clark Retirement Community. A memorial service was held on August 25, 2018 in Grand Rapids.  Rex was born on August 8, 1923 to Clarence and Lucy (Losey) Bean in Hillsdale, MI. After high school, he enrolled at Western Michigan University… Continue Reading Rev. Rex E. Bean