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The past is a present … open it!

Look to sacred past

With the pandemic in mind, Juanita Joiner shares memories of the past and kind words in the present. She believes the most important gift is connecting with friends, family, and God. 

Linda Stephan

From: Mid-Michigan District — Williamston UMC  … To: Northern Waters District — Traverse City: Central UMC. This full-time associate pastor position begins July 1, 2021.

UMC’s future a hot topic

Future of UMC in question

As legislative proposals continue on hold, the future of The United Methodist Church has lately been the subject of statements and opinion pieces from across the globe.

AC2021 registration open now thru April 15

AC2021 will be virtual

The Michigan Annual Conference will be virtual again this year. AC2021 will be online June 3-6. All members of the Annual Conference may register between March 1 and April 15.

Holding it together

Strands of rope holding together

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop Bard considers what scripture, poets, and everyday experience reveal about the challenges of holding it together.

Paul S. Hahm

From: Mid-Michigan District — Lansing: Grace UMC … To: Greater Detroit District — Farmington: Orchard UMC. This full-time appointment begins July 1, 2021.

Leslee J. Fritz

From: Heritage District – Albion First UMC … To: Mid-Michigan District — Lansing: Grace UMC. This full-time appointment begins July 1, 2021.

Postponed again. GC to convene in 2022

General Conference postponed again

To assure full participation of all General Conference delegates, the Commission on the General Conference has postponed the session to convene in-person in Minneapolis, August 29 – September 6, 2022.

A greater church family

Sonya Luna leads the church in Michigan in Latinx ministries

Despite the pandemic in 2020, Wesley Park United Methodist Church was one of many congregations paying 100% of Ministry Shares. That enables the Michigan Conference to make a difference with programs like Latinx Ministries.

Bishop Bard addresses GC delay

Bishop Bard shares message

Bishop David Bard comments on two important decisions made this week. The General Conference has been postponed until August 2022. In the meantime, an online session in May 2021 will deal with sevearl important matters.