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Coming and going in Advent

Advent puts focus on messiah

An experience in Africa in 1998 provides some comfort and hope to those waiting for Jesus this Advent 2020. Never fear. He IS coming.

The angle of thankfulness

Seasons of life require courage and right angle.

Some trees on her walk through the neighborhood were a glory to behold. Colorful and straight. Then there was that slanted evergreen. Why was it growing at an angle?

Books for your Advent journey

Books for Advent reading

‘Tis the season to give the gift of a good read, to yourself and others. Hope, peace, love, and joy fill these books’ pages recommended by the United Methodist Publishing House.

Our children take us to Bethlehem

Children color

When traditional things, like Christmas pageants and plays, are not possible, creative alternatives help tell the story. Children of the Central Bay District churches share their views of Jesus’ birth. 

Church cookbooks go online

Cookbooks inspire bakers

While churches are currently not gathering for meals together, the time will come when United Methodists can come back to the table with favorite foods to share.

Living in the harbor of faith

Take your fear to the harbor of faith

Ryan Dunn tells the story of John Wesley’s voyage with the Moravians and what they taught him about faith and dealing with fear.

Called and equipped to serve

Missionaries serve worldwide

Julie Yoder Elmore has rich experience as a US-2 and pastor. Now she helps others serve as supporters of mission in her role as Conference Secretary of Global Ministries for The Michigan Conference.

Being church in the wilderness

prayer for church

“No one has ever done this before,” says the Rev. John Harnish. He offers a prayer for pastors struggling with the complexities of church in a pandemic.

Looking for young world-changers

Two young adults--Asti White and Emily Burns--who served in Kalamazoo as US-2s.

The US-2 track is accepting applications through November 30. If you are a young person, 20-30 years old, consider becoming a part of this program that has changed the world for 70 years.

All Hallows Eve and the UMC

Hallows

Halloween has become a very popular holiday on the cultural calendar. However, beginning in the Middle Ages, All Hallows Eve was a religious observance.