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Help at the starting line

Berkley First found help in Fresh Expressions.

Pastors and churches in Michigan have gone through months of learning new things. More help is available from the Office of Congregational Vibrancy.

Finding God at Motown Mission

Motown staff at NOAH Project

“I have these expectations that I want God to fill,” says Jacinta Kreiner. Her summer experience at Motown Mission required faith and patient waiting upon the Lord.

Names and faces of AC 2020

Nichea VerVeer one of many faces of the AC 2020

Every annual conference session celebrates the achievements and the service of people. Here are some of the names and faces of honor at the 2020 Virtual Michigan Annual Conference.

World whisperers make a difference

John Lewis, World Whisperer

“My heroes have hearts that speak we rather than me,” reflects Cheryl Bistayi. The world is made a better place, she says, when people follow the example of John Lewis, Rosa Parks, and Jesus.

At least show up

Showing up to dance is step one.

She wanted to give up. Then, as a freshman in high school, someone convinced Patricia that an important first step is to “at least show up.” Now she dances.

Deep Methodist roots blossom anew

Communion at Kalamazoo 1st United Methodist Church

Two Michigan women, who began new United Methodist positions July 1, credit their faith formation to the family tree of the Rev. Ken and Jan Kline.

COVID challenges musicians and choirs

Virtual choirs perform during pandemic

The pews are empty and choirs sidelined. But musicians have kept their worship communities alive even while they can’t gather.

The old man in the family

Family love grows

The Hebrew people have a term for the old one in each family, Go-el. The Rev. Glenn Wagner talks about how family, church, and the Bible have prepared him for that role.

Rural parishes are a gift

Growing in rural countryside

Allen Stanton says, “Rural churches are places where people ask serious questions, explore their faith and seek to live it out in meaningful ways.”

Multi-ethnic dialogue: listen first

multi-ethnic church holds baptism in Ohio

Multi-ethnic communication begins by actively listening to the different voices and experiences in your church and community.