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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.

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.

A look through the Coping Window

Woman coping well

One family’s experience is a good example of coping happening around the world as plans, hopes, expectations have turned into disappointments because of COVID-19.

Leader celebrates the UMW

UMW leader Linda Darrow

United Methodist Women is 151 years young and growing under the leadership of faithful women like President Linda Darrow, who leaves her post in December.

Back to worship … what to expect

Dexter UMC outdoor worship

On June 1 Governor Whitmer and Bishop Bard lifted restrictions on in-person worship. But that doesn’t mean return to worship as usual in churches across the state. Be ready for changes.

Vision for ministry overcomes virus

Beginning a first appointment during the time of COVID is odd, uncomfortable, and exciting all at the same time. These visionary leaders are ready for ministry with God as their helper.