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Youth and Young Adult Resource Roundup

This spring issue summarizes upcoming events, scholarships, and resources for youth and young adults that churches can promote in their publications.

Get ready for Earth Day 2024

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Here are 10 tips to equip churches and families as they prepare to celebrate Earth Day on April 22.

Native American Ministries Sunday

Greensky Hill Indian UMC congregation

Learn how your offerings support Native American ministries in Michigan and beyond, and plan to receive an offering to support this Special Sunday on April 14.

10 children’s books for Black History Month

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Leaders from the Michigan Conference’s Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom School Program suggest every child should read these 10 books to celebrate Black History Month.

Youth and Young Adult Resource Roundup, FEB 2024

Young adults in outdoor gear

Beginning this month, MIconnect will publish a bimonthly summary of upcoming events and resources for youth and young adults that churches can promote in their publications.

5 tips for sharing the Lenten story with children

Symbols of Lent

Children’s book author Glenys Nellist offers five tips on how to honor the season of Lent in age-appropriate, meaningful ways while still giving it the attention it deserves.

UM Foundation to offer stewardship grants

Bowl with cash in it

Does your congregation have a reputation for generosity in your community? Share your story by applying for a $2,500 steward leader grant by March 15.

Seeing the local church as a business

Line from dictionary

Rick Gregg, Northern Skies Co-District Lay Leader, uses the metaphor of the church as a business and explains why he’s proud to be a shareholder in the greatest business going.

Internet stipends available for families

wifi router

February 7 is the deadline for new applications for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which helps low-income households afford broadband Internet.

It’s time for a church checkup

Man with clipboard

Is your church structured to handle the new ministry realities of 2024? Rev. Ron Brooks says it’s time to consider a more streamlined model called the Simplified Accountable Structure (SAS).

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