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Mission leaders learn to fish in new waters

Fly fishing

PART A: On September 30, 2023, eighty persons gathered from across the Michigan Conference to get fired up about Starting & Sustaining Ministries of Compassion, Justice, and Inclusion. Continue Reading Mission leaders learn to fish in new waters

Campaign raises $320K for students

Children and youth at school

PART B: The Michigan Conference’s Readers to Leaders campaign ends, raising over $320,000, but churches can continue supporting these vital ministries in several ways. Continue Reading Campaign raises $320K for students

Human Relations Day realizes King’s dream

Memorial for Martin Luther King, Jr.

PART C: Giving on Human Relations Day helps build King’s vision of beloved community and supports churches like Grand Rapids: Vietnamese UMC. Continue Reading Human Relations Day realizes King’s dream

‘We are open for such a time’ as this

Children getting health care from staff

PART D: Four United Methodist mission partners in Haiti give updates and encourage churches to continue support amid the current humanitarian crisis. Continue Reading ‘We are open for such a time’ as this

Writing love letters on hearts of God’s people

family in Liberia

PART E: “Every encounter I have with another person, is an opportunity for Christ to work through me,” says Helen Roberts-Evans, former EngageMI ministry partner in Liberia, now retired. Continue Reading Writing love letters on hearts of God’s people

UMCOR changes hearts and transforms lives

U.S. pastor greeting pastor from Ukraine

PART F: Jack Amick, Michigan pastor and head of UMCOR’s work in Global Migration, emphasizes the transformative power that changes hearts and minds through personal connections. Continue Reading UMCOR changes hearts and transforms lives

Three men share what home missioners do

Bill and Michelle White from 5Loaves2Fish Northern Michigan

STEP FIVE: Bill White, co-founder of 5Loaves2Fish Northern Michigan, is one of three home missioners featured in an online event about this ministry path for laity. Continue Reading Three men share what home missioners do

Cass Community UMC to open Fox Family Center

Planting trees at Fox Family Center

PART B: A new overnight center at Cass Community Social Services in Detroit hopes to foster dignity in vulnerable families seeking a temporary home. Continue Reading Cass Community UMC to open Fox Family Center

Tornado recovery now underway in Portage, MI

Tornado damage

PART B: After the Storm, the Michigan Conference’s long-term disaster recovery affiliate, needs your help as they aid neighbors impacted by recent tornadoes that have devastated our state. Continue Reading Tornado recovery now underway in Portage, MI

Michigan churches help settle refugees

Two men assembling furniture

STEP SIX: Two Michigan United Methodist churches utilized Mustard Seed Migration Grants to begin new ministries to refugee neighbors. October 1 is the deadline for the 2023 grant cycle. Continue Reading Michigan churches help settle refugees

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