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COVID-19 top church story for 2020

Top story of 2020 was COVID-19

When United Methodist communicators around the globe voted on the most significant events in the denomination in 2020, COVID-19 and the grief it has caused was named the top story of the year.

The mask of great power

Spider-Man shares a lesson about power

The Rev. Paul Perez shares how his love of the gospel and science fiction came together last week during an exhibit of Marvel: Universe of Superheroes. He was reminded of some truths about power.

Unknowns complicate GC plan

Can Michigan delegates plan to go to Minneapolis in August?

Availability of vaccines, internet connection, and visas are all some of the unknowns that continue to complicate the plan for the General Conference set to convene eight months from now.

Plan carefully for in-person gatherings

Watch stats and data as in-person gatherings are resulmed

Vaccinations have begun but a recent surge in coronavirus infections in Michigan signals a need to be cautious as plans are made to resume in-person gatherings.

Mini-grant supports your discipleship

A Mini-grant can support seasonal activities

The Michigan Conference is distributing Christian Education Sunday funds, to churches in the Michigan Conference, in the form of a $300 mini-grant.

UMs decry assault on US capitol

Witness over events at Capitol Jan 6, 2021

United Methodists, both inside and outside Washington D.C., comment on violence at the nation’s capitol that disrupted but did not stop the democratic process taking place on January 6, 2021.

A look back at 2020

2020 flood

This month-by-month review of 2020 in The Michigan Conference reports many challenges of COVID-19. It also tells the story of how God’s people met those challenges with determination and grace.

Bishop calls for prayer

Bishop Bard considers strategies for pandmic response

“There will be time for analysis and thoughtful debate later,” said Bishop David Bard. “Right now … what is needed is prayer.”

Lives being changed in mid-Michigan

Mid-Michigan flood damaged assessed in Sanford

Disaster recovery continues in mid-Michigan after flooding shattered the lives of thousands eight months ago. Six case managers, employed by The Michigan Conference, are now helping residents rebuild their lives.

Four friends send greetings

One of our episcopal friends Deborah Lieder Kiesey

Many remember these familiar faces. They are former bishops and friends of the Michigan Area. They offer greetings at the beginning of this new year.