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God with us during Virus Round 2

Laity helped with Sole Works

After 19 months, the Delta Variant of the virus continues to make demands on clergy and laity as churches strive to keep their members safe and ministries with neighbors vital.

Ministry Incubation is not ‘fairy dust’

Incubation with books

In 2020, ten young adults of The Michigan Conference made up a new pilot group of Ministry Incubators. Ministry Incubation now moves on to a second phase involving local churches.

MI Conference following God’s lead

Michigan Conference following God

This is the third of three in a series of blogs by the Rev. Paul Perez, Director of Connectional Ministry for The Michigan Conference. He addresses the Strategic Directions of the UMC in the state.

Plan for NCJ virtual session changes

Bishop Bard is NCJ President

On behalf of NCJ College of Bishops, President David Bard shares a new schedule for the North Central Jurisdictional Conference Nov, 10-11.

Bishop says do not act on BSA package

BSA Package

The Boy Scouts of America is mailing a Disclosure Statement Package to churches sponsoring troops. Bishop Bard advises churches not to respond at this time. 

GR Aldersgate connects with schools

Books from Aldersgate UMC

Grand Rapids Aldersgate UMC continues to expand their relationship with the Northview schools with a gift of books selected by the “seen” Project.

Resources to help plan Advent 2021

Lighting Advent wreath

The Christian Year ends with Christ the King Sunday on November 21. Then comes Advent! Here are dozens of activities, ideas, and resources to guide your planning for all ages.

A ‘hidden iceberg’ in Mizak, Haiti

HAPI in Mizak

Haitian Assets for Peace International, HAPI, is located in Mizak. As Internally Displaced Persons flee to Mizak, it is feeling the strain of becoming a resettlement community.

Bishop’s new advice on Scout charters

Scout assembly

Bishop Bard recommends that churches to pause rechartering of Scout troops through March of 2022; continue with the present charter or facilities use agreement.

UM Men work for The Carpenter

UM Men take after Carpenter

After the example of Jesus, Son of a Carpenter, UM Men from five Michigan communities came together to use their skills and tools in south Lansing.