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A look back at 2021 in MI Conference

Children running for child hunger reliefr

A look back at highlights of the past twelve months in The Michigan Conference reveals resiliency, hope, and generosity in the face of a pandemic and tensions in the denomination.

Flashlight Report of 2021 MI camping

Camping in Winter

Michigan Area UM Camping reports on the 2021 season and looks ahead to outdoor ministries at Wesley Woods, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron in the coming year year.

Path to real hope during Omicron

Vaccinate for Omicron safety

The COVID pandemic is approaching its two-year anniversary. Bishop David Bard offers suggestions churches might consider during the Omicron surge.

MI Conference hires new CFO

Welcome new staff members

The Michigan Conference welcomes Angie Anger as the new CFO effective January 17, 2022. The Rev. Alice Fleming Townley joins the staff in a new capacity, and the Rev. Gary Step returns to pastoral ministry.

AC 2022 in-person in Acme

AC 2022 at Acme

Members of the 2022 Michigan Annual Conference will gather in Acme, MI June 1-4. The focus will be the resiliency of God’s people.

Michigan to welcome 1,600 Afghans soon

Afghan refugees have started to arrive in Michigan. Churches are encouraged to become sponsors, offering a warm welcome and support. Here’s how to begin.

The ‘disaster that you cannot see’ in Detroit

Disaster recovery in Detroit

Two UMCOR-trained disaster case managers are now engaging with neighbors in Detroit. Funds are being sought for assistance for survivors of flooding in June 2021. Six months later, people suffer.

Become a 2021 EngageMI congregation

West Bloomfield member supports EngageMI

Michigan churches are in ministry with partners in their neighborhoods and around the world. Were you an EngageMI congregation in 2021? Reports are due January 10, 2022.

Michigan UMs share Oxford grief

Interior Oxford UMC

The churches of the Michigan Conference surrounds the village of Oxford with love as events continue to unfold after a school shooting on November 30, 2021 that claimed four lives.

Statewide Lessons & Carols ahead

Carols from Traverse City

Churches across The Michigan Area are invited to experience a Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 26, featuring Bishop Bard, readers, and musicians from all nine districts.