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AC 2020 vote is in

Vote totals read by Bishop Bard

Members of the 2020 Virtual Michigan Annual Conference did a new thing …  a mail-in ballot. Those were counted  August 28 and the vote totals were announced by Bishop David Bard on Labor Day.

Malaria and COVID-19 dual threats

Malaria treatment in Congo

  The spread of both COVID-19 nad Malaria is being mitigated around the world by Global Ministries’ Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene facilities.

Thanks, Michigan, for awesome giving!

HAPI thanks Michigan

Churches and members of the 2020 Virtual Michigan Annual Conference supported the yearly mission ingathering at record-breaking levels. The gifts totaled $62,355.  Ministries in Haiti, Liberia, and mid-Michigan are grateful.

Civil Rights pioneer dies

Civil rights pioneer Gilbert Caldwell speaking

The Rev. Gil Caldwell’s death on September 4 follows the passing this year of other giants of the civil rights era — the Rev. Joseph Lowery, the Rev. C. T. Vivian, and Rep. John Lewis.

A call to United Methodist laity

Laity called to flower

The following is an open letter to laity from the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders (AACLLC). It is a reminder of Jesus’ Great Commandment during this troubled time.

God’s doors are open at GUM Church

Doors being repainted

After the 2019 General Conference, Georgetown UMC created three doors and placed them out front. After the doors were vandalized last month, the congregation repainted and dedicated these symbols of all-inclusive welcome.

GCFA reports uptick in giving

GCFA reports uptick in giving during COVID

Encouraging news. COVID-19 has left a mark on giving to denomination-wide ministries. GCFA, however, is happy to report a slight rebound in July. 

Churches hit by Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura damage to University UMC in Lake Charles

“You know how the [United Methodist] connection is so wonderful,” remarked one pastor whose church took a big hit from Hurricane Laura.

COVID mini-grants assist families

Staff serving the families of MCHS

Even when you can’t “go” to church, you can “be” the church. That’s what Michigan United Methodists are doing as they assist families struggling through the significant challenges of coronavirus.

Adrian College announces changes

Adrian College sign

Bishop Bard comments on the changes taking place at Adrian College. He and four Michigan Conference clergy sit on the school’s Board of Trustees.