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Blue Christmas for Children


By: Rev. Kathy Pittenger Children’s Initiatives Coordinator The days and weeks leading up to Christmas can be very exciting for children. But there are children among us who also may be experiencing negative emotions. The “Blue Christmas” service is becoming more common among churches. The service is often on or near December 21st, the winter… Continue Reading Blue Christmas for Children

What’s the Purpose of our Retreats?


What’s the purpose of our Retreats? During the Christians Engaged in Faith Formation (CEF) conference in Des Moines, Iowa in October 2018, I noticed speakers were emphasizing the distinction between being a church that is of service to its parishioners and being a church where parishioners are engaged in service. When people leave a church… Continue Reading What’s the Purpose of our Retreats?

Nailed It!


Nailed it! By: Rev. Cora Glass Waterford: Central United Methodist Church Have you been enjoying the show on Netflix called “Nailed It!”? Nailed It is a show where amateur bakers compete to replicate complicated cakes original perfected by expert pastry chefs. The result is final products that look and taste nothing like the model they… Continue Reading Nailed It!

Alina’s Reflections on CEF


After attending my first Christians Engaging in Faith Formation conference this year, I noticed that there were so many wonderful things and gems that I took home with me that I could reflect upon. I noticed recurring themes in keynote speeches of embracing change and a loving heart in our society: whether it be technological… Continue Reading Alina’s Reflections on CEF

Creativity in Faith Formation

Creativity is defined as using your imagination to come up with an idea, to create an object of art or to solve a problem. At the CEF conference in Des Moines, IA;  I attended two workshops on the theme of Creativity in Faith Formation. In the first workshop titled: Nurturing Children’s Natural Creativity by Barbara… Continue Reading Creativity in Faith Formation

Rev. Francis F. Anderson

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Rev. Francis F. Anderson, retired Michigan Michigan Conference clergy who died on October 18, 2018 at the age of 91.  He is survived by his loving wife Winona, whom he married October 22, 1948 in Ann Arbor, MI; three children, one grandchild, and three great-grandchildren. Francis and… Continue Reading Rev. Francis F. Anderson

The 5 People You Meet in…Church

Rebecca Wilson Central UMC-Detroit Director of Discipleship & Congregational Life I realized on the first day of the “Curious Church Conference” that speakers, presenters, and preachers were all talking about “intergenerational ministry.” Whatever the topic of the plenary, presentation, or sermon this model of creating ministry opportunities that bring together individuals from all generations was… Continue Reading The 5 People You Meet in…Church

Creation Care Summit July 26-29, 2018

Registration is open for the  United Methodist Creation Care Summit being hosted by Minnesota EarthKeepers at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 26-29, 2018. This event brings together United Methodists concerned with environmental justice, sustainable food, transportation options, energy systems, climate change and environmental degradation.  In 2009 the United Methodist Council of Bishops… Continue Reading Creation Care Summit July 26-29, 2018

Worship Leader – Wyoming Park UMC

Wyoming Park UMC seeking Worship Leader The Worship Leader will work closely with our pastor in cultivating worship services and worship teams that help lead our congregation into the experience of witnessing God through Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Fostering dynamic congregational worship, singing the best of the cherished familiar hymns and… Continue Reading Worship Leader – Wyoming Park UMC

Golf & 5K May 30, 2018

Wednesday afternoon Golf Scramble and 5K Course provide fun and benefits for Michigan ministries.

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