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Change focus this summer

Jerry DeVine and dog, Jingles focus on each other

The Rev. Jerry DeVine talks about how summer allows for a change of pace and new daily focus for clergy and laity alike.

Five generations on the farm

Learning to use the tools on the farm.

In this month’s blog, Home Words Bound, the Rev. Benton Heisler recalls life on the farm in Indiana and ponders the future of The United Methodist Church.

Drinking the Cup … new opportunities

Christy Miller Black

Acknowledging that actions taken in The United Methodist Church have generated  both anger and hurt, Rev. John Boley encourages a turn toward new opportunities.

‘Unfinished business’ from AC 2019

Bishop Bard talks business with Nichea VerVeer Guy

Home from Annual Conference, Bishop David Bard speaks on actions taken at the 2019 session and reflects on what is yet unfinished as United Methodists move forward toward the 2020 General Conference.

The dandelion lesson

Girl blowing a dandelion head

On a cross-country train trip, Anne Soles learns that ministry and Annual Conference are related to planting, one seed at a time, with a dandelion or two along the way. 

A verse from Northern Waters

Man searching pages of Bible

Rev. Anita Hahn, Superintendent of Northern Waters District, reflects on her life verse and the value of joy, patience and prayer. She encourages others to have a life verse, too.

Craving connections in The UMC

Serving Communion

In this month’s blog,  Drinking the Cup, the Rev. John Boley speaks about a series of personal encounters made possible by decades-long connections in The United Methodist Church.

The future is in our hands

bird in hand

Hands and hearts will be shaping the future of The UMC. Benton Heisler explains an important action to be taken at the 2019 Michigan Annual Conference meeting May 30-June 1.

A joyful journey toward AC 2019

Bishop Bard and Rev. John Boley process during worship

In the May edition of his blog, A Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard remembers his first ever Annual Conference in 1983 and reflects on the upcoming 2019 Michigan Annual Conference.

Easter blessing from Bishop Bard

Stained glass window from Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.

Reflecting on Jesus’ journey through the events of Holy Week in Jerusalem, Bishop David Bard shares an Easter message in this three-minute video. Designed to be  shared with your congregation this Sunday.

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