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Books for your Advent journey

Books for Advent reading

‘Tis the season to give the gift of a good read, to yourself and others. Hope, peace, love, and joy fill these books’ pages recommended by the United Methodist Publishing House.

Our children take us to Bethlehem

Children color

When traditional things, like Christmas pageants and plays, are not possible, creative alternatives help tell the story. Children of the Central Bay District churches share their views of Jesus’ birth. 

More Advent counsel from Bishop Bard

Advent message by Bishop Bard

Given the exponential rise of COVID cases in Michigan, Bishop David Bard urges local churches to refrain from in-person gatherings these next six weeks. “The good news of great joy still arrives,” he said.

Focus on hope this Advent

Christmas angel offering hope

This Advent “We have the opportunity to show people ritual tradition, and, most of all, hope,” says Kathy Pittenger, Coordinator of Children’s Initiatives for the Michigan Conference.

Carrying the light of Advent

Tea candles carrying Christ's light.

Dwayne Bagley shares a lesson, from his days at Albion United Methodist Church. Carrying the light of God’s love into the world may be messy but it is what humans are called to do.

Advent Offering shines light

Light enters life through prayer.

Advent begins Dec. 1. Bishop Bard reminds us God’s promised light is coming into the world through Christ once again. Help dispel the darkness with a gift to Disaster Recovery.

Advent gifts heal disasters’ pain

Heal hurts from disaster with UMCOR

Again this Advent, Bishop David Bard asks The Michigan Conference to help heal human suffering with generous contributions to disaster recovery efforts both around the world and across the state.

District dialogue: now what?

Prayer flags march through the 2019 General Conference.

The Rev. Dwayne Bagley watched the livestream of the 2019 General Conference and ponders what’s next for the people called Methodist.

The fire next time

Children at a Climate Vigil at the 2016 General Conference

Advent is a time to focus on how humans have failed in the God-given duty to care for God’s creation.

Finding faith in the Nutcracker

Ballet Dancers performing The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a seasonal favorite, but a United Methodist pastor says we can see it in a new way through the lens of faith.