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Miracle at the manger

A manger with star

Inspired by a poem by Andy Vorbrich about the magic of Christmas, the Rev. John Boley adds his thoughts and thanks God for the Manger of Bethlehem, a miraculous thing.

Doing what Jesus would do in Williamston

Williamston youth with wreaths

Williamston UMC extends the invitation, “All are welcome here!” Wednesdays that includes a free hot meal and lots of love.

About poinsettias, our Christmas flower

Lovely red poinsettias

In the United States, we call them poinsettias. In Mexico, they are known as La Flor de Nochebuena. Learn more about the symbolism of the Christmas flower.

Feeling the holiday tension

Tension over ugly sweaters

Family gatherings and traditions can sometimes cause tension. This pastor reminds us that Jesus was not without family baggage himself.

Crystal Springs celebrates Christmas

Girl visits Santa at Crystal Springs Camp

Camp is not just a summer place. This Michigan United Methodist campground opened its doors to the community in December.

The light of the manger

Candle by a manger

Great music, like the Messiah. Powerful prophecy from Isaiah. These point us to the true meaning of Christmas and God’s gifts of justice and peace.

Holiday hours for Michigan offices

Angel ornament on tree

District and Conference offices close Dec. 22 and re-open on Jan. 2. MIconnect resumes publication with the January 9, 2019 edition. The Michigan Conference staff wishes you a Merry Christmas.

Flint children visited by Deaf Santa

Rev. Christy Miller-Black with Deaf Santa

Santa Claus came to Flint and heard the holiday wishes of deaf and hard-of-hearing children using American Sign Language. 

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.

Advent-Christmas music quiz

We listen. We hum. We sing along. But how much do we know about our favorite songs of the season? 

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