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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.

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.

Online opportunities for learning

Online Learning options

Jesus and Justice are the focus of these online learning opportunities starting next week. Register now for the Christmas through Jewish Eyes experience or the Disabilities to Differences study.

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

Christmas 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.