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Counting down to Christmas

Advent calendar before Christmas

Pandemic or not, the Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford encourages all of us to continue the countdown to Christmas with hope in our hearts.

Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas End with Magi appearance on Epiphany

Christmastide is the name of the Christian season that starts on Christmas Day and stretches for 12 days after that. Here are 12 simple ideas that don’t require a pear… Continue Reading Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas

The wonder of Christmas

Wonder of Advent for a child

There have been some bright spots of wonder in these months of pandemic. For Annette Erbes, those include “the unexpected gift of quality time with children.”

Statewide Lessons & Carols ahead

Carols from Traverse City

Churches across The Michigan Area are invited to experience a Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 26, featuring Bishop Bard, readers, and musicians from all nine districts.

Christmas things you may not know

Christmas journey of Magi

Advent is a season full of traditions and experiences. Our journey to Christmas would not be the same without them. But how did they get started in the first place?

Always now and not yet

Now celebrate the light

Now is the time to remember that Christmas “light, grace, hope, joy, peace, and love will soon arrive into the world, break into it and break through all that might… Continue Reading Always now and not yet

Things to make your Advent special

Advent blessing for tree

We are just two days away from the first Sunday of Advent! Here are some activities, ideas, and resources to guide you and your family on your journey to Christmas.

Invite guests to your Christmas worship

Christmas manger

Reach out to your community through the “Spend Christmas at our House” campaign of The Michigan Conference. Check the listing to be sure your church is included.

Resources to help plan Advent 2021

Lighting Advent wreath

The Christian Year ends with Christ the King Sunday on November 21. Then comes Advent! Here are dozens of activities, ideas, and resources to guide your planning for all ages.

From stable to garden with Jesus

Mary at the garden tomb

It is important to fully embrace and live out of what happened in a manger in Bethlehem and a garden tomb in Jerusalem.