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A look back at 2020

2020 flood

This month-by-month review of 2020 in The Michigan Conference reports many challenges of COVID-19. It also tells the story of how God’s people met those challenges with determination and grace.

Feeding the hungry brings joy

Feeding the hungry in NC

The Society of St. Andrew seeks the donation of the crops that would otherwise be headed for landfills as garbage. Volunteers are the engine of feeding the hungry.

Churches hit by Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura damage to University UMC in Lake Charles

“You know how the [United Methodist] connection is so wonderful,” remarked one pastor whose church took a big hit from Hurricane Laura.

Loss and learning

Bishop Bard at computer

What does it take to remain faithful during a season of loss? Bishop David Bard asserts that, as followers of Jesus, learning about self-giving love is important.

Bishop clarifies face covering statement

Face covering encouraged

Bishop Bard encourages Michigan congregations to wear face coverings for indoor, in-person gatherings and outdoor gatherings where proper social distancing is difficult.

Bishop responds to call by President

Bishop respond to the recommendation of the Presdent to closed churches. en churches.

Bishop David Bard encourages local churches to seek the latest public health guidance in determining when to re-open safely. This in response to the recommendation by the President to open this weekend.

Prepare now for first Sunday back

Prepare to move forward in 2020

When state health officials deem it safe, restrictions on in-person worship will be lifted. In the meantime, here are guidelines to help prepare for re-opening.

Help for pastoral transitions

Leaders in transition pass a baton

Michigan Conference staff, with the assistance of Michigan Conference Communication, are producing webinars with practical information on how to be in ministry during the COVID-19 outbreak.

CARES Act webinar offers help

CARES Act loan webinar

Are you having trouble navigating what GCFA calls “the muddy waters” of COVID-19 loans?  GCFA hosts a webinar to answer your questions on Thursday, April 16.

Zoom grants available for churches

Webcam for Zoom

Use this form to share your interest in a free Zoom license for your local church. You are eligible if your worship attendance is less than 100.