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Cares Act provides loans to churches

Volunteers to help apply for loans

Pews across the country are empty as safety measures are observed for COVID-19. The federal Cares Act provides relief for financial pressure.  Assistants will soon be ready to help churches apply.

Michigan UMCs with online worship

Sunday online at Metropolitan UMC Detroit

These United Methodist churches in The Michigan Conference are offering online worship on Sunday or devotional experiences during the week.

The virus through the lens of faith

Stories of faith and Corona Pirates

The Rev. John Boley examines the life changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. From the perspective of faith, he offers words of hope and healing.

Take a look into the MI-Health toolbox

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The Michigan Conference offers a Toolbox full of information and resources on how individuals and congregations can respond to COVID-19 in healthy ways.

Convocation celebrates Michigan church history

Convocation looks for churches started by traveling preachers

The annual convocation of the Michigan Area UMC Historical Society takes place April 18 in Mt. Pleasant. Come celebrate Roots and Branches of Michigan’s Methodist churches.

Bishop urges calm and preparation for coronavirus

Coronavirus precautions urged

Bishop David Bard calls Michigan United Methodists to pray for those affected by the coronavirus outbreak. He urges churches to be aware of precautions to take if the outbreak spreads.

Recovery from wildfires takes love

United Methodist responses to the annual wildfires in California include immediate help and longer-term efforts to tend to the needs of those who’ve been through traumatic events.

Fall wind brings new beginnings

New beginnings for a cedar tree

The Michigan Conference Lay Leader reflects on the life of trees and the life of churches. She encourages congregations in transition to consider The New Beginnings program.

2019 appointive challenges — part 2

Bishop Bard with 2018 ordinands

The Rev. John Boley, Clergy Assistant to Bishop David Bard, completes his examination of the many challenges and complexities of matching the pastors’ gifts with the needs of Michigan congregations.

The repurposing of empty churches

One person sitting in a church sanctuary

The Atlantic reports on how churches are finding new uses for buildings they can no longer afford to keep up.

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