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Three great gifts of Christian camping

Camping at Lake Michigan Camp & Retreat

The Rev. David Berkey, Executive Director of Michigan Area United Methodist Camping, talks about the powerful spiritual gifts of camping.

Helping Our Neighbors in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo resident with new phone

Using a Peace with Justice grant, the Phone Ministry Project of First United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo, MI  distributed cell phones and service to over 100 of their homeless neighbors.

Ways to connect with your neighbors

Neighbors want to connect

People are hungry for relationships. The Rev. Dirk Elliott says, “Maybe now more than any time in our past, we need to find ways to connect and build relationships with… Continue Reading Ways to connect with your neighbors

Your values are important

Meet the Rev. Dr. Jennifer Browne, newly appointed Assistant to the Bishop, as she discerns her top three values from a list ranging from  “Accountability” to “Wisdom.” 

The joyful journey to annual conference

Bishop Bard on the stage for the 2021 virtual annual conference

Bishop David Bard has not missed an annual conference session since 1984. He believes that conference can be a means of grace, whether the sessions are held in-person or online.

Juggling life in a pandemic

Yeo Jin Yun at Eastern Market during the pandemic

Yeo Jin Yun is a US-2 serving in Detroit since August 2019. She believed she was “doing a great job juggling the different elements of pandemic living.” Then she hit… Continue Reading Juggling life in a pandemic

Neighbors find love on Green Street

Green Street UMC ingathering of food

When the pandemic struck in Michigan, Green Street United Methodist Church in Hastings found new ways to share Christ’s love with their community.

Deaconess serves in downtown Detroit

Deaconess Anne Hillman assists in worship

Deaconess Anne Hillman is in ministry on the staff at Detroit Central UMC. She is one of four deaconesses currently serving in the Michigan Conference. 

Ready to sharpen your vision?

Glasses for better vision

Vision casting is essential now that local churches are returning to in-person activities. It’s time to ask  “Why?” and “What?” before asking “Who?” and “How?”

Care about COVID, like Jesus

Virtual meetings during COVID

With the COVID pandemic out of control in Michigan, Bishop David Bard summarizes safety guidelines and urges individuals and churches to exercise patience and care.