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In the midst of life

New life at Easter

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard says, “In the midst of life, we are in death.” Then he proclaims with joy, ” Death is real, so, too, resurrection.”

Postponed again. GC to convene in 2022

General Conference postponed again

To assure full participation of all General Conference delegates, the Commission on the General Conference has postponed the session to convene in-person in Minneapolis, August 29 – September 6, 2022.

An invitation to reconnect

Reconnect with this experience

COVID-19 has presented new leadership challenges and opportunities. The Rev. Nathan Kirkpatrick talks about today’s ministry landscape and how leaders can reconnect with their calling.

UMC injects energy into vaccinations

Vaccinations at NOAH Project Detroit.

As of Feb. 8, an estimated 42.5 million COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered in the U.S. United Methodist churches and organizations are helping in the effort to immunize the nation.

Thoughts on choosing vaccination

Vaccination and lab tech

Noting that people’s responses to COVID-19 vaccination fall on a spectrum, the Rev. Paul Perez plans to be vaccinated and encourages others to do so, too.

Inspired stewardship enables ministry

Ministry for flood relief in mid-Michigan

Meet two women who are servant leaders in the Michigan Conference. Their faithful stewardship of resources has kept God’s people in ministry even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Embracing another way

Magi go home another way

In Matthew’s Gospel, the visitors from the East go home “another way.” After a year of journeying with the Corona Virus, all God’s people are coping with another way of life.

Blizzard, winter, or ice age?

Winter in Michigan

Rev. Dr. Sherry Parker-Lewis describes the church’s response to COVID-19 through the lens of a book, “Leading Beyond the Blizzard.” We must seek a vision for a “post- ice age” she asserts.

JFON brings joy to neighbors

Staff of JFON Traverse Sity

This is the fifth in a series of stories celebrating the difference that Ministry Shares make in the lives of persons across Michigan. Meet some faithful United Methodists of the Northern Waters District.

Virtual worship here for good

Virtual Worship set-up in Zimbabwe

A superintendent says COVID-19 offered “a Kairos moment for the church,” compelling changes in virtual engagement that were long overdue. The virus “brought the future to our doorstep,” he said.