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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.

COVID finish line in sight

Vaccinations in downtown Detroit. help stop spread of COVID.

COVID cases are currently at the highest level in Michigan since the start of 2021, and positive cases continue to rise. Bishop David Bard encourages continued patience and caution.

God’s there in the minutes

Minutes with coffee

Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford dedicates a song — 525, 600 Minutes — as a tribute to all who have lost family and friends to the coronavirus.

COVID challenges test their faith

Bible holds hope in COVID times

This is the inspiring story of how the faith of four lay servants in southeast Michigan helped them cope with and manage COVID. 

Claiming the power of song

Song is important at General Conference

Sermons are powerful but words combined with a melody “stick with us,” says Zebulon M. Highben, director of  Music at Duke University Chapel. What’s a song that sticks with you?

East Winds’ profiles in courage

Croswell thanks police officers.

This is the third in a series of reflections on life and faith during the COVID-19 era by District Superintendents of The Michigan Conference. The Rev. John Hice shares about the bravery of the East Winds District.

Love is everywhere in our churches

Churches continue to feed the hungry

This is the second in a series of reflections by District Superintendents of The Michigan Conference on life and faith during the COVID-19 era. The Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford shares how God’s love is at work in churches of the Midwest District.

Growing your church without walls

Child at laptop engaging with church without walls.

Ten months ago, each church in The Michigan Conference seemed to change overnight. Dirk Elliott, Director of Congregational Vibrancy, shares best practices for continuing multi-site ministry once COVID restrictions lift.

More Advent counsel from Bishop Bard

Advent message by Bishop Bard

Given the exponential rise of COVID cases in Michigan, Bishop David Bard urges local churches to refrain from in-person gatherings these next six weeks. “The good news of great joy still arrives,” he said.

Being church in the wilderness

prayer for church

“No one has ever done this before,” says the Rev. John Harnish. He offers a prayer for pastors struggling with the complexities of church in a pandemic.