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Why memories are important

Don't forget your memories

Glenn Wagner writes about memories that shape the lives of others, those that have been important in his own faith formation, and important memories from the Bible.

Care for pastors in stressful times

Quilt is a gift of care

Traditions can’t be observed. Ministry is different and difficult. People feel isolated and afraid. COVID-19 has made leadership more stressful than ever. Share special care this Pastor Appreciation Month. 

The old man in the family

Family love grows

The Hebrew people have a term for the old one in each family, Go-el. The Rev. Glenn Wagner talks about how family, church, and the Bible have prepared him for that role.

Celebrate Easter with Bishop Bard

Celebrate Easter with Bishop Bard

We cannot go to church on April 12 but that does not mean we can’t celebrate Easter. And inviting others is easier this year than ever before.

Feeling the holiday tension

Tension over ugly sweaters

Family gatherings and traditions can sometimes cause tension. This pastor reminds us that Jesus was not without family baggage himself.

Pastors get a move on

Mary McInnis on the move with family

The second in a series encouraging good physical health of pastors and parishioners across Michigan. Move more and thrive!

Five generations on the farm

Learning to use the tools on the farm.

In this month’s blog, Home Words Bound, the Rev. Benton Heisler recalls life on the farm in Indiana and ponders the future of The United Methodist Church.

New Advent resource for families

Small candle with pine boughs

Families often dread the frenetic race to Christmas. This new online resource keeps the focus on the coming of Christ.

Celebrating Advent with your kids

Mother doing Christmas crafts with children

Can’t face making another gingerbread house?? UMCOM offers ways for families to keep Jesus the focus of the Advent season this year.

Family Systems Peer Group – Online Class

Family Systems Peer Groups For Continuing Learners Have you ever felt anxious as a leader in your church or family? Have you ever wished for, prayed for, a less anxious life for yourself? Or healthier relationships in your life? If so, what may become a life changing opportunity awaits you: learning with colleagues and simplifying… Continue Reading Family Systems Peer Group – Online Class