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My Year of Living Gratefully

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Pastor Jack Mannschreck writes about his goal to write a thank-you note each day of the year and the four takeaways he learned from it.

Pastor appreciation from a preacher in the pew

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Retired pastor Jack Harnish reflects on what it means to be a preacher in the pew during Pastor Appreciation Month.

Thank you, Conference

Jennifer Browne leads worship during the 2022 Michigan Annual Conference.

The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Browne writes a heartfelt thank-you note to The Michigan Conference for the spirit of maturity, forbearance, and kindness she witnessed during Annual Conference this year.

Take time to say, ‘Thank you!’

Thank you card

Pastor Devin Smith shares how the church in Corinth and God’s people in Romeo both learned from Paul’s thoughts about spiritual gifts.

Thanks for everything, God!

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Sometimes giving thanks is easy. Other times it is hard. Nevertheless, counting blessings is pleasing to God and contributes to a joy-filled life.

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.” 

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. 

Keep the embers burning

Faith and friendship burning around campfire

Does the chaos of these COVID-days have a cooling impact on your faith? Rev. LuAnn Rourke, Heritage District Superintendent, encourages you to keep the embers burning through prayer.

Small moments

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A morning TV show reminds Bishop David Bard of the importance of small moments for happiness. He expresses gratitude for such times he has experienced in the weeks just past.

A Joyful Journey

In his November blog, Bishop David Bard remains profoundly grateful even though the “difficulties before us as a country, as a world, and as a United Methodist Church, are real.”

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