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Churches respond as virus spikes

Masking against the virus

Some United Methodist churches are returning to online-only worship as another wave of the virus strikes. Congregations are also taking steps to reach vaccine holdouts.

Battling burnout Wesley’s way

Drinking and eating healthy helps burnout

Taking care of yourself physically can be a key ingredient in battling burnout. John Wesley had ideas about staying healthy in spirit and in body.

Pandemic turning point at hand

NOAH Project guest receives vaccination

Bishop David Bard thanks church leaders for their patience and careful planning for the common good as a corner is turned in the pandemic.

UMCOR supports partners in India

Temperature testing in India

India currently faces a major health crisis associated with coronavirus. The United Methodist Committee on Relief is working with partners there and encouraging gifts to the UMCOR COVID-19 Response Fund.

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.

Michigan seniors cope with COVID

Two seniors adopt a bunny.

Quarantine precautions to avoid the spread of the coronavirus were first implemented in Michigan retirement communities a year ago. Seniors are grateful that administrators and staff kept them safe.

Global ministries allocates dollars

Immigration ministries receive GBGM funding.

The General Board of Global Ministries made financial allocations at its spring meeting with the emphasis on justice and the fact that Jesus cares.

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.

Leader says, ‘COVID needs no passport’

COVID hand-washing station in Liberia

Special report by Dr. Muriel Nelson, chair of  COVID Emergency Response for the Liberia Conference. Deaths, so far, are low. She and the committee hope to keep it that way.

Jesus speaks when we are tired

Tired feet on a fall hike

“I’m tired of this!” says the Rev. Jodie Flessner as she navigates a health crisis. She turns to the gospel to find strength and purpose for the journey.