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Pastors face another COVID new year

Pastors try new approaches

Michigan pastors see signs of hope even as the pandemic hangs on. Centered in Christ, they are partnering with laypersons in their congregations to “build a new kind of church.”

Path to real hope during Omicron

Vaccinate for Omicron safety

The COVID pandemic is approaching its two-year anniversary. Bishop David Bard offers suggestions churches might consider during the Omicron surge.

A holy season full of surprises

Greetings of the season from Bishop Bard

In this year’s Advent message, Bishop David Bard notes that some surprises are bad. But he adds we can also expect to be surprised by God’s joy, hope, and love during this blessed season.

Wisdom for living in these times

Sunny times

“We don’t choose the times; the times choose us,” says the Rev. Jack Harnish. However, we can at all times “strive to live and work for the kingdom of God.”

Ten ways baseball is like church

Baseball diamon

“Most of us,” says Ryan Dunn, “are in a process of making sense of the mysteries of faith… and baseball.” Here are how the two compare.

Patrick Poag

From: Retirement … To: Central Bay District — Hope/Edenville/Dale UMCs. This full-time appointment begins July 1, 2021.

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. 

God’s people wear big ears

Man with ears open

The Rev. John Hice, superintendent of The East Winds District, recalls words of wisdom from Bishop Ivan Abrahams, spoken in 2007. “I hope that the churches will have big ears.” Listening is still important today.

Doing our best for God

Love of God and neighbor in Milan.

The fourth in a series of reflections on life and faith during the COVID-19 era by District Superintendents of The Michigan Conference. The Rev. LuAnn Rourke shares how God and the Heritage District, have “figured it out”

COVID vaccine and faith in Jesus

Vaccine for senior man

The world rejoiced when pharmaceutical companies announced the shipment of the COVID vaccine. Rev. Glenn Wagner celebrates and turns his attention to other great afflictions.