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John Ritter Jr.

September 24, 1939 – May 29, 2023 Pastor John Ritter Jr., 84, of Levering, passed away on May 29, 2023, at his home with family by his side. He joined… Continue Reading John Ritter Jr.

Keep Christ in the center


Nearing retirement, Rev. John Hice reflects on his hope-filled seminary days, the challenging intervening years, and how he’s kept his ministry focus on Christ.

Drawn into the circle of God’s family

Marking ashes on the forehead

Ash Wednesday is a chance for Christians to reflect on how our practices of faith can become gestures of love and inclusion, bringing hope and healing.

James E. Fox

December 7, 1932 – February 19, 2023 The Reverend James Edward Fox, 90, of Hastings, Michigan, formerly of Three Oaks, died peacefully Sunday, February 19, 2023 in the comfort of… Continue Reading James E. Fox

Time to stop gawking and get moving

Sunrise over a farm

Rev. Jerry DeVine encourages us, despite the cobwebs and sorrows of denominational divisions, to embrace the new things God is doing in the church and get to work.

Singing the Lord’s song in a strange land

Harp at Christmastime

Sometimes we feel like a spiritual refugee, a stranger in a strange land, and do not know what to do. Sondra Willobee points to Psalm 137 as a perfect song… Continue Reading Singing the Lord’s song in a strange land

How faith builds your resilience skills

Faith and resilience are partners in the life of the Christian.

Ryan Dunn writes on the relationship between our Christian faith and resilience when facing adversity and stress. RYAN DUNN Rethink Church We all know resilience is a necessity for bouncing… Continue Reading How faith builds your resilience skills

William Cleland

From: Central Bay District — Owendale/Kilmanagh UMCs … To: Central Bay District — Hope/Edenville/Dale UMCs.  This full-time appointment is effective July 1, 2022.

It’s April. One more, once!

April crocus in the snow

Remembering Count Basie’s jazz tune, Bishop David Bard reflects on the unpredictable April weather and the eternal promise of Easter.

Rising above COVID with hope

Easter triumphs over COIVID

Whether pandemic or endemic at this point, after two years, COVID leaves church leaders with challenges and opportunities. The third in a four-part series.

The Michigan Conference