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Time to give your best

June 2, 2019 was a time to celebrate those commissioned

This is the first article in a new series, “For a time such as this.” The theme is based on Rev. Jennie Browne’s sermon at the 2019 Michigan Annual Conference. 

Make some good, old lemonade

Girl picking lemons to make lemonade

Somedays life can seem like one huge grove of sour lemons. Then a friend provides a hug, and God bestows a blessing. That’s a recipe for the most delicious lemonade of life.

Coming home to grace, hope, and love

Home coming during registration at the Michigan Annual Conference

Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai chairs the UMC’s Connectional Table. She shares about rich connections she experienced at her home Annual Conference.

A verse from Northern Waters

Man searching pages of Bible

Rev. Anita Hahn, Superintendent of Northern Waters District, reflects on her life verse and the value of joy, patience and prayer. She encourages others to have a life verse, too.

Reflections of a family camper

People on the dunes at Lake Michigan

Her experience of Lake Michigan Camp began in the 1980s. Part of the Jackson First UMC Family group since 2007, she looks forward to another summer.

Hope caked with mud

Jesus washing feet

Bishop David Bard anticipates Easter blessings and talks about grief and hope in this month’s edition of A Joyful Journey.

In times of upheaval

Man with compass in hand pointing to Mission u

The Rev. John Boley takes a long look at our present day stress in church and world, through the lens of scripture, theology and history. He offers words of assurance and hope. 

Feelings ran high on Tuesday of GC2019

Persons experiencing sadness and grief at GC 2019

Michigan delegates and observers came together on Tuesday, a day of momentous decision, with a variety of emotions. For some it was the Fourth of July, for others Good Friday. 

‘We are better together’ bishop says

Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey at GC 2019

Born in one conference and serving in three others, Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey’s roots and witness run deep in the North Central Jurisdiction.

Humility, hope, heart and wisdom

Message from Bishop Bard

With the 2019 General Conference now just six weeks away, Bishop David Bard offers The Michigan Area hope-filled New Year’s greetings and counsel.

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