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The gift of new wineskins

Grapes for wine that needs new wineskins

The Rev. Dr. Jerome DeVine cautions pastors and laypersons to not put the “new wine” produced during the pandemic back into old wineskins.

State of the Michigan Conference

Conference began at 10 am June 4

On Friday, June 4, members of the 2021 Michigan Annual Conference heard reports about benefits, finances, strategic plans, lay empowerment, trustee matters, and camp operations.

Sowing seeds of hope for the UMC

Man planting seeds

What do farming and science fiction have in common? Jerry DeVine says both “hope to break through and rise above the forces of resistance.”

Michigan districts celebrate jubilee

Districts gave grants to church starts like Mosaic in Traverse City

The Boards of Mission in the districts of The Michigan Conference are supporting new ministry initiatives thanks to actions taken by the 2018 Annual Conference. Superintendents’ Dowry Reports have details.

Making the impossible doable

COVID-19 has presented challenges that seemed impossible. However, notes the Rev. Jerome DeVine, trust in a God who makes things new has helped congregations redesign for a new day.

Resources for CR/CC ministry together

Resources for multi-cultural ministry

The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) offers resources for those starting ministry together in cross-racial or cross-cultural appointments.

Three signs and rules for these times

Signs of the times

The Rev. Jerome Devine turns to our Wesleyan heritage to interpret signs of the times and to learn from the global pandemic.

Feeding God’s people

Feeding neighbors with a Food Box

The Rev. Jerome Devine thanks Michigan congregations for the many generous ways they are loving and feeding their hungry neighbors.

Why care of God’s creation matters

Child champions creation care

With the global headlines currently focused on the Climate Strike, the Rev. Jerry DeVine looks to his own back yard to consider the responsibility all Christians have for creation care.