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5 tips for sharing the Lenten story with children

Symbols of Lent

Children’s book author Glenys Nellist offers five tips on how to honor the season of Lent in age-appropriate, meaningful ways while still giving it the attention it deserves.

Inspect your spiritual garden

Yellow tulips

In these final days leading up to Easter, Rev. Faith Timmons encourages us to inspect the garden of our lives and identify anything that threatens destruction and death. Doing so… Continue Reading Inspect your spiritual garden

Resurrection don’t come easy

Easter sunrise

Bishop David Alan Bard’s Easter message asks us to hold the pain and honesty of Good Friday together with the hope and wonder of Easter.

Finding a way out of the desert

Road through the desert

When experiencing a desert season, how do you move forward and find God’s presence and guidance? John Seppanen, Heritage District Lay Leader, shares some thoughts that have helped him out… Continue Reading Finding a way out of the desert

Mighty wind and quiet stream

Stream in winter

Reflecting on the recent Asbury revival, Bishop David Alan Bard invites us this Lent to look for spiritual transformation in both dramatic experiences and everyday disciplines.

Churches prepare for Lent to begin

Mother and child at a church event

Ash Wednesday is February 22, and churches are planning a variety of worship and fellowship experiences to begin the journey toward Easter.

Celebrating a $2 million Easter gift

Rev. Rick Blunt in front of Okemos Community Church.

The Okemos Community Church recently surprised 3,660 Michigan families when each received a letter informing them that their medical debt had been covered by the church. In total, the congregation… Continue Reading Celebrating a $2 million Easter gift

Invitation to a holy Lenten season

An invitation toLenten prayer

“The invitation to a holy Lent is an invitation to deep inner work, ” says Bishop David Bard. He offers reflections on how grace surrounds acts of repentance and self-examination.

From stable to garden with Jesus

Mary at the garden tomb

It is important to fully embrace and live out of what happened in a manger in Bethlehem and a garden tomb in Jerusalem.

Bishop reflects on season of Lent

Lent begins Ash Wednesday

In this video message, Bishop David Bard looks back on the past year marked by the pandemic. ” While Lent is a time to acknowledge loss, he shifts the focus… Continue Reading Bishop reflects on season of Lent

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