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Helping Our Neighbors in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo resident with new phone

Using a Peace with Justice grant, the Phone Ministry Project of First United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo, MI  distributed cell phones and service to over 100 of their homeless neighbors.

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.”

Is your Protection Policy up to date?

Protection for Children in a Sunday School Class.

A protection policy lays out the church’s plan for proactive ways to prevent harm. Is your church’s plan up to date?

Wespath celebrates a generous life

Ted Halsted at Lake Louise

The Rev. Ted Halsted, a retired pastor from Michigan, was recently interviewed by Wespath as a man with generosity at the center of his life story.

A look back at 2021 in MI Conference

Children running for child hunger reliefr

A look back at highlights of the past twelve months in The Michigan Conference reveals resiliency, hope, and generosity in the face of a pandemic and tensions in the denomination.

MI Conference hires new CFO

Welcome new staff members

The Michigan Conference welcomes Angie Anger as the new CFO effective January 17, 2022. The Rev. Alice Fleming Townley joins the staff in a new capacity, and the Rev. Gary Step returns to pastoral ministry.

UMCOR on the scene throughout 2021

UMCOR in mid-Michigan

UMCOR answered many appeals for help in 2021. Here are key responses and a few of the major grants awarded to help alleviate suffering worldwide, including Michigan.

The ‘disaster that you cannot see’ in Detroit

Disaster recovery in Detroit

Two UMCOR-trained disaster case managers are now engaging with neighbors in Detroit. Funds are being sought for assistance for survivors of flooding in June 2021. Six months later, people suffer.

Become a 2021 EngageMI congregation

West Bloomfield member supports EngageMI

Michigan churches are in ministry with partners in their neighborhoods and around the world. Were you an EngageMI congregation in 2021? Reports are due January 10, 2022.

Statewide Lessons & Carols ahead

Carols from Traverse City

Churches across The Michigan Area are invited to experience a Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 26, featuring Bishop Bard, readers, and musicians from all nine districts.