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A call to United Methodist laity

Laity called to flower

The following is an open letter to laity from the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders (AACLLC). It is a reminder of Jesus’ Great Commandment during this troubled time.

Rural parishes are a gift

Growing in rural countryside

Allen Stanton says, “Rural churches are places where people ask serious questions, explore their faith and seek to live it out in meaningful ways.”

Picking the fruit of kindness

picking fruit

The Rev. Benton Heisler invites pastors and laity to stay focused on our common mission as we approach the Virtual 2020 Michigan Annual Conference.

What does reopening look like?

Reopening will require great care

Social distancing measures forced churches to transition to online worship and ministry. As states lift shelter-in-place orders, churches must consider how — or when— to return to in-person worship.

Acting as the Body of Christ

Free pizza delivery nourishing body and spirit.

Laura Witkowski, celebrates the way churches are adapting creatively to the challenges of the pandemic and calls for strengthening connection as the Body of Christ.

Bishop Bard proclaims, ‘Easter is coming!’

Girl praying at Easter

Bishop David Bard celebrates the creativity of Michigan United Methodists ministering in the shadow of the coronavirus crisis. He offers new possibilities for Easter worship during this ongoing stay-at-home season.

UMs show church is not a building

Michigan UMs like Jeremy Peters are being church

Both bishop and governor have encouraged Michiganders to stay-at-home. We are finding that church really does happen outside the building.

New year, new tasks

Wise men leave Bethlehem with new tasks ahead.

In his first Joyful Journey blog of 2020, Bishop David Bard talks about important tasks before The Michigan Conference of The UMC … ministry work, soul work, and grief work.

God’s gift of a second career

Second career pastors serve many churches in Michigan

The third in a series, “For such a time as this.” Pastor Leslee Fritz talks about the joys of ministry as a second career.

Aiming with Jesus

Boy aiming at a target

Aiming is always important in life when shooting an arrow, writing a book, or loving people like Jesus loved people. His target was always incredible love.