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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.

Keep moving with new rhythm in the new year

Run into New Year

Though 2022 is not starting as the “new new year we were hoping for,” Bishop David Bard encourages Michigan United Methodists to “keep moving” in the direction of God’s grace.

Path to real hope during Omicron

Vaccinate for Omicron safety

The COVID pandemic is approaching its two-year anniversary. Bishop David Bard offers suggestions churches might consider during the Omicron surge.

Always now and not yet

Now celebrate the light

Now is the time to remember that Christmas “light, grace, hope, joy, peace, and love will soon arrive into the world, break into it and break through all that might get in the way.”

Please remain vigilant during Advent

Advent with shepherd and sheep

Advent has come into our churches and homes. Bishop David Bard shares a pastoral letter with The Michigan Conference as the state goes through the fourth surge of COVID-19.

COVID sparks interest in BeADisciple

BeADisciple promoted by Steve Wilke

Certifications are available, through BeADisciple, in specialties including children’s ministry, evangelism, spiritual formation, and Christian care and counseling.

General Conference plans continue

General Conference planners on Zoom

Planners of the next General Conference stick to the goal of holding this pivotal legislative assembly in person with delegates from around the globe. Inclusion and health are top values.

UMCs receive Flint’s ‘Key to the City’

Flint Bethel hosts COVID clinics

They have hosted Help Centers for years during the Flint water crisis. Now Asbury and Bethel United Methodist churches in Flint, Michigan, are caring for neighbors’ needs during the pandemic.

Church called to be safe space

People in a safe space

“The church should be inviting and safe for people to come as they are,” says Alan Whitley. Mental health and faith belong together.

Overcoming loneliness in Mid-Michigan

Mid-Michigan

Two United Methodist churches on the Mid-Michigan District — Gunnisonville and Bath — recently welcomed four new members who first became part of the online congregation during the pandemic.