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Churches assist during winter storms

Churches provide volunteers

United Methodist churches across the south opened shelters as winter storms left millions without water or electricity. Gifts to UMCOR’s U.S. Disaster Response #901670 will provide aid for recovery efforts.

God’s people wear big ears

Man with ears open

The Rev. John Hice, superintendent of The East Winds District, recalls words of wisdom from Bishop Ivan Abrahams, spoken in 2007. “I hope that the churches will have big ears.” Listening is still important today.

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 to the disciplines of love.

Doing our best for God

Love of God and neighbor in Milan.

The fourth in a series of reflections on life and faith during the COVID-19 era by District Superintendents of The Michigan Conference. The Rev. LuAnn Rourke shares how God and the Heritage District, have “figured it out”

Strategize giving like Super Bowl

Strategize for a stewardship win

Time to strategize for generosity. Ken Sloane, leader at Discipleship Ministries, offers five stewardship tips for 2021 borrowed from gridiron heroes.

East Winds’ profiles in courage

Croswell thanks police officers.

This is the third in a series of reflections on life and faith during the COVID-19 era by District Superintendents of The Michigan Conference. The Rev. John Hice shares about the bravery of the East Winds District.

Churches step out and step up

Taking a step out of poverty.

One bold step that Streams of Faith took in 2020 was its merger with Circles-Grand Rapids. This multiplied the efforts that help 600-700 Kent County families rise out of poverty.

Love is everywhere in our churches

Churches continue to feed the hungry

This is the second in a series of reflections by District Superintendents of The Michigan Conference on life and faith during the COVID-19 era. The Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford shares how God’s love is at work in churches of the Midwest District.

COVID vaccine and faith in Jesus

Vaccine for senior man

The world rejoiced when pharmaceutical companies announced the shipment of the COVID vaccine. Rev. Glenn Wagner celebrates and turns his attention to other great afflictions.

A look back at 2020

2020 flood

This month-by-month review of 2020 in The Michigan Conference reports many challenges of COVID-19. It also tells the story of how God’s people met those challenges with determination and grace.