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Faith to hang on and keep going

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop David Bard shares about a squirrel hanging onto a branch in the wind. It reminds him how faith and trust in Christ hold us together.

Take Both/And approach to worship

a Both/And approach needed post-COVID

The methodology for streaming worship completely shifted paradigms twelve months ago when the pandemic began. The Both/And workshop helps the next transition.

COVID finish line in sight

Vaccinations in downtown Detroit. help stop spread of COVID.

COVID cases are currently at the highest level in Michigan since the start of 2021, and positive cases continue to rise. Bishop David Bard encourages continued patience and caution.

Now is the time for some new beginnings

New beginnings for tomato plants

The Bible says that great beginnings don’t just happen. Here are examples of how pastors and laity have partnered with God to do the cultivation needed to nurture new life.

Delegates push back on COB plans

COB march at 2019 General Conference in St. Louis

Delegates in the U.S., including the Michigan Conference, question plans by the Council of Bishops (COB) around the postponement of episcopal elections until 2024.

Clergy talk about self care

Chad Parmalee does self care with yarn

Annual conferences support clergy as they adapt to the health crisis by offering programs that help avert burnout. This care takes many forms.

COVID challenges test their faith

Bible holds hope in COVID times

This is the inspiring story of how the faith of four lay servants in southeast Michigan helped them cope with and manage COVID. 

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.