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Hard realities and beautiful dreams

Light shines on dreams

We may be exhausted, but United Methodists can still dream dreams of new life.  The Rev. Paul Perez, new Director of Connectional Ministry for The Michigan Conference, offers hope.

Perez begins as DCM October 1

Rev. Paul Perez speaks at an Interfaith Event in Dearborn

The Rev. Paul Perez will assume the role of Michigan Conference Director of Connectional Ministries three months earlier than previously announced.

Bishop announces DCM transition

Bishop announces the retirement of Benton Heisler

After 12 years of service as the Director of Connectional Ministry, the Rev. Benton Heisler will retire at the end of 2020. Bishop David Bard has appointed the Rev. Paul Perez as the new DCM in Michigan.

Coping and caring through change

Hearts are caring during crisis

The Rev. Paul Perez says, “The good news is, church is never canceled.” He lists opportunities for caring and connecting with the vulnerable, including oneself.

Community outreach during COVID-19

Outreach programs like feeding the hungry

Concerning the precautions churches are taking around the spread of the coronavirus, here are things to keep in mind when doing ministry with the neighbors in your community.

Michigan-Liberia friendship continues

Signing the Liberia Covenant of friendship and ministry

Nine persons from Michigan traveled to West Africa last month to attend the Liberia Annual Conference. Covenant-signing and visits to mission sites were highlights of the trip.

Your gifts made a difference!

Pastor Horne thanks you for your gifts

The EngageMI Fundraising Challenge raised $30,119 from 309 donors in three weeks. An additional $13,000 in prizes were awarded. Thank you for your gifts! 

Help dismantle the ‘invisible wall’

JFON invites people to tear down the "invisible"wall

While “the wall” at the U.S.-Mexico border is often in the news, there is an “invisible wall” that is also being built, block by block, to restrict legal pathways for those entering this country. Here’s how to help take it down.

20 years of home-grown leadership

Mission Intern Sarah Alexander

The Mission Intern Program of The Michigan Area is celebrating 20 years of encouragement to young adults spending their summer exploring servant ministry.

Keep Making Peace makes a difference

Three people marching for immigration reform

When crises seem too large to overcome, it’s important to remember that each and every person can bring about change. That was the message of the 17th annual Keep Making Peace event.