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Advocating for our rural congregations

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Rev. Jodie Flessner attended General Conference as a leader for United Methodist Rural Advocates, making a positive difference for rural congregations in Michigan and beyond.

Dulworth to speak at Circuit Rider Retreat

Walking the Camino de Santiago

During the November 6-8 retreat, Rev. Elbert Dulworth will share insights from his Camino de Santiago pilgrimage by encouraging town and country churches to value the impact they make in… Continue Reading Dulworth to speak at Circuit Rider Retreat

Celebrating the impact of rural churches

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Rural Life Sunday is set for September 10, and churches can honor our rural heritage by receiving an offering to support rural ministry in the Michigan Conference.

Engaging with neighbors in the Upper Peninsula

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STEP ONE: God’s Country Cooperative Parish has been connecting churches and helping neighbors in the U.P. since 1983. Paying Ministry Shares is an important first step in supporting outreach at… Continue Reading Engaging with neighbors in the Upper Peninsula

Engaging with neighbors in the U.P.

Volunteers building a ramp

The first of a series of articles that explains how an initiative called “EngageMI” helps churches take steps to be in “ministry with” others.

Rural Life Sunday grows vital ministry

Rural church

Congregations and individuals can celebrate the rural heritage of The United Methodist Church by financially supporting the Rural Life Sunday offering, which funds a pastoral scholarship named after a Michigan… Continue Reading Rural Life Sunday grows vital ministry

Looking Glass empowers rural neighbors

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Looking Glass Community Outreach’s ministry assists low-income neighborhoods in rural Shiawassee County by providing a variety of programs that meet basic needs.

Mission interns begin service

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Seventeen new interns in The Michigan Conference’s Mission Intern Program begin their service this summer in United Methodist-affiliated nonprofits and local congregations throughout the state.

The Michigan Conference