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Take some time to just breathe

Inhale. Exhale. Breathe.

When the weight of life becomes too heavy, it is important to pause and simply inhale and exhale. “Just breathe.” says Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford. “Listen for God’s quiet voice… Continue Reading Take some time to just breathe

Greetings from Bishop David Bard

Greetings from the bishop

“We continue to traverse a new land and live in a strange time,” said Bishop David Bard in opening greetings to the 2021 Virtual Michigan Annual Conference. He added, “In… Continue Reading Greetings from Bishop David Bard

A journey toward ordination

Ordination on horizon

Tania Dozeman shares some “random thoughts about the experience of a second career person’s journey toward ordination at the end of a pandemic as the UMC faces a split.”

Connecting with your whole self

COnnecting with nature

Yoga is only one way of connecting with self. Whitney Simpson suggests practices that “help you more fully discover the person God created.”

Clergy invited to revitalize

Courage event logo

  Need time, space, and guidance to attend more deeply to God’s call on your life? Consider this three-day online retreat for clergy facilitated by Sarah Hescheles and Rev. Nathan… Continue Reading Clergy invited to revitalize

Maturity of mind and heart

Infancy to maturity

How do we grow in Christian maturity? Bishop Bard notes that growth is difficult in the social media age. He encourages intellectual curiosity, complex thinking, and a generous spirit. 

God and holy construction work

Road construction ahead

Last June, he and his wife moved into the parsonage in Lansing. It was several months before the road construction outside the house did not disrupt their lives. Pastor Robert… Continue Reading God and holy construction work

Pentecost pinwheels turn in Howell

Project Pinwheels volunteers

The COVID-19 pandemic has now claimed three church seasons. Volunteers marked Pentecost with the delivery of 300 red pinwheels as a reminder the Spirit of First UMC Howell is alive… Continue Reading Pentecost pinwheels turn in Howell

A prayer calendar to focus your days

Prayer calendar focuses thought

Use or adapt this 28-day Prayer Calendar as you continue the journey into the Easter Season. Deepening your relationship with God and with each other offers comfort and support at… Continue Reading A prayer calendar to focus your days

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