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The Conference Council on Youth Ministries asks you to join hands with them to shape youth ministry for the 21st century. You are invited to open forums on Dec. 1 and Dec. 15.... READ MORE 

And Jesus said, "Bring chairs!"

Director of Connectional Ministries, Benton Heisler, shares fond Thanksgiving memories that translate to God's call today. "It is all about reaching the next generation with God’s message of grace and love."... READ MORE

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Cass UMC houses homeless
Homeless men and women will soon have a safe place to call home.... READ MORE

Sparta reaches $20,000 goal
The check is in hand! Sparta UMC has fulfilled its pledge to the Ubuntu Gathering Center at Africa University. That brings the total received by the end of October to $412,259 of the $500,000 goal.... READ MORE
Vital Wesleyan Evangelism 
January 2-5, 2013  - Join us at the Crowne Plaza at Ravinia in Dunwoody, Ga., for this year's Congress on Evangelism. Bring your pastor, lay members and evangelism team with you to make the most of this refreshing training event. For more information and to register click here or email registrar@congressonevangelism.org.
Director of Organizing, General Board Church & Society
A full job description is available at Director of Organizing. Interested persons must submit a cover letter, resume and a letter with your thoughts on organizing and the future work of the General Board of Church & Society by Tuesday, Dec. 4. For more information, contact Frances Roberts, assistant general secretary, Administration/Human Resource. READ MORE

40 Days of Purpose banners
We have 3 beautiful, large banners relating to 40 Days of Purpose that we would love to give free to a church that is preparing for that study. If interested, call 989-773-6934 or email Sharon at office@mtpfumc.org.
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Everything is wet except their souls
A gift to UMCOR Advance #3021787 will assist in relief and recovery efforts in the northeast. Waterlogged homes are plague by everything from mold to ... jelly fish?!?... READ MORE

Takeaways from the 2012 election
The Rev. Laurie Haller says, "I voted, and I have a sticker to prove it!" She celebrates living in a country where 100% of the people count.... READ MORE

Shop like a Christian!
Black Friday is a little over a week away. Here are five questions to ask yourself when you arrive at the mall.... READ MORE

November 27 is #Giving Tuesday
Black Friday and Cyber Monday ... two days to get deals. Giving Tuesday is a chance to offer thanks. Join this national movement to give more, give better and give smarter.... READ MORE
Bishops affirm mission focus
The United Methodist Council of Bishops wrapped up their first meeting of the quadrennium. Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, president of the Council, said the bishops re-committed themselves to stay focused on the mission of making disciples for the transformation of the world in the four Areas of Focus through vital congregations in our worldwide connection. ... READ MOREow to How
Apply for Peace with Justice grant
January 10 is the deadline to apply for a Peace with Justice grant from the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS). ... READ MORE
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