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Don't rush the journey to Easter!
Bishop Deb confesses," As we approach these last days of Lent, there is a temptation to want to hurry toward the beauty and the joy of the resurrection." She encourages us to finish the lenten walk with Jesus. ... READ MORE

Bishop shares Day with Deacons
Bishop Deborah Kiesey recently heard deacons of the Michigan Area describe ministries that stretch from hospital to pulpit, campus to city sidewalks . She thanked them for "extending ministry into where it is desperately needed."... READ MORE
Spread the word about camp
Help a child start a life-long relationship with God this summer. ... READ MORE.

Connection's leaders in transition
The Rev. Karen Greenwaldt plans to retire Dec. 31 after 13 years at helm of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship and more than 30 years as a staff member with the agency. ... READ MORE
The Cross and Flame
On Boy Scout Sunday, Mr. Richard "Rich" Purvis was awarded The Cross and Flame Award by Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City. Mr. Purvis has been a long time supporter of Troop 36, pictured here, which has been sponsored by Central since before the Second World War.

Enter Panem in East Lansing
"Keep Making Peace" is an event co-sponsored by the Boards of Church and Society and the United Methodist Women of the West Michigan and Detroit conferences. Hobbit and Hunger Games provide springboards for discussion on April 13.... READ MORE

How will YOU Change the World?

Change the World weekend – May 18-19 – is about recognizing the gifts already among us and using them to serve God in the world. Learn more at umcom.org/changetheworld. ... READ MORE.

Looking for Spring sales?
The United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church of Mason will hold its semi-annual Spring Rummage Sale on Friday, April 5 (8:00 - 5:00), and Saturday, April 6 (8:00 - 12:00).
Pianist / Accompanist
Montague United Methodist Church seeks pianist/accompanist. Job description and application at (231 )894-5789 or the church website.

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Cyclists ready to ride for Haiti
The 2013 Haiti Ride is now open for registration. The Grand Haven Church of the Dunes is the tour host. This year's ride is dedicated to the Rev. Ed Mohr, a veteran of previous rides who died in a car-bike accident in 2012.... READ MORE

Make Mothers' Day blanket Sunday
As Mother’s Day approaches what mother wouldn’t want her child to be given the gift of warmth?
 Find out more at www.blanketsplus.org.

Mission to Church For All People
Columbus, OH. Flyer attached. Apply online here
Why I'm a United Methodist today
God’s call to the Church is to move from its privileged center to the margins and to reach out across boundaries and build community.... READ MORE

Interview with Rob Bell

“We’re in the midst of a massive rethink: there is a growing sense among a growing number of people that when it comes to God, we’re at the end of one era and the start of another...." READ MORE.
Buzz on the Bible
Ed McNulty, author of Praying the Movies, offers an episode-by-episode review of the History Channel's 10-hour miniseries, The Bible. ... READ MORE

Take a virtual seat in a UMC class
United Methodism 101 is designed for new church members. READ MORE.
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