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When God plans a wedding...
Last year the Rev. Nelson Hall and the Augusta United Methodist Church celebrated Valentine's Day in an extraordinary way. "It was a BIG surprise for all of us," the pastor recalls. ... READ MORE

Time to come to Jesus...
Benton Heisler, fresh off a few weeks of renewal, returns with some new tools for ministry. As Lent begins, he urges us to "be shaped by the opportunities for change toward which God calls us all." ... READ MORE
Youth HAPI-bound
The Conference Council on Youth Ministries has filled the team going to Haiti in June 2013. Team leader, the Rev. David Hills, estimates per person cost to be $1,800, which includes $300 project money. Fundraising will begin soon. Stay tuned . READ MORE

Keeping Sunday Safe
Bishop Mike Coyner, leader of the Indiana Conference, suggests practical tips on how congregations can protect themselves from random acts of violence. "We must help our people not to live in fear," Bishop Coyner says...... READ MORE 

Methodists on Benedict
Global Methodists have joined in the conversation around Pope Benedict XVI's resignation of the papacy. Responses tend to fall into two camps. READ MORE

Dis-eases that infect churches
Rev. Dyton Owen shares ten "ministry killers" that he has discovered during his years in leadership, from "rut thinking" to "herd mentality." Check out his helpful suggestions on how to remain a healthy congregation. READ MORE

Faces of Lane 1

The Conference Board of Global Ministries wants you to meet 20 missionaries being supported by churches in West Michigan. The Conference has an outstanding history of supporting the salaries of these ambassadors for Christ. Consider being in covenant with a missionary in 2013. READ MORE

Take aim on violence
The 11th annual Making Peace Day will be held in East Lansing, April 13. Don't miss this timely exploration of media, hunger, and reality TV sponsored by the UMW and Boards of Church and Society of the Michigan Area. The Rev. Ann Duncan from North Carolina, co-author of The Gospel According to Hunger Games, will present: "Was Christ Present in Panem?" READ MORE
JFON has heart
As the National Justice for our Neighbors welcomes new leadership, a local JFON intern, Nicole Krueger, shares perspectives on immigration reform. "It seems that anytime our country discusses immigration reform," Nicole said in an MLive column, "first priority is given to border security and penalties for undocumented immigrants, while providing relief and order in the system is a secondhand consideration." .... READ MORE

Get the ball rolling
Is your congregation ready for One Great Hour of Sharing, March 10? This new video makes the point that the OGHS offering pays the overhead for  UMCOR enabling 100% of your gifts to help people in need
2013 Conference Merit Scholarship
The Conference Merit Scholarship assists undergraduate United Methodist students attending UM-related colleges. Funding for the scholarship comes through a rebate from the Student Day offering. The application deadline is June 1, 2013. Download pdf information and application. Email to: Kathleen Kline-Hudson, Scholarship Chair, kathleenk@co.livingston.mi.us. Questions? Call (517) 548-5758.

Florida seeks a leader
The Florida Annual Conf. is seeking an Associate Director of Clergy Excellence. The position is responsible for recruitment, development and nurturing of young persons "called into active ministry." The position supports the candidacy process and applicant tracking within the Conference and District Committees of Ordained Ministry. To review the job description and to apply, CLICK HERE.

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