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Young leaders find a voice 

Two 12-year-old disciples participated in the recent Grand Rapids District Lay Speaking Class. Said leader, Don Williams, "One of the best features of The United Methodist Church is the belief that all are called by God!"... READ MORE 

Bill's answers to today's hot topics

This month the Rev. Dr.William Dobbs, Area Assistant to Bishop Deborah Kiesey, comments on the recent Judicial Council decision regarding guaranteed appointment. How will this decision affect appointment making in the Michigan Area?... READ MORE

Can a pastor also be a scholar? 
The Rev. Chris Momany, Chaplain and Professor at Adrian College, has three challenges for the academy and three challenges for the church. "Is intellect a liability for ministry?" he asks.... READ MORE

Advent music series
First UMC of Kalamazoo, 212 S. Park Street, is presenting an Advent Concert Series on four consecutive Thursdays at noon beginning with a Brass Quintet on November 29. Concerts, free and open to the public, are approximately 50 minutes long. Meet the musicians and enjoy refreshments following the concerts. Sponsored by the Music and the Arts Committee. READ MORE
Reconciling Ministries Network Seeks Executive Director
The Board of Directors of Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) seeks a leader to pursue RMN’s goal of creating a fully inclusive United Methodist Church for all God’s children. Contact Rev. John Oda, Transition and Search, Chair Cell: 510.220.8959; Email:revjohnoda@yahoo.com; Website:www.rmnnetwork.org.

Apply for summer internships 
Deadlines have been announced to apply for a 2013 Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship in social justice placements in the U.S. capital. The EYA program is for persons, ages 18-22 from United Methodist racial/ethnic minority caucuses and Central Conferences, who have an interest in exploring issues of public policy, social justice advocacy and social change. ... READ MORE

Syracuse Wintergreen restaurant china
St. Paul’s UMC in Lawton is offering for sale 100 place settings of Syracuse restaurant china. Asking price is $1100. 269-624-1050 or cathyditto@gmail.com. READ MORE

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Getting a seat at the daily table
As many sit down to an abundant Thanksgiving feast, it's time to examine the American Way of Eating. Author Tracie McMillan debunks the myth that the poor prefer junk food.... READ MORE

Bishops seek fruitful future
A letter from the Council of Bishops

Giving thanks to God in all things 
"Gratitude is in the spotlight every year around Thanksgiving Day in the United States," says Erik Alsgaard, editor of The Michigan Area Reporter. He explains how some are cultivating that attitude as a year-round spiritual discipline.... READ MORE
Holiday greetings to you from HAPI
Valerie Mossman Celestin recalls a year-full of HAPI blessings. Haitian Artisans for Peace International has many good things to celebrate. Share in their "ripples of shalom." ... READ MORE

Advent focus is healthy babies
The General Board of Church and Society offers an activity that connects Mary's Advent with the realities that mothers around the world continue to face today. Study then assemble birthing kits for UMCOR.... READ MORE

Volunteers asked to be patient
UMVIM authorities in the Northeast Jurisdiction ask volunteers from outside the area to register and then stay home until officially invited to the scene. To do right now ... take an offering, pack cleaning buckets, and assemble health kits.... READ MORE
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Mission Insight: Is the UMC like a Twinkie?
Massive liabilities and collapse facilitated by inflexibility and outright denial of changing circumstances? ... READ MORE
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