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Bishop Deb goes church to church

Recalling our doctrinal heritage, Bishop Deborah Kiesey reminds us that the Book of Discipline is more than just rules and processes. There's wisdom for "personal and global transformation." ... READ MORE 

Report from the Middle East

Two years ago JD Gore was living in Grand Rapids. Today he lives in Bethlehem. A Mission Intern serving at the Wi'am Peace Center, JD asks for prayers and open hearts.... READ MORE

Your gifts make room at the inn 
Bishop Deborah Kiesey invites Michigan United Methodists to remember Justice for our Neighbors (JFON) this Advent. She says, "JFON is a shining example, right here in the Michigan Area, of how we welcome and care for strangers."... READ MORE

Congo Methodists on the run
"This is a wake up cry we express at this moment...war atrocities are now hitting home in this part of our Episcopal area," wrote Bishop Gabriel Unda Yemba, who leads the East Congo Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church. ... READ MORE

Methodist presence is strengthened in the holy land
With a spirit of ecumenism, the new Methodist Liaison Office opened Oct. 11 at Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem "to engage the world Methodist family in Christ's ministry of peace, justice, truth and mercy among all peoples living in this land in partnership with the Palestinian Christian community." ... READ MORE
"Community Christmas Collage”
Prevailing Winds Community Band (PWCB) will join the United Methodist Church of the Dunes’ (UMCD) Handbell and Chancel Choirs to present a “Community Christmas Collage” concert on Sunday, December 2 at 2 p.m. The concert will be held in the UMCD Sanctuary, at 717 Sheldon Road, Grand Haven. There is no admission to attend.... READ MORE.

Lessons & Carols Service
The Adrian College Choir and Orchestra will present their annual Lessons & Carols Service at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 9th, in Herrick Chapel on the campus of Adrian College. ... READ MORE
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What lies ahead?
Important events on Dec. 1 and Dec. 15 will help determine the future course for Conference and District Youth Ministries in West Michigan. Register now for Call Forward if you are concerned about developing young leaders....  READ MORE

Intersection Free Store meets needs
Since January of 2011 the INTERSECTION FREE STORE in Evart has given away over 23,000 items of clothing! But it doesn’t stop there. ... READ MORE

Take aim on Hunger Games
The 11th Annual Peace Making Saturday is an area-wide event taking place at University UMC, East Lansing on April 13. The Hunger Games trilogy, a favorite of young readers, provides a wide range of issues to explore.... READ MORE.

Prepare now for Conference 2013

The 2013 Annual Conference will be held May 28-June 1 at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. Reserve space for your special meal and file petitions! ... READ MORE

Crystal Springs Camp has new director
Dan Stuglik (pronounced STOOG-lick) begins December 1, 2012. Dan’s love of Crystal Springs Camp shows up in his experience as a camp dean, community relations police officer, all around handyman, and leader of risk-taking ministry. Welcome, Dan!
Hear the HAPI Buzz in Haiti
Valerie Mossman Celestin relates how 2013 promises to be a year of growth for Haitian Artisans for Peace International. Learn what's buzzing in Mizak!... READ MORE

Rethink Christmas
Shop UMCOR alternative gift catalog.
January webinars give basic training
Want to train new leaders? These webinars are offered by the General Board of Discipleship during the month of January.  Register here.

Santa Claus Jesus
Ministry Matters, by Mike Slaughter
Too often, we view God like Santa Claus—a genie in a bottle here to fulfill three wishes. ... READ MORE
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