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Campfire inspires vision of hope
As a youth, Brandon Smith enjoyed Camp Meeting at Northport. Today, as a young adult, his goal is to offer a Spirit Journey experience in that community. "I want to give youth a chance to live in a new way," Brandon explains.... READ MORE

Let's align with Jesus' love
The Rev. William Haggard, Superintendent of the Grand Rapids District, reflects on adaptive leadership. "Why we are aligned in the ways we are and who are the stake holders that benefit from this particular alignment," Bill asks.... READ MORE
Ubuntu Center building begins 
The $504,560 in gifts from the West Michigan Conference are now literally "at work" in Zimbabwe.... READ MORE 

Michigan pastor supports education
Jennifer Jue learned of Africa University (AU) while in seminary. She was so inspired by what she heard that she felt compelled to establish an endowed scholarship fund at AU to support the education of female students enrolled in the Faculty of Theology. ... READ MORE

684 churches planted in U.S.
Church planters established 684 new United Methodist Churches in the United States during 2008-2012, surpassing the denomination’s new church development goal for the quadrennium by 34. Valley Church in Allendale is among the churches planted.... READ MORE

UM students join in history game
At United Methodist-affiliated Adrian College, Charles Dickens hosted a literary forum to discuss Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.... They were there to talk about issues surrounding slavery and abolition, personhood and freedom, constitutional law and “higher law.”

Webinar on prayer in small groups
General Board Of Discipleship offers free monthly webinars. Registration is required; people may register through www.gbod.org/webinars.
The next opportunity is: March 12th, 7:30-8:30 PM (EDT) / Prayer: Oxygen for the Soul. ... READ MORE

Marcia McFee retreat
Marcia McFee invites Michigan United Methodist worship teams to a retreat at Christ the King Retreat Center at Lake Buffalo, Minnesota, April 14-17, 2013. For more information and to register, go to the Worship Design Studio Calendar.... READ MORE

Spring Choral workshop
Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Clark Retirement Community, Grand Rapids
For more information, contact either Sandy Mast, 231-689-6330 /
stmast@att.net, or, Joseph Jennings, 231-519-2127; 231-924-0030 or dfafumc@att.net.  READ MORE

Albion District Lunch
Annual Conference, Thursday, May 30
Calvin College Commons Dining Room 1. Mark your choice on your AC registration form. Use the regular serving line to pick-up your meal then come join the fun.

A close-up of the TV mini-series
The Bible debuted on the History Channel on March 3 and its five episodes will be repeated from now through Easter. Here are resources to assist you as the series unfolds.... READ MORE

When leadership styles conflict
Dave wanted to be a good pastor, and the right pastor for the church. But daily he felt like a square peg being pounded into a round hole. ... DOWNLOAD PARISH PAPERS PDF

Planning tips for Baccalaureate
One of the ways that local churches can be in ministry with their community is to be aware of the transitions that others are experiencing. One of those “endings” my local church had already been marking was the yearly graduation of our high school seniors. ... READ MORE from Ministry Matters
One Great Hour of Sharing
Is your church ready to get the ball rolling for One Great Hour of Sharing, celebrated March 10? When you give to One Great Hour of Sharing, you help to build the strong foundation on which all other UMCOR ministries are built. ... READ MORE.

Six Lanes 2013 ready for use
In the West Michigan Conference mission is not a one-way street or a two-lane road. It's a six lane highway. ... READ MORE

Adrian College Anti-Trafficking video
Click here for new Youtube. Pass it on!

Digital Technology: The Future in Present Tense
Perspectives from Larry Hollon

A few days ago, I was in Haiti. In a place where physical access is difficult, wifi signals, beamed across the mountain and pulled down to computers powered by solar energy, were connecting these children to the outside world. ... READ MORE

Peace Sermon & Peacemaker of the Year awards
Each year the Board of Church and Society gives two awards, one for the Peace Sermon of the Year and one for the Peacemaker of the Year. The peacemaker can be an individual or group that works for peace with justice. We accept nominations and encourage all West Michigan Conference persons to send them to Ellen Brubaker at johnellen5@comcast.net.
Youth Ministry Leader
St. Paul's UMC, 3334 Breton SE, Grand Rapids, is accepting applications to fill our part-time Youth Ministry Leader position to work with youth ages 12 to 18 years. Resumes and/or information requests may be sent to: Mary Lou Fassett mlfassett2@yahoo.com. Deadline is April 1, 2013 or until filled. READ MORE

Duplicating machine for sale
Petoskey United Methodist Church has a Ricoh Priport DX3340 duplicating machine for sale for $700.00. If interested, please contact Barb Fry, Office Administrator, at info@petoskeyumc.org, or at 231-347-2733

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