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God is there admidst flood
Lowell First United Methodist Church Pastor Rick Blunt takes Michigan Area Bishop Deborah Lieder Keisey on a tour of the devastation in Lowell, MI. The Bishop calls for prayer for those suffering the effects of record rainfall.... READ MORE

Let's move from anguish to hope
Acknowledging that we are living through difficult times, Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey reminds us that the disciples, too, knew tears and tragedy. "The difference came when the disciples were touched by the presence of the Risen Christ,"... READ MORE
Will you be the next to register?  
Six West Michigan churches are mobilizing to transform their communities as part of the global Change the World campaign, May 18-19. Will your congregation provide an opportunity for service that weekend?... READ MORE. 

Bishop's seat cover project

The churches of West Michigan are invited to participate in the annual ingathering of new underwear at the Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, May 29-June 1. ... READ MORE.
HAPI comes to the table in New York
Though they never set foot in the room, the women of Haitian Artisans for Peace International (HAPI) were present at every table during UMCOR’s “Haiti Night” celebration for its board of directors last week.... READ MORE
A marathon runner cheers for Boston
“Are you okay?” Hundreds of thousands of people around the world were asking this question last Monday. Many were seeking to know if their loved ones running the Boston Marathon were safe.... READ MORE
Crystal Springs Golf Outing
Spend Saturday, May 4, supporting the Crystal Springs Camp youth scholarship fund, starting at 9am,
Saganash Golf Club, 61270 Lutz Road, Three Rivers. Download pdf or READ MORE.

Lake Michigan Camp Classic
4 Person Scramble: Saturday, June 15th, Cedar Chase Golf Club, 7551 17 Mile Road NE, Cedar Springs. Registration: 7:30 a.m. and Shotgun Start: 8:30 a.m. $75.00 Per Player includes: Golf Package, Range Balls, & Dinner. For more information and registration please contact Brian Michael at 616-893-2150 or email Brian.Michael@kentwoodps.org. READ MORE.
Flood relief begins with you 
The Michigan Area Disaster Response has requested an emergency grant and 1,200 flood buckets from UMCOR (The United Methodist Committee on Relief). As you hear about neighbors who have been displaced or have storm and water damage that is beyond their ability to take care of, let your pastor or Local Church Disaster Coordinator know! For contact information and how you can pack flood buckets READ MORE or contact Rev. Jeremy Wicks, jeremy_wicks@yahoo.com, (517) 980-6855.      
God will tap you at Crystal Springs
Meet Dan Stuglik, the new director of Crystal Springs Camp. Dan invites everyone in West Michigan to take a quiet walk beside the bubbling waters. "This place has been making disciples for 150 years," he says.... READ MORE
40 ways to welcome a new pastor
Decide that you are going to love your new pastor...! READ MORE.

Mental Health Awareness Month

The United Methodist General Boards of Church & Society (GBCS) and Global Ministries (GBGM) have created a new resource for local congregations to observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May: “Faith & Mental Health — Creating Caring & Sharing Communities” is available free as a download at umc-gbcs.org/resources-websites. ... READ MORE

Discipleship Webinars coming in May
6 great offerings at your fingertips...! READ MORE.
NEJ UMVIM Coordinator
NEJ United Methodist Volunteers In Mission Coordinator: The Board of Directors of the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church is seeking a dynamic person with a love of Jesus Christ and a passion for mission to coordinate the short term mission efforts of the ten annual conferences that comprise the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. Click here for more information.

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