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Camping rocks at Lake Louise!
For children and youth who live much of their lives in front of a screen, Lake Louise Camp offers a lake front and plenty of opportunities to come close to nature and to God.... READ MORE

Questions on health and life
In this month's Burning Questions, the Rev. Dr. Bill Dobbs, addresses questions about health care ... for retirees and for congregations. Learn what he has to say about some important yardsticks.... READ MORE
United Methodist Schools Matter
Rev. Chris Momany asserts, "The best United Methodist-related schools do not try to fit their mission around some generic idea of what it means to be 'church related.'” He invites us to treasure their unique witness. ... READ MORE 

Plan a Holy Week faith walk 
Ministry Matters... create a unique, creative, collaborative Stations of the Cross experience people could walk through at any time throughout Holy Week. ... READ MORE

Family devotions for Lent
The 40 days of Lent are symbolic of Jesus’ time in the wilderness before he began his ministry. During that time he was tempted and stayed true to God. Provided here are scriptures and suggestions of activities to use during a family time of devotion for the weeks of Lent. ... READ MORE

How to protect your church property
If fire damages or destroys your church property, are you adequately insured to fully cover replacement expenses? READ MORE

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Take Change the World Challenge
Change the World is a denomination-wide event that focuses on the ministries of the church beyond the sanctuary during one particular weekend, so that change is palpable and noticeable. READ MORE

Donate now to support Conference Youth trip to Haiti
The CCYM 2013 Haiti Trip Team is now fully signed on. David Hills estimates the cost of the trip to be around $1,800 per person. An online fund-raising page is now open for persons and congregations to contribute to the funding of this transformational experience. ... READ MORE

From Michigan to Vietnam with love
Twenty years ago, the Revs. Ut To and his wife, Karen Vo-To, left Michigan to grow the United Methodist Church in Vietnam. Last month 12 Local Elders were ordained moving their dream closer to reality.... READ MORE
Adaptive Change for Church Growth
Don Nations coming to Otsego UMC Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 1-4 pm & 6-8 pm. Registration will begin soon. Questions? Contact David Meister 269-227-3328. Download pdf.

Spring Splash 2013
Spring Splash 2013, April 20 & 21, at Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City. Bands, swimming, Bishop Kiesey, comedic speaker ... Order tickets online here or go to www.gtdcoym.blogspot.com for mail-in form. Questions? Call Wesley 231-357-4676! READ MORE

Lake Louise Annual Conference luncheon
Register for the Lake Louise Annual Conference luncheon, Friday, May 31st

*Win Lake Louise gear and prizes
*See how our programs are for more than just summer camps
*Learn how you can get involved in our mission to be: A sanctuary empowering personal growth, faith, and knowledge within community...and MUCH more! READ MORE

Christian Athletic Camp
Christian Athletic Camp (CAC) is a one-week camp sponsored by the youth councils of the Indiana and West Michigan Conferences, UMC. July 14-20, 2013,at Duncan Lake Middle School in Caledonia, Michigan. Cost is $300. For more details and to register, please visit www.christianathleticcamp.com
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