Christmas isn’t Christmas without decorations. Whether you start trimming the tree on Christmas Eve, or the day after Thanksgiving, there is a time of celebration about transforming our homes to welcome baby Jesus. The lights always take the longest to hang. Each year I debate just buying a new string, rather than trying to figure… Continue Reading An Advent Calendar, Part 2
Now that Thanksgiving is over, my countdown to Christmas has begun. I have to admit that I noticed decorations, stocking stuffers and holiday suggestions for the best presents appearing as the Halloween candy was discounted by 50% or more. The artificial trees appeared a couple weeks later. And now, the section reserved for wrapping paper… Continue Reading An Advent Calendar, Part 1
As this year’s Church Conference season draws to a close, I want to express my gratitude for all that I have learned through my time with you in the District. I am excited by the ways so many churches are in mission and ministry, connecting to the people in their communities and truly making a… Continue Reading Isaiah 40:1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God (KJV)
The Midwest District has the honor of being the home for clergy who are starting their journey of servant leadership. These new folks were introduced at the District Conference on October 12. Each one will also be featured in a special Puzzler’s Corner in the coming weeks. I invite you, who are their sisters and… Continue Reading Getting to Know You!
During my Christian Education course in Seminary, I was introduced to 3 books which have become a part of my spiritual disciplines. They are Imaging the Word, Volumes 1-3. Each volume contains art, poetry, photographs and musical compositions about what it means to be a child of God. First Place, where the Midwest District Office… Continue Reading And Now for Something Completely Different
When I was very young, my parents would send my sister and me to my aunt’s house in Columbus, Ohio. That is where 4 of my father’s siblings lived: My Aunts Clairette and Amanda, and my Uncles Marion and Obadiah (who we called Obie). My Aunt Clairette was a pastor at a time when women… Continue Reading “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
A long time ago, one Summer which is now far, far away, I went to see the first Star Wars movie, which now has the subtitle: A New Hope. I was overwhelmed by the way the story unfolded along with the special effects which were introduced in the film. Industrial Light and Magic, the director’s… Continue Reading We’ve a Story to Tell
The Midwest District has the honor of being the home for clergy who are starting their journey of servant leadership. These new folks were introduced at the District Conference on October 12. Each one will also be featured in a special Puzzler’s Corner in the coming weeks. I invite you, who are their sisters and… Continue Reading Getting to Know You
I think I have always been interested in language. I was only six years old when I attended the World’s Expo in Montreal, Quebec. Our family spent about 4 weeks in the Province, staying in Quebec City before traveling down to Montreal. That’s when I learned some French. It was also the first foreign language… Continue Reading What Happened to the Amen?
The Midwest District invites youth (9th-12th Grade) to participate in hands-on community development ministry at Cass Community Social Services in Detroit June 28-July 3, 2020. This trip is being offered by our District in partnership with staff at Cass, so that even churches with just one or two or a handful of high school youth can… Continue Reading YOUTH LEADERS: START PLANNING YOUR 2020 MISSION TRIP TODAY!