6 Degrees

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

I’m going to date myself as I begin this Puzzler’s Corner.  Sometime in the last century, when Kevin Bacon and the films he was in were very popular, someone introduced a game, in which you could connect other stars to him within 6 films.  That’s how I first learned about the 6 Degrees of Separation… Continue Reading 6 Degrees

The Good Book

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

The Wesleyan Means of Grace have become an integral part of my life. I pray without ceasing, fast at least one day in ten, meditate, attend worship in churches throughout the District, and share witness and testimony about how you, who are my sisters and brothers in Christ, are bringing the Lord into peoples’ lives,… Continue Reading The Good Book

Rejoice and Be Glad

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

This is the season of One on One interviews for the pastors serving the Midwest District.  I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome those who are serving in their first appointment.  Kimberly Bos, Ferris State Wesley Foundation, Elizabeth Hurd, Caledonia, Dr. Joan VanDessel, Grand Rapids First, Luanne Stanley Hook, Deacon at Holland First, Zach… Continue Reading Rejoice and Be Glad

Open My Eyes

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

Double Retrospect is the name of the jigsaw puzzle that I am currently working.  It is 32,000 pieces and contains 32 pictures created by Keith Haring.  I first learned of the artist when I purchased Imaging the Word, a three volume arts and lectionary resource.  The books provide worship leaders with paintings, photos, poetry, liturgy,… Continue Reading Open My Eyes

For everything there is a season…(Ecc 3:1)

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

Over the next few months, the Midwest District will be hosting 3 Holy Conferencing sessions, so that we may have a place to voice our reflections, concerns, and hopes about the future of what it means to be United Methodist. Please click HERE to read about the guidelines for Holy Conferencing. Below are the 3… Continue Reading For everything there is a season…(Ecc 3:1)

To Dream the Impossible Dream

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

I am not a big fan of reality television. Most of what arrives in our homes is contrived or edited, so that the viewer sees the best or worst in the Bachelor or Bachelorette. Gordon Ramsey (Master Chef) and Jon Taffer (Bar Rescue) constantly yell at people in order to encourage them to produce the… Continue Reading To Dream the Impossible Dream

New Beginnings

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

Greetings to Provisional Elders, Full Elders, Provisional Deacons, Full Deacons, Local Pastors who are preparing for their first Course of Study class, Local Pastors who have completed Course of Study, Associate Members, those who are serving in retirement, and those who are serving while working in another career.  July 1 marks the beginning of a… Continue Reading New Beginnings

A Summer Project

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

Now that the school year has ended, students all over our country are celebrating that there is no more homework, at least for now.  Growing up, my sister Lynn and I were unique.  At the beginning of Summer, we would go to the local library and check out a book of insects.  Then we would… Continue Reading A Summer Project

Summer Session

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

Summer officially begins on Friday, the 21st.  It has been wrestling with a very rainy Spring for weeks.  Saturday, I went to the Asian Festival in downtown Grand Rapids.  Although the sky was gray and rain was threatening, the plaza at Rosa Parks Circle was full of people who were enjoying the food, music and… Continue Reading Summer Session

Can We Talk?

Puzzler's Corner Blog, Midwest District, DS Margie Crawford Blog

In the article I posted immediately following General Conference, I stated that I had questions about the legislative process, the vote taken and what happens next.  I can say that the same is true of our Annual Conference.  I have questions about what we do next.  I attended Bishop Bard’s listening session, which I thought… Continue Reading Can We Talk?

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