Easter is Coming

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We are about to relive the most anguishing moments in our Savior’s life.  Maundy Thursday is still the night that I wish hadn’t occurred.  The celebration of that particular Seder meal had to be bittersweet for Jesus and the disciples.  This is the night that Hebrews celebrated each year, commemorating the promise that God made… Continue Reading Easter is Coming

Wesley Fellowship at GVSU Update – Lent 2021

For campus ministry, as for parish ministry, Lent will be different this year. If you have college students who would like to have a small Lent “To Go” kit and /or a Lenten Devotional, please have them sign up here and we will gladly send them.  The devotional is “40 Day Journey with Howard Thurman.”  This journal… Continue Reading Wesley Fellowship at GVSU Update – Lent 2021

Ash Wednesday & Lenten Resources

Michigan Conference website Lenten Resources page is HERE Bishop Bard has also offered some recommendations for the observance of Ash Wednesday — Click here to view The Lent Kit project below and pictured was submitted by Rev. Ryan Wieland, pastor at Grandville UMC. Lent Kits will be delivered by volunteers on February 15. Each kit… Continue Reading Ash Wednesday & Lenten Resources

God’s Call

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When I first began my journey toward becoming a pastor, I was asked to share my call story frequently.  I remember my first meeting with my District Superintendent, now Bishop Linda Lee.  As we sat in her office, she invited me to share how I heard the Lord asking me to serve.  Over the next… Continue Reading God’s Call

COVID-19 Resources

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Click HERE for a very useful and thorough COVID-19 resource list curated by Rev. Dean Prentiss, pastor at Wesley Park UMC There is also much information on the Michigan Conference website page Health Risk Management page HERE Guidelines on how to count online worship attendance HERE The weekly Midwest District E-Newsletter is also a resource with… Continue Reading COVID-19 Resources

Christmas Eve Candle Pass from Midwest District Churches

There are two versions from which to choose: 4 minutes 27 seconds and 8 minutes 50 seconds, both are below. The third video below is Silent Night from Wesley Park musicians Sara Kropp, Dave Strumfeld, and Adrianne Prentiss. A big thank you to Rev. Dean Prentiss for creating these videos!

Advent & Christmas Ideas in the time of COVID-19

We invite Midwest District churches to share ideas about how your church will be commemorating this special time in the Christian year.  Your shared Advent/Christmas ideas will be posted on this page with links to additional materials and ideas developed by the Conference.   Please share your Advent/Christmas ideas via email to Liz at lbode@michiganumc.org. Michigan… Continue Reading Advent & Christmas Ideas in the time of COVID-19

We Are Called

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On Sunday morning, I saw an interesting story about jersey swapping in the NFL.  Before COVID, players would give an autographed jersey to a player on the opposing team, following a game.  As part of its COVID guidelines, the NFL prohibited the tradition.  Until a couple of weeks ago.  The story I saw described how… Continue Reading We Are Called

Announcing Midwest District Online Worship Director

We are pleased to announce that Jaryd Forbes has been added to our staff as the Online Worship Director.  He will be available to consult with and assist churches with their online worship needs.  Jaryd’s biography is below. Jaryd Forbes Bio Jaryd is a Central Michigan University Senior who is finishing his Bachelor of Broadcasting… Continue Reading Announcing Midwest District Online Worship Director

Midwest District Charge Conference 2020 Announcement

Sisters and brothers in Christ, I continue to lift you in prayer during this time. We are truly living in a liminal space, as we seek to plan for the future.   In his June 1, 2020 article, entitled “Begin in person gatherings with care” (https://michiganumc.org/begin-in-person-gatherings-with-care/) Bishop Bard shared that for this year only all annual… Continue Reading Midwest District Charge Conference 2020 Announcement