Getting in Shape

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

There are traditions during this time of year that make this very special season even better. Beginning with Thanksgiving, we eat some of our favorite foods that we save for this time of year.  My mother never made dressing between December and October.  Sweet potato pies were usually served in November, but rarely at Christmas.… Continue Reading Getting in Shape

Blue Christmas

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

I know that Christmas is only 10 days away.  I am as excited about the holiday now as I was when I was a child. Over the years the traditional Crawford Christmas has changed as our family dynamics have been redefined.  Gift cards have replaced toys, video games, and clothes.  Texts and phone calls, Face… Continue Reading Blue Christmas

Counting Down

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

When I was a child, each of my teachers counted the days until Christmas.  There would be some kind of display on one of the boards in the classroom. Each day, a student was chosen to add or take away the card which signified that the wondrous day of our Savior’s birth was drawing closer.… Continue Reading Counting Down

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!

For Celeste

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

Monday, December 21st would have been my eldest sister’s 78th birthday.  She was called home to be with our Lord on January 27th.  Because our birthdays are very close to each other, we made a commitment to call each other around Thanksgiving and share birthday wishes.  I will miss her voice and hearing her say… Continue Reading For Celeste

A Few of my Favorite Things

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

There are only 16 days until Christmas.  And like so many others, I will celebrate our Savior’s birth very differently this year.  A few weeks ago, I requested that pastors and faith communities share ideas about how to celebrate this Advent season, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the New Year, in order to post them… Continue Reading A Few of my Favorite Things

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

Advent Calendar, Part 3

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

In the Crawford household, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the cookies.  My sister’s favorites were Russian Tea Cakes and Thumbprint.  Mine were Sugar Cookies, rolled out and cut with the star, bell and angel cookie cutters.  My mom would always buy more tins of red and green sugar, even if we still had some left… Continue Reading Advent Calendar, Part 3

An Advent Calendar, Part 2

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

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

An Advent Calendar, Part 1

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

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