Workers Needed

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

There are numerous ads that promote search engines for finding a job.  The commercials make it sound so easy.  On some websites, applicants upload their information and wait for businesses and organizations to contact them.  Other sites boast about their success rate for finding the right person, with the right skills and experience for their… Continue Reading Workers Needed

We’ve Come This Far by Faith

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

This is the title of one of my favorite Gospel hymns. The words of this song are a tribute to our Lord’s dedication to our lives and to our welfare.  This past weekend as I watched documentaries covering the events of September 11, 2001, and what we have learned in the two decades since, I… Continue Reading We’ve Come This Far by Faith

A Time to Heal

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

Last Thursday I learned that the trial phase of the case against Derek Chauvin was ending.  Closing arguments were scheduled for Monday, with jury deliberation to follow.  Over the weekend, I thought about the possible outcomes of the trial.  I began to pray that justice would prevail.  And I also had doubts.  My perception was… Continue Reading A Time to Heal

We’ve Come This Far by Faith

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

It is difficult to believe that we have been living with a pandemic for an entire year now. I spent those first few days rethinking how I would spend my Sabbath day.  Before the pandemic, I often went to the movies or had lunch at Barnes and Noble, sampling a book or two while I… Continue Reading We’ve Come This Far by Faith

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

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

We Are Called

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

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

I’m Tired of Cooking

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

Every few days, my niece posts pictures of my sister’s latest culinary creations on Facebook. The photos could be on the cover of food magazines. On the right is a photo of a baked omelet she prepared a couple of weeks ago. She has also been grilling and barbecuing a lot more. If the pictures are… Continue Reading I’m Tired of Cooking

When Words Fail

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

It has been a little over two weeks since we witnessed the death of George Floyd.  Almost a week ago, his family, leaders of Minneapolis, social activists, and others gathered for the first memorial service celebrating George’s life.  Rev. Al Sharpton delivered a powerful eulogy, honoring George’s life, legacy and the hope that this time… Continue Reading When Words Fail

Whenever Two or Three Are Gathered

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

Most of my life has been centered around church.  My parents belonged to two different faith communities.  My father’s church was part of the CME denomination.  My mother’s church became a United Methodist Church in 1968.  Over the years, my sisters and I would alternate between services, depending on which pastor was preaching or what… Continue Reading Whenever Two or Three Are Gathered