The First Day

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

Today begins our Lenten journey of 2021.  This year the time we spend in the valley which signifies this part of our Savior’s journey seems an extension of how we have spent most of the last year.  And yet, these next 40 days (46 if we include Sundays) are set aside for us to reflect… Continue Reading The First Day

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

Paczkis

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

When Terrance and I first arrived in Michigan, it was Summer.  We moved to the state from Iowa and were looking forward to watching the July 4th fireworks.  At the time, we didn’t know that Detroit scheduled the annual display for late June, rather than on Independence Day.  As we got to know the city,… Continue Reading Paczkis

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

A Time To Laugh, A Time To Mourn, A Time to Laugh

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

Sunday was a day of celebration as many churches throughout the District and Conference found innovative ways to commemorate Palm Sunday.  Although we were unable to gather in our places of worship to wave palms and shout loud hosannas, I still felt the excitement that this Holy Day brings.  I have had the honor of… Continue Reading A Time To Laugh, A Time To Mourn, A Time to Laugh

Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley

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

The title of this week’s Puzzler’s Corner comes from a song I learned in Elementary School, back when we sang Christian songs and there were music classes.  The verses of this song capture what these 6 ½ weeks of our Christian year are all about.  Like Jesus, we must spend time in a valley of… Continue Reading Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley

Becoming More Like Jesus Everyday

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

The winter of 2019 is quickly becoming a memory. I learned new phrases to describe the snowstorms that brought the state to a standstill in late January and a good part of February. Polar vortex and cyclone bomb have been added to our lexicon. As I write this blog post, all but a few inches… Continue Reading Becoming More Like Jesus Everyday

A Sobering Moment

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

We are midway through the season of Lent. Each year I commit to giving something up, as well as taking on a new spiritual discipline. Often, I spend these 6 ½ weeks in prayer, sometimes by reading the Psalms, and others creating or reading a different prayer each day. I try to pray without ceasing… Continue Reading A Sobering Moment