Building On A Legacy

“The Word became flesh…and moved into the neighborhood.”                                                                                           John 1:14 (The… Continue Reading Building On A Legacy

Mid-Michigan District Office

Please know that you are surrounded in prayer as you lead in this highly unusual season.  You have our immense gratitude for adapting to the daily shifts caused by the corona virus pandemic.  There are some helpful tools that you have undoubtedly already accessed and have shared with others.  Here are a few that we… Continue Reading Mid-Michigan District Office

The Lens – December 2019

The Lens December 2019   The Journey Continues: An Invitation to Calm in Advent   When I was pastoring local churches, I always looked forward to the season of Advent.  While it meant more work for me and those involved on the worship team, it also provided a deep sense of tradition, reflection and gentle… Continue Reading The Lens – December 2019

The Lens – November 2019

“I was hungry, and you …” How would you finish that sentence?  How might federal, state and local governments finish that sentence?  In a blog entitled “Feeding the Hungry Is Our Moral and Social Responsibility” Monica Brown Moss puts forth this affirmation: “Speaking as a Christian, I embrace this fundamental truth – what you do… Continue Reading The Lens – November 2019

The Lens – September 2019

The Lens – September 2019   “Legacy”   It was a warm Saturday morning in August of 2010.  We had arisen early to be certain that the family, especially my mother-in-law and my wife, could make it to the arena at the Jackson County Fair (Jackson, Minnesota that is) on time.  For many it was… Continue Reading The Lens – September 2019

Tool Box August 2019

Youth Ministry Planning Tools Planning tips and resources recommended by Bridget Nelson, Youth Ministry Initiatives Coordinator for The Michigan Conference. YOUTH MINISTRY: Getting ready for Fall As the fall approaches, now is the time to get your church events onto family calendars! Whatever your schedule is for youth ministry (weekly, monthly, etc), get that information… Continue Reading Tool Box August 2019

Toolbox – June-July 2019

Toolbox Ready to reach out to your local schools? You could start with this sample Letter to the Principal. Are you wondering what position the UMC takes regarding public education?  That topic is addressed throughout the Social Principles, and most directly in the section regarding The Political Community under “Education.” For more UMC-oriented ideas and… Continue Reading Toolbox – June-July 2019

Toolbox – May 2019

Resources for World Refugee Awareness Plan a Refugee Awareness Sunday Using special liturgy, scripture, music, and stories. Theology and scripture support from the UMC Migration Sunday Resources (1st Sunday in Advent) can also be helpful: Refugee Sunday Worship resources from the Minnesota Council of Churches Scripture on welcoming the stranger: Prayers… Continue Reading Toolbox – May 2019

Q&A All About Protection/Safe Sanctuary Policy

Q&A All about Protection/Safe Sanctuary Policy by: Rev. Kathy Pittenger, Children’s Initiatives Coordinator, Michigan Conference What is a protection/safe sanctuary policy? A Protection Policy (known by lots of names, for this conversation I will refer to it as a Protection Policy, or PP) is a document local churches adopt, implement, and follow through to protect… Continue Reading Q&A All About Protection/Safe Sanctuary Policy

Toolbox: Starter Kit

Toolbox: Your very own starter kit! NEW! The Michigan Conference has recently completed a sample protection policy for local churches. Start with the template and adapt it. You will want to consult your insurance company and attorney to make sure it’s complete and adequate, but creating the policy has never been easier. It also lists… Continue Reading Toolbox: Starter Kit

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