Puzzler’s Corner: I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

Puzzler’s Corner                                                                                                       Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 “I Love It When A Plan Comes Together.” This famous quote is attributed to John Hannibal Smith, the leader of a fictional team of do-gooders who seek to wipe out injustice as they stay one step ahead of the law.  The t. v. show that coined the phrase had a… Continue Reading Puzzler’s Corner: I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

The Lord Be With You

“The Lord Be With You”   I learned late Tuesday afternoon that the jury reached a guilty verdict in the case of Jennifer Crumbley.  I struggle with trying to find the right words to comfort the families that have had to relive that day over the last several weeks. And it is possible that people… Continue Reading The Lord Be With You

Readers to Leaders Invitation

As members of Christ’s family we are called to support our sisters and brothers in need, whether they are living in our community or are living in other nations.  At the 2022 Michigan Annual Conference, Rev. Jon Reynolds and Lisa Batten, Associate Director of Connectional Ministries, invited each faith community in the Conference to help… Continue Reading Readers to Leaders Invitation

Puzzling Through: Just A Slice

               On Sunday November 5th, the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals met in their first NFL game following Damar Hamlin’s collapse on the field in January.  After what looked like a routine play by both teams, Damar stood up and then fell.  Medical personnel began caring for him immediately, and after he was stabilized, he… Continue Reading Puzzling Through: Just A Slice

Puzzling Through, A Few More Thoughts

First, I want to thank everyone who was able to attend the District Conference on Saturday, November 4, 2023. Whether you were with us in person or in spirit, it was wonderful to spend some time in fellowship, sharing a meal and planting seeds for our future.                I especially want to express my gratitude… Continue Reading Puzzling Through, A Few More Thoughts

Prayers for Peoples of Israel

As I begin this week’s blog, I ask for your prayers for the peoples of Israel.  I have visited the Holy Land twice.  I am heartbroken as the images I’ve seen over the past few days have forever changed the places I remember.  At this time, there are tour groups that are unable to return… Continue Reading Prayers for Peoples of Israel

Getting to Know You

Five years ago, we created the Michigan Conference, bringing the West Michigan and Detroit Conferences together.  We were able to accomplish some of what we hoped to achieve for this new conference.  Unfortunately, like many of our faith communities, COVID changed the path we wanted to take.  As we launch the new Michigan Conference, we… Continue Reading Getting to Know You

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