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Dobbs named next assistant to bishop

On Dec. 2 Michigan Area Bishop, Jonathan Keaton, named the Rev. Dr. William (Bill) Dobbs as clergy assistant to the bishop effective July 1. Dobbs will succeed Terry Euper, who recently announced his retirement. "Bill has shown compassion and love for all God's children," the Bishop said. "We are blessed to have Bill’s commitment to our connection and to the growth of the church." Dobbs is currently serving as superintendent of the Heartland District....
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UMCOR Online Gifts share God's love

Gifts that serve others honor the birth of Jesus and show our concern for the whole family of God. Remember God's greatest gift by giving in Christ's name to help members of God's family around the world. One hundred percent of all gifts in the UMCOR Catalog will go to the listed project....
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Editor of new Area newspaper named

RJ Walters has been named the editor of the new Michigan Area newspaper. Walters will officially begin his duties on January 4, 2010. The Detroit and West Michigan Conferences announced a partnership with UMR Communications in October to produce a new Michigan Area newspaper in 2010. Walters has spent the last two years as the sports editor for the Hillsdale Daily News. He has United Methodist faith roots and has resided in both Annual Conferences ...
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Myths of health care reform examined

The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) addresses some of the most frequent statements of misinformation concerning the U.S. debate on health-care reform. The document, “Myths about Health Care Reform,” looks at factual inaccuracies and United Methodist official positions. The document analyzes the myths mostly in light of the "Affordable Health Care for America Act" (H.R. 3962)...
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United Methodists are going green

United Methodists are “going green” at levels far beyond recycling church bulletins and eliminating Styrofoam cups at coffee hour. Throughout the country, congregations and communities are setting new standards of stewardship, said Tyler Edgar, assistant director of climate change and energy for the Eco-Justice Program of the National Council of Churches.  ...
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Flexible Housing Task Force
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From the Bishop
Man in the Mirror
...Gasps turned to amazement as we read... “Talking to the one in the mirror: Michael Jackson recorded a song called ‘Man in the Mirror’ saying that he was talking to that man and telling him he had to change his ways.” How ironic. A study guide written two years ago used a Jackson song to help us understand the Image of God...
Time Well Spent
On our 10 day Korean Cultural Pilgrimage, Bupyeong Korean Methodist Church showed us many things, notably radical hospitality, the importance of vision, lay involvement and prayer.  But, it was clear: prayer provides the heart, soul, mind and strength of the mission, ministry and the phenomenal growth of Korean Christianity since Jesus came as...
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