Welcome our guest preacher for the REACH Celebration on Jan. 7, 11am

Bishop David Alan Bard Bishop David Alan Bard is currently serving as Bishop of the Michigan Area of The United Methodist Church. A United Methodist pastor for over thirty years he has served congregations in Roseau, on the Iron Range, and was from 1998-2005, the Northwest District Superintendent for The United Methodist Church in Minnesota. Just prior to coming to Michigan, Bishop Bard was pastor of First United Methodist Church Duluth, Minnesota, the community he grew up in. He served on a number of regional and denomination-wide boards and committees and was elected to represent the Minnesota Conference at five General Conferences (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016). He was elected to the

Book Review Peacemaking for Families: A Biblical Guide to Managing Conflict in Your Home

Ken Sande is a husband, a father, an attorney, and the founder of Peacemaker Ministries. He has written a helpful and practical guide to managing family conflicts. I’ve been using his book for some years now both for myself and in working with other families. He begins with the obvious yet unacknowledged fact that conflicts are natural even to Christian marriage and family life. What’s most important is how we respond to those conflicts. We either chose escape responses, peacemaking responses or attack responses. Thus, family peace is something we must choose. It won’t happen by accident or simply because we go to church and say our prayers. It will happen when we want it, work for it and ma

The Holy Spirit of Christmas

17 12 08 The Holy Spirit of Christmas The Holy Spirit of Christmas “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.”—so the angel declared the mystery of Christmas to the Virgin Mary. Mary then traveled to visit her aunt Elizabeth who was pregnant with John the Baptist at the time. At their meeting “Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit” and given clairvoyance to announce Mary to be most blessed among women as mother of our Lord. When Elizabeth gave birth to John, it was Zechariah’s turn to be filled with the Holy Spirit and declare the plan God had for his newborn son. Joseph and M

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