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A home for Jesus: Christmas message

12/19/2019

“The best gift we can offer God and one another this Christmas is to make a home for Jesus in our lives,” said Bishop Ough.


Clergy Tax Tips: Part 2

1/14/2020

When it comes to taxes and savings, what you don’t know can hurt you financially. Here's part 2 of some valuable tips on preparing income tax returns for clergy.


Unleashing Generosity

1/14/2020

Greg Strunk, a former United Methodist pastor and a financial planner at Thrivent shares his top two barriers that make it difficult for people to be generous. He also shares how to turn those barriers into opportunities to help people worship God and unleash God’s Kingdom love on the world.


A home for Jesus: Christmas message

12/19/2019

“The best gift we can offer God and one another this Christmas is to make a home for Jesus in our lives,” said Bishop Ough.


Living into our inclusive vision

11/20/2019

“I, as your bishop...vow to lead us down whatever path blesses and enables us to be the church God is calling us to be.”


All of creation is groaning

10/31/2019

This liminal time is for listening and learning. The questions we need to hold: How will we now be with God? And how will we now be with one another?


Clergy Tax Tips: Part 1

10/15/2019

When it comes to taxes and savings, what you don’t know can hurt you financially. Here's some valuable tips on preparing income tax returns for clergy.


My hope is built on Jesus: World Communion Sunday message

9/27/2019

“I believe the core values...are found at the Lord’s table. For me, that center can be summarized in three words: Jesus, mission, and connection.”


Come to the well

9/26/2019

In this season of the church, perhaps God is inviting us to trust that Jesus is the well and that is enough.


A heartfelt thank you to those who serve on ministry teams

9/12/2019

A big thank you to the servant leaders who sit on boards, ministry teams, and action teams to steward our annual conference's mission and ministry.


Pray for our farmers

9/5/2019

Bishop Ough urges congregations to raise awareness about the farm crisis, to pray for farm families, and to offer support and assistance to those impacted.


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