2021 Bible Studies
Free app or online use
Looking to start off the New Year intentionally? Seeking to put into action new behaviors that will help you grow in Christ? Then, have we got a resource for you!
d365 devotions are written by ministers, professors, students, teachers, missionaries, denominational leaders, and others who work with and care for students. Typically, an author writes on a single theme for one week. In these devotions, you will read honest struggles and questions, all in the context of real faith. As you read the thoughts of the writers, think about your own response to the scripture for the day. Let the writer’s words serve as background for your own conversation with God.
Instrumental music is available for your devotional experience. You can start the music by selecting the music notes at the bottom left of the screen and adjust the volume as needed.
More info here: d365info
See sample here: sampled365
Five Steps in Each Daily Devotion:
Each day of the week, we begin our devotions with a powerful statement intended to help you pause and prepare to listen to what God is saying. The “Pause” statement will remain the same throughout the week.
You will find selected scripture verses for each day. Unless otherwise noted, scriptures are from the Common English Bible.
The devotional is designed to help you think and interact with the scripture. Let the writer’s words guide your reflection on the scripture.
The prayer is a starting point for you to begin your own personal conversations with God.
Each devotion concludes with a blessing intended to send you out, remembering what you have learned, guided by the Spirit. The “Go” statement will also remain the same throughout the week.
What a year.
What a mess.
What chaos and loss and emotional distress.
Elections, pandemics, and zoom meetings... oh my!
Who isn't ready for 2020 to leave this earth?
Who isn't placing huge expectations on 2021 being a better, kinder, and healthier year??
And so... as Pastor Melany has been experiencing all these in my own life, she has decided if she wants 2021 to be different, then she has to do something different. So she is.
For the past several years, she has been Bible Journaling (See link below to join Facebook group or join on Tuesday eves at 6:30pm). Most mornings she starts the day with a scripture reading, an entry in her Gratitude Journal, and some form of artistic expression of the scripture she has just read. Sometimes that is scrapbooking, sometimes a drawing, a design with decorative tape, or using old greeting cards I have received from others. What she has been missing is reflecting on the Word.
So she has returned to her blog in 2021. Pastor Melany's hope is to add a personal reflection several days a week. She starts with the actual scripture reading, then an artist's rendering or photograph that reflects that portion of scripture, and then her personal reflection. Feel free to add your reflections in the comments. (See link below. Click "follow" once you are on the blog and you will get notices when she adds another reflection.)
Pastor Melany's blog: PMBlog
Pastor Melany's Bible Journaling group: PMBibleStudy
Join us in 2021 for a year of jubilee...a time of freedom and celebration with EIGHT FREE REACH Network Groups for you to join! This past year has been both challenging and isolating. REACH Network Groups can be the perfect balm. The 2021 groups will meet monthly, for the most part, via Zoom. So, there’s no travel time involved.
REACH Groups get pastors and church leaders plugged in to:
A deeper dive on a specific subject
A subject matter expert(s) leading the group
Peers who want to focus and move forward in that area
Ideas, information and advice
Feedback, support and camaraderie
And, most importantly, accountability
“REACH Network groups provide long-term connections and great resources. You get fed and you get excited. But you have to bring your church with you.” – Rev. Jackie Raineri, Clare UMC
Questions? Please contact Rev. Gary Step, Associate Director of Congregational Vibrancy or Tom Arthur, Lead Pastor Sycamore Creek Church, South Lansing & Potterville.
Find out more: ReachJubileeInfo
Register today here: ReachJubileeRegister
REACH Medium and Large Churches
REACH Cultural Vibrancy
REACH Laity Leadership
Friday, February 26 from 7-9pm by Zoom
Saturday, February 27 from 9:30am-4pm in Great Room with Social Distancing or Zoom
No cost for individual leaders, as MUMC has registered as a church
In the fall, Pastor Melany began sharing with MUMC a new Fresh Expression of worship. While she begins a year-long intensive training to lead us into this new adventure, leaders of the church and those interested in leading a Fresh Expression worship opportunity in our community are encouraged to take this two-day training in preparation.
Ask Pastor Melany: SummitQuestions
Register today here: SummitRegister
Friday Evening: Resurrecting Church
7pm - Better Days Ahead: A Thriving Mission in a Polarized, Post-Pandemic, Hyper-Connected World
8pm - Session Two- Minefields and Goldmines: What to Anticipate in the New World
Saturday Morning: Reevaluating Mission
9:30am - The Plans I Have for You: Why Your Church's Destiny Lies in its History
11am - Church has Left the Building: Re-Vitalizing Congregations from the Outside-In
Saturday Afternoon: Releasing Potential
1pm - A New Kind of Local Church: How Experimental Communities and Established Liturgies can Renew the Local Congregation
2:30 pm - Reclaiming the Spirit: The Power to Become the Church of Tomorrow Today
*There will be times in between each session for guided discussion with our team