Michigan Episcopal Area

Church Leadership
The Rev. Chad Parmalee has found knitting, especially making items for others, a way to relax amid the stresses of pandemic ministry. Parmalee leads Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Battle Creek, Mich. Photo by Roschenne Parmalee.

Clergy care a priority in pandemic year

Pastors, backed by annual conferences, have taken steps to prevent burnout during long public health emergency.
Global Health
Stephen Saucerman receives a COVID-19 vaccination from volunteer nurse Jackie Smith, RN, at Community United Methodist Church in Vincennes, Ind. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches increase access to COVID-19 vaccines

While supplies are still limited, United Methodists are doing what they can to expand access to vaccines, especially among underserved communities.
Mission and Ministry
Workers with the church’s Department of Community Services load supplies onto a vehicle to deliver to rural Liberia. The food relief — supported by UMCOR and other global partners — is part of the efforts of The United Methodist Church’s Anti COVID-19 Taskforce. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.

Food relief helps in Liberia’s COVID-19 fight

UMCOR and other church partners provide support to church’s Anti COVID-19 Taskforce as country sees spike in cases.
Social Concerns
Camille Cody (left), a volunteer with Centenary Community Ministries Inc. in Macon, Ga., looks over paperwork while talking with a man about the U.S. government’s stimulus check program. Volunteers have to date helped more than 50 homeless and poor people fill out the complicated tax forms and applications required to receive a check. Photo courtesy of Centenary Community Ministries Facebook page.

Churches extend helping hands to homeless

United Methodists keeping in touch with homeless, vulnerable while staying safe during pandemic.

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