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Holy Week


4/15/2014 by Dr. Bob Hundley
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Dear Friends – 

‘Holy Week’ has always been one of the most important times of the year for me.  The annual spiritual journey for me is like experiencing a four movement symphony; from Palm/Passion Sunday … to Maundy Thursday … Good Friday … and finally, the celebration of Easter Sunday morning. &...

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Happy April 1st


4/1/2014 by Dr. Bob Hundley
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Happy April 1st - a day that is notorious for pranks and jokes. As I have read a little about it's history, it goes back to medieval times with it's first official reference in Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales.'

One unlikely place to learn of 'April Fools' pranks is from Bishop's in the United Methodist Church. One of
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Tower Project Update


8/6/2013 by Emil Jensen
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The Tower Project continues on course. This week we are about 30-35 feet down from the top with about 25 feet to go. The removal of the tower should be complete by August 15. During the week of August 12, we will see the change from removal of stone to the start of the rebuilding of the new tower.  According to Pioneer Construction, we are ...

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New Mlive.com Article


7/22/2013 by Renee Brott
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First United Methodist Church's $1.2 million tower shortening: Get glimpse from within scaffolding

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Iconic Grand Rapids church tower comes down, brick by brick


7/12/2013 by Renee Brott
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Iconic Grand Rapids church tower comes down, brick by brick
The Rapidian
Crews have been working to deconstruct First United Methodist Church's tower, located at 227 Fulton St E. The church was formed as the first Methodist ...

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Barclay Ave


5/5/2013 by Emil Jensen
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With the construction of the Church Tower beginning the week of May 13th, Barclay Ave. will be partially closed to accommodate the equipment and scaffolding required for this project.  Please note the following:

  • Barclay Ave. will become a one way street going north from Fulton Street.  All exiting traffic from the parking lot will have to
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Focusing Our Time and Resources On Ministry


3/19/2013 by Emil Jensen
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The Tower Campaign Committee has begun working on the committment drive which will culminate on Mother’s Day, May 12. There are several upcoming opportunities to learn more about the new design. Join us to learn more about how the architects at Progressive AE envision how the new tower will look.  The modified tower design, which ...

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A Christmas Tradition


11/28/2012 by Sami Marasigan

One of my favorite traditions during the Christmas season is our Youth Group Christmas Decorating Party.  However, it's not at a house or the church.  Our high school youth group goes around the corner to a low-income housing building made up of single units in our Heartside (homeless) community.  All of the residents who ...

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What a 'COOL' way to experience God.


7/24/2012 by Rev. Letisha Bowman

Greetings, Friends! Can you believe this summer! What a scorcher. It´s times like this that I start dreaming of cooler times; when I look for ways to be cool and stay cool.

The excitement for Arts Alive Camp is building. This year´s theme is "Under Construction." The children who participate will learn the value of "...

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Can you believe this summer!


7/24/2012 by Rev. Letisha Bowman

Greetings, Friends! Can you believe this summer! What a scorcher. It´s times like this that I start dreaming of cooler times; when I look for ways to be cool and stay cool.

The excitement for Arts Alive Camp is building. This year´s theme is "Under Construction." The children who participate will learn the value of "...

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Reading has always been a great joy in my life


6/26/2012 by Rev. Letisha Bowman

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! As I write this letter a little bird is singing the joys of life on a branch just outside my window, the sun is shining, and the day promises to be warm and beautiful. Summer is only a few days old now, the pace of life (at least for some I´m told) has eased to a ...

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Words of Wisdom for Our Graduates


6/12/2012 by Rev. Letisha Bowman

Words of Wisdom for Our Graduates (and for the rest of us too!)

It´s that time of year again. Pomp and Circumstance is in the air. Tasseled mortar boards are flying through the air with reckless abandon. The eyes of proud parents are welling up with pride. Tables at open houses are groaning under ...

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It was in the early morning cool of the day that it happened to me.


5/8/2012 by Rev. Letisha Bowman

It was in the early morning cool of the day that it happened to me. I was out in the garden pulling up masses of over-grown vinca vine, just minding my own business. As the sweat rolled off my brow and my muscles trembled under the exertion, I felt the first bite, quickly followed by several others. I tried to ignore it for as long as I was able, ...

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Martin Luther King, Jr., Leadership Academy Tutoring Center Celebrates 20 Years!


4/17/2012 by Rev. Letisha Bowman

Martin Luther King, Jr., Leadership Academy Tutoring Center Celebrates 20 Years!

I love reading. I can´t remember a time in my life when books weren´t a part of my day. My fondest memories are of sitting on my father´s lap listening to him read from ´The House at Pooh Corner´ by A.A. Milne. The simple adventures ...

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Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!


4/10/2012 by Rev. Letisha Bowman

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

I love to hear the sound of God´s people proclaiming this victory each Easter morning. In this often cold and cynical world, it is a bold, heart-warming, and audacious declaration. With the echoes of this triumphant Easter cry still resounding in my ears, I find myself wondering how we might carry ...

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