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Young clergy often face financial struggles: Lathrop shares his story

It is not uncommon for clergy to graduate from seminary with over $60,000 in loans from seminary and undergraduate education. Pastor Jeff Lathrop has been serving the Plankinton / White Lake United Methodist Church and attending seminary since 2012, and shares the story of his financial and family struggles.
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Jammin’ for Jesus: Visiting the harvest

Have you ever wondered if planting the seeds of the Spirit yields any harvest? Here in the Midwest we like to see what the benefits are to our labors. No accolades are necessary, just a glance at the fruits of our labor. Last fall I was afforded a glimpse at the harvest of seeds planted for the Kingdom in Balaton, Minnesota.
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Rebecca's Random Thoughts: Taking steps in faith

How often do we pay more attention to our comfort zone than to the desperate need someone has to connect with another person even for just a brief time? I may be an extrovert but my default, in large gatherings, is to find people I know to sit with or visit with. When I find myself in a large group setting or even at the end of the potluck line, it’s as if I revert back to junior high—scanning the room for someone I know rather than SEEING the people God wants me to get to know.
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A Message from the Bishop

My heart is breaking. An unspeakable crime of hatred against one of our sister Methodist congregations—Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina—has shaken me and our nation. The African Methodist Episcopal Church was born in 1816 of racism in the Methodist Episcopal Church and now in 2015, nearly 200 years later, the Mother Emanuel AME congregation is the victim of racist hatred. I join the lament: How long, O Lord, how long?
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