Dear Michigan United Methodists,
Grace to you and peace, in the name of the Risen Christ who was and is to come.
First of all, I would like to make an announcement about the Bishop’s Advent Appeal. I do not know how the tradition began here in Michigan for the bishop to make an appeal for a special offering during the Advent season, but it was something in place when I arrived as your bishop, and it is a beautiful tradition. This year, however, I will not be asking your churches to take a special offering to give to a cause I designate. I encourage you to be generous with your churches this Advent, and if they wish to designate a special cause for Advent and Christmas, I welcome that. In this unprecedented year, you know best where to direct any special offerings to help your church, your community and our world.