Dear Members and Friends of the Desert Southwest Conference,

Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World!

Following the Special General Conference next month, I invite you to gather as a family of faithful followers of Jesus united in hope! Although we cannot know now what will transpire at General Conference, we are praying that God’s spirit will be present in moments of grace, reconciliation, faith, love and hope.

I know that laity and pastors alike are concerned about what the outcome will be. Whatever it is, we know that there will be a strong need to come together after General Conference to remind ourselves that we are the body of Christ in unity with one another as we continue our ministries of love and compassion, of hospitality and grace in our communities of the Desert Southwest Conference. And to center ourselves again in our call to be in relationship with one another as we do so.

There has been a great deal of discussion and debate already about the legislative work that General Conference will be asked to do. But no matter what happens in the legislative arena, I am hopeful that we can BE the church together. Some of us will receive the decisions of General Conference with joy; while others will be disappointed. Some will sense an optimistic future. Others will be enveloped with a sense of doom. Such is the result of a legislative process like General Conference. In such a time of conflict and division, when some are the “winners” and others are “losers,” I am calling us to be a courageous church united in hope. We can be exactly that with God’s help.

On Saturday, March 2, I am asking you to be present for a time to turn to God for strength and wholeness. Worship and the Holy Meal will center us, feed our souls, and focus us. Plans are being developed for at least 4 sites where you are invited to come to be joined through technology while being in the presence of others of our Conference united by the spirit of the living God who makes all things new!

Here are the details as we know them at this moment. (Consider this a “Save the Date” notification.)

CALLED TOGETHER BY GRACE: ONE BODY
The Desert Southwest Conference’s invitation to be united in hope

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Locations (to be announced) joined by technology and by our common faith.

Scripture focus: Colossians 3: 12-17

Time
9:00 – 11:00 am (Pacific Time), gather at 8:30 am
10:00 am – 12 noon (Mountain Time), gather at 9:30 am

As I return from St. Louis, I will look forward to being “home” with you. The Desert Southwest Conference is the place where God has planted us for this time to engage in hopeful ministry and mission in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Save the date, plan to be present, and by all means, let’s keep praying for God’s spirit to be with us and among us!

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