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Message from Dan: Season of Goodbyes and Hellos

by | Jun 6, 2017 | North District Newsletter, North District Web Page

by Rev. Dan Morley, North District Superintendent

As we prepare for our 2017 Desert Southwest Annual Conference, we enter that familiar road of goodbye and hello for our clergy servants. During the session of conference, appointments will be set and transitions will happen. In our United Methodist custom, this can seem smooth and common, and of usual practice. However, the process is anything but easy. There are deep emotions and experiences along this road. There is the sense of mission accomplished and unfinished loose-ends. There are the feelings of grief and the anticipation of new possibilities.

I am praying for our clergy and congregations during this season of goodbyes and hellos. My prayer begins with the scripture for our coming Annual Conference – Colossians 1 — “In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.”

Please join me in this prayer as our North District says goodbye to our friends in the faith:

Michael & Pat Herdt – completing the appointment at St. Johns UMC in Kingman, AZ and beginning anew at Good Hope and Jerusalem UMCs in the Spooner District just west of Peoria of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.

Dennis & Pat Hutson – completing the appointment at Advent UMC in Las Vegas, NV and entering retirement from active appointment to the local church.

Lawrence Johnson – completing the appointment at Zion UMC in North Las Vegas, NV and re-entering retirement from active appointment to the local church.

Linda Larsen – completing the appointment at Community UMC in Caliente, NV and beginning anew at a three-point charge of Huachuca UMC, San Pedro UMC, and Trinity UMC in southeastern AZ.

Mark Maddox – completing the appointment at Green Valley UMC in Henderson, NV and beginning anew at the United Methodist Church in Galax, Virginia of the Holston Conference.

Michael Patzloff and John Lafever – completed the appointment at University UMC in Las Vegas, NV and on Family Leave.

Ann & Tim Thomas – completing the appointment at Journey UMC in Las Vegas, NV and beginning anew at Scottsdale UMC in Scottsdale, AZ.

Blessings in Christ,

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