Alberta Farnsworth, president
The rain was so welcome in July, but reminds us that our climate really is changing. The drought will not be completely over unless we get rain again during our “usual” winter rainy season. However, it does bring joy to see the desert turning green. And anything that cools the temperature down is welcome. The devastating fires in California are still going on with massive property loss and destroying so much of the landscape. The people being affected need our continual prayers.
You may have seen the Desert Southwest Conference announcement that I, along with Gail Gorry from Payson UMC, am now a co-lay leader for the Conference. I will continue as United Methodist Women conference president until my term is over on December 31. My tenure is over. I will still be around, but in a different capacity.
As I write this, we still have one Mission u coming up. By the time you get this, it will be over. We have done a great job this year, navigating a completely new way of presenting Mission u. The classes have been informative, interesting, and we got to take everything. We didn’t have to choose one or two out of three like we have had to in the past. Of course, if you didn’t sign up for all of them, you missed out!
The Conference and District Leadership Teams are all working on Annual Celebration. Like last year we will again have a joint virtual meeting. But this time, a portion of time will be allotted to each district to meet as a district. We have learned some new ways to navigate the virtual world. I believe most of us are praying earnestly that in 2022, we will be able to meet in person. I hope to see you there.