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North District Notes

This is where you’ll find the archives of the North District Superintendent’s notes for the Conference-wide newsletter.

The Thread of Trust

The Thread of Trust

The annual church conference is one part of a larger vision and practice of Methodism. We can approach the annual meeting as simply perfunctory or obligatory. Or, we can instill it with the intended purpose and meaning. Let us choose to spend our time on purpose.

Beauty through Hardship

Beauty through Hardship

Perhaps you have read The Crucible by Arthur Miller. The story focuses upon a small town and faith community in the midst of a crucible of stress, fear, anxiety, and tension. Though it was set in the later 1600's, the setting reminds the reader of our contemporary life. When under the pressure and heat of a crucible, one's values, priorities, and heart are revealed.

Finding Balance

Finding Balance

I have been enjoying getting out and cycling. It feels good early in the day before the wind and the heat build. But those are the known and expected challenges. What is tough and sometimes overwhelming are the unexpected or unforeseen challenges.

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Holding Them in Prayer

Holding Them in Prayer

Early on Memorial Day, I hiked up into the Spring Mountains near Mount Potosi. I needed some fresh air and exercise. But even more than that, I needed a new view -- a view from on high. I made my way off-trail and up the steep terrain, over boulders, and across the loose shale rock.

All Shall Be Well

All Shall Be Well

I have increasingly come to appreciate and realize the importance of tradition and custom...oh no, that sounds like something Downton Abbey's Old Lady Grantham would say. The pomp and circumstance of  spring graduations was passed by, and unimaginably, the same for an inauguration of the POTUS. For many reasons we have needed to practice distancing, isolation, and protection. However, through it, people have been inventive and resilient in creating new ways to mark the occasions.

Request from UMOM New Day Centers

Request from UMOM New Day Centers

Requests for Bibles are exceeding the numbers we have available at UMOM! If your church has bibles to donate, please contact Patricia Magyar from UMOM New Day Centers at . Pick up can be arranged for churches in the Phoenix area. Please inform your...

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2020 — A Year of Growth

2020 — A Year of Growth

Growth is usually thought to be about more and bigger. In this past year and now entering into a new year, I have increasingly valued minimalism, simplicity, and less-is-more. The space of home has become even more important because we are practicing distancing and even isolation as we stay home.

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