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.
North District Notes
This is where you’ll find the archives of the North District Superintendent’s notes for the Conference-wide newsletter.
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.
Welcome to the new appointments in the North District! The United Methodist Church engages in the practice of itinerancy. It is a system of deploying clergy across a conference in order to assure each congregation has the needed pastoral leadership.
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.
Since living in Las Vegas, many out-of-town family and friends have made their way to our home for a visit. Most want to check out the Vegas spots and Bonnie and I will sometimes be a tour guide. Other times we just point to places they can check out on their own.
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.
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...
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.