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A Brief Word of Thanks

A Brief Word of Thanks

As I begin this journey of learning what it is to be a District Superintendent, what I learn most of all is your faith and how you live that out – in and through your congregations. For that reason, I find myself in prayer for you this day, this week. I am thankful for:

Confluence – a District Strategy for Growth

Confluence – a District Strategy for Growth

I want to talk to you today about the power of collaboration. Collaboration has a way of giving strength, helping us to overcome obstacles and achieve our goals.

So much in ministry is a challenge. How do you really develop discipleship in your congregation?

Welcome New Certified Lay Speaker

Welcome New Certified Lay Speaker

We are pleased to announce that Donna Jensen of the Velda Rose United Methodist Church, Mesa, has become the East District’s first Certified Lay Speaker.

Donna has been part of the Lay Servant Ministries program for nine years. She has been a member of Velda Rose since 2001 and a United Methodist since 1958. She has been married to Barry Jensen for 42 years. Her activities and hobbies include reading, bead weaving, and co-teaching a Creative Writing Class. A devoted member of Velda Rose United Methodist Church, she has served in many capacities, including Chair of the Staff Parish Relations Committee, an officer in United Methodist Women, teaching an Adult Sunday School Class, and is currently the Lay Leader.

Tending the New Creation – Live Out Loud

Tending the New Creation – Live Out Loud

The church at Corinth was a troubled church. Influenced by their culture, the old ways of doing things and the new ways of living were in conflict with one another. Into this scene comes Paul.

Healing the Wounded Soul

Healing the Wounded Soul

We don’t know her name. The Bible only identifies her by the problem she had. She’s not Isabella, Doris, or Alison. She is the woman with a problem that the experts couldn’t fix.

Have you ever had a problem that felt so big it swallowed up your identity? At times like that you probably find it easy to understand why the psalmist cried, “my God, my God why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me…?”

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