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Western Jurisdictional Conference-Postponed

On May 26, the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church announced new dates for the 2020 Jurisdictional Conferences in the United States that were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Jurisdictional Conferences in the U.S. will now be held Nov....
Mark’s Musings – Finding Inspiration

Mark’s Musings – Finding Inspiration

Over our Christmas celebration I found myself inspired by our daughter. For years she has collected old coins and currency. I like to think I influenced her a little bit. My collection started when I was a kid. The main difference, however, is she has organized her collection. She can pull out a binder and show most of her collection. My style has been more of putting my coins in jars and boxes.

Mark’s Musings – Change

Mark’s Musings – Change

On New Year’s Eve I took some time to reflect on my past, and to think about the new year we have just entered. The most prominent word surfacing in my pondering was “change”. Change seems to be feared by many, while being an unavoidable constant in life. I tend to break change down to two categories. Change that is thrust upon us, and change we initiate. Which kind of change bothers us the most?

Mark’s Musings – Kindness Over Judgment

Mark’s Musings – Kindness Over Judgment

How do we respond when we mess up? My Monday had a rough start. The weekend and previous week were non-stop with activity. This coincided with a head-cold reducing my energy and enthusiasm. I was grateful to see the new week arrive, and to experience a peaceful morning. I was starting several projects, including this article, when I couldn’t shake the nagging feeling I better look at my calendar.

Newsletter Changes

Beginning next week, the District and Conference newsletters will be combined into one single newsletter that will be published once a month.

Mark’s Musings – January 22, 2019

Mark’s Musings – January 22, 2019

It seems to me that God has a way of preparing us for our future. Often, in ways that are hardly noticed when they are happening. When I was pondering this article, I opened a fortune cookie. It said: “Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity”. How frequently do we attribute something to luck, when it really comes from God both preparing us, and giving us opportunities?

It is Not too Late to Register

s your church looking for ways to appeal to a younger generation? We invite you join us for our Annual South District Leadership Event.

Making Church a Home

Making Church a Home

I felt a bit wary as we entered the parking lot of the church. My wife and I were visiting our daughter in Maryland, and we wanted to go to a Christmas Eve service. The church that we chose in 2017 was not the best experience, so this year we tried a different church....

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