Continuing Mission Ministry 

DSC COVID-19 Response


The official guidance from Bishop Hoshibata is for all groups and ministries in local churches to suspend all in-person work at this time.  This includes allowing church office staff to work remotely.  There are many alternatives to meeting in person, please check out our resources below to learn more.

DSC Churches Online

Many churches offer various online resources such as worship, bible study, and family ministry.  Explore our online connection below.  The conference recommends that if your church is not already doing online or livestream worship that you partner with a church below.

About COVID-19

Nevada Department of Health

Arizona Department of Health

COVID-19 News

Masks from UMCOR for Desert Southwest Conference UMC

In May, Rev. Tom Mattick who chairs our Conference Disaster Response team, shared an email with me that UMCOR had notified all annual conferences of the availability of more than 172,000 cloth facial coverings infused with copper and silver. The masks came from FEMA...

Facebook the Connection in Mission & Justice

Billie K. Fidlin Director of Outreach & Justice While COVID-19 has been dominating our sharing from statistics to empty pews, as we all know the news marches on. Unemployment figures on the rise, businesses reopening in a “new normal” fashion. People who have lost...

Conference Urban Ministries

A Request for God’s Children

By Billie K. Fidlin March 16

In these times we are facing, we hear of more and more families who are unable to meet the basic needs for their own family. We know that the people of the streets continue to struggle, and be ever so vulnerable.
At some point the grocery stores will again stock shelves with needed product. But in the meantime, we are hearing of babies who need formula and diapers, urban ministries needing supplies of same and more. While many of us may be worried about our own needs, none the less, we might feel better if we can help someone else along the way. What can we share, how can we help someone who is particularly vulnerable at this time?
Each of our churches can use their local networks to publish to their surrounding community how they might be able to help. Everything from meals delivered to the elderly, cards of greeting to say hello to someone who is homebound, or those precious rolls of toilet paper if you can spare one or two!
Calls to our urban ministries asking what they need would be wonderful.
  • For the Phoenix area:
    • UMOM can be reached at: 602.275.7852;
    • Justa Center can be reached at 602.254.6524;
    • Wesley Community Center & Health Clinic at 602.257.4323;
    • Golden Gate Community Center & Health Clinic at 602.233.0017.
  • In Tucson, please contact TMM Family Services at 520.322.9557
  • In the North District please contact your District Superintendent office at: 702.757.3507.

A friendly “How can I help?” I’m sure would be most welcomed by all of these ministries. Please note that how volunteers are being used may have new guidelines, so if you want to be on site be sure to check with each ministry.

Remember that your well-being is extremely important as well. But helping others might just help you! Thank you for your giving, servant heart friends, and know that your prayers will be most appreciated of all.

Guidance for Shelters

Guidance for Food Banks

Guidance for Communities

Phoenix Area Food Resources

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Campus Ministries

Remembering Our Students

By Billie K. Fidlin March 19

Caring For Campus Ministries During COVID-19

The news is filled with new updates regarding actions related to COVID 19. Three feet, then six feet. Groups of 50 restrictions now down to 10. Messages from federal, state and municipal sources, and of course even our own bishop. Among those reports have been guidelines regarding university best practices during this time. I wanted to hear from our campus ministers how things were going with them, and their students…


Contact Campus Minister

Valley Wesley

ASU Campus Ministry Center

Frontera Wesley

U of A Campus Ministry


Oasis Campus Ministry

UNLV Campus Ministry

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