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Desert Southwest Conference Churches

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CONNECTIONAL MINISTRY NEWS DURING COVID-19

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...

Water for the Navajo Nation Part 2

Mission Project 2020:Water for the Navajo Nation Billie K. Fidlin Director of Outreach & Justice   As we continue in this time of trial with the COVID-19 virus, things continue to decline on the Navajo Reservation. While many tribes throughout the country are...

Call To Action to Value our Immigrants

Call to Action to Value our Immigrants National Justice for Our Neighbors Responds to Trump Administration's Immigration Suspension Last night, President Donald Trump signed a proclamation in an effort to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States. This...

Earth Day Resources

Earth Day Prayer April 22nd of every year celebrates Earth Day. This year, April 22, 2020 will mark the 50th  Anniversary of celebrating Earth Day. The Conference Board of Church & Society offers this prayer for you to share. Thank you to Sarah King for this...

Guns in the Time of Coronavirus

By  Gerry Hills, Gun Violence Awareness Task Force chairperson We are living in uncertain and unsettling times. People are scared and looking for ways to keep themselves and their families safe. Washing our hands, social distancing and wearing masks and gloves are...

Keeping You Connected During COVID-19

On Sunday March 1st our conference Disaster Response Team reached out our Bishop and the conference began mobilizing a response to COVID-19.  Since Bishop Bob's first letter to the conference, our Connectional Ministry team has been hard at work to get you the...

Conferencing in the era of COVID-19

Since 1744 the people called Methodists have come together at different times for events called conferences.  Whether quarterly, annually, or every four years the Methodist movement has used conferences to unify the various local leaders and preachers around what and...

State websites for volunteering article (AZ & NV)

“We’re in This Together” Volunteer Opportunities - State Website Info Seems like whatever we read online or view on television at some point will echo, “We’re in This Together.” Together can mean different things to different people: prayer, financial support, helping...

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 of 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 products. 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. Click here to download a list of donations needed.
    • Justa Center can be reached at 602.254.6524. Click here to download a list of donations needed.
    • 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?” is welcomed by all of these ministries. Please note, volunteers have new guidelines, be sure to check with each ministry before showing up.

Your well-being is extremely important as well. 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.

Caring for Campus Ministries during COVID-19

  • Pray for students
  • Remember students from colleges all over the country who have returned home to their communities (many of my students have come back to Phoenix)
  • Support the cost of ZOOM
  • Order food or other encouraging things to be sent to students apartments
  • Support the cost of gardening as a way to get out in a non-interactive way (it is a goal for the few students here to restore the irrigation system and have the garden ready for next semester – something to focus on)
  • Continue to bring food so it can be packaged in “to-go” containers
  • Donate funds to help students with rent or utility bills as some will have their income impacted
  • Reach out to students you know, or, send cards to campus ministries to be distributed to students who are feeling isolated and alone
  • Donate toilet paper, kleenex, hand sanitizer, gift cards, basic food items

As with so many ministries in the Conference, the apportionment rate of the collection has affected the campus ministry budgets. Please remember our campus ministries when thinking about your donations. They do such important Kingdom work, and while as people say the ‘children’ are our future, WE are the present. Please help our campus ministries not only succeed but flourish. Thank you!

Frontera Wesley

University of Arizona

NAU

Contact Campus Minister

Valley Wesley

Arizona State University

Oasis Campus Ministry

University of Las Vegas

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