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A Time of Living Faith Into Reality

A Time of Living Faith Into Reality

It is the eve of the inauguration and the news is filled with words reflecting the fear, anger, and hope that is present in our nation. As disciples of Jesus Christ we are to called to live as people of faith. We are called to live our faith in a way that is experienced in the language we use, the actions we take, the way we treat others.

District Training for Local Church Administrative Committees

In the first months of the year, people who have been elected to local church leadership begin their new ministry roles. The Desert Southwest Conference recognizes the importance of these church leaders and the importance of training them on the disciplinary duties of the local church administrative committees.

East District Lay Servant Classes

Classes for the Lay Servant Ministries program in the East District have not been scheduled for 2021 due to the pandemic. A schedule will be available after meeting spaces in district churches and facilitators are available and can be determined. If you have...

Announcing New Conference Clergy Wellness Task Force

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Conference Clergy Wellness Task Force at the direction of the Connectional Ministries Team. Structurally this task force will fall within the Health & Caring Ministries Team. Members include Melissa Rynders, Tom...

2021 Virtual Lay Servant Ministry Classes

2021 Virtual Lay Servant Ministry Classes

The West District Director of Lay Servant Ministries will be offering the Advanced course, Discover Your Spiritual Gifts, virtually. There will be offering two sessions – a day class to meet the needs of those not able to attend an evening class and an evening / early Saturday morning class for those not able to meet during the day.

Finding Ways to be Thankful

Finding Ways to be Thankful

This is not the Thanksgiving any of us have planned for. We had hoped that the virus would be under control long before now. We dreamed of Thanksgiving meals with the people we love.  We longed that by now we would have a bit of normalcy in life. But that is not the Thanksgiving we have. Instead, the Thanksgiving we have includes in Arizona over 277,000 diagnosed with COVID-19, and more than 6300 families will have an empty chair at the table.

Two Covid-19 Friendly Mission Projects for your Whole Church!

Timely! Useful! Practical!   Assemble Cleaning Buckets One five-gallon round bucket with re-sealable lid One 16-40 oz. bottle liquid concentrate household cleaner One 16-34 oz. bottle dish soap One 4-8 oz. pump spray air freshener One 6-14 oz. pump spray insect...

Finding Your Voice: An Online Contemplative Writing Retreat

Finding Your Voice: An Online Contemplative Writing Retreat

When the pandemic crisis hit, many of us were stunned into silence with the loss of social freedom, the threat of infection, as well as concerns about friends and neighbors. The killing of George Floyd and the protests that followed heightened our need to “find our...

Enhance Your Pastoral Counseling Skills

During this pandemic one of the things we have learned is the need to care for those who are struggling with anxiety, depression, any number of COVID related problems.  A member of Desert Mission UMC, Tres Adames – a pastoral counselor in private practice in the west...

Walls That Divide Are Broken Down

Walls That Divide Are Broken Down

They knew that it would be a difficult meeting. They were prepared for the fact that some of the people present wouldn’t agree with the direction that the leadership team was suggesting, (not everyone likes to change.) What they didn’t expect was what the psychologist Milton Freidman calls the herding practice.  Herding is when someone gathers a group of others to take her or his side against the other side. And it is usually presented that way, as an us against them type of disagreement.

Stop Violence Against Women Grant

Greetings Arizona DSC Churches! Please review the following grant announcement. If you have questions or need assistance please contact DSC Director of Outreach & Justice, Billie K. Fidlin @ . Applications for the Arizona STOP Violence against...

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