The Thanksgiving Table

For many, gathering around the Thanksgiving Table is an annual tradition and time to acknowledge our many blessings. Those blessings are clearly represented in the people at the Thanksgiving Table. For Bonnie and me, most years it is family around the Table. Other years, when miles separate us from family, we gather with friends. Sometimes it is a Thanksgiving Table at the church with many others.

Be Our Guest, Potosi Pines Christmas at Camp

Join us December 1st for the ‘Christmas at Camp’ festivities as we gather to celebrate Potosi Pines Camp’s 60 years of ministry, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a special program at 11:30 a.m. There will be free food, activities, and entertainment. Potosi Pines Camp is a unique space set aside to encourage all who come to experience something sacred. The camp has touched lives in a special way through its 60 years of ministry.

United Methodist Student Day November 25th

Right now there are UMC young people—who might not have had the resources to attend a school of their choice, or, for some, any school at all—who’ve been sent by you into the world God loves because of your giving to United Methodist Student Day. When you give generously you support these students as they prepare for a life that unites faith with knowledge.

#Giving Tuesday, #GiveUMC November 27th

We care for each other by ensuring that our communities’ basic needs are met – the need to wash hands before a meal or to gather water for cooking.  We care for our earth by investing the time and sweat it takes to bring life to barren lands or to harness solar energy to power a rural home

#GivingTuesday on November 27, 2018

Love for God’s people is at the heart of all we do, whether it’s offered through healing hands, hours of prayer, life-giving services, selfless work or partnerships that span thousands of miles. This divine love is strengthening people, both body and soul, and it’s empowering communities to thrive. Learn more about #GIVEUMC on #GivingTuesday

Responding to Violence

On any given day, United Methodists respond to tragedy by offering prayers and support. We recognize that sometimes it can seem the world is full of evil and it can be a challenge to keep the faith.

How to pray for your pastor

The life of a United Methodist pastor is filled with a variety of responsibilities. They preach, teach, visit, counsel, lead, consult, communicate, budget, clean, and so much more. Pastoring a church is not a job that can be done well under the pastor’s power alone. Every pastor relies heavily on God’s guidance, strength and peace as they live into their call.

Grief Support Group

First Henderson United Methodist Church in Henderson, NV will be offering a Grief Support Group beginning November 6 at 10:00 a.m.

Call for ERT Colleagues

North Carolina is overwhelmed by the extensive need from recent (and pending) flooding and has requested teams come quickly. The Pacific-Northwest (PNW) and Oregon/Idaho (Or/Id) Conferences have joined together to send three ERT groups to North Carolina in response to Hurricane Florence. We welcome all Desert Southwest (DSW) ERTs to join these teams.

Remaining dates, times, and locations for the Bishop’s Holy Huddles

The first clergy only Holy Huddle designated for North District clergy will be held at Sedona UMC on October 18th, followed by both lay and clergy North District Holy Huddle held at Flagstaff Federated Community Church on October 27th. While clergy and laity are encouraged to attend Holy Huddles in your district, you are welcome to attend any of the gatherings. For more details and additional Holy Huddle dates, times and locations, continue to read by clicking on Read in browser.

Remember in November: Proposition 126

Proposition 126 is cunningly titled “The Protect Arizona Taxpayers Act.” Whether it would actually protect taxpayers is subject to debate. If voters approved this constitutional amendment, an entire category of taxes would be removed from the potential revenue sources...

On the Road with Dan 

I am now on the road from church to church across our North District as our Church Conference season begins. So, an obvious question is — Why do we conference?

Potosi Pines Camp, I do have one favorite memory

I do have one favorite memory for a lot of reasons.  It was in the year 2000.   I co-deaned a camp called “God’s Love under the Big Top.”   I agreed to dean the camp and then became pregnant.  So my friend, Marie, agreed to help.  That’s before she knew that she too was pregnant.  A third friend, Stacey, agreed to help us dean camp since she knew it would be challenging with us being pregnant.  Well.  You guessed it.   She got pregnant too!  We were the three pregnant deans that summer!!

World Communion Sunday October 7th

On World Communion Sunday, Oct. 7, the denomination will offer generous support to national and international students who rely on scholarships to pursue graduate-level education. Around the globe, countless gifted and qualified people face financial obstacles that hinder them from preparing for the vocation God has given them, especially youth and young adults. For ethnic students who will be the first generation in their families to attend college, or for those people of color who haven’t historically had access to resources that make higher education possible, the road toward education has often been unwieldy.

Potosi Pines Camp, it was such an honor

Looking back to about 1980, I recall my first experience at Potosi Pines Church Camp as a first grader: learning the camp song (P-O-T-O-S-I, Potosi’s the name…..) and I recall the joy I felt at being at camp making new friends and learning about Jesus. I didn’t know it at that time as being in community with the Lord,  but looking back and remembering the games, the songs, the hikes and the leadership that we were taught helped to make me the Christian that I am today.

On the Road with Dan 

Nearly one year ago, on Monday, October 2, 2017, an interfaith service was held at the Guardian Angel Cathedral. It was a moving and meaningful experience as the community gathered seeking hope, healing, and ways to respond to the mass shooting. One year later, on Sunday, September 30, 2018, an interfaith service will be held. I encourage our United Methodist presence. As we approach 1 October, the movement of #VegasStronger is gaining momentum. Throughout Clark County, there are events and activities to remember and respond.

October 5-7, 2018 Hidden Treasure Retreat

Community UMC in Caliente, NV is excited to offer the next Hidden Treasures Retreat on October 5-7. Autumn in Caliente offers idyllic weather and fall colors in the rugged Rainbow Canyon. This retreat offers some new services based on feedback from last spring’s retreat. We will offer “senior sitting,” if a participant has an elderly loved one that they can’t leave behind. We will also offer pet care if a participant has a pet that they can’t leave behind. Only 2 rooms in the Hot Springs Motel are OK for pets, but there is also camping at Kershaw-Ryan State Park where pets are OK on a leash. 

Potosi Pines Campers Were Blessed

It was a busy summer for us here at Potosi, but it was a fun and wonderful busy!  We offered 7 conference camps again this year.  We had something for everyone from 1st grade on up through graduated seniors.   Of course, none of it could have been done without the amazing volunteers that came to help.  Our campers were so blessed by all who came with their servant’s hearts to give back. At the end of each camp, we always ask the campers to complete the sentence “Because of camp….” Read more to see a few of our favorite responses.

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