A Church Conversation with your District Superintendent and Lay Leader

A Church Conversation with your District Superintendent and Lay Leader

I continue to reflect upon and be inspired by an article by Parker Palmer about heartbreak and standing in the tragic gap. Though he wrote the article in 2008 as a continued reflection on the tragedy of planes plunging into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, it is still relevant today. It was then that the culture and community of our nation significantly shifted. We are still shifting and trying to find a balance.

The Well-Read Laity

As I communicate with local churches in the North District I am always pleased to hear about small groups centered on reading. As a book-lover, I take note of what people are enjoying, or finding stimulating.

Called Anew to Follow

Called Anew to Follow

In her high school years, my youngest daughter and I were a part of a venture crew. Our crew of high school girls and boys dreamed and planned our risky and daring ventures months ahead.

C4C – Counselors 4 Christ Program

At a time when many of our local churches cannot provide leadership training for our youth, the DSWC Camp and Retreat Ministry at Potosi Pines steps in and steps up to fill the gap. For 10 years the C4C – Counselors 4 Christ program has engaged youth from the North District, including from the Foster care system, in learning to lead service, fellowship and spiritual formation activities.

North District Lay Servant Academy

The North District Lay Servant Academy will be hosted by Mohave Valley UMC at 1583 Lipan Blvd., Ft. Mohave, AZ 86426, Friday, September 20 -21.

Called Anew to Follow

Called Anew to Follow

Even from a distance, I am feeling a sense of the pain for the people of El Paso and Dayton after the violence and death caused by a shooter in their communities this past weekend. My feelings no doubt relate to the October 1st Las Vegas shooting. Right now the pain is more of a numbness.

There are bugs in the beehive

Almost 30 years ago Marcy Luedtke of First Henderson UMC, in Nevada, felt a call to use her significant gifts as a pianist to minister to the residents of a local nursing home. She invited some other church members to join her and thus began the rich history of a passionate group called the Luv Bugs.

Called Anew to Follow–Our DSC Way Forward

Called Anew to Follow–Our DSC Way Forward

Our 2019 session of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference was a stretch of experience and emotion for me. In some respect it was like the crazy roller coaster ride at the county fair — not like the slick coasters at the big name parks, but the wooden coaster that has seen some weathered days with great character and test of time.

There are Bugs in the Bee Hive!

Almost 30 years ago Marcy Luedtke of First Henderson UMC, in Nevada, felt a call to use her significant gifts as a pianist to minister to the residents of a local nursing home. She invited some other church members to join her and thus began the rich history of a passionate group called the Luv Bugs.

Called Anew to Follow

Called Anew to Follow

When asked — “what drains your energy most in ministry?” — many respond — “Meetings!”

A Prayer Journey in the Light

A Prayer Journey in the Light

Jeffrey Poland, architect and member of Desert Spring United Methodist Church, studied the labyrinth design and prepared plans for an installation using LED rope lights. Find out more.

6/4/2019 Things You Missed

Check out a list of events and updates, from the 2019 Pre-conference Briefing video for your viewing, to the June 2019 Prayer Focus.

Called Anew out of Brokenness

Called Anew out of Brokenness

I am confident that the Spirit, even now in this time of brokenness in our UMC, calls us to be the church. Perhaps in a very new form, but always the church, the Body of Christ. Let us pray to have the creative inspiration to take ash and mud and re-make our church anew.

Together We Rise

Together We Rise

by Karin Salzman, Director of Children's Ministries, Green Valley UMC Green Valley UMC's Pioneer Club kids started raising money in February for our spring mission project which benefits the non-profit Together We Rise. We set a goal of $2500 which would buy 100...

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