Vital Conversations

In an often divided and divisive moment, intentional and respectful conversations on difficult topics remain as important as ever.

Walking the Las Vegas Prayer Labyrinths in 2018

Walking a labyrinth as a model for prayer has been used by Christians for centuries.  Labyrinths are found in cathedrals, churches, parks, hospitals and many others locations around the globe. Las Vegas has several outdoor locations from Red Rock Canyon to Boulder City and even including our own Potosi Pines Camp.

Messy Church

Green Valley UMC held its first Messy Church on Saturday, January 6th. In a video, Karin Salzman and Dior Desormeau share about Messy Church as a time of worship and learning for all ages — designed to reach all people, especially when Sunday morning time or experience is not the right fit.

Grants support racial-ethnic training programs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Applications are open for grants that support innovative racial-ethnic training programs. Applications for the Ethnic In-Service Training Grant awards are open now through March 7.

An idea from DS Dan 

There are so many resolutions and goals we make for the start of a new year. These spoken and unspoken resolutions are often around topics like fitness, eliminate that bulge, organize the garage/closet, quit smoking, or get out of debt. I encourage us to put relationships at the top of the list.

Human Relations Day

Are you ready to celebrate Human Relations Day on Jan. 14? Human Relations Day is our day to support those living in the margins of society.

North District Holiday Hours

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
The North District Office will be closed Monday, December 18th through Monday, January 1st for Christmas and New Years.

How to Reach New People

Jim Griffith is coming in February to host his workshop “How to Reach New People”.  Even though it is in Phoenix, we hope you will take this opportunity to attend if you have not attended the workshop in the past.

Message from Dan: This Christmas. . .

At Christmas, we are allowed to suspend the reality of this human-made world and believe in a new reality. . .the reality of hope, love, joy, peace. . .God born in and among us. . .the incarnation. . .God in flesh. . .a place in the inn for everyone.

Early Response Team (ERT) Class

Consider joining the Desert Southwest Conference Early Response Team (ERT).  The next ERT training will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Desert Mission UMC, Scottsdale, AZ,  from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. 

Holiday Hours

Note the dates that the North District Office will be closed through the end of the year:

Zion UMC at the Glittering Lights Living Nativity

We know that Joseph, Mary, and the baby Jesus were in temporary quarters – the more comfortable accommodations were not available to them….The people of Zion can relate to that.  Many of you know that on June 6, 2017, our church’s interior was destroyed by fire.  Only the outer walls are still standing, so we have been in temporary quarters since then……..We worship in a donated hall on Sundays and our offices are leased in another building.  But like Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus, we have everything we need.  The community here, other churches far and wide, the North District, and the Desert SW Conference have been generous with support and gifts.  And most important of all, we know that God’s love and grace have been with us all the way.

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