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North District Lay Leaders

North District Lay Leaders

We do ministry as team, as cohorts, as co-servants. Our annual church/charge conferences are a testament to this way and method of ministry. In our local church conferences, we meet as a covenantal team aligned toward a vision, ministry, and call.

Immigration and Justice at the Border

Please join us for a conversation on Immigration and Justice at the Border on Saturday, September 25, 2021. The participants will be Professor Ernesto Todd Mireles from Prescott College; Immigration Attorney, Margo Cowan from Keep Tucson Together; and “Dreamers.” Franceny Gardea and Sergio Gonzalez.

Beauty through Hardship

Beauty through Hardship

Perhaps you have read The Crucible by Arthur Miller. The story focuses upon a small town and faith community in the midst of a crucible of stress, fear, anxiety, and tension. Though it was set in the later 1600’s, the setting reminds the reader of our contemporary life. When under the pressure and heat of a crucible, one’s values, priorities, and heart are revealed.

Finding Balance

Finding Balance

I have been enjoying getting out and cycling. It feels good early in the day before the wind and the heat build. But those are the known and expected challenges. What is tough and sometimes overwhelming are the unexpected or unforeseen challenges.

Pioneers Who Blaze the Way

Pioneers Who Blaze the Way

Seems we all have a safe-mode we switch into when the going gets tough, we have run out of juice, or the old parts just don’t work like they used to. From time to time my laptop does just that — switches to safe-mode until I reboot and give it a fresh start. If it happens too often, it may mean I need an operating system upgrade or even a whole new operating system.

Welcome Our New Appointments!

Welcome Our New Appointments!

Welcome to the new appointments in the North District! The United Methodist Church engages in the practice of itinerancy. It is a system of deploying clergy across a conference in order to assure each congregation has the needed pastoral leadership.

Holding Them in Prayer

Holding Them in Prayer

Early on Memorial Day, I hiked up into the Spring Mountains near Mount Potosi. I needed some fresh air and exercise. But even more than that, I needed a new view — a view from on high. I made my way off-trail and up the steep terrain, over boulders, and across the loose shale rock.

Two Things That Don’t Seem to Go Together…

Two Things That Don’t Seem to Go Together…

May brings many celebrations. It begins with the May Day celebration when spring is in full bloom and heading into summer. It is about life and play with May Day baskets, flowers, and dancing.

What’s In A Name?

The name of a ministry is very important according to Laurie Wilson, co-chair of the Lord’s Treasures ministry at Pahrump Valley UMC.

Lay Servant Ministries – Basic Class

Lay Servant Ministries – Basic Class

We are happy to announce that registration is now open for the virtual Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Couse! Completing this course is the first step in becoming a Certified Lay Servant.

Green Time, Not Screen Time

Today, after a year of COVID, young people are facing more isolation, less connection, and more extreme feelings of loneliness. To say that children and youth are desperate for in-person relationships, nature experiences, and play is an understatement. 

An All-in Resurrection Life

An All-in Resurrection Life

Since living in Las Vegas, many out-of-town family and friends have made their way to our home for a visit. Most want to check out the Vegas spots and Bonnie and I will sometimes be a tour guide. Other times we just point to places they can check out on their own.

Everything has become new

Everything has become new

Customs, traditions, rituals, and cultural norms — Are these the things we are speaking of when we cry that it is time for things to get “back to normal?” Normalcy does serve a purpose. If I do not know what to expect or anticipate, then anxiety and stress rises and it becomes difficult to function in healthy ways. Our traditions and customs help us all to know who we are in our personal selves and in relationship with each other.

Master, is it I?

Perhaps at first they talked of little things that spring evening. The upper room was dim with lamplight as Jesus sat with the twelve and remembered. Then quietly he said, “There is one here whose kiss will bring me betrayal by and by.” They did not look at Judas, but each man murmured, “Master, is it I?”

Lay Servant Ministries – New Classes for March & April

Consider signing up for an advanced Lay Servant Zoom class in March or April. There are two classes being offered Public Prayer and Opening Ourselves to Grace with two sessions (morning and evening) for each class. Enrollment is limited so register early. Public...

The Wonder of 40

The Wonder of 40

Forty days has special significance in our faith tradition. How many biblical references to “forty days” can you think of? Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights (Matthew 4), in the days of Noah it rained for forty days and nights (Genesis 7), Moses was with God on Mount Sinai creating the covenant for forty days (Exodus 34).

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