Simple Gifts in Tragedy

Read about God’s love in action in a city recently stricken by gun violence and find hope in these stories of regular people offering the love of Jesus to the welcomed stranger and becoming friends.

Zion UMC’s “Apollo Up from the Ashes”

Since Zion UMC’s fire which destroyed the church’s sanctuary, many have given aid, from physically moving debris, to monetary donations.  Others have wondered what more can be done.  Supporting the “Apollo Up from the Ashes Concert” Saturday, October 21st beginning at Noon at Zion UMC to raise money for the churches reconstruction fund will be a great help financially and by showing the bond and connection the Desert Southwest Conference Churches have with Zion.  Professional musicians and some of our local church musicians have volunteered to perform at this event. 

Downtown Church Workshop, Nov 3-5

Does your church reside in a downtown neighborhood and the demographics have changed? This workshop will set you on a path to reintroduce your church to the community and identify where you can fit in this new neighborhood.

Message from Dan: A Time to Reflect and Take Action 

It was just a week ago that the news of the Las Vegas concert mass shooting came upon us like a tidal wave – overwhelming and throwing life upside down. I had to double check – just seven days.  

Centering Prayer Workshop October 14th

Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. Read more in browser.

After mass shooting, churchgoers offer hope

By Heather Hahn Oct. 2, 2017 | UMNS Leaders of Desert Spring United Methodist Church in Las Vegas still were waiting Oct. 2 to know if any congregation members were among the city’s injured or dead. But, even as they held their breath, church leaders were holding out...

A message from Dan: I intend to know my neighbors better

The letter below from Bishop Bob addressing the Las Vegas massacre offers hope and challenges us to action. We pray, we light candles, and then…May God inspire and embolden us from compassion and heartache into action which honors sanctity of life so we discover that place of balance with individual freedoms and community safety.

Responding to the Las Vegas shooting

Dear Members and Friends of the Desert Southwest Conference, I call us together in the name and spirit of the love of Jesus Christ. The sting of violent death and injury have touched our Conference directly. Once again, I ask you to join me in prayer and action. The...

Desert Southwest Conference Team in Victoria, Texas

September 18-30 Rev. Tom Mattick and Rev. George Cushman led a team of 13 people to Victoria, Texas who covered roofs of homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey and removed water damaged wall board covered with black mold. “It was hot, tiring work, but the rewards far outweighed the discomfort,” said Mattick.

Desert Southwest Reconciling Ministry Team needs Volunteers

A Desert Southwest Conference Reconciling Ministry Team booth, organized by University UMC and Boulder City UMC, will be present at the upcoming Pride Festival at Sunset Park in Las Vegas, NV on Saturday and Sunday, October 21-22.

North District Lay Servant Academy

The next North District Lay Servant Academy will be held November 10-11 at St. Johns UMC in Kingman, Arizona. Both the Basic and Advance Courses will be provided. The deadline for submitting registration forms is November 3rd. To access more information, click on Read in browser.

A Courageous Church – Service Opportunities in Justice & Mission

The vision for our Conference: God calls us to be A COURAGEOUS CHURCH: Loving like Jesus, Acting for Justice, United in Hope. There are many ways you can serve our entire body of Desert Southwest churches in the areas of justice and mission. Some of these opportunities are listed in this post. Most teams have both education and events as part of their ministry programming. If you would like to learn more and join a team, please contact Director of Outreach Billie Fidlin at or by telephone at 602.266.6956 x 221.

Congratulations Trinity Heights UMC on your 50th Anniversary

Trinity Heights UMC will celebrate its 50th Anniversary during the church’s 9:30 a.m. worship service with refreshments to follow.  The church was founded on October 1, 1967. One hundred and five worshipers met that Sunday in the East Flagstaff Junior High gymnasium to celebrate World Communion Sunday.

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“We heard testimonies of broken people who are already feeding hundreds in their communities. At times, it was honest and raw. At times it was healing and almost hopeful,” said Florida area Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr., who toured the state after Hurricane Irma.


Centering Prayer Workshop, presented by Contemplative Outreach of Southern Nevada and hosted by Rev. Terri Hubbard, Sr Pastor of University UMC and Phyllis Murray the North District Lay Leader will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 at University UMC from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, read in browser.

4412 S Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89119
9 a.m. – Noon

Desert Spring UMW Holiday Fair

Desert Spring UMW is sponsoring a Holiday Fair at the church on Saturday, October 28th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  If you would be interested in being a vendor, please contact Sharon Scobie, (702-423-9644) for an application. One table is $70; two tables, $105.  There will...

We are all missional strategists

We made the decision to move out of our Sahara office for several reasons – the most important one being that we wanted to expand our network and team, moving out and beyond our walls and usual patterns of travel.  As a Superintendent, I have begun to practice what the United Methodist Book of Discipline calls the DS into being – a Missional Strategist (Par 419.1).

October 14th UMCOR pick-up of cleaning, hygiene and school kits at Journey UMC

On Saturday, October 14, 2017, 11:30 a.m – 12 Noon at Journey UMC, 6450 E. Stewart Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89110, North District churches, as well as the United Methodist Women units, can bring UMCOR/Relief-Supplies, specifically cleaning kits, hygiene kits and school kits for an UMCOR pick up. Please contact Eileen Guillermo at 702-807-3270 to indicate when you will deliver the kits and the amount your church will bring so that appropriate transport can be coordinated with UMCOR.

New ministry for youth aging out of the foster care system

In response to expressed interest among congregants in the North District and a request from the Children’s Attorney Project, a new ministry is being developed to serve youth aging out of the foster care system. We will be primarily focusing on youth pursuing a college education, so we will collaborate with all UMC congregations in the area, the Department of Family Services, and the university community.

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