Called Anew to Follow — the Light in Darkness

Called Anew to Follow — the Light in Darkness

On the Christmas Eve of 1966, when New York TV station WPIX first aired the 17-second loop of 2-hours of crackling logs in a fireplace, it was considered to be a ridiculous idea, a waste of airtime, and of interest to no one. However, so many people tuned in that the station continued the Christmas Eve fireplace scene for 23 consecutive years. The fireplace scene then became a VHS tape classic and there are now hundreds of virtual fireplaces on the web.

Friday Night Lights, St. John’s Style

What United Methodist Church wouldn’t like to have their fellowship hall filled with enthusiastic teenagers every Friday night?  St. John’s UMC in Kingman has a great ministry doing just that!  Several months ago, one of the members whose son plays on the local high school football team mentioned to another member that she was aware some of the student-athletes did not have a Pre-game meal on Fridays.  Was there anything the church could help with? 

What are you looking forward to?

What are you looking forward to?

The Holidays are filled with times of gathering to share good food and conversation. Sometimes the gathering is with family and friends with whom conversation comes quick and easy. At other times, it is a schmooze kind of get-together in which people try to invent conversation or there is a kind of competition about who can out-best the others in the most interesting or cool thing.

Celebrations in Mesquite

This year has been an exciting year for Mesquite United Methodist Church. The church celebrated its 25th Anniversary and also launched small group ministries in a BIG way! Well over 100 people engaged with Connecting Circles and new groups continue to form.

What you missed 11/5/2019

Make sure you view upcoming events from information on the North District Leadership Training Conference in 2020, and the Grief Workshop in November, to the November – December Prayer Focus.

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.

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