On the Road with Dan 

Nearly one year ago, on Monday, October 2, 2017, an interfaith service was held at the Guardian Angel Cathedral. It was a moving and meaningful experience as the community gathered seeking hope, healing, and ways to respond to the mass shooting. One year later, on Sunday, September 30, 2018, an interfaith service will be held. I encourage our United Methodist presence. As we approach 1 October, the movement of #VegasStronger is gaining momentum. Throughout Clark County, there are events and activities to remember and respond.

October 5-7, 2018 Hidden Treasure Retreat

Community UMC in Caliente, NV is excited to offer the next Hidden Treasures Retreat on October 5-7. Autumn in Caliente offers idyllic weather and fall colors in the rugged Rainbow Canyon. This retreat offers some new services based on feedback from last spring’s retreat. We will offer “senior sitting,” if a participant has an elderly loved one that they can’t leave behind. We will also offer pet care if a participant has a pet that they can’t leave behind. Only 2 rooms in the Hot Springs Motel are OK for pets, but there is also camping at Kershaw-Ryan State Park where pets are OK on a leash. 

Potosi Pines Campers Were Blessed

It was a busy summer for us here at Potosi, but it was a fun and wonderful busy!  We offered 7 conference camps again this year.  We had something for everyone from 1st grade on up through graduated seniors.   Of course, none of it could have been done without the amazing volunteers that came to help.  Our campers were so blessed by all who came with their servant’s hearts to give back. At the end of each camp, we always ask the campers to complete the sentence “Because of camp….” Read more to see a few of our favorite responses.

Potosi Celebrates 60 years of renewing lives!

2018 is a big year for Potosi!  We are looking forward to celebrating our 60th-anniversary!  We have two great celebration events planned, one on Oct 6 and again Dec 1.  Come and be a part of this celebration of 60 years of ministry at Potosi!

On the Road with Dan

Okay, so we’re not in a car driving down the road, but rather a river… canoeing the Brule River in Wisconsin. This summer, my next older brother, Steve, and I canoed the Brule, a meandering river with many waters…shallow and deep; lazy and swift.

Welcome! North District New Clergy Appointments

The North District is delighted to share the clergy appointees serving new positions in the district. From a minister who joins us for the first time, to clergy who have been a part of the North District family in the past, we welcome you.

2 North District Lay Servant Academies in September

Good news! North District Lay Servant Ministries is setting records: For the first time in memory, we are offering TWO Academies in one month! For the first time ever, we are offering an advanced course written specifically for the Desert Southwest Conference! SEPTEMBER 7-8, 2018.

Early Response Team (ERT) Classes

Join the Desert Southwest Conference Early Response Team (ERT).  Find out where the next ERT training classes will be held. 

On the Road with Dan

I have been anticipating and looking forward to the opening of the Interstate 11 section at Boulder City. My drive south is frequent and the new section was claimed to reduce drive time significantly. This past Saturday, as I drove south to Kingman, this new section was open. I passed the usual turn and followed the fresh black-top and the bright striping. The new Interstate bends into the desert and past the Veterans’ Memorial Park as it makes its way toward the O’Callaghan-Tillman Bridge over the Colorado.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries Committee Meeting in Las Vegas

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries Committee of Global Ministries held its annual meeting in Las Vegas on July 25, 2018. The committee represents the varieties of its constituency: persons who are culturally Deaf, hard of hearing persons, late-deafened, Deafblind, and sign language interpreters.

Mission Trip Opportunity

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Coordinators for the Desert Southwest Conference are initiating a Conference-wide home build in Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point), Mexico, through 1Mission as an effort to involve people who are unlikely to go on a mission trip, to participate in an awesome weekend mission experience with brothers and sisters in Christ. This is going to be fun!

Study: Why Americans go (or don’t go) to church

WASHINGTON — A new Pew Research Center survey finds that the main reason people regularly go to church, synagogue, mosque or another house of worship is an obvious one: to feel closer to God. But the things that keep people away from religious services are more complicated.

Join a 10-day Pilgrimage Journey into the Holy Land

The Reverend Donald E. Hegeman, pastor at St. John’s UMC, will lead a 10-day pilgrimage (March 12 to March 21, 2019)  into the Holy Land of Israel and Palestine (plus an available 4 day elective to visit Jordan’s amazing Wadi Rum and Petra, returning March 25, 2019)…..

Indoor Labyrinth Experience – University UMC July 31st

Well, the summer is 1/2 over, but there are amazing things happening in the Las Vegas Valley. Come and join a unique way to experience the labyrinth, and in addition, an opportunity to learn to create one, and to do so hands-on in the space.

Developing Your Ministry Plan

Bring your team together to use the School of Congregational Development Ministry Plan to develop a focus for your church. During these 60-minute sessions, you will learn key principals for congregational development, focus on key areas of congregational ministry, and engage in a time of learning for your whole team.  Join all four webinars to build your team and implement new ideas for vital congregational ministry.

Congratulations Pastor Sandra Lee Johnson

It is an honor to share the good news. Pastor Sandy Johnson, a longtime member of St. Michael’s United Methodist Church (UMC), and a chaplain for Hospice of Havasu in Lake Havasu, AZ, graduated from the Claremont School of Theology local pastor course of study program this past Saturday, July 7th.

Ripples – Message from Dan

Ripples becoming waves becoming ripples was a part of the message and experience of our 2018 Desert Southwest Annual Conference. Throughout the conference, we considered the many ways in which our individual actions make an impact far beyond ourselves. As we collectively participate in the movement, the ripple carries an increasingly greater impact (don’t miss the 7-second video at the end of the article).

North District Lay Servant Academy

The North District Lay Servant Academy hosted by St. Johns United Methodist Church (UMC) in Kingman, Arizona will begin Friday, June 29, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and will continue Saturday, June 30, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  A two-day basic course and a two-day advanced course will be offered. Each Course Fee – $10 and Registration Deadline – June 22, 2018.

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