Mark’s Musings – Love and Kindness

After a month and a half, we finally have our Sierra Vista house ready to go onto the market. This house was my home for 4 ½ years. As I walked through the house last week, it struck me that this is no longer my home. It has reverted to being just a house.  

What brought on this change? The biggest factor is that my wife was not there. She was at our new home in Sahuarita. We also no longer have any of our possessions in Sierra Vista except for my 1968 Mustang (we are working on the details to get it moved). The possessions that mean the most to me, and help to make a house into my home, are the ones that connect me with memories of people that I love. 

Mark’s Musings – Traditions

Traveling this year on New Year’s Day created a bit of a dilemma for me. When would I make our traditional black-eyed peas and cornbread?

Both my wife and myself have family roots in the south. The tradition is that on New Year’s Day we need to eat black-eyed peas and cornbread to have a lucky year. My wife’s side also includes cabbage. I don’t like cabbage, so I follow my family’s practices.

2018 Annual Leadership Event

The South District Leadership Event is a time to connect as the people of God, to learn and grow, and to become better equipped to make disciples in the name of Jesus Christ. Rev. Gina Gilland Pollard, our featured speaker, will be sharing “Worship: God’s People At Full Stretch Before God.”  Later in the day, Rev. Mark Conrad, our new District Superintendent will talk about “Looking Forward.”

Holiday Hours Reminder

This is just a reminder that our offices will be closed through January 1st. Email and phone calls will be checked periodically. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd.

A Day of Learning

The South District Leadership is Saturday, January 20th. Our featured speaker this year is Rev. Gina Gilland Pollard. Gina will be speaking about “Worship: God’s People At Full Stretch Before God.”  Later in the day, Rev. Mark Conrad, our new District Superintendent, will speak about his vision for the South District: “Looking Forward.” We encourage you to attend and engage with clergy and lay colleagues in the South District.

2018 South District Leadership Event

The South District Leadership Event is a time to connect as the people of God, to learn and grow, and to become better equipped to make disciples in the name of Jesus Christ. Rev. Gina Gilland Pollard, our featured speaker, will be sharing “Worship: God’s People At Full Stretch Before God.”  Later in the day,, Rev. Mark Conrad, our new District Superintendent will talk about “Looking Forward.”

Mark’s Musings – Noticing What is Around Us

This last week I moved our motorhome out of the backyard of our Sierra Vista home for the very last time. I’m ecstatic! Technically our house had an RV gate, but the reality was that it was barely wide enough. I had to approach the gate through our side-yard while scraping bushes on either side of the motorhome. Our side-yard was sloped, so there was always the risk of hitting the top of our house if I positioned the motorhome wrong. The gate was so tight that I had to pull both mirrors in to the side of the motorhome, and literally only had a couple of inches on either side of the motorhome to spare. Once I committed my entry through the gate there was no way for me to get out of the motorhome to check my progress. I came to hate moving the motorhome through the gate!

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