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What’s Lost and What’s Gained

What’s Lost and What’s Gained

We’ve been in our new house for a month now, and no matter where we look, my wife Felida and I can’t find our silverware. Losing something you need or value is a hazard of moving.   One year when we moved from Sedona to Tucson, the movers packed our printer in the wrong box and we couldn’t find it for six months. And this time it’s the silverware; for three weeks we used plastic forks, knives and spoons at every meal until my wife gave in and bought a cheap set of tableware from the dollar store. If we’re lucky, we’ll find what we’ve lost before we move from this house again. 

District Training for Local Church Administrative Committees

In the first months of the year, people who have been elected to local church leadership begin their new ministry roles. The Desert Southwest Conference recognizes the importance of these church leaders and the importance of training them on the disciplinary duties of the local church administrative committees.

Music in the Time of COVID-19

It’s not time to bring back choral music or congregational singing to our worship services, but pastors, musicians, and others involved in planning worship who missed the ‘Risk Mitigation Strategies for Choirs’ webinar in December can still view the video and check...

Announcing New Conference Clergy Wellness Task Force

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Conference Clergy Wellness Task Force at the direction of the Connectional Ministries Team. Structurally this task force will fall within the Health & Caring Ministries Team. Members include Melissa Rynders, Tom...

God With Us

God With Us

And as a sign that God was with them, Isaiah spoke of a sign, a symbol of hope, an assurance of God’s promise that God is always with us, even when things are awful or scary. That sign, that symbol, was the birth of a child. Someone was pregnant, and with the birth of her child, hope would come anew into the world. 

2021 Virtual Lay Servant Ministry Classes

2021 Virtual Lay Servant Ministry Classes

The West District Director of Lay Servant Ministries will be offering the Advanced course, Discover Your Spiritual Gifts, virtually. There will be offering two sessions – a day class to meet the needs of those not able to attend an evening class and an evening / early Saturday morning class for those not able to meet during the day.

Thoughts from Matt – Signs of New Life and Hope

Thoughts from Matt – Signs of New Life and Hope

When it rains, it pours.  Last week, my wife Felida was looking on her Facebook page when she saw that her cousins in the Philippines were stranded on the second floor of their home during a terrible flood.  They had small children with them and were using Facebook to call for help.  Nobody could get to them, but thankfully the waters receded by the next day and they were okay. Last week, three separate typhoons hit the Philippines in succession, and so the Manilla area flooded.  This is nothing new, just as hurricanes are nothing new on the East Coast and Gulf Coast of the United States.  In fact, Filipino homes used to be built on stilts so that they could stay above water when the floodwaters came.  They aren’t built that way anymore, so residents know to just keep their heads above water and survive.

Two Covid-19 Friendly Mission Projects for your Whole Church!

Timely! Useful! Practical!   Assemble Cleaning Buckets One five-gallon round bucket with re-sealable lid One 16-40 oz. bottle liquid concentrate household cleaner One 16-34 oz. bottle dish soap One 4-8 oz. pump spray air freshener One 6-14 oz. pump spray insect...

Thoughts From Matt – Where Love Lives

Thoughts From Matt – Where Love Lives

Apple is a rescue dog. At ten months old, she was a pregnant and homeless teenager. There was no room in the inn, so she was sent to the Nogales shelter, where she was deemed undesirable (they thought she was a pit bull and would be difficult to place). So Apple was scheduled to be euthanized, her short life almost over before it began. Then good things began to happen for Apple. A woman who runs a private animal rescue visited the shelter and saw something in Apple, saw that she’s a cattle dog with a good heart and a lot to give. And so Apple was taken to a foster home in Hereford, where she gave birth to three puppies, though she was still a puppy herself.

Finding Your Voice: An Online Contemplative Writing Retreat

Finding Your Voice: An Online Contemplative Writing Retreat

When the pandemic crisis hit, many of us were stunned into silence with the loss of social freedom, the threat of infection, as well as concerns about friends and neighbors. The killing of George Floyd and the protests that followed heightened our need to “find our...

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