How can your church increase vitality by touring the Maricopa Re-entry Center (MRC) on May 8th?

By Dean Richardson, Prison Reform Committee Chair for the Desert Southwest Conference Our current Conference vision asks us to be a Courageous Church: loving like Jesus, acting for justice, united in hope. We have multi-faceted opportunities to live these attributes...

Take Advantage of Today

It is easy to convince ourselves that we will always have time to get together, but that is not true. We need to take advantage of the time that we have right now. Is there someone that we need to call or visit? Is there something that we have always dreamed of doing? Is there an apology that we need to make? Is there someone that we need to let know that we love them? This is the day that we have. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring.

What does good news look like from the perspective of ‘leftover’ people?

Don’t miss the April 28 workshop with Rev. Clayton Childers, of our General Board of Church and Society, who joins us from Washington, D.C. to help you explore how church and society teams in every congregation can help faithfully and effectively bring good news to leftover people.

Courage and Possibilities

I think that I made a mistake a couple of articles ago when I confessed that I like pulling weeds. The best that I can figure, word of this confession made it back to my weeds. Since that time, they have brought their “A” game to my yard. There have been so many weeds!

Conference Disaster Relief Committee sending team of pastors to Puerto Rico

This ‘Pastor Team’ is set to travel on a red-eye flight to Puerto Rico on Monday, April 23 for a nine-day mission. Puerto Rico is looking for additional teams to serve throughout 2018. If anyone would like to join a future disaster relief team to Puerto Rico, contact your pastor or me, the Conference Disaster Relief Coordinator, Fred Heggestad.

What Are We Planting?

On Holy Saturday I found myself digging in the dirt. Months earlier I had ordered some bulbs and bare roots to plant in our back yard. I was told that they would be shipped to me when it was the right time to plant them. I received one bare root about a month ago, and that was it. On Saturday morning I decided that I had been waiting too long, and that I would need to call this week to check on the order. Later in the day when I went out to check on the mail, I saw that the mailman had gotten creative. He left the door of the mailbox open, put a box on it, and then used a rubber-band to secure the box. My bulbs and bare roots had arrived!

Traveling Through Holy Week

I have been blessed to pastor churches with great musical talent. One of my churches had (has) an excellent adult choir. I was surprised, though, to find out that they had a tradition of doing a choir cantata on Passion/Palm Sunday. This was not a bad thing, just different from what I was use to. The cantata took up the majority of the service, and meant no sermon (also not a bad thing!).

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