Meals for Wesley Foundation in Tucson AZ

Frontera Wesley (Wesley Foundation of UA) is looking for volunteers who are willing to bring dinner on Thursday nights to serve about 15 University of Arizona and Pima Community College students at the Campus Christian Center, 715 N. Park, Tucson AZ.  If you are...

Youth 2019 National Gathering

The national gathering for United Methodist youth and their leaders in Kansas City next July 10-14 promises four days of discipleship, worship, Bible study, big-name musical artists, service opportunities and life-changing fun. Early bird registration is available through Jan. 31 and includes a discounted rate, plus a free spot for every 10 paid registrants. And adults who volunteer for the event get registration at half-price. YOUTH 2019 is for youth grades 6-12 and their leaders.

Hispanic Heritage Month outreach

Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15-Oct. 15, and new tools are available to help your church celebrate the contributions of Hispanic-Latino individuals in your community. Use these resources to invite your community to join you for worship and events throughout the month and to celebrate and build awareness of Hispanic-Latino culture and traditions.

A Position of Peace

It has been almost twenty-nine years since I had my cancer surgeries and chemotherapy. I’m very grateful for all the healing that happened in my life. I’m also aware that my cancer experience changed who I am as a person. One of my few regrets from that time is that I feel like I could have been a better patient. One of my long-standing goals is to prepare myself to be a more gracious patient. It is easy to be a faithful Christian when everything is going well, but what about when our world is turned upside down?

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!

Blessings in Our Lives

I find it ironic that I’m not looking forward to a huge blessing that I’m receiving this week. On Wednesday I start the process of removing a (large) kidney stone from my kidney. It’s amazing to me how many things can go wrong with our bodies! My doctor has made it clear that this first surgery will not completely remove my staghorn kidney stone. If left untreated, this kidney stone could kill my kidney or cause infections that would be detrimental to my health. This is a condition that I cannot fix on my own, and it is not going to just go away. I’m having to depend on the skill and dedication of other people to remove this kidney-invader. Although not fun, it is a huge blessing that this treatment is available to me.

New Face in the South District

The Rev. Deanna Self-Price grew up in North Canton, Ohio.  While in college, she worked as a Library Technical Assistant and later graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in English.  Discovering a call to ministry, she served on several church staffs in the West Ohio Annual Conference as a professional church lay-worker.  Her field of expertise at the time included: youth and young adult ministry, Christian Education, and Outreach program ministry.  She was responsible for several mission trips, retreats, and study groups. 

Chrysalis Weekend for Youth

Chrysalis is a 3 day spiritual renewal retreat that provides participants an opportunity to learn more about faith; to experience Christian love and support; and a chance to make new commitments in their faith journey. The content of the 3 days focuses on God’s grace, how one experiences Christ as friend in the body of Christ and how one is called into discipleship giving love to a needful world.  

Letting Go of Worry

Five weeks ago, my new urologist said that we need to eliminate the possibility that I have bladder cancer. My issue is that after I do even mild exercise I have visible blood in my urine. This has happened in the past and was determined to be kidney stones (which is still a strong possibility). At that time, though, it infrequently happened. Now it is almost every day. Ironically, the first urine test that the urologist took had perfect results, with no blood (visible or not visible) showing up in the test. Now I feel like that car that is taken to the mechanic with an issue, and the issue refuses to happen in front of the mechanic.

Mark’s Musings – July 17, 2018

Thirty-five years ago, I moved away from my home-state of Michigan. I left as soon as I graduated from high school, and I haven’t lived there since. When I first moved away for college, my visits back to Michigan usually happened at least once a year. Thirty-five years later, I don’t return very often. When I do, it is usually for a wedding or funeral. Sunday my wife and I returned from a two week visit to Michigan that was just for fun. It was a great time to visit with family and friends that I rarely see!

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