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August Happenings at Camp

The Tied Together fundraising campaign kicked off July 1 with great success!  We are over half way to our goal of selling 500 t-shirts by August 31!  For each gift of up to $25, we will create a 4x4 inch "tie-dyed t-shirt" complete with the camp logo and your name....

2021 Local Initiatives Grant Application for Ecumenical and Interreligious Ministries

2021 Local Initiatives Grant Application for Ecumenical and Interreligious Ministries

Every year the Council of Bishops awards three grants to annual conferences from around the world that are involved in ecumenical and/or interreligious ministry.  These grants are for $1,000 US each and must be used for ministry projects that focus on...

DSC RACE Announces Anti-Racism Initiatives for Desert Southwest Conference

        DSC-RACE.com Newly Formed Coalition Presents Actionable Steps to Combat Racism Phoenix, AZ: Today, the DSC RACE Coalition announced that, on September 1, 2020, they will be releasing educational materials to all members...

Creating Online Communities of Faith

By Wendy Swanson, Chair of the DSC Vital Faith Committee There is very little that can be said that is positive about how COVID 19 has affected our communities, but the development of new ministries by our churches is one. Many churches have worked hard and fast to...

Camp & Retreat Ministries: Summer Events

Although we are not currently able to hold summer camps and retreats, your Camp & Retreat Ministries staff has been busy planning activities to make your summer fun! July 1 kicks off our Tied Together fundraising campaign.  For each gift of up to $25, we will...

Sabbath Renewal Leave

Ordained ministry is a marathon not a sprint. Like any good athlete self-care is essential. Every United Methodist District Superintendent (and pastor) is offered opportunities to take times of sabbath renewal leave. I have asked for and been granted leave from June 22 – August 22, 2020.

Camp & Retreat Ministries: Coping During Covid

Covid-19 has impacted us in many ways and many of them aren’t good. With the cancellations of school years, birthday parties, events and even camps our children and youth are grieving these losses just as adults are experiencing grief around the changes. If you or...

Water for the Reservation – AC 2020 Mission Project

Imagine. For just a moment, walk with me, through more than 27,000* square miles in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. 27,000 square miles of many homes without running water or other infrastructure that many of us simply live with daily as part of our “normal”. A place...

Surprise

Surprise

It was still the very first Easter day. “That evening, while the disciples were behind closed doors … Jesus came and stood among them. He said, ‘Peace be with you.’” (John 20:19) I experience this story of Jesus’ appearance to the disciples differently this year.

7 Ways to Keep Revenue and Donations Flowing During the COVID-19 Crisis

Your congregation may have curtailed in-person services and activities because of the coronavirus, but there’s no stopping your congregation’s payroll, mortgage, and other financial obligations. Stewardship expert Rob Blezard outlines steps your church can take to address the financial challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis in this article posted by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

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