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2020 State of the Church Report: Blessed is the Church

By United Methodist Communications Nashville: The United Methodist Church has continued to carry out its mission despite the unique challenges and uncertainties of 2020. That’s according to the new 2020 State of the Church Report produced by the Connectional Table and...

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Safe Sanctuaries

Safe Sanctuaries

By Rev. Matt Ashley, South District Missional Strategist and Superintendent Does your church have a Safe Sanctuaries policy to protect children, youth and vulnerable adults who participate in your ministries or visit your campus? Several decades ago, the United...

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Who Is My Neighbor?

Who Is My Neighbor?

Most of the time I would not think that the request was strange at all. “Is it ok if I give you a hug?” This time the question came out of the blue. I had asked for a ride to the airport. After I got into the car the driver greeted me. She noticed my last name and said when she was in high school there was a school nurse who had the same last name. My response was to say, “you must have attended Maryvale High School.” The woman was shocked and said that she did and wondered how I could have known that. I told her that my mother had been the nurse at Maryvale for many years. 

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Living in the Divine Rhythm

Living in the Divine Rhythm

Discipleship is the center of our mission as a church and the center of our practice as Christians. Disciples are people who not only want to know Jesus, we are people who want to be like Jesus. Jesus lived in absolute sync with God. In fact, Scripture tells us that the two moved as one.

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What’s In A Name?

The name of a ministry is very important according to Laurie Wilson, co-chair of the Lord’s Treasures ministry at Pahrump Valley UMC.

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April 21 Apportionments Report

By Randy Bowman, Desert Southwest Conference Treasurer The Desert Southwest Conference remains in strong financial shape. That strength allowed us to credit all of our churches with a one-month apportionment dividend payment in January. As a result, our total...

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UMC Bishops end five day meeting; clarify key decisions

UMC Bishops end five day meeting; clarify key decisions

A portion of the meeting focused on the role of the episcopacy in an ever-changing environment. The group tasked with this work shared their work to date and invited bishops into small groups to provide feedback.  A final report is anticipated at the November 2021 COB meeting.

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There’s More Than Meets the Eye

by Janette Gann, Mission u dean What a wonderful way to enrich your summer! All are Welcome Three fabulous studies including worship and music with some new & old friends! So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things...

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