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Appointment Announcement ....
Bishop Bob Hoshibata intends to appoint Gary Williams as Journey's new pastor starting July 1, 2019. Gary comes to Journey from Mesquite UMC in Nevada.

In the weeks between Pastor Terry's departure and Gary's arrival, Rev. Mike Pearson will be providing Journey with pastoral support.

Gary and his wife Ann look forward to the opportunity of being part of our fellowship!

Please pray for Gary and Ann, Terry and Ivanka, Journey UMC, and First Henderson UMC as we all make this transition.

Scripture for the Week

Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Luke 5:31-32 NIV

Birthdays & Anniversaries


April Birthdays:

Cleo Carpenter, John Hancock, and Jim Howe

April Anniversaries:

Bill and Sylvia Roberts
Brian and Jen Salta
Family care
Our Journey Family is a much wider circle than those who attend services on Sunday morning! We'd like to put some names and faces with our extended family! Please send Jen pictures of family members who are not Journey attendees! Also ... furbabies are family, too! If you've not yet sent your pet pictures in, there's still time!

Introducing ... Ben!

This coming Sunday, April 7th, Ben Lundquist has agreed to help lead worship!!

Ben has a lovely tenor/baritone voice that will bless us all! Bonus! Everyone will be able to go into those lower notes!

Thank you, Ben!!!
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Thoughts & Prayers

Dear God
Please remember all those in our congregation who are dealing with health issues and/or need an extra measure of God's grace.
  • Bill and Sylvia Roberts
  • Bob Brown
  • Cleo and Jim Carpenter
  • Cyn Jones
  • Debbie Cox
  • Dorothy Hunter's Family
  • Heidi Lauterbach (and Family)
  • Jessie Munkirs
  • Jim and Sue Rosenow
  • Pearl Jackson
  • Phyllis and Mike Conlon
  • Sally and Steve Hannaford
  • Those who are facing radical change in their lives.
Our relationship with God means we can bring our prayers and requests, and ask for God’s healing hand on the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

If you, or someone you know, is in need of prayer and would like to be included on this list, please let us know.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us
. - 1 John 5:15 (NIV)
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The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are.

Reflection: Suffering and Repentance

Luke 13:1-9

1Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” 6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ 8 “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”

In our Scripture verses for today, we have our Lord teaching about two things, suffering and the need for repentance. As we continue through the Lent season, we would do well to remember how susceptible we are to life’s tragedies, and how much we need God’s forgiveness. As believers, we have a need to make sense of the world, especially in light of our faith and the fact that God exists. We need to rationalize how our belief in God translates to our circumstances and our consequent responses to those circumstances. While we may never understand everything in this life, we can trust that God is good and in control of all things. Our duty is to repent and be faithful to Him, no matter what comes our way.

Reflection Questions:

Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.
  • What is your default reaction to suffering and trials in this life? What can we learn from Jesus’ parable that may be relevant to how we react to our troubles?
  • Have you taken time during this Lent season to focus on repentance? What does it mean to produce “good fruits”?


Lord, give us a mind to understand the meaning behind our suffering, and let us be faithful to your call to endure all trials by faith. Let us come to you with a penitent heart, and let us bear good fruit in keeping with our repentance. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Weekly at Journey

2019 Calendar


  • Life Group Bible Study
  • 6:30 PM @ Carol Steinke's Home


  • Scrabble
  • 12 PM @ McDonald's by Walmart
    (The free-standing building.)


  • Coffee with the Pastor
  • 9 AM @ McDonald's by Walmart
    (The free-standing building.)


  • Children's Sunday School
  • 9 AM @ Maricopa Wells MS
  • Fellowship Time
  • 10 AM @ Maricopa Wells MS
  • Worship
  • 10:15 AM @ Maricopa Wells MS

2019 Lenten Season

Ash Wednesday Service

7 PM @ Desert Wind School
Combined Service; Maricopa Lutheran
35565 W. Honeycutt Rd.

Maundy Thursday Service

7 PM @ Maricopa Wells Middle School
Combined Service; Maricopa Lutheran

Good Friday Service

7 PM @ Maricopa Wells Middle School
Combined Service; Maricopa Lutheran

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Across the Connection


Timeline of Women in Methodism

Every woman who “stepped out of her place” to participate in mission societies at the turn of the 20th century was part of a movement that brought women into the forefront of Christian ministry. Ever since the Roman Empire co-opted the faith in the fourth century and woman were pushed out of leadership roles, female leadership had almost always been subtle, behind the scenes, and accomplished through quietly influencing men who had power. Through the new mission societies, large numbers of women learned leadership skills and found the courage to use them. They were empowered in large part by knowing that many of their sisters near and far were also answering God’s call to be in mission.

95-Year-Old Billboard Star’s Message: Love

When we recorded this interview in 2016, Shirley Bachelder told us she talks to God constantly and has done so for most of her life. Born April 3,1921, Shirley says God has surrounded her with friends, seen her through tough times, and even given her the occasional restaurant recommendation. To say thank you, Bachelder wears flowers in her hair every day and says she wants to help God get an important message out to the world.

Giving to Journey United Methodist Fellowship

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Giving to Journey United Methodist Fellowship Giving to the church is a tangible recognition that all that we have comes from God and we return a portion of those gifts for the work of God’s church in our world. Your contributions to Journey have local, regional, national, and international impact through our connectional giving system. Most of the money you give supports your …

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