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Potluck this Sunday

This weekend, we will engage in a popular United Methodist tradition: a potluck! Bring a dish to share — we will provide the utensils, drinks and paper goods. We will work on ensuring that the football game is being streamed, if only on a small screen, and we will enjoy some time together. Kim Parrot of the United Methodist Foundation will be…

Epiph-a-what?

This week, Epiphany is recognized by Christians all over the world.  It is a day marking the arrival of the Magi at the manger in Bethlehem, Jesus’ baptism by John, and often, the miracle of the wedding at Cana when Jesus turned water into wine. Epiphany is the church’s means of recognizing God as taking human form – as Jesus.  For some,…

New Year

This week, a new year will begin. At the time of this writing, it is the last day of 2015. I read somewhere that we are in book 2015; it is page 364 of 365 – this book is almost over. Some of you may celebrate tonight in high style. Others of you may celebrate quietly at home. Still others may not…

Christmas

Dear Journey Family and Friends, This week is Christmas. It is about a baby, new parents, shepherds, angels and Magi. It is about promise and light and gifts. I’ve been giving a good deal of thought to gifts. Last week, we had the opportunity to create 50 bags for the homeless. We called them blessing bags. We took time for this project…

National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath

Dear Journey Family and Friends, This week is National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath. Whether or not you own a gun is not at issue. At issue is the escalating gun violence, which brings tragedy to communities all over our nation. We are called to stand against, speak out, and abhor violence in all of its forms. Here are some thoughts from Rev.…

Thankful

Next week is Thanksgiving. Some of us are excited it is finally here, while others of us can’t believe it is already here. Some of us enjoy all of the traditions surrounding Thanksgiving. Others of us will be creating new traditions. It is a wonderful time and a terrible time. I challenge you to spend time each day, from now through Thanksgiving…

Road Notes for the Journey

This week, Phoenix had a “race for the cure,” to bring awareness to breast cancer and the continued need for research.  Maricopa will have a walk to bring awareness to domestic violence.  The United Methodist Church Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has begun to bring awareness to the need for assistance to those recovering from the floods in the Southeast. There are so many…

It’s summertime! For those of us in sunny Arizona, summer means trying to find a cool spot in the shade (or in a pool), prayers for our air conditioners to hold out and vacations. For many around these parts, that means going someplace cooler for the weekends – like “up north” or the beach! Summer is…

collage of youth preparing emergency kits for the homeless

Learning Together!

Learning is better together! That’s just part of what 10 of our Journey youth have been learning over the past weeks. The kids, ages 10-13, are learning teamwork, how to navigate the Bible, and what it means to be part of a church family. Along the way, they’ve learned about each other, the church, issues…