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05/06/2020
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Water for the Navajo Nation Part 2 - Desert Southwest Conference
05/06/2020
Water for the Navajo Nation Part 2 - Desert Southwest Conference

Water for the Navajo Nation Part 2 - Desert Southwest Conference

Mission Project 2020:Water for the Navajo Nation Billie K. Fidlin Director of Outreach & Justice   As we continue in this time of trial with the COVID-19 virus, things continue to decline on the Navajo Reservation. While many tribes throughout the country are facing similar challenges including her...

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05/06/2020
Want to subscribe to find out the latest? - Desert Southwest Conference

Want to subscribe to find out the latest? - Desert Southwest Conference

Bishop Bob Hoshibata in collaboration with Christina Dillabough, Director of Communications for the Desert Southwest Conference, is publishing a weekly or bi-weekly news blast to share quick news notes and helpful tech tips for our church leadership called, E-Lumination. This is intended to be a com...

COVID-19 Impacts April 2020 Apportionment Receipts - Desert Southwest Conference
05/05/2020
COVID-19 Impacts April 2020 Apportionment Receipts - Desert Southwest Conference

COVID-19 Impacts April 2020 Apportionment Receipts - Desert Southwest Conference

Not unexpectedly, the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted our churches and our apportionment receipts from them in April 2020. For the first 4 months of 2020, our churches contributed 21.4% of their apportionments. This was 4.3% below last year and 5.5% below our average apportionment contribution...

Pentecost, the Spirit is Moving - Desert Southwest Conference
05/05/2020
Pentecost, the Spirit is Moving - Desert Southwest Conference

Pentecost, the Spirit is Moving - Desert Southwest Conference

The month of May holds a couple of national holidays, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. It also ends with an important feast day in the church, Pentecost. Pentecost celebrates the story found in Acts 2:1-13.

Bishop Harvey makes history as first Hispanic woman to be COB President - Desert Southwest Conference
05/05/2020
Bishop Harvey makes history as first Hispanic woman to be COB President - Desert Southwest Conference

Bishop Harvey makes history as first Hispanic woman to be COB President - Desert Southwest Conference

Bishop Harvey makes history as first Hispanic woman to be COB President WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of the Louisiana Area has made history by becoming the first Hispanic woman to be president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church. She is also the first woman ...

Open Table - Helping a young adult learn to drive - Desert Southwest Conference
05/05/2020
Open Table - Helping a young adult learn to drive - Desert Southwest Conference

Open Table - Helping a young adult learn to drive - Desert Southwest Conference

Open Table ministry has been building relationships and supporting those in need for 15 years. It's messy but oh so rewarding. Our young adults have expressed how much their table members have provided support, community, and social resources which have made a significant impact on their lives.

Mark's Musings - What Do We Take For Granted? - Desert Southwest Conference
05/05/2020
Mark's Musings - What Do We Take For Granted? - Desert Southwest Conference

Mark's Musings - What Do We Take For Granted? - Desert Southwest Conference

How many things in life have we taken for granted? It has always been there and will always be there. Toilet paper falls into this category for me. It wasn’t until this pandemic I started to appreciate all of the resources, and work, involved in producing toilet paper.

On the Road with Dan May 2020 - Desert Southwest Conference
05/04/2020
On the Road with Dan May 2020 - Desert Southwest Conference

On the Road with Dan May 2020 - Desert Southwest Conference

In this season of isolation, when I am now "off-roading," I have been enjoying the spring flowers which bring fresh life into the landscape of my backyard. They represent hope and rebirth. I find it good for the soul to dig in the earth (OK chisel) and nurture forth life in the garden.

How might this season of unrest soften me? - Desert Southwest Conference
05/04/2020
How might this season of unrest soften me? - Desert Southwest Conference

How might this season of unrest soften me? - Desert Southwest Conference

I don't know about you, but I am not sure I ever used the word 'mitigate' in a sentence before March of this year. I used other words with similar meanings, but 'mitigate' seems to be in every sentence these days. Mitigating the effects of Covid 19, mitigating the emotional effects of not being able...

Local Church Racial/Ethnic Ministries Grant - Desert Southwest Conference
05/01/2020
Local Church Racial/Ethnic Ministries Grant - Desert Southwest Conference

Local Church Racial/Ethnic Ministries Grant - Desert Southwest Conference

News Release Local Church Racial/Ethnic Ministries Grant Applications Due Sept. 1   NASHVILLE, Tenn. May 1, 2020/Discipleship Ministries/ – Applications for Racial Ethnic Local Church Concerns (RELCC) grants up to $7,000 to help local United Methodist churches build ministries that strengthen and...

Water for the Reservation - Desert Southwest Conference
04/30/2020
Water for the Reservation - Desert Southwest Conference

Water for the Reservation - Desert Southwest Conference

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 where the temperatures vary fr...

04/30/2020
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An important webinar on the CARES Act, racial inequality, and the banking industry. A must see from the General Commission on Religion & Race.

Join us for: Be Still and Know - Desert Southwest Conference
04/29/2020
Join us for: Be Still and Know - Desert Southwest Conference

Join us for: Be Still and Know - Desert Southwest Conference

Desert Southwest Annual Conference, I pray all is well during this pandemic season. As you know, General Conference 2020 was scheduled to begin May 5, 2020. Although as Reconciling Methodist, we were anticipating that date to signal the dawn of a new ERA of full inclusion in the UMC, due to the COVI...

Mark's Musings - Caring Makes a Difference - Desert Southwest Conference
04/28/2020
Mark's Musings - Caring Makes a Difference - Desert Southwest Conference

Mark's Musings - Caring Makes a Difference - Desert Southwest Conference

I have grown African Violets now and again for decades. The last time I stopped was because they became too much work, with way too many African Violets. Some of my discouragement came with a bug called thrips. I could never figure out how to completely get rid of them.

Half of US Households Have Responded to the 2020 Census! - Desert Southwest Conference
04/27/2020
Half of US Households Have Responded to the 2020 Census! - Desert Southwest Conference

Half of US Households Have Responded to the 2020 Census! - Desert Southwest Conference

Half of U.S. Households Have Responded to the 2020 Census! The country has reached an important milestone in the 2020 Census. Half of all of the households in the country have responded – that’s nearly 74 million responses! It has never been easier to … Please see new video and social media po...

Call To Action to Value our Immigrants - Desert Southwest Conference
04/24/2020
Call To Action to Value our Immigrants - Desert Southwest Conference

Call To Action to Value our Immigrants - Desert Southwest Conference

Call to Action to Value our Immigrants National Justice for Our Neighbors Responds to Trump Administration’s Immigration Suspension Last night, President Donald Trump signed a proclamation in an effort to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States. This ban, effective on Thursday, Apri...

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The Desert Southwest Conference is the regional center for United Methodist ministry in the Desert Southwest. Geographically, nearly all of Arizona, the lower half of Nevada, and a sliver of California are covered by the Conference. The conference is made up over 140 United Methodist Churches and supports a multitude of urban ministries, outreach programs, camps, events, and much more. The vision of the Desert Southwest Conference is a transformed world through Jesus.

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An important webinar on the CARES Act, racial inequality, and the banking industry. A must see from the General Commission on Religion & Race.
News on benefits: USDA Increases Monthly SNAP Benefits by 40% Emergency Benefits Prompted by COVID-19 (Washington, D.C., April 22, 2020) –Today, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced emergency benefit increases have reached $2.0 billion per month for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households across all 50 states and 3 territories to increase food security during the coronavirus national emergency. These emergency benefits represent a 40% increase in overall monthly SNAP benefits, significantly increasing food purchasing power for American families. “These are unprecedented times for American families who are facing joblessness and hunger. USDA is providing a 40% increase in SNAP benefits to ensure that low-income individuals have enough food to feed themselves and their families during this national emergency,” said Secretary Perdue. “President Trump is taking care of America’s working-class families who have been hit hard with economic distress due to the coronavirus. Ensuring all households receive the maximum allowable SNAP benefit is an important part of President Trump’s whole of America response to the coronavirus.” Background: Currently, a household with two adults, 3 children, and no income can receive the maximum benefit of $768. However, due to reportable income and other factors, the average 5-person household receives significantly less, $528. These emergency benefits would provide the average 5-person household an additional $240 monthly in food purchasing power, bringing the average household up to the same benefit level as households already receiving the maximum. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), signed into law by President Trump, provided for the issuance of emergency allotments in response to COVID-19. Across the United States, emergency allotments total nearly $2 billion per month, which is in addition to approximately $4.5 billion in benefits already provided to SNAP households each month. All SNAP households that are eligible to receive less than the maximum benefit will receive the emergency allotment supplement to bring them up to the maximum. By law, SNAP households are not permitted to receive more than the maximum allotment. SNAP emergency allotments allow states to raise benefits to the maximum amount for the household’s size for up to two months, and USDA is providing additional guidance today to states that want to further extend these emergency allotments month by month as prescribed by the law. Hawaii - approved last Friday - was the final state agency authorized to provide the emergency allotments, which are now authorized in all 50 states, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. States could request to provide an emergency allotment for current SNAP households beginning in March. USDA is continuing to work closely with states so that supplements are provided in subsequent months as this public health emergency warrants, as outlined in FFCRA. Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of actions that USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service has taken to uphold the USDA’s commitment to “Do Right and Feed Everyone” during this national emergency. Other actions include: Providing more than 227 million pounds of food – valued at $243 million through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), with another $850 million available from the FFCRA and Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act. Launching Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) to provide the value of school breakfast and lunch to families eligible for free and reduce-price lunch; Issuing Disaster Household Distributions, food targeted to meet specific needs when traditional channels of food are unavailable, to 16 States and territories, and 29 tribes; Providing more than one million meals a week to rural children through public-private partnership Meals to You; Allowing states to serve free meals to children in all areas across more than 35,000 feeding sites nation-wide; Maximizing flexibilities, such as parent-pickup and meal times requirements, for the free meals provided through schools and other providers; Increasing access to online purchasing by expanding the online purchasing pilot to cover half of all SNAP households; Debuting “Meals for Kids” interactive site finder – to help families find meals for children while schools are closed; and Providing administrative flexibilities in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to allow for social distancing and for State to more quickly process new applications. These actions and more are part of USDA’s focus on service during the COVID-19 outbreak. For additional information on the many actions FNS has taken to respond to COVID-19, visit www.fns.usda.gov/coronavirus or follow us @USDANutrition. FNS administers 15 nutrition assistance programs that leverage American’s agricultural abundance to ensure children and low-income individuals and families have nutritious food to eat. FNS also co-develops the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which provide science-based nutrition recommendations and serve as the cornerstone of federal nutrition policy.
Earth Day Prayer April 22nd of every year celebrates Earth Day. This year, April 22, 2020 will mark the 50th Anniversary of celebrating Earth Day. The Conference Board of Church & Society offers this prayer for you to share. Thank you to Sarah King for this contribution from Vernon Masayesva, former Chair of the Hopi Tribe, current Executive Director of Black Mesa Trust HONORING OUR EARTH MOTHER: Today we honor our Mother Earth, this is her day. But we cannot be joyfully celebrating as our Mother is sick and crying, but no one seems to be listening, less trying to comfort her. Man was put on earth to take good care of our Mother; instead we exploit that which we have been gifted with. Instead of adopting wise use of our resources we are poisoning the air and water, causing climate change and Earth Mother is reacting. Think and Ponder this in view of the Coronavirus pandemic as scientists, risking their own lives, are scrambling to find the cure before more lives are senselessly taken. They will find a cure, but unfortunately it will be temporary. Another virus will come again and again. The Hopi elders say the cause is the way man is slowly killing Mother Earth by exploiting the natural resources to make money, to gain wealth and political power. Let each one of us use this moment to tell our Mother: “I am listening and I will do whatever I can to help with the healing process.” Together we will find a way to use the natural resources wisely for the benefit of all who live on earth by combining science, technology, religious faiths and art. Together let us carry out a Hopi Prayer: “Let there be Life, let it be a good Life, and let it be Forever.”
Help for Child Care Providers Billie K. Fidlin / Director of Outreach & Justice Gov. Doug Ducey announced on April 6th that the Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee has allocated aid dollars to the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs. The YMCA will receive $2.4 million, and the Boys and Girls Clubs $1.1 million. These funds are directed to help the organizations expand child care for parents working in essential services.
Help for Child Care Providers Billie K. Fidlin / Director of Outreach & Justice Gov. Doug Ducey announced on April 6th that the Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee has allocated aid dollars to the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs. The YMCA will receive $2.4 million, and the Boys and Girls Clubs $1.1 million. These funds are directed to help the organizations expand child care for parents working in essential services.
As a member of the Governor's Statewide Complete Count Committee, Faith-Based Subcommittee on the Census 2020, I'm honored to share this video from our chair Rev. Dr. Warren Stewart Sr. Please share widely. ~ Billie K. Fidlin, Director of Outreach & Justice, Desert Southwest Conference UMC
For those of you in the Phoenix area, Mayor Kate Gallego has issued the following request: The Phoenix Fire Department and City of Phoenix Police Department are collecting unopened medical/sanitation materials through a drive-up donation site at the Phoenix Convention Center (5th St. and Jefferson) between 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m today through Friday, March 27, at 3:00 p.m. Those on the front lines of this epidemic are risking their lives to save strangers, spending days away from families, placing their lives on hold. For those of us not in a position to drop off supplies, we ask one thing -- stay home. The health of our community depends on it. We're in this together, -- Mayor Kate Gallego
Good afternoon! I am with the Children's Ministry at Journey UMF in Maricopa, AZ and looking for recycled VBS material that you might have from previous years? Decorations not necessary. Leaders/Directors book and Song CD at minimum.
Weren't able to take advantage of the UMC EarthKeepers training? Consider the faith-based Creation Care training in Atlanta this March! https://www.climaterealityproject.org/training
The Board of Church and Society at Dove will be presenting “Global Warming - A Christian Perspective” on Saturday, November 10 in rooms 15/16 from 10:00 am - 2:30 pm. This presentation is the product of months of hard work and current research by members of the Dove Church and Society Board. Much effort was put into gathering and fact checking the data being presented. Please join us to educate ourselves on the issue in order to learn and consider what possible roles we, as Christians, might have as stewards of God’s creation on managing Climate Change. There will be discussion breaks included in this program. We are asking for RSVPs by November 5th so that we can arrange the seating in the room and plan for a light lunch. RSVP to Marti in Dove's office at 623-572-7334 or email Jill at [email protected]