Posts from August 2018


2018 Annual Conference

The Desert Southwest Conference took place June 17 with a total attendance of 497 including clergy and laity. The Conference consists of 118 churches and 12 fellowships. Bishop Hoshibata chose the theme “Giving God our Best” with the accompanying scripture Colossians 3:12-15. Guest plenary speakers included Rose Glass who wondered what would need to change in all of us in order to make a vision reality. Rev. Gina Campbell led the laity session through exercises on forming and telling our…

August 26, 2018 – Anthem

Just Tell Them When You Saw Me I Was on My Way Our very own Connie Groff sang a wonderful Anthem at the 9:00 & 10:30 am service! She was accompanied by Jon Groff, Landon Grote, Kayla Carnicle and Maggie Atterbury. Here is the video in case you missed it.

A Passion for God

Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 The prophet Jeremiah is the model of the true patriot. Out of his passionate devotion to God, he sees all too clearly how his beloved Judah has forsaken God. He hears God speak: “Why have they provoked me to anger with their images, with their worthless foreign idols?” Jeremiah’s heart breaks because of Judah’s wickedness and his commitment to his country’s well-being. “Since my people are crushed, I am crushed,” he mourns. Jeremiah bases his loyalty to Judah…

The Power of Love

Luke 4:21-30 Speaking prophetic words doesn’t insure popularity. Jesus was often rejected when he preached the gospel of good news. He cites the text of the prophet Isaiah to tell his friends in Nazareth, people he has known all his life, about his call to bring good news to the poor, release to the captives, freedom to the oppressed, and sight to the blind. This scripture is fulfilled in your hearing, Jesus says. This news takes the people of Nazareth…