Widening the Welcome

Widening the Welcome

Saturday, January 26, 12:30 - 2 p.m. at First Church UCC Phoenix

Michael Curry will be our speaker, sharing his experience at the National Widening the Welcome Gathering in New York and showing how we can incorporate this knowledge into our individual churches.

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Southwest Conference UCC calls Rev. Erin Tamayo as designated Minister for Migrant Hospitality

Southwest Conference UCC calls Rev. Erin Tamayo as designated Minister for Migrant Hospitality

Rev. Erin Tamayo will join the Southwest Conference staff full time January 14, 2019 as designated Minister for Migrant Hospitality. Her primary responsibility will be coordinating the Reception and Welcome Program being implemented by Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest throughout Arizona. Rev. Tamayo will also be a resource for Southwest Conference congregations for hospitality ministry with migrants. Rev. Tamayo’s position is made possible through a grant from LDS Charities and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services who are funding the initiative through Lutheran Social Service of the Southwest.

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The Christmas Fund 2018: The Light is Surely Coming

The Christmas Fund 2018: The Light is Surely Coming

Your gift to the Christmas Fund will not only assist pastors, but also provide for the Supplementation of Small Annuities, Supplementation of Health Premiums, Emergency Grants, and Christmas “Thank You” Gift Checks next December to lower-income retirees.

Your gifts are needed more than ever to help the growing number of retirees whose low-income annuities make it difficult to meet increasing living costs. This is your opportunity to participate in God's promise of renewal by enabling this ministry of compassion and care.

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Celebrate one of our own

Celebrate one of our own

Mark Behle has served Global Ministries, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and the United Church of Christ faithfully for thirty-three years and is finally concluding his service. The last terms have been with the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa where he worked with the church in Maseru as planning officer. Mark’s home church is in Arizona at Church of the Palms UCC, Sun City.

As a part of the [Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)] Arizona Regional Assembly, we will be celebrating Mark’s service in Tucson, Arizona at Saguaro Christian Church with a Global Ministries lunch at noon on Saturday, November 3.

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Calling all UCC youth and young adult writers

[From Rev. Trayce L, Stewart, Minister for Youth and Young Adult Engagement, Faith INFO (Faith Education, Innovation, and Formation)]

As we take to the task of revamping the youth and young adult ministries of the national UCC setting there are several projects that are in the works. One of those is to offer a 2019 Lenten devotion which will be available for download early next year. I am seeking a total of 46 writers between the ages of 12 and 30 (give or take a year or two) and trying to reserve half of those spaces for youth and young adults of color to highlight our commitment to diversity.

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A financial perspective

Financial news about a global market plunge like we experienced last week can be unsettling. Last week we asked Richard Johnson, Principal/Financial Advisor with Bernstein Private Wealth Management, for his perspective on what’s happening in the markets right now. Richard partners with the SWC Endowment Fund Management Committee as we strive to be excellent stewards of our conference resources. Here is what Richard had to say.

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Upcoming HEALTHY MINISTRY MODULES for FALL 2018 and Beyond

Upcoming HEALTHY MINISTRY MODULES for FALL 2018 and Beyond

Part of the ministerial covenant and oversight for authorized ministers in the UCC is to keep current on trainings for healthy boundary awareness in our relationships and ministry practice. In the Southwest Conference, we continue to “try out” our “Healthy Ministry Module” format for these trainings, in order to meet the various needs of clergy in our wide geography and diverse settings. The fall line-up for our Boundary Awareness Modules is now available.

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