Dear Friends of the SW Conference,
As the Holiday season approaches and your family makes its decisions about end-of-year donations, we hope you will consider a gift to the Southwest Conference.
As you may well know, this has been a year of transition for all of us here in the conference office: John Dorhauer was elected as the General Minister and President of the UCC, Lee Albertson stepped in as Acting Conference Minister, the Executive Board signed a 3-year contract with Rev. Dr. Bill Lyons as our incoming Designated Conference Minister, Barbara Decker (after 15 years with the conference) will be retiring at the end of the year, and we hired Sheri Slaybaugh as her replacement.
We have tried to maintain our level of service to the churches in the conference through it all as we work with churches looking for new pastoral leadership and churches going through crises. We have acted as a pastor and consultant to your pastor. In addition, we have worked with new churches, offered an Innovation Laboratory to teach innovation skills to a test group of churches, hired Ken McIntosh to facilitate innovation and renewal in our churches by the formation of triads and other resourcing mechanisms, and demonstrated some Post Modern worship experiences.
Of course, we also had a wonderful Annual Meeting experience in Sedona, a fabulous camp for our youth and young adults in Prescott, and just recently, a retreat for the clergy.
But all of this takes funding. The SWC churches pledge their support, and they have been generous and faithful in their efforts. But we count on all of you to help, too, if you can. We especially need that extra boost this year for moving expenses to bring Bill Lyons to the Southwest.
Our future looks exciting as we prepare for new leadership, new vision, and new ways to serve the churches of the Southwest Conference! Your help is greatly appreciated.
Please send your donation to:
917 E. Sheridan
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Lee, Holly, Barbara, and Sheri