First United Methodist Family and Friends,

What happened at the Special Session of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference on September 14?
Approximately 350 lay and clergy persons gathered at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church to consider 9 resolutions before the DSW Conference. All the resolutions addressed the issues facing our churches, conference and denomination related to ministries with LGBTQIA persons. All resolutions taking exception to actions of 2019 Special Session of General Conference were passed by a significant majority, including a resolution entitled “A Moratorium on Complaints, Investigations and Trials Against LGBTQIA+ Clergy and those Clergy Officiating Same – Gender Weddings.” First Church was represented at this conference by Marie Morais Garber, Tom Rice, Ron Wilson and myself.

It must be October because it is Stewardship Emphasis
October is the month in which we do several things to maintain the strength of our ministries and mission:

1. We remind each other that if we are behind on our giving intentions, we are encouraged to catch up.
2. The Finance Committee is busy putting together a budget for 2020. They do this carefully so as to be responsible and also challenging.
3. You can expect mailings and worship emphasis on stewardship throughout October, concluding with Laity Commitment Sunday on October 27.

Grace and Peace, Denny