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From the Pastor

COVID-19 UPDATE: Church Closing

Friends, We’ve been carefully watching the CDC, Governor Ducey, and Bishop Hoshibata’s recommendations for gathering. Given the CDC’s recommendation that groups larger than 50 stop meeting for at least 8 weeks, it has become clear that the only responsible decision is to suspend all gatherings at the church until further notice. To be clear: we…

COVID-19 Update (March 13)

But if someone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but refuses to help—how can the love of God dwell in a person like that? Little children, let’s not love with words or speech but with action and truth. (1 John 3:17-18)   Beloved people of Grace, As the news keeps…

Pastor’s Response to General Conference Decision

I’ve just finished the final day of General Conference and here’s what I need you all to know: over 15,000 young adults, the leaders from all 13 United Methodist seminaries, majority of the Bishops, and 47% of the elected delegates made a stand for unity and inclusion in the United Methodist Church. Unfortunately, 53% of the…

Breath Prayer

The Breath Prayer that we know today originated with the Desert Mothers and Fathers The Breath Prayer that we know today originated with the Desert Mothers and Fathers as a way to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). It’s a way to center yourself in God as your begin our day. Close your eyes and…

Sabbath Letter to Congregation

This summer, from July 30- August 29, I am excited to share that I have been granted a spiritual renewal leave. According to our Book of Discipline, clergy are to take at least one month of spiritual growth and renewal leave every four years. As I begin my sixth year of ministry, I know it’s…

Annual Conference Announces a New Vision for our Mission Projects

This year, the mission projects for Annual Conference will match the mission offerings given during Conference worship services. Our Bishop has selected the three projects: Arizona Justice for Our Neighbors (AZ JFON / Tucson), The Inn Project (Tucson) and our international offering – Tongan relief aide. The success of these mission ministries depends on the…

Why Give to Grace?

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must give as they has decided in their heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9: 6-7 Here at Grace we rejoice in witnessing all the ways God’s love is…

Welcome, Alma Aguirre-Olivares!

Sunday in worship, I announced that the cabinet intends to appoint Alma Aguirre-Olivares as the co-pastor at Grace UMC. She will lead our ministry with Hispanic-culture and Spanish-speaking people in the community. I am beyond excited for what’s ahead of us. We are already seeing signs of new life at Grace so I know that it’s going to bloom in amazing ways.…