Desert Skies Update about Covid-19

Dear Desert Skies Family,

I miss you!  Long gone are the days when we thought worship in-person might resume at any time…Holy Week, Pentecost, Graduation Sunday—all past and gone. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us in some way, and we continue to follow the CDC guidelines, the Bishop’s directives, and the conversations our school districts are having around safety and gathering. We have a re-opening plan in phases once our numbers in Arizona start going in the right direction, but we will not open to in-person worship until we can safely provide the kind of worship experience that will be meaningful, which includes, of course, the gathering of community that we all so desire.
We are indeed grateful that you continue to be a generous church, which has allowed us to keep our staff employed as well as our buildings cleaned and maintained. We are all learning new things every day about the online/digital world, and we hope you will take advantage of the adult, youth and children’s opportunities to be involved. Here are the giving guidelines once more, in case you need them or are new to our faith community.
Here are the ways you can continue to give to the church during the pandemic.

1.     Write a check and mail it to the church: 3255 N. Houghton Rd, Tucson, AZ, 85749. Write ATTENTION Larry Dunlap on the envelope.

2.     If you have Bill Pay, enter pay to: Desert Skies UMC, and the street address (3255 N. Houghton Rd, Tucson, AZ, 85749). If an account number is requested enter ANY number you choose but NOT YOUR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER! The payment is made by check via USPS within a few days and the tellers will credit your payment as we do with any check. Your donation will appear in your online account or in your next bank statement.

3.     If you do not have Bill Pay, set up online banking with your bank or credit union. There is no charge for this service! Then go to #2 above.

4.     You can also give on our web page by credit card, but the provider charges us nearly 3% for the convenience! We prefer to keep the full value of your donation, so we encourage you to use #1 or #2 above.
Until we can meet in-person again,
Rev. Candace

A Lesson in Faithfulness: Our Presence – November 3, 2019

Scripture: Luke 18: 18-30

Jesus replied, “What is impossible for humans is possible for God.” (Luke 18:27)

Jesus reminds us that it is only with God’s help that impossible things are truly possible. We celebrate the saints who have shown us how to walk in ways of impossibility as they have left what they have known to embrace the things of God.

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Gifts of the Darkwood: The Gift of Getting Lost – Mar 11, 2018

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and behold the face of God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
while people say to me continually,
“Where is your God?” – Psalm 42 (NRSV)

The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. – 1 Samuel 3 (NRSV)

The path of life is rarely clear or straight-forward. We find ourselves lost in a Dark Wood, unclear which direction to go, perhaps having strayed from the path we thought we were on. It is at these times that the gift of getting lost is that we begin to pay more attention than we usually do. Perhaps we are looking for blatant signs when the subtle nudges of Spirit are already right there. Our Lent journey invites us to get quiet and open wide our senses.

Bread, Bath and Beyond: Beyond the Fear – Feb 11, 2018

Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Mark 9:2-9

The saying goes, “feel the fear and do it anyway.” These common men, who just a mere few years earlier were getting up every day and simply praying for a good catch of fish, stand on the top of a mountain and see their leader joined by dead, yet famous, ancestors of the faith. They already have begun to realize the Jesus is something of a legend, but this seals it, and they are terrified. They felt the fear and left their professions anyway to follow Jesus. And now perhaps they can see that this is not your ordinary life they’re mixed up in. Do you feel like there are extraordinary things you could do if only you could move beyond the fear?

This last service in our series offers a ritual moment to offer our lives and efforts in co-creating God’s Reign with extraordinary courage.