Festival of God’s Creation April 25 and May 1, 2021

Were Turning Green(er)

Come & Find out How

This Earth Day Sabbath, April 25, Desert Skies is holding a Festival of Gods Creation & All-Church Service Project.  Come to worship together in casual work clothing, masked & socially distanced at 10am, either in-person at the Houghton or Vail Campus, or online.  Join in our all-church family picnic (BYOP)* & service projects from 11am – 3pm; stay as long as you like!  

We celebrate these areas of Desert Skies that have greened our campus & learn more about them: the longstanding Flea Market and how it coordinates with Care Portal, providing for our Tucson neighbors in need; our vital shaded patios, so essential to our desert life; the peaceful Memorial Garden with options in loved onesmemories.  Come learn about the most recent Eagle Scout water basin project, beautifying tourdesert landscape.  There will be tables to peruse, with products and projects conducive to a Zero Waste home. Pick up your free DSUMC tote bag!

Crafts, games and activities are happening for kids ages 3-18 from 12:45 – 2:45pm while adults can choose any one of several beautification projects on our campus. Kids can choose from paper folding to rock painting for our grounds, to potting herbs, to shaping salt clay, as well as playing Earth ball games.

The following Saturday May 1st, from 7-10am, bring your work gloves and tools for the massive tree planting (30!!) at Mica Mountain High School, the Desert Skies Vail campus, We will be working alongside members of the Vail Rotary Club, Mica Mountain & Cienega High School students.  Join us for a fantastic Earth celebration work party!

At Desert Skies UMC, stewardship of the earth has been an important part of our congregational vision. As guided by UMC Social Principles, they are the blueprint for participating in God’s renewal of all creation.  Join us as we continue in this effort!

Desert Skies Update about Covid-19

Dear Desert Skies Family,

Now that COVID cases are decreasing rapidly in our part of the County, Tanque Verde and Vail Schools are returning to in-person school, and more of us are receiving the vaccine, we are ready to resume our re-opening plan. Beginning March 7, we will have services on our patio at the Houghton Campus and in The Peak Auditorium at Mica Mountain High School by reservation. On Palm Sunday, March 28, we plan to re-open our Sanctuary, also by reservation. Then, on Easter Sunday, we will have three services: Sunrise  on the patio at 6:30, and Sanctuary Service at 8:30 and 10, again by reservation. Please let us know you are coming by calling the church office at 520-749-0521 or emailing [email protected]. Be sure you have a signed covenant on file with us (they will be available at each campus). Wear a mask. And please do not come if you are not feeling well. We are excited to see  you in person!!
Our full re-opening plan and all its safety measures is available should you wish to read it. Just let me, or Ken Winkelmann, or Mike Starace know and we will send it to you.
Thank you for continuing the giving that has allowed us to keep our staff employed as well as our buildings cleaned and maintained. 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.
5.     There will be baskets to receive the offering at our -in-person worship services as you exit.
See you soon,
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.