Desert Spring is celebrating the 25th anniversary of our founding on Sunday, June 4.
Please come be a part of reminiscing and looking to the future with friends old and new. A terrific BBQ lunch will be served to the strains of a live jazz ensemble.
There will be two bounce houses for the kids.
As part of our celebration, we are gathering and sharing your stories of God's work at Desert Spring. Please join us in telling the story of how you have experienced God at work in your life at Desert Spring Church.
Your story may be told via video or written testimony. If you choose to submit a video, your video may be included in our 25th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, June 4. You may submit your video made on your home computer, or you will be given the opportunity to record your story between church services in the upcoming month.
Video guidelines - in 60 seconds or less, please tell us your story of how you have experienced God at work in your life at Desert Spring Church.
Submit your video or written testimony to GodsStoryDSUMC@gmail.com.
Stories submitted after May 21 are welcome, but will not be included in the 25th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, June 4.
We are so excited to hear your stories! God bless you.
Please feel free to join this class at any time!
The class is titled, “Fixer Upper - Tools for Building a Christian Life” and will run weekly through May 24/25. This class offers the same curriculum twice a week – Wednesday evening from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, and then again on Thursday morning from 10:00am – 11:30am. Classes are held in Room 15/16 of the Education Wing.
No RSVP is necessary, just come on down!
Take a fascinating journey through the lands of the New Testament as host Michael Card examines the gospel of Luke and stirs your imagination with insights into the life of Christ.
Explore the historical and social context in which this gospel was written.
Discover in this 8-lesson interactive study how God used the research skills of a doctor to communicate the amazing life and teachings of Jesus.
Common Ground will meet Monday, June 5 at 7pm in Room 15/16 of the Education Wing.
The session will focus on the exciting plans we have for late Summer/early Fall to initiate a dialogue and develop relationships with the Muslim community. Join us to hear the details and how you can participate and assist in developing a positive connection with our Muslim neighbors.
For more information, please contact Tim Murphy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever wondered about God's will in the circumstances of our lives?
In this six week course we will study Leslie Weatherhead's classic book "The Will of God". The workbook we will use helps readers discern God's will for themselves and their communities with three case studies added to illustrate the difficult questions that arise in understanding the will of God.
Books will be distributed at the first class meeting. The registration deadline for prospective students is May 25.
Please contact the church office at 702-256-5933 or DesertSpringUMC@gmail.com to register.
Do you love to read?
Join our group of readers to discuss June's book club selection "Something Missing" by Matthew Dicks.
A career-criminal named Martin has OCD and savant-like genius for “bringing order” to his crime scenes. He considers himself to be the best in the biz, as he’s been stealing from the same people for years! Martin has developed a “friendship” with his victims, and tries to interfere in their lives in a good way. Don’t “miss” this hilarious book and discuss it with us, on JUNE 8, ROOM 18 in the Education Wing, at 11:30a.m.
We will meet on Thursday, June 8, in Room 18 of the Sunday School building, at 11:30 a.m. Bring your lunch and a friend or two!
Bring your lunch and a a friend to join in the discussion and fellowship. If you have questions, please contact Irene Johnson at VernAndRenie@EmbarqMail.com
United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members. UMW was formed in 1869 by eight women in Boston. Their first mission was to send an educator and doctor to India. Members raise up to $20 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.
Our Desert Spring UMW members share in a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ. We support the United Methodist Women'svision of "Turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world."
Meeting Times & Locations:
Ruth Circle - meets the second Sunday of each month at 1:00pm. Their mission focus is "Street Teens" which provides necessities for teens who do not live at home.
Deborah Circle - meets the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30am. Their mission focus is "The Walter Hoving Home for Women" which meets the needs of women transitioning from incarceration.
Serendipity Circle - meets the third Thursday of each month at 10:00am. Their mission focus is "The Wesley Community and Health Center" which is a United Methodist Women Mission Ministry.
Hands In Mission Circle - meets the second Saturday of each month at 9:30am. Their mission focus is to make crafts in order to fund various mission projects.
Membership in United Methodist Women is open to all women who are committed to mission. We encourage all women to attend one or more circle meetings in order to discover what works best for you in order to nurture your faith in community.
“Thirst in the Desert”, your local charter of United Methodist Men, is an active group of men striving to be better Brothers in Christ. We are a small group but have evolved into a group of men that feel we can trust each other to discuss anything on our minds in a caring and supportive atmosphere.
We are looking forward to supporting mission projects, hosting several retreat opportunities for men each year, and serving our church in the parking lot ministry.
We welcome any and all men to join us at our Men’s Breakfast on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 8:00am.
You can reach us via e-mail at email@example.com
Our Senior Care Giving Ministry helps seniors and their families.
Please contact Ann Alton Riley at AENAlton@msn.com for more information about any of our services.
New Friend Visits
Do you need someone to sit with your loved one while you run errands?
Are you a senior who has had friends or family move away?
Would you like to meet someone new?
Please contact Marianne Case at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up home visits.
Handy Person to the Rescue
Are you unable to climb ladders to change batteries or light bulbs?
Do you have a small home repair?
Please contact Betty Brewer at email@example.com to schedule help.
Does your family live out of town?
Would you be more comfortable if you had someone checking on you on a regular basis?
Please contact JoAnn Beall at BeallJT@embarqmail.com to schedule calls.
Do you need a ride to the doctor?
Do you no longer drive at night and need a ride to an evening event at church?
We ask for two weeks notice of your need.
Please contact Charlotte Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a ride.
The "Messengers" ministry was born out of a desire to provide meaningful worship for residents of assisted living facilities around the valley who would otherwise be unable to attend worship.
At present we have ministries serving two different assisted living facilities: The Atria team led by Wayne Williams on 1st & 3rd Sundays and The Pacifica team led by Carolyn Wood each Sunday.
Periodically, our Youth Group comes and participates in these services and the residents particularly love it when they are there.
We ask for your prayers around this ministry – those who lead and those who participate. If you would like to join in this special service opportunity, please contact Carolyn Wood, Torch451@embarqmail.com
Dancing with Parkinson’s – Las Vegas
Instructor: Pamela Lappen, Dance for PD® Teaching Member M.A., U.C.L.A, Dance and Education B.F.A., U.W. – Milwaukee, Dance and Theatre Performance
Come and experience the essence of movement - joy, in an environment that focuses on art, wellness, and creativity! In this dance class, participants should experience an improvement in their thinking as we build stamina, flexibility, postural stability, coordination, confidence, and relationships with partners, in a fun and supportive community. Class exercises begin in a seated position and move to a standing position. Caregivers and spouses are welcome to attend and encouraged to participate.
The dance class will be held on Thursdays, from 1:00pm - 2:00PM.
Please arrive a few minutes early, so we can begin class on time.
Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in.
Questions are welcome. Please contact the instructor, Pam Lappen at email@example.com.
Bible Studies and other adult education opportunities are offered at various times throughout the year. Some of our current offerings are:
Pastor's Bible Study - Wednesday at 7:00pm or Thursday at 10:00am.
Please feel free to join this class at any time. Come join us in Room 15/16 on Wednesday night at 7:00pm or Thursday morning at 10:00am.
Open Door - Saturday at 1:30pm.
Disciple I Fast Track - Disciple I Bible Study is a comprehensive 12 week Bible Study. Please contact the church office for the start date of the next session.
Disciple II Bible Study - offered to those who have completed Disciple I Bible Study.
Disciple III Bible Study - offered to those who have completed Disciple I Bible Study.
The workshop format is convenient for busy people, and many of our foundational classes use this format. We meet one time, on a Sunday after church, and learn an entire class in one afternoon.
These workshops are offered multiple times per year:
Introduction to the Bible
Introduction to Prayer
Disciple Bible Studies provides an excellent bible study curriculum for people seeking comprehensive engagement over time with the entire biblical text.
Desert Spring offers Disciple Bible Study beginning at various times during the year.
One participant said: "I've completed Disciple 1 and 2 at DSUMC. These courses taught me how to be disciplined about a daily Bible study program. The face to face interaction with the coordinator and other students in our class discussions gave me the human element that I could not get from self-study or internet study. I made many friends. And the Disciple experience has enhanced my spirituality. I can't wait to start Disciple 3."
Another participant said: "Although I have been a Christian since I was about eight years old, I did not know much about the Bible. I married a Christian man who knew the Bible well and I admired that about him. I have spent most of my life wanting to learn more about the Bible but never taking the time to do it. When it was in the church bulletin that Disciple I was being offered, I knew it was a step I wanted to take. After completing both Disciple I and II classes, I am anxious to take Disciple III. I always enjoy the comradery the class offers with the other Disciples and I am committed to continuing this journey."
A participant: ""All are welcome", is what the Pastor has often said. I am not a member of DSUMC. I am a Snow Bird from Chicago who has completed Disciple 2. I returned to Chicago before the class was over. My wonderful Christian classmates would not allow me to become a dropout. We began to Skype two and a half hours per week for the next two months. The opportunity to study and grow in God's word was great! The teacher and students showed the fruit of the Holy Spirit in action. All are welcome to join us in Disciple 3."
Another participant: "Disciple 1-my mind was made clear and when the Pastor spoke of a certain scripture, I knew what came before! Disciple 2-my heart was opened-how can I take this knowledge out into the world and do good. Disciple 3-Remember who you are-connection between memory-identity as people of God. CANNOT wait to begin this study."
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY
Dave Ramsey’s updated Financial Peace University (FPU) program for churches, will begin again with a nine week, bible based program that offers practical tools to make better financial choices that lead to financial peace.
The classes are 1 and ½ hours, consisting of a 50 minute video by Dave Ramsey and is followed by a group discussion.
The approximate price is $85, per individual/couple.
This life-changing course includes a lifetime membership and all FPU materials.
To learn more about Dave Ramsey and FPU, you can explore the website at: http://www.daveramsey.com and you can contact John or Susan Bull, for more information about the actual costs and registration procedures.
If you have any questions about this event, please contact John or Susan Bull, e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember that You CAN take control of your money!