Notes from the Road
September 12, 2016 
In This Issue
Opportunities to Serve

The Kids' Day Maricopa team will be spending the day working with kids from our community on September 17th. It's a great opportunity to support our community and have a great time. 

Carol Steinke and Deb Richmond have more information. If you would like to know more, let us know!

Do you want to play a role in Sunday morning services but don't quite know how you can help? A/V support may be just the opportunity you are looking for. 

There's no "every week" commitment or lifting required and training on the system will be provided!

Did You Know?
Sarah Mallet (1764-1846) was one of the very small group of women  authorized by John Wesley to become a preacher, in the early days of Methodism.

Mallet and Wesley wrote to each other frequently and, after hearing and seeing her in person, he believed she had an "extraordinary call" and supported her desire to preach.h. 

At that time, the Methodists (like the Church of England) did not allow women to preach. With the support of Wesley, however the Manchester Conference issued her a license in 1787.  

The license read: "We give the right hand of fellowship to Sarah Mallet, and have no objection to her being a preacher in our connexion, so long as she preaches the Methodist doctrines, and attends to our discipline."

This was highly unusual for the time and this license allowed Mallet to preach for over 40 years - in spite of a ban on women's preaching was officially enacted by the 1803 Conference. 

For 60 years, the United Methodist Church has granted full clergy rights for women. Female clergy account for about 25% the United Methodist clergy today and, this year, U.S. delegates elected more women bishops than in any previous class of United Methodist episcopal leaders.

Female Clergy of the Desert Southwest Conference June, 2016

Read More about the Debate that Changed the Church.
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10:15 - Worship

Journey meets at 
Maricopa Wells Middle School.

45725 W Honeycutt Ave.
Maricopa, AZ 85139

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Notes from the Road is one of the ways that we at Journey stay connected. Connections and community are keys to a vital church ... and are part of what keeps us bound together in the service of Christ.

So, welcome to you as we journey together on the road where we as a spirit-filled, forward-leaning community of believers seek to become the hands and feet of Jesus.
Bits and Bytes
Community Focus!

The Desert Southwest Conference community is welcoming a new District Superintendent! 

Rev. N. Susan Brims became Central East's District Superintendent in July and has spent her first months learning from and listening to the pastors and those who serve in the churches of the Central East.

Susan has a love for fellowship and intentional discipleship and believes that the journey with God is about "finding one's purpose in life and then living that out in bold ways."

A native Phoenician, Susan grew up attending Epworth UMC. She attended seminary at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta and has served the Central West District for most of her career.. 

Susan is married to Randy Bowman and her family includes Alex, Nicole, and Adam Bowman.

Rev. Brims will be visiting Journey this fall and we'll officially be able to welcome her to Journey and the Central East.
Who are the United Methodist Women?
Excerpted from the UMW Handbook

United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

Rich History of Women in Service

God's mission has been on the heart of women throughout history. With faith, hope and love, women have been responding to God's call in their lives: 

The woman who anointed Jesus' head with precious perfume; Esther, who stepped out to save her people; and the woman at the well who, despite her social standing, boldly proclaimed Christ and brought salvation to her community are all among the ranks of faith-filled women. 

They are part of a long chain of prayerful, loving, giving, courageous, caring and compassionate women who might have been called bold, brash, radical, unorthodox or even unreasonable and have faithfully lived out God's mission in the world. They lived by grace and set the example for our foremothers who met in 1869 at the church on Tremont Street in Boston, who displayed wisdom and collected the resources to send the first women missionaries to India. 

Likewise, Isabella Thoburn and Dr. Clara Swain answered the call to serve women in India at a time when women with little means had neither status nor standing in society, Theressa Hoover raised up women leaders in the 1950s and went on to be the deputy general secretary of the Women's Division of The United Methodist Church, and Virginia Laskey established a scholarship fund for theological education for women and continued the tradition of breaking out of confining structures that impede God's ongoing mission.

The Women of Journey continue the tradition.

News and Notes ...  from the Blog
Terry Kim

There's an old saying in the field of computer programming, "garbage in, garbage out." This phrase is used to express the idea that input directly affects the quality of the output. What makes this saying particularly useful is its universal application as a general life principle. What we put in determines what we get out....


The post Garbage In, Garbage Out appeared first on Journey Church .


Mark Your Calendar!
  • September is beans and rice month for the food bank!
  • 13th - NOW Meeting

    • 6:30 PM at Barro's Pizza

    17th - Men's Breakfast

    • 9 AM at The Duke 

    17th - Kids Day Maricopa

    • 10 AM - 4 PM at Maricopa Wells Middle School

    18th - Celebration for Rev. Susan Brims

    • Worship at 3 PM at First UMC Mesa
    • Reception following worship.
    • Reservations required.

    27th - Board of Trustees Meeting

  • 6:30 PM at Barro's Pizza

    For the most up-to-date information about what's going on at Journey, see our events calendar.

    We're young and old and we come from all walks of life. We don't check your ID, the make-up of your family, your tax returns, your political affiliation, or require a test for you to be part of our family! 

    All are welcome in this place.


    Your Journey Leadership Team
    Betty, Jen, Joy, Khyle, Marvin, and Terry

    Journey United Methodist Church 

    P.O. Box 684
    Maricopa, AZ 85139