Dove of the Desert UMC, Glendale, AZ
Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Increasing Love for God and Neighbor
by Going Deeper - Reaching Farther - Transforming Lives

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This week marks the 25th Anniversary of Dove of the Desert UMC.  Pastor Ruth Blum sets everything in motion as she brings us message on Sunday, September 14th.  You won’t want to miss that.  We pray that as we celebrate our anniversary that it will guide us into the next 25 years together.  For those attending worship on Sunday, September 21st , we anticipate extra guests as former members return to celebrate with us.  As you have done so well in the past, please make an extra effort to car-pool or park in the back part of the parking lot, so guests have plenty of room to park.  Also be sure to greet everyone you see in worship for the next few weeks.  (I know you usually do that as well.)   Our greeting of guests is one way we express our gratitude to God for a wonderful place to grow in faith. There are some surprises along the way.  We hope you will enjoy them. Let the celebrations begin.  Praise God for blessing Dove of the Desert UMC.   Blessings – Rev. N. Susan Brims

In the Beginning.....

As part of our 25 year Anniversary celebration, each week, In The Beginning will be adding more stories from Martha Dee Day and others about the humble beginnings of Dove of the Desert United Methodist Church.  We hope that you will continue to enjoy this page each week to follow the journey of our church. 
Click here or click on the 'In The Beginning' link to the right >>

Dove of the Desert Hosts New Support Group - "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren"

Duet is launching a new support group that will meet on Dove's campus on the 1st Saturday of each month, 9am-11am.  See this special page for more details.

Travelling or Taking a Vacation?  Grab a "Flat Dove" !!

If you will be travelling this coming holiday weekend, or if you will be taking a vacation somewhere, anywhere, even if it is a "Staycation", please come to the Dove office and grab a "Flat Dove" to take with you.  Take a picture of yourself and/or your family with the "Flat Dove" and post the picture on Dove Twitter Page or on the Dove Facebook Page with the hashtag #LoveAtDove and tell us where you are with the "Flat Dove"  Let's see how many places we can get our Dove to show up. As a safety reminder, please wait until you return from your trip to post your pictures.

Dove 25th Anniversary

Do you have anything of interest to share for Dove’s 25th Anniversary celebration? We are looking for items from Dove’s beginning to the current time. Please email: We will use as many items that relate to the history of Dove as possible.  Please be sure to put your name on any items you would like returned. Would you like to help with the celebration? Send a note to Colleen Centner at

Imagine No Malaria

Check out our new poster in the Narthex showing our progress!!
Every 60 seconds, malaria claims a life in Africa. It kills an estimated 655,000 people each year, most of them children under 5 and pregnant women. Transmitted through the bite of a female anopheles mosquito, malaria is a parasite that initially causes fever, vomiting and joint pain. Left untreated, its symptoms progress to convulsions, organ failure and death. It's time to imagine a United Methodist Church that feels and responds to the vision of a world without malaria and includes us all in this mighty work. Dove joins with the Desert Southwest Conference in working towards a goal of saving 200,000 lives. More  

Love Dove through Prayer:  

We pray for Dove to be a place where people grow deeper in their relationship with God. 
We pray for Dove to be a place of outflowing love and grace.
We pray for Dove to be a place where lives are restored to wholeness.

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Isaiah 43:19
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
I am about to do a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert.  
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