April 15, 2021
Borderlands hosts a monthly produce distribution event at Aldersgate UMC where families can purchase 70 pounds of rescued produce for $12. In this time of increased unemployment and food insecurity, this ministry is critical for the neighborhood. If you are healthy and looking for a chance to serve, join us this Saturday, April 17, from 5:30-11am to help sort produce, pack boxes and load cars! Be sure to bring a mask and gloves if you have them. Please email Amy to sign up or for more information.
Planting Rainbows is an inaugural event to educate others on United Methodist Women’s Quadrennium Focuses and to move United Methodist Women, their friends, and family to action, while making our communities a better, safer, more just place for all. Learn more
Through the month of April and beyond we will be celebrating Earth Day with Interfaith Power and Light’s “Sacred Ground” invitation to see how food systems contribute to injustice and to climate change, and how our faith tradition calls us to respond through practical solutions. Check out this week’s LEARN, PRAY, ACT climate justice plan. LEARN: This week’s video continue reading
What if there was a simple solution that could help balance our climate, replenish our freshwater supplies, and feed the world? That solution is right under our feet.
Kiss the Ground is a new film how about how regenerating the world’s soils has the potential to rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies. Thanks to a special arrangement with Kiss the Ground and Ro*co films, Interfaith Power and Light is offering a free online viewing period for home viewing from April 10 through April 26. Watch the trailer and register HERE. A webinar with the director of the film following a community viewing will be held April 21 at 11am. Register for the webinar HERE.
Photo: Pastor Jeff volunteering at a vaccination site earlier this month.
Find a vaccine appointment
New vaccine appointments are released every Friday and some may open up throughout the week. Everyone ages 16+ can now schedule an appointment. Here's what you need to know to find one: 
  • Visit podvaccine.azdhs.gov every morning at 8 a.m. to check for cancellations. 
  • Visit podvaccine.azdhs.gov every Friday at 11 a.m. to see if new appointments are available. 
  • Visit vaccinefinder.org for other options at pharmacies. 
  • Check with your doctor to see if vaccines have been allocated. 
Only the Pfizer vaccine is currently approved for those ages 16 and 17, so appointments may be limited. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for everyone 18 and up. Vaccine testing is currently underway on kids younger than 16.

Volunteers are still needed! Sign up to volunteer at a vaccination pod HERE.
Those of you that know me well know that my family loves southeast Asia. We’ve lived in Vietnam for two years, we’ve lived in the Philippines for two years and my youngest son, Liam, was actually born in the Philippines. With mixed emotions, I have to announce that this summer, the Ballew family will be heading back to southeast Asia. This time we’ll be going to Singapore. I will be joining the counseling team at the Canadian International School and my kids will be attending school there. It’s an amazing opportunity, but there’s a large piece of sadness to it too, because I have to leave the Dayspring Youth and all of you. I know that we will find the very best person to continue the Dayspring youth program and to carry that torch forward and I’m looking forward to helping with that transition and I will miss all of you and the Dayspring community and, of course, the youth so very much. We would appreciate your prayers as we move forward with the planning and the transition and hopefully I will get to see all of you soon before we head out in mid-June. Take care,

Jennine Ballew
Youth Ministries Coordinator

The Staff Parish Relations Committee is looking for a high energy individual who is interested in working up to 20 hours a week with the youth (7 – 12 grades) of the church in the capacity of Youth Ministries Coordinator.

Requirements of the job include:
  • BS/BA degree preferably in education or counseling
  • Alignment with the core values and mission of Dayspring
  • Experience in Progressive Christian Education and youth ministry is strongly preferred
  • Excellent listening, communication, organizational and prioritizing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to teach, meet, recruit, and work with youth, parents, volunteers, and colleagues
  • A current State of Arizona Department of Public Safety Finger Print Clearance Card
  • Driver’s license and clean driving record.

If you are interested, please email your resume to David Barnhouse, Staff Parish Relations Committee Chair.
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