Notes from the Road
September 26, 2016 
In This Issue
Opportunity to Serve

Are you looking for ways to use the gifts that God has given you? 

Church functions are sustained with our time, talents, and treasures and there are many ways to lend a hand. 

We have opportunities for a variety of individuals - we're looking for folks of all ages, professions, and interests. 

As we look to grow, we will be formally posting current needs - along with role descriptions. 

Here are a few specific places we are currently looking for volunteers and leaders.
  • Audio/Video - Equipment Support
  • Choir Director
  • Sign Placement Support
If your gifts are aligned with these needs and you'd like to know more, visit the Journey Opportunities page!

Did You Know?
There is a special space tucked away on the campus of Drew University in New Jersey where words and images tell the life story of The United Methodist Church. 

The church's  General Commission on Archives and History  agency is charged with guarding the denomination's collection while also providing insights that can impact the church's future. 

Archives & History: Connecting Church Past, Present, Future
Archives & History: Connecting Church Past, Present, Future

Quick Links
Sunday Services

9:00 - Sunday School
10:15 - Worship

Journey meets at 
Maricopa Wells Middle School.

45725 W Honeycutt Ave.
Maricopa, AZ 85139

We are the people of the United Methodist Church.

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 s pirit-filled, forward-leaning community of believers seek to become the hands and feet of Jesus.
Bits and Bytes
Community Focus!

October is Domestic Violence Month. 

Domestic Violence is an issue that needs discussion and wreaks havoc on families and communities - including those right here in ours. So, this week's Road Notes is going to devote the Bits and Bytes space to this issue.

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another. The systemic patterns of abuse  violate an individual's privacy, dignity, security, and humanity.

Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.  This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone. Children are also hurt by seeing domestic violence.

One in four women and one in seven men aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

The City of Maricopa will recognize the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month to increase the public awareness and support agencies providing services to domestic violence victims and their perpetrators.

The public is invited to participate in the following events:
  • On Tuesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. at the City Council Meeting the Mayor will proclaim October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we will light the front of City Hall Purple in recognition.
  • On Saturday, October 15 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Copper Sky a free concert by The Blues Review Band and a Mutt Strut to raise awareness. 
Domestic Violence - Breaking the Silence
The General Board of Church & Society of  the United Methodist Church

[The Lord] heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.

-Psalm 147:3 (NRSV)

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It calls us to reflect upon the societal ills that lead to isolation, loss of self-esteem, alienation, financial dependency, shame, and interpersonal violence. While domestic violence is a crime whose victims are largely women and children, it is regarded as a substantial public-health problem with multiple and serious consequences and costs for entire families and communities, regardless of ethnic, racial or economic background.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence provides the following statistics, aggregated across racial and ethnic lines:
  • Every nine seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten.
  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
  • On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic-violence hotlines nationwide.
  • The presence of a gun in a domestic-violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.
  • Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.
  • 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.
  • 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; and 94% of the victims of these murder-suicides are female.
  • Victims of intimate partner violence lose a total of 8 million days of paid work each year.
  • Between 21-60% of victims of intimate partner violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse.
Women in abusive relationships need the support of friends, family and churches.

Awareness and support are critical to help make all communities safer. "Everyone deserves a life free of violence."

Domestic Abuse Resources

Address Confidentiality Program 

Stalking Resource Center
1 -855-484-2846

Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline 

Cenpatico Integrated Care Crisis Line 

Against Abuse Inc.

Love is Respect
Text Love is to 22522

LGBTQ Consortium

Domestic Shelters

Maricopa Police Department Victim Assistance Program 
520-316-6800 option 5.

News and Notes ...  from the Blog
Terry Kim


There was an interesting article last month about a 31-year old Russian man, named Valery Spiridonov, who will be the first head transplant patient in medical history. 


What's especially interesting about this case, aside from making medical history, is the reason for Mr. Spiridonov's decision to undergo this risky operation. He suffers from Werdnig-Hoffmann's disease,...


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Mark Your Calendar!

27th - Board of Trustees Meeting
  • 6:30 PM at Barro's Pizza

  • October 
    October is beans and rice month for the food bank!

    2nd - World Communion Sunday

    8th - Women's Breakfast
  • 9 AM @ The Duke

  • 15th - Men's Breakfast
  • 9 AM @ The Duke

  • 15th - Domestic Abuse Awareness: Concert & Mutt Strut 
  • 6-8:30 PM @ Copper Sky 

  • 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