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Women’s day 2016 – Report
This past weekend I had the opportunity to spend my Saturday with the sisters of the Phoenix church of Christ. The experience was so encouraging, that to write about all of it would take a very long time, so I will just mention a few especially notable moments.

During one of the songs, Rechelle Conde shared an excellent spoken word. I’m not much or a crier, but her poem brought me to tears. She shared everything… bared her soul. She didn’t hold back – not even with deeply personal experiences. It felt like I was with her on her journey. I felt her hope and her despair. And in her journey, I saw my own. But more than that, it showed the hope and the endless mercy God has for all his daughters, no matter what shape they’re in. I always find it to be amazing; when people share their brokenness is when you feel the most connected to them. It reminded me that to be an example of how a disciple ought to live, I do not need to be perfect, always hiding my flaws, but own them and be open about them – humble and willing to change.

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Visit to the Mexicali Church
On the weekend of November 13th-15th, Matt and Terry Neely, Sasha and Axel Ferguson, and Pavel Aspiazu had the great honor of being able to visit the Mexicali Church for a parenting workshop, and to celebrate their 19th year anniversary as a Church.

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Desert Cities Teen Ministry Visits Phoenix!
A group of teens along with their teen leaders from the Desert Cities Ministry in California, came to Phoenix for a weekend of connection, fellowship, and relationship building with our teen ministry. The weekend was awesome and left the teens from both ministries feeling encouraged, spiritually connected, and bonded. What a great opportunity it is to see young people choose to give up their weekend to spend time connecting with another ministry.

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Southwest Teen Camp a Huge Success!
200 teens and counselors descended on Fort Lewis College in Durango Colorado for an historic time of impact, worship, and fun. Campers came from sister churches in Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. The July 2015 “I Am” Camp focused on the qualities and the names of God on a daily basis.

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ICMC West 2015 Report by Bob Wedin
With nearly 1100 college students descending on Phoenix for a holiday weekend many would expect a long list of violations would follow.

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Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage
In just the last 24 hours, since the United States Supreme Court handed down their historic decision allowing gay marriage to be legal in all 50 states, my inbox has been inundated with emails from panicked Christians from U.S. churches looking for guidance on this issue. The Canadian Supreme Court passed the same law ten years ago, so this has been our reality north of the 49th paralell for a decade now. Welcome to the club!

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Arizona Campus Ministries Gather at Payson

By Bryan Baylon

Arizona Campus Ministries gathered in the mountainous city of Payson, Arizona for the “Radical” Campus Ministry Retreat. We joined with about 70 campus students from all different schools across the state to worship, fellowship and connect to God through lessons, prayer and the Word.

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Phoenix Singles Have a Mountaintop Experience

By Autumn Liberty

On September 26, 2014, about 50 single men and women journeyed from the Phoenix Valley to Denver, Colorado for the “Elevate” International Singles Conference. Many were able to attend thanks to the generous help of many members of the Phoenix Church of Christ, and this generosity will not be without fruit. The conference will be a game changer in the Singles Ministries around the world and, I believe, in the Phoenix Church of Christ as well.

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“All of Me” 2014 Arizona Women’s Retreat

by Tamara Grossett

“I want the truth that I believe to be the definition of me!”

With power and conviction, an all-female worship team opened this year’s Arizona Women’s Retreat with these lyrics from Mandisa’s catchy song “Definition of Me.”

About 330 women from our ministries throughout Arizona participated in the “All of Me” women’s retreat held the weekend of August 9-10, 2014 at the stunning Hilton El Conquistador resort in Tucson. I enjoyed watching us all come together – mothers and grandmothers, campus students and professionals, old friends and newcomers – to participate in two days of teaching and worship.

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