Welcome to the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA) of Tucson and Vicinity website. The IMA is a cutting edge ministry united and is equipped to serve in the 21st Century, while preparing God’s people for the end time harvest of souls. Our theme is "Together For Tucson"
We invite you to partner with us in ministry as we believe the IMA will prove to be a place for mutual sharing and support. The Bible says, “Two are better than one for they have a good reward for their labor"(Ecc 4:9).
Posted: July 20
IMA CAT NEWSFLASH- JULY 20, 2017 GREETINGS ALL, Pastor's Partnership will be taking a summer break for the months of JUNE AND JULY. Several of our partners have indicated that they will be vacation or will not be able to attend for the next two months. Our next scheduled meeting will be the 3rd Tuesday on August 15th. However, we are still planning to have our next fellowship during this break time. Please stay tuned for more information. CANDIDATES SET FOR CITY COUNCIL PRIMARY ELECTION - The list of candidates for the 2017 primary election is posted on the City Clerk's Office website (link below). There are races in Wards 3, 5, and 6. Ward 3 is an open race, since Council Member Karin Uhlich is not running for re-election. The vote-by-mail primary is set for August 29, 2017. The last day to register to vote is July 31, 2017. TUCSON CITY COURT SETS EVENING HOURS - The Tucson City Court announced a new program to extend hours every Tuesday evening to 6:30. The last customer service and Walk-in Warrant Court service numbers will be issued at 6:30 p.m. and staff will serve everyone issued a number. Extending the operating hours of the customer service center and Walk-in Warrant Court will provide the public access to these court services after the Court’s normal business hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The extended hours of operation are part of the Court’s plan to implement specific recommendations the Arizona Supreme Court’s "Justice for All Repor at the local level. IMA/ IMA CAT ITEMS: IMA Membership churches can still pay their assessment for the year: large churches $300, medium churches $200 and small churches $100. Also clergy can pay their dues at this time as well. Dues for the year are $120 for Pastors and $60 for Associate Ministers. Please make all checks payable to the IMA. You can also mail your check to the IMA, P. O. Box 41491, Tucson, AZ 85717-1491. The IMA EXECUTIVE COUNCIL Meeting will take place on the same date and location but at 1:00 p.m. These meetings ARE NOT OPEN to the general public. IMA CAT OFFICE – Please send all official correspondence to the Tucson Urban League in care of the IMA CAT, 2305 S. Park Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713. The IMA CAT DOMAIN LEADERS Meeting will be Friday, August 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Tucson Urban League. Please meet with the people in your domain prior to this meeting. If you can’t make it, please call in or send a representative. The IMA CAT meeting will be held Monday, August 21, 2017, at the Dunbar Pavilion, 325 West 2nd Street. The clergy will meet at 4:30 p.m. and the community will meet at 5:30 p.m. The IMA CAT Sponsor for August is Pilgrim Rest MBC. The Education Domain will be in charge. Like us on Facebook at "IMA Community Action Team” and follow us on Twitter- @IMATUCSONCAT. This meeting IS OPEN to the general public. IMA General Membership CAT Dues: "Sowing Into Where We Are Going." IMA President, Dr. Holt has asked those in attendance to make a monthly commitment in support of the vision of the IMA CAT, so there will be resources to keep moving ahead. For example, the IMA CAT has a new office in the Tucson Urban League. Recently, we purchased a filing cabinet and new computer. We are asking each member to consider giving at least $10 a month. Please make all checks payable to the IMA CAT. You can mail your checks to IMA CAT, P. O. Box 41491, Tucson, AZ 85717-1491 or give online at www.imatucson.org. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support! OTHERS: I’m Not What It Says I Am - Helping Heterosexuals deal with HIV/AIDS meets every 2nd Thursdays at 3202 E. First Street, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please call Tina at (520) 302-9239 or Nika at (520) 278-9358 or go to www.facebook/I’mnotwhat.itsaysiam. The Kingspawns Chess Club meets in the Park Mall food court on Monday nights every week from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.! Free classes, beginners are welcome! POC is Min. Eddie Danyfield. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS: The NAACP meets at the Donna Liggins Center, 2160 N. 6th Ave, every 2nd Monday unless otherwise announced from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. They are looking for new members. Annual membership fee is only $30.00. They need an army of volunteers to join the fight for freedom and justice for all Americans. Please make your check payable to the NAACP and mail it to: NAACP Membership, P.O. Box 50894, Tucson, AZ 85703. Pastor Alma Jones is a prayer moderator for Bible Way Ministries, located in Atlanta, Ga. She hosts prayers for “Those In Authority” and a “Pastor’s Prayer Line” every Friday morning, 3:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m. MST. The numbers for this prayer line: 1-605-475-3235, access code 153465. The alternate phone number for the Bible Way Prayer Line is 530-881-1042. Callers may try both numbers and use the number that is toll free. Pastor Jones is also the founder and director of “Home Churches” for Christ Ministry”. Website: homechurchesforchristoutreachministry.wordpress.com. The first Sunday of each month there is a “Family Prayer Line” for those who would like to pray for their families. See the numbers above. Any questions, please call Pastor Alma at (520) 429-3806. KXCI 91.3 on your FM dial plays good Gospel music from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. every Sunday morning. They are asking churches and businesses to mail your letters of announcements directly to them and support with your prayers and financial donations. Please send correspondence or donations to KXCI Community Radio,220 South 4th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701 or call (520) 623.1000. Join Debbi Embry, Radio Talk Show Host, for “Conversations About Issues Affecting African Americans”, with community leaders, FM 96.1, KLPX, Sunday, from 6:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. It’s time for STRAIGHT TALK! New Jerusalem MBC is in partnership with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. They have a joint effort and commitment to feeding America one household, neighborhood and one community at a time. They offer food boxes every Friday from 9:00 am until 10:30 am. At New Jerusalem MBC is located at 1341 S. Tyndall Ave. The Tucson Urban League (TUL) became a partner with Pima County’s MAMA (Mothers in Arizona Moving Ahead) pilot project. It focuses on helping mothers living in poverty with two expected outcomes: support to build their physical, emotional, financial and support system resources, and a process to create a dynamic feedback loop that allows them to help analyze ways we can improve our health care system to be more responsive to and effective for all mothers in poverty. Each Circle of Care has a team of “allies,” or volunteers who meet once a month, usually about three hours, to support the MAMA participants. It is a relatively small commitment of time, but the payoff is huge for the moms and for TUL. If successful, this project can be expanded in Pima County and around Arizona. If you are interested in becoming a MAMA ally, one of the expectations is to attend a one-day “Understanding Poverty” workshop. The cost is discounted to $25 for any ally, and covers snacks, lunch, and materials.The TUL is seeking ten (10) MAMA allies. If interested, please contact Deborah L Embry, TUL, President & CEO, @ firstname.lastname@example.org, or (520)791-9522, ext. 2234 for an application. MAMA ally applications must be received no later than Aug. 1, 2017. CHURCH & COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS: July: Siloam Christian Church Vacation Bible School this year is titled "Glow For Jesus" July 24th – 28th 2017, each evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Classes for all ages from Pre-School thru Adults. For more information or transportation, please call (520) 551-7624. August: The Christian Men’s Fellowship Breakfast Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017, at 8 a.m, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 210 E. Lester Street, Tucson, AZ 85705. Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship presents: Consecration Service of Bishop Designate La’Tresa Jester, Senior Pastor of Gideon Full Gospel Baptist Church, August 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 210 E. Lester Street, Tucson, AZ 85705. Presiding Bishop, Joseph W. Walker III will be the guest speaker. St. Paul MBC, Sierra Vista, AZ will have both Pastor Shawn L. and First Rosalind Buckhanan’s 24th Pastoral Anniversary and St. Paul’s 34 Church Anniversary, August 22, 25-27, 2017. Please stay tuned for information. October: NAACP Tucson Branch 99th Freedom Fund Dinner, Friday, October 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel Convention Center, 7350 S Nogales Hwy, Tucson AZ 85756. For further information, please contact Chairwoman Jessica Sanders at (520) 809-5021. The African American Democratic Caucus will provide Candidate & Campaign Manager training at no cost on October 21, 2017, at Grace Temple Baptist Church, 1019 E. 31st Street from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. TUCSON NEWS: On Saturday, July 29th, The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is hosting their annual “Badges & Backpacks” event at the TCC, Exhibit Hall "A", next Saturday, July 29th, from 9am – 12pm. They’ll be handing out free backpacks and supplies (first come, first served) for school-aged children kindergarten through 12th grade, the student must be present. EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT FUNDS - The City of Tucson Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is accepting Public Comments on the one-time Supplemental Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) which was awarded to the City of Tucson (CoT) on June 30, 2017. With the additional funding, the CoT proposes to implement a one year pilot project of a Community Homeless Outreach Team that will provide client centered outreach, engagement and services to link homeless persons to housing and accelerate placement in housing in the Tucson metropolitan area. The team will also include Community Navigators that coordinate with existing resources, provide transportation to services and actively assist clients to obtain the assistance that is needed. A Navigator will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Low demand bridge housing will be available for homeless persons working with a Navigator to obtain permanent housing. The comment period begins on July 10, 2017 and ends on July 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Comments may be provided at public meetings and/or faxed to 520-791-2529, e-mailed to HCDcomment@tucsonaz.gov or mailed to: Housing and Community Development Department, c/o Leticia Carpio, 310 N. Commerce Park Loop, Tucson, AZ 85745. A public meeting regarding the Supplemental Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) award will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, City of Tucson - Sentinel Building, 320 N. Commerce Park Loop, Tucson, AZ 85745. If an accommodation is required please contact Leticia Carpio at 837-5423 five (5) business days in advance of the meeting or call 791-2639 (TTY). MAYOR AND COUNCIL SALARY INCREASE QUESTION TO BE SENT TO VOTERS - City voters will get a chance this November to decide whether to grant raises to the Mayor and Tucson City Council. The Nov. 7 ballot question will ask voters to approve or reject a raise for each member of the Tucson City Council, increasing their pay from $2,000 per month to $3,300. The mayor would get $5,775 a month, up from the current salary of $3,500. The Tucson City Charter requires the salary question to appear on the ballot every two years during a general election. The exact amount is recommended by the Citizen’s Commission on Public Service and Compensation. JOBS: Top 5 Actively Hiring Companies in Tucson, Arizona Area: (1) Tucson Unified School District (2) Raytheon (3) Tenet Healthcare; (4) Banner Health and (5) Burger King Corporation. Customs and Border Protection is aggressively recruiting to fill many officer and agent vacancies in southern Arizona. This represents a promising career opportunity for those who can meet the requirements which are explained briefly on the attachment. More information is available at www.cbp.gov/careers. Have a great day and blessed weekend! Rev. Amos L. Lewis Senior Pastor and IMA CAT Facilitator Rising Star MBC 2800 E. 36th Street Tucson, AZ 85713 (520) 791-3068 - Church (520) 349-4876 - Home http://www.risingstarbaptist.org/ Moving Forward with the 20/20 Vision!