The NM Conference is comprised of United Methodist churches in NM, east TX and parts of AZ.
This week's Conference Newsletter is packed with new appointments, financial assistance, articles and updates.
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I've been thinking about all the Holy Week traditions that we won't be able to celebrate the same way this year. But, as a former children's choir director, I thought of this one that children's ministry staff and volunteers won't be completely heartbroken not to have to referee. Hope you get a giggle amidst the anxiety we're all feeling.
Very helpful tips and guidelines from Discipleship Ministries re: budget and finances during this crisis.
umcdiscipleship.org People around us are in unfamiliar territory, stumbling in the darkness, but the light of Christ is in us. Let that light shine, and don’t let our economic worries overshadow our call to be in ministry where Christ would be in ministry. Here are some tips that I hope will help.
For this Sunday in Lent, Hollie Harris shares some ideas about persistence in the face of an onslaught of distractions.http://nmconfum.libsyn.com/hosanna-in-a-busy-world-hollie-granger-harris
nmconfum.libsyn.com Hollie Granger-Harris shares a story about how she keeps Lent holy.
unitedmethodistbishops.org A diverse group of representatives from United Methodist advocacy groups with contrasting views and bishops from around the world has collaborated on a proposed agreement for the separation of The United Methodist Church (UMC) that has the unanimous support of all the parties involved. The agreement...
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umnews.org The United Methodist Immigration Task Force traveled to El Paso, Las Cruces, and Juárez to see effects of immigration policy that is keeping migrants stuck in Mexico.
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WCA held a global gathering this past weekend. Find out what transpired according to UMNS.
El Calvario UMC is still serving the folks at the Mexico/USA border.
Today our volunteers prepared burritos to take to our families in Juarez, and they also got a special treat thanks to the Church of the Latter Day Saints for baking 1000 delicious cookies
Our Provost, Randall Partin joined Chrisie & Adam for their Instructions For Living a Life podcast. They talked about the anxiety that the church is experiencing, how being "jaded" isn't necessarily a bad thing, and how the work of the local church (and a grad class in medieval history)can give us hope...among many other topics.
Ep. 48 "Gaining New Perspective" with Rev. Randall W. Partin
If you, dear listener, are unaware, The United Methodist Church is experiencing an acute time of upheaval. For decades now, people have been wrestling with differing understandings of human sexuality, Biblical interpretation, and the communal shared life (and welcome) of the church, particularly as these relate to and shape United Methodist doctrine, polity, and faithfulness. These differences have come to a head within the past few years, leading the United Methodist denomination into a time of significant stress, difficulty, and change. It is a time of great possibility, but also great exhaustion and uncertainty.
As a United Methodist Elder, pastor, and church leader, Randall Partin daily works to encourage pastors and congregations to grow in health and vitality. Especially of late, these conversations have involved holding faithful, prayerful space for others to process the anxiety, grief, and fear they feel regarding what is happening and what is to come in the church.
In this episode of Instructions For Living a Life, Randall explores both how he works to avoid cynicism and burnout and what he is learning about the faithfulness of God, even in times and spaces like these.
The Rev. Randall W. Partin is an ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church and serves as the Provost of the NM Conference - UMC. He is married to Susan Brumbaugh and they have two daughters, Elisabeth and Sophie.
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unitedmethodistbishops.org The Judicial Council, the highest court in The United Methodist Church, has released decisions from its October 2019 decisions. Here are some of the key rulings:
Don't Forget! Your HealthFlex annual enrollment period starts this Wednesday, October 30th.
The Conference Staff did a half-day retreat where we discussed our DiSC personality styles & how to use this knowledge to work better with each other and those we serve. If you've worked with DiSC, how does it help you? DOES it help you?
umnews.org The three-year, $2 million pilot project also will engage local church members on a community level as they embrace the biblical mandate of welcoming the stranger.
Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to use social media more effectively. To RSVP, call Josh Kouri at (505)898-3506.
umcmission.org UMCOR provides funds to our partners to distribute food, hygiene supplies, shelter and other basic needs to ease human suffering. In the long-term, we work with local partners towards recovery and reconstruction.
Las Cruces makes the humanitarian heroes list!
usatoday.com In acknowledgment of World Humanitarian Day on Aug. 19, 24/7 Tempo has compiled a list of 13 hero humanitarian workers you should know about.
umnews.org The 2024 gathering was expected to be the first time The United Methodist Church’s lawmaking assembly met outside the United States.
A word from our friend, Dr. Socorro de Anda, President of Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso
A word from Socorro de Anda with Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso –
“We teach love and respect to all regardless of race, religion, national origin, or any other God given grace unlike our own. We are exactly what is so badly needed in our communities. We are uniters not instigators of racism and bigotry. At a time when religious ministries and community programs are at a decline in our country, we stand steadfast. Our students disperse throughout the countries of the US and Mexico after graduation. Wherever they go, they spread the love of Jesus in their daily lives and their relationships with their fellow brothers and sisters. This is what we send out. This is what we teach. That is what is so badly needed.
Sadly, I found out yesterday that the father of three of our past students, Alexander Hoffman, was a victim of Saturday's shooting. Keep praying for us.”
Dr. Socorro de Anda, President, Lydia Patterson Institute, El Paso, TX
Since 2014, our Conference has held several conference-wide workshops with Rebekah Simon-Peter regarding the DiSC Personality Assessment and several churches have participated in the Creating a Culture of Renewal training, which includes the DiSC Assessment.
We have a rather large pool of people who have worked with DiSC, so we wondered how/if it has made a difference. Do you recognize the different styles in people with whom you interact? Has it been helpful in dealings with co-workers, family members, on teams/committees? On the other hand, do you find that it just gives people license to be Demanding/ill-prepared/Stuck/Critical or have you found it to be generally unhelpful? We want to hear from you. Please email Alli Newsom (Si), Communications Director at [email protected] with your thoughts. We will compile them and report what we find. Thanks
A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP BLEDSOE REGARDING THE EL PASO SHOOTING
Psalm 34:18: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
As a country, we have experienced yet another crisis involving gun violence. This time it happened in one of our beloved cities in the New Mexico Conference. A young man bent on hatred and bigotry, walked into a local Walmart store to enact murder and bloodshed upon innocent victims. What do we do with the remaining grief, anger, and feelings of vulnerability in which so many other communities in our country have had to reconcile? How do we make sense of our loved ones ripped from this world by senseless violence? As a bishop of the church, as well as a husband and father, I struggle with this, too. I am heartbroken and grief stricken by these senseless acts.
For many years now, the El Paso area has been besieged by the controversy over immigration, and yet our faith communities have worked together to respond to the needs of those seeking asylum and a better way of life for their families. I want to thank all our churches that have given of their time, resources, prayers and love. Many of you have been the hands and feet of Jesus for “The Stranger” among us. I’m sure that many have heard stories from people who have faced intolerable circumstances in their home countries, and you have responded with grace and love. The irony of how mercy on one hand is met with hatred and violence on the other is very painful to bear. Now, we ask what can we do to ease the suffering? What can we do to lift “crushed spirits”?
In the coming days, family members will bury their loved ones and care for the injured. At last count, approximately 25 people will heal from wounds that can be seen, but the community of El Paso will need to move forward with wounds and scars that cannot be seen. My fervent hope is that you can tangibly feel the passionate, heartfelt prayers of so many lifted to God for the many families and friends caught up as victims in this senseless act. I pray that God grant strength and renewed hope to get through the immense grief and uncertainty. I also encourage all of us to get involved in helping to bring about peace and racial reconciliation for the sake of community. Remember, the Spirit of Christ always stands with those who are hurting and grieving loss, reminding us that we are never alone in our grief nor are we forsaken during times of tragedy.
May God bless each and all!
Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe
That's noon for some of us!
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We send our sincere condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Tom Anderson. Please see Eddie’s post for more details.
Dear Partners in Ministry in the El Paso District, it is with great sadness that I share with you the news of the unexpected passing of Tom Anderson, one of our pastors in our District. He passed away yesterday from a heart condition during a trip to Central Texas.
Tom served as the Pastor in charge at First UMC in Anthony, TX. We will keep you posted as to the funeral services. In the mean time I ask that you keep his wife Beverly in your prayers as well as the brothers and sisters from Anthony UMC. May the God of peace continue to work in our lives as we continue to serve in God’s Kingdom.
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We celebrate all who made the ultimate sacrifice this Memorial Day.
umnews.org Ministry with LGBTQ people could be the No. 1 topic at United Methodist annual conferences, judging from resolutions filed about this issue.
Bishop Bledsoe at the Council of Bishops Meeting as it continues
Centering and prayer opens and closes every session of the Council of Bishops. We wanted to share Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball's closing prayer from Tuesday's session with you. "Help us clothe ourselves with love..."
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