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Jan. 10 Mission West Youth meeting at FCC Lubbock

January 14-15 - Phillips Theological Seminary Re-Mind and Re-New Conference  

 

January 17 - Worlds of the New Testament: 7 Key Events, Warren Carter - Abilene

 

January 22-23 Mission West Common Mission Board Meeting at Westmont CC in Lubbock.

 

January 31 - Creating a Culture of Generosity, Bruce Barkhauer - Albuquerque

 

February 7 CEA JYF Winter Fun at Brook Hollow CC

 

February 9 Healthy Boundaries for Clergy Training University Christian Church in Ft. Worth

 

February 9-12 - Brite Divinity School Ministers Week  

 

February 13-14 TRA Elementary Retreat FCC Las Cruces & White Sands National Park. Christ & Creation.

 

February 14 - Creating a Culture of Generosity, Bruce Barkhauer - Abilene

 

Feb. 20-22 HPTRA Mid Winter Retreat. Ceta Canyon. Hunger is Not a Game. HPTRA Chi Rho & CYF (6th to 12th) and HPA JYF (3rd to 5th) grade.                      

February 28 -  Reflections of Disciples History and Polity in Church Today,  John Imbler - Albuquerque

 

Feb 27-March 1 CCSW Disciples Women's Ministry Leadership Conference Azle, TX

 

Where in the West is Charlotte? 
To see where Charlotte is traveling over the next few months, see our calendar page

Calendar
The mission west calendar is being added to daily.  Please email if you would like your event added to this calendar. Calendar

January 6, 2015

We hope your New Year is off to an excellent start!  There are some exciting things happening in 2015.  

The Mission West Common Mission Board will be meeting in Lubbock at Westmont CC Thursday, January 22nd from 6 PM - Friday through Saturday, January 23rd at noon.  The Board will be working on incorporation and bylaws for Mission West and further ministry plans including Mission West Shepherd Program and Mission Gathering/Area Assembly plans. This committee is chaired by Don Wilson with the following members: Patrick Crocker, Leslie Dalstra,  Debra Huffman, Sterling Lentz, Laurie Lewis, Randa Reeves, and David Theel.  
2015 Mission West School for Ministry

The following education events are offered for commissioned ministers to meet their educational requirements.  These courses provide education within the 16 Areas of Ministerial Practice as required by the Disciples of Christ Polices and Criteria for the Ordering of Ministry.  Commissioned ministers must complete three (3) of these classes each year as required by Christian Church in the Southwest Educational Policy. Each class is offered three times, one time in each geographic area.  Participants are welcome to attend in any area, where and when convenient.

 

Ordained clergy are also encouraged to attend for continuing education and community building with fellow clergy. 

 

Congregation leaders are also welcome. 

 

When we say all are welcome, we really mean all are welcome.


You can register online or by calling the mission west office at 806.358.9590. 

Schedule

 

Each course begins at 9:00 AM and concludes by 3:00 PM, local time

 

January 17 - Worlds of the New Testament: 7 Key Events, Warren Carter - Abilene

 

January 31 - Creating a Culture of Generosity, Bruce Barkhauer - Albuquerque

 

February 14 -  Creating a Culture of Generosity, Bruce Barkhauer - Abilene                      

 

February 28 -    Reflections of Disciples History and Polity in Church Today,  John Imbler - Albuquerque

 

March 7 - Worlds of the New Testament: 7 Key Events, Warren Carter - Amarillo            

 

March 28 - The Disguise of the Ordinary: Finding Spiritual Goodness Hidden in Plain Sight, Stephanie Shepherd - Abilene

 

April 18 - The Disguise of the Ordinary: Finding Spiritual Goodness Hidden in Plain Sight, Stephanie Shepherd - Albuquerque

 

May 9 - Reflections of Disciples History and Polity in Church Today, John Imbler - Amarillo

 

August 8 - Creating a Culture of Generosity, Bruce Barkhauer - Amarillo

 

August 22 - A Sacred Trust: Boundary Issues for Clergy, Charlotte Hoppe - Lubbock

 

October 3 - The Disguise of the Ordinary: Finding Spiritual Goodness Hidden in Plain Sight, Stephanie Shepherd - Amarillo

 

October 10 -Worlds of the New Testament: 7 Key Events, Warren Carter - Albuquerque

 

October 24 - Reflections of Disciples History and Polity in Church Today, John Imbler - Abilene

 

Class descriptions can be downloaded from the website.

 

 

Registration Information

 

Each event costs $75 per participant.  A spouse may register for $15.  This includes cost for the program and a light lunch.

 

The Creating a Culture of Generosity events are specifically designed and priced for congregation groups to attend together.  The first registration costs $75.  Each participant from the same congregation after that, will pay $15.

 

Please register no later than one week prior to each event.

 

Contact the Mission West office to register at 806-358-9590

email missionwest@ccsw.org; or register online

mail payments/checks payable to:

Mission West

2717 Stanley St. Ste A

Amarillo, TX 7910

 

Those attending events at Chalice Abbey who want to arrive the day before can receive a discounted rate at the nearby Holiday Inn Express.  Call the Mission West office (806-358-9590) and ask for Angeline. 

 

For further course questions, please contact Charlotte Hoppe at choppe@ccsw.org

Worlds of the New Testament: 7 Key Events
Our first class of the 2015 Mission West School for Ministry will take place on Jan 17th at FCC Abilene.  Mark your calendars and register online or by calling the Mission West office 806-358-9590 or emailing missionwest@ccsw.org.

Worlds of the New Testament: 7 Key Events

Dr. Warren Carter, Professor of New Testament
Brite Divinity School

January 17, 2015
9 AM - 3 PM
Registration deadline is this week on January 10th, register today

First Christian Church
1420 N Third St.
Abilene, TX 79601

Course Description

How did the New Testament come into existence? What worlds shaped these texts? This seminar will look at seven events that shaped the New Testament writings. Understanding these events helps us to interpret and make sense of the New Testament texts in various contemporary contexts.

Warren Carter, Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School,came to Brite in 2007.  His scholarly work has focused on the gospels of Matthew and John, and he has focused on the issue of the ways in which early Christians negotiated the Roman empire. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he is the author of ten books
including Matthew and the Margins (Orbis Books), Matthew and Empire (Trinity Press International/Continuum), The Roman Empire and the New Testament (Abingdon), John and Empire (T&T Clark/Continuum), and What Does Revelation
Reveal? (Abingdon). He has also contributed to numerous church resources and publications such as contributing 15 studies on Matthew in The Pastors Bible Study Vol 1 (Abingdon). 

Degrees
Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1991
Th.M., Melbourne College of Divinity, 1986
B.D., Melbourne College of Divinity, 1985
B.A., Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 1976

Creating a Culture of Generosity In Your Congregation

This seminar is specifically designed and priced for congregational groups to attend together. 

 

Print the flyer out now and share with your congregation.

 

Explore the biblical and theological understandings that define stewardship as a spiritual discipline.  Learn specific tools to help your church grow in generosity and how to develop year-round programming that keeps a holistic view of stewardship as a part of your congregational life.  Electronic giving, narrative budgets, generational issues in generosity, use of social media, and effective financial policies will be featured as a part of this workshop.

 

Bruce A. Barkhauer was called as the first "Minister for Faith and Giving for Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada" in 2010.  For twenty-five years he has led congregations in Ohio and Indiana in achieving high levels of financial support for local and global missions and he now shares his experience across the life of the whole church.

 

Jan 31 - Albuquerque - Los Altos CC

11900 Haines NE

Albuquerque, NM  87112

 

Feb 14 - Abilene - FCC

1420 N Third St.

Abilene, TX  79601


 

August 8- Amarillo - Chalice Abbey

2717 Stanley St., Ste. A,  

Amarillo, TX 79109


 

The Creating a Culture of Generosity events are specifically designed and priced for congregation groups to attend together.  The first registration costs $75.  Each participant from the same congregation after that, will pay $15.

Readings for the Disciples History and Polity Classes
Two books for participants' to have read before the course are Michael Kinnamon and Jan Linn Disciples: Reclaiming Our Identity, Reforming Our Practice, Chalice Press, 2009 and D. Duane Cummins, The Disciples: A Struggle for Reformation, Chalice Press, 2009. Also, John Imbler, the course teacher would like them to become familiar with www.disciples.org. , especially giving attention to the Clergy section under Disciples Home Missions. Participants should download or otherwise obtain copies of The Design and Theological Foundations and Policies and Criteria for the Ordering of Ministry

Youth & Young Adult News
Don't Miss these youth and young adult events.  You can download letters, roster registration, and registration forms in the youth section of our website. 
  • Jan 10th Mission West Youth Meeting at First Christian Church Lubbock 10 am
  • Feb. 7th CEA JYF Winter Fun at Brook Hollow Christian Church. 
  • Feb. 13-14, 2015,TRA Elementary Retreat  "Christ and Creation",  FCC Las Cruces, NM & White Sands National Park.  Grades 1st to 5th Parents, Grandparents, and Families Welcome. $20 per person


 

  • Feb. 20-22nd HPTRA Mid Winter for Chi Rho (Grades 6th to 8th) & CYF (Grades 9th to 12th) and HPA JYF (Grades 3rd to 5th). Hunger is Not A Game. $130 per person.


 

  • April 10-12 CEA Spring Rally. 3rd to 5th Grade, 6th to 8th Grade, and 9th to 12th Grade. $90 per person.
Save the Dates

 

Summer Camps

DateTypeLocation
June 8-13CEA CYF Conference 
(9th to 12th Grade)
LBCR
June 10-14MW Chi Rho 
(6th to 8th Grade)
LBCR
June 17-20TRA Elementary Camp
(1st to 5th Grade) Parents & Grandparents Welcome
BRCL
June 21-26HPTRA CYF Conference 
(9th to 12th Grade)
BRCL
June 26-28CEA Grand Beginnings (4 years old to 3rd Grade with Parents or Grandparents)LBCR
June 29- July 3Disciple Summer Mission
(6th to 12th Grade)
Alburquerque, NM or Nashville, TN
 
July 6-10CEA JYF Camp (3rd to 5th Grade)LBCR
July 5-118ers/Created to be me (8th Grade only)Disciples Crossing
July 13-16HPA JYF Camp (3rd to 5th Grade)Ceta Glen
July 18-22General AssemblyColumbus, OH
July 27-Aug. 1CYLS (Christian Youth Leadership Seminar- Area Leadership Teams & Councils)Ceta Glen

(LBCR = Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat. BRCL=Black River Center for Learning.)

 

You can download forms and a date list for your congregation in the youth portion 
of the mission west web site.

 

Community Christian Church In Lubbock raises money through their Holiday Extravaganza
By ALLISON WOOD  FOR A-J MEDIA

Community Christian Church host(ed) its annual Holiday Extravaganza on Nov. 7-8th.  "We were blessed to have a near sell out last year and this year we have more to offer than ever before," said Rena Mashburn, director of the event. "We have 450 baskets, gift ware, centerpieces, wreaths and Christmas d�cor all priced from $5 up to $55."


The yearly holiday shopping spree is actually a huge fundraiser, which benefits Lubbock Meals on Wheels and The Bridge of Lubbock.

 

"I am always apprehensive how it comes together and then I'm always amazed on what we have done when we finish," Mashburn said.


 

The congregation of barely 100 in South Lubbock has had its share of hurdles to contend with to put this year's event together. Greta Cullers, event coordinator, explained their core group was hit hard.  "We worked in an area that had no heat on the coldest days of the year, the ceiling leaked, the room flooded and ruined some of our items, some of our group moved out of town," Cullers said. "Also, one of the core group has breast cancer, another fell and broke her collar bone - in addition to the church's Pastor, John Givens, has bladder cancer. Every year has been really smooth, this year has been challenging. We just pray and keep going."


 

The Holiday Extravaganza began about seven years ago when Community Christian Church hosted a garage sale to benefit Lubbock area charities. Since then the congregation has built an annual event that has led to a special bond between the church and charities.


 

"We have a true partnership with Meals on Wheels and The Bridge," Mashburn said. "Not only do we raise funds to help these local programs, we also invest in what they are doing."  The church serves meals at The Bridge several times a year and the church's youth group ran the Bridge's Vacation Bible School program this summer. Church members also deliver for Meals on Wheels.

 

"The group at Community Christian Church is more than just raising funds for us, it goes deeper, they have a true love for our kids," said Hillary Hilderbrand, director of operations for The Bridge of Lubbock. "They had so many hurdles this year, but they were faithful through it all, they are serving God's community here in Lubbock, Texas."


 

Lisa Gilliland, executive director for Lubbock Meals on Wheels, said this is her organization's fifth year to work with Community Christian Church. "We are fortunate they help to support us," she said. "Each year we assist as much as we can; it is astonishing what a small group of people can accomplish. Each year it has been larger and larger we are honored to be a part of it."

 

The Holiday Extravaganza will be from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at 3417 96th St. Admission is free. In addition to all the gift items, there will be a raffle for a Texas Tech quilt made by Funtime Quilters, as well as a bake sale run by Delta Theta Chi.


 

Last year Community Christian Church presented Lubbock Meals on Wheels and The Bridge of Lubbock each with a check for $8,000. "Whatever God brings in is our fundraising goal," Cullers said. "We didn't strive or plan for this event to be bigger, it just happened. It has been a challenge this year to muster strength, but as you look at what we have done, we didn't strive or plan for this event to be bigger, it just happened."


 

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Community Christian Church in Lubbock presented two checks in the amount of $9,500 each to 
Meals on Wheels and The Bridge through money raised at their Holiday Extravaganza.  

 

What is your congregation doing in your community?  Mission West would love to include pictures, stories, and highlights of how different congregations around Mission West are being church in and around their communities.  Contact Karakay at kkovaly@ccsw.org to include your ministry in future newsletters.

News from CCSW-Standing Forms Due Jan. 15th

Reports Needed at First of the Year

 

Standing Forms for 2015 need to be completed by Ordained Ministers byJanuary 15, 2015. Thanks to those of you who have already completed them! If you haven't, go online to the Southwest Region website to the  Information and Links page to click on the first link of the page to do so. This will be a most efficient way for us to be sure that your information is listed correctly in the next edition of the Year Book & Directory. Once you submit the form, you should receive a confirmation; check your spam folder if you do not, or contact the Southwest Region office at ccsw@ccsw.org or 817-926-4687. Contact the Southwest Region office if you are not comfortable completing the form online to receive a paper form to complete if you cannot download the PDF to complete and mail in. 

If your information in the Year Book & Directory is incorrect this year, PLEASE make sure we have your correct information by January 15, so we can correct it for the 2015 edition!


 

Year Book & Directory reports from congregations will be due by March 16, but it would be great if the Southwest Region had all their reports in by February 28! This report is important to maintain your congregation's exemption status as a congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). We'll send your congregation its Serial Number and Church Pin by postcard next week; statistical information should be gathered before logging on. (Go to ccsw.org/information-and-links to view sample form.) You will need year-end financial information (including local operating receipts, local capital receipts and outreach contributions) and membership details (including average attendance, baptisms and transfers); you will also need to provide, confirm or update information (congregation name, location, mailing address, phone, email, website and Employer Identification Number). Contact the Southwest Region office at ccsw@ccsw.org or 817-926-4687 if you have any questions or need to receive your Serial Number and Church Pin. 


 

Southwest Region: Save the Date!
 

Jan 2-3 (Fri-Sat) - Regional Council in Dallas


 
Jan 26-28 (Mon-Wed) -  Regional Committee on Ministry at University Christian Church in Fort Worth

Feb 9 (Mon) - Healthy Boundaries for Clergy Training Course at University Christian Church in Fort Worth 

 

Feb 9-12 (Mon-Thur) - Ministers Week at Brite Divinity School and University Christian Church in Fort Worth
 

Feb 20 (Fri) - Documentation deadline for candidates wishing to be considered for an April interview with Regional Committee on Ministry

Feb 27-Mar 1 (Fri-Sun) - CCSW DWM Leadership Conference at Azle Christian Church in Azle for all Area Coordinators, Consultants, Area Leaders and aspiring leaders

Mar 20-21 (Fri-Sat) - Regional Council 

 

Apr 20-22 (Mon-Wed) -  Regional Committee on Ministry at University Christian Church in Fort Worth


 
Jun 26-28 (Fri-Sun) - Women's Regional Assembly at Y O Ranch Hotel and Conference Center in Kerrville
 

Jul 14 (Tues) - Documentation deadline for candidates wishing to be considered for a September interview with Regional Committee on Ministry

Jul 18-22 (Fri-Tues) - 2015 General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio (Registration open now)

Jul 27-Aug 1 (Mon-Sat) - Christian Youth Leadership Seminar (CYLS) in Ceta Canyon

Aug 14-15 (Fri-Sat) - Regional Council

 

Sep 14-16 (Mon-Wed) -  Regional Committee on Ministry at University Christian Church in Fort Worth


 
Sep 18-20 (Fri-Sun) - Disciples Men's Retreat

Oct 23-24 (Fri-Sat) - Regional Council 

 

Nov 25 (Wed) - Documentation deadline for candidates wishing to be considered for a January interview with Regional Committee on Ministry


 All of this information is from the CCSW Update that went out on 12/29/2014.  You can sign up here.

 



Healthy Boundaries for Clergy Training Monday, February 9, 2015

Healthy Boundaries for Clergy Training Monday, February 9, 2015


 
All ordained and commissioned ministers and ordination candidates in the Southwest Region need to complete the Healthy Boundaries for Clergy training. 

If you have not taken this training yet, it will be offered Monday, February 9, from 10 am to 4 pm, at University Christian Church before the Ministers Week activities begin later that day. Registration is available 
online or by completing a PDF and sending in with payment. Cost of $50 includes meal and a workbook. 

Contact the Southwest Region office at 817-926-4687 or 
ccsw@ccsw.org if you have any questions. 

 

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