New Design, Retreat, Rally, Boundaries Training, Ministers Week and More
Mission West Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 2          January 19, 2016
Welcome to the new look of the Mission West Newsletter.  This is designed to briefly show you what's happening and the links to find more information.  It is designed to work well with mobile devices and desktop views. Anything in orange or in a yellow block will open up a new webpage with additional information.  If you would like to include something in the newsletter, please email us by the 25th to be included in the next newsletter.
Congregational Year Book Reports Due March 15 One
Year Book Reports from congregations covering calendar year 2015 are due by March 15, covering a few details about membership and finances.  Sample forms in   English   and   Spanish , as well as instructions, can be found on the ccsw.org website . Contact Bonnie Schuler in the Southwest Region office at 817-926-4687 or   ccsw@ccsw.org  for 1) your congregation's PIN and Serial Number if the postcard didn't make it yet to the person who needs it, 2) a paper copy of the form mailed to you, or 3) assistance in completing the form (helps to have your year-end financial information and tally of membership and attendance information). 

 
MIDWINTER RETREAT AT BLACK RIVERTwo
9 pm Friday, Feb. 5 to 10 am Sun., Feb. 7 at
Black River Center for Learning for Grades 3rd to 12th.
$90 til Jan 21, $115 After

MID WINTER RALLY AT LBCR
9 pm Friday, Feb. 26 to 10 am Sun, Feb. 28, 2016 at 
Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat Center. Open to Grades 6th to 12th.  $90 til Feb. 11th, $115 After

JYF ROUND UP AT MID WINTER RALLY AT LBCR
9 pm Friday, Feb. 26 to 10 am Sun, Feb. 28, 2016 at 
Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat Center. Open to Grades 3rd to 5th.   $90 til Feb. 11th, $115 After.

AREA OFFICER APPLICATIONS
Do you know a freshman, sophomore, or junior in high school that is active in your congregation, an excellent servant leader, and willing to plan retreats, rallies, and camps for their peers?  They should apply to be an Area Officer on the Mission West Ministry Youth Council. 
MW YOUTH MEETING TwoA
Mission West Youth leaders will meet at 9 pm this Friday and Saturday in Ceta Lodge at Ceta Canyon to review a proposal to make 3 area Children's and Youth Committees in to One Mission West Outdoor Ministry Team, Evaluate Mid Winter Retreat & Rally, Continue planning for 2016 summer camps, and a few housekeeping items.  Visit the youth section of our website to download the proposal, agenda, and supporting documents.
HEALTHY  BOUNDARIES  TRAINING Three
10 am on Monday, February 15 at University Christian Church in Fort Worth. Registration is $50, whether   online   or by     PDF/paper copy . Contact the Regional Office at     ccsw@ccsw.org  or 817-926-4687 for details. 

Another opportunity to take this class in on Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:30 am to 3 pm at Rolling Oaks Christian Church in San Antonio: $50 registration, available online or PDF soon.


Mission West's Healthy Boundaries Training will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2016 at First Christian Church Lubbock, TX.  Registration costs is $50.00. 
   
BRITE DIVINITY SCHOOL - MINISTERS WEEK 2016 Four
The Power to Bless as pastors and communities is the theme for this year. Join us as Barbara Lundblad, Timothy Sandoval, Sara Miles, and Peter Steinke explore the many ways we can bless. 
 
SCHOOL FOR MINISTRY - SAVE THE DATES FourA
Introduction to Hebrew Bible
Jan 25-Mar 11 
Online course, complete course and registration info below. Registration deadline was Jan 15.

Christian Ethics: Living at the Crossroads
March 19 - FCC Midland
April 16 - FCC Ruidoso
Sept 10  - Chalice Abbey Amarillo
Taught by - Rev. Dr. David Halleen, bi-vocational minister at Bethany Christian Church and teacher of religion classes at Richland College, Dallas

Workshop on Inter-generational Christian Education
April 9 - Chalice Abbey, Amarillo
Sept 17 - FCC Ruidoso
Oct 15 - FCC Abilene
Taught by Rev. Karakay Kovaly, Minister for Youth and Young Adults, Mission West CCSW

Details will be added to the Events section of the webpage as they become available.

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THE JOURNEY AND NEW BEGINNINGS ASSESSMENTS STARTING SOON FIVE
Dates of each New Beginning Assessment and Journey Retreat in Mission West
First Retreat for the Journey 
Jan 16-17 - FCC El Paso, involving FCC El Paso, Northgate CC, and FCC Las Cruces

New Beginnings Assessments
Jan 28 - FCC Pampa
Feb 2 - FCC Stephenville and FCC Liberal
Feb 3 - FCC Spearman and Brook Hollow CC Abilene
Feb 5 - FCC Abilene
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PRAYER Eight  Please be in prayer for: 
Rev. Laurie Lewis as she begins a new ministry in Denver, CO at South Broadway Christian Church. 

Monte Vista Christian Church in Albuquerque, NM as their begin the search and call process.

Our congregations in Search and Call.

Rev. Ben Todd as he begins his service as Interim Minister for Westmont Christian Church in Lubbock, TX. 
SABBATICAL FOR KARAKAY Nine
August 2015 was the three year anniversary of Karakay accepting the calling to be the Associate Area Minister for what is now Mission West.  Per her calling agreement she has earned a 1 month sabbatical.  She will be taking this sabbatical for the month of March.  Alex Smith will be answering all youth questions during this time, her telephone number is 512-971-9411 and email is alexsmith.westmont@gmail.com.  Please contact Charlotte for all other needs at 915-525-1209 or via email at choppe@ccsw.org.  
NORTH TEXAS AREA LEADER AND LEARNER JAN. 31   Eleven
This annual event will be held from 9 - 3 at First Christian Church of McKinney on Saturday, January 30. Registration begins at 8:30.  Rev. Herb Lynskey, a former Area Minister and seasoned spiritual adviser, will deliver the keynote and teach two workshops on Spirituality afterwards. There will also be a couple of dozen other workshops, and the schedule will allow participants to choose three workshops during the day. 

 
DYMN Disciples Youth Ministry Network Ten  DYMN 2016 - March 29-31 @ Disciples Crossing
* Keynoter, Andrew Zirschky, author of Beyond the Screen: Youth Ministry for the Connected But Alone Generation
* Registration $250 includes lodging, meals and event costs (transportation is on your own)   Register here

RESOURCES Click on the images to go to the sponsoring site  Resources
   
CALENDAR
Check out the Mission West Calendar for the latest updates on what's happening around mission west.


Contact Rev. Charlotte J. Hoppe 
Lead Minister
915-525-1209

Contact Rev. Karakay S. Kovaly 
Associate Minister


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