Change in Date for MW Boundaries Training, Disciples Women Ministry in Feb., National Disciples Men event in Fort Worth,  and More
Mission West Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 3          February 2, 2016
Please note a change of date to May 21 for the Healthy Boundaries Class for Mission West.  It will still take place at Lubbock First Christian Church for $50.00 I   If you would like to include something in the newsletter, please email us by the 7th 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). 

 
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.


Please note a change in date for Mission West's Healthy Boundaries Training.  It will take place on Saturday, May 21, 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. 
 
CCSW DISCIPLES WOMEN MINISTRY LEADERSHIP EVENTDWM 
Feb. 26 & 27, 2016     "Dare to Lead!"  at  Round Rock Christian Church,  22 Chalice Way, Round Rock, TX 78665.  Registration Fee:  $25.00 includes all  programming cost & Sat. noon lunch.   Registration Deadline:  Postmarked by  Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.                                 
MIDWINTER RETREAT AT BLACK RIVERTwo
9 pm Friday, Feb. 5 to 10 am Sun., Feb. 7 at
Registration is now closed, please contact the director, Alex Smith for any needs you may have.

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. 
ALBUQUERQUE  DISCIPLES YOUTH  DIRECTOR POSITION OPEN
All gave some, some gave all ! It's not just a call to action, it's an invitation. We areADY currently looking for a Youth Director to service youth members of the Disciples of Christ community.  This is a paid position that creates, organizes and leads various youth church activities and lesson plans. Get additional information in the  MVCC Newsletter.  
DHM SUMMER INTERNSHIPS  DHM
What will you do this summer? If you're looking for a way to make a difference and have an incredible experience - and get paid for it - you probably want to apply for a DHM summer mission internship. 
If you'll be 20 by Memorial Day, check out the flyer and let us hear from you. You can also get more information on the DHM website.

NATIONAL DISCIPLES MEN'S SESSIONS JULY 8-10 FT. WORTHDMW
Every four year Disciples Men/CMF have an event called Sessions and 2016 is a year for Sessions.

You are a man, active in leadership in a congregation, or you would probably not be reading this far. You may be wondering,  "Is it worth the trip?"

We , the General Conference of Disciples Men,  know that it is .  We all struggle with many of the same problems in our congregations and we know the value of fellowship, Bible study, exploring our calling as leaders, hands-on mission, and having fun while doing all that.
              
UPDATE: SEARCH FOR THE NEXT GENERAL MINISTER AND PRESIDENTGMP
In this first communication, we are pleased to inform you that the General Minister and President (GMP) Search Committee of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has been approved by the General Board. With a sense of humbleness and gratitude for being called to this important task, the committee met from Jan. 15-17 in Dallas, Texas to begin the search process. 
SCHOOL FOR MINISTRY - SAVE THE DATES MWSFM
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.  All classes are from 9 am to 3 pm in the time zone they are located. 

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THE JOURNEY AND NEW BEGINNINGS ASSESSMENTS 
for the development of congregational leadership and transformation 
 
The Journey 
January 16-17, 2016  at FCC El Paso, involving FCC El Paso, Northgate CC, and FCC Las Cruces congregations

Almost 40 members from the three congregations gathered for the first of two weekend retreats for the Hope Partnership Journey.  In that exciting weekend participants began a journey of learning, sharing, growing and fellowship.  Read more...

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

During this first phase, the New Beginnings trained assessor will meet with leaders and members of the congregation to tour the building and the community, review congregational finances, conduct an Appreciative Inquiry session and do some teaching about congregational dynamics and life span.   Read more...
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PRAYER Prayer  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. 

Rev. Norm Stolpe as he begin service as Interim Minister with FCC, Albany, TX.

Gregory S. Chambers as he begins his calling as Youth Minister with FCC, Albany, TX.

Jim West, retired minister from FCC Stinnett, TX and the West family, as they greive the loss of his Jim's wife Helen.

Our congregations in the Journey and New Beginnings process with Hope Partnership.
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.  
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 responsible site  resources
            
Lenten Resources for your home and congregation from LEAD
Ideas for Lent from DHM Family and Childrens Ministry on Pinterest
Tool Kit
Training Dates Feb 26-27 and March 11-12


 
CALENDAR
Check out the Mission West Calendar for the latest updates on what's happening around mission west. Recent additions include:
  • HPA North Cluster, Feb. 11th 10 am at FCC Spearman 
  • HPA South Cluster, April 7th, 6 pm, Location TBD
  • LBCR board meetings for 2016:
    • May 7th - Brownwood
    • August 13th - Abilene
    • November 4th & 5th  - Brownwood (Planning Retreat and Board Meeting)
  • Disciples Men's Retreat July 8-10, Fort Worth, 
  • Regional Council August 26-27, Dallas
  • Saturday, August 13, 2016 - TRA Assembly, Location TBD


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

Contact Rev. Karakay S. Kovaly 
Associate Minister


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