NM Conference News
April 1 - 7, 2019
In this Issue
  • 2019 Appointments
  • Conference Benefits Officer, Dru Ann Kuntz Retiring
  • Seventh Circuit: Clergy Housing Allowance is Constitutional
  • Board of Pensions Retirement Retreat
  • CCYM- All About the Tree
  • Register for your Blue Print for Wellness Check during AC19
  • UMCOR Grants Aid Initial Cyclone Response
  • Upcoming Events
2019 Appointments
The appointment season has begun. We will post appointment changes on the Conference website every Monday morning once received from the Bishop's Office.
Conference Benefits Officer, Dru Ann Kuntz Retiring
The NM Conference Benefits Officer, Dru Ann Kuntz will be retiring on July 1st. Her husband, Dave has recently retired and she wants to spend more time with her baby grandson. She wanted to thank the Conference for being so gracious and supportive these four years.

Dru has always gone above and beyond striving to help clergy and their families negotiate the sometimes complicated task of choosing and enrolling in the best health & benefits plan for them. She worked especially hard to ensure that the Annual Conference Memorial and Retiree Services were done with excellence. The Conference Office will be less lively in her absence and we will certainly miss her.

We will be advertising for Dru's replacement very shortly.
Seventh Circuit: Clergy Housing Allowance Is Constitutional
By Matthew Branaugh for Managing Your Church Blog
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago  ruled Friday afternoon   that the clergy housing allowance is a constitutionally permissible tax benefit.
The NM Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits Sponsors Retirement Retreat
Our Board of Pension & Health Benefits sponsored a Retirement Quest Retreat at Sacramento, March 29 - 30th. Approximately, 40 pastors, spouses and Conference staff attended the event. In addition to a time of rest and refreshment in the mountains, our "birthday boy" and speaker, Keith Lawrence covered topics to help plan for a more supported and fulfilling retirement. (Janet Norden was our "birthday girl".)

Participants did not let the cold keep them from taking part in activities like a wagon ride, horseback riding, archery, paddle boats, making s'mores around the campfire and of course, singing.

Thanks to Dru, Alice Salzwedel, Janet Norden, Keith Lawrence, the whole Pension & Benefits Board and the Sacramento Staff for a fabulous time.
Speaker, Keith Lawrence
talking about a fulfilling,
well-planned retirement
S'mores
Singing around the campfire despite the cold.
CCYM - All About the Tree
The CCYM Spring Retreat was this past weekend. The theme was trees. The praise band that led the retreat was To Him Who Loves Us. They provided a wonderful combination of music, worship and welcoming the Holy Spirit into the space. Provost, Randall Partin provided spiritual guidance, busting out several of his famous Star Wars & Tetris suits. In keeping with the tree theme, he referenced "The Dream of the Rood" and discussed how trees talk with one another for survival. The CCYM team performed a beautiful and moving skit. They also led a time of planting two fruit trees.

There is such hope in watching these young people grow in their faith, in their leadership, and when you see them reach out and comfort each other.
A time of friendship
A time for Worship
A time for guidance
A time for planting
A time to laugh
A time to be comforted
UMCOR Grants Aid Initial Cyclone Response
By Linda Bloom and Joao Sambo
United Methodists are starting to respond to those affected by Cyclone Idai, which left devastation in parts of three African countries and  killed 500 people, with hundreds more still missing .

The  United Methodist Committee on Relief  has allocated three $10,000 grants for immediate, emergency short-term funding to meet basic human needs in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Those needs include water transportation and storage for drinking, cooking and personal and domestic hygiene, along with temporary shelter.

“We’re assessing and working with our disaster management coordinator in the field,” said Laurie W. Felder, UMCOR’s director of international disaster response.
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Upcoming Events
April
  • Judicial Council meets - April 23-26 - Evanston, Illinois
June
  • Annual Conference - June 13-14 - Crowne Plaza, ABQ
July
  • Youth 2019 - July 10-14 - Kansas City, MO