One Matters Award Recipient - FUMC-Roswell
Reaching Out in New & Unique Ways
     In the past few months we have held two "Messy Church" events at First UMC-Roswell. Each event was designed to provide many hands-on experiences of Biblical concepts that would appeal to all ages, especially children and families. For example, rather than having a traditional Easter Egg Hunt, we had Messy Church Easter where families could come, roam freely through several outdoor "stations" where welcoming adults guided them through messy activities such as coloring eggs, tossing eggs, painting hand prints on a cross, etc. After about an hour of participating in the many activities offered, the entire group gathered together in our outdoor courtyard for a short, casual, family friendly worship service. (Just a few songs and a tiny message, really.) Then everyone went indoors to enjoy a meal at no charge to anyone.
     Our second Messy Church event was held on the lawn and sidewalk in front of the church yard, which attracted people who were simply driving or walking by and stopped just to check us out. One grandmother and teen-aged grandson who attended enjoyed themselves so much they volunteered to assist with our VBS, scheduled a couple of weeks later, but being promoted at Messy Church. Today is our fourth day of VBS and the grandmother/grandson team have been here all week, participating, having fun and getting to know more of our church family.
     Our Messy Church events have drawn about 50% of their participants from individuals and families outside of our regular church attenders.
     Another interesting thing that has happened... 
I was invited to lead "Cowboy Church" before each of the four horse shows that a local Horsemen's Association sponsors here in Roswell each spring and summer. For a brief 15 minutes before the first "class" of the show begins, we gather on the arena bleachers for songs, scripture and a short message. A gentleman from our congregation brought his banjo! The Administrative Council at First has endorsed this Cowboy Church as a good opportunity for us to offer worship outside the walls of our church (as encouraged by our Healthy Church Initiative Prescription.) At the last horse show, our youth group came out with free coffee and doughnuts to offer to all of the cowboys and cowgirls as a service project. Just last week, I got a phone call from a gentleman who heard about the woman preacher who "led Cowboy Church early Sunday morning, drove back to her own church to preach at regular worship, then went back out to the horse show to compete in the afternoon events" and thought that was pretty cool. That couple was in worship here at First last Sunday.
     We have also been exploring the idea that all five of our Healthy Church Initiative prescriptions will be woven together in the Discipleship Process we are currently developing. This discipleship process is inspired by the presentations of Jorge Acevedo at Annual Conference and are based on Wesley's Means of Grace. Our intention is to create a process to intentionally lead people through experiencing Prevenient, Justifying and Sanctifying grace in a way that is relevant to our congregation and community. I have a whole chart, modified from the one that Rev. Acevedo showed in his power point at AC which explains the skeleton of the process. Submitted by Rev. Tina Cross 

Bring Wesley-UNM a Meal!

UNM Wesley Young Adults is a college age ministry. Meals are needed every Tuesday evening during the school semester, to feed approximately 20-25 students. We are seeking groups/individuals to sign up for a meal! Please take a look and send us a message if you have any questions to Victoria This group of college age young adults seek to spread the Word of God with passion every week and strive to be more and more like Jesus by reaching out to bring others to that same place of passion. Won't you join in the ministry by sharing your ministry of a meal? These meals are dinner only, no breakfasts or other times.  
Thank you and God bless!   
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Fall Clergy Retreat Registration Opens August 15th

5 Ways to Evaluate the Success of Your VBS
By Rachel Quartarone

     The crafts and decorations may be packed away, but it's never too early to start thinking about next year's Vacation Bible School plans. Mimi Sanders, Children's Director at Tucker First UMC knows this all too well. Her church has served as a test church for Cokesbury's VBS curriculum twice now - most recently this June. Cokesbury is already at work developing curriculum for 2019. Each year, they choose several test churches to use their VBS curriculum before they release it to the public.
     "It's a lot of work because you have to do everything early," she says. They get no assembly videos, polished booklets or theme-branded craft supplies that are typically available for purchase. However, they do get to try something new and give feedback that they know will help other churches successfully implement the program. "It's been a great experience working with Cokesbury," Sanders says. "We've learned a lot about production and the amount of work that goes into developing the curriculum."
     You don't have to be a test church to gauge the success of your VBS program, however. After the craziness of summer has passed, it's helpful to sit down and take a closer look at how VBS went. What worked? What didn't? Did you make an impact in your community?

     Here are 5 ways to evaluate the success of your church's VBS program:
     1. Ask the all-important question: Were the kids into it? 
This is the obvious but sometimes overlooked question. Did the students seem to connect with the curriculum? Did they learn the Bible verses? Did they get into the songs and motions? Are they STILL singing the songs? Did they lose themselves in the craft activities? Reflect on your observations and ask around. Are there ways you can improve engagement next year?

Back to School Photos
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Camp Sunshine Remembers David Weyant

Rev. David Weyant

As part of Camp Sunshine, we planted two trees in David Weyant's memory. David started Camp Sunshine about 39 years ago. Robert is the camper planting the tree.  He came to Camp Sunshine for the first time with David 39 years ago. Mary Schul is Camp Dean.  Our theme is Christmas and Go Tell It on the Mountain.  Submitted by Cheri Lyon

NM Board of Pensions & Health Benefits Wellness Support Fund

The NMBoPHB has established a new grant opportunity for clergy, clergy spouses and their dependent children to proactively improve their spiritual, mental & physical health.  Several pastors and their family members have applied for the grant for yoga classes, YMCA memberships, counseling, etc. 

Charge Conference Season is almost upon us!
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Upcoming Events

Aug 11-12 - Lay Servant School - FUMC-ABQ
August 18-19 - Lay Servant School - St. Paul's UMC-El Paso
Sept.8-9 - CLM Training - Asbury-Odessa
Sept. 22-23 - CLM Training - University-Las Cruces
Sept. 27-29 - Leadership Institute - Leawood, KS
Oct. 1-4 - Fall Clergy Retreat - Sacramento
Oct. 14-15 - CLM Training - Asbury-Odessa
Oct. 14-15 - CLM Training - University-Las Cruces
Oct. 27-29 - Connect Rest - Sacramento
Nov. 3-5 - Explore Calling - Portland, OR
Nov. 7 - Be Strong & of Good Courage Workshop - FUMC-Roswell 
Nov. 10-11- CLM Training - Asbury-Odessa
Nov. 10-11 - CLM Training - University-Las Cruces
Nov. 17-19 - CCYM Fall Retreat- Sacramento 
Fall Itineration Schedule
Sept 16 - Roswell, First UMC 2:00 pm
Sept 23 - Tucumcari, Center Street 3:00 pm
Oct 14 - Odessa First UMC 10:00 am (Central Time)
Oct 21 - Farmington, First UMC 10:00 am
Oct 22 - Albuquerque, St. John's 2:00 pm
Nov 18 - El Paso, Trinity-First 2:00 pm
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