Join Bishop Bledsoe & Company for a Time of Sharing
Jan 21 - FUMC - Roswell @ 2 pm
Feb 19 - Center St. - Tucumcari @ 3 pm
March 11 - Trinity-First - El Paso @ 2 pm
March 18 - FUMC - Odessa @ 10 am
March 25 - St. John's - ABQ @ 2 pm
May 13 - FUMC - Farmington @ 10 am
Questions?  Contact Randall Partin at (505)255-8786 or
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Bishop & Leslie Bledsoe visit PACAF Chaplain, Pat McCain 
Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe and his wife, Leslie, visited us January 10-17th for an orientation to our United Methodist ministry.  This was a fantastic visit!  We not only had the chance to show them my ministry as the PACAF Chaplain, we also gave them a chance to meet our Airmen and family members, hear their stories, and understand the stressors of military life.  We enjoyed spending time with our episcopal leadership and were so very grateful for the investment of their time and energy
Submitted by Chaplain, Pat McCain

Living Archives Nominees Needed
Rev. Tom Nagle - 2016 Living Archive - Clergy
The Commission on Archives and History will hold its Annual Meeting in late February to consider nominations for our Living Archives.  To nominate someone for this recognition please send an email to or write a letter to the Archives (NM Conference Office, 11816 Lomas Blvd. NE, ABQ, NM 87112) describing the reasons you believe that the individual deserves consideration. One Clergy and one Layperson will be selected, and recognized at Annual Conference.  

Every month Disciple Ministries sends out 5 ways you can better equip Vital Congregations and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Here's this month's issue!
Discover more about small group ministry.
Listen to the series of free podcasts called Small Groups and the Wesleyan Way. The podcasts go beyond curriculum, programs and best practices to learn from our Wesleyan roots and explore the foundations for small groups that produce disciples of Jesus Christ who, in turn, disciple others. They feature Scott Hughes and Steve Manskar from Discipleship Ministries. To learn more and to download all podcasts, go to: 
Help your congregations become more diverse.
Join others from around the U.S. at the second Multiethnic Church Planting training event March 29-31 in Oklahoma City. The event for church planters, potential planters and conference leaders is sponsored by New Church Starts (Path1). Dr. Brian Leander from Adelphia University and pastors from successful ministries will lead the training. For more information and to register, go to  

Apply for Grants & Scholarships!

The Conference Board of Global Ministries & The Conference Endowment Distribution Committee are accepting applications for available grant funds.  Each grant has a different focus.  Please go to the Conference website for more information.  Click here 

6 Tips on Crowdfunding for Churches
by Heather Hahn
     The Kickstarter-launched rock album. The Indiegogo-funded science lab. The GoFundMe-aided charity.
     In this increasingly connected online world, is crowdfunding that one weird trick churches need to bolster giving?
     Crowdfunding is the commonly used term for raising small amounts of money from a large number of people for a project or venture - typically via certain websites and related social media.
     The General Council on Finance and Administration, The United Methodist Church's finance agency, has   published a guide  for U.S. churches considering crowdfunding sites.
The agency's overall message: User beware.
     The recommendations, approved by the agency's board, are:
  1. Be careful what you ask for and promise in return.
     "United Methodist ministries should only solicit donations for charitable causes, without a promise of rewards such as tote bags, T-shirts, etc.," the agency says. 
Read the full article 

A Thank you from McCurdy Ministries
Bishop Bledsoe at McCurdy Ministries Pre-K class.
     Last Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, was a great success for McCurdy Ministries due in part to donations given by our friends from the New Mexico Annual Conference. In 2016, Global Ministries made a decision not to provide match for donations given through the United Methodist Advance on Giving Tuesday. With the help of several faithful New Mexico United Methodist donors $32,000 of match was donated to McCurdy Ministries for Giving Tuesday. The result was we raised over $62,352 through our Giving Tuesday Campaign. The best news is EVERY GIFT WAS MATCHED! Worldwide United Methodist giving to the Advance on Giving Tuesday fell from $2.3 million in 2015 to $853,910 in 2016. But McCurdy Ministries raised $62,362 in 2015 and $62,355 in 2016 because of your generosity.
     As a result children and youth in the EspaƱola Valley are educated, fed, challenged at summer camp, cared for after school and the whole family is provided mental health services at no cost. Every school day we touch the lives of more than 500 students and our donors are truly the hands of Christ in our community. We send our thanks to you with appreciation for the ways you support our children and youth through your prayers, your service, your witness and your gifts.
Submitted by Rev. Diana L. Loomis, Director of Development/Church Relations, McCurdy Ministries

Registration Deadline is February 1st.
Workshop on February 11th at St. John's UMC, ABQ.
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Upcoming Events

Jan. 27-29 - FUMC-Bloomfield Lay Servant School 
Feb. 5-8 - Mid-Year Clergy Retreat - Sacramento
Feb. 20-22 - Board of Ordained Ministry Meeting - location tbd
March 3-5 - ROC & CCYM - Sacramento
March 26 - Mountainside UMC's 50th Anniversary - Bishop Preaching
April 9-15 - NM Conference Pray Our Way Forward Week 

Bishop's Itineration Schedule 
January 21 - FUMC-Roswell - 2:00 pm  
January 28 - FUMC-Perryton - 2:00 pm 
February 4 - St. Paul's-Abilene - 10:00 am 
February 19 - Center Street-Tucumcari - 3:00 pm
March 4 - FUMC-Childress - 10:00 am
March 5 - St. Stephen's-Amarillo - 2:30 pm 
March 11 - Trinity-First-El Paso - 2:00 pm 
March 18 - FUMC-Odessa - 10:00 am 
March 19 - FUMC-Lamesa - 3:00 pm 
March 25 - St. John's-ABQ - 2:00 pm
April 2 - FUMC-Lubbock - 2:00 pm
April 8 - FUMC-Plainview - 10:00 am 
May 13 - FUMC-Farmington - 10:00 am

Annual Conference - May 31 - June 2, 2017
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