Mid-Year Clergy Retreat - Feb. 5 - 8th
RSVP Now - 575-687-3414
Important Road Repair Information: Due to some unfortunate timing, and necessary road construction, all lanes on Highway 82, east of High Rolls, will either be closed or using a pilot car to route traffic starting Monday, Feb. 6, at 7am until Friday, Feb. 10, weather permitting. This obviously affects those south of us, as well as those coming from the Albuquerque area. W e will provide a DOT update prior to the Retreat.
     If you are in the Albuquerque area, you can avoid this construction by continuing
through Carrizozo on HWY 380 to the HWY 37 turnoff towards Ruidoso/Nogal. You'll then take HWY 70 toward Mescalero, 244 toward Cloudcroft, 82 toward Mayhill, and traveling to Sacramento from there. Refer to a map or your GPS for specifics (Note - Some GPS routes include Lunim Rd just before Weed. This road does not exist). 
     If coming from the South (Las Cruces, El Paso, et c.) you will go to Tularosa, then onto HWY 70 to Mescalero, taking 244 toward Cloudcroft, 82 toward Mayhill, etc. Refer to a map or your GPS for specifics (Note- Some GPS routes include Lunim Rd just before Weed. This road does not exist.)
     That being said, we would like everyone, if possible, to arrive on Sunday instead, before construction begins! Sacramento will provide complimentary lodging for everyone's Sunday night stay as well as Monday breakfast. If you have already booked and pre-paid for Sunday, we can reimburse you for Sunday night and Monday breakfast, or you may donate it to the camp as a love offering. We are more than happy to do either! 
Please be aware that the detours will affect your travel home at the end of the retreat. 
The road closure is dependent on the weather. Check www.nmroads.com for current road closures. 
     We apologize for this inconvenience. Please call the office 575-687-3414, to turn your Monday arrival into a Sunday Arrival! Thank you. 

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 nmarchives@nmconfum.com 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.  

PowerPoint Tools and Timing Techniques for Churches
by Don Richardson
     We know we can enhance worship services and other programs through the use of PowerPoint slides, but many people preparing the slides don't have the training or knowledge about additional tools that can really elevate the flow of worship.
Here are some tools and timing techniques for you to consider:
Show videos
     Videos can be shown from a PowerPoint slide by dragging the video file from your desktop or folder directly into the slide. There is no need to switch to a video program or separate DVD/video machine; you just go to that slide.
     There is a volume adjustment in PowerPoint that allows you to select a volume setting of "low," "medium" or "high" for your video or audio. If you show several videos (and/or audios) in your program, this adjustment can help put all of these volumes in the same ballpark for further delivery to your sound system.
     PowerPoint now allows you to "trim" the videos in your slides. Trimming the opening and/or closing ends of your video eliminates the annoyingly long blank leaders, trailers or unnecessary opening and closing material.

Click for the article & instructions 

Grants & Scholarships Available - Apply Now!
Grants and scholarships are awarded by the Conference and connected organizations to local church ministries and others.  If you have an idea for a ministry and merely lack the financial support to bring it to fruition, these grants may help you make dreams reality. For all the information and the applications, go to: http://www.nmconfum.com/vital-congregations/grants/.
Brief synopses:
Bishop's Award - Local church ministries - Innovation, vigor, devotion and effectiveness in making disciples of Jesus Christ
Vitality Award - Boards, agencies and organizations formed by or part of the NM Conference NOT within a local church - Innovation, vigor, devotion and effectiveness in making disciples of Jesus Christ.
Pippin Grant for Mission - Root causes of poverty, injustice and human need
Thaxton Grant - Elderly poor and/or impoverished children
Sively Award - UMCOR funds - World Hunger/Poverty, Relief from disaster, Refugee Ministries
McCreless Endowment Fund of UMCOR-Child Related Ministries - Health, food and safety for children
Cinco Estrellas (5 Stars) Award of Excellence - Awarded to churches that meet 5 of the 8 criteria listed on the website in a preceding conference year.
Equipping Ministries Team - Promote leade rship training in disciple making
Harry Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy, Lay & Youth - Exceptional ministry of evangelism in word, sign and deed. 
Lilly Endowment Grant for Renewal of Pastors - Seeks to strengthen Christian congregations by providing an opportunity for pastors to step away briefly from  the obligations of parish life and engage in a period of renewal, intentional exploration, and reflection.  

Operacion 100
Operacion 100
Operacion 100
For more information, please contact Rev. Dr. Jorge Ochoa, NWTX Conference Director of Church Development & the Hispanic/Latino Movement at 806-768-0201, ext. 18 or ochoa@nwtxconf.org.
Free Webinar on Feb. 8th
3 Reasons Your Church's Brand Matters
Join us on February 8 at 1 p.m. CST for "3 Reasons Your Church's Brand Matters"
This 45-minute free webinar will discuss how branding can build an emotional connection with your community. Click to register 

Bishop's Itineration
The next Itineration meeting is scheduled for February 19th in Tucumcari.
Roswell Itineration has been rescheduled for April 22nd at 2 pm.

Questions?  Contact Randall Partin at (505)255-8786 or randall@nmconfum.com.
Click here for the details 

Don't forget to sign up for the Messy Church!
Workshop on February 11th at St. John's UMC, ABQ.
Click for more info & to register 

Upcoming Events

Feb. 5-8 - Mid-Year Clergy Retreat - Sacramento
Feb. 20-22 - Board of Ordained Ministry Meeting - St. John's UMC-ABQ (tentative)
March 3-5 - ROC & CCYM - Sacramento
March 12 - Trinity-First UMC-El Paso - Bishop Preaching - 10:30 am Service
March 26 - Mountainside UMC's 50th Anniversary - Bishop Preaching - 10 am Service
April 9-15 - NM Conference Pray Our Way Forward Week
April 23 - FUMC-Carlsbad - Bishop Preaching
May 31-June 2 - Annual Conference, Las Cruces, NM 

Bishop's Itineration Schedule 
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 - El Paso - Trinity-First - 2:00 pm 
March 18 - FUMC-Odessa - 10:00 am 
March 19 - FUMC-Lamesa - 3:00 pm 
March 25 - ABQ - St. John's - 2:00 pm
April 2 - Lubbock - FUMC - 2:00 pm
April 8 - Plainview - FUMC - 10:00 am
April 22 - RESCHEDULED - FUMC-Roswell - 2 pm 
May 13 - FUMC-Farmington - 10:00 am

Click here for the Conference Calendar

Conference Calendar
UMC website


New Mexico Annual Conference  

11816 Lomas Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87112

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Receptionist Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

(800) 678-8786 toll free; (505) 255-8786; (505) 265-6184 fax

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