Develop Your Coaching Skills
A "Coach Approach to Ministry" Course
When: August 11-12, 2017
Friday, August 11th from 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Saturday, August 12th from 8:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Where: First UMC, Albuquerque
Cost:$45.00 ( pays for materials and dinner on 8/11 and breakfast and lunch on Saturday, 8/12)
Why : Build your ministry skills and become more effective in leading and working with small groups and individuals.

You will develop the skills for:
  • Deep listening
  • Using Powerful Questions
  • Moving a group/individual forward vs. rehashing the same "stuff"
  • Creating "aha" moments that celebrate the gifts of the group or individual being coached.
Linda Nash, an experienced coach and a team from the coaching community within the New Mexico Annual Conference.
Registration Deadline: July 24, 2017
To register contact: Cheri Lyon, Office of Congregational Vitality or cell: 505-440-6849
Note: This course is being offered in conjunction with the Lay Servant School being held at the same time and can be taken for credit as an Advanced Lay Servant Course.

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Online Class - The Changing 21st Century Sunday School
     If you're involved with Sunday school, either as a superintendent, CE director, teacher, or another capacity, then you've no doubt heard the lament that things have changed. Crowded classrooms and regular attendance are no longer the norm. Instead you're struggling with things like whether to go to a one room Sunday school or how to reach biblically illiterate kids who only attend your program every few weeks.
     Join us for this three week course as we explore ways to handle the challenges of the 21st century Sunday school such as declining enrollment, erratic attendance, competition with other activities, lack of volunteers, and budget cuts. We'll also talk about the possibility of doing Sunday school a different way or at a different time.

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Living Together Well is Hard, but Possible

Tink Tinker,member of the Osage Nation and the Clifford Baldridge Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions at lliff School of Theology

     In 2016, The General Conference of The United Methodist Church amended and readopted its affirmation of the United Nations principles relating to global racism, tribalism and xenophobia.
     The resolution   "Global Racism and Xenophobia - Impact on Women, Children, and Youth"affirms the principles of equality and nondiscrimination, saying: "We, the General Conference, affirm that all peoples and individuals constitute one human family, rich in diversity. 'So now, you are no longer strangers and aliens. Rather, you are fellow citizens with God's people, and you belong to God's household.' (Ephesians 2:19)."
     Interpreter  asked five people who work daily toward racial and ethnic understanding how people can live together well, whether because of or despite the various divides.

Please note that the October dates have been changed.
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The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church announces two exciting opportunities offered through their office:

1. Applications for a partial scholarship to attend The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey during the Fall 2018 Graduate Session are now available.  Seminary students who intend to vocationally serve The UMC are encouraged to consider this opportunity to engage in an ecumenical community for this 5-month, graduate-level course.  The application is due no later than September 15, 2017.  For more information about The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey go to  For a copy of the COB scholarship application and guidelines contact Rev. Dr. Jean Hawxhurst at

2. Applications for one of three annual "Local Initiative Grants" are now available.  These grants are for annual conference groups who are doing excellent ecumenical and/or interreligious ministries in their contexts.  Projects receiving grants should be carried out during the first half of 2018.  For more information about the Local Initiative Grants go to   For a copy of the COB grant application with guidelines contact Rev. Dr. Jean Hawxhurst at

The Little Free Library at Cornerstone UMC

Pastor Chuck Bader and a group of church congregants join in a Blessing of The Little Free Library at Cornerstone. The Church is located in Adobe Acres in the South Valley. We hope this little lending Library for children in the area, will become a frequent pit stop for kids K thru 8th grade and encourage the support of their parents!

Upcoming Events

July 31-Aug. 4 - Camp Sunshine - Sacramento

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
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 
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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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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