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St. Paul's Global Missions - Serving near the Border in Fabens, Texas
     Since 2014, St. Paul's UMC in Las Cruces has been in partnership with the United Methodist Churches in Clint and Fabens, TX. Previously, the mission teams have done home repairs in migrant homes. Most recently, the St. Paul's team of five have completed a shower room in a vacant room at the Fabens Church. Through a Bishop's Award, funding was made available for materials. A plan was drawn, plumbing was installed, walls were built, shower stalls were installed, improved lighting and a double vanity were put into place. The purpose of the shower room is to provide shower facilities for future mission teams who will serve the Fabens community. Mission teams can volunteer doing home repairs, work in the food pantry, provide activities for youth and children, and serve in other areas of need.
     Three hundred and sixteen volunteer hours were donated to the project by the team of five. At a volunteer rate of $22 per hour, the monetary gift of the labor was over $7000. Those who participated in the project are Walter Mechem, Bobbie & Wilma Hutson, and James & Jan Archey. The team was encouraged to see how the transformation of an existing building will be used for new and exciting ministry programs. Not only will there be new programs, but there will be opportunities for new people and groups to become involved in mission in an area very much like an international mission trip, but within the US. This summer two Wesley Seminary students from Monte Rey, Mexico will come to the US for 5 weeks and will lead summer programs in Fabens. They will live in the Fabens UMC mission house. It is a win-win for both Fabens and the students!
    Dame una Mano (Give Me a Hand) is open to groups to sign up to serve in Fabens. The facilities can easily handle 18 missioners. Rev. Frances Gonzalez would love to talk to you about the opportunities to serve in Fabens! Contact her at

Pre-Conference Meetings - Lots of Info in only an Hour! 
     Randall Partin, Provost took a room full of Albuquerque District attendees through a lot of information in an hour's time.  He went through the Annual Conference schedule, including the fact that you can park your car at the Las Cruces Convention Center and not move it all day.
     As a response to last year's call by the Mayor of Roswell to pray for his hurting city, the AC planning team incorporated a time to reach out to Las Cruces.  On Wednesday night, there will be an option to participate in "Serve Las Cruces", where groups will go out and be the "hands and feet" of Christ.  Those who decide to stay in the Business Session will join everyone else at the Downtown Plaza for a time of prayer, fellowship and food trucks. 
    We will have many opportunities to hear from our guest preacher/teacher, Jorge Acevedo.  Jorge is serving on the Commission on a Way Forward.  He graciously is offering a Q & A session about their work, which has become even more importabt in the past few days with the Judicial Council ruling on Bishop Oliveto. 
    There will be several resolutions, amendments and rules changes to vote on.  One of the most heated may well be whether to allow styrofoam in churches.  We will offer more information about the Pre-Conference Meetings shortly.  Questions:  Roselie Johnston at 505-255-8786, ext. 101 or   

T EDTalk - It's Time to Reclaim Religion
with Rabbi Sharon Brous 
At a moment when the world seems to be spinning out of control, religion might feel irrelevant - or like part of the problem. But Rabbi Sharon Brous believes we can reinvent religion to meet the needs of modern life. In this impassioned talk, Brous shares four principles of a revitalized religious practice and offers faith of all kinds as a hopeful counter-narrative to the numbing realities of violence, extremism and pessimism.

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Focus on NMAC17
Gathering at the Downtown Plaza
We will gather at the downtown plaza on Wednesday, May 30th at 5:30 pm for Prayer, Fellowship and Food Trucks. 

Website Development Grants Available 
United Methodist Communications is now offering a Website Development Grant to local United Methodist churches and church entities who do not currently have a website or who want to replace their current website. 
Through this new grant, United Methodist Communications will offer the following:
  • One year of webhosting
  • One year of domain name registration
  • Free WordPress online training through UMCOM
  • Free online support throughout your training and during your year of web hosting
  • Free pre-designed templates for easy development of your new website

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UMC Communications Offers Self-Guided Courses 
Church leaders are so often in a time crunch. That's why we developed a series of self-guided courses to help strengthen your ministry. Each is open for registration at any time. Beat that for convenience!

Leading the Mid-Size Church in Times of Change
July 10-12th at Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center
with Rev. Burt Brooks 
As the Church and its culture continue to change, how can the local pastor adapt with it? What is the skill set and knowledge base one needs to move forward? This seminar will appeal to pastors of churches with weekly worship attendance of 100-250 persons, although pastors of all church sizes are welcome.  Cost is $217.  Financial Assistance available.  Contact Randall Partin, 505-255-8786.   

United Methodist Deacons Gather to Discuss Their Roles as Emissaries,
Sent by the Spirit

     Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and the Office of Deacons and Diaconal Ministers at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) are co-sponsoring Deacon Dialogue 2017 on June 28, 2017, at Loyola University Lakeshore Campus, Chicago, Illinois.
     Deacon Dialogue is a biennial event designed to provide United Methodist deacons with an opportunity to fellowship with other deacons, learn about each other's ministries and receive both encouragement and challenge to their ministries.
     With the theme, "Deacons as Emissaries, Sent by the Spirit," Deacon Dialogue 2017 is held in conjunction with the World DIAKONIA Assembly. Ben Hartley, Th.D. will serve as the featured speaker, leading an exploratory discussion on the meanings of the Greek word "diakonos." While many believe the word means "servant," research suggests that "emissary" or "spokesperson" are primary aspects of its definition. Hartley will lead the group in an examination of how the different meanings of the word can impact the ministries of deacons across the denomination.
    Hartley serves as a United Methodist deacon and associate professor of Christian mission in the College of Christian Studies at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. A published author, Hartley has more than a decade of experience in theological education.
     "Garrett-Evangelical is pleased to co-sponsor this event with GBHEM, especially during this anniversary year. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first deacons ordained in full connection in The United Methodist Church. After the order was established at the 1996 General Conference, the first deacons were ordained at annual conferences in the spring of 1997. I look forward to celebrating the ministry of all deacons at this event," said Rev. Dr. Virginia A. Lee, director of Deacon Studies and associate professor of Christian Education at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
     "Deacon Dialogue is a wonderful platform for deacons to explore the opportunities and challenges affecting their ministry," said Rev. Victoria Rebeck, director of Deacon Ministry Development and Provisional Membership at GBHEM. "We are honored to co-sponsor the event with Garrett and provide a valuable resource for the deacons of our church."
     A limited number of travel scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis for United Methodist participants. If interested, complete the application and return it to
     To learn more or to register for Deacon Dialogue 2017, click to go to website. The registration deadline is June 1. Additional information about the Office of Deacons and Diaconal Ministers is available at

Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home, 
Rev. Traci Smith
Book Review by Rachel Held Evans
     In  Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home,  Rev. Traci Smith, a Presbyterian pastor and mama of three, offers super-practical, creative ideas for developing spiritual practices as a family.
     As a new mom asking big questions about how we want to raise our son in the faith, I found this book incredibly helpful, because it starts so small. It doesn't tell me what to teach my kid about death and resurrection, but it gives me some meaningful, age-appropriate ideas for how to celebrate Easter. 
Here's more from my foreword to the book:
     "So we know what we  don't  want to teach him about God," I said to my husband, Dan, as I collapsed onto the park bench, rubbing my pregnant belly. "But we haven't decided what we  do  want to teach him."
     It was quiet between us for a moment, save for my labored breathing. A mile around our favorite walking track wasn't as easy as it used to be, but then neither was anything else in those days leading up to and following our first baby's birth. 
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Upcoming Events

May 15 - Annual Conference RSVP Deadline ($25 increase after 5/15) 
May 30 - Early Bird Workshops - Las Cruces Convention Center
May 31-June 2 - Annual Conference, Las Cruces, NM
June 9-11 - King's Kids Camp (grades 2-4) - Sacramento
June 19-23 - Ritmo Camp (grades 7-grad) - Sacramento
July 3-7 - Sacramento Family Camp - all ages
July 9-14 - Music on the Mountain - (grades 7 - grad) - Sacramento
July 10-14 - Promise Seekers Camp (grades 4-6) - Sacramento
July 31-Aug. 4 - Camp Sunshine - Sacramento

Aug 11-12 - Lay Servant School - FUMC-ABQ  

Pre-Conference Meetings
Saturday, April 22 nd  - 9:00 am                                          Highland UMC, Odessa, TX
Saturday, April 22 nd - 4:00 pm                                         First UMC, Hobbs, NM 
Sunday, April 23 rd - 4:00 pm                                             Kingswood UMC, Clovis, NM 
Saturday, April 29 th - 9:00 am                                          First UMC, Farmington, NM 
Saturday, April 29 th - 4:00 pm                                          Mesa View UMC, ABQ, NM 
Saturday, May 6 th - 9:00 am                                             Morningstar UMC, Las Cruces, NM 
Saturday, May 6 th  - 4:00 pm                                             St. Mark's UMC, El Paso, TX
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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