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El Paso District Hosts Combined Hispanic/Latino Service

On May 7th, the El Paso District hosted a wonderful worship gathering of the Hispanic/Latino churches in the area: Del Valle UMC, El Alfarero UMC, Emmanuel UMC, El Divino Redentor UMC and Wesley UMC. In addition, we had people from the Camino Al Cielo Methodist Church, Trinity-First EspaƱol UMC and St. Mark's UMC. Those unable to attend were people from El Calvario UMC (Las Cruces) and Ekklesia (El Paso). Approximately, 60 people attended.  District Superintendent, Eddie Rivera preached.  The Liturgist was Obed Alba and the Worship Leader was Gilbert Flores.  Thanks to St. Paul's UMC for providing a place for worship.

Photos by Steve Putnicki  

  Methodism in Cuba, Spirit-Filled and Overflowing 
By Steve Beard
photo by Steve Beard 

     Within a Caribbean culture marked by Cold War skullduggery, economic scarcity, and vindictive secularism, the Methodist Church in Cuba stands out as a beacon of spiritual freedom, miraculous signs and wonders, unexpected blessings, and salsa infused worship. Not only has vibrant Christianity survived some of the darkest decades of Cuba's history, it is a thriving testimony to the profound hope found at the roots of the faith.
     "Young people in Latin America have spent a long time learning a language that is different than the language of God," said the Rev. Guillermo Leon Mighthy, illustrating the prevailing way of thinking in Cuba.
     "By the age of 18, they have heard more than 80,000 times these five phrases: (1) 'I don't know,' (2) 'There isn't any,' (3) 'I don't have any,' (4) 'I can't,' and (5) 'It's not easy.' Five negative phrases; nothing positive," said Leon. "This is not the language of the Bible."
     Leon is the 41-year-old lead pastor of the Central Havana Methodist Church in one of the grittiest neighborhoods in the Cuban capital. As a former professional soccer player and past leader of Methodist youth in Cuba, Leon has a spiritual counterattack for each of these phrases.
     "First, the Bible never says that we don't know. We know who we are, we know what we have, and we know the One who is with us. Second, yes there is; in God there is hope. In God there is healing. In God there is blessing," said Leon, who is also the district superintendent of Havana.
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Reminder:  Bishop & Leslie Bledsoe will be hosting a trip to Cuba
October 2-9, 2017.  Please contact Diane Lippitt at: for more information.   
Deadline is July 1st. 

Focus on NMAC17
Register by 5 pm Tonight or Pay the $25 Late Fee! 
Offering Highlight - The Ridge in El Paso

The Ridge is one of New Mexico Conference's newest places for new people. Founded in 2009 as a new congregation in partnership with Western Hills United Methodist Church, the Ridge serves new communities and neighborhoods in far-West El Paso, one of the city's fastest growing areas. More than half of the congregation at the Ridge are new United Methodists, and many of our congregation, perhaps a plurality, come from previously un-churched households. This vibrant and joyous congregation is making a big impact on its local community!

Even now, the people of the Ridge are planning our next faithful steps in ministry and witness. Within the next few months, we will be ready to vacate our current meeting place at Hut Brown Middle School and move into our first dedicated space. New and exciting things are happening at the Ridge every day, thanks to the faithful and fun-loving spirit of our congregation, the support of the New Mexico Annual Conference, and the Holy Spirit's life-giving and vibrant presence among us. The next time you are in El Paso, we invite you to join us at the Ridge.

El Calvario Mission Church Additional Supply Needs :
Athletic shoes for 70 or so kids participating in programs to keep them off the streets - all sizes girls and boys. The kids are from 1st-12th grade.

Lay Servant School - El Paso
A Lay Servant Ministry School was held on May 5 - 6th in El Paso.  Christ Community UMC was the host. Lynette Meyer served as the pastor.  Larry Ellzey taught the basic course.


Conference Board of Global Ministries Newsletter
submitted by Bonnie Hardesty 

NMAC17 - Blueprint for Wellness

Blueprint for Wellness measures over 25 key health indicators, including blood glucose, cholesterol, hemoglobin A1c and much more.  Participants staying in the Ramada can go downstairs for their blood draw in the morning.  You can even go in your pajamas!  Contact Dru Ann Kuntz, Pension & Benefits Officer at 505-255-8786, ext. 102. 

Please Note Changes in the Worship in the Wilderness Schedule

Participants will meet at the Dripping Springs Visitor Center parking lot.  Please get there by 4:50 at the latest. The gates close at 5 pm.  It takes about a half an hour to drive there from the Convention Center, so those interested will need to leave the second Early Bird Workshop a bit early.  It's not a difficult hike (3 mile round-trip) but sneakers or hiking boots would be a good idea.  It will be hot.  Bring water, sunscreen and a worshipful spirit.  Questions?  Please contact Roselie at
Upcoming Events

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  
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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