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More Than a Line - At the U.S.-Mexico border,
mission remains a challenge amid shifting policies and changing times.
(Lydia Patterson is one of NM Conference's Supported Ministries.) 
by Paul Jeffrey 
The sunrise is just a distant hint when Yarely Arellano leaves her home in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Juarez, Mexico, a scrappy border town marked by rows of
 maquilas-the assembly plants for everything from underwear to automobile wiring harnesses-and a string of unsolved murders of young women. Her mother, Patricia Esquivel, walks with her to a nearby corner where they wait to catch a bus together to the U.S. border.
     "There are seldom problems, but sometimes as I'm going to school the drunks are just getting out of the cantinas, so my mother always goes with me," Arellano said.
Yet Esquivel can accompany her daughter only so far. Once they're within sight of the signs reading "Welcome to the United States," they stop and share a kiss. Arellano proceeds across a pedestrian bridge to the United States, her U.S. passport in hand. She quickly passes through the immigration check and sets off walking eight more blocks to her school. Esquivel watches her go, then looks for a bus to head back home.
     Twenty years ago, Esquivel lived in the United States, where her daughter was born. But she was there without papers, and one day she was caught and deported. So now she proudly watches from afar as her daughter gets an education. In the evening, when her daughter comes back across the border, Esquivel will usually be back at the bridge to accompany her home. 
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Focus on #NMAC17
Online registration has closed.  You can register at the information desk at the Las Cruces Convention Center starting at 9:00 am on Wednesday, May 31st. 
Questions?  Roselie Johnston: 505-255-8786 or

Legacy Luncheon - Honoring our Retirees and Remembering our Saints

Please note that this year Memorials will occur before the Opening Worship
at the Legacy Luncheon.

New Retirees: David Snyman, Chris Rodriguez, Nancy Bowen, Kathleen Potter,
Moo Keun Ham, Terry Tamplen & Ann Madden

In Memory:  Thomas Omar Rust, Lucy Lewis, Guy Richard Payne, David Franklin Weyant, Nancy Jane McDonald, Joyce Ann Brunk, Evelyn Margaret Lewis, Eloise Mae Symonds,
Rosin Watkins, Thomas Earle Richardson, Johanna Anderson, Clara Jo Richardson.


  QPR for Clergy 
     Clergy are on the front lines of suicide prevention and have been identified as "key gatekeepers" in the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. 
    After years of collaborating with faith leaders, the QPR Institute has published a peer-reviewed, online QPR-based training program for clergy.  
    This training program is designed specifically for leadership in our faith communities and includes basic QPR training, helping skills for people in crisis, foundational knowledge about the relationship of mental illness and substance abuse to suicide risk, and how to help those impacted by suicide. 
     For the remainder of 2017, and to encourage early adoption, this new, 6+ hour course will be offered at the discounted rate of $79. 
     For complimentary review access, contact Brian Quinnett

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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