NM Conference News
Oct. 8 - Oct. 14, 2018
In this Issue

  • Bishop Bledsoe's Message - Our Way Forward
  • Judicial Council Hearing - October 23rd in Switzerland
  • Pension Staff Plans for Possible Ways Forward
  • After Step One
  • CCYM Service Camp
  • Upcoming Events
Bishop Bledsoe's Message
Our Way Forward
Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe shares insight into our Way Forward. For more information, click here
Judicial Council Hearing - October 23rd in Switzerland
The United Methodist Judicial Council will partner with United Methodist Communications to livestream oral hearings held during the Council’s fall meeting at the Placid Hotel in Zürich, Switzerland.

The oral hearings of the United Methodist Judicial Council will take place on October 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m. CEST (Central European Summer Time) – which is six hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time. Hearings will remain available on the website throughout the month to make it convenient to watch despite time zone differences and will also be archived at  www.umc.org/who-we-are/judicial-council-october-2018-webcast .

More information about the docket for the meeting, which takes place October 23-26, 2018, is available  online .
The UM Judicial Council
Pension Staff Plans for Possible Ways Forward
by Heather Hahn, UMNS
Whatever delegates decide at the 2019 General Conference, the denomination’s pension agency wants United Methodist clergy and lay workers to know their accrued benefits aren’t going anywhere.

However,  Wespath Benefits and Investments  is also looking at ways to ensure the benefits’ long-term sustainability.

“Our agency has been around for over 100 years. We’ve gone through world wars. We’ve gone through financial crises,” said Barbara Boigegrain, Wespath’s top executive.
Photo by Nattanan Kanchanaprat, courtesy of Pixabay
After Step One
Friends in ministry!

It was a joy to connect with you during the Step One Conference last week! May God continue to stir your heart with new dreams, to inform your mind with new strategies, and to surround you with partners for your unique ministry calling and context.

It is all too common to return from valuable continuing ed events such as Step One, only to get wrapped up in the tyranny of the urgent rather than attending to God’s Kingdom work. Be sure to follow through with the Holy Spirit’s nudging by talking with friends and colleagues about your vision. We all need support and accountability if we are to bring new faith groups and communities to life. We hope that you took advantage of the offer of one-month of free coaching. If not, you can always contact one of our Conference coaches who can work with you in person, over the phone or online. Click for list of coaches.

God believes in you. We believe in you. Dare to take your next step in hearing and answering God’s call.

Blossom Matthews
Assistant Director of Congregational Vitality
Cell: 806.440.3877
Office: 505.255.8786
Rev. Blossom Matthews, Assistant Director of Congregational Vitality
CCYM Service Camp

For our service camp, November 16-18, we may be doing things such as: painting, forest/camp clean up and more. Make sure to wear closed toe shoes, work gloves, and work clothes that you wouldn't mind getting dirty. Grades 6-12+ and adults are all welcome. Camp is $60.

For more CCYM & Sacramento events: Click here
Upcoming Events
  • Lay Servant Training - Oct. 19-20 - Covenant UMC-ABQ
  • Emmaus Women's Walk - Oct. 25-28 - Inlow Baptist Church Camp
  • CCYM Service Camp - Nov. 16-18 - Sacramento
  • El Paso Coach Training - Nov. 3 - tba
  • Clovis Coach Training - Nov. 10 - tba
  • ABQ Coach Training - Nov. 17 - tba