Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe Elected President of GCORR Board of Directors
Contact: M. Garlinda Burton
October 6, 2016 - WASHINGTON -The United Methodist Church's agency charged with challenging, leading, and equipping lay members and clergypersons to become more interculturally competent, to ensure institutional equity, and to facilitate vital conversations about religion, race, tribe, and culture has elected Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe as president of its board of directors for the next four years.
     Bledsoe, episcopal leader of the Northwest Texas-New Mexico Area of The United Methodist Church, took the helm of the board of the General Commission on Religion and Race on September 29. The agency, one of 13 international churchwide agencies of the 12-million-member United Methodist Church, also elected the Rev. Stephen Handy of Nashville, Tenn., as vice president, and Rosie Rios, a student at the University of California at Los Angeles, as secretary.
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An Honest Conversation - Racial Tension & the Role of the Church
On Sept. 11th, St. Stephen's UMC-ABQ hosted an honest conversation about issues related to racial tension & what the role of the church may be.  Rev. Todd Salzwedel, St. Stephen's UMC-ABQ; Dr. Marcus "Goodie" Goodloe, Author of Kingmaker; Pamelya Herndon, Executive Director of the SW Women's Law Center and Toby Hill, Music Artist participated in the panel discussion.  Houston-based music artists, Soulfruit performed and shared their insight.  It was a the beginning of a much broader conversation and perhaps, a movement to develop relationships and begin to talk more openly with each other about how we can "move the ball forwa rd" and bring much needed healing to our community. 

There are three videos available to view:
Honest Conversation - Part I 
Honest Conversation - Part I
Honest Conversation - Part II 
Honest Conversation - Part II
Honest Conversation - End
Honest Conversation - End

Save the Date!

October 25, 2016 - 6 - 8 pm
St. John's UMC, ABQ
Dinner will be provided. 
Join us for a special opportunity to learn more about the ministry of Methodist Children's Home and how you can get involved in our mission. 
Questions: Jeremy Webb at or 512-663-1386.

Celebrate Retired Ministers' Day in November

Look for your Retired Ministers' Day envelopes in the mail soon!  Traditionally, the NM Conference Board of Pension & Benefits has asked that every other year, the first Sunday in November (or a selected Sunday in November) be set aside as Retired Ministers' Day.  It is up to churches to decide when they would like to celebrate our retired clergy.  This serves to recognize the dedicated, loving service of our retired clergy, and to distribute educational information concerning their health and pension benefits.  Contact Dru Ann Kuntz, Conference Benefits Officer: or 505-255-8786, ext. 102.

How to do Video Announcements: 5 Questions to Ask

by Jeremy Steele
     Video announcements may seem daunting, but creating them is a great introduction to basic video editing and could really breathe new life into all areas of your ministry. What starts off as people making announcements in front of a camera could blossom into   beautiful ministry spotlights  such as a video or photo slideshow from your latest outreach event. You might get inspired to start a vlog (i.e blog in video format). With a little practice, it'll be like kindergarten all over again. You do some cutting, some pasting and before long - voila! Masterpiece. Programs like iMovie (for Mac only) make it seem that simple, but there are several   iMovie alternatives  for other operating systems.
     How much time does producing video announcements take? According to people in churches who produce video announcements regularly, once you have produced your first few, it should take an hour or less to shoot and edit a five-minute video of your lay leader giving the announcements - even with adding extra graphics and text. 
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Click here to find a Mission Project to Support

If there is an advance project that you and your church would like to support, now is a good time to start fundraising. 

Remember to Start Taking Photos of your
Fall Festivals, Trunk or Treats, Halloween Parties, etc.
Now is a great time to host a Facebook Page/Group in order to easily share photos of your fun church activities.  People searching for a new church home will feel more comfortable if they see your smiling faces plus, it is a lot easier to populate Facebook during this busy season.  If you need any help, please contact Alli Costello, Communications Director at 505-255-8786, ext. 111.

FUMC-Bloomfield October Fest
  Please send photos to: by November 11th.  

Upcoming Events
Oct. 13 - Healthflex Presentation - Covenant UMC, ABQ
Oct. 14-15 - UMW Fall Meeting - Grace UMC, Alamogordo
Oct. 19 - Healthflex Presentation - St. Mark's UMC, El Paso
Postponed - Coaching - Basic Training - Grace UMC, ABQ
Nov. 4-5 - Lay Servant School - FUMC, Belen
Nov. 7-11 - Prep for Prof. Coaching Cert. Training - Sacramento
Nov 24-25 - Conference Office Closed
Nov. 29 - UMC #Giving Tuesday

Dec. 23 & 26 - Conference Office Closed for Christmas
Dec. 30 - Conference Office Closed for New Year's Eve
Jan. 2 - Conference Office Closed for New Year's Day
Annual Conference - May 31 - June 2, 2017 
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