Bishop's Fall Itinerations - Farmington & Albuquerque
Farmington Itineration
ABQ Itineration
     The Bishop's Fall Itinerations in Farmington & Albuquerque held this past Saturday and Sunday were very well attended.  The Farmington Itineration was packed - 53 people came to hear what the Bishop & others had to say and share their own views on the challenges facing the local church and what the future might hold.  The Albuquerque Itineration was also full and lively conversation ensued about these topics.  Randall Partin, Provost shared some good things happening around the Conference and Bishop Bledsoe discussed the work and process of The Commission on a Way Forward. 
     Following the completion of all the Itinerations, we will compile the table discussion results and share them.  The Itineration in El Paso is the last one to be held on November 18th.  Thanks to all who attended and shared your ideas thus far.   

What is the Commission on a Way Forward?

During the Itinerations, Bishop Bledsoe has discussed the Commission on a Way Forward.      The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church.  Our 2017 Annual Conference Speaker, Rev. Jorge Acevedo serves on the Commission and answered questions from our Conference about the work of the Commission (as much as he was able given the uncertainty at the time.)  Click here for all the info.

Fall 2017 Thaxton Award Recipients
NM Conference Endowment Distribution Committee
The Thaxton Endowment Fund was created from a gift to the NM Conference from the estate of William and Florence Thaxton. The target audience is focused on "Impoverished children and/or the elderly poor in the state of New Mexico."
  • $5,000 to Morningstar United Methodist Church, Las Cruces, NM - Saturday Senior Ministry is an expansion ministry of LightHouse Pantry, in partnership with the City of Las Cruces. Senior Nutrition and Meals Program and the Dona Ana County non-profit social service agency Adelante to provide supplemental food and hygiene items to agency-identified, homebound, nutritionally at-risk seniors.
  • $25,000 to El Calvario United Methodist Mission - Peace House Las Cruces NM - Peace House is committed to offering shelter and support services for: female juveniles exiting detention, at risk youth from the Mesquite district of Las Cruces, Refugees and immigrants.
  • $1,400 to Aztec United Methodist Church, Aztec, NM - Community Assistance Program meeting needs for impoverished members of the community with a Food Pantry and clothing for emergency situations.
  • $10,000 to TLC/FUMC Deming - Nearly Homeless or Homeless Ministry for Impoverished Children and Elderly in Luna County. To materially improve the lives, living conditions and well-being for the elderly poor and/or impoverished children by helping financially to prevent homelessness and to help those who are homeless overcome the obstacles to homelessness by assisting with rents, rental deposits, utility deposits.
  • $3,784 to Epworth UMC, Carlsbad NM - Carlsbad Lifehouse Women's Sober Living Home. Funding will be used for a safe a secure outdoor area for children to play and participate in gardening and other outdoor activities, and to finish a playroom area for the children to be in a safe space during meetings.
  • $10,000 to Family Promise of Albuquerque - Family Promise of Albuquerque works to empower families that are facing homelessness. The grant will be used in part for day care/night care expenses for children of the families.
  • $10,000 to Four Corners Native American Ministry - Ramps of Love for elderly residents who may not have the means to purchase a ramp or have no one to build a ramp for them on Navajo reservations. The ramps will be built by smaller mission teams.
Submitted by Marilyn Large, NM Conference Endowment Distribution Committee Chair

     ʽSee All the People' Pushes Discipleship
by Sam Hodges 
photo by Todd Siefert
Discipleship Ministries is up to something. The top executive of that United Methodist Church agency wants to be clear about what that something is.
And what it isn't.
     "ʽSee All the People' is not a program," said the Rev. Junius Dotson. "It really is an attempt to spur and ignite and inspire the spirit and movement of disciple-making across our denomination."
     Recent weeks have seen the rollout of "See All the People," including a resource guide written by Dotson, a video, a website and a social media presence for the exchange of ideas.
Click to read full article on See All the People
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Choir Members Enjoy Health, Spiritual Benefits
by Christopher Fenoglio
2016 Annual Conference - FUMC-Roswell 
"It's natural for Methodists to sing in harmony. They are too modest to be soloists, too worldly to sing in unison. When singing in the key of C and they slide into the A7th and D7th chords, all two hundred of them, it's an emotionally fulfilling moment. By joining in harmony, they somehow promise that they will not forsake each other." -  
Attributed to Garrison Keillor



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Oct. 26-29 - Selah Retreat - Sacramento  
Oct. 24 - Instituto Mujer Virtuoso Hispana - St. Mark's UMC-El Paso 
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