B ishop's Itineration - Roswell
     This past Saturday, the first of our Bishop's Itineration events took place at First UMC in Roswell.  After a brief opening of introductions and a devotion lead by the Clovis District Lay Leader, I shared a quick update of the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, which is tasked with preparing some recommendations for our Council of Bishops to consider as a "way forward" through our current debates and conflicts over human sexuality.  Bishop Bledsoe then led us in table discussions centered around three vital questions:
  • What is our common, shared purpose in ministry?
  • How do our denominational debates surrounding gay and lesbian persons impact our ministry in our local settings?
  • What does a "way forward" through these debates look like in our local settings?
     Following brief table discussions on these three questions, each table was asked to "report out" on their discussions.  We heard from a variety of places and perspectives and, to my mind, we spoke and listened carefully and respectfully.

  These are the words used most in response to the 3 questions above.  

We will certainly not resolve these disputes in a single day, but I was profoundly moved to hear the voices of our people here in the New Mexico Annual Conference share their hopes, their concerns, and, by and large, our deep desire to work together for the building of God's Kingdom.
     I look forward to future itineration visits and pray that the tone and tenor of our time in Roswell is repeated and echoed throughout our time together!   
Blessings, Randall Partin, Provost

 Advent Outreach Resources Available for Local Churches 
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     New resources that support local church Advent outreach efforts are now available. The resources carry the theme, "Unwrap the true meaning of Christmas," and complement The United Methodist Church's national Advent advertising campaign, which will feature children sharing about their faith and what Christmas means to them 
     "These tools will support United Methodists as they reach out to their communities with a message of hope and invitation during the holiday season," said Jennifer Rodia, chief communications officer at United Methodist Communications. "We have added new, turnkey elements that will make Advent outreach easy and fun." 
     Available resources include: 
     Postcards, customized with information about the local church and mailed within a radius of the church's address (four design options or churches can upload their own). 
     Door hangers with customizable space, offering a welcoming front door greeting from the local church (four design options or churches can upload their own). 
     Invitation cards that provide a simple, yet heartfelt way for church members to invite friends and family members to attend a worship service or church event (four design options or churches can upload their own). 
     A selfie stand to encourage fun photo opportunities for social media posts (one design option). 
     An outdoor banner to welcome people driving by (one design option). 
     While supplies last, churches can receive a $400 credit toward their print product purchase by utilizing the coupon code found at outreach.com/UMC. Further details about the resources and the offer are available at UMCom.org/advent-resources.

How to Improve Your Church's Facebook Page, Part 1: Identity
by Rev. Dan Wunderlich

You already know that a Facebook page is a must for ministry today. In fact, for some portion of your community, your Facebook Page may be their first point of contact. But there are so many options and so much flexibility that your page can easily become cluttered. Your ultimate success in online ministry will depend on the quality of your posts and the relationships you build through engagement and interaction. However, giving your page itself some love can only improve its effectiveness.

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4 Ways to Use Facebook Live at Church Beyond the Worship Service
by Laura Buchanan, UM Communications  
photo: Kathleen Berry - UMCOM

     Livestreaming worship services using Facebook Live is becoming more common among United Methodist churches - but Facebook Live doesn't just belong in the sanctuary.
"Facebook presents an amazing opportunity for churches to reach out to the mission field.  What is possible is only limited by a church's imagination," said Will Rice, director of communications and media support at the Rio Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. "What if churches were to share more of what the church is all about? We have an opportunity to not only stay more connected with our members but also to connect to new people in different ways."
     There are   many ways to utilize Facebook Live  beyond the worship service, all of which can help people learn about your church and its ministries. What stories do you need to share? What information would be helpful to your online congregation?
     "When Facebook launched its live feed option, we immediately began to take advantage of it," said Josh Bush, director of communications at   Covenant United Methodist Church  in Dothan, Ala. "Instead of [Facebook] being an announcement forum where we post dates and times of upcoming events, we are now able to bring church to you - wherever you are! Our world is relying on technology more with each generation, and we will continue to use and improve our [social media] strategy to reach people for the Kingdom."
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Randall Partin, Provost will be representing the UMC. Join us or enjoy the LiveStream at: www.NMChurches.org

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Upcoming Events
Sept. 27-29 - Leadership Institute - Leawood, KS
Oct. 1-4 - Fall Clergy Retreat - Sacramento
Oct. 14-15 - CLM Training - Asbury-Odessa
Oct. 14-15 - CLM Training - University-Las Cruces
Oct. 26-29 - Selah Retreat - Sacramento  
Oct. 24 - Instituto Mujer Virtuoso Hispana - St. Mark's UMC-El Paso 
Oct. 27-29 - Connect Rest - Sacramento
Oct. 27-28 - UMW Annual Conference - First-Odessa
Nov. 3-5 - Explore Calling - Portland, OR
Nov. 7 - Be Strong & of Good Courage Workshop - FUMC-Roswell 
Nov. 10-11- CLM Training - Asbury-Odessa
Nov. 10-11 - CLM Training - University-Las Cruces   
Nov. 18 - ERT Training - First-Farmington 
Fall Itineration Schedule
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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