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In this Issue:

April 16 
Christian Ethics: Living at the Crossroads
First Christian Church, Ruidoso, NM

Mission West Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 5        April 7, 2016
I hope this abbreviated newsletter finds you recovering from Holy Week and Easter as well as living into the promise of Jesus's resurrection.  

As many of you already know I was injured at Mid Winter Retreat at Black River on February 6th and have been out on medical leave.  This week I returned to light duty and I am still figuring out what that means. I continue to appreciate your patience as I start returning emails.  If you have an urgent need, please feel free to call me at 806-440-1791, mornings are best, and I will return your call as I am able. 

I am slowly returning emails.  I have worked up to being able to sit in a chair for 3 hours, which is an enormous improvement from weeks past. Thank you all for your prayers and get well wishes, I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support I received from so many of you.

Best Wishes,

Summer Camp Registration Information 

Download the letter that includes: 
            • Registration Costs, 
            • Dates, 
            • Locations, and 
            • Directors information. 
Please contact the camp directors for all camp questions.  Soon  a flyer will be downloadable that has prices and due dates left blank for you to fill in as suits your congregation, it's been delayed due to technical issues. 
  • Mission West Grand Beginnings
    • 4 years old to 3rd Grade with accompanying parent, grandparent or adult (*Grade just completed)
    • Registration $110 by May 20 and $135 after. Registration will close on June 3.
    • Camp Date June 10-12
    • Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat Center
    • Director, Paula Brooks, 432-682-2541,
  • Mission West CYF & Chi Rho
    • Grades 6th-12th (*Grade just completed)
    • Registration  $380 by May 23, $405 after.  Registration will close June 6.
    • Camp Date June 13-18
    • Ceta Glen
    • Co-Directors: Alex Smith 512-971-9411, and TJ York 432-682-2541  
  • Mission West JYF Session 1
    • Grades 3rd to 5th (*Grade just completed)
    • Registration $325 by May 30 and $350 after. Registration will close by June 13.
    • Camp Date  June 20-24 
    • Black River Center for Learning
    • Director, Matt Every, 575-258-4250,
  • Mission West JYF Session 2
    • Grades 3rd to 5th (*Grade just completed)
    • Registration $325.00 by June 6 and $350 after. Registration will close on June 20.
    • Camp Date June 26-30
    • Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat Center
    • Director, Paula Brooks, Paula Brooks, 432-682-2514,
Registration is open at  We continue to use online registrations.  For all technical registration questions, please contact Camp Doc, the entity we contract with for this service, at 734-636-1000 or . If you need assistance registering for camp, please contact your youth minister, youth worker, or the director of the camp.

If you as the congregation or any of your campers are of in need of a scholarship, please request one through the website  Scholarships are given on a first come first served basis.

Christian Ethics: Living at the Crossroads
March 19 - FCC Midland
April 16 - FCC Ruidoso
Sept 10  - Chalice Abbey Amarillo
Taught by - Rev. Dr. David Halleen, bi-vocational minister at Bethany Christian Church and teacher of religion classes at Richland College, Dallas

Workshop on Inter-generational Christian Education & Worship
April 9 - Chalice Abbey, Amarillo
Sept 17 - FCC Ruidoso
Oct 15 - FCC Abilene
Taught by Rev. Karakay Kovaly, Minister for Youth and Young Adults, Mission West CCSW

Register no later than one week prior to each class. 
Unfortunately, we had to cancel the Young Adult Mission Trip to Ecuador.  We did not have enough people wanting to attend to make the trip happen.  Than you to those who helped get this event started.  And to Danny at Bridging Cultures for helping us walk through this process.  We hope to have some more interest in the future to make this trip a possibility. 

Rev. Alex Smith

Mission West's Healthy Boundaries Training will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at First Christian Church Lubbock, TX. Registration costs is $50.00.  Register here.

Another opportunity to take this class in on Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:30 am to 3 pm at Rolling Oaks Christian Church in San Antonio: $50 registration, available online or PDF soon at    
You are a man, active in leadership in a congregation, or you would probably not be reading this far. You may be wondering,  "Is it worth the trip?"

We , the General Conference of Disciples Men,  know that it is .  We all struggle with many of the same problems in our congregations and we know the value of fellowship, Bible study, exploring our calling as leaders, hands-on mission, and having fun while doing all that.

Contact Rev. Charlotte J. Hoppe 
Lead Minister

Contact Rev. Karakay S. Kovaly 
Associate Minister

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