Camp Deadlines, Regional Assembly, DWF Assembly and More!
Mission West Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 7        May 17, 2016
Enjoy this month's newsletter.  It is a little larger than normal since Karakay is still recovering from her injury in February.  If you, or someone you know, would like to help with the newsletter, please let us know.  Those with gifts for technology and knowledge of Constant Contact helpful, but not required.

From May to September the newsletter will come out once a month on the second Tuesday; the deadline for submission will be the first Tuesday of the month. We would love to share your ministry and what you and your congregations are doing. 

Happy Connecting!
Summer Camp Registration Information 

Download the full   letter that includes:  Registration Costs,  Dates,  Locations, and  Directors information.  Visit the youth portion of the Mission West website for all information, to download additional flyers and more.

Please contact the camp directors for all camp questions.

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.

Questions?  Contact  Rev. Dr. Dawn Darwin Weaks
Pastor, First Christian Church, Odessa, TX
website:  email:  office:  432.332.2954


"Global Sisters Caring, Connecting & Celebrating Christ!" 


Keynote Speaker: Lori Tapia.  Lori Tapia is the founding pastor of Iglesia Alas de Salvacion, a bilingual church in Gilbert, Arizona. She presently co-pastors alongside her husband, Martin, with a passion for relevantly sharing Jesus and discipleship. Lori presently serves as the Vice Moderator for the Obra Hispana, National Hispanic and Bilingual Ministries (Disciples of Christ) and is the Hispanic Representative to the 2014-2018 IDWM Executive Committee (Disciples Women), where her passion for unity in the church is vital. She is a worshipper at heart and a song writer.

Click on the Learn more tab below to view the pdf to share with your DWM leaders.

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.
"Faith WITH Works Is ALIVE!"
Southwest Regional Assembly  
October 29-30, 2016

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The Southwest Regional Assembly will be held this Fall on Saturday and Sunday, October 29-30, at Northway Christian Church in Dallas. Men's and Women's luncheons are still in the planning stages but are scheduled at 11 am on Saturday, with the Assembly beginning with a Mission First! Conversation on Saturday afternoon at 1 pm. Workshops will be held both afternoons, and the Assembly will conclude with the business meeting and final words at 3 pm on Sunday afternoon. A pre-assembly fellowship on Friday evening is scheduled at Midway Hills Christian Church on behalf of Texas Impact with the Young Clergy group holding a deep theological discussion afterward at the Flying Saucer Restaurant nearby. Keynote speaker Wil Gafney, Associate Professor of Old Testament at Brite, will speak at Saturday evening's worship.

The Mission First session on Saturday will require leaders for each discussion group; if you are willing to assist with this (training provided via conference call before the Assembly), contact the Regional Office at  or 817-926-4687 with your name and contact information.

Workshops are in formation, and additional suggestions are still being accepted. If you'd like to provide input, contact the North Texas Area office at  or 972-272-2900 with ideas for topics, leaders or how you'd like to help with the remaining Assembly task planning. 

Churches may like to feature their musical entertainers during Saturday supper or Sunday lunch as there will be up to three hours total to share the variety of talent in our Region; email Larry Ross at   or call 972-272-2900 to volunteer or for more information. 

More details and registration options will be provided in the coming weeks and months, but include this weekend on your calendar as an event to attend so that your congregation can take part in this biennial gathering of the Southwest Region. 
Highlighting profiles for any new board members or staff members is a good way to put real faces behind the cause.

More from this months CCSW newsletter...


The search committee is looking forward to visiting with members of congregations throughout the region in order to help gather needed information to build a regional profile. This information will be used to help qualify a current job description for our search process. Please keep the search team in your prayers: Jeff Billings (chair), Sue Cobb, Dottie Cook, Olin Fregia, Evangelina Perez, Arthur Stewart, Hector Velasquez, Bob Williams and Tasha York.
SAVE THE DATESavethedate
More information is coming soon for these important events, Save the Date or contact the folks listed.

July 19 (Tuesday) - Documentation deadline for candidates wishing to be considered for a September interview with Regional Committee on Ministry 

July 24 (Sun) - Regional Youth Ministry Council (RYMC) at Disciple Oaks Camp and Retreat in Gonzales

July 25-30 (Mon-Sat) - Christian Youth Leadership Seminar (CYLS) at Disciple Oaks Camp and Retreat in Gonzales

August 6, 2016
Training for Youth Sponsors/Adults & Ministers
Westmont Christian Church, Lubbock, TX Contact Alex Smith for more details

August 26 (Fri) - Healthy Boundaries for Clergy, Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth

September 16-18 (Fri-Sun) - Disciples Men Retreat at Lake Brownwood

S eptember 19-21 (Mon-Wed) - Regional Committee on Ministry at University Christian Church in Fort Worth

Sept 20-22, 2016
Disciples Camp Summit to build relationship, share resources and have time for conversation and visioning around the major issues camp ministry in Disciples are facing in today's times. 
Chrisitain Conference Center, 5064 Lincoln St, Newton, IA 50208

October 17-20, 2016
Fall Clergy retreat
Norbertine Retreat Center, Albuquerque, NM. Contact Charlotte Hoppe for more details.

October 28-30, 2016
Christian Church (DoC) Southwest Regional Assembly
Northway Christian Church, 7202 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75225
More information Coming in May from

November 23 (Wed) -  Documentation deadline for candidates wishing to be considered for a January interview with Regional Committee on Ministry

April 28-29, 2017
Worship and Wonder Training
First Christian Church Abilene, TX Contact Brazos Condra for more details.

July 8 -12, 2017
General Assembly
Indianapolis Convention Center, Registration Opens July 2016
more information

GA Promo
GA Promo Video
A full day workshop, July 5 at Richland Hills CC near Dallas, TX with teachers and leaders from and Pension Fund. 
This workshop is being customized around your needs and questions, so topics could include:  Designated Funds,  Bookkeeping Basics,  Human Resources in the Church,  Managing Volunteers,  Job Descriptions,  Managing Staff,  Benefit Basics - including retirement benefits,  Clergy Financial Literacy,  Church Communications.

May 15 or 22
Pentecost Special Offering
Pentecost Video
Pentecost Video

Training Webinars

Ahlan Wa Sahlan! 
Welcome - Exploring the Holy Land
Ahlan wa Sahlan: Welcome! is a FREE 10-session children's curriculum designed to help children connect the stories in the Bible to real children who live in those places today. 
Also explore other options at the DoC Family and Children's Ministry Web Page
Young Adults

The Young Adult Commission represents Disciples young adults in congregations, regions, and the whole church in building effective communication networks, providing advocacy opportunities, and enabling young adults to lead our church.
Applications Are Being Accepted
If you are between the ages of 18 and 33 and are interested in connecting and empowering Young Adults to engage in the ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), you can fill out a PDF application or a  Word application to serve on the Young Adult Commission. The next term of service begins now through December of 2017.  Go  here to see details &  the expectations for those who serve on the committee. Come serve with us!
September 19-23, 2016
Leadership Academy

Registration for Hope Partnership's annual Leadership Academy is now open! This year's Academy has been redesigned to be an even more effective and inspirational weeklong learning experience for clergy and lay leaders in both new congregations and transforming congregations.
For more information and to register, visit  Call 800.274.1883 with questions.

Come Take A Class At Brite Divinity School!
Brite's Fall 2016 schedule offers a variety of classes on diverse topics taught by our permanent faculty. Those interested in enrolling in a specific class without pursuing a degree may be eligible to enroll as a Special Student. Tuition grants at 50% are available to Brite graduates and others with need.
To view available classes, learn more, and request an application, visit the Take A Class page on Brite's website (

Spaces are filling quickly, and the deadline to receive applications is Friday, July 8, 2016!


Prayer Needed and CelebrationsPrayerCelebration
Please celebrate with us the calling of Rev. Randy Cook to Community Christian Church in Lubbock, TX.  Rev. Cook will begin on May 22, 2016.

Please celebra te with us the calling of Rev. Brenda Warren as Intentional Interim Minister at Monte Vista Christian Church in Albuquerque, NM. Rev. Warren will begin on June 1st.  

Monte Vista CC has also hired Jackson Day to work with the Albuquerque Disciples Youth (ADY) starting in August. He will join Mission West for Chi Rho and CYF Camp this summer. 

Please be in prayer for the Rev. Wally Brown's family, he died on May 4, 2016.

Christian Ethics: Living at the Crossroads
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
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. 

Contact Rev. Charlotte J. Hoppe 
Lead Minister

Contact Rev. Karakay S. Kovaly 
Associate Minister

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