Our hearts and our prayers go out to the people of South Texas, where the recent hurricane has caused so much suffering. I met yesterday with the Texas district superintendents and our denomination's disaster response coordinators. They are busy assessing the damage and determining the timing and scope of our response. Of course, the WT District Disaster response team will be participating. Our response team coordinator, Pastor Cal Calendar is notifying our team members that we might be called into service as early as Wednesday or Thursday. Surely, we will have a presence in this effort for a considerable period. It is possible for individuals who have not previously participated to join our district team. You can do so by contacting Pastor Calendar directly at 432-271-8007 or by contacting our east-side disaster response coordinator, Pastor Marcia Nikl at 817-994-3566. You can also follow the WT disaster response at the West Texas District Church of the Nazarene Facebook page.
Many of you have heard about the large fire that destroyed much of the building of our Refuge Church of the Nazarene in Lubbock. I will be with them this coming Sunday. We are so grateful that no one was injured. You can view a news story about the fire by
. We are in much prayer for Pastors Alan Wallace and Travis Zachary as they lead their flock during this season of recovery.
We rejoice with our Grassland church regarding the calling of their new pastor, Rev. Gennell Knisley, who will arrive, along with her husband, Jim, on September 10. The Knisleys are coming to us from Huron, South Dakota. They will be following Pastor James Miller, and his wife Judith, who are retiring after serving in Grassland since 2008. We are grateful for Jim's and Judith's faithful service, and we wish them the very best during this new season of their lives.
On August 6th, I had the wonderful privilege of installing Rev. Tyler Parson as the new pastor in Cisco. I am very confident that Tyler is going to have a wonderful ministry there. He is a recent graduate of SNU and has been serving as an associate pastor with his dad in Hamlin. Tyler is pictured here (center) with his family. His parents, Jeff and Lindsey, will be leaving Hamlin soon, as Jeff has taken a new pastorate in Nevada, Texas, at the Lone Star Nazarene Cowboy Church. The Parsons have done a wonderful job in Hamlin over the past five years. Hamlin First Church has experienced a dramatic turnaround under their leadership. We wish them the very best in their new assignment!
Including the Parsons, three of our pastoral families have taken new assignments and have moved, or will be moving in the near future. Pastors Vito and Jenni Monteblanco, our former co-directors of Cactus Nazarene Ministry Center have moved to Lovington, New Mexico, where they are involved in Lovington Food Coalition, a compassionate ministry of Lovington Church of the Nazarene. Vito and Jenni were the founding missionaries at CNMC and we will always be grateful for their service as they pioneered our compassionate ministry there.
Pastor Dana Franchetti, who has been on staff at CNMC, will also be moving soon. She has taken an assignment at the Medford, Oregon, Church of the Nazarene, where she will be an associate pastor and will be working in their immigration center. We are so grateful for her work in Cactus, especially with the children there. Our ministries in Cactus continue to be strong under the leadership of Dr. Shawn Fouts. We are particularly excited about the impending opening of the new Cactus Nazarene Family Clinic, which will be led by Dr. Stephanie Diehlmann who will be arriving in Cactus with her husband, Andy, in September.
We want to express our condolences and support of retired pastor, Rodney Riggan following the recent passing of his wife, Wendy. Wendy's memorial service will be held this coming Saturday morning in Lubbock. Please
for more information.
Finally, it is not too early to begin planning to attend the Shepherds' Sabbath, our annual ministers' and spouses' weekend retreat, which will be held in Abilene next January 19--21. I am delighted to announce that our speaker this year will be the new SNU president, Dr. Keith Newman. Dr. Newman is an outstanding and encouraging speaker!
Very Highest regards,
Pastor David Downs
Our district treasurer, Dan Davisson, has prepared the WTD 2017-18 "Funding The Mission" report as of August 31, 2017. Pastors, please pay close attention to your church's contributions so far this year. Please make every effort to encourage your people to faithfully maintain their giving for others.
You Can Now Submit Your Budget Payment Online!
September NMI News
Thanks to our WT Disaster Response Team and all who've donated money and CCKs to help Texas flood victims!
provides buildings & land on the mission field. It's a perfect example of how God can take each of our little bits & multiply them. Find Alabaster resources
PNG Work & Witness:
8 spots remain for our district mission trip to Papua New Guinea! Sign up today!
David and Erika Campos, missionaries to Haiti, are coming to West Texas! Please check the schedule carefully. If you have any problems or need to make changes, contact the missionaries directly at
and also copy
Amy Spigelmyer (incoming Deputation Coordinator) at
Remember - missionaries do NOT expect, or even necessarily prefer, a service in your sanctuary. They want a chance to get to know your people, share their stories, and say "thanks" for years of support. That can happen in a home, at a restaurant, in a skating rink, at the park... get creative! And please include your children and teens.
David & Erika Campos (Haiti)
Sunday, Sept 17 AM Denton Hope Community, Denton Hispanic
Sunday, Sept 17 PM Denton Willowwood, Familia de Naciones, Gainesville Eastside
Monday, Sept 18 FW Sobre la Roca
Tuesday, Sept 19 FW Emanuel Iglesia
Wednesday, Sept 20 FW River Oaks Iglesia
Thursday, Sept 21 FW Riverside Community
Friday, Sept 22 Arlington Jesucristo Vive, Euless Hispanic
Saturday, Sept 23 FW Fuente de Gracia
Sunday, Sept 24 AM Decatur Jesucristo es el Camino
Sunday, Sept 24 PM Bowie, Bowie Hispanic
Monday, Sept 25 Prairie Point
Tuesday, Sept 26 Open
Wednesday, Sept 27 Nocona
Thursday, Sept 28 Dumas*, Dalhart, Dumas Nueva Vida, Dalhart Casa de Oracion
Friday, Sept 29 Hereford New Bethel
Saturday, Sept 30 Cactus Community*, C. African Mission, C. Hispanic
Sunday, Oct 1 AM Amarillo First*, Am. Turning Point, Am. African Community
PM Amarillo Valleyview
Monday, Oct 2 Amarillo North Beacon*, South Georgia
Tuesday, Oct 3 Borger First*, Borger Trinity, Stinnett (added after assembly)
Wednesday, Oct 4 Hereford First
Thursday, Oct 5 Wellington*, Dodson, and Clarendon (added after assembly)
Cheryl Crouch, WT NMI President
Hello West Texas!
We want to keep you posted on dates and information of the events coming up this year for Children's Ministry on the West Texas District.
WTX Children's Ministry Council - Saturday, September 9th at Fort Worth First Church
The District Council meeting this year will be at Fort Worth First. ALL Zone leaders and Event Leaders please make plans to attend. We will cover your hotel for 1 night, mileage and lunch after our meeting. More details will be emailed out in the coming weeks!
SPARK! - South Central Training - Feb. 15-17, 2018 at Camp Bond in Tishomingo, OK
Several of our District Council members are planning on attending. Let us know if you and your team will be coming and we can see about sharing rides. First deadline for registration is January 29th. Register online at
Kids Fest 2017 - March 2 & 3, 2018 at Lubbock First Church
If your church has never participated or you believe you are too small to participate...come and try this event out! No matter how many kids and families you have - 1 to 100 you don't want your kids and families to miss this weekend. Check out some of the great activities we are planning for you.
- Friday - Junior Quiz, Primary talent, Family/Church Mission Outreach activity 1, 4 square 2 square Tournament and Kids Fest Worship Service with kids choirs from across our district sharing.
- Saturday - Primary Quiz, Junior talent, Kids Fest Worship Service, Family/Church Mission Outreach activity 2, Pinewood Derby Race and Awards Ceremony!
- Online registration for Kids Fest done by your church's children's leader.
- One fee per child for the entire weekend. (NEW 2018 amounts coming soon!)
Regional Quiz - June 16, 2018 at SNU in Bethany, OK
Any quizzer wanting to participate at the Regional Quiz must quiz at Zone and District. At District they must receive a minimum score to be able to move on to the Regional Quiz. We want to see as many West Texas quizzers at Regional Quiz this year as possible! If you have never prepared your children for a regional quiz year I highly recommend you contact Chriss Burke as soon as possible so he can help you understand any questions you might have.
ACTIVATE - Kids Camp! - July 16-20, 2018 at Arrowhead Camp!
Our desire is for the kids of West Texas and their friends to come and learn how to ACTIVATE their faith! Kids that have completed 1st - 6th grade are eligible to attend. ALL camper registrations and payments will be made online at
Registration links will be on the children's ministry page.
Our ministry council is here for you and would love to be a resource and help to you in your ministry in any way you might need. Do not hesitate to contact us with questions, problems, for ideas and most importantly prayer support. We are all in this together!
Because Jesus Loves Kids!
WTD Kids' Ministry Director
Próximos Eventos del Ministerio Hispano:
Reunión de Inmigración con el Abogado Lance Conklin
Sábado 14 de Octubre, de 9:00 AM a 12:00 PM
La reunion será para recibir asesorías de inmigración. Todas las iglesias hispanas del area metropolitana estan invitadas. Pronto les notificaremos la ubicacion y les daremos más detalles.
Culto Unido en Fort Worth
Domingo 15 de Octubre a las 5:30 PM
Este culto unido es para apoyar el inicio de la iglesia hispana en la Primera Iglesia de Fort Worth.
Estamos planeando una reunion de pastores el 11 de Noviembre. Este al pendiente para más información.
Que Dios les bendiga,
Coordinador Hispano de WT
Upcoming SDMI Events:
Master's Plan Trip
to Cali, Colombia
WTD SDMI invites you to join our pastors in a trip to the Nazarene Church in Cali Colombia to experience The Master's Plan.
September 26 - October 3
The approximate cost is $2,500
For more information, contact CB Glidden
817-297-7003 ext. 100
2nd Annual Joy + Laughter Retreat
District Senior Adult Retreat
October 13 - 14
6110 Chicago Ave.
Lubbock, TX 79424
Contact Lubbock First Church
Visit our website for more information!
2018 Man Camp
Men Don't Retreat
All men are invited to the district's very first Man Camp!
February 23-25, 2018
Arrowhead Camp & Retreat Center
5236 N Fm 199
Cleburne, TX 76033
For more information:
The Awakening:A National Prayer Conference
Thursday- October 19, 2017
Friday- October 20, 2017
Saturday- October 21, 2017
Lamar Baptist Church
1000 W. Lamar Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76012
Cost: There is no cost for this event.
We are offering this conference at no cost to you. Although, we do ask that you register early to reserve your seat. The current venue can seat approximately 1500 people and when we reach capacity we will have to close registration.
The 75th Anniversary of Arlington First Church of the Nazarene will be celebrated on November 4-5, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. Plans include a golf tournament, open houses at both our previous and current locations, Saturday evening banquet, and special Sunday morning worship with choir.
Please access the full weekend schedule and register online
and click on the 75th Anniversary.
All former and current members and attendees of Arlington First Church are encouraged to participate in this special weekend celebration.
- Alabaster Offering to GTS
- Children's Mission Project & LINKS offerings due to GTS
Sept. 17 - Oct. 4
- David & Erika Campos on Deputation
- Nazarene Nite at Six Flags
- District Children's Council Meeting, Fort Worth First
Sept. 26 - Oct. 3
- Pastors' Master's Plan trip to Cali, Colombia
- Pastor's Forum
October 9 - 11
- Youth Ministry Summit, SNU
October 13 - 14
- Senior Adult Retreat, Lubbock First
October 19 - 21
- Awakening Prayer Conference, Arlington
- Discovery Weekend
- Thanksgiving Offering for World Evangelism Fund to GTS
Nov. 17 -19 - NYI Fall Retreat, Arrowhead Camp
Dec. 27 - Jan. 2
- Commission Unto Mexico
- Shepherds' Sabbath, Abilene, TX
- Alabaster Offering to GTS
- SNU College Days
- Rob & Cindy North (Kenya) on Deputation
- Vision Conference and District Assembly Planning Session
- District Men's Retreat, Arrowhead Camp
- Kids Fest
- Extravaganza at SNU
- PK Retreat, SNU
- Annual Pastor's Report Due
- Arrowhead Camp Board of Directors Meeting
- Vision Conference & District Assembly, Fort Worth First
BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES OF OUR PASTORAL FAMILIES
FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
9/1 Alton & Cristi Ashby
9/1 Ron & Deanna Sullivan
9/2 DeAnn Page
9/2 Diamond Taylor
9/2 Doug Yates
9/2 Ruth West
9/2 Al & Carol Mixon
9/2 Jesus & Nelida Espinoza
9/4 Dennis Hayes
9/4 Rebekah Davidge
9/5 Jose & Blanca Perez
9/7 Manuel & Esther Rodriguez
9/8 Benjamin Dunlap
9/9 Gaylord & Sheree Hayes
9/9 Esther Rodriguez
9/9 Jackson Fouts
9/10 Billy & Mary Jo Hodges
9/11 Anna Derbyshire
9/12 Cailyn Alvarado
9/13 Angur Atak
9/14 Amanda Pettit
9/14 Kavita Awasarmal
9/15 Debi Schmidt
9/16 Leona Davis
9/17 Elias Chavez
9/17 Wendy Cole
9/17 Brenda Murphy
9/18 Barbara Jones
9/18 Deanna Sullivan
9/20 Araceli Marquez
9/20 Mirian Davidge
9/20 Susan Downs
9/23 Dave Menefee
9/25 Cawlie Johnson
9/26 John Donnerberg
9/27 Glendon Pyle
9/29 Ryan Nelson
9/30 Caleb Hughes
9/30 Abigale Pepper
9/30 Santiago & Leticia Rueda