WEST TEXAS DISTRICT NEWSLETTER
December 12, 2019
Dear Pastor/Friends,
 
I am very excited about the opening of several new works on the district these days.  This past Sunday, I
had the privilege of participating in the launch service of our newest Church Type Mission, Mid-Cities African United Fellowship Church of the Nazarene in Arlington, under the leadership of founding pastor, Michael Gatkek. Michael and his core group had worked very hard planning this event and there was a tremendous turnout. I counted about 80 in attendance.  I am particularly grateful for Pastors Lori and Greg Key and the Renewed Life Congregation for hosting this new congregation!
 
We welcome Rev. Claudio Carracedo, his wife, Sthefani, and their children, who have recently moved to the DFW area from Campinas, Brazil, where he was an associate pastor at Campinas First Church of the Nazarene. Sthefani is now studying for the Ministry at Christ For the Nations Institute in Dallas. They are also busy studying English. However, they have already begun a new ministry in a coffee shop near their home, reaching out to other Portuguese speaking families in the Metroplex. Already they have reached several families and they are gathering for worship and Bible study every Thursday evening. The Cerracedos have become active in Arlington First Church.
 
It was great to worship with the Antioch Korean congregation on Sunday afternoon, November 24! On that day we celebratedtheir sixth anniversary as a congregation! I am so grateful for Pastor Paul, and Esther, Lee for their faithful work among the Koreans living in this area. Paul and Esther are also currently involved in church planting in Carrollton, as you know. Special thanks also to Pastor Clint Benn and the Arlington First congregation for providing ministry space as gracious hosts for Antioch!
 
Susan and I were able to attend the Lamesa and Lubbock Zone Christmas gatherings last week. We're pictured here with the awesome Lamesa group.  This coming weekend I'll be in Amarillo and Pampa for the Amarillo and High Plains zones.  We are always so grateful for the opportunity to be with our pastors and spouses.
 
Speaking of pastors and spouses...we are rapidly approaching the Shepherds' Sabbath (see the promotional flyer below). Registration is picking up as we approach the deadline of Dec. 19 th .  You can register at the district website, or by CLICKING HERE. Of cours, this is the one event annually (other than district assembly) when we can all worship and fellowship together. Please make every effort to attend.  The retreat is open to all ministers and spouses (including licensed ministers and retirees). We have tried to make it very affordable, with discounts and scholarships available. It's so helpful when everyone registers by the deadline set by the hotel.  Thank you also for planning to stay through the course of the retreat after the communion service on Sunday morning.
Rev. Bonnie Brown
 
Rev. Greg and Martha White
Finally, we want to welcome Rev. Bonnie Brown, our new pastor at Seagraves.  Pastor Brown will be moving to Seagraves in  early January from Lubbock, where she is involved in Lubbock First Church. Bonnie is coming into the Church of the Nazarene from the Anglican Church of America. Recently she met with our credentials board and we were overwhelmed by her spirit, qualifications, and powerful testimony of salvation and entire sanctification. Pastor Bonnie will be following Pastor Greg, and Martha, White who are retiring at the end of this year, having served faithfully in Seagraves for 15 years! We are so grateful for the White's faithfulness. They will be continuing in their dynamic prison ministry!

Please know that Susan and I (and Kai) greatly admire and appreciate you!  We are so thankful to share
ministry with you here on our great district! We pray that you will have a very blessed Christmas...and that 2020 will be your most fruitful year of ministry ever!  

For you and with you,
 
Pastor David Downs

 

DISTRICT MINISTRIES



HISPANIC MINISTRIES


Pastores, tendremos una reunión de pastores hispanos para convivir, orar, planear, y soñar juntos en el retiro de pastores.  ¡Ore y anímese a asistir al retiro de pastores! Será un tiempo de descanso espiritual para usted y su cónyuge. 

Fecha de la reunión:  Sábado, 11 de enero, 2020
Lugar:  MCM Elegante en Abilene 
Hora:  5:30 PM

Queremos compartirles información del próximo curso ministerial que se impartirá en el área de Fort Worth. Si a usted o a alguien en su congregación le gustaría preparase para ministerio pastoral, apóyeles en registrarse en los cursos ministeriales distritales. Para registrarse, por favor visiten la siguiente página y llenen el formulario: https://sites.google.com/site/wtnazed/getting-started/registration-form 

Ya que haya completado el formulario de registro, comuníquese con el profesor del curso para informarle que usted estará tomando el curso. Puede enviarle un mensaje de texto o llamarle.

Curso: Un Pueblo Santo*
Lugar: Por determinarse
Profesor: Rev. José I. Palacios
Teléfono: 956-650-2450
Fecha de inicio: Martes, 21 de enero, 2020
Hora: 7:00 pm
Costo: $125(puede hacer su pago por medio de la página distrital http://www.westexnaz.org/give.html )
* Este curso es pre-requisito para continuar en los cursos ministeriales y obtener la licencia distrital.
 
Si tiene alguna pregunta por favor comuníquese conmigo o con el Pastor José Palacios. 

THE WELL HEALTH CENTER
 
Cactus Nazarene Ministries would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. What a blessing it has been to partner with you as we endeavor to speak and live the Gospel of Christ to the United Nations of Cactus Texas. A gospel that radiates from the manger; Jesus Christ is born! The Messiah, savior of the world is here! Sing for Joy all you people, hope, peace and love abound in the knowledge of God through Jesus His Son!
 
It is our deepest prayer, that as we head toward the New Year, that you, our friends, will pray with us for: renewed vigor, a deeper vision from the Lord and a transformed community for the Kingdom. Pray with us, as we endeavor to build, strengthen and pursue all of the ministry opportunity that the city of Cactus Texas presents. Pray for the finance and the people resources to do all that we are called to do as ministers of the Gospel. 
 
Can you hear it? It is the cry of the Angels as they stand before the Christ. Holy, holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty! Peace on earth, Goodwill toward all of humanity.  
 
 
Phil & Denis Anderson. Monica & Jesus Loya, Andy & Stephanie Deihlman, Larry Dunlap, Rachael Wade, Kay Lynn Robson, Sayra Rocio Lopez and Luetta Bentley. 


 
NMI


Merry Christmas West Texas!
It has been a joy and honor to serve you this year!  There have been so many amazing things that have happened and still so much more to come.  We are already busy planning Vision Conference.  You'll be receiving more information the first couple weeks of January of how you can be involved.  But for this time and season, let us pause and remember the reason we do it all.  

Amanda Pettit
WTD NMI President

WTD KIDS

WTX Kids Email News!
 
We are excited to share with you our upcoming Kids Fest and District Quiz information.  Below you'll see the documents provided for this event!  Pastors, please pass all of this information on to your children's leaders at your church.  All of these items will also be available on our district website page at www.westexnaz.org 
 
We're excited to minister with you in 2020!
District Children's Council
 
 
Jennifer Sommers
Family/Children's Pastor
Fort Worth First Church of the Nazarene
jsommers@fwf.org



WTX KIDS Calendar
NYI






 

SDMI


 
CALENDAR
November
Thanksgiving Offering due for the WEF
November
Coats for Cactus
November 2
Camp Board Meeting, Arrowhead Camp
November 6-10
West Texas Work and Witness Trip to Cactus
November 7-8
SNU Board of Trustees Meetings, SNU
December 3
District License Application Packets Due
December 7
SNU Winter Commencement
Dec. 27-Jan.2
Commission to Mexico (Chihuahua)
January 7
Ministerial Credentials/Education Committee, Amarillo First
January 10-12
Shepherds' Sabbath, Abilene, TX
January 13-14
Ministerial Credentials/Education Boards, Fort Worth Northside
January 24-25
NMI District Council Planning Retreat, Arrowhead Camp
February
Alabaster Offering to General Treasury
February 7-9
Brighter Girls Conference, Lubbock, TX
February 23-29
Nazarene World Week of Prayer
February 27-29
Regional Children's Leaders Training, Camp Bond-Oklahoma
February 26
Vision Conference & District Assembly Planning Session
February 27
District Nominating Committee Meeting
 
 


12/19 Dan Sommers
12/19 Lawrence Gulley
12/20 Andrew & Emily Taylor
12/20 Trace Hewitt 
12/22 Jonna Jones
12/23 Eugenio Chavez
12/23 Jim & Genell Knisley
12/23 Tyler Frazier 
12/25 Chares Parker 
12/26 Brian Frazier
12/27 Linda Lennon
12/28 Mark Hewitt
12/28 Corey & Beth Ann Jones
12/28 Crystal Lewis
12/28 Todd & Raquel Forrest
12/29 Charles Gibson
12/29 Larry Dunlap
12/29 Randy Anderson
12/29 Sydnie Newton 
12/30 Mae Lynn Parker
12/30 Mark Lofton
12/30 Sherry Seigman
12/31 Selah Diaz

12/1 Morgan Callender
12/1 Travis Zachary
12/2 Frank & Grace Mensah
12/3 Jesus Espinoza
12/5 Peggy Lewis
12/6 Amanda Pettit
12/7 Angalique Parker
12/8 Christiana Sesay
12/8 Micah Boice
12/8 Olivia Boice
12/8 Sheree Hayes
12/9 Gaylord & Sheree Hayes
12/9 Lowell Schmidt
12/9 Paul Lee
12/10 Melissa Newton
12/11 Sandra Porter
12/12 Jose Perez
12/12 Paul Prentice
12/13 Josh Boice
12/14 Earl & Betty Robertson
12/16 Chris & Kelly Branigan
12/16 Mandy Hewitt
12/17 Marvin & Ruth West
12/18 Greg & Martha White



RESOURCES
Click on the links below to download district resources.


To spend time with our families this holiday season, the District Office will be closed from December 23rd through January 1st. 

We will be checking email messages periodically and will resume regular business hours on Wednesday, January 2, 2020. 

We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!