February 9, 2018
 Dear Pastor/Friends,

Congratulation to our Wichita Falls Lakeview church on the arrival of their new pastor, Eric Deluna. Pastor Deluna has been serving on staff these past several years at Fort Worth First Church with Pastor CB Glidden. Prior to that he and his wife, Teresa, served at River Oaks Church with Pastor Hector Orozco. We are very excited for the Delunas and our Lakeview congregation!   
Last week Susan and I had the privilege of serving with a number of highly qualified volunteers through the West Texas Disaster Relief team in Orange, Texas.  The previous weekend, district disaster response coordinator, Marcia Nikl, had been onsite in Orange with 15 additional volunteers. Altogether, there were 30 volunteers involved. I want to thank each of these who participated. Pictured here are team members with Pastor Maxine Williams of the Port Arthur Grace Church of the Nazarene. Her church became the interim home for many of her neighbors during the hurricane last September. Some are still living in the church. Several have given their hearts to Jesus.
I had the wonderful privilege of installing Pastor Calvary Callender and his wife Ceresa at Lantana Community Church of the Nazarene on January 14. I want to congratulate this wonderful couple and the Lantana congregation. I know that great and missional days are ahead. 
 I am pleased to report that we had a great round of licensure and ordination candidates interviews with the ministerial credential board recently. It appears that we will be nominating 9 candidates to our District Assembly for ordination this year. We also have 50 license ministers; 11 of these will be receiving 1st time license.
Incidentally, soon you will be receiving your district assembly packets from our district secretary, Pastor Earl Robertson. Thank you for making every effort to get all of your allocations taken care of. Let's finish very strong! You can get an up-to-date report on Funding the Mission by CLICKING HERE.
Finally, I want to praise God for a fantastic and anointed Shepherds' Sabbath with SNU President, Dr. Keith Newman. We had a record attendance again this year and every service was off the charts. Special thanks to our praise team, which was led by Chad Jones, and our event coordinator and office manager Ana Carrier.

For you and with you,

Pastor David Downs

Our district treasurer, Dan Davisson, has prepared the West Texas District 2017-2018 "Funding The Mission" report as of February 8, 2018. 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.
Click on the icon below to open report: 

February 23-25, 2018
Men, join us for our first annual Man Camp! Don't miss this incredible time to relax and recharge as you experience God's presence and connect with other men.

Speaker: Keith Newman from Southern Nazarene University President

Dr. Newman is the president of Southern Nazarene University. With 17 years of pastoral ministry in the Nazarene Church and 15 years as a senior administrator in Christian higher education, Dr. Newman counts it a great privilege to join a Christ-centered community preparing God-called, purpose-driven, passionate servant .

Pricing:  Enjoy a two-night stay with 4 meals provided (dinner not provided Friday). Man Camp t-shirt included along with access to the  Arrowhead Man Cave!
We have two housing options to choose from.
Lodge Style Housing: $150 (hotel style room, includes bedding and in-room bathroom)
Dorm Style Housing: $130 (bunk-house style room, bring your own bedding)
(Please Note: the price with go up $10 on Monday February 12th)

This is unlike any retreat you've experienced; because its not a retreat - its Man Camp! We'll dive into God's word over 4 sessions and sing out in praise with Josh Boice. A horseshoe, pingpong and fishing tournament is available as well as hitting the links at Squaw Valley Golf Course. Late night activities, disc golf, snacks, and the Arrowhead Man Cave are all up for grabs!
Sign Up: 
To sign up, please contact your local pastor or men's ministry leader. They will take your registration.

If you have any questions, please contact Dwayne Edwards.
Email: marshalldedwards@gmail.com  Cell: 760-518-6736


Dear Pastors and NMI Leaders,
Reporting: We will soon share information for official end-of-year NMI reporting online. Our District NMI Secretary is working to streamline and simplify the process! Please report so we can celebrate how EVERY West Texas church contributes to the global mission.
Deputation: Rob North, missionary to Africa, is in West Texas! Please check the schedule carefully. If you have any problems or need to make changes, contact Rob North directly at rnorth@anu.ac.ke and also copy Amy Spigelmyer (incoming Deputation Coordinator) at   aspigelm@gmail.com . We appreciate Amy's great work on this tour!
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.
Rob North's Deputation Schedule for February 3-18, 2018
* Thursday, Feb 8 FW Grace Tabernacle
* Friday, Feb 9 FW Trinity*, FW Haltom City
* Saturday, Feb 10 Arlington Restoration Community
* Sunday, Feb 11 AM Wichita Falls First* & Wichita Falls Cristo Vivé
* Sunday, Feb 11 PM Wichita Falls Lakeview
* Monday, Feb 12 - Burkburnett New Hope
* Tuesday, Feb 13 - Combined Ft. Worth Trinity and Haltom City at Haltom City
* Wednesday, Feb 14 Fort Worth Northside
* Thursday, Feb 15 - Open
* Friday, Feb 16 Hurst Pursuit Fellowship
* Saturday, Feb 17 - Youth Missions Rally, Arlington First* & Arlington Antioch
* Sunday, Feb 18 AM Fort Worth Westridge
* Sunday, Feb 18 PM Burleson
*Multiple congregations will meet at this church location.

Alabaster: February is Alabaster offering month.
The Alabaster offering is an opportunity for people to see their money at work in a very tangible way.  
Alabaster is a wonderful way to provide 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 by clicking the image on the left and choosing "Giving."

Cheryl Crouch, WT NMI President

West Texas Children's Leaders at Children's Pastors Conference in Orlando, Florida.  Pictured left to right - J ennifer Sommers from Fort Worth First,  Jonna Jones from Northside, and Becky Adams from Big Spring. The theme this year was Made For This!  We enjoyed great breakout sessions, amazing general sessions and times of worship, local food trucks and the wonderful Florida weather.  CPC will be held in Orlando again in 2019 from January 15-17.  Contact Jennifer Sommers for registration details.
Kids Fest and District Quiz

Below is the link for you to begin registering your kids for Kids Fest and District Quiz - March 2-3 at Lubbock First Church.  We are so excited to see you all at Kids Fest and have made a couple simple changes in an effort to make this weekend even better for you and your families!

Use this link to register your kids for talent and quizzing... https://gpastor.wufoo.com/forms/qs1w62s1xwt39j/

Flat Fee for 2018 = $25 per participant includes
  • Talent
  • Missions projects
  • Pinewood Derby Race
  • 4 square/2 square tournament
  • Kids Fest shirt
  • Saturday lunch - hamburger or hot dog meal (choose when registering)

Quizzing = $10 per participant
  • Paid the flat fee but quizzing too = additional $10
  • Only quizzing?  ADD Kids Fest shirt = additional $7
  • Only quizzing?  ADD Saturday lunch = additional $5

Important Deadlines!
  • Church Leaders: register your kids online no later than - February 19th
  • Quizzing registration spreadsheet emailed to Chriss Burke no later than - February 21st
  • Talent registration spreadsheet emailed to Elaine Nauert no later than - February 21st

Church Leaders Checklist
  1. Register each child participating in Kids Fest online by 2/19
    • Select shirt size - if flat fee or add it if quizzing only
    • Select Saturday lunch option - if flat fee or add it if quizzing only
  2. Complete the Quizzing and or Talent Registration Spreadsheets found online at www.westexnaz.org on the children's ministries home page.
  3. Email completed registration spreadsheets no later than 2/21
  4. Reserve hotel rooms using the Hotel Info Page (double check reservation deadlines)
  5. Bring church checks to Lubbock First on Friday, March 2nd when you check-in.
    • Separate church checks for quizzing and talent made out to West Texas Children's Ministries
  6. Come and enjoy an great weekend of worship and inspiration with the kids and families of West Texas!!!
Zone Events are Coming! 

Praying for our WTX Churches as they prepare for their zone quiz and talent events!!!
Abilene Zone: Cisco Church will be hosting a zone talent and quiz on Saturday, February 17th starting at 10:00am.  Thank you to Pastor Tyler Parsons for hosting this for the churches on your zone.  Contact Lisa Swainscott if you would like to attend -  lisawainscott@wainsco.com or Pastor Tyler at lorepars@mail.snu.edu 
Amarillo Zone: Quizzing - Feb. 9th 7:00pm at Valleyview /  Talent - Feb. 10th 9:30am at Hereford Church - contact Tracy Ricenbaw at  ricenbaw@hotmail.com 
Fort Wort, Denton, Metro-Mid Cities, Arrowhead zones: Quiz & Talent - Feb. 10th 8:15am (check-in) at Fort Worth First - contact Jennifer Sommers at  jsommers@fwf.org or Chriss Burke at  thecburkes@att.net 
Lamesa Zone: Quiz & Talent - Feb. 10th at Big Spring Church - contact Becky Adams at  becky@nazfamily.org 
High Plains Zone:  Feb. 11th at Pampa Church - contact Sandra Porter at  s.porter121160@gmail.com 
Lubbock Zone:  Feb. 24th at Lubbock First - contact Carl Wren at  carl@fcnhome.com 
Wichita Falls Zone:  Feb. 17th at Nocona - contact Marvin & Becky Pepper at  mbpepper830@hotmail.com 

We can't wait to see you in Lubbock!

Jennifer Sommers - WTX Kids Director
Elaine Nauert - WTX Festival Director
Chriss Burke - WTX Quiz Director

Attachments: (click on link to download/open in new tab) 
2018 Quizzing Registration for Zone Directors
2018 Festival Info Page
2018 Kids Fest /Hotel Info
2018 Talent Entries Spreadsheet  

March 2-4

For PK's in grades 10-12
A great weekend for your PK to enjoy
building friendships with other PK's!

SNU PK's serve as "hosts" for your PK all weekend.
Lots of fun activities planned including games and
unique worship services just for PK's.

$25 (cash or check upon arrival)
Registration & Drop off - 8:00 PM Friday, March 2;
Marchant Center
Event concludes - Sunday, March 4 at 2:30 PM

March 15-17, 2018
Speaker: Selena Freeman
Worship: Chad Dorough
Cost & Deadline Schedule:
Early Bird Deadline - Friday, February 9
Teen - $45, Adult - $25 Meal Card - $35
Registration Deadline - Thursday, March 8
Teen - $55, Adult - $25 Meal Card - $45
Must be registered by March 8 - No walk ups.
For more information go to snuextravaganza.com

MARCH 5, 2018
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$20.00 per person

On the campus of SNU or Live Stream

 and Response to an

Dr. Keith Newman,
SNU President
"Live Last Leadership"
Applying the teaching found in Mark 9:35 to leadership and service in our lives and ministry.

Dr. Jim Fitzgerald, Chair,
SNU School of Theology & Ministry
"Hungering and Thirsting for Righteousness: Resources for Preaching and Communion in the Holiness Tradition."
FREE Seminar: Church Security
"Prevention of and Response to an
Active Shooter in Houses of Worship"
1:30 - 4:00 PM
Registration Required
Presented by the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security
Certified instructor, Jim McBride

Learn how to:
  • Assess your facility
  • Improve security at low or no cost
  • Write an Emergency Operation Plan
  • Implement changes without distractions that alter the worship experience.

A MUST for every pastor and their core leadership team

The Seminar is FREE - Registration Required

February - Alabaster Offering  
February 3-18 - Rob & Cindy North (Kenya) on Deputation
February 15 - Vision Conference and District Assembly Planning Session
Feb. 23-25 - District Man Camp, Arrowhead Camp
March 2-3 - Kids Fest, Lubbock First 
March 2-4 - PK Retreat, SNU
March 12
- Annual Pastor's Report Due
March 15-17 - Extravaganza at SNU
March 24 - Arrowhead Camp Board of Directors Meeting
April 11-13 - Vision Conference & District Assembly, Fort Worth First
May 19 - June 3 - W&W Trip to Papua New Guinea
June 3 - 8 - Family Camp at Arrowhead Camp
June 11 - 20 - SDMI Trip to Holy Land
June 18 - 22 - CRAVE Teen Camp at Arrowhead Camp
July 16 - 20 - ACTIVATE Kids Camp at Arrowhead Camp
July 26-28 - WOW Women's Conference
October 12-13 - JOY Senior Adult Retreat, Lubbock first
October 18-20 - Awakening Prayer Conference 


2/1 Michael Scarlett
2/18 Richard Jones
2/1 Terry Porter 2/19 Erminia Cordero
2/1 Timothy Oh 2/19 Natalie Derbyshire
2/2 Candida Alvarez 2/19 Norman Kessell
2/3 Amy Marcoe 2/19 Parker Plaxco
2/5 Esther Lee 2/20 Andrea Marquez
2/7 Deng Atak 2/20 Natali Awasarmal
2/7 Premal & Kavita Awasarmal
2/21 Hector Orozco
2/10 Leah Boice
2/21 Josh & Melissa Cisneros
2/14 Beth Ann Jones 2/21 Paul & Esther Lee
2/14 James & Judith Miller
2/21 Phillip & Linda Kenedy
2/14 Jeff Marcoe 2/23 Reath Gatkek
2/15 Marcia Nikl 2/25 Charles Jones
2/15 Penny Nichols 2/25 Joan Johnson
2/16 Becky Glidden 2/25 Misael Alvarado
2/17 Ron Sullivan 2/25 Lee Lennon