October 11, 2018
Dear Pastor/Friends,
I am very pleased to announce that Pastor Terry and Sandra Porter, of Borger First Church, are our new co-directors of Arrowhead Camp and Retreat Center (our district campgrounds).  They will begin their new assignment on October 16th.  I had the privilege of worshiping in Borger this past Sunday as Terry delivered his final sermon as their pastor.  The Porters have served in Borger for 20 years! They are deeply loved and appreciated in their church and in the community. Sandra is our very capable district women's ministry director.  Please join me in prayer as they begin their new assignment...and for the Borger First congregation as they seek the Lord's direction regarding their next pastor. 
Congratulations to our office manager, Vania Palacios-Alvarez and her husband, Josh, on the birth of their precious daughter, Elianah Alyssa Alvarez, on October 1st!  As previously announced, Vania will be out of the office on maternity leave until December 1st. During her absence we have a great team of volunteers (including our previous office manager, Ana Carrier) who will be serving the district here in the office.  Pictured here with Ana and me are our volunteers, (left to right) Linda Hines, Raylene Tucker and Raydeen Watson. I am very grateful for their service!

I want to thank our pastors, staff members, and local lay leaders for the tremendous job you have done leading your congregations in the Ministry Safe Abuse Awareness training! As I write this all but one or two of our English speaking pastors have completed the "Skillful Screening" training. Our Spanish and Korean speaking pastors are currently in process.  This has been a huge undertaking and will pay great dividends regarding the safety of our children and teens.  I want to thank our District Children's Ministry director, Jennifer Sommers, and Assistant Superintendent, Earl Robertson, for the many hours of work they have put into this very important project. We are extremely grateful!

Please begin to make plans now for the Shepherds' Sabbath which will be held in Abilene on February 1-3.  Dr. Carla Sunberg will be our speaker this year. Check out the promotional flyer below in the newsletter.

Finally, please join me in prayer for Pastor Coleen Scott and our Burkburnett congregation.  This past Sunday the extreme rain that fell in the Wichita Falls area led to the flooding of their main building.  The entire building was under 3-6 inches of water!  I want to thank pastor Eric DeLuna, of Wichita Falls Lakeview, who came over to Burkburnett with a number of his people to help extract the water.  Nevertheless, tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage occurred.  Our district disaster response coordinators, Cal Callender and Marcia Nikl are organizing volunteers to begin the process of recovery on Thursday of this week.  Please let them know if you would like to participate.  Pastors, very possibly we will need to take up a special offering to help them. Please be watching for details regarding this.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the Awakening next week in Arlington.  We are praying for a powerful time off worship, instruction and inspiration!
For you and with you,
Pastor David Downs

Our district treasurer, Dan Davisson, has prepared the West Texas District 2018-2019 "Funding The Mission" report as of October 10, 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 image below to open report: 



Hello Pastors and NMI Friends!

My name is Serina Nelson, and for NMI purposes I am your West Texas District Vice President and Alabaster Coordinator.  September was the month for the Alabaster Offering, but if your church was unable to take this important offering, never fear! There are so many exciting ways to promote  the Alabaster Offering any day of the week, and the best news of all? February is ALSO an Alabaster Offering emphasis month... so it really is NOT too late. I wanted to take a moment and just share with you some of the places where you can go to utilize information, get ideas, and access resources that pertain to the Alabaster Offering. Alabaster is now one of the 5 main areas of impact that NMI has chosen to focus on so that local churches can better impact our global mission. The Alabaster Offering is now getting a little revamp, so there are now some really new and exciting things available now (for FREE) for you to use, and better yet:there will be MORE coming as efforts continue! 
The first link is from our very own Church of the Nazarene website!  It now features a NEW Alabaster video you can show anyone and everyone to help them learn just a little bit about the Alabaster Offering. It also has links to purchase more Alabaster Offering boxes, a link to download promotional materials, and even an EASY online giving option! There are also 4 current projects listed there for us to learn about that directly relate to Alabaster Offerings. Go check it out!!!

Alabaster Offering 2018 from Church of the Nazarene on Vimeo.
How are Alabaster offerings received? The Alabaster Offering gets to the mission field via several avenues. The most widely used is the Alabaster Box.

Another link is right from our Official Church of the Nazarene YouTube Channel. (First of all, this is a great resource... and not just for Alabaster!) All I did was follow this link, click on the search magnifying glass, and type in "Alabaster"... and that will lead you to several videos about the Alabaster Offering and some pretty remarkable testimonies from all around the world about how Alabaster Offerings have impacted lives and communities.

Videos from the Church of the Nazarene denomination. 

These are just a couple of great resources available to you for FREE! If you ever have ANY questions regarding Alabaster, even if it is not September or February... please do not hesitate to contact me! I would be glad to help you any way I can. Thank you so much.
Serina Nelson

I hope your year is off to a great start!  Your WTX Children's Council met last month to pray, plan and prepare for a great year of ministry for you and your kids.  Attached below you will find our 2018-2019 calendar that includes a planning guide, the NEW council contact page and information about our upcoming District Wide Kid Min Training.  Download, print and share these with your children's ministry leaders in your church.
Please let us know how we can help you as you minister to the kids in your church and community!



Calling ALL West Texas Children's Ministry Leaders and their teams! 

Make plans now to attend our WTX Kid Min Training 2.0 - Saturday, November 3rd
Who:  Anyone who works with kids at your church

Where:                Fort Worth First Church - live and simulcast site
                            Lubbock First Church - live and simulcast site
                            Borger First Church - simulcast site
                            Big Spring First Church - simulcast site

Time:    9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. at Fort Worth First / Simulcast sites begin at 9:00 a.m.

Cost:      $10 per person (contact Jennifer Sommers if this is an issue).  Lunch will be provided.

What to expect:  A great time to be encouraged and inspired!  Church leaders, you will be given time to meet with your team individually to discuss specific topics for your church.  Breakout sessions on specific ministries: caravans, special needs, early childhood, quizzing and possibly more.

RSVP:    By October 21st.  Church Name - Leader & Contact info - number of team members coming.

Fort Worth First - Jennifer Sommers @  jsommers@fwf.org  
Lubbock First - Leslie Hulsey @ cleslie.hulsey16@gmail.com
Borger First - Samantha Riggle @ riggtastic@gmail.com
Big Spring First - Gloria Jimenez @ gloria@nazfamily.org

*Childcare can be provided but you need to let your site leader know how many and ages when you RSVP.


Jennifer Sommers
WTX Kids Director



10/1 Jeremy Lee
10/2 Luke Smithson
10/2 Michele Gibson
10/3 Corrie Smithson
10/3 Elijah Schneberger
10/3 Tony Jang & Grace Shin
10/4 Ceresa Callender
10/5 Jack Smith
10/6 Isaiah Smithson
10/6 Regina Diaz
10/6 Richard Schneberger
10/6 Sophia Mora
10/7 Cailee Ann Parker
10/8 Austin Frazier
10/11 Joy Anderson
10/12 Gerardo Reyes
10/13 Lori Dunlap
10/13 Anita Mensah

10/15 Kara Hays
10/15 Thatcher Branigan
10/15 Hailey Cisneros
10/16 Lucas Fredlund
10/17 Clint & Lauren Grimes
10/20 Malakai Downs
10/21 Cecelia Boice
10/22 Adam Hasenbein
10/22 Shawn Fouts
10/22 Zack & Corrie Smithson
10/23 Erika Mora
10/24 Robin Hollon
10/26 Phillip & Lisa Griffin
10/29 Heather Plaxco
10/30 Kyler Kleeb
10/31 Allen Hughes
10/31 Sam McPherson


October 12-13  JOY Senior Adult Retreat, Lubbock First
October 17-20  Awakening Prayer Conference
October 26-27  Discovery Weekend in Abilene
Dec. 27 - Jan. 2  Commission Unto Mexico (Guadalajara)
January 8   Ministerial Credentials/Education Committee, Amarillo First
January 14-15  Ministerial Credentials/Education Boards, Fort Worth Northside
February  Alabaster Offering to Global Treasury Services
February 1-3   Shepherds' Sabbath Retreat, Abilene, TX
February 24  Vision Conference and District Assembly Planning Session
February 28  District Nominating Committee Meeting
Feb. 24 - March 2  Nazarene World Week of Prayer
March 2-3  Kids Fest and District Quiz Quiz, Lubbock First
March 12  Annual Pastor's Reports Due
March 15-17  Man Camp, Arrowhead Camp and Retreat Center
March 16  Arrowhead Camp Board Meeting, Arrowhead Camp and Retreat Center