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November 21st, 2016

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“Streets to Dwell In” Training Event August 27, 2016

August 17th, 2016

“Streets to Dwell In” Training Event, August 27, 2016 at Polk Street UMC. See attached flyer for complete information.


Local Church Historian Workshop

August 9th, 2016

Local Church Historians are encouraged to attend a workshop on October 7, 2016 being held during the South Central Jurisdiction Convocation of Archivists and Historians/ Texas United Methodist Historical Society Annual Meeting.

Who: For all Local Church Historians
When: October 7, 2016, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., box lunch included
Where: Overton Hotel, 2322 Mac Davis Ln, Lubbock
How much: $60 Early bird registration before Sept 1, $75 Normal registration, $30 Scholarship recipient registration (prior approval by Beryl Waddell, NWTX Conference Archivist (806-762-0201 Ex: 15/
Registration forms can be found on the NWTX Conference website:

White Deer Sanctuary Dedication Invitation

August 1st, 2016

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Rev. Wendell Horn appointed to serve as the Interim Director of Mission and Administration

July 25th, 2016
Rev. Wendell Horn appointed to serve as the Interim Director of Mission and Administration!  
Rev. Wendell Horn has been appointed by Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe to serve as the Interim Director of Mission and Administration of the Northwest Texas Conference. Wendell will begin serving in this interim appointment on September 1, 2016 and will serve as the interim until July 1, 2017, when a permanent Director of Mission and Administration will begin serving. Rev. Horn most recently served as the senior pastor of Oakwood United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas. His ministry and service in the Conference has included serving as a District Superintendent, as well as serving on many Conference and District Boards, Committees and Teams, most recently serving as the Chair of the Conference Board of Trustees, as a member of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and as a member of the Conference Leadership Team. Wendell follows, in the interim, Rev. Dr. Jimmy Nunn, who served as the Director of Mission and Administration for five years, as Bishop Nunn goes to serve the Oklahoma Annual Conference and the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference as their episcopal leader, effective September 1, 2016.

South Central Jurisdiction Bishop Assignments

July 19th, 2016
South Central Jurisdiction Bishop Assignments
Northwest Texas & New Mexico : Bishop Bledsoe
Oklahoma : Bishop Nunn*
Texas: Bishop Jones
Rio Texas: Bishop Schnase
North Texas: Bishop McKee
Central Texas: Bishop Lowry
Great Plains: Bishop Saenz*
Missouri: Bishop Farr*
Arkansas: Bishop Mueller
Louisiana: Bishop Harvey

*Newly Elected

Labels for Education Needed

March 30th, 2016

McCurdy School Needs Labels for Education

Thanks to generous supporters who have been sending McCurdy Ministries donations of Campbell’s Labels for Education for years, McCurdy has acquired a new seven passenger Dodge Grand Caravan for use in our ministries. The van cost McCurdy 1,600,000 points which means well over a million labels were donated, cut, prepared and sent to Campbell’s Labels for Education to purchase the van! Every donation of labels McCurdy sends Campbell’s Labels for Education is banked until we spend the points. At this date there are 455,421 points in the McCurdy account. Our goal is to replace another one of our aging McCurdy vans by accumulating a total 1,6000,000 points. So here is the challenge: help McCurdy Ministries accumulate 1,144,579 labels by the end of 2016 to secure a new van! We invite you to go through your cupboards and drawers in the kitchen where you “stash” those UPC labels to remind everyone at church to collect their labels for McCurdy. Then we invite you to send the UPC labels to McCurdy Ministries 362A S. McCurdy Road Espanola, NM 87532

Giving Tuesday, December 1st, enhances your gift by receiving matching $$

November 30th, 2015

Giving Tuesday, December 1st, enhances your gift by receiving matching $$

Giving Tuesday is Dec 1st

November 19th, 2015

UMC #GivingTuesday is Dec. 1, 2015
Join Global Ministries in putting Christ’s love into action!

With more than 800 different projects around the world, and different ways to support them, we can’t wait to see what The United Methodist Church can do this UMC #GivingTuesday! 

Finding the project you care about is the first step. To find out how you can get involved, visit today!!

Lay Servant Training, Nov 7, 2015

October 8th, 2015

Lay Servant Training, Saturday, Nov 7, 2015, First UMC, 401 Binkley Ave, Dumas, TX.

A day of empowering and experiencing for Local Church/Certified Lay Servants (formerly Local Church/Certified Lay Speakers) &

Other disciples exploring & responding to God’s call on their life (i.e., you don’t have to be a Lay Servant to attend)


BASIC COURSE – FULL DAY This course is foundational for all courses in Lay Servant Ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship.

 ADVANCED COURSES – FULL DAY  (CHOOSE 1 COURSE) Participants of advanced courses should purchase applicable books and read the material before class. All of the books are available from Cokesbury,

Dancing with Words by Ray Buckley. Participants in the course will learn what constitutes a good story, discover storytelling styles, learn the techniques of effective storytelling, and practice creating stories from their experiences. (Participant book – ISBN 13:  9780881774078)

Afire with God by Betsy Schwarzentraub. This course helps participants develop a holistic understanding of stewardship. (Participant book –     ISBN-13:  9780881775204)

Transforming Evangelism by Henry Knight & Douglas Powe. This course leads participants to learn from John Wesley how to practice relational Evangelism. They will discover that evangelism involves not only sharing our faith with others but welcoming people into a community where they can grow in faith.  (Participant book – ISBN-13:  9780881774856)

TO REGISTER ONLINE, PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IN THE “REPLY” BOX BELOW THIS POST BY NOV 2, 2015. Payment may either be mailed to: Amarillo District UMC, P.O. Box 108, Amarillo, TX 79105 or brought to check-in/registration on Nov 7, 2015

Name ______________________________________________

Mailing Address ______________________________________

City ___________________________ Zip __________________

Home phone (        ) _______________ Cell (       ) ____________

Email _______________________________________________

Name of Church ______________________________________

All courses are a full day

Please indicate the course you want to take: Registration fee includes morning refreshments, lunch, snacks, drinks, and handouts. The book for the Basic Course is also provided. Advanced Course books MUST be purchased individually by the participant and READ BEFORE COMING TO CLASS.

BASIC: $25 (full day; book & all materials included in fee)

____Basic Lay Speaking – Karl Smith, leader

ADVANCED: $15 (full day, choose 1 course. Please purchase your own book and read before class.)

____ Transforming Evangelism – Shawn Stroud, leader

____ Dancing with Words – Dale West, Nancy Biffle – leaders

____ Afire with God – Mark Pittman, leader

8:30 – 9:00 a.m
.   Check-in & Registration (fee may be paid at door – previous RSVP required for materials & lunch)

9:00 – 12:00 p.m.                    Morning Session with break

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.           Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.                      Afternoon Session with break

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.                      Evaluations, Closing Worship Ceremony


Karl Smith is a Certified Lay Minister and member of Kingswood UMC, with his wife Judy, a member of the staff. During Karl’s 20 years as a Certified Lay Speaker and stint as District Lay Servant Coordinator he has coordinated workshops and taught classes.

Shawn Stroud is a Certified Lay Servant, the Amarillo District Lay Servant Coordinator, a High School Sunday School Class Teacher, and co-leader of Youth with his wife, Melissa. He has been Lay Leader at Wesley UMC, Borger, for over ten years.

Dale West is a Certified Lay Minister and a member of First United Methodist Church in Pampa.  He has served in his church in Pampa for over 30 years.  In his role as a Certified Lay Minister, he filled the pulpit at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Pampa from January to August of 2015.  He is currently back at FUMC serving as Lay Leader.

Nancy Biffle is a Certified Lay Servant and member of Polk St UMC with her husband, George, who is the director of music ministries. Nancy has taught classes for Lay Servant Ministries, substituted for pastors and been a speaker for UMW Sundays and women’s retreats.

Mark Pittman has taught stewardship classes for Lay Servant Ministries and served as the treasurer of the NWTX Conference. He currently serves on the Path One Committee of the NWTX Conference. Mark and his wife, Francie, a retired Diaconal Minister, are members of First UMC of Canyon.


 All laity interested in developing leadership skills for their journey as a disciple. This is interactive training. Come prepared to participate!
All those willing to expand their borders.

All Lay Servants MUST complete a course every three (3) years to maintain your status (local or certified) as a Lay Servant. BoD ¶267.3, BoD ¶268.3d



Shawn Stroud

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