Friends of Ceta Dinner, Nov 12, 2015

October 8th, 2015


Save the Date 

for the 9th Annual  Friends of Ceta Dinner – Amarillo Area

Polk Street United Methodist Church    

Thurs. Nov. 12, 2015

6:30 appetizers, 7:00 meal

Greetings from Ceta Canyon Camp and Retreat Center!

In the past many of you and/or your churches have supported our Friends of Ceta Dinner in Amarillo. In 2014, over 140 guests attended the dinner in Amarillo and over $53,000 was raised at this important event.

We hope that you will be able to support our ministry again this year at our Annual Friends of Ceta Dinner on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Polk Street UMC, 1401 S. Polk,  Amarillo, TX Appetizers – 6:30 p.m.,  meal – 7:00 p.m. This is a special time of Testimonies, Food, Prayer, Fellowship and Fun!  Please RSVP to  by Nov. 6, 2015

 How can you help?  

1)      Table Sponsor -See if  your Church, a Member of your church or a Sunday School class can sponsor a Table of Eight for $400 ($50/person)

  • Fill the table of 8 with people who have a heart for kids and our special ministry and would be willing to help us with their financial support

2)     Sponsors – see if you can identify other individuals or businesses that would be willing to support our Ministry with a Sponsorship gift:

___ Platinum Sponsor        $5,000 and above

___ Gold Sponsor              $2,500 and above

___ Silver Sponsor              $1,000 and above

___ Bronze Sponsor           $  500 and  above

___ Individual Sponsor      $  250 and  above

___ Seed Sponsor               $  100 and above

The gifts and sponsorships from our Friends of Ceta Dinners, support our Camping Ministry and our total goal for 2015 is $240,000.

3)      Promotion – Churches please consider putting this event in your weekly bulletins and newsletters.

4)    Testimonies – Identify a youth, teen, or adult who can share how God has worked in life through their experience as a camper at Ceta Canyon and contact us with their information. (We usually have 3-4 testimonies)

5)      Prayer – Thank God for our many blessings and pray that God will guide our ministry at Ceta Canyon.

Your support of this special dinner is important and appreciated. On an annual basis, we touch the lives of over 10,000 people from a variety of church camps, youth groups and specialty youth agency camps.


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Certified Lay Minister Training, Oct 31, 2015

October 5th, 2015

CERTIFIED LAY MINISTER TRAINING MODULE 3, $25, Saturday, October 31, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Conference Service Center 1401 Avenue M Lubbock, TX 79401-3939.  The Certified Lay Minister training will be led by Dr. Jerry Marshall and Rev. Larry Springer, Pastor of Sudan UMC. FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact Jerry Marshall, 325-735-3114

Rev. Dr. Jimmy Nunn Endorsed as Candidate for the Episcopacy

September 28th, 2015

Rev. Dr. Jimmy Nunn Endorsed as Candidate for the Episcopacy. 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ of the Northwest Texas Annual Conference,

Each Annual Conference in our South Central Jurisdiction may endorse a candidate for the episcopacy and those persons lifted up from each Annual Conference are the persons most likely to be elected by the Jurisdictional Conference as a Bishop.  On behalf of the entire Northwest Texas Annual Conference delegation, it is my joy to share with you that on September 22, 2015 the Northwest Texas Annual Conference delegation unanimously endorsed Rev. Dr. Jimmy Nunn for the episcopacy.  Simply put, we have told all the other Annual Conferences in our Jurisdiction, “We have a guy here in Northwest Texas that ought to be considered for election as a Bishop!”


As most of you know, Jimmy has been elected a Jurisdictional delegate 4 times, a General Conference delegate 3 times and is now leading the Northwest Conference delegation for the second time.  He has served as the Director of Administration and Mission in the Northwest Texas Annual Conference since 2011 and was the Director of Church Development 2009-2011.


Some of the reasons our delegation has endorsed Jimmy as a candidate to be elected Bishop are:

  • He has a humble and authentic faith that points toward a trust in God;

  • He has been a proactive catalyst for innovative and effective ministry to the Latino/Hispanic Community in the NWTX AC;

  • He has built a strong conference staff that equips local churches for effective ministry, especially in the area of communications;

  • He has assumed significant leadership in prioritizing the conference budget that took the NWTX AC from a position of financial vulnerability to financial stability.


It has been 24 years since a person has been lifted up from the Northwest Texas Annual Conference for consideration of election as a Bishop in The United Methodist Church.  The last Bishop elected from the clergy of the Northwest Texas Annual Conference was Bishop O. Eugene Slater at the South-Central Jurisdictional Conference in San Antonio in 1960.   Many capable and faithful ministers have served in our conference over the years, but we believe that Jimmy’s ministry experience in the church in recent years has uniquely prepared him for the challenges of the office of the episcopacy.  At the South Central Jurisdictional Conference that meets July 13-16, 2016 in Wichita, Kansas we will elect three new bishops for our Jurisdiction.


During this important time in the life of The United Methodist Church, we believe that Dr. Jimmy Nunn is the kind of leader that The United Methodist Church needs as a Bishop.  The only downside of this endorsement is the potential loss to the Northwest Texas Annual Conference if Jimmy is elected a bishop.


For one to offer themselves up as an episcopal candidate requires deep faith in Christ and a love for the church.  Jimmy has both.  So let’s surround Jimmy and Mary Nunn in our prayers!


Every Blessing,



Dr. Burt Palmer

Sr. Pastor, Polk Street United Methodist Church
1401 S. Polk St.
Amarillo, TX 79101

Delegates Endorsing Rev. Dr. Jimmy Nunn:

Rev. Rich Jones
Rev. Burt Palmer
Rev. Amy Wilson Feltz
Rev. Richard Edwards
Rev. Stan Cosby
Ron Enns
Randy Stutes
Leia Williams
Jeff Fisher
Murray Murphy
Mark Pitman

Lay Servant Training on Wednesday Evenings this Fall

August 13th, 2015
Kingswood United Methodist Church is offering two lay servant classes as part of their regular Wednesday night program.

Classes will be held at Kingswood UMC, 4801 S Austin, Amarillo, with classes beginning on Sept 16 and ending on Oct 28. There will NOT be a class on Oct 7. Class time is 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. They offer a meal at 6:00 p.m. for a donation.

The courses offered include:

the Basic Lay Servant Course, taught by Karl Smith, Certified Lay Minister. Course cost is $25, which includes the book.(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

an Advanced Course – Living our Beliefs – The United Methodist Way, taught by Rev Dr Brad Reeves, pastor of Kingswood UMC. Course cost is $15; participants will need to purchase their own book.(This course will explore the special gifts of theology, witness, and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got where we are today, and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st – century church. (Participant book –ISBN 13:9780881775716, Living Our Beliefs – The United Methodist Way by Kenneth Carder)

Registration DEADLINE is Sept 9th
and can be completed either,

  1. online with the information in the reply box below,
  2. mailing the information to the Amarillo District Office (address below), or
  3. calling the Amarillo District Office, 806-376-7271

Information needed for registration:

Phone number
email address
which class (Basic or Advanced)

Those that register online or by phone may either bring their payment to the first class or mail their payment/payable to:

Amarillo District Office UMC
PO Box 108
Amarillo, TX 79105

SAVE the DATE – Lay Servant Training

July 15th, 2015

The Amarillo District will offer Lay Servant Training on Oct 3, 2015.

Detailed information about the classes, place and time will be forthcoming soon.

Anyone is eligible to attend, even if you don’t want to register as a lay servant. ALL lay servants, local church and certified, are required by the Discipline to attend a class once every three years.

Registration for NW Texas Annual Conference

May 19th, 2015

Register NOW For Annual Conference 2015

 Join us for Annual Conference June 11-13, 2015

 Download the following Registration Forms:

 Clergy Registration Form

 Pastors: Register For Your Healthflex Appointment During Conference Here

 Laity Registration Form

 Meal Registration Form: By May 29th

 Download the Meal Form

 Download the 2015 Laity Delegate Booklet

Annual Amarillo District Conference and Pre-Conference Meeting 5/17/15

May 12th, 2015

The Annual Amarillo District Conference and Pre-Annual
Conference Meeting will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2015, beginning at 5:30
p.m. with dinner and the meeting at 6:00 p.m., in the Garden Room
(Fellowship Hall) of First United Methodist Church in Borger, Texas (200 N.
McGee St.).

            The agenda for the District Conference will include election of
Amarillo District Leaders and Officers, approval of the Amarillo District
Budget for 2016, and a report of activities within the District, both during
the past year and into the coming year.  There will also be a time to
recognize all of the churches who paid 100% of their Shared Ministries in

            The Pre-Annual Conference portion of the gathering will include
pertinent information about annual conference, including the process for the
election of both clergy and lay delegates to General Conference 2016, and
agenda items that will come before the annual conference for approval and
adoption.  Annual Conference this year will be held in Lubbock, June 11-13.

Lay Servant Training May 16

April 29th, 2015

Lay    Servant   Training

A day of empowering and experiencing


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)

 Saturday, May 16, 2015

Kingswood UMC

4801 S. Austin St.

Amarillo, TX

 Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Classes start at 9:00 a.m.

 Basic $25                 Advanced $15



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.


CHOOSE 1 for A.M. and 1 for P.M.

 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 – Cokesbury # DR407-978-0-88177-407-8)

Afire with God by Betsy Schwarzentraub. This course helps participants develop a holistic understanding of stewardship. (Participant book -Cokesbury # DR520-978-0-88177-520-4)

Start Here by Barbara Bruce. This course is designed to help provide a basic understanding of the ways in which adults learn and grow. (Participant book – Cokesbury # DR303-978-0-88177-303-3)

Living Our United Methodist Beliefs by Kenneth Carder. This course will explore the special gifts of theology, witness, and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got where we are today, and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st – century church. (Participant book – Cokesbury # DR571-978-0-88177-571-6)


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.

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.

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.

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 sharing their faith. 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


Basic Course $25                       Advanced Course $15

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.

RSVP BY May 11, 2015


Shawn Stroud

Home: 806-273-6317         Cell: 806-886-9217


“Make Disciples of All Nations: Hispanic, Latino/Latina Edition”

March 16th, 2015

The Amarillo District and Polk Street UMC present “Make Disciples of All Nations: Hispanic, Latino/Latina Edition”, with Rev. Dr. Owen K Ross,  Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.. This is an opportunity for pastors, staff and lay teams ($10 per registrant). 

You may print the registration form ( MakeDiscipesOfAllNations.Hispanic.LatinoEdition.RegistrationForm.April11.2015.3-12-15 ) or register online. Registration deadline is April 7th. If you register online, you may either bring your payment on April 11th, or mail your payment to:

Amarillo District UMC
P O Box 108
Amarillo, TX 79105

If you are registering online, please enter the following in the “Leave a Reply” box below:

Church Name
# attending
contact person, email and phone #
names of registrants

Then click the Check box “I’m not a robot” to indicate you are a real person and then click the “Submit” button.

The District office will notify the contact person of receipt of the online registration.

For more information about this opportunity and Rev. Dr. Owen Ross, MakeDisciplesOfAllNations.Hispanic.Latino.Edition.Brochure.April11.2015.3-12-15

Groundbreaking Ceremonies for 2 Families Devastated by Fritch Fires of 2014

February 26th, 2015

Northwest Texas Conference (NWTX) and New Mexico (NM) Conference Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe, Amarillo District Superintendent Paul E. Bauernfeind, NWTX Conference Disaster Relief Coordinator Rev John Westman, Amarillo District Disaster Relief Coordinator Rev David Gerhardt, and Rev Danny Sanders, pastor of First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Canadian, participated with members of the Matizza and Rogers families in seeking God’s blessing on the building of new homes. Both families lost their homes in the Double Diamond Fire in Fritch, TX in May 2014. Many members of United Methodist Churches in the Conference braved the cold to celebrate with the Mattizza and Rogers families.

FUMC Canadian has issued a challenge pledge of $100,000 towards the home-building efforts. Many sister churches and individuals in the NWTX Conference of the United Methodist Church have also contributed additional funds, $22,785.27 to date, and pledged volunteer efforts towards the building of the homes.

Matizza family with Bishop Bledsoe, Amarillo DS Bauernfeind, Rev David Gerhardt, Rev John Westman and Rev Danny Sanders

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Rogers family with Bishop Bledsoe and Amarillo DS Bauernfeind

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