New District Superintendents Named
     Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe and the Cabinets of the New Mexico Annual Conference and the NWTX Annual Conference would like to announce the appointment of Rev. Dr. Eduardo "Eddie" Rivera to fill the El Paso District Superintendent position and Rev. Don Boren to fill the Lubbock District Superintendent Position. 
      Rev. Dr. Eduardo "Eddie" Rivera, Senior Pastor of St. Paul's UMC, Las Cruces, NM will fill the El Paso District position, effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Rivera has an extensive pastoral ministry in both the Northwest Texas and New Mexico Conferences, having served several congregations in the El Paso District. He serves as head of the clergy delegation for the upcoming General Conference. He has served with distinction as the chair of the NWTX Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.  Dr. Rivera was born in Monterrey, Mexic and he was ordained there. His orders were recognized and transferred in 1998 to the New Mexico Annual Conference.  We welcome both Eddie and Hilda Rivera to the cabinet family.
      Rev. Don Boren, Executive Pastor of Lakeridge UMC, Lubbock, TX will fill the Lubbock District position, effective July 1, 2016. Rev. Boren has previous experience as the Abilene District Superintendent; however, he accepted the appointment at Lakeridge to provide critical and strategic leadership to fulfill transition plans for the upcoming retirement of the senior pastor.  Rev. Boren's experience and expertise in the workings of a large church will provide important insights for the bishop and cabinet. We welcome both Don and Rose Boren back to the cabinet family.
     The two new district superintendents will fill the upcoming vacancies created by the retirements of Rev. Richard Edwards (Lubbock District) and Rev. Steve McElroy (El Paso District).  Both Superintendents have served with distinction and exceptional abilities for the work of superintending. The cabinet will recognize and celebrate their gifts at the upcoming conference gathering in June. The effective date of retirement will be June 30, 2016.  Don and Eddie will be invited to sit in on the upcoming appointive cabinet meetings to provide for a smoother transition of leadership. 
     "I've worked with Eddie for the past 7 months as the NM Conference Delegation prepares for the General Conference.  I've seen his gifts and graces first-hand.  He is the perfect choice for D.S.  I look forward to working with him on the cabinet as we seek to follow God's will for the NM Annual Conference. - Sid Strebeck, Conference Lay Leader for the NM Annual Conference.  

9 Tips for Communicating with Hispanic Populations
Kingswood UMC - Clovis

     Today's congregations are challenged to become more effective in communicating across demographic and cultural divides.
     Is your church located in a rapidly changing community with an influx of Hispanic and Latino families? Do you wish to reach out to these new residents, invite them into your church family and involve them in your activities?
1. Make sure your church is ready to meet these audiences' needs.
This isn't a communications tip, but it is an obvious place to start. Before your congregation begins thinking about communicating, assess whether it is ready to serve Hispanic families. Telling Hispanics and Latinos you are open to them is not the same as being ready to serve them. Are people in your church prepared at every level to help newcomers participate fully? Do members of your congregation see Hispanics as "illegal immigrants" and resent their presence in the community? Have you researched needs and considered carefully how your church can help? Many Hispanics have critical social and advocacy needs. Will your church be willing to support these services? An example of a very active ministry with Hispanics is found in the Greater New Jersey Conference. For information, go to Make sure everything is set before starting your communications. Word of mouth is particularly important when reaching out to Hispanics, and comments about bad experiences spread rapidly.

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NM & NWTX Conference Partner to Serve the Kingswood UMC - Clovis Hispanic Community

NM & NWTX Conference partner to serve Kingswood UMC Hispanic Community
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Early Bird Workshops before Annual Conference 2016

The theme of Annual Conference 2016 is "Developing Effective Leaders".  One exciting piece of our Annual Conference will be Early Bird Workshops to be held on Wednesday, June 1st at First UMC. We have several local experts presenting but we are also fortunate to have a number of national leaders flying in to share their knowledge.  
Session Topics: 
  • H.O.P.E - Pathway to Discipleship - Sam Rodriguez, Director of Hispanic/Latino & Multi-Ethnic New Church Starts
  • Doing the Math of Mission: Fruits, Faithfulness & Metrics - John Thornburg, Senior Area Rep, TMF
  • Youth & Young Adult Ministries - Sheila Bates, Director of Student Faith & Leadership Foundation, GBHEM
  • Church Communication - Alli Costello, NMAC Communications Director
  • Benefits Available for your Church Employee - Dru Ann Kuntz, Conference Benefits Officer
  • Church Finance 101 - Ruth Tribou, Enrolled Agent
  • Lay Servant Ministries - Jodi Cataldo, Director of Laity & Leadership Ministries, Discipleship Ministries
  • Innovative Leadership Project (ILP) - Craig Miller, Director of Pastoral Leadership, Discipleship Ministries
  • Connect with Social Media,- D.G. Hollums, Minister of Online Engagement, ReThink Church (Former NMAC clergy)
  • 12 Step Groups: Recovery from Alcoholism and Addiction - Linda Nash, member of Mesa View UMC

Prayer Workshop at First UMC-ABQ
Leader: Rev. Tom Albin, Dean of the Upper Room Ministries & Ecumenical Relations and Co-Chair of the Prayer Support Ministry for the 2016 General Conference

Three Identical 3-hour Sessions:
Saturday, February 20th, 9-11:30 am, or 1:30-4:30 pm
or Sunday, February 21st, 1-3:30 pm

Location: First UMC, 315 Coal Ave. SW, Albuquerque, 87102

     Each Conference has been assigned a day to host a prayer vigil in preparation for General Conference - May 10-20, 2016 in Portland.  Our day is Wednesday, April 27th.  We will be providing materials shortly as well as an online sign up vehicle, with some suggestions on how your church or group can organize your prayer time. 
     This prayer workshop with Rev. Albin will be helpful to our Conference to prepare:
* Learn how you, your family and your prayer team or local church can participate in The Upper Room 60 Days of Prayer.
* Receive tools to organize a prayer vigil in your church or district.
* Create Protestant Prayer Beads that will be given to an elected
delegate, bishop, or other leader.
* Pray with others from your jurisdiction for God to give wisdom and
clarity to the leaders of our Church.  
     To RSVP for the workshop, please call (505)243-5646 or email: by Friday, February 19th so that we can have the necessary supplies for the event.  If you cannot attend, please join us in prayer and visit The Upper Room website for additional information:     

Grant Deadlines Extended 

The Conference Board of Global Ministries has changed their grant deadlines to the following: 
  • Sively - March 15 (from February 15) 
  • McCreless -  March 15 (from February 15) 
  • Cinco Estrellas - March 15 (from 2 weeks before Annual Conference)
The following still have a deadline of March 1st: 
  • Bishop's Award 
  • Vitality Award 
  • Pippin Grant 
  • Thaxton Grant

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Shrove Tuesday, Lent & Easter Memory Book

Do you cook 100's of pancakes for Shrove Tuesday?  How do you celebrate Lent?  Are you planning something special for Easter?  Share your photos and narratives of all the fun church activities by April 1st. Please send them to or post them on the New Mexico UMC People Facebook page.  I look for as many as I can find but it is easier if they are submitted directly. I do not want to miss any.  Thank you!  


Conference Calendar
We are adding meetings to our Conference calendar for the purpose of prayer for our leaders & to keep our members updated on the excellent work ongoing. If you have any meeting or event that would impact or benefit the majority of your District, if not the entire Conference, please contact Maryann at


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>Feb. 20
>March 3
>March 4 - 6
>March 6
>March 11-13
>April 15-17
>April 27
>May 10-20
>June 2 - 4 

Jan. Operational Income Report Due with 8% Tithe
CCYM - Winter Camp 
Choosing the Faithful Path Workshop 
Prayer Workshop - Rev. Tom Albin 
Art of the Open-Ended Question
ROC - Middle School Camp
Bishop Bledsoe in Worship
UMW Spiritual Retreat
SWIFT Young Adult Spring Work Camp
NMAC 24 hours to Pray for General Conf
General Conference 
NM Annual Conference

St. Paul's UMC-ABQ
St. Paul's UMC-ABQ
First UMC, Deming

Portland, OR

Roswell, NM


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