Heritage Tour - Sept. 10 & 11, 2016
undefined For more information or to register, contact Will Steinsiek at: nmarchives@nmconfum.com  

Job Posting - Admin Assistant for District Offices 
Seeking a qualified person with good people skills to provide administrative support, coordination and office integration for 3 regional directors. This part-time position (30 hours per week) is located in Albuquerque. Minimum requirements include:
  • Computer skills including knowledge and experience with Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel. 
  • Good communication skills both face to face, over the phone and through email. 
  • Ability to keep confidential information confidential 
  • Ability to travel one to two days per month to Clovis and El Paso 
  • Demonstrated organizational skills for files, data, and processes
  • Working knowledge of the UMC
Send resume', including references to: 
Rev. James Large, 11816 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

Job Posting - Ministry/Program Coordinator 
     The New Mexico Annual Conference (office located in Albuquerque) is hiring for a Ministry/Program Coordinator.  This part-time, salaried position (20-25 hours/week) will provide primary administrative support for the Office of Provost/Congregational Vitality, support other staff or ministry areas (as needed), serve as Office/Building Manager for the NMAC Office, and provide logistical and administrative support for the annual meeting of the NMAC. 
     The ideal candidate for this position works extremely well as part of a team, is highly organized, well-versed in project/task management, and comfortable with basic building- and office-management responsibilities.  Since this person will often be the "go-to" or primary point of contact for inquiries regarding conference-wide programs and ministries, it is imperative that this person have strong communication skills and be able to relate well to pastors and laypersons in the New Mexico and West Texas area.  Familiarity with United Methodist Church polity, organization, and ministries is helpful.
   Persons with backgrounds in local church ministry, office management, and project management are especially encouraged to apply.  Additional questions regarding salary and benefits can be directed to Rev. Dr. Randall W. Partin, Provost of the NMAC at randall@nmconfum.com or 505-255-8786, ext. 107. 

AFLAC Open Enrollment Period - Now through Sept. 30th

The NM Annual Conference has an agreement on behalf of all their member churches with AFLAC offering participation in AFLAC's supplemental insurance to all clergy & lay employees (working 19 hours a week or more at a member church).  This agreement provides the necessary documentation allowing for a pre-tax payroll deduction.  These are voluntary benefits; participation in AFLAC is done through payroll deductions at the local church and each church is asked to remit those deductions to the Conference Office.
The open enrollment period is now through Sept. 30th.  You will receive a call from AFLAC to set up a time to stop by the church to discuss this option with employees.  It is important that the staff be informed of this opportunity.  If you do not want to set up an appointment, it will be necessary for your staff to sign a waiver stating that they do not wish AFLAC at this time.  Please feel free to contact Dru Ann Kuntz, Conference Benefits Officer at 505-255-8786, ext. 102 or dru@nmconfum.com.

McCurdy Ministry Job Postings
McCurdy Ministries, a 104 year old United Methodist mission institution located in Espaņola, NM, has two immediate openings for full time positions with benefits: Project Cariņo Mental Health Counselor & Volunteers in Mission Maintenance Coordinator. Persons who love God, want to be a part of a team ministry and feel called to make a difference in the lives of more than 500 students every school day are urged to apply. To apply send a resume to Eufemia Romero at eromero@mccurdy.org or call her at 505-753-7221, ext. 210 for more information.
Saranam S.T.A.R. Program
BY Debra Maese 
     As vibrant as our Saranam universe was, all who looked up at its wondrous beauty saw a space that needed to be filled. There was a hole in our universe. What better way to fill that dark hole than by bringing forth another wondrous star made brilliant by the smiles of our children? With the help of many volunteers who opened their hearts and hands, in September 2015 the Saranam Children's S.T.A.R. (Support, Tutoring And Resources) Center opened. Our open house brought many into our S.T.A.R. Center for the first time to hear about plans to create a parallel learning environment where parents and children come together every Monday to learn and practice Life Skills. Through role play, demonstrations and physical activity, families take new knowledge home and practice the skills necessary to enhance their lives and set a new standard of effectiveness to break the cycle of 
homelessness and poverty for themselves and future generations. 
     Like any newborn star, it shined with a little twinkle. Once the Albuquerque community heard about our S.TA.R., over 80 volunteers raised their hands to help. We value and honor community engagement and believe that volunteer involvement has a positive impact on 
a child's future. Working in partnership with our community, the S.T.A.R. Center provides 
after school activities that meet our Saranam families' specific needs. Our services have 
a strong focus on effective academic enrichment. Retired elementary and high school educators come willingly every Tuesday and Wednesday to provide homework help, lead 
reading circles, engage in conversations, play learning games and identify and provide 
specialized attention to children with special needs. Organizations such as Pearly Whites 
(dentistry), Brown Mackie College (nursing students provided a rotation), UNM Physical 
Therapy (students did a nutrition training), and exercise instructors provide excellent opportunities for our children. Thanks to the generosity of Blue Cross Blue Shield, our children play together and bond for a portion of Monday classes on our KaBoom playground. 
     Other individuals and organizations provide enrichment activities. The Albuquerque Play Conservatory, private theatre and singing instructor Elizabeth Goldfarb, and our wonderful Albuquerque Academy volunteer students (science projects and arts and crafts) make our S.T.A.R. even brighter offering other alternative learning activities that challenge our children and families and make learning fun. 
     Our S.T.A.R Center's depth and dimension is enhanced through our onsite individual and family counseling services provided by Chrysalis Counseling Services and Native American Professional Parent Resources (NAPPR). All volunteers who are 18 years or older are required to submit information for a background check and attend Saranam Safe Sanctuaries training. At the S.T.A.R. Center, in a safe and engaging environment, children learn how to interact with, perceive, influence and relate to others to enhance lives, and promote academic and life success. 
Our children are thriving! 

How to Save Money with Technology
by Tricia Brown
Pinching pennies is never fun, but cutting costs can be good stewardship.  While acquiring technology can be expensive, some computer tricks can save you time and money. Using technology wisely can actually help cut costs for your church.
Trimming "tree" costs
It's safe to say that most churches spend thousands of dollars in printing, paper and postage costs each year. This is one area where technology can greatly reduce expense. Consider these cost-saving measures.
  • Do away with weekly bulletins, and use your overhead projector to display announcements.
  • Save on printing, paper and postage by asking congregants to opt-in to receive emails and texts instead of postal service-delivered newsletters.
  • Include a computer or tablet at your welcome center or greeters' table. Ask tech-savvy volunteers to help guests fill in visitor information using online computer forms available on your church website or church app.
  • Use services such as YouVersion instead of printing notes or outlines for the congregation to follow.
  • Don't buy new hymnals or print lyrics. Project your lyrics (as well as notes and outlines) onto a big screen.

Start Planning your Trunk or Treat Event Now.
  Trunk or Treat 101: Helping Your Church Meet The Neighbors
by iParent 
Asbury UMC - ABQ
It's still summer time, but all across the nation, churches trying to do a good job of meeting their neighbors are starting to plan their fall activities. Generally speaking, if you provide an activity that is a slam-dunk at pleasing kids, you'll have NO problem getting parents to bring their kids. There's no time in the fall that is MORE pleasing to kids than Halloween.

The Global Leadership Summit - August 11 & 12
Premier Host Site - Morning Star UMC - Las Cruces, NM

World Communion Sunday is October 2, 2016

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The Global Leadership Summit
Lay Servant School
Lay Servant School
Church Historian Training
Methodist Heritage Dinner 
Heritage Tour
MissionInsite Training
MissionInsite Training
MissionInsite Training 
CLM Training Begins
UMM-Fall Conference  
World Communion Sunday
Fall Clergy Retreat
Laity Sunday 
Coaching - Basic Training
Prep for Prof. Coaching Cert.Training

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New Mexico Annual Conference  

11816 Lomas Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87112

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Receptionist Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

(800) 678-8786 toll free; (505) 255-8786; (505) 265-6184 fax

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