Why I Celebrate Labor Day
by Carter Ellis

The Labor Day holiday gives cause to pause and reflect on the important work of all those who labor in our society. For United Methodists, Labor Day also provides a reminder of our faith tradition's historic involvement in advocating on behalf of low-wage workers-something which should inform our efforts as people of faith throughout the year.

ABQ District Missions Awards
     The Albuquerque District Missions Committee is taking applications for the 2017 project awards. Any United Methodist Church or related nonprofit organization within the bounds of the Albuquerque District is eligible to apply. Our mission is to demonstrate God's love and presence in the world through evangelism, service, advocacy, and community development.
     In 2016, the Committee awarded nineteen projects for a total of $11,550 with a range of $400 - $800 per project. The anticipated amount available for 2017 is $10,000. In recent years, the Committee has funded the following types of projects: direct services to the hungry and homeless, care for young children, older adult services, Hispanic and Native American ministries, women's shelter, prison recovery program, secondary education, and the purchase of Bibles for newborns.     
     Application forms and guidelines are available on the Conference Website: Click here   Deadline for applications is October 21, 2016. If there are any questions or if you need additional information, please contact Reuben Thomas at rnjthomas@msn.com or call 505-554-7834.

Applications Sought for Hymnal Revision Committee Members 
from Discipleship Ministries
     Discipleship Ministries is accepting applications for committee members who will revise The United Methodist Hymnal with a new collection of hymns and rituals that allows United Methodists to more deeply engage as disciples and proclaimers of the gospel through their singing and worship.
     Members of the Hymnal Revision Committee will be selected this fall by Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Publishing House, the Council of Bishops, and the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools.

How do you Become a Coach?
  with Cheri Lyon 

World Methodist Conference
Kelly Brooks, Maribel Vazquez & Zach Bechtold at the World Methodist Conference

Kelly Brooks
Bishop Cynthia Harvey & Kelly Brooks


Eddie Rivera, Bishop & Leslie Bledsoe
Leslie & Bishop Bledsoe & Zach

Clergy Wellness: Six Things I Learned From Being Lousy At Prayer
by Meredith Dodd
     I have no idea how to pray.  I'm not alone. Scripture reminds us that when it comes to prayer, none of us really knows what we're doing. "The Spirit helps us in our weakness," Paul consoles us, "for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words" (Romans 8:26).
     The Spirit might be sighing. However, most of the time, I am too distracted to even hear those sighs. During centering prayer, my mind starts writing my grocery list, worrying about my kid's math homework, remembering lyrics from the musical Hamilton.
     I have no idea how to pray.  But I do know how to write 
     So last year, I decided that I would quit wishing to be someone else and simply offer God who I already was. For forty-something days, as a form of Lenten discipline, I wrote every day. Some days, I just wrote in my journal about my busy schedule. Some days, I wrote poetry, fiction, reflections on Scripture. It didn't matter. The point was simply to write. So every night, after dinner, committee meetings and my children's endless bedtime routine, I wrote. 
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World Communion Sunday - October 2nd

Our church is at its best when we reach out to sisters and brothers in need. World Communion Sunday calls the church to reach out to all people and model diversity among God's children. United Methodists relate to World Communion Sunday by celebrating communion with other Christians around the world on this special Sunday. Churches are also encouraged to receive an offering to support ethnic undergraduate and graduate students. Our gifts often enable first-generation students to attend college.
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Conf Office Closed for Labor Day
Lay Servant School

Church Historian Training
Methodist Heritage Dinner 
Heritage Tour
SCJ Mission Academy 
MissionInsite Training
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CLM Training Begins
UMM-Fall Conference  
Fall Clergy Retreat
Lay Servant School
UMW Annual Meeting 
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Lay Servant School 
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El Paso District Office
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New Mexico Annual Conference  

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