C O N T E N T S Introducing.... Link. Superintendent Mike Dickenson explains the mission of Link, revealing it’s purpose for minister’s around the state. District Council “Next Generation: Imagine.” Don’t miss out on an incredible time to imagine what the next generation can do in your church. Feeding the 5,000 is Just Around the Corner Calvary Assembly in Carlsbad has made feeding the community an important part of their vision as a church.
Women’s Ministry Events. The women around New Mexico are looking forward to reaching in through fellowship and reaching out through missions. Linking New Mexico News Churches around New Mexico are advancing the Kingdom through meeting people’s needs!
Student Ministries 08 Be sure and check out all the exciting youth events coming up shortly! Engage/Fine Arts and Camp are just around the corner.
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Superintendent Micheal E. Dickenson Hello New Mexico! I am really excited today to introduce you to my new friend Link! For some time now we’ve been brainstorming about an identity for our District News and have now settled on Link. Across the state of New Mexico, in the lives of our churches and ministers, there are stories to be told, ministries to be celebrated, events to be promoted, and things to be shared and Link is the venue to do just this. We are a fellowship of churches, small and large, rural and city, who together make up this New Mexico District. Our desire in all we do is to Link us together so that none of us attempt to minister in isolation and that we all benefit from one another.
District and look forward to staying connected with you in this way. So, when you see that Link has arrived, whether via the internet or by mail, be sure to check it out; Link is sure looking forward to staying in touch with you! Be blessed! Micheal Dickenson District Superintendent
Our desire in all we do is to Link us together so that none of us attempt to minister in isolation and that we all benefit from one another.
In this issue of Link, you’ll read about some really neat things happening in the youth ministry in Tucumcari, a feeding ministry in Carlsbad, a pastor installation in Dulce and many other things. You’ll see the information and promotions on major events like District Council, as well as Women’s, Men’s and Student Ministries events on the horizon. I really hope that you’ll find this issue of Link to be information, enjoyable and inspirational on your ministry journey. It is our joy and privilege to serve you and the New Mexico
District Council Schedule April 5-7, 2011 Tuesday, April 5 1:00-3:00 Registration 3:00 Opening Session, Dary Northrop 5:00 Cookout 7:00 “Next Generation: Imagine”, Micheal Dickenson 9:00 SAGU Alumni Reception, Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, April 6 9:00-10:00 Dary Northrop 10:15-11:15 Breakout Sessions 11:30-1:30 “Influential Conversations” Women’s Lunch, Fellowship Hall 2:00 Business Session 7:00 Ordination Service, Dary Northrop Reception Following Thursday, April 7 9:00 Memorial, Communion & Prayer Service 10:30 Closing Service, Dary Northrup
District Council Childcare Schedule Ages: Infant to 3 in the nursery 3 (if potty trained) to 6 in 2nd floor KidZ 1 and 2 rooms Grades 1-6 in second floor KidZ Church Room Schedule: Tuesday, April 5 2:30 to 5pm 6:30 to 9pm Wednesday, April 6 8:30 to 1:30pm 6:30 to 9pm Thursday, April 7 8:30-noon
Feeding the 5,000 is Just Around the Corner.
How many pounds of groceries could you fit in a church? Don’t think small here, think big... That is exactly what Calvary Assembly did in Carlsbad, NM. Last April, they began a feeding ministry by distributing 2,500 pounds of food a month to the community. As you would suspect, free food draws people-a lot of people! The church does food distributions twice a month and just this past month, January 2011, they distributed 20,000 pounds of food! This feeds approximately 350 households in the community. When asked if they were going to continue this ministry, Pastor Philip Price said, “Of course! Part of the vision is to make sure it is not temporary.”
Deuteronomy 15:11 Deuteronomy 15:11 For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you,
‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
Tramway Comm unity Chur c h Fellowship Hall.
11:30 to 1:30 on Wednesday, April 6th during District Council.
Luncheon, fellowship, encouragement and resourcing for Women in Ministry.
Bring with you your story of the women who influenced you and who quietly encouraged you to be the woman God called you to be.
To request a registration form, call 505.899.5399 or download and print @ www.nmaog.org.
The Turquoise Trail Women’s Missions Encounter June 1-4 are the days we will be traveling within the state to help with needs at one of our Native American churches. This will be a great opportunity for those who are seasoned “trippers” and those who are interested in experiencing for the first time what a missions’s trip is like. Go to our website for an application form: www.nmaog.org
“Pastor Installation” New Life Assembly in Dulce welcomes Pastor Dennis and Donna Hodges at their installation service on February 20th.
“Nachopalooza” Kendall Trewern, youth pastor of Tucumcari, hosted “Nachopalooza” with 65 in attendance and 15 responses to make Jesus #1 in their lives! Huge night with great energy!
Real Man Conference May 13-14 Grace Outreach Center Rio Rancho Speaker: Lynn Wheeler
Includes dinner, praise and worship, full sessions with Lynn, breakout sessions, and opportunities for fellowship with social events!!!
Dedication of Oasis New Building
Oasis’ dream comes true! Pastor Randy Joslin and his team are seeing the fruit of their hard work as they move into their new facility!
Welcome Judah Luke Malachi Jeral and Patty Dickenson were blessed to have another son born on January 11th, weighing 8 pounds 9 ounces! 9 7
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUR YOUTH TO RECEIVE THE TRAINING AND ENCOURAGEMENT THAT COMES THROUGH DISTRICT FINE ARTS FESTIVAL AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT WITH GOD AND OTHERS THAT COMES FROM A YOUTH CONFERENCE, ALL IN ONE.
March 24-‐26, 2011 Santa Fe, NM
For more informa<on visit www.nmstudentministries.com
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Every life changed is worth every ounce of energy it ta kes to get them to camp.
Camp 20 10 :Salva tions 168 Baptisms , Holy Sp 129, Hea irit led 195, C Ministr y 1 alled to T 41, Realiz he ed t h e n e ed to mak e life changes 5 77
Camp June, 2011
What can you do to help a student get to camp? For more info visit www.nmstudentministries.com 9
Welcome New Pastors Cristian & Katie Beker First A/G in Bernalillo Mark & Amber Sena Life Church in Rio Rancho Roger & Serena Reston Bethel A/G in Hobbs Dennis & Donna Hodges New Life in Dulce Jonathan & Michelle Cabrera First A/G in Hobbs
Cohorts Training Church revitalization takes place as churches from the district come together for an effective cohorts meeting. This two year church growth training program develops intentional leadership, unites the staff in a common vision, and encourages the church to maintain a biblical mission statement.
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