The year ahead

The year ahead

In 2018 conference leaders are building on our strengths and creating ways to live into the opportunities before us. The Executive Board will begin a strategic planning conversation, and we look forward to calling a settled associate conference minister. We are regionalizing some programs and training, physically and through technology, to offer more accessible opportunities to connect with the ministry and resources provided by the conference office. Partnerships and collaboration will be center-stage in our justice work.

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Member in Discernment Gathering

April 12-13, 2018, Cleveland

The Ministerial, Excellence, Support and Authorization Ministry Team (MESA) is pleased to offer an April 12-13, 2018 gathering for all MIDs at the Cleveland offices of the national setting of the United Church of Christ. Share the word! An event flier is below. Deadline for online registration and receiving all required forms is March 16, 2018.

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Christmas Fund

Christmas Fund

You have the opportunity to be a part of this ministry that cares for the active and retired clergy and lay employees of the United Church of Christ through your participation in this year's Christmas Fund Offering.

Your gift to the Christmas Fund will not only assist pastors like the one above, but also provide for the Supplementation of Small Annuities, Supplementation of Health Premiums, Emergency Grants, and Christmas “Thank You” Gift Checks next December to lower-income retirees.

Your gifts are needed more than ever to help the growing number of retirees whose low-income annuities make it difficult to meet increasing living costs. This is your opportunity to participate in God's promise of renewal by enabling this ministry of compassion and care.

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Call to prayer after school shooting

This time, in Aztec, New Mexico. Two Aztec High School students were shot to death this morning by a gunman who later died at the scene. 

Rev. Rebecca Morgan, a UCC pastor currently serving at First Presbyterian in nearby Farmington, NM, is leading a Service of Lament and Support tonight at 6 pm. The church is at 865 N Dustin. She asks that “people bring their broken hearts.”

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Rev. Linda Mervine to retire

Rev. Linda Mervine to retire

Rev. Linda Mervine is retiring after 36 years as minister, ten of which have been in service as Pastor at First Christian Church in Las Cruces, and to the Las Cruces community.

All are invited to the celebration of Linda's 36-year ministry and her new beginning at an open house on Sunday Dec 10, 2017, 3 pm -5 pm.
 
Her last day at First Christian Church will be December 31, 2017. She will conduct the service with the Elders as an AGAPE sit-down potluck meal, themed 'Endings and New Beginnings', held in the Sanctuary. 

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