Archive for August, 2014

Lay Servant Training – Sept 6 – Abernathy UMC

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

FUMC 704 Avenue D, Abernathy, will host a Basic and Advanced Lay Servant training on Saturday, Sept 6. Cost is $25 and includes lunch.
Registration and fellowship begin at 8:30 a.m. Classes begin at 9:15 a.m.
The Basic training will be taught by Rev Janet Edwards, pastor of FUMC Abernathy.
The Advanced training will be taught by Rev Jimmy Nunn, Conference Director of Mission and Administration. This class is will on United Methodist Heritage. It will explore the special gifts of theology, witness, and organization that The United Methodist Church brings to the church universal, how we got where we are today, and how our distinctive emphases are still needed in the 21st-century church.  Participant’s Book Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Bishop Kenneth Carder  (book optional)

Registration form and additional information


Thursday, August 21st, 2014

WHAT: The Amarillo District and Northwest Texas Conference ministry response to support those who lost their homes recently in the Double Mountain Fire near Fritch, TX.

 A person who has a CAT that could level and prepare the lot.
 Someone who is a plumber to begin the plumbing work before the foundation is poured.
 Someone who has a crew who can pour and lay the foundation.
 Persons skilled in framing a house.

Please contact David Gerhardt, Amarillo District Disaster Relief Coordinator, at, as you respond to these immediate needs.
THE CHALLENGE: First United Methodist Church in Canadian has committed $100,000 to this relief effort and has challenged the other churches in the NWTX Conference to join together to match this gift. Please ask your church to join in matching this challenge. Send the check from your church to:
Amarillo District
Note: Fritch Fire Relief Fund
P.O. Box 108
Amarillo, TX 79105

THE PLAN: To build several houses and to possibly provide building materials to help build some houses, also. The names of 10 families who are in need of a new house have been provided to FUMC and the Amarillo District, the first family having been chosen.

THE FIRST FAMILY: Justin and Crystal Mattizza, and their three children, will be receiving the blessing of a new house to call their home. Justin is a truck driver who is currently not working and is looking for a job. Crystal is in Pharmacy school and starting her third year. Rev. Danny Sanders, pastor of FUMC in Canadian, says: “We are so blessed by this family. Crystal wants to stay and work in her community when she graduates and has a dream to partner with a doctor and provide a free clinic in Fritch.” Danny goes on to say that the couple has also committed to donating the small trailer they are having to live in temporarily to a needy smaller family or individual. It is a small mobile home that they have used in the past to help families who find themselves without a home. Through their giving and the money which will be spent to fix up this trailer, Danny feels we will be helping two families for the cost of one.

BREAKING GROUND: Construction on the house for the Mattizza family will begin as soon as the lot is cleared, hopefully by July 31, if not sooner. A special groundbreaking ceremony will be held with the Mattizza’s as construction begins.

FUTURE VOLUNTEER NEEDS: Individuals and Teams from churches to provide expertise or work in – plumbing; laying concrete foundation; house framing; electrical; roofing; sheet rocking; taping, bedding and painting, interior carpentry; flooring; tiling; landscaping; etc.
Please contact David Gerhardt, Amarillo District Disaster Relief Coordinator, at, to volunteer for future needs.


‘Mission Conference’ For Amarillo District Churches

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Amarillo District will hear four speakers on Wednesday, August 20, at 7:00 p.m., and Noon UMW Luncheon

The Northwest Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church will be holding a ‘Mission Conference’ in each of the four districts beginning on Wednesday, August 20th, announced Jimmy Nunn, of the NWTX Conference.

This will be an opportunity for church members from all over the conference to hear four excellent speakers and become familiar with the mission opportunities they oversee.  Those attending will have the opportunity to ask questions concerning possible mission work for churches in the NWTX conference.

Amarillo District Event:  Trinity United Methodist Church, 3402 S. Jackson St., Amarillo, evening program at 7:00p.m. UMW Luncheon at Noon on Wednesday, August 20. UMW Luncheon registrations close at noon on August 12th. Register by calling Jennifer Andersen at 806/796-1336 or e-mail her at


Two of the speakers, Becky Harrell and Willie Berman Ramirez are missionaries with the General Board of Global Ministries.

Becky Harrell of New Braunfels, Texas is the Mission Interpreter for fifteen United Methodist Conferences in the South Central United Methodist Jurisdiction. She oversees mission opportunities in 13 SCJ conferences. Her job is to help people in understanding global mission work and she tells those that ask for assistance that people in mission have a particular focus on mission personnel, including support of missionaries through the Advance for Christ and His church.

 Guillermo ‘Willie’ Berman Ramirez, ‘Willie’ has been welcoming Volunteer In Mission teams to the Reynosa, Mexico / McAllen, Texas area for the past four years. He will expound at every opportunity the excellent working arrangements in the area when addressing Amarillo area people. He is seeking dedicated VIM teams to visit the border area and assist in working on new ministries. He is passionate about developing a new strategy for missions and making meaningful opportunities available in Mexico.

Vickie Luviano is the director of volunteers and church relations for McCurdy Ministries and will be seeking Volunteer in Mission teams to visit all McCurdy Ministries (formerly McCurdy School) in Espanola, New Mexico. The need has always been great since Rio Arriba County is one of the poorest in the United States and 25% of our adults over 25 have not graduated from high school or earned a GED In 2012.  She will be seeking help from Volunteer in Mission teams to mission assist at the McCurdy Ministry facilities.

Sarah Reiter is the person in charge of Outreach and is Admission Coordinator for Action Adoptions at Providence Place, San Antonio, Texas. Sarah will tell the Providence Place story.  With 118 years of commitment, Providence Place helps young adults with disabilities achieve success and work skills so they can live independently.  They lovingly assist expectant mothers consider an adoption and a brighter future for their babies.  Providence Place offers a wide range of adoption options for families wanting to adopt.  Lubbock District Superintendent Richard Edwards is a member of the Providence Place board of director.