Archive for October, 2015

Lay Servant Training, Nov 7, 2015

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Lay Servant Training, Saturday, Nov 7, 2015, First UMC, 401 Binkley Ave, Dumas, TX.

A day of empowering and experiencing for Local Church/Certified Lay Servants (formerly Local Church/Certified Lay Speakers) &

Other disciples exploring & responding to God’s call on their life (i.e., you don’t have to be a Lay Servant to attend)


BASIC COURSE – FULL DAY This course is foundational for all courses in Lay Servant Ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover and employ personal spiritual gifts as God intended and to consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, developing future leaders, remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship.

 ADVANCED COURSES – FULL DAY  (CHOOSE 1 COURSE) Participants of advanced courses should purchase applicable books and read the material before class. All of the books are available from Cokesbury,

Dancing with Words by Ray Buckley. Participants in the course will learn what constitutes a good story, discover storytelling styles, learn the techniques of effective storytelling, and practice creating stories from their experiences. (Participant book – ISBN 13:  9780881774078)

Afire with God by Betsy Schwarzentraub. This course helps participants develop a holistic understanding of stewardship. (Participant book –     ISBN-13:  9780881775204)

Transforming Evangelism by Henry Knight & Douglas Powe. This course leads participants to learn from John Wesley how to practice relational Evangelism. They will discover that evangelism involves not only sharing our faith with others but welcoming people into a community where they can grow in faith.  (Participant book – ISBN-13:  9780881774856)

TO REGISTER ONLINE, PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IN THE “REPLY” BOX BELOW THIS POST BY NOV 2, 2015. Payment may either be mailed to: Amarillo District UMC, P.O. Box 108, Amarillo, TX 79105 or brought to check-in/registration on Nov 7, 2015

Name ______________________________________________

Mailing Address ______________________________________

City ___________________________ Zip __________________

Home phone (        ) _______________ Cell (       ) ____________

Email _______________________________________________

Name of Church ______________________________________

All courses are a full day

Please indicate the course you want to take: Registration fee includes morning refreshments, lunch, snacks, drinks, and handouts. The book for the Basic Course is also provided. Advanced Course books MUST be purchased individually by the participant and READ BEFORE COMING TO CLASS.

BASIC: $25 (full day; book & all materials included in fee)

____Basic Lay Speaking – Karl Smith, leader

ADVANCED: $15 (full day, choose 1 course. Please purchase your own book and read before class.)

____ Transforming Evangelism – Shawn Stroud, leader

____ Dancing with Words – Dale West, Nancy Biffle – leaders

____ Afire with God – Mark Pittman, leader

8:30 – 9:00 a.m
.   Check-in & Registration (fee may be paid at door – previous RSVP required for materials & lunch)

9:00 – 12:00 p.m.                    Morning Session with break

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.           Lunch

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.                      Afternoon Session with break

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.                      Evaluations, Closing Worship Ceremony


Karl Smith is a Certified Lay Minister and member of Kingswood UMC, with his wife Judy, a member of the staff. During Karl’s 20 years as a Certified Lay Speaker and stint as District Lay Servant Coordinator he has coordinated workshops and taught classes.

Shawn Stroud is a Certified Lay Servant, the Amarillo District Lay Servant Coordinator, a High School Sunday School Class Teacher, and co-leader of Youth with his wife, Melissa. He has been Lay Leader at Wesley UMC, Borger, for over ten years.

Dale West is a Certified Lay Minister and a member of First United Methodist Church in Pampa.  He has served in his church in Pampa for over 30 years.  In his role as a Certified Lay Minister, he filled the pulpit at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Pampa from January to August of 2015.  He is currently back at FUMC serving as Lay Leader.

Nancy Biffle is a Certified Lay Servant and member of Polk St UMC with her husband, George, who is the director of music ministries. Nancy has taught classes for Lay Servant Ministries, substituted for pastors and been a speaker for UMW Sundays and women’s retreats.

Mark Pittman has taught stewardship classes for Lay Servant Ministries and served as the treasurer of the NWTX Conference. He currently serves on the Path One Committee of the NWTX Conference. Mark and his wife, Francie, a retired Diaconal Minister, are members of First UMC of Canyon.


 All laity interested in developing leadership skills for their journey as a disciple. This is interactive training. Come prepared to participate!
All those willing to expand their borders.

All Lay Servants MUST complete a course every three (3) years to maintain your status (local or certified) as a Lay Servant. BoD ¶267.3, BoD ¶268.3d



Shawn Stroud

Home: 806-273-6317         Cell: 806-886-9217

Friends of Ceta Dinner, Nov 12, 2015

Thursday, October 8th, 2015


Save the Date 

for the 9th Annual  Friends of Ceta Dinner – Amarillo Area

Polk Street United Methodist Church    

Thurs. Nov. 12, 2015

6:30 appetizers, 7:00 meal

Greetings from Ceta Canyon Camp and Retreat Center!

In the past many of you and/or your churches have supported our Friends of Ceta Dinner in Amarillo. In 2014, over 140 guests attended the dinner in Amarillo and over $53,000 was raised at this important event.

We hope that you will be able to support our ministry again this year at our Annual Friends of Ceta Dinner on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Polk Street UMC, 1401 S. Polk,  Amarillo, TX Appetizers – 6:30 p.m.,  meal – 7:00 p.m. This is a special time of Testimonies, Food, Prayer, Fellowship and Fun!  Please RSVP to  by Nov. 6, 2015

 How can you help?  

1)      Table Sponsor -See if  your Church, a Member of your church or a Sunday School class can sponsor a Table of Eight for $400 ($50/person)

  • Fill the table of 8 with people who have a heart for kids and our special ministry and would be willing to help us with their financial support

2)     Sponsors – see if you can identify other individuals or businesses that would be willing to support our Ministry with a Sponsorship gift:

___ Platinum Sponsor        $5,000 and above

___ Gold Sponsor              $2,500 and above

___ Silver Sponsor              $1,000 and above

___ Bronze Sponsor           $  500 and  above

___ Individual Sponsor      $  250 and  above

___ Seed Sponsor               $  100 and above

The gifts and sponsorships from our Friends of Ceta Dinners, support our Camping Ministry and our total goal for 2015 is $240,000.

3)      Promotion – Churches please consider putting this event in your weekly bulletins and newsletters.

4)    Testimonies – Identify a youth, teen, or adult who can share how God has worked in life through their experience as a camper at Ceta Canyon and contact us with their information. (We usually have 3-4 testimonies)

5)      Prayer – Thank God for our many blessings and pray that God will guide our ministry at Ceta Canyon.

Your support of this special dinner is important and appreciated. On an annual basis, we touch the lives of over 10,000 people from a variety of church camps, youth groups and specialty youth agency camps.


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Certified Lay Minister Training, Oct 31, 2015

Monday, October 5th, 2015

CERTIFIED LAY MINISTER TRAINING MODULE 3, $25, Saturday, October 31, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Conference Service Center 1401 Avenue M Lubbock, TX 79401-3939.  The Certified Lay Minister training will be led by Dr. Jerry Marshall and Rev. Larry Springer, Pastor of Sudan UMC. FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact Jerry Marshall, 325-735-3114