Prepared for Service

April 11th, 2013

A service celebrating the assignment of Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe was held March 17 in Lubbock.
     Bledsoe was assigned to the New Mexico/Northwest Texas Episcopal Area effective Jan. 1.
     Clergy and laity from both conferences gathered at First UMC in Lubbock to celebrate the Bishop’s service and welcome him and his wife, Leslie, to the area. The service included a time of prayer and scripture and introduction. The Bishop was presented with the following signs of the episcopal office:
               
               Pastoral Staff – to be upheld and sustained by Christ the Good Shepherd and exercise the ministry of a shepherd
               Bible – to proclaim the Word
               Water – to be renewed in baptism
               Bread and Cup – to be kept in communion with Christ and His church
               Towel and Basin – to be as one who serves
               Stole – to be pastor, preacher and teacher and encourage and support all baptized people and be in prayer for them
              Book of Discipline – to guard the faith, seek unity, exercise the discipline of the church and supervise the church’s life, work and mission
              Gavel – to preside at Annual Conferences, appoint pastors and assign diaconal ministers and guide the Conference
     
     Bishop Bledsoe introduced members of his family attending the ceremony and spoke to those gathered of his ministry and belief that “when we make a decision to trust, serve and love Jesus Christ, we will be able to transform the world.”
     A reception followed the ceremony.
    The bishop is working with the New Mexico and Northwest Texas cabinets on appointments and settling into his new home.

Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe appointed to NWTX/NM Conferences

February 11th, 2013

The appointment of Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe to the NWTX and NM Conferences was effective January 1, 2013. He and his wife, Leslie, will reside in Albuquerque, NM.

Bishop Bledsoe has history in the NWTX Conference and received his call to ministry at Ceta Canyon Methodist Retreat and Camp Center. More biographical information and his vision for leadership of this two-point charge can be found on the “About Us” page in this website.

Congratulations to White Deer UMC

October 23rd, 2012

The White Deer UMC historians, Nancy O’Neal and Linda Germany, have worked hard on documenting the history of the church. An announcement during the 2012 Annual Conference congratulated them on winning the Kate Warnick Award for local church history given by the Texas United Methodist Historical Society. The award was presented to the church during a Sunday morning worship service by Dr. Garry Nall, Conference Historical and Archive Chair.

White Deer is the only small church in the state of Texas to receive this distinction in 2012. GREAT WORK, we are proud of you!

Church Directory Pages Updated

July 3rd, 2012

The inidividual Church Directory pages have been updated with the names and contact information that we have available for all pastors currently serving in the Amarillo District.

Welcome to the Amarillo District!

June 25th, 2012

The Amarillo District welcomes several pastors newly appointed to our district. The pastors new to our District include: Rev. Josh Kouri,  Rev. Ran Loy, Rev. Gerald Powley, Rev. Dixie Robertson , Rev. Steve Stephens and Rev. John Westman. Please show them our “West Texas Hospitality”.

New Website!

May 15th, 2012

Thank you for visiting the new website for The United Methodist Church Amarillo District! We are very excited about the new look of the site and hope you enjoy it too!

Please look around the site and let us know what you think.