Volume 11, Issue 1
2012 Schools of Christian Mission Event
Central Texas Conference
Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of
God and of Jesus our Lord! 2 Peter 1:3
What’s Inside... I’m thinking of what it means to have grace and peace multiplied in us.
Isn’t that a wonderful thought? Everyone needs more grace and peace!
May we remember to be Easter people and multipliers of grace and peace!
This Year’s Schools Have Changed We certainly are multiplying our opportunities in mission through
United Methodist Women! I hope you will use the information in this
Page 2 newsletter to take advantage of all these wonderful events and take care of
the organizational things we need to do as well. Also please remember that all
this information is on our Central Texas Conference UMW website- ctcumw.
Greetings from the Women’s Division org. Karla Rodriguez is working hard to keep it up to date and interesting.
Page 3 Please be intentional about checking the site to find your registration
forms, links, flyers, newsletters, etc., and please contribute your comments Cynthia Rives
and add your prayer requests. Please share this information with others! President
2012 Studies Here’s a Top 10 List to help you remember all that is going on in the
months to come. Registration forms and flyers and other forms are included in this newsletter.
1. June 2- More than a Prayer- Equipping Churches to Respond to Violence
- This isn’t a UMW event, but it is in our conference and deals with one of our
2012 Study Leaders main issues of concern- Domestic Violence. It will be held at Central UMC in
Waco. Call 254-772-8999 or 254-634-1184 for information or to register.
2. June 5 - United Methodist Women Luncheon at Annual Conference in Waco - Come
and bring your pastor and delegates as your guests. The children from Laura Edwards
New Forms, New Programs Christian Early Learning Center will be there to sing for us and Rev. Melinda Veatch
with speak to us concerning the problem of poverty. You may register online at www.
Page 6 ctcumw.org or by contacting Jean Nolen at email@example.com. Tickets are $12.00 each.
3. June 5 - Annual Ubuntu Day of Service - Following the luncheon we will have our 2nd
Annual Ubuntu Day of Service from 1:00 -5:00 p.m. Plans are being made to participate in a
Burning of the Candle Form program called “Kids Against Hunger” where we package food for the hungry around the world.
Page 6 Following that we will go to Laura Edwards to read to the children and help out at the center.
4. June 22-24 - South Central Jurisdictional of UMW Quadrennial Meeting-
This important meeting in Abilene is going to be fantastic and so close to us!
Five Star Giver Award Form Please consider attending. It will be a blessing! The extended on-line registration
deadline is June 1. Online registration is available at http://tinyurl.com/SCJM-UMW.
5. July 23-28 - Schools of Christian Mission - Please make time to attend one of our
schools in Fort Worth or Temple. Study the registration form and find the best time and
Ubuntu Day Registration Fom place for you. We have night and daytime classes. The day studies will be taught one per
day, so if you can only attend one day, you will still be able to complete the study. Study
Page 8 resources will be available at the UMW Luncheon at Annual Conference. Please help
us recruit new folks- children, youth, women, and men. There are classes for everyone!
Special Insert: 6. Burning of the Candle - Burning of the Candle is an annual offering that goes to Mission
Schools of Christian Mission Giving. It is an opportunity to remember those people in our lives who have blessed
Registration Forms us in some way. It might be given in memory of a family member or a special United
Methodist Woman. It might be a way to thank someone who is working in Mission
Fort Worth & Temple today. I went to a Burning of the Candle program at Burleson FUMC a few years ago
and I still remember how special it was. Each woman got up and told who they were
lighting a candle for and why. I was so blessed by each story. I felt so proud to be a
United Methodist Woman and blessed to be part of a loving supportive fellowship!
7. Five Star Giver - Check out Christie Roberts’ article about the new Five Star Giver
“THAT ALL MAY HAVE LIFE”
Please Read! – The Schools will be Different!
There are Major Changes to the Schools Format for 2012
1) The long time CTC/Central Texas Conference Cooperative Schools no longer exists due to the CTC Exodus Project and
it is now called CTC Schools of Christian Mission.
2) The schedule of the Schools has moved from August to July.
3) The Weekend School has moved to FUMC Temple from Glen Lake Camp Retreat Center due to their extended
camping season and allowing churches in the southern section of the conference to participate closer to home.
4) No bunk beds to deal with and you will make your own lodging arrangements for both Schools.
5) Night classes will be offered at both Schools. The Fort Worth School will be held on 3 evenings and the Temple
School will be on 2 evenings.
6) Each School has been reduced in length from 3 days to 2 days and there is no Sunday in the event schedule allowing
for more clergy and staff to participate in the event.
7) Resources will be available from the Mission Resource Center, at the Annual Conference in Waco, the Cokesbury
Stores and in the Schools of Christian Mission Resource Room of each event.
8) Complete Study classes will be taught in one day instead of 3 sessions over 3 days. A complete Study class requires
you to attend a full day of one class on either of the days of the Schools, but they are all day classes. You pick the Study
and the day. The studies of “Immigration in the Bible” and “Poverty” will be offered on each day of the school. The
study on “Haiti” will only be offered one day at each school, since this is a repeat class from last year. You can only
attend one study each day of the Schools. You could even complete all three studies, if you take one of the night classes.
9) Youth attending the Fort Worth School must sign up each day for a Day Time Class in “Immigration in the Bible” or
“Poverty. They will be attending class with adults.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottles & coffee mugs to help preserve the environment.
Free Parking available at both facilities
Order resources from Mission Resource Center
Resources will be available at Annual Conference in Waco and in the Schools of Christian Mission
Resource Room at the Schools events! Also check your Cokesbury Stores
We have group rooms reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn, in
We have group rooms reserved at the Aspens Suites, soon to
Temple, Texas for Thursday July 26 and Friday July 27, 2012.
be Fairfield Inn, Fort Worth, Texas for Monday July 23 &
King Rooms-1 bed for 1 person $91; 2 at $97 per night Tuesday July 24, 2012. Check out is Wednesday July 25.
Two Queens Rooms -2 queen beds for $101 per night
King Rooms and Doubles Rooms, $99 per Night
1 Breakfast included, additional persons $6
Prices do not include local sales and occupancy taxes
Must Book before 7/5/2012
Includes continental Breakfast in the Hotel
Hilton Garden Inn, Temple, Texas
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Please see registration forms insert in this newsletter for
both the Temple and Fort Worth forms!
Greetings! Top Ten, cont’d from pg 1
The Women’s Division Staff and Directors worked very hard for a good part of last program. This is a great way to support
year getting ready for General Conference. The hard work was rewarded we are the five channels of mission giving and
now “structurally separate” but “missionally connected” with General Board. The get a new “5 Star Giver” pin to boot!
vote was 889-20. United Methodist Women is now an autonomous organization 8. Mission Today - Mission Today forms
within the United Methodist Church. We will even have a new name for “those are available online at www.ctcumw.
folks in New York”. They too will be United Methodist Women, Inc. instead of org and also on pages 40 & 41 of the
Women’s Division. The size of the Board of Directors will be reduced to 25, with Edna Davis Conference Resource Book. Please
a Program Advisory Group to help with items related to program. make sure your local unit gets things
“This restores the break that was made in 1964 and the relationship the office of deaconess has together to send in before the August 15
had with the women organized for mission since it was created in1886,” said Barbara Campbell, a deadline. Remember the Mission Today
deaconess and retired staff of the former Woman’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries. form is a wonderful planning tool for your
The staff is already working on Regional Schools of Mission. Sometimes I wonder if those of group. Look at what’s on the list and find
us back home realize just how hard the staff works in order for all the events, etc. to come off in the creative, exciting ways to meet those goals!
smooth way they do. Give thanks for the faithful, hard working staff. 9. Get Your Officers Now! - Just a reminder
The directors were recognized during the Board Meeting this past spring for our work during this to all Committees on Nominations-
quadrennial. Some of us served on the Bylaws Committee, just think about the amount of time and it’s a good idea to get your work done
work it took to get these in line with the new structure. Some of us worked on School of Mission, for early. It is much easier for people
which a name change will be taking place in 2013. Some of us worked on School of Mission study to say “yes” when they have time to
books, themes and purposes through 2015. Exciting things are coming. Oh, I almost forgot; I have prepare to take on the new responsibility.
worked with the Finance Committee during these four years, on the Sub-committee for Investments. 10. CTC UMW Mission Trip -Join me on
These have been trying times. the mission trip to the McCurdy School in
I look forward to working with local units, districts and conferences to help implement the many Espanola, New Mexico on September 3-8.
changes were approved by General Conference. Check our CTC UMW website for more
I think the local units especially with like the new structure. Hang on the “whirl winds” of information at ctcumw.org. Let’s journey
change are coming. together in Faith, Hope, Love in Action!
Thanks again for the privilege of representing Central Texas Conference on the Women’s Division Save the Date - The Central Texas Conference
Board. I have learned so much. I have tried to represent you well. My term will be up at the end of United Methodist Women will hold our
August but I will continue to have meetings and work throughout the summer. Annual Autumn Gathering on October 6 at
Blessings, Temple FUMC. Please make plans to attend!
SPIRITUAL GROWTH STUDY all those who offer themselves as neighbors, even though cultural heritage. It provides Biblical resources for under-
IMMIGRATION IN THE BIBLE - OVERVIEW they themselves may be part of the marginalized commu- standing the basic tenets of liberation theology and its ties
nity. The writer argues that in helping the unknown man to the Wesleyan tradition of social holiness. Recognizing that
This study shares the story of the Bible as a narrative
lying dying in the dirt, it is very possible that the Samaritan many readers will want to find concrete ways to respond to
of immigrants and migration. Exploring the Biblical and
reached out and touched the Son of God. He responded the situation in Haiti, both the mission study and the leader’s
theological understandings of immigration, immigrants
without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, membership guide walk through the maze of church organizations,
and migration, this study seeks to enable the participants
in a particular social group, or political opinion. He was such as United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
to examine what it is to be a sojourner and to live into
unknowingly living a Christ-like life. Welcoming immigrants and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission as well as the
the biblical mandate of hospitality for “the stranger” and
provides an opportunity for functioning as modern day covenant partnerships between annual conferences and
“aliens” in our midst.
Good Samaritans. The study invites readers to become L’Église Méthodiste d’Haiti (The Methodist Church of Haiti).
The study seeks to equip participants to see
part of a radical, inclusive, hospitable community and to Additional Mission Study Information is available on
the Bible as the ultimate handbook for responding to
enable others to do likewise. Following Jesus leads us into the United Methodist Women’s Website:
immigrants. The Bible was written by, for, and about
lives of service with and for others. http://new.gbgm-mc.org/umw/learn/studies/
migrants, immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. It
Registration is available on-line at http://www.ctcumw.
gives directions for responding to sisters and brothers
from around the world who come to a land seeking safety,
sanctuary and sustenance. It is also the book that many HAITI MISSION STUDY - OVERVIEW
POVERTY ISSUE STUDY
of our ancestors used to help them survive the stress It is nearly impossible to convey the full scope of Haiti’s OVERVIEW
and strain of integrating into a new country. The Bible culture and history in one study, and so Rev. Dr. Jacques
offers guidance and direction for persons who migrate E. Pierre freely admits that this mission study “does not Our Christian faith invites us to become agents of God’s
or immigrate by choice as well as for persons who flee assume it captures every aspect of Haiti and its people’s compassion and healing in a wounded world. Poverty is
because of devastation and destruction through violence daily realities, their rich and vivacious culture, nor their long a human rights issue with grave impact on women and
or natural disasters. history of struggles.” What it does offer is an overview of the children. This mission study on poverty is designed to help
The Bible is the inspired word of the migrant God, cultures that shaped Haiti’s past and the ongoing legacy participants recognize and claim for themselves the con-
the refugee Christ and the Holy Spirit, who accompany us of colonialism, along with glimpses into the heart and soul nections between Scripture, church tradition, compassion
and every migrant, immigrant, refugee and asylum seeker. of Haiti’s people through pictures and Creole adages. The for the poor, social outreach and social justice.
Scriptures provide the basis for practicing a theology of mission study also includes the impact of the devastating Biblical passages remind Christians of their respon-
radical, inclusive hospitality. The study relates key insights January 12th earthquake in 2010. sibility for poverty. The Wesleyan movement embraced this
from biblical texts to the story of immigration in the United Although much of the study focuses on the avenues concern by creating community centers where people
States and to global migration today and examines key available for those wishing to help the people of Haiti could access education, medical care or employment, and
theological themes of migration and immigration, such as rebuild, its approach and perspective go well beyond the members of United Methodist Women and its predecessor
journey, vulnerability, liberation and hospitality, understood immediate need of recovery from the earthquake. The organizations have continued this heritage and responded
through select biblical narratives. author lays out the need for developing a theology of to the poor where they exist.
The study engages the participants in the ongoing liberation for Haiti. Central to Rev. Dr. Pierre’s thesis is his Other chapters address the themes of:
ministries of United Methodist Women and The United insistence that mission must be aligned with the concept • Avoiding or encountering the poor.
Methodist Church and encourages development of emerg- of partnership, stating, “The primary purpose of this • Biblical witness and our United Methodist Heritage.
ing ministries with the sojourners of today. Key examples of endeavor is to encourage on-going exchanges of cultural • Global poverty.
ministries are lifted up, including the service and advocacy understanding, mutual respect, and mission partnership • Support fair trade and microfinance and advocating for
work of United Methodist Women with immigrant rights between the people of The United Methodist Church and global policies that help eliminate poverty.
and Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON), developed by the people of God in Haiti.” Most significantly, while the mis- • Consumerism and spiritual poverty.
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). sion study never minimizes the impact of colonialism or • Charity versus justice and advocacy
In the contemporary context of immigration and the earthquake, it offers readers hope for Haiti’s future. Participants in the study will engage in deepening their
migration, the study raises once again the question of The leader’s guide that accompanies the mission understanding of the realities of poverty and be invited
Luke 10:29, “Who is my neighbor?” It interprets Jesus’ study contains material to assist readers in addressing to commit to solidarity with the poor through accompani-
parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37) in light of the painful impact of colonialism while celebrating Haiti’s ment and advocacy.
2012 Study Leaders for the Central Texas Conferen
SPIRITUAL GROWTH STUDY LEADERS University in 1993, graduating with honors for his new ministries. “Miracle on 18th Street” built a praise
“Immigration in the Bible” doctoral paper, Telling The Story. worship ministry from soup kitchen patrons, most of
Bishop John Russell ordained Rev. Nealy Elder whom were unemployed, homeless, or substance-
Amelia Beasley in The United Methodist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas addicted. Through this ministry, every praise team
Amelia Beasley is a fourth on May 27, 1986. member has found employment, broken their addictions,
year Master of Divinity (MDiv) Rev. Nealy has served as student pastor of moved into homes, rejoined their families, and are now
student at Perkins School Memorial United Methodist Church, Dallas 1980-1983, productive members or even leaders in the church!
of Theology at Southern associate director of the North Texas Conference Ralph taught in our 2011 CSCM and was a delightful
Methodist University in Council on Ministries 1984-1986, pastor of Centenary teacher!
Dallas, Texas. In addition UMC, Dallas from 1986 to 1989, director of the Greater
to earning her MDiv, she is Dallas Community of Churches Community College SOCIAL ISSUE STUDY LEADERS
also studying for a certificate Ministry 1989-1991, associate pastor of St. Luke “Poverty”
in Hispanic Studies. During “Community” UMC, Dallas 1991-1993, senior minister Eve Hamilton
the 2010-2011 school year, she was President of of Morningside UMC, Fort Worth 1993-998, senior Eve Hamilton is a member
L@s Seminaristas, a Perkins student organization minister of St. Andrews UMC, Fort Worth 1998-2003, at Whites Chapel UMC
focusing on Latino/a concerns in ministry. She is fluent and senior minister of Aldersgate UMC, Arlington, and has held a variety of
in Spanish and is a certified candidate for Deacon’s 2003-2010, which, under his leadership, developed ministry related positions
orders in the Rio Grande Conference of the United a model ESL Ministry, community outreach through in the local church and
Methodist Church. In August 2012, she will begin an Hispanic worship services, and a new Ghanaian conference. Eve has served
internship at Grapevine First United Methodist Church, UMC. He is presently senior minister of Christ UMC, on the Board of Directors
focusing specifically on Latino/a ministry in the area. Fort Worth. In 31 years of effective ministry, every for the Metropolitan Board
She currently lives in Bedford, Texas with her husband, congregation to which Rev. Nealy has been appointed of Missions, represented the West District Mission,
Brandon and attends Martin United Methodist Church. has paid its United Methodist apportionments in full member and chairperson for Urban Ministries,
Amelia Beasley está en su último año de estudio while he was pastor in charge. Chairperson for the CTC Outreach Council, and
en el programa de Maestría de Divinidad (MDiv) en Rev. Nealy’s ministry beyond the local church Nurture Council. Her position as chair for the NOW
la Escuela de Teología Perkins de la Universidad includes service as a United Methodist Committee council expires in June. She has served as part of CTC
Southern Methodist en Dallas, Texas. Además de la on Relief (UMCOR) voluntary representative for Executive Board, the CTC Nominating Committees,
MDiv, ella también está estudiando para un certificado disaster response in the United States, Africa, and the CTC Annual Conference Planning session and Board
de Estudios Hispanos. Durante el año 2010-2011, Caribbean. of Directors of Depression Connection.
ella sirvió como presidente de L@s Seminarista, una Rev. Nealy was born in Fort Worth, Texas on Over the past thirty years, Eve has taught Sunday
organización de estudiantes que se enfoca en temas February 22, 1954 and received his early education school classes from children, youth and adult, lead
ministerios de Latinos/as. Ella habla inglés con fluidez in Dallas area public schools. He is married to Sandra worship, and served on pastor parish relations, finance,
y es una candidata certificada para órdenes diáconos Sue Fry Nealy of Arlington, Texas, and has two children: education, youth councils, and mission committees.
en la conferencia Rio Grande de La Iglesia Metodista Marian E’Layne Nealy (March 28, 1984), and Chauncey Eve has been married for 41 years to Darryl
Unida. En agosto 2012, empezará un internado Stephen Nealy, Jr. (May 12, 1986). Hamilton. She has two adult children Carson (Longview,
en la Primera Iglesia Metodista Unida Grapevine, Texas) and Brooke (London, England). Professionally,
concentrando específicamente en ministerio Latino/a Ralph Thompson Eve began her career as retail buyer for Dillard’s
en el área. Actualmente vive en Bedford, Texas con su Ralph Thompson joined the Department Stores and Levi Strauss. She was on the
esposo, Brandon y asiste la Iglesia Metodista Unida United Methodist Church in management team for GTE Market Resources and
Martin. 1989, while he served in the the Inside Sales Director for FoxMeyer - McKesson
Navy at Goodfellow Air Force Pharmaceuticals. For the past 15 years has served on
Reverend Doctor Chauncey Nealy Base in San Angelo, Texas. the executive management team for ETAN Industries
Rev. Nealy has ser ved Until recently, he worked and Vice President of Corporate Staffing. She has
continuously under as a Cer tified Microsoft recently retired.
Episcopal appointment as P r o fe s s i o n a l , p r ov i d i n g Born in Fort Worth, educated in the piney
a United Methodist minister software consultation, woods at Stephen F Austin State University,
in the Dallas/Fort Worth/ development, training services for scores of corporate Eve is proud to be a fifth generation Texan!
Mid-Cities area since 1980. and hundreds of individual clients from San Marcos to Eve taught in the 2011 CSCM and was a
He has volunteered in Ozona and from Abilene to Del Rio. He is also known wonderful teacher!
schools, churches, health as the unofficial technical advisor and provider at many
care agencies, jails and other SWTC events. Reverend Doctor Sylvester Key, Sr.
organizations to promote the Ralph has put much of his corporate business Dr. Key currently serves as
well being of people and share the love of God. He on hold, as he serves the United Methodist Church in the Senior Pastor, McMillan
has served as chair of the Central Texas Conference various capacities, to include Associate Conference United Methodist Church in
UMC Board of Ordained Ministry, president of the Lay Leader, Vice-Chair to the SWTC Annual Fort Worth, Texas.
Tarrant Area Community of Churches, a member of Conference Council on Ministries, and on several His education; A.A, Texas
the Tarrant County NAACP Executive Committee, vice other SWTC councils and committees. He is a Certified State Technical College
president of the Arlington Ministerial Association, and Consecration Sunday Leader and a Certified Lay (Waco, Texas), Commercial
is a contributor to “The Upper Room Devotional Guide”. Speaker who fills pulpits across the Conference at Art & Advertising, B.A.S, Paul
Rev. Nealy received the Bachelor of Arts degree least 20 Sundays every year. He has developed and Quinn College (Waco, Texas),
with honors from East Texas State University (currently presented workshops on a variety of topics and helped Commercial Art & Advertising, MDIV, Perkins School
Texas A & M University, Commerce) in 1976, and the countless congregations prepare for ministry in the 21st of Theology South Methodist University, and DMIN,
Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon B. Century. Southwest Bible College & Seminary, Counseling
Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University As the founder of “Miracle on 18th Street”, a Psychology.
of Texas at Austin in 1978. He received the Master worship ministry that grew from a local soup kitchen Previous appointments have been: Grace United
of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology, (San Angelo), he has helped to make disciples and Methodist Church in Arlington, St. Paul UMC in
Southern Methodist University, Dallas in 1984 and the inspire congregations adopt new ways of worship and Georgetown, St. James UMC in Mart, Bracks Chapel
Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Methodist
nce Cooperative School of Christian Mission Event
owner of Putt-Putt Golf & Games, Chairperson for
UMC in Waco and WestPoint UMC in Valley Mills. American Center. She is a former staff of the Women
House of Hope annual Share the Love program for
Reverend Doctor Key has been honored with Division and the National Division of the GBGM. Billie
underprivileged children at Christmas, fundraiser
numerous Civic Awards; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is a member of the Rural Chaplain Association, and a
and committee member for Fort Worth Symphony
– “Arlington Citizen of the Year”, Bnai Birith Award Disaster Early Response Team Leader and has taken
Orchestra, March of Dimes Signature Chefs - Chair,
Recipient – Perkins School of Theology, Altrusa teams into Louisiana, Mississippi, and Eagle Pass,
and Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. I have
International – Award for International Relations, Zeta Texas. Over the years, she has taught in conference
been married for 18 years to the love of my life Brian
Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – African-American Male Image schools of mission and has participated in the Mission
and have 3 precious daughters, Kennedy, Reagan
Award, Texas Senate Recognition – Citizen of the Year Travel Study into Indonesia and Mexico.
and Madison Smith. In my free time I enjoy cooking,
1998, Outstanding Young Men in America 1985, Who’s
traveling with my family, and water skiing.
Who on College and University Campuses, Member In retirement, Billie enjoys working with her container
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Tarrant County Sheriff flowers and being entertained by McKenzie, her five
Advisory Board, Fort Worth Police Department Clergy year old niece.
and Police Alliance (CAPA), “Sylvester Key Day”
Proclamation City of Waco, Texas 1996, Designed the GEOGRAPHICAL STUDY LEADER
MLK Day Postage Stamp, 1997. “Haiti”
Andrew was a December
He has provided leadership and served as Rev. Laraine Waughtal
2011 graduate of Texas
an Ordained Elder of the Central Texas Annual Laraine has been appointed in
Christian University with a
Conference, Certified Facilitator Module 1-2 Lay the United Methodist Church for
BMEI (Bachelor of Music
Missioners Training, Mid-Cities Hispanic Ministries 12 years. She currently serves
Education, Instrumental) with
Committee, Central Texas Conference Board of Bluff Dale/ Morgan Mill United
an emphasis in trumpet. While
Ordained Ministry, Board of Directors Wesley Methodist Churches. She has
at TCU he joined the Music
Foundation UT Arlington, Former Board Member served on the Central Texas
Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha
Arlington Charities, Mentor Pastor – Perkins School Conference Disaster Response
Sinfonia where he served
of Theology Internship Program and Chairperson Team for the last six years and
in leadership positions including chapter president.
of Research and Resources. Additional service to currently chairs the committee.
Andrew regularly participated in both instrumental
the United Way of Tarrant County, Mid-Cities District Laraine has served on teams to UMCOR Sager Brown,
and vocal ensembles in the music department. As a
Committee on Ministry, UTA Wesley Foundation Hurricane Ike and Haiti. She will be returning with
preschooler, Andrew attended the School of Christian
Board of Directors, Central Texas Conference Board another team to Haiti in October. She has also served
Missions with his mother in St. Louis. He Andrew has
of Trustees, Mid-Cites District Committee on Ordained on numerous UMVIM and CTCYM mission teams
been a member of FUMC Fort Worth since 2001
Ministry & Mentor Pastor, Arlington Police Department across the United States. Laraine has a passion for
when he joined as a new confirmand. He sang in the
Lieutenant Promotion Board, Contributing Writer, any activities in the outdoors. Laraine is one of our
Children’s Choir, Youth Choir, served as the Youth
Waco Tribune Herald Newspaper, Founding Member returning teachers from the 2011 CSCM!
Choir’s Assistant Director through his college years,
“Compassionate” Ministries Waco, Texas, Drop Out
and is still active in the Choral Union as a section
Task Force Chairperson Arlington Independent School YOUTH STUDY LEADER
leader, as he has been for the past 5 years. Andrew
District and Arlington MLK Day Planning Committee. “Haiti”
earned his Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts as a senior
He is the Son of the Late Stephen H. Key, Jr. & Pamela Pinkerton
in High School. His current hobbies include various
Lois Caldwell-Key, siblings include Margarette (Key) I am excited to be joining
sports and games. He has been described as the
Stringer and Kathleen Knight-Key. He attended Dade you this year. I live in Grand
quintessential gentleman and friend.
County Schools in South Florida and Pastor Key served Prairie, Texas, located
in the United States Army (Viet Nam Veteran, 11th Light between Dallas and Fort
Infantry, LZ Bronco Americal Division) and Texas Army Worth. I am employed with
National Guard for sixteen years. He was the Platoon an organization that works
Marilyn received her B.S.
Sergeant, Medical Platoon the 124th Calvary, 49th with older adults, providing
in Education from TCU and
Armored Division. training opportunities in host her M.A. in Education from
In his spare time is an Avid Golfer shooting in the agencies to get them back into the work force. I work in Ball State University. Her
high 70’s – low 80’s. His goal in retirement is to open the quality assurance department and am responsible experiences in teaching
a golf club business- repair and build new clubs. for auditing files and monitoring facilities. I enjoy writing, include preschool thr u
A favorite quotation, “If it is not about making Disciples sewing, knitting, crocheting and taking time to be intimate elementar y and middle
of Christ, it is foolishness.” with God. I also enjoy getting up early and going on mini school. She currently home
retreats. I am a mother of four and a grandmother to schools her effervescent and
Reverend Billie Nowabbi eleven. “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual intellectually demanding granddaughter.
Billie is an ordained Elder in the fervor, serving the Lord” Romans 12:11 Marilyn has served in church music work for
Oklahoma Indian Missionary the past 46 years doing whatever was needed in
Conference of the United CHILDREN’S STUDY LEADER the church; be it pianist, organist, director of choirs
Methodist Church. She recently “Poverty” (children, youth, adult, or handbells). She has been
retired, completing twenty-five Connie Smith on staff for several churches in the Fort Worth West
years as clergy and served Connie is a lifelong Methodist District, in the military community, or wherever the
three years at the Dallas Indian attending the First United family lived. At this time she is a pianist for both FUMC
United Methodist Church in the Methodist Church of Crowley. Fort Worth and Poly UMC, simultaneously. While living
Oak Cliff community. She served on the Conference She has been the Children’s in St. Louis, Marilyn attended the School of Christian
Finance and Administration and mentors two pastors. Coordinator at First Crowley Missions with her son and daughter accompanying
Billie has served on the conference board’s and for 12 years. Connie has her. The activities for the children and youth were
general agencies including the General Boards of taught the children’s study blessed events for each. Current activities that Marilyn
Publications, Higher Education and Ministry and the at the Cooperative School of enjoys include mentoring inmates in the Federal
Global Ministries; served on the Scarritt-Bennett Center Christian Mission for the previous 3 years and can’t Prison, serving as a leader for a Girl Scout troop,
in Nashville, TN, the Native American Comprehensive wait to lead God’s children in this year’s study. Connie meeting weekly with a prayer partner, reading on a
Plan and the National United Methodist Native has a B.S. in Political Science and History from TCU, variety of topics, and finding more ways to enhance
her relationship with the Lord.
New Forms, New Progam
The “Five Star Giver” form on page 7 of this newsletter is a new program to recognize women (and/or men) who contribute to all five
areas called “mission giving”. Local and District Treasurers will keep track of those who participate in this program. The giver must
make their gift to all areas at one time and turn in this form with their gift. The amounts on the form are minimum amounts and if a
woman has pledged a greater amount they may continue with the remainder of their pledge at other times as they normally would give.
Last year the Conference was $14,000 short of making our pledge as a whole. We are hoping that participation in this program and
through Burning of the Candle program, we will reach our goal for 2012.
Giving to all five channels of missions giving helps each level meet their pledges.
An updated and hopefully easier to understand Burning of the Candle form is also included below. This program is above and beyond
pledges and helps the conference make it into the final stretch of our pledge commitment. The amount for one minute of mission work
continues to be reduced each year because the money that is budgeted for mission work is based on the amounts that have been received
in the past few years. Women’s Division is cutting back on staff and programs to keep their budget as lean as possible. They are trying
like the rest of us to be thrifty in their operations while being generous in their education and support toward missions including women,
children and youth.
Please consider where you might be able to help us reach our pledge goal this year.
Press on toward the goal -
A UNITED METHODIST MISSION PROJECT
“BURNING OF THE CANDLE-2012”
The “Burning of the Candle” is a United Methodist Women’s project to collect funds for their global mission work with women and children. Money
in any amount is given in honor of someone, a relative, friend, minister, unit, officers, etc. or in memory of a deceased relative or friend.
The cost for one minute is $29.07 but any amount will be appreciated. Please consider this “second mile” of giving for our Methodist world wide
Please complete the following form. Information that is requested on the form (except the amount given) will be printed in the UMW Resource
Book 2012 to be distributed at the Central Texas Conference United Methodist Women at their annual meeting in October 2012.
Checks, M.O. or cash must accompany this form. Send before August 1, 2012. $29.07 FOR ONE MINUTE You may divide the minute
among several recipients.
Checks are made payable to: Central Texas Conference United Methodist Women (CTCUMW)
Send your check and form to: Christie Roberts, 1420 Boyd Rd, Granbury TX 76049
Name _____________________________________ Address_______________________________________
City ______________________________ Zip __________ Phone (______)__________________________
UMW Unit__________________________________ Local Church ______________________________
City ______________________________________ District ___________________________________
Given by In Memory of In Honor of
_________________________________________________Total given $ _____________
Central Texas Conference United Methodist Women
FIVE-STAR GIVER AWARD
A FIVE-STAR GIVER gives to all five channels of giving:
$40 to give someone special a Special Mission Recognition Pin
$ 5 Pledge to Mission
$ 5 Gift to Mission
$ 5 Special Recognition in Memory
$ 5 World Thank Offering
Your $60 offering must specify that you as an INDIVIDUAL are giving to the above five
channels and designate if possible to whom your pin will go, and that you are giving the
$60 as a FIVE-STAR GIVER. You cannot simply give $60 to your Local treasurer - you must
state that it is for FIVE-STAR GIVER and complete this form.
Pledge to Mission ___________________
Special Mission Recognition Pin:
In Honor or In Memory of: ____________________________________________
(Please circle) (name of person being honored or memorialized)
If different from giver’s, include information as to where to send pin.
To: Name ____________________________________________________________
Gift to Mission-Which card to send? _____________________________________
(A Special Day, Baby, Birthday, Christmas, Congratulations, In Service of Christ, Thank You, Thinking of You )
Gift in Memory ___________________
World Thank Offering ___________________
FIVE-STAR GIVER’S Name___________________________________________________
(Include city, state and zip)
All components must be submitted to your Unit Treasurer at one time. It is suggested that the FIVE-STAR GIVER gift be
given in addition to your regular Pledge to Mission.
If you have questions about becoming a FIVE-STAR GIVER, please call your Conference Treasurer, Christie Roberts at
817-279-3760 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Form 5sg2012 4/12/2012
CENTRAL TEXAS CONFERENCE NONPROFIT ORG.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN U.S. POSTAGE
School of Christian Mission PAID
PO Box 8137 FORT WORTH, TEXAS
Fort Worth, TX 76124
Central Texas Conference United Methodist Women
Ubuntu Day of Ser vice
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Following the UMW luncheon until 5:00 p.m.
(for participants not attending the lunch, please join us in the Brazos Room at 1:00)
Join United Methodist Women for an Ubuntu Day!
Ubuntu means “because you are human, I am human”.
We will start at the Waco Convention Center following the luncheon with the Kids Against Hunger food project in the Brazos Room.
When we finish bagging the food, we will travel to the Laura Edwards Christian Early Learning Center to work with the children and
staff and return to the convention center by 5:00. There is no charge for this event, but please bring an offering to help cover the
cost of the food packages we will be preparing. They cost $.26 a bag.
Please let us know you are coming by calling, emailing, or mailing in your registration.
Send your Ubuntu registration to: Donna Hughlett: 2501 Massey Lane, Robinson, TX 76706, email@example.com, 254-
I want to participate in the Ubuntu Day on June 7 in Waco:
Email: Phone #: