Welcome to the Albuquerque District of the New Mexico Annual Conference!
District Superintendent and NM Conference Provost: Rev. Jeff Lust
Check out his new Blog at http://jefflust.com !
Geographically, one can behold the wondrous, expansive beauty of varied parts of this dynamic District...from the deserts to the rocky plains to the majestic mountains... without ever leaving the District!
Our 49 churches and 18 Mission Fellowships are celebrations in themselves of the extraordinary mission outreach that is touching hundreds of lives in their active ministries. The Native American Ministry of the Four Corners area is an example of the huge iimpact Jesus Christ is having in the Navajo nation, where United Methodist ministries are thriving. Many of our churches are also investigating the possibilities of expanding their ministry to our Hispanic/Latino communities. Two examples of this are Harwood UMC and St. Andrew's UMC in Albuquerque proper, where they are leading the way with life-changing relationships with Spanish-speaking communities there. Others are starting new worship services, contemplating second campuses, beginning new faith communities, and adopting struggling congregations. In addition, we support a growing Wesley campus ministry at UNM. And, the quality, commitment and vision of the laity of the Albuquerque District is truly outstanding.
We are excited about ever changing and new programs to offer to our churches.
We have had teams working on a brand new concept: A Free Store, where household items are available for free as a volunteer staff invests themselves in ministry with the poor. Initial reports have proven this to be an invaluable ministry tool for reaching those in need. To date, there are two established Free Stores in our District, at Harwood UMC and at Peralta UMC, with a brand new one just opening at Rio Rancho UMC! The Rio Rancho "Renewed Hope Free Store" will open at Rio Rancho United Methodist Church, 1652 Abrazo Rd. NE, Rio Rancho, on August 4 from 9 a.m. until noon. The store will offer items like gently used pots and pans, bowls, kitchen ware, silverware, plates, mugs, drinking glasses; bath and hand towels, dish towels, sheets, pillow cases, pillows, bed spreads, blankets, and books to the public at no charge. Devotions, prayers, and coffee always available! Rio Rancho Free Store Opening
We are definitely Re-thinking Church within the Albuquerque District. We have teams trained in Radical Hospitality and eager to share with our churches. We have others with newly trained knowledge about growing dynamic small churches. And, District Superintendent, Jeff Lust, offers excellent, ongoing Transformational Leadership sessions to any District Church desiring to learn.
In January of this year, Central UMC in Albuquerque began a new weekly outdoor worship service with their homeless neighbors called “Community of Hope”. The intent of this service is to bring together people who are housed and unhoused, churched and unchurched. All are welcome. This is a connectional event. If you would like to participate in this by helping to serve food, providing music, or simply by being in community with us, please contact Pastor Greg Henneman at 505-243-7834 or or join us Sundays at 1pm on the south lawn of Central UMC.
Check out the latest Newsletter of the Albuquerque District UMW, The Mustard Seed, to see what kinds of great activities are going on with them!
Did you know that Albuquerque District owns and maintains a lovely rustic campsite, located 15 miles from Albuquerque in the Manzano mountains? Grace Park provides a wonderful forest setting for day camping, as well as the opportunity for those who enjoy tenting to use the park for overnight or weekend retreats. It is available for groups from any church in the New Mexico Conference! It is provided at no charge for church and scout groups, trusting that our church members will leave the camp in good condition for the those who follow them. Individual families may also book the use of the camp when it has not previously been reserved by a group. Contact the Albuquerque District Office for more information and reservations. (contact info at bottom of page)
> 30 x 50 ft. shelter with fireplace and charcoal fire pit
> Fenced children's play area
> Volleyball court, Tetherball pole
> Horsehoe pits, walking trails
> Crossover bridge for scout ceremonies
> Handicap available restrooms
> Fresh drinking water
> Outdoor chapel
> Variety of trees and plants, including giant Ponderosa Pines and
ancient Alligator Junipers
Presently, the District has just completed the building of a new Chapel in the Pines facility at Grace Park, honoring Rev. Dr. Ira Williams & wife, Marilyn (ret). Click here for more information in this brochure which includes a map of how to get to Grace Park from Albuquerque.
Worship in the Wilderness http://witwabq.webs.com with Rev. Melissa Madara
Office: 11816 Lomas NE, Albuquerque NM 87112
Phone: (505)255-8786 FAX: 505-265-6184