Welcome to the Albuquerque District of the New Mexico Annual Conference!
INVITATION TO INSTALLATION SERVICE FOR
ALBUQUERQUE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT
There will be a Service of Installation for Rev. James E. Large as Albuquerque District Superintendent on Saturday, September 21st, at 2pm at
First United Methodist Church, 314 Lead SW (4th and Lead SW) in Albuquerque.
All Clergy and Laity are invited to share in this service.
For further questions/information, please contact the District office:
11816 Lomas Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
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. As of June this year, we are delighted to welcome to our Conference one of the merging Rio Grande Conference Churches to Albuquerque District: El Buen Samaritano. Bienvenidos! 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 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, James Large, offers excellent, ongoing Transformational Leadership sessions to any District Church desiring to learn.
We are excited about ever changing and new programs
to offer to our churches.
In response to the growing population experiencing cognitive loss, St. John’s United Methodist Church in Albuquerque has started The Memory Café, a place where persons with memory loss/Alzheimer’s and their caregivers can come together for fun and for fellowship. “For the person journeying into dementia, the fear of no longer being enjoyable to others is added to the fear of no longer being useful”. Here they can simply relax and enjoy the company of others without the stigma that accompanies dementia. The Café meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 3:30 until 5PM in our “Son”Shine Café, offering refreshments, activities, social interaction, information, music, and an occasional speaker. Our next Café will be on July 13th and in August will be on the 10th.
Everyone is invited who would like to increase their knowledge and development of an environment for friends on this journey, making the life of the community rich for all who participate.
Memory Cafés have been established in the UK since the early 1990’s and are just gaining momentum here in the US. There has been one in Santa Fe for several years. Dementia is a disease that affects the entire family so we encourage and support the family as a congregational unit at the Café.
No reservations are required. Our address is 2626 Arizona St. NE-one block NORTH of Coronado Shopping Center and one block EAST of San Pedro. The entrance to the Memory Café is from our parking lot on the NE side of our property, accessed from Phoenix, around the block. The Memory Café is in the center of our facility from that parking lot. You are welcome to participate at any time. You may wish to establish a café in your own church. Please invite anyone who may be on this journey to come for fun and fellowship. You may call the following for more information: Lynn at 271-0746 or " title="mailto:"> or Anita at 256-7334.
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 four established Free Stores in our District, at Harwood UMC and at Peralta UMC, and at Rio Rancho UMC, and the newest at Trinity UMC! The free stores 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! Contact the churches mentioned or the District Office for more information!
In January of last 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.
Did you know that the 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 is a wonderful ongoing backpacking and hiking experience open to all! http://witwabq.webs.com with Rev. Melissa Madara
Office: 11816 Lomas NE, Albuquerque NM 87112
Phone: (505)255-8786 FAX: 505-265-6184