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Bind Us Together – Bishop Itineration

bindBishop Bledsoe was recently diagnosed with pneumonia and the flu.  The decision to postpone the NM Spring Itineration was made out of concern for the Bishop’s health and need for time to recover.  The NM Conference portion of the Spring Itineration will be rescheduled for this fall.  For the NWTX portion of the tour, there is great value in continuing, as NWTX is rolling out their new strategic plan.  We will publish the Fall Itineration dates shortly.  Questions?  Contact Randall Partin at (505)255-8786 or randall@nmconfum.com.

January 21 – FUMC-Roswell – 2:00 pm  – Postponed
January 28 – FUMC-Perryton – 2:00 pm
February 4 – St. Paul’s-Abilene – 10:00 am
February 19 – Center Street-Tucumcari – 3:00 pm  – Postponed
March 4 – FUMC-Childress – 10:00 am
March 5 – St. Stephen’s-Amarillo – 2:30 pm
March 11 – Trinity-First-El Paso 2:00 pm – Postponed
March 18 – FUMC-Odessa – 10:00 am – Postponed
March 19 – FUMC-Lamesa – 3:00 pm
March 25 – St. John’s-ABQ – 2:00 pm – Postponed
April 2 – FUMC-Lubbock – 2:00 pm
April 8 – FUMC-Plainview – 2:00 pm
May 13 – FUMC-Farmington – 10:00 am – Postponed

South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops Statement

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

While these can be turbulent times in The United Methodist Church, these are also times of emerging and fruitful ministries. Lay and clergy leaders are creating new ministries to reach new people for Jesus Christ. They remind us of the importance of our collective work to grow the number of vital congregations of The United Methodist Church.

We are also committed to do the work that the General Conference mandated: forming and leading a Commission to “develop a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph in our Book of Discipline regarding human sexuality” and “to explore options to help the church live in grace with one another – including ways to avoid further complaints, trials, and harm while we uphold the Discipline.” While we acknowledge differences of opinions across the connection, we intend to live out the promise we and our colleagues on the Council of Bishops made in response to the request of the General Conference.

We encourage and invite the people of the South Central Jurisdiction to join us in seeking ways for a variety of expressions of ministries to coexist within one church. Let us remember Christ’s call in Paul’s letter to the Church in Ephesus: “You are one body and one spirit, just as God also called you in one hope. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all, who is over all, through all, and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6 CEB)

Yours in Christ,

The South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops