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Important NTA Dates

1/10 5:30pm 
Clergy and Clergy Families Potluck at Promise United Church of Christ
 
1/11 11am
St. Paul's E&R in Dallas Anniversary Celebration
3pm Installation of Rev. Ken Ehrke at Cathedral of Hope Mid-Cities

1/11 - 2/15
NTA Pulpit Exchange

1/10
Papers due to the CoM

1/17 9am
Final Review Session for Online Polity Course

1/24 10am
Executive Committee Meeting in West

1/25 4pm
Ordination and Installation of Steve Wilson at Central Congregational Church

1/31
Committee on Ministry

3/7 9:30
Spring Meeting at St. Paul UCC in Marlin

3/13-15
Visit of CUE Seminarians from Chicago Theological Seminary

 

Conference Annual Meeting Mission Kits Alternative Drop-Off Arrangements


People have asked if there could an alternative arrangement for drop off of Conference Annual Meeting Mission Kits since we are meeting in New Orleans on June 5, 6, 7, 2015.  We know it is extra work to pack and transport your Mission Kits so we will receive kits at each Spring Association Meeting. Here are options for turning in of Mission Kits.

Option I:
Turn in your Mission Kits at the 2015 Annual Meeting in New Orleans:  June 5, 6, 7, 2015

Option II:
Turn in your Mission Kits at the spring Association Meeting on March 7th in Marlin

Option III:
Make arrangements for drop off of CWS School Kits through Mrs. Ann Stockert (annstock@flash.net), Member of Central Cong'l UCC, Dallas. These kits will be shipped from Dallas.

Please follow these directions for ALL Options of dropping off kits:
  1. Download a Mission Kits Report Form from the Resources and Downloads page at www.sccucc.org.
  2. Fill out the form, include your Mission Kits shipping fees and turn in with your Kits
  3. Box your Kits (if possible) for easier transport and storage
  4. Assemble Kits per instructions.  Do not add or substitute kit items.
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January 2015

[Please Copy and Paste the update below into your congregation's newsletter!]


Dear Friends of the North Texas Association,

Happy New Year to you and your church family!  January 1st marks the one year anniversary of my tenure as your association minister.  I feel so blessed to serve you in this capacity and I am so excited about all that we will accomplish together in 2015.

The Christmas season can be stressful for all of us, but it can be particularly stressful for your pastors, whose work kicks into high gear.  So NTA pastors and their families will be gathering at Promise United Church of Christ in Dallas on Saturday January 10th at 5:30pm for a potluck party to celebrate surviving all the hard work that goes into preparing Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany!   Be sure to thank your pastor for all that s/he did to prepare a sacred Christmas for you and your church family. 

The Committee on Ministry joyfully announces two big events in January to which all are invited.  On Sunday January 11th at 3pm, Rev. Ken Ehrke will be installed at Cathedral of Hope Mid-Cities, and on Sunday January 25th, Steve Wilson will be ordained and installed at Central Congregational Church in Dallas at 4pm.  Even if you cannot join the festivities, please hold these two pastors and their churches in prayer.

Happy Anniversary to St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed United Church of Christ in Dallas, Texas!  On January 11th they will celebrate 100 years with a special worship service at 11am followed by an Anniversary Luncheon and Program at the Dallas Elk's Lodge #71, 8550 Lullwater Drive,  75238. Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for children.  RSVP deadline is January 4:  stpaulsucc@sbcglobal.net or  214.368.7788. 

You might see some exciting new preachers in your pulpit in the coming months between our post-Epiphany, pre-Lenten pulpit exchange, and hosting CTS students in March.  It's not too late to sign up for both of these opportunities for your congregation to hear the Word preached in a new voice!  

Our online UCC History and Polity course is going swimmingly, and our five students and I plan to meet face-to-face for a final course on January 17th.  If you or someone you know is interested in our next iteration of this course, please contact me.

Last but not least, mark your calendars for our Spring Meeting at St. Paul's UCC in Marlin on March 7th at 9:30am.  This year, in addition to the business, we have invited keynote speaker Dr. Robert Hunt, Director of the Center for Evangelism and Missional Studies at Perkins School of Theology at SMU!  It promises to be a great treat you won't want to miss!

Peace be with you,
Rev. Anna Kreisle Humble
NTA Association Minister

 

NEEDED:
Host Churches for CTS Students

Next March 13-15, a delegation of three students plus staff member from Chicago Theological Seminary will be visiting in North Texas Association. We are in need of host churches for each. To date, only one congregation has offered to serve as host: St. John UCC, Robinson. Thus, three more are needed.

Responsibilities of a host church include: meet the student at the airport, provide overnight accommodations with a host family, offer an opportunity to preach in the Sunday morning worship service, transport the student back to the airport.  The host church might also wish to schedule an informal event so that the  student/staff member can meet and converse with members of your congregation; introduce the visitor to your little piece of Texas; arrange a get-together with neighboring UCC churches for fellowship and sharing.

Such a hosting opportunity provides a great opportunity to get to know what our UCC seminaries are doing to provide leadership for the future and for the student to know us as UCC here in South Central Conference. To sign up as a host church, please contact one of the CUE Lead Persons in NTA: John Will  (jhwx2@aol.com) or Steve Wilson (Steven.Wilson@haynesboone.com). Your early response is appreciated.

LAST CHANCE for pastors to sign up for the pulpit exchange!  Pastors will be paired with another NTA preacher, and pairs will decide a Sunday between Epiphany and Lent to exchange pulpits.  Email Anna before December 7th to participate!

Newsletter Submission Guidelines

- If you would like to share events or news with your brothers and sisters in the North Texas Association, please email the information to akhumble@gmail.  This newsletter is emailed on the 25th of each month so that each church has enough time to copy and paste the main body into their monthly newsletter.  Please submit your news to me, therefore, by the 24th.  
-- I also ask that each church to please add me to your mailing list, church directory, and e-mail list!  My email and mailing address can be found in this email.


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