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The Annual UCIM (Union of Christian Mennonite Churches) convention was held in San Juan, Texas at the Good News Mennonite Church on Nov. 4th and 5th, 2016.
|A great time was had by all. The meetings were characterized by spirited worship, and inspiring messages were presented by several of the pastors of UCIM churches. Friday night’s message was presented by Ulises Arenas (Buenas Nuevas (Good News) Mennonite) while the message on Saturday morning was presented by Carmen Salas of Ministerios Vizion. On Saturday morning, the youth at the convention worked on a local service project.Seminars were held after the morning sermon by Sandra Martinez (Hispanic Mennonite Church) and Ulises Arenas. This was followed by a wonderful lunch served by the Buenas Nuevas congregation.|
|On Saturday afternoon, three individuals were licensed:
While three individuals were commissioned:
The new UCIM Executive board was also introduced:
- Israel Hernandez – Moderator
- Graciela Tijerina – Moderator Elect
- Alma Solis – Secretary
- Ulises Arenas – Treasurer
- Eduardo (Lalo) Hinojosa – Congregational Life
UCIM is an organization of Hispanic churches that are part of South Central Conference.
SCC leadership is in the process of working with Everence (using a grant from the Lilly Foundation) to plan a one-of-a-kind Pastor and Spouse Appreciation Event! You won’t want to miss this ALL EXPENSE PAID retreat. We are in the final stages of organizing this event and in order to proceed with booking the spaces, special events and travel arrangements, we need to know that there is enough availability and interest from SCC pastors to put money down for reservations.
This event will take place Monday, January 30-Thursday February 2, 2017. It is an all expense paid retreat at Lakeview Camp and Retreat Center in Waxahachie, Texas (about 30 miles south of Dallas). The conference will be arranging and paying for a charter bus to transport pastors and spouses to the camp. The bus would start with a pick-up in the Hesston area on the morning of January 30th and then would stop in at least one location in Oklahoma to pick up additional pastors and spouses on its way to Texas. The final stop for the bus, before arriving for dinner at the camp, will be at the Dallas Airport where it would pick up all the Pastors and spouses who have been flown in from South Texas. The conference will also arrange and pay for the flights to Dallas for pastors and spouses from south Texas. The group will have meals and lodging provided at the camp for three nights and two full days before departing on the charter bus on Thursday morning after breakfast for the Dallas Airport or their drop-off locations in Oklahoma and Kansas.
During the retreat Everence representatives will also be present to participate and visit with pastors as well as lead two or three informative workshops on pastoral financial topics. Workshops are not finalized but could include topics like retirement planning, clergy taxes, and personal finance. There will also be lots of time for individual recreation and relaxation in addition to events with the group that are still being determined but may include activities available at the camp or even attending an event in the Dallas area together (suggestions are welcome!).
This is a one-time event that is NOT related to the annual Pastor/Leader/Spouse Retreat on October 27-29 (although we hope you’ll attend that as well). It is the hope of the leadership of SCC that this will serve as a time of significant relationship building among ALL SCC Pastors, a chance for a lot of retreat and relaxation, and an opportunity to learn more about pastoral finances; a topic pastors aren’t often offered detailed education in. In order to accomplish these goals, participation from as many SCC pastors and spouses as possible is needed. Please use the link below to complete a form indicating your interest and availability in attending this event ASAP so that we have the necessary information to proceed. You won’t want to miss it!
The Pastor/Leader/Spouse retreat for 2016 is coming up soon. This year’s retreat will be held at the Spiritual Life Center in Bel Aire, KS (suburb of Wichita). Registration is $40 and due by October 1st!
Don’t neglect to attend this event designed to empower and refresh the leadership of your congregation!