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The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest! CCSW is 435 congregations across all of New Mexico, Texas, the panhandle of Oklahoma and one congregation in Liberal, Kansas seeking to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the incredible mission fields where God has placed us. We are part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), an American-born mainline church organization that places its core value in belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We live that out by celebrating together regularly around the Lord's Table to share bread and cup - welcoming all to share with us

 

Ministers Standing Form - to be in Southwest Region office by January 15, 2015. 

Resources for Conversations around Race and Systemic Injustice

11/26/2014 Emotions are raw in the wake of the Ferguson grand jury decision involving the death of Michael Brown. People feel unheard, threatened and confused.

As we seek to be a movement for wholeness in a broken and fragmented world, our call is to open our churches as places of dialogue and action. Our challenge is to open our hearts to a difficult conversation around race and systemic injustice.

To assist your congregation in this conversation, resources have been assembled. Click here for additional links to resources and statements from Reconciliation Ministries, National Convocation, our General Minister and President, the National Council of Churches, Churches Uniting in Christ, and others.

Cherilyn Williams, APR
Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Office of the General Minister and President
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S. and Canada
Cell 253.683.1883 | Voice mailbox 317.713.2496
PO Box 1986 | Indianapolis, IN  46206
Shipping: 1099 N. Meridian St., Ste. 700 | Indianapolis, IN 46204-1036
e-mail: cwilliams@disciples.org
Website: www.disciples.org

We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.
As part of the one Body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.

– Disciples Identity Statement

 

Prayer Concerns

Marcus D. Bryant died peacefully in his sleep Saturday, December 6, 2014. In July he celebrated reaching the age of 90. Memorial service will be held at South Hills Christian Church, 3200 Bilglade Road, Fort Worth, this Saturday, December 13 at 3 pm. Please include his wife, Virginia, and children and other family members in your prayers. A fifth-generation member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Bryant was an ordained minister and served churches in Virginia, New York, Kentucky, Nebraska and Illinois before moving into seminary teaching, first at the Divinity School of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and then at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University from 1967 until his retirement in 1991 as emeritus professor of pastoral care and psychology. 

Rev. Horace Williams, Pastor of Temple of Praise Christian Church in Beaumont for 34 years, died on Thursday. He was active in the Coastal Plains Area and a leader in TCMF. He will be sorely missed by his family, his congregation and his many friends. Services for Rev. Horace Williams will be Saturday, December 6, at 1:00 pm at Temple of Praise Christian Church, 723 Corley Street, Beaumont; viewing will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Please hold them in your prayers.  

 

Rev. John King of University Christian Church in Tyler passed away Monday evening, John has served UCC in Tyler for several years as a Commissioned Minister. A service for John will be held at University Chrsitian Church in Tyler on Saturday, November 8, at 11:00 am. Please keep John's wife, Almona, his family, and friends in your prayers. 

 

Rev. Miles Graham died peacefully at home this week with his daughter, Rev. Melissa Graham, by his side. Visitation will be Sunday, November 2, from 4-5 pm at Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home, 2812 Midwestern Parkway in Wichita Falls, and the service will be at Park Place Christian Church at 4400 Call Field Road in Wichita Falls on Monday, November 3, at 2 pm. Please include the Graham family in your prayers. 

 

We have learned that  Rev. Dr. Oran Nabors, husband of  Rev. Dr. Charlotte Nabors, died early on Sunday, September 21, under hospice care. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 27, at 11:00 am at First Christian Church, 1203 N Fulton Street, Denton. Please include the Nabors family in your prayers.

 

We extend our sincere sympathy to Rev. Will Moore, pastor of Garden Grove Christian Church, Houston, and Texas Christian Missionary Fellowship President, on the death of his wife, Delores, Thursday, September 11th. Visitation will be 10 am and funeral service at 11 am on Thursday, September 18, both at University Christian Church at 3610 Southmore Boulevard in Houston, 713-522-7625. Please include the Moore family in your prayers. 

 

Rev. Ralph Palmer died Thursday, August 28. His 67-year ministry included missionary to Japan with Rev. Mary Maxine Palmer; trainer of Disciples missionaries for 13 years; and pastor of churches in Texas.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, September 2, at 11:00 am at South Hills Christian Church, 3200 Bilglade, Fort Worth.  Your prayers for this family are appreciated. 

 

Billie Lee Caton Watkins, mother of Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President, and wife to Dr. Keith Watkins passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014. Sharon has shared this information: "Mom's transition was peaceful with family gathered around her. We are grateful for your prayers. They lifted and embraced us along this journey." Here is information about services

Watkins services and memorials

 

We share the sad news that Rev. Max Jones passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne. Services were Tuesday, July 29, at First Christian Church in Granbury. Further information is available in the obituary here or through the Caringbridge  site

 

We have learned that Rev. Grant Berry passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2014. Arrangements are underway for burial in the National Cemetery on the northside of Houston. Grant was 92 years old and is survived by his wife, Dorlas, of 72 years. They had five children. They served several churches in Oklahoma and Texas, that included ones in Oklahoma City and Putnam, Oklahoma, while their children were growing up. Dumas, Texas, was one of his final, long-term interim appointments that he served.

 

Regional Council Information

February 2014 minutes

February 2014 attachments to minutes

 

Standing Cards for 2015

The 2015 Standing Form is available now, to be completed by January 15, 2015. 

 

Looking for information you need? Check out the Information and Links page - if you can't find what you need, email ccsw@ccsw.org or call 817-926-4687! 

 

CCSW Update: July 3, 2014

Links to other CCSW Updates  are available on the Information and Links page. 

 

Christian Church in the Southwest ....in worship, in work, in fellowship, in joy...God calls us to the future!

 

Special Offerings for the remainder of 2014:

Reconciliation Ministry Special Offering
September 28 & October 4

Thanksgiving Special Offering
November 9 & 16

Christmas Special Offering
December 14 & 21

Links to additional materials will be posted when resources become available. Check this page for updates.

 

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