The North Texas Area

The North Texas Area is part of the Southwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), which has as its vision "to be a faithful, growing church that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice" (Micah 6:8). The North Texas Area exists to serve the Disciples of Christ congregations in the Texas counties of Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, and Rockwall, and one church in Paris, TX. Click here for more information. Click here to visit our FaceBook page.

Hurricane Harvey Response

Reports continue to come in from the Coastal Plains and Bluebonnet Areas of the Christian Church in the Southwest regarding flood and storm damage to churches and families affected by Hurricane Harvey. First Christian Church of Rowlett and Central Christian Church of Dallas are already stepping up to help coordinate donations of cleanup and hygiene kits.
 
All the disaster response experts seem to agree that the most important thing to do right now is donate money…consider Week of Compassion (www.weekofcompassion.org), which is already preparing solidarity grants to affected Disciples churches and families.
 
Clean Up – The mind spins at any attempt to consider the scope and scale of cleanup that will be needed. Both First Christian Church of Rowlett and Central Christian Church of Dallas will be collecting Hygiene Kits and Cleanup Buckets and their component ingredients for assembly. You can learn more about them below.  Thousands of thousands of homes are affected in the greater Houston area and along the coast.
 
Also, be aware that the City of Dallas is receiving thousands of evacuees, at Recreation Centers and the Dallas Convention Center. Here is news about the needs of these folk: The Dallas Convention Center will be welcoming 5,000 Gulf Coast residents this Tuesday, August 29, and are in need of emergency supplies. If you are in the DFW area and would like to donate supplies, the Dallas County VOAD member, Trusted World, will be accepting new underwear, new socks, new warmups for men, women, children and infants, toiletries/hygiene products, baby formula and baby wipes, bottles, diapers and the Graco Pac n’ Plays for babies to sleep in. Drop off is at 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, just north of Arapaho on the north side of the Parkway. Follow the signs to drop off donations. The donations center will open daily from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
 
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HYGIENE KIT
One hand towel measuring approximately 15″ x 28″ to 16″ x 32″ (no fingertip, bath, dish towel or micro-fiber)
One washcloth
One wide-tooth comb removed from the package
One fingernail or toenail clipper removed from the package
One bath-size bar of soap in the wrapper
One toothbrush in the package
Ten standard size Band-Aids
All items need to fit inside a one-gallon plastic zipper closure bag. Remove the excess air from the bag and seal before boxing. Do NOT add any extra items.
 
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BUCKET KITS
One five-gallon bucket with resealable lid (If bucket has been used, clean well but do not use if it has held chemicals of any kind.)
Four scouring pads
Seven sponges, including one large
One scrub brush
Eighteen reusable cleaning towels (e.g. Easy Wipes)
One 50 oz. or two 25 oz. bottle(s) of liquid laundry detergent
One 16-28 oz. bottle of liquid disinfectant dish soap
One 12-16 oz. bottle of household cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray bottles)
One package of 48-50 clothespins
Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
Five dust masks
Two pairs non surgical latex gloves
One pair work gloves, cotton with leather palm or all leather
24-28 heavy duty or contractor type 30-45 gallon trash bags on a roll and removed from carton
One 6-9 oz. bottle of non-aerosol insect repellent
All cleaning items must be new – all liquid items must be capped and securely tightened. Place all items into the bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment. Snap the lid on tight and seal with packing tape!
Please remember – if you cannot afford all the above items, bring individual items to either church listed earlier for kit assembly!

Southwest Region issues Statement on Restructure

God is at work in the Southwest Region! Over the years, there have been several efforts to reorganize the Region to increase the entire Region’s effectiveness and viability, but nothing has moved to or past the Regional Council in recent years until now. May 5-6, the Regional Council met, discussed, and approved the conceptual framework that was brought forth by the Regional Restructure Dialogue Group.

That framework places all administrative and staffing responsibilities in the Regional level, with Regional staffing consisting of a Regional Minister, Regional Executive, and Community Regional Ministers and support staff located across the entire Region. Areas would continue to provide valuable volunteer-led ministry. Click below to read more about the background and process that led us to this point.

The Restructure Dialogue Group will meet again June 2-3 to start working on more details. The Dialogue Group wants to hear from Areas and congregations, so we invite your input. Please share your comments, concerns, affirmations, and ideas about opportunities and challenges by contacting your Area Moderator or by e-mailing .

Tornado Recovery Work Continues in North Texas

First Christian Church of Rowlett serves as the major ministry center for relief efforts from the Dec 2015 tornado in partnership with the North Texas Area, Week of Compassion and Disciples Volunteering. 

Information about single-day volunteer opportunities is available on the website of First Christian Church of Rowlett. Visit the Disciples Volunteering webpage to sign up for Mission Trips to Rowlett.

 

NTA Churchmen's Breakfast November 4 at First Christian Church in McKinney

The next breakfast will be November 4 at 8:30 at First Christian Church in McKinney. 

Please note these dates and locations for future NTA Men's Breakfasts:

November 4, 2017 First Christian Church of McKinney

February 3, 2018, United Disciples Christian Church, Richardson

May 5, 2018, First Christian Church of Waxahachie

 

Camping Registration Information for 2018

The Tri-Area Camping registration process now centralizes all registrations with fees being handled by the Disciples Crossing camp. The 2018 Camp Season schedule is posted at www.disciplescrossing.org.

Looking for a Church to Visit?

looking_for_church_180w.jpgThe 80 churches of the North Texas Area cordially invite you to join us this Sunday. We can help you find a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where doubting and believing can live together without judging, a kind of church where we respect God's Word and your mind.

Click here to go to the "Find God, Find Yourself" page.
Click here to search for churches in your area.
Click here to browse for churches by city.

The Engaging Church Seminar
Is On-Line at the NTA Website!

engaging_church_250w.jpgThe North Texas Area of the Christian Church in the Southwest has launched an on-line video seminar for churches in the NTA. The NTA has licensed the "Engaging Church" seminar produced by Church Growth, Inc. The arrangement allows the NTA to present the complete video seminar in its secure Member Portal for the clergy and laity of the North Texas Area.

The seminar discusses how to attract outsiders, connect visitors and integrate new members. The seminar is presented in high-quality Flash video in six sessions. In addition to all six full-length videos, the seminar workbook is provided, session summaries and an area-wide on-line discussion forum for talking about each session of the seminar. Also, Larry Ross, Area Minister and President of the North Texas Area is available to visit NTA churches in a follow-up capacity to help interpret and apply the principles of this seminar in a holistic way 

Click here for more information.

News From Around Disciples

From Disciples.org

 

“Community ON Purpose, Community WITH Purpose”

nta_assembly_2009_180w.jpgby Rev. Dani Loving Cartwright, former Regional Minister and President, Christian Church in the Southwest

Continuing the emphasis on the release of the Southwest Regional Guiding Vision for ongoing transformation, Southwest Regional Minister and President Rev. Dani Loving Cartwright delivered a heartfelt message to several hundred Disciples at the North Texas Area Assembly, Sunday, May 3, 2009 at Northway Christian Church in Dallas. 

Click here for the video.