Past Events for 2008 in the
North Texas Area

This page will show all of the past events of the North Texas Area that were once featured on our home page but are no longer active.

2008 Christmas Offering


08ChristmasGraphic_180w.jpgThe 2008 Christmas Offering gives us an opportunity to celebrate what GREAT things God has done in our lives and to respond by “giving back” to the ministry we share. Thanks to your generous donations last year, the Christmas offering in the Soutwest Region has enabled certification, credentialing and licensing of 1250 clergy and the ordinations of almost 50 new pastors! In addition, we have supported the ministry of our eight geographic Areas; provided Regional programming for Disciples Youth, Disciples Men and Disciples Women; led seminars/workshops for clergy and congregations; offered counsel in moments of conflict and important decisions; coordinated the biennial Regional Assembly with its outstanding speakers, workshops, worship and conversation time together!

Click here for more information and resources for the 2008 Christmas Offering.

Mike’s Kids Outreach Underway

mikes_kids.jpg“Mike’s Kids” is an outreach program of the North Texas Area and supports abandoned children and families that have been forced out of their homeland to a new country.  As the holidays approach, North Texas Area Churches are filling banana boxes with new and gently used clothes and toys to be delivered to Southwest Good Samaritan Ministry in Los Fresnos. On Dec. 7, 2008, the final boxes will be collected and on Dec. 10, a packed semi-trailer truck will leave for the Valley. There, Reverend Feliberto Pereira oversees the distribution to "the poorest of the poor" in the area and to an orphanage just across the border in Mexico.

Banana boxes have already been delivered to most of those churches that traditionally take part. Churches needing boxes can call the Area Office at 972-272-2900, Mike’s Kids volunteers at 214-773-9816, or e-mail Marvin Carter at .

Filled boxes can be dropped off at First Christian Church of Lancaster, Community Christian Church of Richardson, Disciples Christian Church of Plano, First Christian Church of Carrollton, First Christian Church of Duncanville, East Dallas Christian Church, First Christian Church of Denison, or First Christian Church of McKinney. Directions to these churches can be found using our congregation finder.

Especially needed this year are NEW underclothing items. Gently used outer garments as well as canned goods, toys and even bicycles will brighten the days of those in need. Most refugees at the ministry center are small in stature. Further information about Mike’s Kids can be found at Further information about Southwest Good Samaritan Ministry can be found at

A Congo Diary - A Brief Account of the Trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

view_of_congo_river_180w.jpgGeneral Minister and President Sharon E. Watkins spent 10 days in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in the Republic of Congo earlier this year.

Sharon shares with readers in an online diary many of her experiences while traveling in the area as part of the Indiana Regional Church delegation and describes the extravagant hospitality extended to the group by our partners in those countries.

Click here to read Sharon's diary.

Youth Explosion ‘08 Up Coming In November

youth_explosion_180w.jpgAfter a postponement due to Huricane Ike, Youth Explosion '08 has been rescheduled for Nov. 8th at Oak Cliff Christian Church, 1222 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas 75224.

For the third consecutive year, the North Texas Area kicks off fall activities with a rally, “Youth Explosion ‘08” for 6th-12th graders, led by seminarian Nash Wiggins (the NTA summer intern) and Associate Area Minister Irie Session.

Taking place from 1 to 4 in the afternoon, the event will feature Aaron Marez, a popular keynoter at camps. This event is designed specifically to help young people learn about cultural differences and similarities, and experience how Christ can help young people thrive in diversity. All NTA youth and youth groups are invited and should pre-register at .

Click here for more information.

Mike’s Kids Kickoff at Area Men’s Breakfast

mikes_kids.jpgThe next Area Men’s Breakfast will be the 2008 kickoff of Mike’s Kids, a major outreach program of the North Texas Area each Christmas season. The breakfast will take place at First Christian Church of Carrollton on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The speaker will be Mark Slaight, who is the current head of this ministry that supports abandoned children and families that have been forced out of their homeland to a new country.  As Christmas approaches, the North Texas Area Disciples of Christ Christian Churches begin filling banana boxes with new and gently used clothes and toys to be delivered to Southwest Good Samaritan Ministry in Los Fresnos. Reverend Feliberto Pereira oversees the distribution to "the poorest of the poor" in the area and to an orphanage just across the border in Mexico. Further information about Mike’s Kids can be found at Further information about Southwest Good Samaritan Ministry can be found at

Sharon Watkins' Pastoral Letter of October 9, 2008

SharonWatkins_ga_150w.jpgGeneral Minister and President Sharon E. Watkins has issued a pastoral letter that asks Disciples to remain faithful during the tough economic times facing our country and many parts of the world. Watkins also encourages Disciples to be in a time of prayer for those who are most adversely affected by the downturn in financial markets and find ways to reach out to our neighbors.

Many of you may be wondering about the state of our Disciples financial ministries at this time.

Click here to read the full pastoral letter and the comments of three of the presidents of our Disciples financial ministries.

New Executive Director for Week of Compassion

20081002-AmyGopp.jpgThe Rev. Amy Gopp will draw on her experiences as a missionary, preacher, global activist and peacemaker in her newest position as Executive Director of Week of Compassion (WOC).  Gopp was called to the position earlier this week after a nation-wide search. She had previously served three years as Associate Director of WOC.

“I am thrilled to be able to serve the Church in this new way,” said Gopp. “This ministry allows me to do all that I love and all that I feel God calls me to do.  I am able to preach, connect with congregations, and accompany people that we are serving around the world.”

Rev. Gopp will be the keynote speaker at the North Texas Area 2009 Leader Event on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Northway Christian Church in Dallas.

Click here for details.

Many Opportunities to Help After Hurricane Ike

landfall_180w.jpgThere remain many opportunities to help with needs created by hurricane Ike. The Week of Compassion, the main relief agency of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), is running low on funds as it provides hundreds of grants to help impacted people. You can donate online at Week of Compassion (

The local contact point for Galveston, Port Arthur and other coastal areas is through the Area Office of the Coastal Plains Area. They will be aggregating donations and making large grants to churches and Disciples as they begin to rebuild. Their website ( gives you the address to send such donations.

Southwest Region Churches Struggle to Recover From Ike

woc_logo.jpgFrom Disciples News Service: Disciples are responding to the devastation brought on by Hurricane Ike in communities around the country. Week of Compassion has sent grants to several churches in Texas and Louisiana that took the brunt of Ike's fury. Last week, a $3,500 grant was issued to First Christian Church in Orange, Texas, and a $5,000 grant to First Christian Church in Lake Charles, La. More help will be needed.

"The damage from Ike will equal or exceed that of Katrina and Rita" said Dani Loving Cartwright, regional minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Southwest. "Many members of affected churches lost everything. We need your help."

In addition, Fredrick Nixon, pastor of Community of Faith Church in Houston, Texas, is requesting prayers and thoughtful petitions of courage and strength for the following: his church, the Coastal Plains Area of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Houston Association of the United Church of Christ, the La Amistad Love and Learning Academy and the Houston-Galveston community.

Many Opportunities to Help After Hurricane Ike

landfall_180w.jpgWith the devastation caused by Hurricane Ike over this last weekend, there are many opportunities for churches and individuals to respond. We will be maintaining a page at this website to list all of the current information we have about the impact of Hurricane Ike and the activities of our churches and ministries to provide relief.

Johnny Wray, director of Week of Compassion, tells us that funds to respond to Hurricane Ike are running critically low. The best response to Ike for NTA Disciples churches would be to take a special offering for Ike relief and send it to the Week of Compassion. The Red Cross is also appealing for funds.

As of Tuesday night, more than 30,000 evacuees are still living in nearly 300 public shelters, and roughly 2 million people in Texas alone are without power.

Click here for the Hurricane Ike News and Information page.

Regional Men's Retreat Will Be September 19-21

logo_disciples_men.gifPlease consider attending this retreat for a good time of worship and fellowship with over 200 men from all over the Southwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

This retreat always has outstanding speakers, and this year is no exception. Dr. Joey Jeter, Professor at Brite Divinity School, and Dr. Doug Skinner, Senior Minister at Northway Christian Church in Dallas,will be this year's speakers. Doug Skinner was the Chaplain at JYF Camp this summer and did a tremendous job of relating the stories in the Bible to the kids (and adults) in a very entertaining way. We look forward to seeing how he brings the Bible alive to the men at this retreat.

The theme of the retreat is “Why Me, Lord?” and will be held Sept. 19th through 21st at the Lake Brownwood Christian Retreat Center. The cost is $75.00 if you register prior to Aug. 31st, or $85.00 after Aug. 31st.

Click here to register at the regional website.

Hurricane Gustav News & Information

nws_radar_0901_8-30am_180w.jpgGustav made landfall Monday, moved inland, and weakened to a tropical storm late Monday night, and further weakened to a tropical depression early Tuesday morning. Large parts of the Gulf Coast evacuated in advance of Gustav, including almost two million people from Southern Lousiana alone. It has been reported that 45,000 evacuees have come to the DFW area. 

The North Texas Area website will be providing news and information on Hurricane Gustav and how it is impacting not only our Area and Region, but our sister congregations in Louisiana and Mississippi as well. Our Hurricane Gustav News & Information page will be updated throughout the event and its aftermath so revisit this page often to stay up to date.

Please keep the people of the Gulf Coast, our emergency and relief workers, and those providing shelter for the evacuees in your prayers. Potential volunteers should call the Volunteer Center of North Texas at 866-797-8268. The Red Cross will be having training for volunteers this week. Call them at 800-Red-Cross, or visit Churches should consider special offerings through the Week of Compassion.

For Hurricane Gustav News & Information, click here.

Note: This item is no longer active as of Sept. 3, 2008.

Services Held for Rev. Dr. Mary Louise Rowand

rowand_headshot.jpgMary L. Rowand, a former Disciples minister and trustee at Texas Christian University and Brite Divinity School, has died. Rowand, 89, died July 14 at a nursing home in Fort Worth, Texas. She was married to the late Edward C. Rowand, who had been senior minister at Central Christian Church (Disciples Christ) in Dallas, Texas. The couple moved to Texas in 1953, when Edward Rowand served as minister at Central Christian Church.

Mary Rowand became the international president of Church Women United, which gave her the opportunity to travel around the world. For more, see:

Note: This item is no longer active as of Sept. 10, 2008.

New Church Start Okayed!

sprout_150w.jpgThe North Texas Area Cabinet has given the GREEN LIGHT for a new church start in the far northwest McKinney/Prosper/Celina area.

The New Church Committee, chaired by Rev. Deborah Morgan of East Dallas Christian Church, is now serving as the search committee for a church planter-developer. This planter could start as early as the first of January!

Names for the church planter-developer can be submitted to the area office.

Welcome to the Area's New Website!

cyberman_125w.jpgThis is the first work-in-progress draft of a new Web presence for the North Texas Area. This is a significant upgrade to the Area ministry's technical infrastructure and Web capabilities. In addition to being significantly larger with a greater number of Web pages (and we hope more informative pages), this new site has totally new interactive features as well as multimedia capabilities.

Click here for more details.