People of Faith: Oct. 7, 2016

Pictured, from left: Home Missioner Scott Vickery, acting executive secretary of the Order of Deaconesses and Home Missioners; Deaconess Judy Poole, President of NADHM; and the two Arkansas attendees: retired Deaconess Iris Bell Hightower and Deaconess Colleen Caldwell. COURTESY PHOTO

Pictured, from left: Home Missioner Scott Vickery, acting executive secretary of the Order of Deaconesses and Home Missioners; Deaconess Judy Poole, President of NADHM; and the two Arkansas attendees: retired Deaconess Iris Bell Hightower and Deaconess Colleen Caldwell.
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Arkansas Deaconesses attend national convocation

Two Arkansas United Methodist Deaconesses, Colleen Caldwell and Iris Bell Hightower, participated in the National Association of Deaconesses and Home Missioners (NADHM) Convocation, held Aug. 25-28, 2016 at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. A scholarship from United Methodist Women made it possible for retired Deaconess Hightower, a former rural Church and Community Worker, to attend the NADHM Convocation for the very first time.

Held every two years, the convocation allows Deaconesses and Home Missioners from the U.S. and the Philippines time to renew friendships and live out their vow to live as a covenant community. The 130 in attendance this year emphasized the theme, Streams of Justice (Amos 5:24), in every Bible study, worship service, business session and activity. Saturday evening featured a moving and inspiring time of mission stories highlighting justice issues. Hightower shared a story from the 1950s about how she helped a group of teenage girls through a hard time in their lives. Caldwell, project manager of the Arkansas Conference 200,000 Reasons Childhood Hunger initiative, is a member of the Nurture and Care team for the Deaconess and Home Missioner community; she served as a prayer partner and spiritual guide during the Convocation.

Arkansans serve as leaders at NOMADS national meeting

When the United Methodist NOMADS (Nomads on a Mission Active in Divine Service) held their annual meeting Sept. 10-15 in Branson, Missouri, it included a dozen NOMADS from the state of Arkansas, plus two representatives from Mount Eagle Retreat Center.

More than a dozen Arkansans attended this year’s NOMADS national meeting. Back row, from left: Carol and Howard Stoner, Sarge Leonard, Joe Vigil, Pat and David Crooks, Virgie Brown, Linda and Jerrel Fielder. Front row: Marietha Leonard, Jayne Vigil, Doris Jones, Dan Brown, Cecil Jones. COURTESY PHOTO

More than a dozen Arkansans attended this year’s NOMADS national meeting. Back row, from left: Carol and Howard Stoner, Sarge Leonard, Joe Vigil, Pat and David Crooks, Virgie Brown, Linda and Jerrel Fielder. Front row: Marietha Leonard, Jayne Vigil, Doris Jones, Dan Brown, Cecil Jones.
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NOMADS from Arkansas who attended the Annual Meeting were Dan and Virgie Brown from Rogers, David and Pat Crooks from Hot Springs, Jerrel and Linda Fielder from Conway, Howard and Carol Stoner from Texarkana, Joe and Jayne Vigil from Hot Springs Village, and Cecil & Doris Jones from Royal. Also attending were Mount Eagle director Sarge Leonard and Marietha Leonard.

Several from Arkansas carried out duties at the gathering. Carol and Howard Stoner served as coordinators of the annual meeting, Jayne Vigil as music program director and Dan Brown as outgoing board chair. Sarge Leonard gave an appreciation speech expressing gratitude to NOMADS for all their dedication to service at Mount Eagle.

There are more than 850 members in NOMADS, and about 25 of these are from Arkansas. NOMADS’ mission is to “share God’s love by making a difference for others.” If you or someone you know has an R.V. and is looking for a purpose in retirement, or even if you are not retired, contact NOMADS at 866-466-6237 or 866-4-NOMADS or visit www.nomadsumc.org.