Ministerial Spouses Association
Fresh Strength Newsletter
Friends and Fellowship
The Rocky Mountain Conference is a vast territory that includes Colorado, Wyoming and a few counties in northwest New Mexico.
There are several opportunities each year for the Rocky Mountain ministerial spouses to come together for fellowship, fun and enrichment. Regional luncheons are hosted during each of the three camp meetings: Wyoming, Western Slope and Northeastern Colorado. The photo to the left is from the camp meeting luncheon for the Northeastern Colorado ministerial spouses, held this year at Carino's in Loveland, Colo. It was a delightful time of fellowship, and provided an opportunity for some new ministerial spouses in that region to meet new friends.
In addition the regional luncheons, activities and meetings are scheduled at the annual workers' retreats, which take place in January and August at Glacier View Ranch in Ward, Colo. At the last worker's retreat, in August 2012, the ministerial spouses joined together with their spouses for a panel discussion on parenting pastors kids. This panel included couples, with children, who represent the span of ministry life and beyond. The panelists included (from left) Craig and Carissa Carr (Boulder Church); Mitch and Lena Williams (The Adventure and Greeley Churches); Bruce and Linda Aalborg (Littleton Church); Ardis and Dick Stenbakken (retired ministry couple); and Marti and Don Schneider (Denver South Church). The panel was moderated by Martin Weber, Mid-America Union communication director, who has conducted research about ministry families. Questions were prepared in advance and provided to the couples for thoughtful consideration and responses before the meeting. It was evident the Holy Spirit was present as the ministry spouses both on the panel and in the audience shared, from their hearts, their own journeys in pastoring their children. It was a wonderful discussion, and many expressed their appreciation for the panelists' vulnerability and the opportunity to openly dialogue about this topic. The conference president closed with a special prayer for the children of ministry families.
The Rocky Mountain ministerial spouses enjoyed times of prayer and support for one another at the retreat, but also enjoyed creating coasters together during an optional craft activity time. They selected decorative stamps, which were pressed into colored ink pads, and then applied to travertine tiles. There were many fun conversations that took place during this time together, and some beautiful, creative coasters were made. From left (foreground): Jerene Nelson, Martha Treat and Geertje Tumbarante
In an effort to help ministerial spouses better understand and appreciate the diverse cultural backgrounds represented in the Rocky Mountain ministry team, several ladies were invited to share a recipe from their country of origin. All the ministerial spouses really enjoyed learning more about ethnic cooking and tasting the delicious, new recipes prepared in the camp's kitchen. Cristiane Jones (right, from Brazil) demonstrated how to make a cheese bread ball, and Rosie Alomia (left, from Ecuador) and Vivien Vasquez-Vivanco (middle, from Ecuador) demonstrated how to make potato patties filled with cheese and covered with a savory peanut gravy. The Rocky Mountain ministerial spouses look forward to more ethnic cooking demonstrations at future retreats shared by other ministry spouses representing countries like Mexico, Thailand and Korea.
Ministry highlights shared by Diane Thurber
Leader, Rocky Mountain Conference Ministerial Spouses Association