Behind the Scenes With a Part-Time Local Pastor

4/27/2017
John Thomas brings the same level of passion to the pulpit as he does to his full-time job as a teacher in East Texas.   When Rev. John Thomas retraces his spiritual journey into ministry, there are several surprising twists and turns. “Although my dad was a preacher, I would not say that my faith was my own until I was grown and on my own,” recants John. “I moved from Texas Tech in Lubbock to East Texas because that was home for my wife, and my plan was to teach – certainly not to preach,” he ...

Conference Staff Realignment Focuses on Expanding Mission Field

4/27/2017
New appointments are bringing new faces to the Texas Annual Conference staff, along with new perspectives in several modified positions of leadership.   As Rev. Artie Cadar moves from serving as pastor of Houston Crossroads to a new position in the conference office as Coordinator of Mission Field Development, he is part of a mission-driven strategy that has been unfolding over the last decade. “Across the Texas Conference, communities are rapidly expanding in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural ...

Denomination Launches E-newsletter called “United Methodist Now”

4/27/2017
This new digital publication features insight and inspiration delivered with the distinctive voice of the denomination. A new e-newsletter marks the launch of a denomination-wide effort to streamline and customize communications for United Methodist members, leaders and seekers. A reflection of UMC.org, United Methodist Now is the first publication to carry the voice of the denomination directly to members by delivering inspirational and informational content specifically designed for them. “...

First UMC Orange Youth Lead by Example

4/27/2017
Whether they are participating in a 30-hour famine or picking up trash in and around town, the youth at First UMC Orange are modeling the Christian life for others to see.   How many youth groups have a “Purpose Statement?” The youth ministry of FUMC Orange does – and it shows. Here, students strive “to be zealous about their God through a united community -- not only making an effort to share the gospel with others, but to disciple others into a relationship with Christ as well.”   After ...

Handling Change: Life Coach Shares Ways to Turn Obstacles into Opportunities

4/27/2017
From his experiences as a life coach and TAC Vibrant Church Initiative consultant, Steve Stutz shares how keeping an open mind opens new opportunities.   One thing that I’ve learned as a life coach and consultant is that we all have issues with “change.” Whether it’s the thought of making a significant change in our personal lives or banding together to chart a new direction for our congregation, the very idea can be so intimidating for some of us that, even though we want to step up and do the ...

Urban Poets to Share Anthology of Insight and Inspiration

4/27/2017
Student authors in the life-changing Iconoclast program (sponsored in part by the Texas Annual Conference) will share their artistic expressions on May 11.   Improbable friendships are one of the by-products of projectCURATE’s Iconoclast program that is active in seven urban schools and three juvenile detention centers in the Houston area. This artistic approach to self-expression is designed to interrupt the flow of the “school to prison pipeline” and it is changing lives on a regular basis.   ...

Youth-Focused Activities Abound at 2017 Annual Conference

4/27/2017
Following a two-year hiatus, youth-friendly fellowship and worship opportunities will return to the Annual Conference this May at The Woodlands UMC. Eddie Erwin, the TAC Director of Youth & Young Adults, is excited about Annual Conference this year for a number of reasons.  “First,” he shares, “our time of Holy Conferencing will be in the welcoming setting of The Woodlands United Methodist Church and the surrounding communities. Secondly, some of our youth will have completed their school ...

Human Trafficking Awareness Event: Modern Day Slave Auction May 2

4/26/2017
  DATE: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 TIME: 4:45pm — Modern Day Slave Auction and Press Conference 5:30pm — Volunteer Outreach Event: Flyer Distribution WHERE: Jury Assembly Plaza, 1201 Congress St., Houston, TX 77002 VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION / INFO: http://www.freethecaptiveshouston.com/otc-outreach/ Houston is one of the top cities in the nation for sex trafficking, and this problem increases whenever large events come to town, like the Offshore Technology Conference. A modern day slave auction will be ...

Meals at TAC 2017: Registration Deadlines Draw Near

4/26/2017
Please register soon for meals at TAC 2017.  SATURDAY 5/27 Cabinet Dinner 6:00 – 9:00 pm Marriott Waterway For Cabinet only - no tickets required   SUNDAY 5/28 Board of Ordained Ministry Meeting/Meal  4:00-6:30 pm TWUMC-Asbury Hall BOM Members only – No tickets required                                                                                 Youth Groups Food & Fellowship 4:00 – 6:00 pm                TWUMC-The Loft “Rebel Base” Food Trucks available for purchase Please RSVP online by ...

Pre-Conference Videos

4/26/2017
Pre-Conference meetings were held in each district in preparation for Annual Conference 2017. For those unable to attend and for those who would like to review some of the materials presented, video presentations are being made available at: http://www.txcumc.org/pretac2017videos The text of the constitutional amendments are available at http://www.txcumc.org/amendments2017 Additional information about TAC 2017 is online at: http://www.txcumc.org/tac2017 Annual Conference 2017 Overview      ...

Council of Bishops Sets Date for Special Session of General Conference in 2019

4/25/2017
The Council of Bishops announced the call to a special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.   The special meeting of The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly will be limited to acting on a report by Council of Bishops, based on the proposals from the Commission on the Way Forward. The 32-member commission, appointed by the bishops, has the charge of finding ways for the denomination to stay together despite deep differences around homosexuality. General ...

Court Hears Arguments Over Gay Bishop

4/25/2017
Was last July’s election of a gay bishop by United Methodists in the denomination’s U.S. Western Jurisdiction a violation of church law or a legal elevation of a clergy member in good standing? Representatives of both positions argued their case before the United Methodist Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, during an April 25 oral hearing. Athough she was not named in the motion for a declaratory decision submitted to Judicial Council, the focus was squarely on Bishop Karen ...

Immigration Community Meeting - Clear Lake UMC

4/24/2017
Learn about educational opportunities for undocumented students, learn about your rights and plan for the future, and consult with immigration attorneys. Thursday, April 27th 2017 7:00-9:30 PM Clear Lake Methodist Church 16335 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77062 For information: (713) 686-1577 See Flyer   Acompáñenos para aprender acerca de oportunidades educativas para estudiantes indocumentados, aprenda acerca de sus derechos, y como planear para el futuro, y consulte con abogados de inmigració...

Itinerancy & Relocation Event

4/18/2017
"You Say Goodbye...I Say Hello" an Itinerancy & Relocation Event Presented by The Center for Clergy Excellence At the direction of the Bishop and Cabinet, all relocating clergypersons and P/SPRC chairpersons (or lay representative) are required to attend. The event is based on "The Right Start" by Dr. Lovett Weems and is designed to help clergy and congregations work together to reduce the stress of relocation and facilitate healthy, graceful transitions. Two Options to Attend:      Saturday, ...

2017 Pre-Conference Meetings

4/16/2017
If you are unable to attend the meeting scheduled in your district, you are welcome to attend a meeting in another district.  The full schedule for 2017 pre-conference meetings is as follows: Additional information for Annual Conference 2017 is available at: http://www.txcumc.org/tac2017 Anyone who will need childcare during Annual Conference, visit http://www.txcumc.org/childcare2017 for more information. (originally posted 2/15/2017)

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