TAC 2017 Schedule for Tuesday 5-30

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 8:30 am           Business Session III (Main Sanctuary) Bracketed numbers indicate minutes allowed for each report. Please note your position on the agenda, and move toward the chancel area before your report is called. Prayer                  Retiree Video #3 [5] Clergy Excellence Recognition [10] Gail Ford Smith & Elizabeth Duffin Youth & Young Adult Ministries [5] – Eddie Erwin Election of Institutional Trustees [5] B.T. Williamson Conference Advance Special [5] The Way ...

Appointment Announcements

New appointments have been announced as of May 28, 2017.  See the latest appointment updates at http://www.txcumc.org/appointmentannouncements

Live Streaming Annual Conference 2017

All sessions of Annual Conference will be live-streamed through both YouTube and Facebook Live. Videos will also be available on demand following the event on YouTube. See scheduled events (PDF) Learn more at  http://www.txcumc.org/taclive 

Costa Rica Here We Come

Over two dozen high-school-age youth will head to serve the people of Los Guido with West University UMC this July, knowing they will be blessed in the process. For the last 12 summers, enthusiastic and energetic teens from West University UMC have headed to Costa Rica for mission work, and returned with a new sense of camaraderie and gratitude. Shelby Smolen, Director of Student Ministries, has been on 11 out of the last 12 trips and sees the life impact in her students. “Each of us sees ...

Evening VBS: A Convenient Alternative for Volunteers and Families

FUMC Huntsville offers local families the opportunity to drop kids to VBS after work, a strategy that attracts many participants from the community.   After moving to Huntsville about a year ago, Krisha Goodney began looking for a new church to join. “Last summer, we tried the VBS and just fell in love with the people at First United Methodist Church,” she says. “I went to VBS with my children each evening and participated by volunteering with a specific age group. For parents that work during ...

Extravagant Generosity Committee Provides Stewardship Insight “On Demand”

Rev. Dr. Rodney Graves and committee members are available for pastors and congregations seeking to cultivate a culture of generosity.   True stewardship is not really about the church budget. McCabe Roberts Ave UMC Pastor Dr. Rodney Graves knows faithful stewardship is a vital part of each individual’s journey toward becoming a deeply devoted disciple of Jesus Christ. As the chair of the Extravagant Generosity Committee for the conference, he wants to help churches and congregants to re-engage ...

It’s Official: “Adoption Merger” Between Chapelwood Houston UMC and Fair Haven UMC is Underway

Truth be told, the process of shaping the partnership between Fair Haven and Chapelwood Houston began early this year when members of both congregations began discussing the “what ifs” and the opportunities to double their ministry impact as a team. Central South District Superintendent Andy Noel describes it this way: "Following votes by both congregations, the adoption merger between Fair Haven and Chapelwood is made possible by a shared love of the Spring Branch mission field. United by the ...

New Communication Director: Shannon Martin

After serving the conference for 5 years as Communication Director, Paula Arnold is retiring on June 15, 2017. Bishop Scott Jones has selected Shannon Martin as the new director beginning June 5th. Shannon was the communications director for the conference from 1995 to 2000. At that time, she resigned to be a stay-at-home mom. She did however, stay active in her local church. She was part of a new church plant that has grown into Faithbridge UMC in Spring, Texas.  As is often the case in church ...

Tips for Pastors and Congregations in Transition

It is that time again - time for boxes, packing tape, moving trucks, and parsonage workdays. The Bible has wisdom to offer for those moving appointments, “It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8) And for those that seem to have nothing to hang on to in the midst of change - “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8). In addition to the wisdom from scripture here ...

Watershed UMC: A Case Study in Discerning Long Range Vision

Leaders at The Watershed UMC in League City, Tx have been working for months to have 20/20 vision with regard to what Rev. Lance Richards is calling the “15/1500 Vision.” Knowing that the area is expected to reach 250,000 residents over the next few decades, The Watershed leadership began last year to refine the long range vision of the church to connect more people with the opportunity to grow their faith and impact the community. “Basically,” explains Rev. Lance Richards, “in 15 years, The ...

Third Ward Community Cloth

The Church and Society Committee of Trinity UMC Will Host the Third Ward Community Cloth June 6. 2017 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at  Trinity United Methodist Church 2600 Holman, Houston, Texas. Thread Focus:  Mental Health Awareness and Services in the Houston Community Guest Speakers:  Dr. Clemelia Richardson, LCSW Administration Manager, Mental Health, City of Houston Tiffanie Williams- Brooks-MA, LPC- Practice Manager  The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD Miguel Navarro- MA, LPC - ...

Meals at TAC 2017: Registration Deadlines Draw Near

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 ...

Charis Spiritual Director Training

Charis Spiritual Director Training Class 5 begins with a Lakeview retreat at the end of August.  Application deadline has been extended to July 15! For more information about spiritual direction, the training program, or to begin the application process, visit http://charis-txcumc.org/  

Third Sunday Native American Worship May 21: Anna Edwards

Third Sunday Fellowship May 21 will be Anna Edwards, Veteran's & N.A. Advocate & Speaker (OhkayOwingeh). We want you to know how wise and funny and profound she is. Her topic is the meaning of Memorial Day - "Honoring our Fallen Warriors".  And, she is bringing a special surprise guest!     LOCATION: St. Marks United Methodist Church 1615 Patterson St., Houston, Tx. (One block south of I-10 & west of I-45 Close to I-10 and Shepherd Dr.) Potluck and fellowship follow the service 2017 Speakers ...

Confirmation Ideas Exchange May 24

Kingwood & the Central North District are hosting a Lunch & Learn focusing on Confirmation Conversations. The event will be on May 24th from 12-2 at Kingwood UMC and anyone who is involved with Confirmation is invited; youth worker, pastors, volunteers, prayer partners, etc.  RSVP here by May 19th and the cost for lunch is $10.   

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