Appointment Announcements

2/24/2017
Appointment Announcement February 24, 2017 Bishop Scott J. Jones announces the following appointments: Kip Gilts from South District Superintendent to Central North District Superintendent Vincent Harris from Houston Journey of Faith to South District Superintendent Tony Vinson from East District Superintendent to Southwest District Superintendent Richard P. White from Quitman/Liberty to East District Superintendent Artie Cadar from Houston Crossroads to Coordinator of Mission Field Development ...

Chapelwood UMC, Houston Hosts “Night to Shine” for People with Special Needs

2/23/2017
Chapelwood UMC, Houston joined over 350 other churches across 50 states and 11 countries to give people with special needs the ‘royal treatment’ on February 11.   It was a “Frozen” themed night for Kourtlyn Irwin. She wore an ice blue dress to the Tim Tebow Foundation’s “Night to Shine” prom event hosted by Chapelwood UMC Houston complete with a tiara placed on her head by Miss Teen Texas. Her enchanted experience included a stop by the ‘beauty station’ for makeup and a fancy hairdo inspired by ...

Perkins Theological School for the Laity

2/23/2017
Laity: go deep into a Biblical or theological topic during “Head Strong, Heart Felt: Welcome to a World of Learning at Perkins,” the theme of this year’s Perkins Theological School for the Laity (PTSL). The event will be Thursday, March 30 – Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Perkins School of Theology on SMU’s campus.  Choose one or two courses from the seven that will be offered:  ·   Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls with Dr. Angela Kim Harkins ·   Spiritual Autobiography: Writing Our Faith with ...

Rev. Eric Huffman Tells the Story behind “The Story Houston” Worship Community’s Two-year Anniversary

2/23/2017
Preacher’s kid Eric Huffman reflects on his own story and crisis of faith, as he gives the backstory leading up to the launch of the newest worship community within St. Luke’s UMC.   “I grew up in church, at Red Lick UMC outside of Texarkana,” shares Rev. Eric Huffman, pastor of The Story, Houston, and son of District Superintendent Chuck Huffman. “I was super-involved in everything: UMYF, Choir, Church Council, Annual Conference, Conference Youth Ministries, Jurisdictional Youth Team, in fact, ...

Southwest District “Runs for a Reason” & Places in Top 15 Fundraisers to Stop Human Trafficking

2/23/2017
Kudos to the Southwest District for already raising over $67,000 to fight human trafficking.   Rumor has it, Rev. Diane McGehee will shave her head -- if all nine districts rise to the occasion and raise a total of a million dollars to fight human trafficking via the Reason2Race events across the state by year-end. She shares, “I am overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from the Southwest District as they hit the streets to raise awareness and help in the fight to stop human trafficking.  ...

St. Mark’s Baytown Offers Hometown Hospitality with a Twist

2/23/2017
There is such a thing as a’ free lunch,’ according to visitors and Vibrant Church Initiative “mystery guests” that worship at St. Mark’s Baytown.   Hospitality is so important to the members of St. Mark’s UMC, Baytown that the committee is known as The LAMP, which stands for Love and Multiply People. “Every Sunday there are greeters at the doors and in the parking lot to welcome people and help direct them as they come in,” says Associate Pastor Rev. Raegan Seaton, “but our iconic greeter is ...

Student Intern Documenting Interfaith Experiences on Instagram

2/23/2017
University of Houston senior Erica Petersen is sharing stories of religious diversity as a part of her internship at Holy Family.   A millennial and a cell phone can be a powerful combination, especially when your name is Erica Petersen and you use ‘said phone’ to record and post positive stories of racial and religious diversity. A senior Human Development and Family Studies major at University of Houston, Erica is serving a semester-long internship alongside Rev. Jacob Breeze in an innovative ...

TAC Teams Answer the Call to Help Waterlogged Louisiana – Again

2/23/2017
Spring and summer floods in Louisiana have created a backlog in the recovery process and Texas Annual Conference groups are heading over to help.   “April showers bring…May mission teams?”  Although that’s not how the rhyme normally flows, Louisiana Disaster Response Director Debra Davis hopes it will be true, as they are particularly low on volunteers scheduled to help with flood recovery in April, May and beyond.   Although Texas has been deluged with the after math of record amounts of water ...

UNLEASHED College Style

2/23/2017
Sky Ranch provided the backdrop to this year’s Wesley Foundation All Campus retreat where students experienced the UNLEASHED Curriculum and discussion groups designed to propel passions and momentum for relevant ministry moments.   Be fearless. Show courage. Be curious. Those are the messages heard by 250 UMC college students discerning God's call on their lives, wrestling with challenging questions while following Jesus, and learning to live courageously in Christian community. Launched several...

2017 Pre-Conference Meetings

2/22/2017
Please note the scheduled dates for 2017 pre-conference meetings. Locations will be added once they are confirmed.  

Ash Wednesday/Lenten Prayer Service - St. Paul UMC, Port Arthur

2/22/2017
Join us for fellowship, evangelism and worship as we praise God and prepare for Resurrection Sunday.  Ash Wednesday Services will be held, Wednesday, March 1 in the Sanctuary at 6 PM;  Lenten Prayer Services begin Thursday, March 2 - April 7 at 6 PM,  Monday through Friday in the Education Building of the church.   Event Name:   Ash Wednesday/Lenten Prayer Service Date:    Wednesday, March 1 - Friday, April 14, 2017 Time:  6:00 PM Address:     821 Texas Avenue – Port Arthur, TX 77640   Contact:...

Lenten Prayer Breakfast - St. Paul UMC, Port Arthur

2/22/2017
We welcome everyone to join us for worship and fellowship as we celebrate our Annual Lenten Prayer Breakfast with Guest Speaker, Rev. Donald Frank.  Contact the church office to schedule transportation. Visit our website: www.stpaulumcportarthurtx.org. Date:    Saturday, February 25, 2017 Time:  8:30 AM Address:     821 Texas Avenue – Port Arthur, TX 77640 Contact:     Tena Tyler (409) 985-9977 stpaulumcportarthurtx@gmail.com     

Prospective Students Invited to Attend Inside Perkins Event on Wednesday, March 1

2/22/2017
Is theological education possibly in your future?  All prospective degree and non-degree students are invited to attend Inside Perkins, a free information session offered by Perkins School of Theology, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1. Inside Perkins participants will have an opportunity to engage with students and faculty, attend a class with Dr. Roy Heller, Associate Professor of Old Testament, or Dr. Robert Hunt, Professor of Christian Mission and Interreligious Relations, ...

Thank You for Your Extravagant Generosity

2/14/2017
TAC extends a special thank you to the 562 congregations that paid their apportionments in full during this past year.. See the full list (PDF)

Rev. Morris Matthis Named Conference Director of New Faith Communities

2/11/2017
Effective July 1, Central North District Superintendent Rev. Morris Matthis will join the staff of the Texas Annual Conference as Director of New Faith Communities.   In the sixth year of a 6-year term as district superintendent of the Central North district, Rev. Morris Matthis has just learned of his next ministry adventure. Bishop Scott Jones and the TAC Cabinet have appointed him Director of New Faith Communities, to fill the position recently vacated by Rev. Jeff Olive who is now pastoring ...

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