In the Shadows – Human Trafficking Panel Discussion

A panel discussion entitled “In the Shadows ... Human Sex Trafficking and Child Slavery", will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 in Houston. The event will be presented by AOC Global Marketing.     Event Location: Houston Community College West Loop South Center 5106 West Loop South Registration: 8:30 am - 9:45 am Event Time: 10 am – 1 pm   For registration information or additional questions, e-mail  or call 713-489-7262 ext. 700.   

SCJ Mission Academy: September 10-13

The South Central Jurisdiction Mission Academy is an event of the United Methodist Church, where those who desire to serve others through hands-on mission service can come together to learn, share, and discuss healthy and effective ways to do so. The 2017 dates are September 10-13th at the Leadership Center in Aurora, Nebraska. Please review each course description carefully. It will help to print the course offerings and mark your selections before you begin registration. You can also download...

Sermons Around the Conference

The following links to sermons were selected at random. They are listed in no particular order.   Love Is… First UMC, Bryan - Rev. Jennifer Webber   Why did Jesus Tell Confusing Stories? Cedar Bayou Grace UMC, Beaumont - Rev. John Newsom   Family Reunion Upper Room Chapelwood, Houston - Rev. Christian Washington   Fellowship Marvin UMC, Tyler – Rev. David Dorn   Summer Smoothie: Faithfulness Memorial Drive UMC, Houston – Dr. John Robbins   Want more? See a listing to links of video, audio and ...

Cross Connection Update

The Texas Annual Conference Cross Connection has received a face lift. If you noticed in your latest issue of our bi-weekly publication, we're sporting a new look! The layout is cleaner and allows for larger images as well as more options for content. Check out the July 13 issue at Subscribe or update your e-mail address.

Award-Winning Volunteer

Communication professional Tracy Torma tends to volunteer wherever her membership roots are planted. “I’ve helped my last three churches with their website,” she says, “and I’m excited to learn that my latest project with FUMC Palestine landed an Award of Excellence in digital communication from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Houston chapter.” A team of church volunteers helped develop the new website last year with the assistance of Mustard Seed Studio, a ...

Bubbles, Seeds and Heroes

Thanks to Westbury UMC, there is a unique neighborhood in southwest Houston that is fostering trust building and friendships that cross boundaries of race, ethnicity, economics, and residential housing for the purpose of personal wholeness and systemic change. Under the tender loving care and passion of Rev. Hannah Terry, associate pastor of Westbury UMC and executive director of FAM, Fondren Apartment Ministry -- with 2,000+ low-income residents -- has grown from an experimental outreach to ...

Impacting Human Trafficking

Surprisingly, victims of human trafficking span all geographic and demographic markers. According to the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work, there are more than 300,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas, including almost 79,000 minors and youth victims of sex trafficking and nearly 234,000 adult victims of labor trafficking.  Awareness about this epidemic has inspired many United Methodists in the Texas Conference to take action in recent months to support the yearlong ...

Meet Denisse Peña

Denisse Peña is one of nine students involved in the 2017 TAC College Pastoral Internship Project.   Some 15 years ago, The Texas Annual Conference committed to cultivating vibrant, growing churches while investing in a younger generation. An exciting vision was born through the Emerging Leaders Initiative with the goal of recruiting pastors for the future of the denomination. One of the four programs focused on this goal is the College Pastoral Internship Project that allows university students...

Second Chance Ministry

Atascocita UMC, Humble is helping rebuild lives and homes through a special mission called the Jubilee Project, which brings houses and former prisoners back to life. Run through the United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, the program gives former prisoners a second chance through employment and encouragement. Years ago, local UMC Pastor Thomas Hargis, a seminary friend of Atascocita UMC Associate Pastor Cameron Supak, started the Jubilee Project by taking a house that nobody wanted, hiring...

Students Develop Perseverance

When leaders find a need, they lead. Texas A&M and Blinn College student leaders with the A&M Wesley Foundation have persevered -- through rain delays and other obstacles in recent months – to finish a service project at Lee Chapel UMC, Bryan.   Students started refurbishing Lee Chapel UMC, a small African-American congregation last November, with the help of the Open Arms Sunday School class from A&M UMC. “As we worked to repair siding and paint the church,” recalls Ben Sinclair, Wesley ...

Training Communities

What does shalom look like in friendships? What does shalom look like in cities where there are significant barriers to racial reconciliation? Executive Director Matt Russell, Ph.D. ProjectCURATE, a social incubator founded by St. Paul’s UMC Houston is excited about his latest grassroots opportunity. “This is not another workshop or seminar on race relations,” he shares. “We are partnering with community organizations, Houston thought leaders, and UMC churches this fall to try something bold. “...

Houston Lay School of Theology: Land Matters - Geography and the Bible

Taught by Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles, Professor of New Testament, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. Saturday, August 19, 2017   9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. St. Paul's United Methodist Church 5501 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77004 Childcare will be available through St. Paul's United Methodist Church for this class with an advanced request. To secure a space for your child, please notify Priscilla Pope-Levison by 5:00 p.m. August 14, ...

Third Sunday Native American Worship July 16:  James Stephenson

We welcome you at St. Mark's UMC, Houston (Patterson) on July 16 at 4 pm to listen to James Stephenson preach and sing about God's love.  He will be talking about a topic we all need to hear about - "Blessed Hope."  If you have ever heard James sing, you know that you want to be there. If you haven't, you won't want to miss this chance.  We will also be blessed to hear Chance Landry sing her new Veteran's Song that she sang on Memorial Day this last month for the first time.     After that, ...

Being One: A Marriage Seminar for Engaged and Newly-Wed Couples

St. Paul’s, UMC, Houston will be hosting Being One: A Marriage Seminar for Engaged and Newly-Wed Couples on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 9 am–2 pm The focus will be on equipping couples with skills for married life. There is a $100 fee. Register at Location: St. Paul’s, UMC 5501 Main Street  Houston, TX 77004  

Nominations Open For 2017 Perkins Distinguished Alumnus/A Award

Perkins School of Theology is accepting nominations for its 2017 Distinguished Alumnus/a Award through Aug. 1, 2017.   Each year, Perkins School of Theology recognizes Perkins graduates who have demonstrated effectiveness and integrity in service to the church, continuing support and involvement in the goals of Perkins School of Theology and SMU, distinguished service in the wider community and exemplary character.   The 2016 DAA recipients were Rev. John McKellar (M.Div. ’90), Pastor of White’s...

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