Tuesday, May 31 Schedule

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 8:30 am Business Session III (Lanier Grand Ballroom) 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 – Silverio T. Sanchez Retiree Video #5 [5] Clergy Excellence Recognition [10] Gail Ford Smith & Elizabeth Duffin Election of Institutional Trustees [5] – B.T. Williamson Archives & History [5] - Faulk Landrum Conference Advance Special [10] World ...

Appointment Announcements

The latest appointment announcements are now available at http://www.txcumc.org/appointmentannouncements

Conference Charters Abiding Faith UMC

Conference Charters Abiding Faith UMC Patience and prayer are the hallmarks of vital congregations, including a new fellowship in south Houston aptly named Abiding Faith UMC, chartered this month under the leadership of Rev. Deborah Vaughn.   When it comes to life highlights, Rev. Deborah Vaughn will likely include – on her list -- the experience of leading a church that was chartered into the the Texas Annual Conference on May 22. This special service recognizing Abiding Faith UMC as a vibrant,...

Confirmation, Camp Style

Lakeview Conference Center was the backdrop for students of FUMC Nacogdoches to explore the final steps of Confirmation training.   Dr. Jeff McDonald describes Confirmation as an opportunity for students to “say yes to God.” He shares that the Confirmation program at FUMC Nacogdoches is a nine-month program where students learn to recognize and respond to the Holy Spirit working in their lives. “They are given an opportunity to confirm, or make firm, their personal commitment to our baptismal ...

Hispanic Leaders Celebrate Halfway Point of Apprenticeship

Participants share their journey through the first year of the Hispanic Leadership Apprentice Program designed to help discern a calling into the candidacy process and equip leaders to launch new Hispanic/multicultural ministries.   Nominated by their pastors, participants of the two-year Hispanic Leadership Apprenticeship Program are enjoying the ‘trifecta of training.’ This handpicked group of spiritual leaders has access to study sessions, mentorship, and on-the-job training to discern a ...

Letter from Bishop Huie

Dear Friends,   I am so looking forward to gathering with you in a few days at our annual conference to worship, learn and fellowship. Most importantly, we gather to remember why we are a people called Methodists. The past two weeks in Portland at the 2016 General Conference were at times frustrating, relentlessly tiring but also inspiring and hope-filled. I saw the determination of a deeply divided body, despite pressure toward division, strive toward unity. To that end, the delegates turned to...

Liberty UMC: Quitman’s Small Church with Big Ideas

From mailers to meals and magic shows, Liberty UMC in Quitman is acting large and in charge by building relationships in the community.   Early in the year, a group of leaders at Liberty UMC in Quitman felt the need to do some kind of community outreach or event. Much to the evangelism team’s delight, church leaders budgeted $800-$1,000 and they got to work.   “We began devising a plan to host a fellowship dinner and invite the community,” John explains. “ Jerry Price and I scouted a local ...

New Church Leadership Institute: Curious About Church Planting?

The ideal way to research and discern a calling to plant a church is to attend this NCLI event in Houston on October 18-20. Starting a church is an exciting call, but one that often requires unique training and insight. This fall, the Texas Annual Conference is hosting a New Church Leadership Institute designed to assist pastors and laity to discern if they are called to be a new church planter. This is an informal, test-the-water type event that will familiarize attendees with various church ...

Youth Serve the Homeless Via Multiple Church Partnership

Youth from FUMC Pittsburg stay at the Williams Memorial UMC facilities so they can be nearby to help strengthen the outreach capacity of FUMC Texarkana.   Have enthusiastic youth group, will travel could be the motto of FUMC Pittsburg. According to Rev. Mike Akin, pastor of FUMC Texarkana, this group of young people has been an essential part of his congregation’s effectiveness in serving the homeless.   “Our congregation does not presently have a youth program,” notes Mike, “so we were in need ...

St. Paul’s UMC, Houston Hosts Royal School of Church Music

Girls from all over the country will come together this summer at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (UMC) for the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Gulf Coast Course for Girls. These serious young musicians, ages 10 through 18, will be immersed in a week of sacred music under the direction of world class musicians and directors. The training course choir will present one concert and lead four worship services at three different churches. The public is welcome to attend any of these ...

Upcoming Youth Ministry Events

Last chance to register for our Houston area Youth Ministry Intern Training.   Register at http://goo.gl/forms/tt3NOvBVuZ1JeTlA2 Join us Tuesday of Annual Conference for lunch.  We're meeting at Spaghetti Warehouse (901 Commerce, Houston, TX 77002) from 12-1:30.  You'll be able to pay as you walk in: Lasagna is $9 and the other entrees are $8.  RSVP to eerwin@txcumc.org by 5/30. Lakeview Camps: Choir Camp June 6-10 East/West June 13-17 North/Northwest June 20-24 South June 27- July 1 Southeast...

Closing of Galena Park UMC

Closing of Galena Park UMC: "Our last service was really beautiful and became a homecoming celebration."

Strawbridge UMC Interfaith Celebration

On Tuesday, June 14 Strawbridge UMC, will be hosting an interfaith Iftaar, the breaking of the Ramadan fast, titled “Building Bridges,” in association with Temple Beth Torah and Friends of Iman for the purpose of celebrating the common values shared in the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths.  We will meet at 7:30pm for a presentation, then share a meal. The presentation portion of the evening includes a speaker from each of the three faiths represented. Last fall, 150 attended a similar ...

A Dozen Churches Join the “Serve-olution” to Impact Lives in Galveston

Twelve churches and over 1200 volunteers worked to lift the name of Jesus throughout Galveston Island through a combined “Serve-olution” event.   Creativity has been one of the core values at Galveston Central Church in Galveston since it’s inception as a revitalization project connected with The Watershed UMC in League City, the South District, and the Texas Annual Conference. That creativity is inspired in part by Michael Gienger, who preaches barefooted on Sundays amidst sanctuary pews ...

Behind the Scenes with the Worship Leaders for Annual Conference

Working with consultant Dr. Marcia McFee has been an uplifting experience for worship leaders Lindsay Smith and Michael Vaughn as they add special touches to the upcoming Annual Conference.    Inspired by many of Bishop Janice Huie’s favorite scriptures, the 2016 Annual Conference promises many unforgettable moments, including the special worship services designed by Dr. Marcia McFee’s worship planning team, Michael Vaughn, director of music and worship arts for Wildwood UMC and Lindsay Smith, ...

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