Texas United Methodist Bishops Respond to Greg Abbott's Withdrawal from Federal Refugee Resettlement Program

Statement from the United Methodist Bishops of Texas:   As bishops of The United Methodist Church in Texas we join with other faith leaders in our state to encourage Governor Greg Abbott to seek a pathway that will affirm the worth of all humankind.   As Christians and as Texans our values are grounded in respect and hospitality toward newcomers. Those values lead us to welcome refugees to our state. We recognize that these are difficult and complex times but as Christians, we rely on Jesus ...

Calling all Newly Elected Leaders and District Leadership Teams

Bishop Scott Jones and Dr. Lovett Weems will be facilitating the Leadership Training event on October 15 from 10-2:30 at First UMC Conroe. Their focus will be alignment and collaborative leadership.  Anticipating a group of 300+, organizers invite elected leaders in the annual conference to work alongside District Leadership Teams and Core Leadership Team members in district groups following the keynote and workshop.   10 – 10:30 am - Gathering & Worship 10:30 - 11:00 am Keynote by Bishop Scott ...

District Visits: Bishop Scott Jones Looks Forward to Meeting You

Bishop Scott Jones is coming to a district near you, so mark your calendars and don’t miss this opportunity to meet-greet-and-learn from an expert in the Wesleyan Way. Bishop Scott Jones is going to see a lot of Texas over the next six months in a series of district visits that stretch into February. He starts the first of nine “road trips” by heading to the largest church in the southeast district: Wesley UMC, Beaumont on Saturday, September 24. “There will likely be a few similarities in each...

Lakeview Gears Up to Roll Out New Camp Model in 2017

Next year, campers across the conference – as well as leaders and parents -- will experience new Wesleyan-based curriculum designed to bolster spiritual formation in a consistent manner.    The theme for Summer Camp 2017 is aptly called, “Transformed,” according to Bradley Doherty, Director of Camp & Ministry for Lakeview Methodist Conference Center. The theme has a spiritual implication, but actually describes the camping strategy, which has been transformed over the last months and years as ...

October Event Allows Attendees to Explore Church Planting

An ideal way to research and discern a call to plant a church is to attend the New Church Leadership event in Houston on October 18-20, so register soon.   There is likely a good bit of curiosity among clergy and laity about the process of starting a church. Many have likely felt the Holy Spirit’s prompting and wondered, ”What if…” While starting a church is an exciting call, it is a unique undertaking that requires targeted training and insight.   Next month, the Texas Annual Conference is ...

Seeing a Soccer Field as a Mission Field

Rev. David Horton shares the impact of facilitating community rather than competition on the church soccer field, complete with the aid of Houston Dynamo Street Team members helping youngsters from all nations play together. In an area of town where green space is hard to find, the new soccer field on the Gethsemane campus of St. Luke’s UMC in Houston is rightly referred to as the “Field of Dreams.” Rev. David Horton describes his personal “aha moment” that played a part in the church becoming ...

Texas Conference: Giving to Help Others

In August, Bishop Huie asked the Texas Annual Conference to step up and offer help to our brothers and sisters in Louisiana, thousands of whom were displaced and distressed as a result of wide-spread flooding. At that time, she laid out a goal to raise $150,000.   Because of your enormous generosity, we have already raised $95,228 to date. The cameras and fleeting media attention have moved on from covering the disaster, but people are still in need of your help.     If you would like to learn ...

Tools of the Times: Developing an Outstanding Social Media Presence

As the Texas Annual Conference revs up its ‘social media machine,’ local congregations are positioned to benefit from the content, exposure and the new online toolkit created to promote transformational communication. Meet the newest members of the Communication Team.   As social media trends continue to take the communication world by storm, the Texas Annual Conference has taken steps to establish a more impactful online presence. “Some congregations and organizations still shy away from social...

WordServe Team Develops ‘Flexibility’ Skills Through International Ministry Work in Honduras

The opportunity to serve God internationally is something college senior Jonathan Dent and his fellow travelers will not soon forget. WordServe is a church that is known for its’ ministries in the Katy/Fulshear community, but each summer members are given the opportunity to serve internationally. In keeping with this goal, the church gathered a Compassion Team to assist Living Water International for a week during the peak of summer. College senior Jonathan Dent admits, “You always hear that in ...

FUMC Pearland to Host Golf Event

FUMC Pearland invites the community participate in our first annual golf event honoring the legacy of longtime pastor, Dr. Bob Joiner. The event will be hosted on Thursday, November 17, at Golfcrest Country Club.   Bob’s genuine love for those who surrounded him and servant heart for those in need made him the perfect pastor to lead our senior adult and caring ministries. Bob comforted the hurting. He healed emotional wounds with insight and patience Dr. Bob passed away in August 2015. His ...

Spirit of Helping Luncheon Benefiting Wesley Community Center

The Annual Spirit of Helping Luncheon Benefiting Wesley Community Center will be held Wednesday, October 5, 2016.   For over 112 years, Wesley Community Center has been supporting and strengthening families in Houston’s Near Northside.  Each year, Wesley holds a luncheon to celebrate our work and programs that impact over 20,000 Houstonians annually.   Please join us for this year’s luncheon on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at the Junior League of Houston, to hear Dr. Stephen Klineberg, the ...

3,040 sandwiches: Lake Houston UMC’s Revolution Youth group hits milestone

Huffman Food Pantry volunteer Charlie Easter describes it best as a smile on a recipient’s face when he or she receives a free sandwich in addition to the food from the pantry each week. These special sandwiches are put together by the Revolution Youth group called MISSION: SERVE at Lake Houston United Methodist Church in Huffman. A year ago, the youths celebrated making 1,040 sandwiches which are given out to Huffman Food Pantry clients.   See full story from The Lake Houston Observer  

Meet the Minister Building Bridges Between Refugee Communities in Westbury

“We want this to be a church for all people,” declares Rev. Hannah Terry, clad in a minister’s collar and shiny, black high-top tennis shoes, as she opens the service at Westbury United Methodist Church on a recent Sunday morning. “Because we believe there is enough love to go around.”   See full story from Houstonia  

Voices of the Movement

On September 29th Trinity United Methodist Church in Houston is partnering with the ACLU in a Town Hall meeting addressing Mass Incarceration in our communities.   Come hear stories and poetry from Houstonians affected by mass incarceration! Join community members, activists, issue experts, advocates, and organizations as we share our experiences and explore solutions to fix our criminal justice system.   The forum will examine the problem of mass incarceration, its causes, and some effective ...

Early Response Team Training: November 5

TAC Disaster Ministries is hosting an UMCOR Early Response Team training at Holy Covenant UMC - Katy on November 5, 2016. The mission of an early response team is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster. The team is neither a first response group of emergency workers nor a recovery, rebuild or repair team. Rather, teams are trained and equipped to enter a disaster site soon after one strikes. They are self-sustaining and have their own transportation, fuel, food, ...

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