Bishop Huie's Appeal for Flood Victims in Louisiana

8/16/2016
Dear Friends, The devastating floods in Louisiana have taken a tremendous toll on our neighbors. I have been in contact with Bishop Harvey who indicated this was of a Katrina-level disaster for Louisiana. The Texas Annual Conference is not a stranger to these needs. We have been recipients of compassionate grace when we’ve suffered nature’s ravages, but we too have stepped up when our brothers and sisters in Christ were hurting.  Today I ask for your prayers for those in harm’s way and ...

TAC Disaster Response: Louisiana Floods

8/15/2016
As I'm sure you are aware, the State of Louisiana is suffering from another historic flooding event. While we praise God that we appear to have been spared another round of widespread flooding in the Texas Annual Conference, our heart nonetheless breaks for our sisters and brothers in Louisiana. Our two conferences have a long history of supporting each other through times of disaster, and I know you are all eager to help our neighbors. While we continue to pray for the Louisiana Conference, its...

A Leadership Story of Incredible Faith and Prayer

8/11/2016
Texas Annual Conference leaders who prayed fervently for Vano Kiboko, wrongly held in a Congo prison, are now celebrating his intense journey of ministry leading up to his release.   Imagine spending 492 days in prison -- in another country -- with very little explanation. Vano Kiboko has a prison story much like a modern-day Paul—and his story has had far reaching impact to encourage many as to the power of prayer and importance of sharing their faith. “Kiboko, was released from military prison...

A New Twist on VBS

8/11/2016
Van UMC and Dickinson UMC applied creativity and intentionality when hosting this annual tradition in new ways this summer.   Youngsters in the Dickinson community stepped back in time to experience life in Egypt, complete with an 8-foot, three-dimensional pyramid. Thanks to the creative ingenuity of Faith UMC led by youth ministry leader Helen Childs the “Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace” theme unfolded throughout the week of June 13. The youth were organized in “Egyptian families” to ...

Exploring Options: Appointed Task Force Studying SCJ Realignment

8/11/2016
Following 2012 General Conference, a jurisdictional task force has been researching hypothetical scenarios regarding the possible realignment of the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ). Rev. Jim Welch, representing the Texas Annual Conference on the study committee, collaborated with other SCJ representatives in developing a list of possible alignment plans presented at this year’s SCJ Conference – as a starting point for discussion. What’s all the buzz about “episcopal balance” or “alignment” ...

Leaders Share A Call to Ministry at Candidacy Summit

8/11/2016
Over 80 candidates began the exploring phase of ministry this month at the annual Candidacy Summit.   “My take from the Candidacy Summit weekend is that no matter where you are called, you must just know you are called and that God is continuing to write your story,” shares Timothy Coman, youth pastor at First UMC Dayton who knows his personal story is always subject to new chapters. “My journey for ministry actually began 25 years ago after coming to a conversion experience in Christ,” he ...

Making the Most of a Fall Festival

8/11/2016
Churches across the conference share ideas on how to better leverage this popular outreach activity to make disciples for the transformation of the world.   Fall provides a weather-friendly opportunity for churches to welcome the community on to the campus while often giving an “entry ramp” for families seeking an active children’s ministry for their youngsters. It is a premier opportunity to build relationships with others that are not associated with a church. Rev. Bob Farr, coauthor of Get ...

Responding to Racism: Westbury UMC “Dialogues” with the Community

8/11/2016
Associate Pastor Rev. Hannah Terry shares ways in which Westbury UMC is pursuing and facilitating healing amidst a surge in racism-inspired division on a local, national and global scale.   At 77 years young, she recently returned from a pilgrimage with her daughter to the Whitney and St. Joseph’s Plantations near New Orleans with the Center for the Healing of Racism. A member of Westbury UMC for 29 years, Yvonne Canida has been praying and working for the deep healing of racism to happen ...

Tri-District Camp Impacts Young Lives

8/11/2016
Youth from north, central and southwest Houston and neighboring towns gathered at Lakeview Conference center in July to make new friends and encounter God in the piney woods of East Texas.   High school student Gage Pottorff is a ‘regular’ when it comes to summer camp. A member of First UMC in Conroe, Gage recently returned from his fourth year as a Lakeview camper – and says it was the best yet. “Lakeview is usually a one-week camp that reinforces the ties between you and God, because there's a...

Skydiving Bishop

8/10/2016
One of the highlights of Bishop Huie’s last weeks in the Texas Annual Conference included a final Cabinet meeting, leading the conference staff in chapel and serving communion. She topped off her week with a sky dive that was a gift from the Cabinet earlier in her tenure. Because of her busy schedule, this was her first opportunity to do the jump. She was joined by Rev. Diane McGehee and the Cabinet witnessed their adventure.  

Services Scheduled to Welcome Bishop Jones

8/9/2016
Bishop Jones, our host churches, and our worship leader have confirmed the two Services of Welcome for the fall.    SERVICE OF WELCOME Tyler, Marvin UMC October 16, 2016 5:00-7:00 pm – service and reception   SERVICE OF WELCOME Houston FUMC, Westchase Campus October 23, 2016 5:00-7:00 pm – service and reception

15th Annual Meet the Composer with Bradley Ellingboe

8/8/2016
Directors and singers of all denominations are invited to participate in this choral event with featured composer and clinician Bradley Ellingboe. He has led a wide-ranging career in the world of singing, including accomplishments as a choral conductor, soloist, composer, scholar, and teacher. In order to sing in the Festival Choir on Sunday evening, participants must attend Saturday’s and Sunday’s rehearsals. The Sunday night Festival Service at 7PM is open to everyone; a love offering will be ...

Coldspring United Methodist Church Homecoming

8/7/2016
The oldest Methodist Church sanctuary with continuing Sunday services in Texas invites visitors, former pastors and members to celebrate our Methodist heritage in the Coldspring community. Bring tailgate food and view historical displays, hear special speakers, and hear personal anecdotes after 11:00 service. Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. at Coldspring Methodist Church sanctuary. 1 Cemetery Road  Coldspring, Texas 77331 Contact:  Melissa Hinton 713-822-8232 mhhinton2@sbcglo...

Lakeview to Offer Father-Son Retreat "Man Camp" in October

8/4/2016
Man Camp, a father and son retreat, scheduled for Oct. 28-30, 2016 at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, is a program that allows ample time for father and sons to connect in meaningful ways. Man Camp is designed with several hands-on activities that foster personal and spiritual growth and encourages new challenges for all ages.   The adventurous weekend will be filled with fun and challenging activities such as zip-lining, trapshooting, climbing, fishing, boating, tomahawk throwing, ...

August 2016 Singles Events

8/2/2016
There are several churches around the conference with ministries focused on single adults. See what's going on this month or learn how to add your events at: http://www.txcumc.org/singlesevents 

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