Texas Conference Runs Hurricane Harvey Ads

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – NOVEMBER 11, 2017 To raise money for Hurricane Harvey rebuilding, The United Methodist Churches in the Texas Conference are running newspaper, radio and billboard ads beginning this Sunday. Ads will run across major markets across the Texas Conference. Money for the advertising was given by a grant from United Methodist Communications and other generous donors. The ad reads:  Headlines fade. Water recedes, we’ll still be there. It will take years to clean up the ...

Catalyst for Renewal

Some leaders are hardwired for leading change; others have to learn to discern the ideal combination of wisdom, skills and accountability. Several leaders from the Texas Annual Conference (TAC) learned this firsthand at a Turnaround Pastor training session in Houston.   Since the two-day boot camp training is based on scientific research using The Birkman Method, TAC Birkman consultant Rev. Peter Cammarano of Chapelwood UMC Lake Jackson was more than intrigued. He attended along with Associate ...

COB Receives Report on Way Forward

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. - Placing emphasis on the values of unity, space and contextuality - all for the sake of mission – the Council of Bishops (COB) is exploring sketches of three models as possible directions for a way forward for The United Methodist Church over LGBTQ inclusion. With the mission of God through the risen Christ at the core, the bishops this week received an interim report from the Commission on a Way Forward that offered three sketches of models that would help ease the impasse...

Cohort Camaraderie

At 23, Bethany Brown recently moved to Texas to follow God's calling into youth ministry as the Children's and Youth Director at the First United Methodist Church of Dayton. She recently learned about an opportunity to join an online cohort of youth directors from across the south district. Although her group has only met in one Google hangout, facilitated by Eddie Erwin, Conference Director of Youth/Young Adult Ministry, she already has a sense of belonging and support.   Bethany says, “Our ...

Consulate on Wheels

In diverse communities there are many unmet needs. When the Mexican Consulate realized that many people of Mexican descent were unable or unwilling to travel into the city of Houston for help with documentation requirements, they looked to their community partner, Armstrong Elementary School in Missouri City.   Once the decision was made to bring a temporary Consulate office to southwest Houston, the leaders at Armstrong turned to their long time partner, First UMC Missouri City. As the school’s...

Growing and Going

Each summer, students hone their leadership and ministry skills at the Texas Youth Academy (TYA) leadership event hosted by the Texas Annual Conference. This annual “spiritual boot camp” helps several dozen high school students clarify their ministry calling. For Patrick Golden and Barinaale Dube, TYA was a launching pad that prepared them to stretch their leadership muscles in the weeks and years that followed. Just recently, they were both elected to serve as delegates to the 2018 Global Young...

Neighborly Love

In December of 2016, members of the Texas Annual Conference's cabinet traveled to Baton Rouge Louisiana where they helped repair damaged homes following the devastating floods.  After the flooding of Hurricane Harvey, members of the Louisiana cabinet felt a strong desire to return the goodwill.   “It’s an opportunity to be the physical hands and feet of Christ but also to provide the emotional support,” says Rev. Wybra Price, Shreveport District Superintendent. “We can bring that gift of an ...

Together in Mission

Three teams. Three sites. Three days. This October, nearly 30 conference leaders practiced servant leadership at locations where the ravages of Hurricane Harvey are still evident some six weeks later.   This year’s ministry outreach marks the 10th year that the Texas Conference Bishop along with ministry ordinands, district superintendents, and Center directors have devoted action-packed days to mission work. “I believe we are the only annual conference that does this type of project on a yearly...

Attitude of Gratitude

It’s fairly easy to be thankful for friends, family and food at this time of year. Fall can also provide the opportunity to make gratefulness an intentional way of life beyond Thanksgiving. How can we maintain an attitude of gratitude in the midst of disaster and random violent tragedies? How can we teach and model this concept? How can we put gratitude in action? Gratitude is what prompts us to pull wet carpet out of a neighbor’s home, hand a hamburger out the window to a homeless person, or ...

UMW Assembly 2018

United Methodist Women Assembly 2018 is a time for fellowship, equipping for service and collectively experiencing God’s call to mission with women, children and youth. Through moving worship, inspiring speakers, engaging exhibits, riveting workshops and town hall-style meetings, participants will leave Assembly with knowledge, courage and determination to change the world as part of a daring and compassionate 150-year-old movement of women committed to turning faith, hope and love into action. ...

Third Sunday Native American Worship November 19:  Jorie and Christie West

This month CONAM welcomes back Jorie and Christie West, who are known for their unique blend of rich, beautiful harmonies.   After working for many years as studio musicians and backup vocalists on the mainland and in Hawaii, they began singing as Sayani (Cherokee word meaning Zion).   They are Cherokee, Creek, and Choctah.  Their 'Sacred Fire' album was written to share their family stories, both past and present, of life as Indians through language and music.     If you have heard them sing, ...

Join us in Prayer for Sutherland Springs

This was a senseless, outrageous and evil act. I am shocked and heartbroken. Our brothers and sisters need our love and prayer support. Please stop whatever you are doing today and throughout the coming weeks and join me in praying for the pastor and families of those who lost loved ones at 11:20 a.m. Scott J. Jones

Holy Family

East Downtown Houston (EADO) is changing as an arts district and residential area take root, bringing new life and color to the dreary former warehouse district.   God is doing something new in East Downtown Houston too. We recently sat down with pastor Jacob Breeze to learn more about Holy Family.   Holy Family is such an unusual church. Was this a dream of yours for a long time? This is something I felt led into, propelled into, wooed into by God. We have said from the beginning that Holy ...

Theology on Tap

Theology on Tap (TOT) is what happens when church and happy hour collide. Six times a year more than 150 young adults of all beliefs and perspectives gather at an inner loop ecumenical setting to have a beer together and discuss matters of faith. This innovative mixer of sorts is the brainchild of several pastors and youth leaders. Two years ago Chapelwood UMC’s young adult ministry leader Rev. Andy Cunningham rallied some young adult ministry leaders in central Houston to discuss how to engage...

102nd Homecoming Celebration - St. Paul, Port Arthur

St. Paul UMC, Port Arthur invites all for a good time in Christian discipleship and fellowship as we celebrate our 102nd Annual Homecoming with Guest Speaker, Rev. Irv White of Windsor Village UMC, Houston. The event will be held Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at 821 Texas Avenue, Port Arthur, TX 77640. For additional information, contact:     Jacqueline Gunner (409) 985-9977 stpaulumcportarthurtx@gmail.com    

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