Connectional Giving Webinar - December 6th for Annual Conferences

Tuesday December 6th GCFA will be hosting a Connectional Giving Webinar.    “Together, We Do More” Pastor and Leader Toolkit Resources – Webinar Designed for Annual Conference Staffs!   With GCFA On-Demand, we are bringing our resources to you. This is a reminder that we will host this webinar on Tuesday,December 6, 2016 at 11:00am PST, 1:00pm CST, 2:00pm EST.  This webinar is free and open to all annual conference staff members interested in this topic. Be sure to mark your calendars and tell ...

Enroll Now to Receive Interpreter Magazine for 2017

Subscribing only takes a few minutes and doesn’t cost a thing. Each issue provides content and ideas to help fuel the spiritual growth of your church's leaders and members.   Interpreter magazine offers United Methodists free access to valuable, actionable articles on the topics of technology, spiritual growth, leadership development, congregational growth, ministry with the poor, and global health.    Every United Methodist church who registers five leaders or members to receive a FREE print ...

Advent and Christmas Resources

Tis’ the season of anticipation, hope and preparation. Below are some resources for your ministry as we all move toward Advent and Christmas and await the arrival of Christ together.    Advent and Christmas Worship Planning Resources   Advent Devotions from (PDF) Advent and Christmas resources from Cokesbury   What is Advent?   Where did Advent Come From?   What Do the Candles in Our Advent Wreath Mean? Advent Reflection: Waiting on the Light Chuck Knows Church: Advent Wreath ...

Celebration Women National Conference 2017

Registration is open for Celebration Women National Conference 2017. The event will be held March 3-5 in Houston, Texas.   Early Bird Special is available at $75 until December 31st Youth Conference Registration - $50 ($4 processing fee when bought on the estore) Register Here!

Preparations Begin for Minneapolis General Conference in 2020

A new Commission on General Conference met November 7-9, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida, to begin organization for the 2020 General Conference to be held in Minneapolis. The officers of the Commission on the General Conference for 2017-2020 are Duncan McMillan of the North Carolina Conference, chairperson; Marie-Jeanne Kashala Mujinga, vice-chairperson, South-West Katanga Conference; and Kim Simpson, Secretary, Central Texas Conference. The Commission voted that the Rev. Gary W. Graves, ...

Lakeview Outlines Focus

Palestine, TX - Facility enhancements, new activities and scholarships were three areas of focus for the Lakeview Methodist Conference Center Board of Directors during its annual fall meeting on October 27.  Mike Beal, owner and CEO of Century 21 Beal Inc. in College Station, presiding over his last board meeting as Lakeview’s chairperson, was very optimistic about the on-going changes and progress at Lakeview.  A proposal to update the A. Frank Smith Dorms was presented by Building Committee ...

Join Bishop Jones and others for "Holy Conversations/Tough Issues"

SAVE THE DATE! Join Bishop Jones and others for "Holy Conversations/Tough Issues" Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 10 am – noon Locations to be Announced

Council of Bishops to call for 2019 General Conference

St. Simons Island, Ga.: Through an affirmative vote at their fall  meeting this week, the United Methodist Council of Bishops expressed their intent to call for a special session of the General Conference in either February or March of 2019 and asked the business manager of  the General Conference to move forward with exploring venues and a bid search. The Constitution of The United Methodist Church provides that the Council of Bishops may call a special session of the General Conference ...

District Visit Schedule 2016

Bishop Jones will be coming to your district soon. The schedule will be updated as additional information becomes available. The title of Bishop Jones' presentation will be "The Wesleyan Way.” Schedule varies by district Please check with your district office to confirm time of event. District Responsibilities:                                                          Church Responsibilities: Select meeting location                                                                Reception   ...

Coming Soon: Special Conferences and Conversations for Youth

Registration is underway for the acclaimed 2017 Texas Youth Academy as well as youth retreats that will include “Conversations” with Bishop Scott Jones.   Tis the season to “save the date” for several upcoming activities. The 2017 calendar is already teeming with fun-filled events for youth from sixth graders through high school seniors.   Application Alert While the well-known Texas Youth Academy does not begin until next July 3 (through July 15), the application process is already underway. ...

Hispanic Ministries Discover Creativity Can Enhance Outreach

Whether hosting an outdoor fiesta or a “prayer booth” at a fall festival, several Hispanic ministries are connecting with their neighbors in impactful ways.   Most fall festivals are geared to the little folks, but the Hispanic ministry leaders at Foundry UMC recently helped the other ministries of the church to host a community event that incorporated some cultural flair for the grown-ups, as well as a “prayer booth” for those seeking someone to pray with them. The Foundry is the home church of...

Immigrant Asylum Clinics: Opportunities to be Hospitable and Helpful

The dozens of volunteers associated with helping immigrants at recent legal clinics believe everyone needs somewhere to call home – where they feel safe.   Inspired by the real-life stories, Texas Annual Conference churches and volunteers are coming to the aid of immigrants seeking asylum as they flee horrific violence in Central America. “So far, three of our churches have hosted day-long asylum clinics, and we are planning for another nine in 2017,” shares Rev. Diane McGehee, Director of the ...

Immigrants from Ghana Set to Worship at Disciples UMC

Disciples UMC and a new fellowship of believers from Ghana have entered into a shared space covenant in hopes that the new group will grow into a chartered congregation at some point in the future.   This summer, Wesley Methodist Church, a small congregation of approximately 50 immigrants from Ghana, expressed a desire to better align with the United Methodist Church and began searching for a more suitable worship location. According to District Superintendent Rev. Andy Noel, they had initially ...

Moody Methodist Hosts Course in World Religions

Promoting peace and a greater appreciation of diversity was the goal behind an 11-week course on world religions offered this fall at Moody Methodist in Galveston.   In response to the tensions between religious groups in America today, Moody Methodist Church, Galveston, offered a course on world religions this fall. The Spiritual Formation Ministries Team of the congregation enthusiastically promoted the class as part of the regular programming of its Fellowship Ministries on Wednesday ...

New Ventures from West Columbia UMC

Members and residents in West Columbia are reaping the benefits of the Vibrant Church Initiative – especially the youngsters previewing the Love in a Big World curriculum.   Courage. Kindness. Generosity. While the adults in our present day culture could use a refresher course in these fruits of the spirit, the K-5th grade children at West Columbia UMC are the ones benefitting from a pilot program involving “character education.” Tamara Fyke, New Ventures Project Manager for the United Methodist...

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