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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, ...

Bellaire UMC Welcomes the Neighbors to “Food Truck Friday”

Leveraging the “food truck frenzy,” Bellaire UMC hosts a Friday fun night for families in Central Houston who might otherwise avoid visiting a church campus.   A cool evening breeze, eats and treats from favorite local food trucks, kid-friendly activities and live music made for a successful “inaugural” Food Truck Friday at Bellaire UMC on May 6. Participants enjoyed a variety of delicious fare from four-wheel culinary experts from Pho-jita Fusion, Curbside Sliderz, and Friohana.   “We chose the...

Communication Contest Yields Creative Ideas, Trainings and Resources

When churches of all sizes share ideas and communication success stories, everyone wins. Read about several real-life examples from the 2016 contest and check out a new resource forum designed to continue the conversation.   Goodbye long boring hallway, hello blank canvas for creativity. This winning idea was submitted in the TAC 2016 Best Idea Contest as one of many communication strategies that are enhancing communication and improving audience engagement. In fact, since churches of all sizes ...

Lakeview Launches Adopt-a-Camp-Staffer Opportunity This Summer

Support the impactful summer camp ministry in a meaningful way by adopting a summer staffer via prayer, encouraging notes or occasional care packages.   For over 65 years, Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, has been hosting the Texas Annual Conference district youth camps and Texas A&M University’s Fish Camp during the summer season – which is completely dependent on the support, dedication, and hard work of summer staff.   Beginning in June, over 60 staff members, both local and statewide, ...

Methodists and Muslims Host Meet and Greet Events in Sugar Land

Parkway UMC recently hosted the first of two faith conversations between Muslims and church members to foster new relationships among Sugar Land neighbors.   The San Bernardino shootings in California last fall inspired an important conversation between Methodists and Muslims in the Sugar Land area. “I had heard reports of Muslims in our country saying that their fear was higher than right after 9/11 and I felt called to do something,” shares Rev. Matt Neely, Parkway UMC of Sugar Land. “One day ...

Preschoolers  Help with Outreach While Learning to Garden

The community garden teaches life lessons to students at the Children’s Development Center at St. Mark’s (Pecore) in Houston.   Beginning as an Eagle Scout project in 2009, the community garden hosted by St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in the Houston Heights has long born the fingerprints of area youth. The garden benefits from the generous support of the Boy Scouts, the Girls Scouts, Urban Harvest, residents and church members but the cutest weekly volunteers come from St. Mark's Children's ...

Candidacy Summit, August 4- 6 at Camp Allen in Navasota, TX

Is someone in your congregation trying to discern a call to ministry? Candidacy Summit is a 3 day event designed to help candidates explore their call to ministry as an elder, deacon, local pastor or certified lay minister. Questions?  Contact Deann Saxton at or (713) 521-9383, ext. 306.    Please review the Inquiring Candidate's Checklist for the requirements that must be met before registering for Candidacy Summit.  As a reminder, the home pastor must meet with the ...

Disaster Response

The Texas Annual Conference continues to experience severe weather.  On the night of Monday, May 9, the Texarkana area in the North District experienced a severe storm that included at least one tornado that touched down in the area of Red Lick.  The storm toppled trees and damaged several residences, including the home of Rev. Mike Akin of FUMC Texarkana.  The damage was immediately reported through the North District office and, within hours, volunteers from the North District were mobilized, ...

Scholarships Available for the 2016 Global United Methodist Clergywomen Gathering

United Methodist clergywomen from around the world will gather at the Global United Methodist Clergywomen Gathering in Houston August 29-31 to celebrate 60 years of full clergy rights for women in the Methodist tradition, and 20 years of the full-clergy-membership diaconate for United Methodist deacons.   The gathering is the culmination of regional gatherings of United Methodist clergywomen that have taken place throughout the connection and will be held in the days leading up to the World ...

TAC Staff Welcome Ana Robles

The Texas Annual Conference staff welcomes Ana Robles as the new Administrative Assistant for the Center for Missional Excellence, following the retirement of Shirley Broome. Ana has been married for 19 years to husband Victor and they have a son who is a senior in high school and one in sixth grade. The Robles are active members of the Hispanic ministry at Foundry UMC: Casa de Dios-Foundry. Her husband serves in the praise ministry and men’s ministry and Ana serves in the children’s praise ...

Third Sunday Native American Worship,  May 15

You are invited to the Sunday, May 15th, Third Sunday Worship to hear Anna Edwards (Okay Owingeh).  She is a Singular Voice in our Native American Community with thirty plus years of serving this community; especially our revered Veterans.  Anna's message will be on Honoring God's Warriors. Don't miss it, it will be extraordinary.   She is also trying to arrange a surprise speaker.     Please come, bring friends, and stay for the potluck meal afterward.   DATE:  May 15, 2016 TIME: 4:00pm   ...

#WeAreMore - Family of Faith - Kassie Bulen's Story

Kassie Bulen is a small-town high-school student with a very busy schedule. However, faith and family always come first even as she prepares for the next chapter of her life. See more faith stories from United Methodists and share your own at  Join the conversation by using #wearemore

#WeAreMore - Lori Downing - Surviving the Odds

Lori Downing turned the tragic and unexpected loss of a church friend into a worthy cause rooted in remembrance and awareness. Hear how her faith in God is leading a team effort of giving back through fellowship and praise. Hear her tell her story. See more faith stories from United Methodists and share your own at  Join the conversation by using #wearemore  

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