Volunteers Needed for Prayer Room at World Methodist Conference

8/26/2016
There are a total of 78 time slots, with 3 spots for each of those slots. Sign up at http://signup.com/go/Jj57Qq and please share this link with your ministry and/or congregation.   

Bishop Huie Consecrates New TAC Mission Center and asks for Support for  Emergency Flood Response in Louisiana

8/25/2016
When completed later this year, TAC’s new Mission Center will be the” hub of help” in time of need across Texas and beyond. Meanwhile, Bishop Janice Riggle Huie encourages donations to demonstrate extravagant generosity by funding flood relief efforts of the Louisiana Conference.   While the TAC Mission Center consecration was taking place in Conroe, Texas on Wednesday, August 10, a weather system simulating an inland tropical depression was forming over northern Louisiana. That “slow low” as it...

Crossroads at Park Place Expands Partnerships on Behalf of the Homeless

8/25/2016
Leaders like Executive Director Pamela Fulbright-Scheyer and Margo Montgomery are fueled by ministry passions that inspire others to join in their special causes.   Crossroads at Park Place has been called a “retreat from the street” for those that have no permanent address. The chronically homeless population is estimated at 7,000 in the Houston area, and likely to grow in tough economic times.  Recognizing this critical need, this ministry to the homeless opened its doors in 2001 when two ...

First UMC Humble Invited to Bring the Gospel into Area Schools

8/25/2016
The “Bible Club” is just one of several ministries aimed at supporting students while strengthening the congregation’s outreach muscles at First UMC Humble. If all else fails, try delivering warm kolaches. That’s the word on the street from Rev. Jim Flagg, First UMC, Humble, anyway. “When we initially tried to get a discussion started about supporting the elementary school across the street from the church, we did not get very far,” notes Jim. “I finally suggested Rev. Wesley Duncan, our ...

It’s a Wrap: College Pastoral interns Share Highlights of their Summer

8/25/2016
Deployed to a variety of churches for the summer, conference interns have a variety of experiences and highlights to share about their pastoral preview experience. All the experiences involved with stepping up to a pulpit are not typically part of the college curriculum. That’s where the TAC College Pastoral Intern Program (CPIP) comes in. Each summer, students are matched with congregations across the conference for a 10-week experience seeing church from the inside out. Interns explore this “...

Something for Everyone: ‘Vibrancy’ Coaching Available to Churches of All Sizes

8/25/2016
Hear ye, hear ye, the Vibrant Church Initiative, consultants, coaches and workshops are among the resources available to churches of all sizes.   When Dr. Jesse Brannen, Director of the Center for Congregational Excellence received this email, his heart sank. “Dr. Brannen, We are well aware of the VCI effort but understand that we are not eligible for those resources because of our church size. Our question is:  what resources are available for a church our size to reinvigorate itself.”   “The ...

Two “Don’t Miss” Events for Anyone Associated with Youth Ministry

8/25/2016
Parents, pastors and everyone in between that invests time in the lives of youth will benefit from several unique and interactive events planned for late August and September.   Back-to-school season provides an opportunity to refocus and reboot youth ministries for the year ahead. In the next few weeks the Texas Annual Conference has two candid conversations and targeted learning opportunities planned for any and all individuals associated with youth ministry.   August 30: How to Talk about ...

Young Clergy Enjoy Impromptu Coaching Session

8/25/2016
Pastors in Cohort 6 of the Texas Conference Advancing Pastoral Leadership program (APL) enjoyed tapping into the wisdom of seasoned leaders who are training to be Vibrant Church Initiative (VCI) coaches.   APL class member Rev. Collin Taylor, Grace UMC, Houston, was paired with Rev. George Fisk, retired elder of the North Texas Conference for an informal “coaching” session in August at Camp Allen in Navasota. It was quite a coincidence that George was a seminary classmate of Collin’s dad, former...

Come Back to Church Sunday

8/24/2016
On Sunday, September 18, the place to be at 3 pm is St. Paul United Methodist Church, 821 Freeman Avenue in Port Arthur, to hear guest Speaker, Rev. Donald Bonnie from Barnes Memorial UMC. “Regardless of your faith, we welcome everyone to join us for a special time of worship and fellowship,” says Jacqueline Gunner. Contact the church office for more information or to schedule transportation: 409.985.9977 or email: stpaulumcportarthurtx@gmail.com.   Back to School Blessings On Wednesday, August ...

Field of Dreams: St. Luke's Gethsemane Partners with Dynamo for Youth

8/24/2016
Grand Opening of Soccer Field at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Gethsemane Campus, Features partnership with Houston Dynamo street team.   Who: St. Luke’s UMC, St. Luke’s Gethsemane Campus, Houston Dynamo Street Team and Youth Programs   What: Soccer Field Grand Opening Celebration   Why: To build community in Gulfton and Sharpstown neighborhoods, to host soccer clinics taught by the Houston Dynamo Street Team, and to provide outdoor activity space for KIPP Connect School   Where: St. Luke’s...

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” ...

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