Bishop Jones: Facebook Live

You are invited to attend a Facebook Live session with Bishop Scott Jones on Monday October 24th, 2016 at 7 pm.   This is your opportunity to ask him anything. The session will be moderated and will be an open forum for your questions. Please like the Texas Annual Conference Facebook page for and visit regularly for additional information closer to the session. I hope you’ll join us. Please note date change to Monday, October 24th.

UMC #GivingTuesday 2016

UMC #GivingTuesday 2016 information and resources are available! November 29, United Methodists will once again come together to support the work of Advance projects and missionaries on UMC #GivingTuesday.   This year, consider supporting a project that is working in an area you care about, such as hunger and poverty, education, or social justice. For a complete list of projects, visit The Advance.   We would love to hear about creative ways in which you are raising awareness and funds for ...

Bishop Jones' First District Visit

Bishop Scott Jones laid out a measured, critical view of current American reality at his meeting with the Southeast district in Beaumont on September 24. Yet, as he highlighted concern for where we are as a nation, he also expressed profound hope for the future through a United Methodist Church that he believes is uniquely positioned to influence culture and offer a path toward reconciliation through the grace of God and faith in Jesus Christ.   He spoke about specific social, technological, ...

Because You Gave…

Advance Special contributions and other donations from across the conference have helped fund over 5,000 orphaned and vulnerable children across Africa, India and Guatemala to become self-sufficient.   “When we look back, we realize that we came from so far and we achieved a lot of things. We were living in very difficult life conditions: homeless, hungry, desperate, isolated and with no hope for the future. But today, we have homes, fields to grow our own food, and domestic animals to provide ...

Being Creative with Announcements

Make the most of the communication opportunity preceding workshop by trying something different.   Most church leaders have a love/hate relationship with announcements. With the growing number of activities available, how do churches prioritize the publicity from the pulpit? How might members be more likely to pay attention?   Cheatham UMC’s Rev. Alan Van Hooser has been experimenting with this challenge in recent weeks. Cheatham has set the goal of limiting announcements to five minutes or less...

Discovering and Communicating Vision

Rev. Kate Walker enjoys helping churches clarify their vision, so much so that she teaches a workshop on the topic and shares leadership tips in this article.   For many corporations – and churches alike – a vision consists of a flowery sentence or two on a poster near the coffeemaker. For Rev. Kate Walker, associate pastor of Chapelwood UMC, Lake Jackson, however, “an active vision serves to clarify identity, and focus ministry efforts and give congregations a means of measuring priorities and ...

Hands and Hearts Across Cultures

Percilla UMC members are receiving tremendous blessing by ministering to a small church in Oklahoma.   Never underestimate the power of a T-shirt. That's a lesson that Percilla United Methodist Church (PUMC) is learning firsthand.   Carolyn Huntsman, Certified Lay Minister in the East District, assigned as pastor to PUMC, says before she met the Rev. Dr. David Wilson, Superintendent of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC), her church had never been involved in any mission outreach.  ...

Karate for Christ Reaches Youth in Unique Way

Local youth enjoy interacting with Rev. Mark Pedersen via his unique outreach ministry in the Grand Saline community.   Sometimes Rev. Mark Pedersen puts on a robe and stole before sharing about Christ, and other times he dons a traditional karate uniform and black belt and blends spiritual lessons into the Tae Kwon Do training he offers young people in the area around First UMC, Grand Saline. Pastor Mark explains, “The goal of Karate for Christ is to build true confidence through knowledge in ...

Lessons from The Gathering

The Gathering is an annual event offered to all TAC clergy to use as a time of retreat, learning, reflection and fellowship with peers. This year, Rev. Dr. Luke Powery was the guest speaker. Dr. Powery encouraged clergy to glean insight from the ministry of groaning, weeping and singing at the September event at Lakeview. He is Dean of Duke University Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. He is currently co-authoring an introductory textbook on preaching, “Ways ...

Adoption Awareness Event

Please consider attending this foster care and adoption awareness event in Houston on October 16 to hear about Adoption and Foster Care, whether you are interested in bringing a child into your home or being helpful to those that do. It’s great basic information!   You’ll find details on the attached flyer.   

Advent resources help churches Imagine No Malaria

This Advent season, United Methodist Communications offers downloadable materials to help congregations join in the Imagine No Malaria campaign. The materials include sermon starters, hymn suggestions and children’s messages. Imagine No Malaria has surpassed 92 percent of its $75 million goal, and churches across the United States are planning to dedicate Christmas Eve offerings to help complete the effort.   Read press release   Download resources  

Bagley Next Executive Director/CEO of Moody Endowment Fund

Houston, TX – The Moody Permanent Endowment Fund (PEF) and the Texas Annual Conference (TAC) are pleased to announce that Rev. Bert Bagley will become the next Executive Director/CEO of the PEF effective January 1, 2017.   TAC Bishop Scott Jones said, “We are very pleased that the Moody PEF Board has selected Rev. Bagley to serve in this capacity. The partnership between the Fund and the Conference is an important aspect of our ministries to people in need in Galveston and around the world.  I ...

Third Sunday Native American Worship  October 16: Rev. Ross Hyde

Third Sunday, Oct, 16, will be a wonderful treat to everyone.  Our chair person, Rev. Ross Hyde (Mohawk), will be our speaker and he has a way of making things clear and leaving you feeling that God is with you.  He is truly inspired.  Ross will be preaching about "Bless be the Tie" from Colosians 3:14.    You also need to know that Jim Edwards, Jim and Anna's son, will be speaking as well.   So, please come and support these two Godly men as they bring what God has put on their hearts.   And, ...

UMCOR Needs Health Kits

In the aftermath of a disaster we often assume cleaning buckets are what's needed. Not so in this case. UMCOR needs health kits and school kits urgently. Please consider making these kits as a donation. Contact Scott Moore via email at: to arrange transport to our Mission Center in Conroe. Learn More

St. Luke's Houston: 15th Annual Pumpkin Patch

St. Luke’s Pure Sound Youth Choir is kicking off the fall season this Saturday, October 8 with their annual Pumpkin Patch. The pumpkin patch will run through October 31 or until the pumpkins run out. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Daily and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sundays.    See attached press release for more information.  

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