Celebrating 184 Years

10/12/2017
It’s birthday time for McMahan Chapel, the oldest Protestant church serving in continuous ministry in Texas. Mary Lou Reece, wife of Bishop Scott Jones, will be the guest speaker at the annual celebration service Saturday, October 14th at 10:30 a.m. “I’m honored to be a part of history this month,” Mary Lou said, “and meet many of the longtime members who are continuing the legacy. Mary Lou’s life is one of rich service and leadership, both within the UMC and in business. She is President of ...

Convocation on Creative Communication

10/12/2017
In less than the time it took to write this sentence, 7,785 tweets were published. There were 62,973 Google searches, 1,097 YouTube videos viewed. (Internet Live Stats, n.d.) In a world inundated with information, it is more important than ever before for clergy and lay leaders to harness the power of creativity to share the gospel.   The Fall Convocation on Creative Communication is a wonderful opportunity for Tx UMC leaders to develop creative communication skills. The conference is offering a...

Fun Fall Ministry Ideas

10/12/2017
Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a season for everything. In United Methodist circles the autumn tends to bring a back-to-school, back-to-church routine rich with opportunities for new ministry ideas that engage new audiences.   Pastors and Pets Over the past 14 years, the annual Blessing of the Animals has become a beloved tradition at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Houston. People and their pets gather for the festive outdoor worship service, evoking Psalm 98:4: "Make a joyful noise ...

Luther: Monk, Excommunicant, Revolutionary

10/12/2017
As a miner and ore smelter, Martin Luther’s father knew what it meant to forge a livelihood out of backbreaking labor. Like most parents, he wanted better for his son. He dreamed of a future for young Martin in which he would he would provide bread for his family’s table with his mind instead of his hands. Martin, his father decided, would be a lawyer.   But deep within Martin Luther lay slumbering the heart of a revolutionary. At the age of 21, he left his studies to choose the very hard labor ...

Meeting Special Needs

10/12/2017
Woodlands UMC “God moves here every day,” said Chris Robbins, Woodlands UMC Special Needs Ministry Coordinator. It is a testimony echoed by both the volunteers and the families the ministry serves.   Woodlands UMC’s “Special Blessings Ministry” began in 2004 to serve six families with young special needs children in need of care during the worship service. As the children grew, and their needs changed, “Special Blessings” grew along with them. In 2007, Woodlands UMC formed “Remix,” a youth ...

Reaching Gen Z

10/12/2017
Most churches are familiar with the concept of “Millennials,” but the next generation is right on their heels, Generation Z. This demographic of young people, born between the years of 1998-2016, present both unique challenges, as well as opportunities for youth ministry. Russell Martin, Director of Student Ministry at Williams Memorial UMC-Texarkana, believes churches will need to be both intentional and innovative to reach this generation for Christ. Who is Generation Z? “(They are) ...

Renew Your Wesleyan Witness

10/12/2017
What if you God gave you the power to deliver at-risk children from generational poverty? What would it mean to your ministry, to the world, if He placed in your hands the antidote to spare those children a criminal record? A life bound by substance abuse?   What if you discovered that the power to change their precious lives was, in fact, already in your grasp…   Between the pages of a book.   Children who learn to read at an early age, and have access to an abundance of reading material are ...

Open Enrollment: November 1 – 15, 2017

10/10/2017
Active Clergy Group Health Benefits 2018 Open Enrollment: November 1 – 15, 2017 During this period, Active GHB participants can enroll in a new plan or change their existing plan to another plan effective Jan. 1, 2018.  Enrollment packets are being mailed to all participants at the end of October.  In order to be good stewards of conference resources, the Open Enrollment packets will focus on plan changes for 2018. All Open Enrollment documents will be available online by the end of October.  If...

Thanksgiving Ingathering Event

10/9/2017
The Thanksgiving Ingathering is a multi-missional event of local, national and international projects that address education, poverty, hunger and disaster relief. The event creates a synergy from broad participation and support for missions. It will be held Saturday, November 18, 2017 from  8am – 2pm at Faith UMC in Richmond. Learn more at www.thanksgivingingathering.org                 Faith UMC,  Richmond 4600 FM 359, Richmond, TX 77469 Contact: Dr. Arthur Richardson, Exec. Director ...

Third Sunday Native American Worship October 15:  Pastor Melody Jacobs

10/9/2017
On October 15, come listen to Pastor Melody Jacobs (Mescalero Apache).  She and Crystal Batiste Stephenson (Alabama/Coushatta) are women passionate for the Lord and they will truly open your mind to the greatness of God and show you how to use your faith in your life.   DATE:  October 15, 2017 TIME: 4:00pm   LOCATION:  St. Marks United Methodist Church 1615 Patterson St., Houston, Tx.   (One block south of I-10 & west of I-45 Close to I-10 and Shepherd Dr.) As always, please join us for a ...

Comforting Those Who Mourn

10/3/2017
Each Sunday afternoon, long after the last note of the closing hymn fades away and the members of Harleton United Methodist Church head home to Sunday dinners with their families, a faithful few return to the church to re-open the doors. They are there to provide grieving members of the community a place of comfort, understanding, and healing through GriefShare, an international program designed to help those who have lost a loved one face the challenges of bereavement, and rebuild their lives. ...

Help Wanted: Disaster Recovery Positions Available

10/3/2017
The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is accepting applications for multiple disaster recovery positions to staff 3 long-term recovery offices (1 in Houston, 1 in Lake Jackson, and 1 in Beaumont).  Positions are contract, grant-funded positions for one-year terms with the possibility of extensions up to three years total.  The positions include: Project Coordinator Case Managers Construction Coordinator Construction Supervisor Volunteer Coordinator Volunteer Host ...

New Director of Development

10/3/2017
On October 1, 2017, Mary Linda Portner, an active member of St. Paul's UMC in Houston, will begin her role as the first Director of Development for the Texas Annual Conference. As Director of Development, Mary Linda will take on the critical challenge of ensuring the conference is able to fund programs vital to the future of the United Methodist Church Texas Conference.   Mary Linda spent the past 14 years as Director of Advancement at St. Pius X High School in Houston. She loved her job, and ...

Vitality Scorecard

10/3/2017
With a multi-decade career in engineering and problem solving, retired management consultant Richard Whittier can’t help but think like a consultant. His latest project – helping to develop a church vitality scorecard -- started as an idea from the District Leadership Team. “As we talked about ways to help the local church, we discussed the value of having a dashboard that would track church health in key categories and be viewable at a glance,” shares Richard. The scorecard highlights the ...

Please Pray for Las Vegas

10/2/2017
"I am praying for those who were killed and injured last night in Las Vegas and for their family members. This is a tragic situation and I ask everyone to join me in praying for those involved."                     Scott J. Jones

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