Rev. Hannah Terry: In It for the Long Haul

The pastor at Westbury United Methodist Church and founder of FAM isn’t letting neighbors fall through the cracks after Harvey. Read story in Houstoniamag

An Investment in Children

Cypress Trails UMC has a vision to serve the community, starting with preschool, after school care and a charter elementary school on its campus.   Each Monday morning, Cypress Trails United Methodist Church in Spring, Texas welcomes dozens of backpack-wearing kindergarten, first, and second graders as they arrive to receive a quality education at Sam Houston University’s newest charter school, but Cypress Trails UMC is far more than a landlord for the school. The church is intentionally ...

Beyoncé Helps Hometown

This month, Houston native Beyoncé returned home to team up with Pastor Rudy Rasmus at her home church, St. John’s UMC to help victims of Hurricane Harvey start piecing their lives back together. She told families at the church and shelter that St. John’s had profoundly impacted her --- as the site of her first solo --- and that she wanted to demonstrate her hometown pride by providing help and hope. Joined by her daughter Blue Ivey, mom Tina Knowles Lawson, Blue Ivy and band mate Michelle ...

Pint-Sized Powerhouse

Rosemary Berry, the organist at Burke UMC for the last 61 years, has a unique perspective of her little rural church. Although the church received a historical marker celebrating its formation in 1889, the town’s population is under 800 and the town is primarily a residential community for people that work in larger towns. Rosemary says, “We are in what’s called a dead zone and it is very hard for our church to grow. In fact, a year ago we were down to eight people, our bank account was low and ...

Young Harvey Helpers

When a group at Fairfield UMC gathered to assemble 52 cleaning buckets for Harvey flood victims, even the youngsters wanted to lend a hand. “It was a family affair. We had three generations working together that day,” shares Rev. Richard Hayduck. Having been in Houston during Tropical Storm Allison, we know what it is like to have a river running down your street and were happy to be a part of the recovery – from afar.”   Member Jane Phillips brought her Labor Day houseguests and three ...

Bishop Jones: Being the Church - A Wesleyan Perspective

See the archived video from the morning of Saturday, September 23:

No TAC Benefits Drafts for September 2017

Dear Clergy,   Please be sure that your church treasurer or finance secretary is aware of the following announcement.  Thanks so much! No TAC Benefits Drafts for September 2017 As we are all too well aware, Hurricane Harvey has had a devastating impact on the churches, pastors, retirees and members of the Texas Annual Conference, as well as our friends, neighbors, communities and sister annual conferences.  The rebuilding process will be lengthy and challenging for all concerned.  In order to ...

A Mega Methodist

He’s helped with fundraising, built wheelchair ramps, served as chair of Finance, chair of Trustees, and now serves as chair of the Church Leadership Committee (CLC) of Jacksonville UMC. By day, Tim McRae is the managing partner of a local car dealership. In his spare time he can be found stretching his leadership muscles in a variety of ways. “I find church service to be enlightening and I wish more people would give it a try,” says this longtime Jacksonville UMC volunteer. “Volunteering is ...

Campus Ministry’s ‘Advent’

It is no easy task to welcome 9,000+ students to campus in a matter of days each August. Rev. Julius Wardley, campus minister at Texas Southern University’s Wesley Foundation compares the Back-to-School season as the “Advent” of campus ministry.  Julius says, “In much the same way that local churches prepare for the arrival of Jesus during the holiday season, our Wesley student leaders prepare each summer for the arrival of students  -- to show them God’s presence and love as we help with ...

Filling a Void

When the members of Kosse First United Methodist Church learned there was no choir program for the local high school students, Kosse FUMC pastor, Dr. Rita Sims, asked if the church could offer a Choir Club. Groesbeck High School Principal Keri Allen was excited to work with the church to bring back this missing musical element. This spring, pastor Rita worked with Kristen Curry, coordinator of the after-school program called ACE to incorporate this option for both middle and high school ...

Harvey God Moments

By Maggie Hillery, United Methodist News Service The desire to make sure Hurricane Harvey relief teams had enough water last week provided timely help for the thirsty town of Beaumont, Texas, where floodwaters shut down the water system. What happened goes past coincidence into “Oh. This is one of those God moments," said the Rev. Scott Moore, the director of missional excellence for the Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Moore recounted some of the “God moments” that enabled ...

Healing and Restoring

Rev. Marvin Hood walked across the uneven floorboards of his church, and stepped outside onto the small rectangle of the front porch. Then he turned, pulled the door shut, and locked it one last time. The aging United Methodist building had served his small congregation well, but it was time to move on to the next stage of ministry. Newgate Fellowship was leaving the suburbs behind to move into their new facility located on a seven-acre campus in the heart of Newgate’s mission field -- the city ...

Healing From Harvey

By Sam Hodges, United Methodist News Service Photos by Kathleen Barry On the first two Sundays in September, members of Lake Houston UMC set up folding chairs and held worship outside on the driveway. Flood damage from Hurricane Harvey has put their sanctuary out of commission for the foreseeable future. Some at the September 10 service also lost their homes, including Christine and Gary Jordan. “The worst part of this is seeing everything you ever had on the side of the road,” says Gary. ...

Houston Churches Go Flat Out with Flood Relief

By Sam Hodges, United Methodist News Service  Photos by Kathleen Barry These days, as the Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell drives the streets of his native Houston, he sees mounds of flooded debris outside homes in low-income, middle-class and wealthy neighborhoods. “I’m here to tell you, all three trash loads look just the same,” said Caldwell, pastor of Houston’s Windsor Village United Methodist Church. “Harvey has been an equal opportunity destroyer.” More than two weeks after the record rains that...

Recovery Through Grace

Care Ministry at Grace Fellowship Katy is a safe place where it is okay not to be okay. As the Care Pastor since 2003, Rev. Cindi Lomax, has seen lives changed in the Recovery Through Grace program, even those who struggle with dual addictions of chemical/alcohol abuse along with sexual addiction. This ministry has attracted hundreds of people over the years because it addresses real problems with confidentiality and a customized recovery plan.   As a former critical care nurse, Cindi ...

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