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Transforming faith through fitness, a bodybuilder’s story

Eva Layton serves as administrative assistant for the Texas Annual Conference’s South District. In the midst of the pandemic, she stuck to her goals, preparing for a bodybuilding competition. Only a couple of years ago, she would have thought the feat impossible. With faith on her side, and scripture in her mind, she forged on to reach her target.

COVID 19 vaccination town hall meeting

The good news? There are now vaccines for COVID-19 rolling out in Texas. The bad news, however, is that there are a number of lingering questions and concerns about vaccination. Houston Methodist Hospital is partnering with the Texas Annual Conference to host a virtual town hall to address anxieties and spread awareness.

Anne Hearn, bishop's wife, dies at 89

The Texas Annual Conference mourns the loss of Galveston’s Elizabeth Anne Connaughton Hearn, wife of the late Bishop James Woodrow Hearn. She died on Dec. 17 at age 89 and was laid to rest on Jan. 2 in Greenwood Cemetery in Ruston, Louisiana, next to her husband.

College students from Texas Annual Conference Church serve in Lake Charles hurricane recovery

Usually, the year begins at Houston’s Memorial Drive UMC with a week-long mission trip for college students while they are home for winter break. This being no ordinary year, organizers began brainstorming and rethinking their plans months in advance. The church found a way for mission to continue in the pandemic -- and headed to Lake Charles for disaster relief.

Education activist and former mayor transforms UMC sanctuary into virtual learning center

Even though the coronavirus forced Newman Chapel UMC in Kendleton to go virtual, the congregation still found a way to continue serving the community. Instead of opening its doors for worship on Sundays, the congregation welcomed students to study in its sanctuary, Monday through Fridays for months. The church turned into a school for a number of months. Those students are now returning to their classrooms, without having any gaps in their education. Better still, they knew they had the love and support of their congregation.

Church members impacted by addiction lead unique and confidential addiction recovery program

You are not alone if your life has been touched by addiction – whether it’s you or a loved one who has struggled. That’s a message that Bay Harbour UMC in League City hopes to communicate with members and area residents alike. The congregation’s addiction recovery ministry is unique, welcoming and supportive to those in need of a helping hand.

Other News


Called to Serve

A video series featuring people across the Texas Annual Conference and their stories as they discuss their unique, personal calls to ministry and what being called to serve means to them. Visit: txcumc.org/calledtoserve

Find Worship Online

Looking for a way to worship without leaving the house?

A number of churches in the Texas Annual Conference are posting sermons online.

You don’t have to miss a service if you’re out of town or if you prefer to stay at home. Viewers can also enjoy multiple preaching styles and even virtually “attend” different churches. There’s a lot going on Sundays in the TAC that you won’t want to miss. 
Sermons are often available to livestream on Sunday and several congregations also record services for on-demand viewing. Check them out at: https://www.txcumc.org/sermons 

We would like to include your church in this list. Please let us know if you are posting a resource online by sending a link to: communications@txcumc.org


Churches in the News

United Methodist Churches are making headlines – leading the way through ministry, outreach and discipleship. Amazing stories about our local congregations in the Texas Annual Conference are popping up – and news publications around the country are spreading the word about UM churches. Read all about it.

Jan. 16
Third Ward Community and Congregations present.  LET'S TALK THE COVID 19 VACCINE SHOULD I TAKE IT?

Jan. 20            Jan. 21
Covid 19 Town Hall. Please join us as we discuss different vaccine topics, ranging from how safe the vaccines are to when you can expect to get vaccinated. The Town Hall will be be presented in English Jan. 20 and Spanish Jan. 21

Jan. 16 - Mar. 13
The Lydia Patterson Institute is now offering our friends and supporters within the UMC the opportunity to learn  Spanish within a conversational setting.

Jan. 18 - Feb. 12 2021
BeADisciple.com is holding an Introduction to the Enneagram workshop and retreat.

Jan. 21        Jan 23
Men's Ministry Virtual Gathering

Rev. Karen Jones Instillation Service
We invite you to view the recorded service and welcome Rev. Jones as Superintendent of North District.

TMF (formerly Texas Methodist Foundation)  is here to assist the churches of the Texas Annual Conference to achieve their “God-appointed Mission.” As your area representatives, we hope you will feel free to contact us if you would like more information on how TMF can be a conversation and resource partner.

Jan - April Ongoing
The Laity Empowerment Academy (LEA) will identify practices to help leaders to create contextual ministry tools to support African American communities which are in rural, semi-rural, urban, and gentrified areas within the Texas Annual Conference

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