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instagram twitter facebookFebruary 11, 2021

Black History is All of Our History

After 2020, Black History Month is more important than ever.  It has always been important. But just as our awareness of racism is heightened after the events of last year, attention to Black History should be heightened as a crucial ingredient in building the beloved community about which Dr. King spoke.

How to make Ash Wednesday meaningful and safe during COVID-19

Celebrating Ash Wednesday presents a number of challenges during COVID-19. In addition to the usual considerations for finding a way to gather, there’s also the obstacle of eliminating touch from the tradition of imposing ashes. Christ Church Sugar Land rose to the occasion, creating a number of ways for members to involve and make Ash Wednesday both meaningful and safe.

Annual Conference 2021 will be virtual again

Annual Conference is a time to come together in worship and fellowship, as well as to move forward on important business matters. Each day of the conference will focus on vital concepts from this year’s theme, “Faith, Hope, Love.” Technology will again bring everyone together – from the comfort and safety of their own homes -- through the Zoom webinar platform.

Being light and love during Ash Wednesday and Black History Month

While the date changes every year for Ash Wednesday, the occasion almost always coincides with Black History Month in February. That timing is noteworthy as leaders in the Texas Annual Conference explore ways to increase reconciliation. Ash Wednesday heralds the world into the Lenten season through acts of prayer, penance and repentance. Lenten season and Black History Month offer opportune times to lament racial injustice, listen for the Gospel’s call to repent, pray, and act in solidarity with those affected by systemic and personal racial discrimination. 

How a small church transformed into a restaurant to feed the community each month

The first Thursday of each month, the ovens turn on, and stoves are fired up at Lexington UMC. The church’s kitchen transforms into a restaurant to prepare pay-what-you-can meals for its Freewill Lunch. Volunteers show off their culinary skills and cook with an extra serving of love -- which makes the food taste even better, Rev. Raegan Seaton attests. “I mean, they cook great stuff,” she said. And during the coronavirus pandemic, the meals are needed now more than ever

Decision making streamlined in the local church by going to the single board model

A number of congregations in the Texas Annual Conference have transitioned to the single board model, streamlining their organizational structure. With a single board model, multiple administrative committees are combined into one entity. Congregations report that this way of organizing leadership allows for more nimble and efficient decision-making.

Other News

Opportunities

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: tgriffin@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.
 
This week, Bishop Scott J. Jones announced that the Rev. Charles Anderson has been appointed as District Superintendent for the Northwest District of the Texas Annual Conference beginning July 1, 2021. Rev. Anderson currently serves as Senior Pastor at Clear Lake United Methodist Church outside of Houston.
 
Bishop Scott J. Jones announced that the Rev. Dayimi Pimentel has been appointed as the new Racial and Ethnic Ministry Coordinator beginning March 1, 2021. Pimentel currently serves as Associate Pastor at La Vid Comunidad Cristiana United Methodist Church in Galena Park, Texas.
 

Lent and Easter resources

The Texas Annual Conference has put put together some great resources to help you, your family and your congregation plan and prepare for this Easter season.
 

N95 mask package for caregivers of family members

Texas Congregational Disaster Readiness is helping to provide PPE for those in need. If you know families in your community who are caring for COVID 19 family members, please help us get these protective masks to them.  Click here to complete information for mask package delivery 
If you have any questions please email:
 

TMF (formerly Texas Methodist Foundation)

TMF is here to assist the churches of the Texas Annual Conference to achieve their "God-appointed mission." As your area representatives, we invite you to contact us if you would like more information on how TMF can be a conversation and resource partner for your church.

Feb. 15 - March 12
BeADisciple.com is holding an Introduction to the Enneagram workshop and retreat.

Feb. 16
The Texas Methodist Foundation (TMF) is launching a new podcast series to invite church leaders into deeper conversations around innovation, courage and resilience.

Feb. 20             Feb. 27
Lay Leadership Training and Lay Servant Ministry Certification.

Mar. 19-20
Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning invites you to attend this virtual event "Looking Forward, Learning Together."

Loving Houston Loving Houston has multiple upcoming workshops on church school partnerships & leadership gatherings. 

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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