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October 28, 2021

Conference takes on 'child care deserts'                En Español

The Texas Conference has, for the past two years, been planting child care centers in underserved areas, in partnership with local United Methodist churches. “Where there are child care deserts, the church and other community partners are essential to the welfare and education of our young people and their future,” said Texas Conference Bishop Scott J. Jones.


Engineer gets call to ministry in secular country

Looking back at 20 years spent on a different career path, before becoming a pastor, Paul Meiller has no regrets -- even though there were countless struggles and challenges along the way. After all, being a chemical engineer is what led him to Belgium. And that paved the way for a transformation, one that would eventually lead him to the clergy. Each step of the way, a divine force urged him forward. “God lines things up,” Meiller said.

Sharing the gospel and goodies galore

Churches in the Texas Annual Conference are offering a safer way to trick or treat this year. Instead of sending children door-to-door, parents can take them to church for a festive trunk-or-treat. Costumed children go from one decorated parked car to the next to find candy. These events offer a fun alternative, held on church grounds and staffed by trusted volunteers. Families are finding these church-sponsored festivities especially appealing in the midst of COVID when ringing strangers’ doorbells might feel a bit too scary.

Churches get creative in welcoming new guests

This fall, congregations in the Texas Annual Conference welcomed members in creative ways, as part of the “Return to School, Return to Church, Return to Community” campaign. Many churches applied for grants that were part of the initiative. The grants were generously donated by United Methodist Communications. Ten churches received $500 each to support their exemplary ideas. 

Native American worship services go online

Members of the Texas Annual Conference’s Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) found a way to continue their hallmark Third Sunday Native American Worship during the pandemic. While COVID-19 may have forced in-person worship to close, a new digital experience took its place.

 
Other News

Opportunities

Mike Bonem serves as next APL facilitator

Bishop Scott J. Jones is pleased to announce that Mr. Mike Bonem accepted the invitation to serve as the next facilitator of the Texas Conference’s Advancing Pastoral Leadership (APL) Program. 
 

Pastor Appreciation: Pandemic-proof ways to say 'Thank you'

Pastor Appreciation Sunday, celebrated annually on the second Sunday in October, is a good time for United Methodists to thank clergy for the work they do year-round.
 

Online worship: God isn't different. We are

Many United Methodists now participate in worship primarily through digital means. We are tuning in to weekly livestreams of worship services or participating in digital-only worship experiences. Some wonder if digital worshippers are missing out on something.
 
 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oct. 28
Free Webinar! Creating FLOW to Form Intergenerational Relationships. With Dr. Elizabeth Tamez Mendez

Oct. 29-30
Texas United Methodist Historical Society's  annual meeting is still scheduled and will be held at Lakeview conference center. You can register now.

Nov. 7 
Let's Talk: An Online Faith-based Conversation with the Surgeon General. 

Nov 12-13
This online Lead Like Jesus Encounter is a highly interactive and deeply personal workshop that challenges conventional leadership models and offers a practical model based on the greatest leader role model of all time, Jesus.

Nov. 20
The Learning To Be: Immersive, with Juanita Rasmus will provide space for generating new ideas, dreams and visions or to reengage old ones that need new energy. 

Multiple Dates
Loving Houston has multiple upcoming workshops on Church School Partnerships & Leadership Gatherings.

 

 

 

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