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December 9, 2021

Advent begins with amazing live nativity and street party

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – when West University UMC closes the streets, making way for a musical and nativity scene, complete with wise men, shepherds and angels. A manger is erected, and lights are hung in the surrounding oak trees. The tradition held an even greater significance this year, after being canceled by COVID last Christmas. “Christmas Alive is back,” Director of Music Ministries Lynne Jackson said.


Confirmation classes engage in healthy competition to help those in need

The bells were ringing – at both ends of the mall. On Dec. 2, FUMC Bryan’s confirmation class faced off against A&M UMC’s confirmation class. Students from each congregation took turns with a Salvation Army bucket to see which team could raise the most money.

Congregations work together to distribute food boxes and help more people

Rev. Wade Floyd was appointed pastor of FUMC Bay City just in time to participate in one normal Matagorda County Christmas Food Box Drive before COVID-19 changed everything. The whole community would get involved in the event, launched years ago by the Bay City Police, he explained. Business owners, schools, churches and residents collected canned and dry goods, and then assembled them into boxes to distribute. As volunteers worked side-by-side to ensure those in-need would have a holiday meal, Wade thought, “This is the church. This is what it’s all about.”

Tyler church works together to help raise money for custodian staff

Across the street from Pollard UMC in Tyler stands Woods Elementary, where custodians work around the clock to keep the school clean and safe. “They’re not always seen,” Rev. Collin Taylor said. His congregation, however, definitely does take notice – and wanted to thank these unsung heroes for their hard work.

Church bells ringin’ again at FUMC Marshall

The bells in the steeple at FUMC Marshall had been silent for more than a decade. When suddenly chimes sounded out from the downtown church, residents stopped in their tracks. “This was our surprise,” Lead Pastor David Luckert said. “All of the sudden people wanted to know what was going on.”

 
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Opportunities

Inspiration, expertise for Black churches

When the leaders of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century declare that ministry going forward needs to be done from the “right side,” they’re not referring to politics. 

 

Advent Resources 2021

There are many ways to engage your congregation and community during Advent and Christmas and we invite you to download and share some of the Advent resources we have gathered.
 

Free Christmas social media shareables 

Please download and share any of these custom graphics the Texas Annual Conference has put together for you this Christmas Season.
 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan. 8 & 15
Lay Ministry Training at Wildwood UMC, Magnolia TX.

Jan. 15
Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison, a nationwide church expert will lead a select group of Texas Annual Conference churches on Practical Strategies for Evangelism in a Covid World in this one of a kind webinar.

Feb. 12
New class for 2022 Lay Servant School at FUMC Bryan, TX.  Must register by Jan 10.

Feb. 17
The vision of the Texas Ministry Conference is to provide tools and resources for people in all types of ministry and ministry support. 

 

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