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February 10, 2022

Church and medical school join hands to serve unhoused

The second story at Galveston Central Church has been transformed into a medical clinic for the island’s homeless population. The clinic, developed during the past year in collaboration with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), is preparing to welcome its first patients later this month.


Easter story more compelling through narrative preaching

Pastor Stephanie Hughes considers Easter as an opportunity to share the Good News in a new way and to renew hope. And she challenges herself to find innovative ways to retell the story. Last year, she felt an even stronger call to go all out. After all, Easter was the first sermon back in the building for St. John’s UMC in Texas City. “I told everyone, we had to go big or go home,” she said with a laugh.

Grades soar when church starts school music program

There’s music in the halls after school at Blackshear Elementary in Houston’s Third Ward, thanks to a partnership with nearby Boynton Chapel UMC. The church’s new program began a week after school started and is demonstrating that learning an instrument translates to higher test scores and better behavior in the classroom. Pastor Linda Davis explained this is just the beginning.

Shrove Tuesday continues despite pandemic

The pandemic put a stop to the annual pancake dinner for Shrove Tuesday at Holly Springs UMC in Martin’s Mill. And the congregation greatly missed the tradition. “It has been a grievance during COVID that we weren’t able to do it,” Rev. Erin Muckleroy said. But with a little creativity, the pastor found a creative way to forge ahead – and to share an important message. “It’s a way of letting everyone know that they’re still loved by the church and also a way to invite them back,” Muckleroy explained.

The News Media can help you share the good news

The story of Lent still makes headlines. In fact, a number of events during the Lenten season that could easily be newsworthy. It just depends on getting the word out there.
When it comes to sharing an upcoming event with the community or getting the word out about your church, a little media coverage can go a long way.

 
Other News

Opportunities

Inspiration, expertise for Black churches

“We have to shift to do ministry in unconventional, creative and innovative ways,” said the Rev. Michael L. Bowie Jr., national executive director of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC21), “and that happens on the right side of the boat.” A conference called, Shift Happens, Doing Ministry from the right side was held at St. John’s UMC, Houston during the 25th anniversary of SBC21.
 
 
 
 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ongoing
FREE COVID TESTING KITS for all employees covered under the TAC Group Health Plan.
Feb. 6-March 17
UMCOR is asking for donations for
Afghans who served alongside American Forces to help with their resettlement.

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. 

March 26
The TAC Innovation Lab is the place to turn your ideas into cash. This will fill up fast! Registration now open and ends March 14.

Feb21-23
It's time to grill, chill and refill at the Gathering at Lakeview Methodist Center  deadline for registration is Feb. 7.

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

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