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February 24, 2022

Sharing food and love with church neighbors

Meeting the neighbors was a top priority for Roig Calzadilla after being appointed Associate Pastor at Revive! UMC in Pasadena a year ago. “Some of them thought our church was closed,” he recalled. “I said, ‘No, not at all.’” In fact, the name Revive! resulted from a transformation of the church formerly known as First UMC Pasadena. And in its new incarnation, the congregation was especially dedicated to bringing new life to its members and surrounding community.


Wiley College celebrates its rich history for Black History Month

The calendar for February has been full at Wiley College for the celebration of Black History Month. Events included film screenings, poetry nights, trivia competitions, social media campaigns, inspirational walks and special speakers.

How will Lent be different this year? A Q&A with clergy and laity

Lent is a time of penance, prayer and introspection. Typically, the focus is on mortality. Because the fragility of life has been under the microscope since the beginning of the pandemic two years ago, many pastors will draw upon Lent to deepen faith and as a reminder of our dependence upon God. By meditating on grace, we find an opportunity to recapture joy – and to keep our eyes on resurrection.

Churches get creative for Ash Wednesday services

Ash Wednesday, arriving March, 2 this year, begins the season of Lent, a time of spiritual discipline. The imposition of ashes, a tradition that traces its roots to the 10th century, first appeared in the rituals of the United Methodist Church in the 20th century. Pastors in the Texas Annual Conference are preparing their sermons – and getting creative with sharing the message of repentance and grace.

Local church spreads love with signs and banners

Yard signs printed, “Love First,” are popping up this month around Center, Texas. Rev. Malcolm Monroe of FUCM Center ordered 100 signs for members this February. Already, the signs have been displayed in front of homes and businesses.

 
Other News

Opportunities

486 Churches Pay 100% Apportionments

The Texas Annual Conference extends a special thank you to the 486 TAC congregations that paid 100% apportionments during this past year.

 

The Permanent Endowment Fund grant cycles open

The Permanent Endowment Fund of Moody Methodist Church in Galveston is open for Letters of Intent. We have moved from Geographic Grant Cycles to Topical Grant Cycles and those topics and due dates are marked accordingly. Our mission is: "Advancing The Care of People in the Name and Spirit of Jesus Christ".
 

United Methodist Black History Quiz

How much do you know about Black History in the United Methodist Church? We invite you to take this short quiz to find out.
 
 
 
 

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.
March 5-6
Pre-K Teachers Recruitment Fair.
March 13
Health & Wellness Sunday. Free health screenings 9 a.m - 12:00p.m.  Lunch 12:15 with great panel speakers including Bishop Scott J. Jones.
March 10, 24
First Aid for Mental Health live virtual event. This is open to all and space is limited. 
TYA Application Deadline March 22
Texas Youth Academy is a unique community for current 10-12th grade students to illuminate deeper discipleship.

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.

Deadline March 30
UMCOR is asking for donations for Afghans who served alongside American Forces to help with resettlement.

April 8-10 
Celebration Women's Ministry is holding its National Conference in Houston. Registration is now open.

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

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