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March 10, 2022

Finding Jesus in prison

Covered in tattoos and dressed in a prisoner’s uniform of all white, Adam Zinsser spoke to members of Christ Church Sugar Land via video during their annual Restorative Justice Sunday. He recounted his journey from juvenile detention and boys homes to mental hospitals and drug rehabilitation centers before landing in the penitentiary at age 17. “I went through a lot, and prison hardened my heart even more,” Zinsser said. It wasn’t until he fully surrendered to Jesus that his life changed. And the ministry at Christ Church was instrumental in his transformation.


Field of dreams brings generations together

A softball diamond is coming soon to the grounds of Lake Houston UMC, transforming the space to the church’s own field of dreams. The annual Slowpitch Showdown fundraiser pits youth against adult players. The result is not only a home run for family fun but also a big win towards establishing the church as a fixture in the community.

Literacy program expands ecumenically

Reading Buddies will soon be back in session. The community-wide volunteer effort to help elementary students build their reading skills is organized by FUMC Dayton. Now, after a two-year hiatus due to COVID, the program is relaunching at the end of March.

New ways to experience Lent

In the midst of the pandemic, churches of the Texas Annual Conference demonstrated their creativity and resiliency, time and time again. Congregations found new ways to continue their work for the transformation of the world. That same innovative spirit can be a force for Lent this year, helping bring people closer to Christ during the season.

Meet pastors to be commissioned at TAC 2022

During the Annual Conference, Bishop Scott Jones commissions pastors with a special ceremony and they become provisional members of the Texas Annual Conference as they continue toward their ordination. Commissioning pastors signifies the commitment candidates make to proclaim the gospel, as well as the church’s affirmation of each individual. The Conference’s Board of Ordained Ministry recruits, nurtures, evaluates and supports clergy as they embark on a long journey towards this honor.

 
Other News

Opportunities

United Methodists in and near Ukraine help refugees

As Russia’s assault on Ukraine intensifies, United Methodists near the besieged country are finding ways to help with the flood of more than 2 million refugees.

 

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".
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 17
Bishop Scott J. Jones is hosting a webinar for pastors and leaders to discuss how we will be navigating changes in the TAC in 2022.
Ongoing
FREE COVID TESTING KITS for all employees covered under the TAC Group Health Plan.
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.

May 1,2,3
TAC 2022 Pre-Conference meetings will be held virtually by Zoom this year.

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

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