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March 25, 2021

The Easter Hope of Jesus

For the last year we have needed hope like never before. We have struggled with a pandemic, increased deaths and disease, racial injustice, economic disruption, political turmoil, an attack on our capitol, and isolation from others. It has been hard to be hopeful in the midst of difficult times.

 

Delegates let’s Pre-Conference

Delegates, you are once again invited to the virtual Pre-Conference Meeting to preview Annual Conference 2021 and learn more about what we will be voting on in this important season of ministry. Once again, the meeting will be held online and presented in three separate sessions.


Easter brings hope after a year of pandemic fatigue

The Easter Bunny is hopping into the Texas Annual Conference this year, bringing a dose of much-needed joy and hope after a year of COVID-19 restrictions. Both Wesley Memorial UMC in Huntsville and Millican UMC missed their traditional Easter gatherings last year and now look forward to a returning to their usual – albeit slightly modified – celebrations.

Texas Church works to remove racist language from deed restrictions

Ashley Cavazos’ current journey to correct a long-standing wrong started months ago – while listening to a sermon at her church, St. Stephen’s UMC in Houston. While her efforts are focused on one neighborhood, she hopes the outcome would have a ripple effect on other areas of the city, the state and even the country.

FUMC Canton holds onto a history of hope

Even after a burst pipe flooded two of the buildings on FUMC Canton’s campus due to the winter storm, congregants still gathered for worship in the sanctuary. What helps members hold onto hope, in the midst of so much destruction plus a year adjusting to COVID-19? The answer is delving into history, Pastor Adam Muckleroy explained.

Church members become artists at unique art ministry

Right behind Cypress UMC stands the Angel House, a studio for the congregation’s unique stained glass ministry. Inside, volunteers are hard at work creating colorful works of art. Guests stop by to shop for ornaments, crosses, stepping stones and other stained glass creations – or they might attend a workshop to learn a new skill. All of the proceeds from the ministry’s sales fund church missions and outreach projects.

 

 
 
Other News

Opportunities

 

Lent and Easter resources

The Texas Annual Conference has put put together some great resources to help you, your family and your congregation plan and prepare for this Easter season.
 

Churches meeting 100 percent apportionments

The Texas Annual Conference would like to thank all of the churches that met 100 percent of their apportionments this year.
 

TAC 2021 FAQs 

Last year we introduced our virtual session of Annual Conference with the acknowledgement, “We’ve Never Done It This Way Before.” This year’s session will be more like, “Didn’t We Do Something Like This Last Time.” Our amazing Tech Team helped to develop a list of Frequently Asked Questions to make this year’s session easier for you.

Find Worship Online

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.

Mar. 28
"Hour of Power and Praise" Preparing Your Heart for Holy Week and Good Friday. Online Service.

Mar. 29
COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall. Houston Methodist will discuss the latest information on Coronavirus vaccines.  

April 14, 22 
"Covid Can't Stop Discipleship" Webinar. 

April 15, 29
"Coping with stress: honest space for pastors" Webinar

April 19
"Words Matter: The Intersectionality of Race, Religion and Public Policy" Webinar.

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

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