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April 28, 2022

 

Church learning how to equip parents to be spiritual leaders

Oikon UMC comes from the Greek “oikos,” which means “the family dwelling” or “houses.” The title is ideal for a congregation started with a series of small groups, gathering in house churches. The name reminds us that church is the house of God – and that churches were originally composed of small groups, meeting in homes. The family residing in the home has recently taken center stage at Oikon – as the congregation makes sure that everyone is included, even its youngest members.


Pastor's nonprofit bears the cost of extracurriculars

It all started with a vision for a name and a logo. Pastor Kimm Thomas, who serves both Warren Chapel UMC in Huntsville and Mt. Zion UMC in Coldspring, felt divinely guided when she worked up the design for “Praise on My Lips” about eight years ago. She knew God was telling her to start a nonprofit, but she still was not sure what its focus would be. In 2020, it came to her – helping children achieve success. “You never know how God’s plan will turn out,” she said.

Ministering to families with compassionate connections

A chaplain is well aware that God is not limited to inside church walls. Wherever these providers of spiritual care are assigned, He is at work right alongside them – in hospitals, fire departments, prisons, universities, the military and law enforcement agencies.

Church helps students afford high fashion prom dresses

Opening the right door at Huntington UMC could transport you into a boutique, where dreams really do come true. Inside Priscilla’s Closet, vibrant arrays of dresses hang, while jewelry and accessories are displayed on tabletops. Fitting rooms and mirrors stand at the ready. The former classroom was transformed into a shop to help girls in need find gowns for prom. With time it grew – and now remains available anytime a girl is in need of formal wear. 

Taking inventory. How are churches doing after reopening and Easter?

When will people return to in-person worship? Forecasts have varied widely throughout the past year. Some church members were ready to come back long before churches reopened their doors. Others remain reluctant. For a number of pastors in the Texas Annual Conference, Easter Sunday became a marker, a time to take inventory of how many would be back in the building and then to make a plan for the future.

 
Other News

Opportunities

Tatum UMC wins Kate Warnick award for execellence in local church history

The Texas United Methodist Historical Society is pleased to announce that the 2021 Kate Warnick Award for Excellence in Local Church History – Small Church Category – has been awarded to Enduring Through the Ages: History of the Methodist Church in Tatum, Texas 1896 - 2021, compiled by Ann Martin Tuttle. 
 
 

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.

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: tgriffin@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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Annual Conference 2022
For the latest conference info. and updates visit or our website and click the link above.
Annual Conference 2022
Texas Annual Conference is recruiting ushers for each service of AC 2022. If you would like to help click the link above.
Ongoing
FREE COVID TESTING KITS for all employees covered under the TAC Group Health Plan.

April 30
Prayer Conference 9am-noon at St. Lukes UMC. Join them for prayer and joyful prayer and worship.

May 5
Deadline for first round of Innovation Grants. find out how you could receive a grant worth up to $10,000.

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

May 19
Webinar, learn how to connect Veterans in your church and community with much needed resources.

July 23
Men of Spirit half-day event featuring great speakers including Bishop Scott J. Jones

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

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