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June 24, 2021

How a small Texas town doubled it’s COVID-19 vaccination rate in a month

Pastor Mike Cline was relieved to receive his first vaccine. However, when he headed in for the shot, he was surprised to find that not a lot of other people were there waiting for vaccines, especially persons from the Latino community. He began brainstorming a way to combat vaccine hesitancy but was not sure which approach to take or how to address the issue.

Churches create Taste of Beaumont for restaurants threatened by pandemic

FUMC Beaumont and Trinity UMC have joined forces to encourage congregants to pick up their forks and support local restaurants. Together, the churches created “Taste of Beaumont,” a self-guided culinary tour. Designed to show their love of the city by promoting local eateries, church members want to reinvigorate restaurants whose futures were threatened by the pandemic.

Going to prison to be a beacon of light

In the past 17 years, Jim Cooper and Dr. William Fach’s prison ministry has never skipped a beat. The two members of Faithbridge Church in Spring have traveled together multiple days a week, about 150 miles round trip each time, to offer Bible study, worship, Baptism and communion to inmates. When COVID-19 closed prison doors for a year, the ministry was on hold. Finally, Cooper and Fach have been invited to return -- in a limited capacity

Districts offer Return Back to Church graphics and social media to churches

The nine districts in the Texas Annual Conference are simultaneously launching a new “Return” campaign to ease the transition from isolation during the pandemic to school, church and their community. The “Return to School, Return to Church, Return to Community” initiative is designed to make it easy for churches to invite new members back to church in the fall. A planning guide outlines a schedule and communications, as well as offering free graphics, slides, signage and video scripts. In addition, 10 grants of $500 each go to churches with the most innovative idea to use the campaign. Grants are due June 29, 2021. More information can be found here.





Blessing of the Boats

The Rev. Ryan Stratton is a firm believer that pastors should not be confined inside church walls and that prayer should not be kept behind closed doors. That’s why, on a recent Saturday, he could be found marching down a dock, armed with a squeeze bottle of holy water, ready to pray for families waiting in their boats. 



Connecting with people through prayer

A simple question changed the Rev. Jacqui King’s entire approach to prayer.  It started one morning when the United Methodist pastor was in line at a busy counter outside Nashville International Airport. The man checking in bags was smiling and polite, but King could tell something was bothering him.


Other News


Alum Profile: Ed Robb – SMU Perkins School of Theology

Two things convinced the Rev. Dr. Edmund Robb III (M.T.S., 1976) to come to Perkins for his theological education: a job offer, and a desire for a change of scenery. 


Rev. Sunny Brown Farley takes new part time position

The Rev. Sunny Brown Farley has taken a part time position as a consultant for the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee.

UM podcaster chosen for religious journalism fellowship

United Methodist podcaster Michelle L. Eunice has been selected by United Methodist Communications as the 2021 Stoody-West Fellowship graduate religious communications studies assistance recipient.

2020 - 2021 TUMCA Scholars

The Texas United Methodist College Association is proud of the scholars from churches in the Texas Annual Conference.

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.
July 5 - 9
Lakeview summer camp session 4.
July 24 & 31
Summer Lay Servant Training Session. Cost is $15.00 and lunch will be provided.
August 9 - 12
Advancing Pastoral Leadership Class 9.

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It's time to come Grill, Chill and Refill at this year's Gathering.

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