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July 8, 2021

Perseverance through rocky start pays off in church planting

The news about the Rev. Alex Zeisig’s new appointment was disconcerting at best. He was scheduled to become pastor at an already established church plant – the west campus at St. Peter’s UMC Katy. The congregation was struggling, and attendance waning, because the plant had lost its previous pastor, resulting in a schism. Zeisig, however, was undeterred. In fact, his commitment to the members who remained only grew stronger.

Church plants for food insecurity

This summer, something new is growing in the Texas Annual Conference. A community garden is under construction in Houston’s Riverside UMC, in collaboration with the University of Houston Wesley Foundation. Fresh fruits and vegetables from the site will be used to combat food insecurity in the area. Further south, plants are being harvested in Santa Fe, Texas, at a shared garden created by Aldersgate UMC and nearby Saltgrass Cowboy Church. Members of both congregations are invited to pick sun-ripened vegetables.

Small UMC with too much money serves community

Members of a small rural East Texas church have big plans to make positive change in their community. Mt. Zion UMC in DeBerry invested in their neighbors – at a time when many needed their help more than ever.

From teacher to preacher

Everyone knew that Emanuel Echols was destined one day for the pulpit. Everyone, that is, except for Echols himself. “Are you sure you haven’t heard a calling?” became a common refrain from his teachers and family. But he would laugh and dismiss their questions. In fact, he did hear a calling – but it was to do something else entirely. He wanted to become a teacher. Through a serendipitous series of events, he now serves in both ways.

Undie Sundays at Livingston UMC

This summer, it’s Undie Sundays for the United Methodist Women of Livingston FUMC. President Suzanne Ganzer has announced that group members should start collecting underwear and socks for elementary children. By the end of August, she will gather up the donations and deliver them to four area schools.

Other News


Ruby Bridges Speaks at Moody Methodist Juneteeth Event

As Americans celebrated Juneteenth last weekend – the first time ever as a federal holiday – members of Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church in Galveston had a special opportunity to hear from a key leader in the battle for civil rights and equality.  


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. 

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 22
Loving Houston Leaders Gathering with Rev. David Swanson.
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.

Sept. 20-22
The Gathering 2021. Come Grill, Chill and Refill at this year's Gathering.

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

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