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August 12, 2021

A Letter from Bishop Scott J. Jones

Dear friends of the Texas Annual Conference. I write to you with a heavy heart as our nation has entered a fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Infections are on the rise, hospitals are full, and tragically the death toll related to Covid-19 is increasing at an alarming rate. Medical experts are predicting that this fourth wave could continue to swell into October.


Faith and fatigue during fourth wave

Churches in the Texas Annual Conference are bracing for the fourth wave of the coronavirus. According to the “Texas Tribune,” the spread of the Delta variant is causing a rapid increase in hospitalizations in Texas, faster than at any other point in the pandemic. A recent report showed 129,114 new cases in two weeks statewide, creating a total of 2.7 million confirmed cases in 254 counties since the pandemic began. According to the news outlet, about 44 percent of Texans are fully vaccinated.

Faith grows in those with special needs

When St. Peter’s UMC in Katy welcomes “all” families on campus, the offer couldn’t be more serious. A Special Needs Ministry for children, teens and adults provides a safe and calming space so that all God’s children feel they belong.

Free telemedicine links church and nursing students

The University of Houston is preparing a new training facility for nursing students. However, instead of the clinic being located on campus, or in an area hospital, it will be housed at St. Paul’s UMC in Houston’s Museum District. Professors and nurses from University of Houston will staff the clinic for the fall semester, and once it is up and running, the first group of students will step foot in the facility.  

The secret to closing the learning gap

Children will return to school more prepared this fall, after attending HYPE Freedom School in the summer at churches in the Texas Annual Conference. The program just wrapped up and is designed to combat the summer slide -- the loss of learning that occurs during vacation from school.

 
Other News

Opportunities

 

 

Pastor helps churchgoers explore ‘The Chosen’

A United Methodist congregation in Sugar Land, Texas, is gaining new insights into the Gospel stories of Jesus, thanks to an eight-week summer study series based on the popular TV program, “The Chosen.”
 

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.
 

August 15-19
Cabinet Working Retreat

August 26
The Laos Mission Initiative Zoom event with Bishop Jones. 

August 26
Conference Leadership Team Workshop to be held at Chapelwood UMC-Fellowship Hall. 

Sept. 7-9
Refresh Retreat. All pastors celebrating milestone anniversaries are invited

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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