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August 26, 2021

A Letter from Bishop Scott J. Jones

My heart continues to be heavy as I hear the stories of how the Delta variant of Covid-19 is sweeping across Texas at alarming rates, even personally affecting many of you and your churches.


A doctor’s perspective on Delta

Dr. Nicki Zeisig, a physician at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, works seven days in a row, in 12-hour shifts. Then, she takes a break to recuperate. Since COVID-19 hit, she explained, the week feels like it has been on repeat. She essentially answers the same questions over and over: When will my breathing get better? When will I get to go home? Am I getting better at all? Am I going to be okay? Then, since visitors are no longer allowed, she calls patients’ families. Again, it seems like a recurring nightmare. Her team is exhausted and with the Delta variant and vaccine hesitancy, there’s no end in sight. “It’s like reliving the worst day ever,” Zeisig said.


Other News




UMCOR supports Afghans in need

Global Ministries and the United Methodist Committee on Relief have long-standing partners in Afghanistan, with projects and programs dating back to the mid-1960s.  UMCOR is working with these partners to determine what assistance is most helpful at this time and the best avenue for ensuring humanitarian relief reaches the country.


UMCOR Issues First Haiti Grants

The United Methodist Committee on Relief’s response to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti on August 14 is underway. The quake, which particularly damaged the southern and western regions of the island, has left more than 2,200 dead and 12,000 injured.


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.


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

September 2
Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston is hosting an evening COVID briefing for faith leaders and their congregants.  

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

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