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September 23, 2021

Radio church for senior living facility

St. John’s UMC Texas City and assisted living facility Elmcroft of the Mainland are neighbors, so close that the congregation could wave to residents. “They’re right next door,” Senior Pastor, the Rev. Stephanie Hughes said. Still, the two had never worshipped together. That is, until COVID-19 shook everything up. “It changed the game,” Hughes said.

Church hosts speech therapy group for stroke patients

On the first and third Thursday of each month, Strawbridge UMC in Kingwood becomes a refuge for individuals with aphasia, a condition that limits speech and language after a stroke or brain damage. The church has hosted the group for the past three years, providing therapy and a social outlet at no charge.

Hispanic Leadership Academy is ultimate training ground

The Texas Annual Conference is debuting a new three-year program, the Hispanic Leadership Academy. Both theological and pedagogical tools will be incorporated to help laity reach their full potential and transform into leaders in their home churches.

New church name same unified mission

The name may be new, but the faces are the same at The Gathering Church in Texas City. Seated in the pews are members of Grace UMC and First UMC Texas City. The congregations merged earlier this year. Now, they are unified in mission and moving forward for the transformation of the world for Jesus Christ.

District laity recognized with awards

The East District is recognizing two outstanding lay leaders for their central role in ministry, with the Silver and Gold Award. The honor was created this year by Superintendent Rev. Dr. Richard P. White, along with the District Leadership Team. One male and one female laity member will be recognized annually in the future.  

Other News


Celebrating World Communion Sunday

On Oct. 3, United Methodists will join Christians around the globe to recognize oneness in Christ and celebrate World Communion Sunday. In The United Methodist Church, donations to the World Communion Special Sunday support scholarships to equip U.S. students of color and international students to transform the church and their communities as both laity and clergy.


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.
Sept. 24-25
This Lead Like Jesus Encounter will provide you with tools that enable you to lead others by building supportive and caring relationships. Whether you lead, or are led, you can resolve conflicts and make positive changes to your work, family, team, or church environment. 

Sept. 25-26
Ichthus 2021 Gathering. The Ichthus retreat is a retreat just for our 9th graders that focuses on Identity, Community, and Transformation. We have curriculum designed specifically for students as they transition into high school and connect established small groups or those just discovering their faith potential.

Oct. 24  - En Español
Blood Drive at Revive Church, Sunday Oct. 24 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Oct. 29-30
Texas United Methodist Historical Society's  annual meeting is still scheduled and will be held at Lakeview conference center. You can register now.

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

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