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September 9, 2021

Texas churches send supplies to Louisiana

Churches from the Texas Annual Conference sent two large trucks of supplies to Ida survivors over the weekend. And churches will continue to fill up trucks and send them until their needs are met. On Sunday, Sept. 5, Bishop Scott J. Jones and his wife Mary Lou headed to Baton Rouge, unloading boxes of supplies alongside some 50 volunteers from Broadmoore United Methodist Church. And this is just the beginning of how the TAC Churches plan to help its Louisiana neighbors.


2022 Apportionments won’t increase thanks to $400,000 gift

Relief is on its way for churches in the Texas Annual Conference. Usually, apportionments for the following year are calculated over the summer and statements are mailed to Conference churches on Sept. 1. This year, however, COVID-19 caused the Conference to take a second look at the amounts being requested. In this challenging time, a solution was found to help local churches continue to weather the storm. “This is good news,” Conference Treasurer Rev. Carol Bruse said.

Linden UMC opening school for underserved community

Members of Linden UMC are preparing to open the doors to a new day care facility this fall. “Now summer is over, and we’re ready,” Dr. Kelly Krone said. “We’ve got boxes to unpack and furniture to put together. It’s all starting to take shape.”

Church gives free haircuts

Sending students back to school on the right foot starts with a great haircut at Journey of Faith UMC in Humble. On Sundays last month, the church turned into a barber shop offering children in the community haircuts free of charge. The smiling faces that accompany each new ‘do are well worth the effort, Rev. Stephen Goldsmith, Pastor of Journey of Faith explained.

Pastors say hope prevails through Delta

COVID-19 continues to plague Texas. In August alone, 3,300 residents died from the virus, the “Texas Tribune” reports. Hospitalizations increased, and by the end of the month, 13,768 Texans were hospitalized. Churches in the Texas Annual Conference have witnessed the rise of the Delta variant and are finding ways to hold onto hope in a tumultuous time.

 
Other News

Opportunities

Research shows Black churches’ resilience

In June 2021, Gammon Theological Seminary joined with five United Methodist organizations, seeking to hear the voices of Black pastors and leaders who have faithfully led and served God’s people amid the unprecedented COVID-19 global health pandemic.

 

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.

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

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