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Pandemic painting mural offers community creative outlet to cry, contemplate, contribute and celebrate

For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven – including a time to paint. Houston’s Westminster UMC invites the community to pick up a brush and join in creative expression for its Pandemic Project. The final product, a mural in the front lawn of the church, will symbolize how creativity became essential during the pandemic. The artwork demonstrates that making something positive out of this dark time is still possible.

Churches get creative with trunk or treats, digital scavenger hunts and pumpkin patches

A number of churches in the Texas Annual Conference are making sure that the fun continues this fall and still hosting their traditional pumpkin patches and trunk-or-treats. These congregations realize that children look forward to the changing weather, decorating pumpkins and preparing their Halloween costumes.  They refuse to let COVID-19 hamper fall festivities -- and instead are offering opportunities for safe fellowship. These events also serve as a reminder that the church still welcomes neighbors with open arms.

Two pastors share how their churches are approaching in-person worship in 2020

While many churches are reopening across the Texas Annual Conference, some are remaining online and exploring best practices in preparation of returning to in-person worship. In this second part of our series on coming back to the building, we spoke to two pastors who started church plants that have now grown by leaps and bounds. The church still has a mission and ministry to do – and these pastors share their insight on communicating the gospel in this season.

Mennonites and Baptists join Methodists for hurricane recovery in Newton County

The Mennonites from Weaverland Disaster Response have been a fixture in Houston, helping with Hurricane Harvey recovery for the past three years. Their teams stay at Cypress UMC, and they have formed a long-term relationship with the church. Now, the Mennonites are joining United Methodist volunteers to help Newton County after Hurricane Laura, as well as crews from the nearby Baptist church. Together, these teams from all denominations are making a real difference – and acting as the hands and feet of Christ.








Clergy couple serving together at the same church align priorities

There are countless reasons that could have prevented Randy and Susan Hageman from meeting – but God was at work, putting everything in motion. Now this clergy couple has been married for 34 years, with two children Kathryn Holmes and William Hageman and one grandchild Charlotte Holmes. Randy serves as senior pastor for the Conference Gateway Community Church in Webster, where Susan also works as pastor of the women’s ministry. Whether at home or at the helm of the congregation, faith remains central to their lives.


Conferences persevere under financial strain

More than seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial outlook for conferences is decidedly mixed. But even with reduced giving, conference treasurers are saying the situation is not as dire as it appeared in the spring. Photo by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News     


Other News

Called to Serve

A video series featuring people across the Texas Annual Conference and their stories as they discuss their unique, personal calls to ministry and what being called to serve means to them. Visit: txcumc.org/calledtoserve

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.

Oct 29
TAC Group Health Plan Webinar: 

Oct. 31 
Mission Team Disaster Training (virtual) 

Nov. 12
Loving Houston 101: How to Start a School Partnership.

Multiple Dates
Perkins Summer Webinar Series

Deadline Nov. 30
Global Ministries is excited to announce the applications for the next cohort of Global Mission Fellows, US2 Track, is open!

Deadline Dec. 1
Nominations for Perkins School of Theology Woodrow B. Seals Award

Jan. 18 - Feb. 12 2021
BeADisciple.com is holding an Introduction to the Enneagram workshop and retreat.

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