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It’s a different and challenging time, but Christmas continues

Christmas has arrived in East Texas – and with strict safety measures in place, churches like Marvin UMC ensured that COVID-19 would not prevent its holiday traditions from continuing. Musical concerts and outreach efforts heralded in the season, and additional services were scheduled on Christmas Eve to accommodate smaller groups in the building. The church has long been a destination for Christmas in Tyler, opening its doors to the community for free weekday concerts and a Handel’s Messiah sing-along. While each event will be a little different this year to meet health and safety guidelines, the choir will still be singing, the orchestra playing and the handbells ringing in the season.

Small Houston UMC participates in $2.2 million restaurant relief program

Dr. Vastine Watson was searching for a way that his church Norris Chapel in Houston could help more during COVID-19. Still, with a small congregation, and mostly elderly members, he felt like he hit a wall. Then, he discovered a unique way to make a significant impact, the Houston Eats Restaurant Support (H.E.R.S.) program. Now church volunteers are serving hot meals to vulnerable neighbors once a week. “I was so broken-hearted,” Watson said. “But this is like an answer to my prayers.”

Clear Lake Buddies builds bridges of literacy, health and mentoring for students

The coronavirus is no match for the Clear Lake Buddies. The group of volunteers from Clear Lake UMC has found new ways to serve their neighborhood elementary in the midst of a pandemic, whether working on tasks outside or donating WiFi to children without Internet service. Currently the church is gearing up to make sure COVID-19 does not stand in the way of Christmas for students.

TAC and Methodist Hospital provide free health services for underserved communities

The coronavirus pandemic hit Houston about the same time the Texas Annual Conference launched its Church and Community Health Initiative, an important project with a mission to improve health in underserved communities. Wellness Director Jessica Somerville explained that while her team of community health care workers had to start new jobs working from home, they still managed to deliver services to hundreds of individuals in need.

New Christmas devotional series features Texas Annual Conference clergy and laity

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – even in the midst of a pandemic. Holiday decorations and lights are adorning homes, and Christmas trees are up. Families are starting new traditions and finding creative ways to stay connected this season. Since COVID-19 has stopped much of the usual travel and get-togethers this year, many will be closer to home and closer to family. The Texas Annual Conference has created a new devotional series for the holidays, available online and on social media, inviting all to also draw closer to God.

Kimberly Orr named Publisher of The Upper Room

Rev. Kimberly C. Orr is packing up her house in Houston and preparing to move to Nashville, where she will assume a new role -- leading The Upper Room’s global ministry. There is only one way this pastor in the Texas Annual conference can explain how everything fell into place to make the move possible. “It’s one of those God things,” she said.    


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.

Dec. 20 - Ongoing
The Committee on Native American Ministries, of the Texas Annual Conference (CONAM) is now holding its 3rd Sunday worship services online. All are welcome and invited to attend. You can find the services on FaceBook and YouTube. For more information or questions contact Rose: 713-504-0855 or Ross: 903-585-2509 or by email: txconfconam@gmail.com


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

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