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Ten Steps to Host a Live Nativity

The Christmas story literally comes to life every year at Christ Church UMC in The Woodlands -- when actors and animals spring into action for the Live Nativity on Christmas eve. This will be the 23rd year for the production, and the fifth time Maggie Wood, director of student ministries, will help make it happen. Along the way, she has learned a few tips to assist other churches who are considering hosting their own Live Nativity.
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Pastor Takes Bible Study
to Houston Law Firm

Finding faith in the workplace can often feel like a difficult task. As senior pastor at a church in downtown Houston, Rev. Andy Nixon is making it part of his mission to bring the business world and faith community closer together.
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Bess and Bishop Frank A. Smith Honored by Methodist Hospital at Faith Lecture in Houston

Houston Methodist is celebrating 100 years of leading medicine with faith at its core. Dr. Marc L. Boom, President and CEO of Houston Methodist Hospital hosted the Centennial Faith Lecture this week where Bess and Bishop Frank A. Smith and other faith leaders were recognized for their power of integrating faith with medicine.
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Clergy Couple Challenges the Church to Stand Together to Help Foster Children this Christmas

Becca and Steven Newcomb are in ministry as a foster family. She serves as associate pastor at FUMC Longview, while he is senior pastor at Winterfield UMC. Together, they have experienced a strengthening of faith through the fostering experience – and have witnessed their congregations helping out in numerous ways. They also feel that Christ compels all churches to do more for children in need.
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Methodist BBQ Ministry Served 3,400 Meals to 2019 Disaster Victims

There’s a whole new type of ministry at Montgomery UMC – one focused on a barbecue pit. The MUMC Cookers is an outreach program, which serves meals to those in need in Conroe and also provides disaster relief throughout the state. Volunteers learn tips and tricks about barbecue, as they help others.
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How to Have an Indoor Garden to Feed the Homeless

FUMC Beaumont is literally reaping the fruits of its labor. The church started its First Fruits Initiative in August and has already harvested this indoor garden space twice, going beyond the needs of its soup kitchen Kairos Kitchen. Plans for expanding the program are in the works. In addition to providing a healthy bounty, the gardens cultivate discipleship and community.

Other News
Opportunities

Miller Appointed to New Position

Bishop Scott J. Jones announced new appointments for the end of the year. On December 1, 2019, he appointed the Rev. Peter Miller as the Interim Disaster Preparedness Coordinator.

2019 Advent Worship Litanies

Advent invites us to slow down and experience God’s presence, to embrace grace in new ways. Taking time to pause can help us to see God more clearly. What do you see when you take time to reflect on your life and talk to God? Where do the gifts of hope, peace, joy, and love show up in your life each day?

Texas Church Votes to Leave Denomination

By a 96% margin, the congregation of Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church, in the Houston suburb of Katy, voted to depart.

Faithful Giving in a Time of Change

Videos of a roundtable discussion of connectional giving in The United Methodist Church, features panelists who work with giving and budgets at all levels of the denomination.

Gastrochurch Offers Ministry Over a Shared Meal

The Rev. Meredith Mills is well aware that Gastrochurch may not appeal to everyone. Some find the concept — a ministry that takes place over a shared meal — a little out there..

Sexual Ethics Training for All Pastors

All those who are serving under episcopal appointment within the Texas Annual Conference must attend one of the upcoming Sexual Ethics Trainings in early 2020 to remain in good standing.

Churches in the News

Has your church or ministry been mentioned in local media? Send a link to smartin@txcumc.org
We want to share your story!

December 15
Third Sunday Native American Worship

January 19, 20
Hearn Lecture Series: Status, Ambition, and the Way of Jesus Presented by Dr. Craig Hill

January 20
BMCR MLK Breakfast

January 26-28
UMW Legislative Event

February 8
African American Church Initiative Lay Academy with Bishop Jones

February 10,11 & 13
2020 Tax Seminars

February 21-23 &
March 1

IGNITE 2020

Multiple Dates
Youth Ministry Events and Information


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