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Virtual Ordination, Licensing
Helps New Pastors Stay Safe

Summer is a time of transition for many officially going into the ministry – local pastors are becoming licensed later this month and others will mark the culmination of their journey with ordination. This will be the first class of ordinands who were interviewed via Zoom and will have their official ceremony changed to comply with social distancing guidelines. This is also the first time that the licensing school pivoted to all online. Regardless of the changes and challenges, these ordinands and incoming pastors continue to build community and forming connections digitally – and are eager to serve.
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Get Ready to Pre-Conference

Think of the Pre-Conference Meeting as a preview for Annual Conference, a time to learn more and prepare delegates for the important job ahead. This year, the meeting will be held online and presented in three separate sessions. Pre-Conference will prepare delegates to virtually attend sessions during Annual Conference – and will also give them opportunities to delve into all of the upcoming issues.
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Outdoor Amphitheater Feels Heaven Sent During COVID-19 at Lake Palestine UMC

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Rev. Ingrid Beguinistain Akers at Lake Palestine UMC in Chandler, like most other pastors, devoted all her energy pivoting to online. Once that task was complete, she got creative, considering sermons in a new light. An answer awaited in the church’s own backyard – an outdoor amphitheater – that soon transformed into the main stage for the congregation.  
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Students Spend the Night in a Cardboard City

Every year, students from Humble ISD trade in the comforts of home to spend the night outside in a cardboard shelter as part of the Cardboard City project. The event raises awareness about homelessness and funds for two important area outreach organizations, Family Promise of Lake Houston and Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM). When COVID-19 halted plans for the annual fundraiser, Strawbridge UMC got creative and found a way for the ministry to continue.  
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United Methodist Pastor and Retirement Home Resident Shares Hope and Leads Bible Study

The coronavirus pandemic is shedding new light on nursing homes and assisted living. Plenty of bad news has focused on assisted living facilities and nursing homes unable to meet the needs of their residents. Fortunately, there’s another option –one built on Wesleyan principles. Methodist Retirement Communities serves about 2,000 residents in 13 centers across Texas.



Other News

Dismantling Racism

United Methodist Church leaders launch a plan of action to galvanize church members and others to actively stand against racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd and protests across the U.S. The “Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom” initiative is a multi-level effort throughout the church to initiate a sustained and coordinated effort to dismantle racism and promote collective action to work toward racial justice.

Ministry Reflections During COVID-19

COVID-19 has disrupted many aspects of our lives and impacted all of us. While the process of ministry is changing, the responsibility to help those in need has not. See the following reflections from pastors around the Texas Annual Conference.

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.

COVID - 19 Resources for Churches

Everyone is looking at ministry in a different context and trying to find ways to maintain community. These resources can help.

Find Worship Online

Many Texas Annual Conference churches are worshiping online and offering sermons and resources as live streams or posting videos for on demand viewing. Check them out at: https://www.txcumc.org/sermons.

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!

Multiple Dates
Smaller Membership Churches of the Texas Annual Conference 
2020 Workshop Schedule 

Multiple Dates
Perkins Summer Webinar Series

July 15, 21
Connect with Rev. Emily Everett, Global Missionary in Brazil

August 14-15
2020 Session of the Texas Annual Conference

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