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Pastor Connects Through Protest Hymn

Many United Methodist clergy gave Pentecost Sunday sermons on the scourge of racism, prompted by the latest high-profile killing of a black man in police custody. The Rev. R. DeAndre Johnson may have outpreached and outreached them all by offering his own protest hymn, titled "It Is Enough!"
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Innovative Church Teaches Members How to Find Meaningful Faith Experiences

While the coronavirus pandemic may have prevented church members from the routine of going to church,discipleship continued to thrive at Bellaire UMC.
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Virtual VBS: Texas Churches Connect with Families While Social Distancing

Churches in the TAC aren’t letting stay-at-home stand in the way of VBS. They have found new and innovative ways to still reach students in the summer – without the worry. 
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Nine Churches in One Small Town Band Together to Become Stronger

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Pastor Carmen Rickel of FUMC Elkhart brainstormed with the leaders of other churches in town about how to best serve the community. Banding together is nothing new in Elkhart; it is simply the way local churches operate. In fact, they are known as the United Churches of Elkhart, an ecumenical organization that unites congregations in worship, missions and outreach.
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Professional Furloughed Chefs Prepare Free Food at Houston United Methodist Church

Picture a pop-up restaurant with a mission, serving up plates of hot meals, packing them to-go and loading up cars for neighbors in need of food. In the midst of the pandemic, St. Stephen’s UMC in Houston has opened Furlough Kitchen Houston. Senior pastor Rev. Nathan Lonsdale Bledsoe invites other congregations to follow this model.

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Inter-faith Statement of Solidarity and Expression of Condolences

You are invited to sign an inter-faith statement of solidarity and expression of condolences to the family of George Floyd.

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.

Perkins Summer Webinar Series

Join SMU Perkins School of Theology for their United Methodist Studies series of webinars on the first Thursdays of each month, June - September. Their line-up covers four significant topics: Interfaith Conversations, Disability Theology and Ministry, United Methodist Studies, and Evangelism. The webinar series is held Thursdays at from 12:30-1:30, through the summer and into September. CEU credits are available upon request. 

Appointment Announcements

New appointments have been announced. The latest list of appointments is available at txcumc.org/appointmentannouncements

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
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June 18
Loving Houston Church/School Partnership Workshop and Leaders Gathering

June 17-19
Local Pastor Licensing School

June 25
Kompan Webinar: The Sacred Spark of Wonder: The Power of Outdoor Play

August 14-15
2020 Session of the Texas Annual Conference


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