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America, We Have a Problem

America, we have a problem. Texas, we have a problem. United Methodism, we have a problem. The problem is racism, and in recent weeks that problem has come to the forefront of our conversations and out attention. Some have rightly said to me, “Why are you all paying attention to this problem only now? It has been a problem for a long time.” There is no good answer to that question. But when an opportunity arises where attention is being paid—however late and inadequate it is—one should take action.
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Churches Address Needs of the Underserved: Give Away $100K in New Clothes, and Provide Food to Homeless

The lockdown did not stop United Methodists in Houston from giving back during the pandemic. In fact, churches stepped up to serve an even greater need in their communities. Bering UMC, Houston volunteers assisted with food distribution and found innovative solutions to help others. Boynton Chapel UMC, Houston members have spent the past couple of weeks distributing clothing to its neighbors in the Third Ward.
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Mission Trips on Hold – Not!  How Students are Finding a Mission Field in their Backyard this Summer

While the coronavirus pandemic has placed most mission trips on hold, there are still plenty of opportunities for youth to spend the summer doing good works. After all, a mission field can be found in your own backyard. 
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Methodist Churches Host COVID-19 Pop-up Clinic to Minimize Spread of Virus in Beaumont

Two congregations in the Texas Annual Conference – Trinity and McCabe-Roberts Avenue UMCs in Beaumont – are working together to offer free COVID-19 testing. A pop-up clinic, in partnership with American Family Care, opened June 22 through June 27 and continues June 29 through July 2.
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Middle School Students Choosing to Serve Their Neighbors This Summer

Dayspring UMC’s annual iServe summer camp proves that middle school students can make a difference. The camp provides them with the skills they need to complete service projects in the greater Tyler area – whether that’s building a wheelchair ramp, mowing a lawn or working at the food bank. Organizers were able to take precautions against COVID-19 and keep iServe going this summer – which was good news to excited campers.

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United Methodists Launch Dismantling Racism Initiative

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!
 

June 25
Methodist Hospital webinar for clergy - update on COVID19

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

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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