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Texas Annual Conference Coming to Your Area this Summer, New Dates Announced

Bishop Scott Jones has announced that the date for the 2020 Annual Conference, originally set for late May, has been postponed until mid-August to protect the safety and health of members in the Texas Annual Conference.
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Annual Conference to Vote on a Proposal to Reduce Conference Expenses, Staff and Empower the Local Church

According to the listening sessions from delegates from the Texas Annual Conference, laity and clergy are interested in two priorities for the Strategic Mapping Team proposal: 1. Reducing Conference expenses, and 2. Decentralization or shifting the focus from generating Conference programs to equipping District and local churches to do those ministries. The Strategic Mapping Team heard those requests loud and clear and has created a proposal to be voted on during the August session of the Texas Annual Conference.
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Rural Pastor Creating 3D Masks for Essential Workers with the Help of PEF Fund

Sitting idle in the midst of a pandemic did not suit Pastor Matthew Davis at Bridges Chapel and Greenhill UMC in Mount Pleasant.He felt called to help – but just wasn’t sure exactly what to do. Then, he heard about 3D printed masks – and embarked on a journey to make and distribute protective equipment for his community.
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Small Churches Overcome Digital Divide
with Innovative Strategies

Churches in the Texas Annual Conference are searching for innovative ways to stay connected during the pandemic without relying on the internet – and still reach members who do not have the resources to use it..
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Onalaska Tornado Leaves Major Destruction
in its Wake

Onalaska is still reeling from a tornado that traveled through the town and left major destruction in its wake. A long process of cleaning and rebuilding is underway. Onalaska FUMC, which was spared by the cyclone, is using its kitchen to provide sack lunches to residents as they work on their homes and readying for more opportunities to serve.
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Technology Classes Keeping the "90-Plus Crowd" Young During Social Distancing

When stay-at-home became the new normal and almost everything switched online – a group of seniors at Blueridge UMC, Houston were already well prepared. The had recently enrolled in a “Lifelong Learning” course at Houston Community College (HCC), a program that encourages continuing education at any age. The course was designed to improve their keyboard skills. Little did they know that typing faster and embracing technology would prove to be so handy.

Other News
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UMC Bishops Call for Justice in Wake of Ahmaud Arbery's Death

"I fully support a statement issued by the UMC Council of Bishops today condemning the senseless and apparently racist killing of Ahmaud Arbury in Georgia. It says in part, "Parents of Black children live in fear each and every day that they themselves or a member of their family will be the next victim as the pervasive culture of racism and white supremacy grows each day." As a church, we have long condemned racism but we must do more to address it throughout our society. We can pray for Ahmaud's family but our prayers must result in actions."
Bishop Scott J. Jones

Bruse Named Conference Treasurer

The Rev. Carol Bruse has been appointed Conference Treasurer and Director of the Center for Connectional Resources for the Texas Annual Conference.

Stansell Appointed as District Superintendent

The Rev. Dr. Elijah Stansell has been appointed as District Superintendent for the Central South District of the Texas Annual Conference.

TMF Opens Request for Proposal (RFP) Application for the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

The Texas Methodist Foundation (TMF) has funded a $250,000 COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to provide support to churches and non-profits who are already collaborating with people and communities who may be most affected by COVID-19. 

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!
 

May 12
Empowering Teens And Families During The Pandemic: Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Various Dates
Webinars for Church Leaders in a New Context

Multiple Dates
Youth Ministry Events and Information


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