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Bishop Jones and the Cabinet Share Guidelines for Church Re-Opening

Church is going to look different in the aftermath of the pandemic. Pastors have a lot to consider while preparing for reopening, and Bishop Scott J. Jones and the rest of the Texas Annual Conference cabinet have issued guidelines to help churches remain safe.
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Some Churches in East Texas are Launching
in-Person Worship Again

While pastors are eager to return to their congregations, they are taking time first to consider every precaution. These leaders, especially towns outside of the Houston area explain that re-opening slowly and cautiously – and paying attention to detail – is key.
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Churches Distribute More than 35,000 Pounds
of Fresh Produce and Dairy to the Needy Affected by Virus

On Wednesday, June 3, Convoy of Hope will bring joy from its headquarters in Springfield, Missouri to United Methodist Churches the Third Ward in Houston, delivering about 1,000 pre-packaged boxes of fresh produce and dairy products to the neighborhood at a time when the need is high.  
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Radical Hospitality Despite Social Distancing

Even before the COVID-19 began to hit the small towns of Texas, radical hospitality has become the motto at Cheatham Memorial UMC in Edgewood Texas. There are a number of ways congregants go the extra mile to welcome others to the church and to create a community that extends beyond its building.
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We Believe

Bishop Scott J. Jones, along with other Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders in the Houston area, urged places of worship to continue worshiping online to combat the spread of COVID-19. In a video posted earlier this week, these leaders warned against reopening congregations too early, saying that social distancing was the best way forward to care for their neighbors. "We support waiting so our neighbors are safe," the group said. "We support waiting so that our hospitals are not overwhelmed. Caring for our neighbors means joining in the fight to beat COVID-19…it means not increasing community spread." See the video.

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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.

Answering God's Call Shouldn't
Be Bad for Your Health

But for about half of all ordained United Methodist clergy, it is. Especially with COVID-19, and the extra responsibilities Texas Annual Conference clergy are taking on each day.

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
We want to share your story!
 

August 14-15
2020 Session of the Texas Annual Conference


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