Clergy Couple Challenges the Church to Stand Together to Help Foster Children this Christmas

12/12/2019
By Lindsay Peyton -  En Español Becca and Steven Newcomb are in ministry as a foster family. She serves as associate pastor at FUMC Longview, while he is senior pastor at Winterfield UMC. Together, they have experienced a strengthening of faith through the fostering experience – and have witnessed their congregations helping out in numerous ways. They also feel that Christ compels all churches to do more for children in need.   Two angel Christmas ornaments greeted associate pastor Becca ...

How to Have an Indoor Garden to Feed the Homeless

12/12/2019
By Lindsay Peyton   FUMC Beaumont is literally reaping the fruits of its labor. The church started its First Fruits Initiative in August and has already harvested this indoor garden space twice, going beyond the needs of its soup kitchen Kairos Kitchen. Plans for expanding the program are in the works. In addition to providing a healthy bounty, the gardens cultivate discipleship and community.   Stephanie Denham, director of family ministries at FUMC, had a vision to turn the church into a ...

Methodist BBQ Ministry Served 3,400 Meals to 2019 Disaster Victims

12/12/2019
By Lindsay Peyton   There’s a whole new type of ministry at Montgomery UMC – one focused on a barbecue pit. The MUMC Cookers is an outreach program, which serves meals to those in need in Conroe and also provides disaster relief throughout the state. Volunteers learn tips and tricks about barbecue, as they help others.   On Steve Freeman’s commute from his home in Montgomery, Texas to his job in the oil and gas industry in Houston, he prayed for an answer. He wanted to combine his passion for ...

Methodist Pastor Takes Bible Study to Downtown Houston Law Firm

12/12/2019
By Lindsay Peyton   Finding faith in the workplace can often feel like a difficult task. As senior pastor at a church in downtown Houston, Rev. Andy Nixon is making it part of his mission to bring the business world and faith community closer together.     First Methodist Houston was once one of the largest congregations in the country. Members have been drawn to the Gothic exterior and grandiose sanctuary since the church moved to its current location in 1910. Now this historic destination is ...

Ten Easy Steps on How to Host A Live Nativity in 2020

12/12/2019
By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   The Christmas story literally comes to life every year at Christ Church UMC in The Woodlands --when actors and animals spring into action for the Live Nativity on Christmas eve. This will be the 23rd year for the production, and the fifth time Maggie Wood, director of student ministries, will help make it happen. Along the way, she has learned a few tips to assist other churches who are considering hosting their own Live Nativity.   When Maggie Wood assumed her ...

Bess and Bishop Frank A. Smith Honored by Methodist Hospital at Faith Lecture in Houston

12/11/2019
  By Lindsay Peyton   Houston Methodist is celebrating 100 years of leading medicine with faith at its core. Dr. Marc L. Boom, President and CEO of Houston Methodist Hospital hosted the Centennial Faith Lecture this week where Bess and Bishop Frank A. Smith and other faith leaders were recognized for their power of integrating faith with medicine.   “We are a hospital with a soul,” Bishop Scott Jones, keynote of the event, said.  “I believe our values go to the heart of what it means to be in ...

Hearn Lecture Series: Status, Ambition, and the Way of Jesus Presented by Dr. Craig Hill

12/11/2019
Hearn Lecture Series: Status, Ambition, and the Way of Jesus Presented by Dr. Craig Hill​  January 19 and 20, 2020 at Moody Methodist Church, Galveston A deep tension exists between the biblical view of servant leadership and the status that Christians today often desire and pursue. Why is it that Christians care so much what others think of us and what resources does the New Testament in particular provide us to confront this dilemma and proceed in a direction that conforms more to Jesus’ way ...

Miller Appointed to New Position

12/11/2019
Bishop Scott J. Jones announced new appointments for the end of the year. On December 1, 2019, he appointed the Rev. Peter Miller as the Interim Disaster Preparedness Coordinator. Miller previously served as the Senior Pastor at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Baytown, Texas. Beginning January 1st, Rev. Scott Moore, who served in the position of Director of Center of Missional Excellence will be appointed as the Ministry Consultant for VisionBridge in The Woodlands, Texas in extension ...

Third Sunday Native American Worship, December 15

12/11/2019
December 15 Rev. David Wilson  We invite you to Third Sunday, which comes a bit early this month - Sunday the 15th.  Our speaker is Rev. David Wilson, the Superintendent of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference of the Methodist Church.    He has traveled widely this last year and wants to report on his visits with Native Tribes and other indigenous peoples.  He will also talk about the gifts we may share with the world because of our beliefs and approach to life.  I can't wait to hear this ...

United Methodist Women's Legislative Event, January 26-28

12/11/2019
Texas Impact is partnering with Texas faith leaders on two advocacy conferences early in 2020. We look forward to seeing you there and hope you will promote the events to your networks.   United Methodist Women's Legislative Event, January 26-28   For more than 30 years, Texas United Methodist Women have been hosting the Texas UMW Legislative Event, a three-day annual conference in Austin, TX. There will be speakers, workshops, panels and breakout sessions about public policy issues, faith and ...

2019 Advent Worship Litanies

12/3/2019
Advent invites us to slow down and experience God’s presence, to embrace grace in new ways. Taking time to pause can help us to see God more clearly.  What do you see when you take time to reflect on your life and talk to God?  Where do the gifts of hope, peace, joy, and love show up in your life each day?  Whether observing the season of Advent as a new spiritual practice or one that you have participated in for many years, consider what you would like to accomplish this Advent season. While ...

Epworth League Building Community for Young People

11/14/2019
By Lindsay Peyton   Rev. Katie Eichler isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to attracting 18 to 35-year olds to church. Instead, she is taking her cues from an association formed more than 100 years ago, the Epworth League. With the help of nonprofit FAM Houston, the historic organization is back and drawing more and more young adults.   Eichler first heard about the Epworth League in seminary a couple of years ago. The association, formed in 1889, was named after the village of ...

God is Key to Recovery

11/14/2019
  By Lindsay Peyton   FUMC Bryan has a long history for helping individuals recovering from addiction. Now the church is preparing to go a step further and planning for a new ministry “Open Door” to launch in a few months.   Senior Pastor Rick Sitton explained that the church hosted Narcotics Anonymous for more than 10 years, before he ever came to the congregation. There are also Al-anon and AA groups that meet on campus.   Jennifer Webber, lead pastor of contemporary worship at FUMC Bryan, ...

Golden Cross Donated $28K to Pay Medical Bills

11/14/2019
By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   Golden Cross Ministry helped United Methodists cover their medical expenses since 1921. With rising healthcare costs and difficulty obtaining insurance, the ministry’s importance continues to grow. Contributions from the TAC help Golden Cross keep up with an ever-increasing need.   While Golden Cross Ministry has been in the works for a while, some individuals have yet to discover its efforts.   Ann Davis Wade grew up knowing about the ministry. Her father was a...

It’s Here! The First Pre-K in Kirbyville

11/14/2019
By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   A grand opening celebration feted a new, licensed and accredited preschool in Kirbyville – the first in the city and the fourth in Jasper county. Kirbyville UMC presented the preschool as one of seven of the new United Methodist Children’s Centers.   “We want our preschoolers to begin elementary school kindergarten-ready,” All God’s Children preschool director LaQuisha Andrews said.   The new 2,000 sq. ft. facility in Kirbyville is an important part of that ...

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