Lakeview Welcomes Interim CEO/ President

12/10/2018
Palestine, Texas – Lakeview Methodist Conference Center is pleased to welcome Reverend Dr. Mark H. Young as Interim CEO/President. Young comes to Lakeview after years of service with the Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. En Español   “Having known Mark for many years, it is exciting to have him leading Lakeview during this interim period, stated Monroe Walker, Chief Administrative Officer. “In the short time he has been here I have seen the Lakeview staff embrace him with ...

TAC Delegation Update

11/29/2018
For personal reasons Rev. Matt Idom has stepped down from his role as a Texas Annual Conference delegate to General Conference. Rev. Jessica Lagrone will replace him in the delegation for the special session of General Conference meeting in February 2019. Lead Lay Delegate Reggie Clemons noted that this change won’t impact the delegation significantly. “Since we have routinely met with both members of General and Jurisdictional delegations as a regular group, the full delegation has been aware ...

Loving Houston 101: How to Start a School Partnership

11/26/2018
We Love All God’s Children would like you to know of an upcoming FREE workshop hosted by Loving Houston on December 4 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am.   A school partnership gives churches an opportunity to join God in what He is doing in the lives of hundreds of students, families, and school staff right in your neighborhood. By coming alongside your local public school, we can all positively impact the trajectory of children’s lives for generations to come.   This workshop will: Cast vision for ...

Trinity East Announces Developer Selection for an Affordable Housing Project

11/19/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 2, 2018 CONTACT: deon@warnerandassociates.com Trinity East Village CDC Announces Developer Selection for an Affordable Housing Project, to be located in the  2500 Block Of Mcgowen St. Between St. Charles and Live Oak and Raising Needed Funds for the Project Development at 2500 McGowen between St. Charles Street and Live Oak Street will provide affordable housing for tenants living  in the historic Third Ward, Texas community HOUSTON, TEXAS – Trinity East Village ...

A Fast-Paced Immersion in United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity

11/14/2018
In January 2019, Perkins School of Theology will be offering a hybrid continuing education United Methodist Studies course. This course is especially appropriate for educating UM confirmation teachers and UM church staff who don’t have a Methodist background. It will discuss United Methodist history, doctrine, and polity (church organization).The first offering of this course last year was a smash success. Here’s a testimony: https://smu.app.box.com/v/umcstudiespromo19  You can get more ...

Destined to Lead: Essie L. Bellfield

11/9/2018
  By: Sherri Gragg - En Español   A Baby Girl Named Essie In 1932, during some of the darkest days of the Great Depression, an African American lumberjack and his wife, a maid, decided to leave the gangs and slums of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the deep Jim Crow South. As they turned toward their future in Jennings, Louisiana, Albert Lagard shouldered the family’s few belongings. His wife, Ollie, cradled their first and only child.   A baby girl they named Essie.   The world in which young ...

No One Goes Hungry Here: Gladewater First UMC Hosts Community Thanksgiving Dinner

11/8/2018
By: Sherri Gragg - En Español   The tables are spread. Platters piled high with turkey steam next to stuffing and homemade casseroles, cookies, cakes and pies.   But it isn’t the third Thursday in November. It is the day before.   No One Goes Hungry Each year on the day before Thanksgiving, Gladewater FUMC hosts a Community Thanksgiving Dinner to ensure that no one in their community goes hungry on the holiday. The week before the feast, the Gladewater FUMC youth group holds a turkey fry ...

Church Security: What Steps Can Your Church Take Today?

11/8/2018
  By: Sherri Gragg   Each year, Peggy Miller, Managing Accountant and Statistician for the Texas Annual Conference, works to provide an enrichment opportunity for church administrators during Annual Conference. This past May, she offered a church security seminar. More than 100 people attended the event, prompting her to offer additional security training this autumn in the Central South District with professional church security consultant, Glen Evans.   According to Miller, Evans insists that ...

Come to Church! The Legacy of Jefferson UMC

11/8/2018
Rev. Brenda Lucas - Photo Credit: Shannon Martin By: Sherri Gragg   Circuit Riders and a Silver Bell Jefferson UMC has a long and distinguished history. Circuit riders first sowed the seeds of the Gospel in Jefferson, Texas when steamboat traffic fueled its growth, turning it into one of the most important towns in North East Texas. The church grew along with the town, worshipping first in a log building and then, in 1860, a brick building built by slaves. The structure, which seated more than...

Come, Get to Know Us: Hardy Memorial’s Walk-Through Bethlehem

11/8/2018
  For several years, Hardy Memorial UMC offered their community the chance to travel back in time from the comfort of their own cars to the night Christ was born. But each year, as the line of cars stretched further and further down Kings Highway, faithful volunteers grew wearier and wearier.   “The Drive-Through Bethlehem took a lot of volunteers to set up. It reached the point where we were experiencing volunteer fatigue,” said the Rev. Patrick Evans.   Keep Bethlehem. Lose the Cars. His ...

You Will Be Found: Broadway Brings a Message of Hope to Wildwood UMC

11/8/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   What does the Gospel and Broadway have in common?    Wildwood United Methodist Church.   As the staff of Wildwood UMC bonded over their shared love of Broadway, worship directors began to envision a sermon and worship series built around redemptive themes within their favorite Broadway musicals. This fall, the dream became a reality with “The Broadway Gospel” sermon series. Although the format for each Sunday was a bit different, Worship Directors Michael Vaughn and Alex ...

Christmas Giving for Christ

11/8/2018
By: Rev. Melvin Amerson The Rev. Melvin Amerson, stewardship consultant with the Texas Methodist Foundation, offers practical ideas to encourage your congregation to give generously during the Advent season. Soon the seasons of Advent and Christmas will be with us, and we will be inundated with commercials and product advertisements on television, radio, and the internet. Consumerism at times overshadows the focus of the season. Many believers exchange gifts with co-workers, friends, and ...

Ebony Bishops’ Statement to the Council of Bishops and the People Called United Methodists on the Resurgence of Racism in the United States

11/7/2018
Ebony Bishops’ Statement to the Council of Bishops and the People Called United Methodists on the Resurgence of Racism in the United States Adopted by Council of Bishops on November 6, 2018 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free.” (Luke 4:18 NRSV) Racism is harmful to all of society. And we are alarmed by its recent resurgence...

2019 Laos Trip

11/6/2018
The Center for Missional Excellence is leading a trip to Laos in 2019 for those interested in learning about ways Texas Annual Conference churches can partner with worship communities in the Lao Samphan Methodist Church. The trip will involve travel to several different villages and conversations with faith leaders throughout the country. The hope is that participants will begin to develop long-term, mutually fruitful relationships with the Methodist communities in Laos. The trip is June 30 - ...

Workshops: Being a Calm Presence in Anxious Times

11/2/2018
As pastors, we come into contact with anxious people on a day-to-day basis. Whether it is church members awaiting test results, our lay leader wanting to discuss a new ministry idea, or a couple making decisions for their family, anxiety surrounds us. As if that were not enough, pastors are now facing questions about what might be next for the denomination at the upcoming General Conference. "Being a Calm Presence in Anxious Times," will equip pastors to recognize anxiety in these situations and...

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