Rev. Karen Jones Named District Superintendent

4/1/2020
For immediate release – April 1, 2020 Bishop Scott J. Jones announced today that the Rev. Karen Jones has been appointed as District Superintendent for the North District of the Texas Annual Conference beginning July 1, 2020. Dr. Mark Young, a retired United Methodist pastor and former District Superintendent, serves as the Interim District Superintendent for the North District and will complete his appointment on June 30, 2020.  Rev. Karen Jones has faithfully served First United Methodist ...

Find Worship Online

3/31/2020
A lot of 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 

Conference Service Center Closed

3/30/2020
The UMSC will be closed the week of March 30- April 3 in an effort to provide social distancing during this time of caution. Minimal staff will be working in the office and other staff will be working remotely.  Please contact staff via e-mail if you need assistance. https://www.txcumc.org/staff

Get your church online in less than 24 hours

3/30/2020
Churches are struggling to get online in a hurry because of COVID-19, and our partner Faithlife is here to help. https://faithlife.com/go    Faithlife, makers of Logos Bible Software, created an integrated ministry platform with everything you need to quickly take your church online, including web & mobile giving, live streaming, websites, video based Bible study, and small group tools.   Step 1: Register for Training: Thursday April 2nd from 2-3 pm CDT   Register for a dedicated UMC Texas ...

Introduction to the Enneagram - Workshop April 2

3/29/2020
Introduction to the Enneagram Thursday, April 2, 2020 8:30 am – 3:30 pm This Workshop is Being Moved Online $40 includes training, materials, online assessment (to be taken before workshop… with codes being sent to registrants) Register Online   In a world full of personality assessments, the Enneagram stands apart for the ways that it not only describes our behavior (and the basis of that behavior) but for the ways it prescribes practices which can help us live more resourcefully.   Join ...

Churches Go Back in Time with Drive-in Services to Reach Their Flock

3/26/2020
By Lindsay Peyton   Imagine a drive-in movie theatre – but replace the silver screen with a Pastor on a pulpit. A couple of churches in the Texas Annual Conference were looking for a creative way to continue to worship – and to celebrate Easter – while maintaining social distancing in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. They decided that drive-in church might be the perfect vehicle.   The COVID19 outbreak limited the size of worship at Spring Woods UMC. When gatherings were limited to 200, ...

Grace

3/26/2020
In these uncertain days, when fears about coronavirus are on the rise, it is wise to remember that an ever-present, pervasive spirit is always with us -- God’s grace. His creative, healing, transformative force binds together our community – and all of creation.   The Book of Discipline defines grace as “the undeserved, unmerited and loving action of God in human existence through the ever-present Holy Spirit.” John Wesley teaches us that God’s grace can be felt and understood in four ways: ...

Many Texas Annual Conference Churches Move to Online Worship

3/26/2020
By Lindsay Peyton and Brant Mills - En Español   Even though the coronavirus pandemic has forced many churches to close their doors, members still seek the comfort of prayer, music and fellowship. Through social media, congregations can continue to provide services – while enabling members to maintain safety and social distance to protect their health.   Michael Vaughn, Director of Music Ministry at A&M UMC in College Station, said there are a number of ways to adjust with grace and ...

Q&A Get to Know Your Delegates

3/26/2020
The first General Conference was held in 1792, and since then meetings have occurred every four years to reaffirm and revise rules, procedures and mission. United Methodists come from around the world to connect in worship, prayer and fellowship – and to perform important legislative work. While the 2020 General Conference has been postponed due to COVID-19,  18 delegates have been elected for the Texas Annual Conference and convene regularly to prepare for the event. Let’s meet a couple of ...

Serving Through Harvey and Helping During COVID-19

3/26/2020
  By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   As coronavirus spreads throughout Houston, many churches have closed their doors and opted to livestream services instead. Before making its transition online, the congregation of Lake Houston UMC headed to the church’s parking lot on the Sunday -- exploring fears caused by the pandemic, as well as the hope that accompanies faith. Pastor Frank Coats’ sermon, “Three Scriptures and a Quote for a Time of Crisis,” focused on the power of love and reason -- gifts ...

Free Webinar: Finding Inspiration in Isolation with Professor Jack Levison

3/25/2020
Finding Inspiration in Isolation with Professor Jack Levison April 1, 8 and 15 12:30 -1:15 p.m. CST Join us for three free lunchtime webinars, “Finding Inspiration in Isolation," led by Perkins faculty member, Jack Levison, W.J.A. Power Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew. Each session will take you back in time to recapture Israel's tenacious sense of the Spirit's energy. Join us and discover a wealth of authentic expressions of the Spirit that challenge the conventional, confront ...

COVID-19 Benefits Under the TAC Group Health Plan

3/24/2020
We are praying for continued health and complete healing for all those impacted by the COVID-19 virus during this difficult time.    Please review the following specific benefits for COVID-19 testing and treatment for participants in the TAC Group Health Plan at https://www.txcumc.org/benefits.

Conference Calls with Methodist Hospital

3/21/2020
In a rapidly changing and complex healthcare situation in America, we all need the best and most recent information so we can lead our religious communities. Leaders of Houston Methodist Hospital have been hosting audio-only conference calls with information and updates related to COVID19. Below are recent archives of those calls. Methodist Hospital Conference Call - March 13 Methodist Hospital Conference Call - March 20 We continue to believe our religious organizations are serving very ...

Resources: Spiritual Connection in a Time of Social Distancing

3/20/2020
A collection of resources are now available to help promote spiritual connection in a time of social distancing.  Visit https://www.txcumc.org/ministrysocialdistancing for information on  Discipleship / Meeting Tips Social Media: Facebook Live for Ministry  Recurring / Electronic Giving Prayer / Pastoral Care Children's Ministry Resources for Virtual Ministry: Zoom

Churches Have God-Given Duty to Confront Coronavirus Pandemic Without Fear

3/18/2020
By Bishop Scott J. Jones  In the wake of the new coronavirus touching our community, Houston-area churches must utilize their platform and presence to respond in a biblical manner. When the world reacts in fear in panic, we have a God-given mandate to be unafraid. Though fear is often the natural initial response to concerning news, it is not the state of mind in which we are called to live. It’s normal to feel alarmed or even panicked to a degree when sickness is spreading. But as the church, ...

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