“Don’t Kick the Dog”- How to End Christmas Conflict at Last

12/14/2017
By: Sherri Gragg In one of the most popular holiday movies of all time, Christmas Vacation, Clark Griswold is a man in crisis. He has done everything in his power to ensure the perfect family Christmas but, despite all of his planning and hard work, he finds he is utterly inadequate to withstand the nemesis of every holiday gathering…  Family.   In one scene, Clark turns with stunned horror to his cousin Eddie and says, “Just can’t believe you’re standing here in my living room, Eddie.”   ...

Beyond Sunday Morning: Winterfield UMC Puts Community First

12/14/2017
By: Sherri Gragg The Secret of Growth Early in his appointment to Winterfield UMC, Rev. Steven Newcomb held several meetings with parishioners about the future direction of the church. Each time he sat down to hear from his new church members, they voiced the same concern; the church needed to attract more people to worship, especially young people and children.   Newcomb responded to each inquiry with the same answer. “I told them that in my experience, you are probably not going to succeed if...

FUMC Marshall: Empowering the Next Generation While Healing the Wounds of the Past

12/14/2017
Healing the Painful Past In the fall of 1960, Marshall, Texas businesses removed their lunch counters. The message was clear, the doors of white establishments would remain firmly closed to African Americans. There would be no more of the previous spring’s disruptive sit-ins led by the students of historically African American Wiley and Bishop Colleges.   Marshall’s lunch counters would not reopen for more than 35 years. The deep roots of racial segregation and injustice, however, have taken ...

Murchinson UMC and Port Arthur St. Paul: Face to Face and Heart to Heart in the Worst of Times

12/14/2017
By: Sherri Gragg You Are Not Alone As Northwest District Superintendent Rev. Marlin Fenn began to hear stories about the hurricane damage suffered by sister churches in the Southeast District, he knew the recovery process would be a crushing financial burden for many of them. In response, he challenged the churches in his own district, which had been spared the brunt of Hurricane Harvey, to contribute to the apportionment payments of the damaged churches. “We want the say to the damaged ...

No One Battles Cancer Alone: Christ Church Sugarland UMC

12/14/2017
By: April Canik Seeing the names of three young mothers on the ever-growing cancer prayer list was a stark wake-up call for Rev. Michelle Hall, pastor of Congregational Care, Christ Church UMC Sugarland. It was a reminder of the rampant nature of the disease and the urgent need for the church to provide a caring support system for both patients and caregivers. “If not the church, then who will care for these impacted families?” asks Hall. Leaders, cancer survivors and experts from the CanCare ...

The Future is Bright When We Invest in Young Leaders

12/14/2017
By: Sherri Gragg Each year, the Board of Higher Education supports outstanding students through their scholarship program. Marquis Hobbs, who is pursuing his Masters of Divinity from Chandler School of Theology at Emory University, was the recipient of this year’s Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship.   Hobbs recently returned to the United States from studying abroad in Ghana. We were honored to speak with this exceptional young man about what this scholarship has meant to his life, as ...

The Mission Field Outside Our Doors: We Love All God's Children

12/14/2017
By: Sherri Gragg In the opening moments of his Episcopal Address at the 2017 Conference, Bishop Scott Jones quoted second century Christian philosopher Aristides’ description of early Christians. “they love one another…If they see a stranger, they take him home and are as happy as though he were a real brother…” (The Apology of Aristides) Jones then challenged the conference to hold fast to the example of the early church in the way we love each other and minister to the mission field just ...

BMCR Annual MLK Jr. Brunch

12/13/2017
MLK, Jr. Brunch Celebration  Monday, January 15, 2018 (10:30am to 12:30pm) The Power Center 2401 South Post Oak Road Houston, Texas 77045 Learn more at https://www.txcumc.org/mlkbrunch

Trinity UMC to Host Collaborative Health Fair

12/12/2017
Trinity UMC, Houston will be hosting the Third Ward Collaborative Health Fair on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Participants: D.A.W.N -Third Ward Multi-Purpose Center (Diabetes Awareness and Wellness Network}  City of Houston Health Department          M.D.Anderson-Faith, Health Collaborative Initiatives in Congregations Houston Methodist Hospital     Central Care Health Clinic- Riverside Campus University of Houston- T.O.R.C. (Texas Obesity Research Center) Location:...

College Pastoral Internship Program

12/11/2017
We are now accepting applications for the 2018 College Pastoral Internship Program! This Pastoral Internship Project for College Students was designed to encourage a diverse group of gifted young candidates to enter pastoral service in the Texas Annual Conference, and to equip local congregations to identify and encourage persons with appropriate gifts and graces and a clear sense of call to commit to pastoral ministry, the Center for Clergy Excellence offers a pastoral internship for college ...

Get Spiritually Fit in 2018

12/11/2017
The Texas Annual Conference and GBHEM are offering two Resiliency Workshops for Clergy, Lay Ministers, and staff. January 31st in Longview and February 1st in Baytown. Come join us at a special Resiliency Workshop for Clergy, Lay Ministers, and Church and District staff. Guest presenter – Chaplain and Retired Brigadier General Ray Bailey Description of the Workshop: Spiritual fitness” is the development of those personal qualities needed to sustain a person in times of stress, hardship and ...

A Season of Gratitude

11/29/2017
Interpreter Magazine's final issue is focused on gratitiude. You can read this issue by clicking  on the individual articles listed below, by clicking here on ISSUU (best used on tablets) or by downloading the PDF. Interpreter, a publication of the United Methodist Church, will cease publication with the November- December 2017 issue. UMCOM is encouraging audiences to subscribe to United Methodist Now  - a free biweekly eNewsletter for church members.  Living in Gratitude, http://www.interpret...

Perkins Houston-Galveston Open House

11/29/2017
The Perkins Houston-Galveston Extension Program is hosting an Open House at St. Paul’s UMC, Houston on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 pm. Speakers include Bishop Scott Jones and Dean Craig Hill. An overview of the plans for Extension Program will be given, as well as an update on the process. Please RSVP to Dr. Dallas Gingles at dgingles@smu.edu. Address: St. Paul's United Methodist Church 5501 Main St. Houston, TX 77004 Learn more about the Houston-Galveston Extension Program   

Preaching After a Catastrophe

11/29/2017
Dr. Richard Lischer offers the following ten suggestions for preaching after a catastrophic event Don’t try to encompass the meaning of the event. Although you are expected to reflect upon it by means of God’s Word, you aren’t expected to explain it or to have mastered its significance. Don’t be too quick to extrapolate on the implications of the event. Here the preacher is merely relying on TV analysis and conventional wisdom, both of which are available outside the church. Don’t get caught up...

2018 Program Calendars

11/28/2017
UMC.org is offering Black Friday discounts on 2018 Program Calendars through December 1, 2017. Wall calendars, desk blotters, pocket calendars and classic book style versions are available.   https://shop.umc.org//category/6/calendars  

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