Disaster Ministries Respond to Communities Hit by Tornadoes in East Texas

4/15/2019
On Saturday, April 13, 2019, several severe storms swept across the Texas Annual Conference as the southern edge of the season’s second “Bomb Cyclone” moved east across the south-central US.   Franklin, about 45 minutes north of College Station was hit hard as a confirmed tornado moved through Robertson County. Initial reports indicated that over 20 residences had sustained severe damage. Multiple injuries were also reported. Almost immediately, Rev. Polly Standing began coordinating with West ...

Annual Conference 2019: A Future With Hope

4/11/2019
By: Roy Maynard   The theme of the upcoming Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is “A Future with Hope.” As Bishop Scott J. Jones writes, “we must … remind ourselves that God is God and is still in charge. We belong to a pilgrim church that is not perfect.”   The Conference is a time to come together in unity and to “seek ways to move forward in a loving relationship with one another.”   The conference is slated for May 26-29 at the Houston Hilton-Americas; it’s moved back ...

Bikers & Tattoos: Sharing the Love of Jesus With Millions Across America

4/11/2019
By Lindsay Peyton - En Español A unique journey started when an unusual biker patch caught the attention of the Rev. Jamie Lea and his wife Kandace. It read, “Black Sheep: Harley-Davidsons for Christ.”   Before long, the pastor from Crosby UMC learned all about the Black Sheep Ministry, a Gospel for those who prefer two wheels and Harleys.   “It brings together our love of Christ and our love of bikes,” Rev. Lea said. “And Kandace and I love to ride.”   The story behind the 20-year old ...

Church Begins Awaken Service: Reaching Former Inmates For Jesus

4/11/2019
By: Roy Maynard There are always new faces at Bryan FUMC’s contemporary service—about a third of its attendees come from a nearby halfway house for women transitioning from prison, and for many, those services are their first taste of freedom.   The Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BVCASA) has a Transitional Treatment Facility just six blocks away. It serves both men and women who have just been released from prison, but the church mostly sees the women. That’s because ...

Easter Not About Eggs and Bunnies for These Texas Churches: New Ways to Share the Gospel

4/11/2019
By Lindsay Peyton - En Español A number of United Methodist Churches are ensuring that the reason of the Easter season does not get lost in the midst of egg hunts, colorful candy-filled baskets and bunny visits. Instead, congregations are talking about the resurrection in new ways and even different places, imprinting the story on greater numbers and even the youngest disciples.   At FUMC, Longview associate pastor the Rev. Becca Newcomb and children’s director Loren Buchanan have created a ...

Extra Innings: ‘Rac’ Slider and the Amazing Grays

4/11/2019
By: Roy Maynard Rac Slider’s days playing and coaching professional baseball are over, but the lessons he learned still apply today. As he participates in the De Kalb First United Methodist Church’s Amazing Grays group for seniors, playing 42, dominoes and other games, he shares his time and wisdom with his friends and visitors.   “Baseball is just like life itself,” says Rac (which is short for Rachel). “You have your ups and downs, you make your mistakes and try to correct them and go on ...

Learning Begins with Love: Church Partners with a University to Create a Charter School

4/11/2019
By: Roy Maynard For many years one United Methodist Church in Spring, Texas did not know how to connect with their community. Then they developed a strategy that began to pay off, which led them partnering with a large University to start a charter school.   For Pastor Luis of Cypress Trails UMC, the church’s charter school is another way to connect with families in an economically distressed area of Spring, Texas. And as families become more connected, the community becomes stronger, he ...

Small Town United Methodist Church Pastor Named Citizen of the Year

4/11/2019
By: Roy Maynard. Photo by: David Kapitan, Van Zandt News For Rev. David Cartwright, being recognized at the grocery store or on a downtown sidewalk is more important than the recognition he received last month, when the Wills Point Chamber of Commerce named him Citizen of the Year. But the Chamber says that the pastor, Rotarian and after-school tutor has made a real difference in the small town of about 3,500.   “David has been very willing to give tirelessly of his time and talents to the ...

Christ Centered Evangelism Conference: Bishops and an All Star Roster

4/10/2019
By Lindsay Peyton Sometimes it’s hard to remained focus on the main thing – even when staying true to your course is key.   “In difficult times, it is crucial to remember our most important values, purposes and activities and to live into them more fully,” said Bishop Scott J. Jones of the Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.   In other words, he said, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”   This phrase stuck out to the Rev. Kip Gilts, District ...

2019 UMM Conference

4/8/2019
2019 UMM Annual Conference The 2019 event will be held May 17-19, 2019 at Cypress Bend Resort. This year’s UMM Conference is hosting  a Golf Tournament &  Fishing Tournament at the Nation’s #1 Bass Fishing Lake! We’ll gather for fun and fellowship Friday night & the Golf and Fishing takes place Saturday morning. During the day Saturday there will be seminars and time for leisure! Saturday evening is when Prizes will be awarded, we’ll hear from our National Speaker and have a great time of ...

Manos Juntas Informational Meeting

4/4/2019
The Center for Missional Excellence and Lakewood UMC will be hosting GBGM Missionary Willie Berman on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Willie will be sharing on-going missional opportunities in the Tamaulipas region of Northern Mexico, as well as ideas for new partnerships with the Texas Annual Conference. Manos Juntas is a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission site offering medical and dental clinics, education, and workforce training in several locations throughout Tamaulipas State.    Several Texas ...

Local Pastor Licensing School – June 2019

4/3/2019
The 2019 Texas Annual Conference Local Pastor Licensing School is set for Wednesday, June 12 thru Tuesday, June 18. Registration is now open and payment ($75) will be accepted online via E-Check only. Please have Routing & Account information ready.   In order to register and receive a license to preach, the student MUST be a certified candidate with an appointment at a local charge.   For CLM's or people out of process, the cost is $750 plus $75 registration fee (payable at time of ...

The Main Thing Conference - Klein UMC

4/3/2019
The Main Thing Conference will be held Sunday, April 7 from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Klein UMC  Presentations: Bishop Scott Jones, our Episcopal Leader Dr. Lacey Warner, Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies at Duke Divinity School Bishop James Swanson, episcopal leader of the Mississippi Conference Klein UMC  5920 Farm to Market 2920  Spring, TX 77388 

Fraud Prevention for Church Administrators & Church Staff

4/2/2019
The Center for Connectional Resources will be hosting a meeting discussing fraud prevention for church administrators Tuesday, May 28, 2019. This session will discuss fraud, prevention, and detection for the small nonprofit organization. Fraud and the church: Fraud can happen to any organization, regardless of type, size, location, etc. The nonprofit sector is one of the largest in our economy and most organizations in this sector are small organizations (including churches) with limited staff ...

Register Now for Youth Academy

4/1/2019
The 2019 Texas Youth Academy will be held on the campus of SMU. Texas Youth Academy is open to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students, parents, youth directors, and pastors. Cost: $500 (Scholarships available) Applications Due May 5 Learn more at https://www.texasyouthacademy.com/ Previous articles about Texas Youth Academy So, What is Texas Youth Academy?   Theology, Community, and Worship: Texas Youth Academy Comes to Wiley College   Youth Academy Alumni Gather for Reunion   Special Insights ...

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