Houston Methodist Hospital Named No. 1 Employer in Texas

6/17/2019
Forbes magazine has named Houston Methodist the No. 1 employer in Texas. I’ve heard from so many employees today about how proud they are to work here, and I want to be sure everyone knows about this recognition. Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers By State is based on an anonymous survey of 50,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees. Forbes partnered with a market research company to pinpoint the organizations liked best by employees in its ranking of America’s ...

Deaf Friendly Worship: Huntsville UMC Hosts SCJ Congress

6/13/2019
By Lindsay Peyton En Español   Huntsville FUMC is preparing to host the South Central Jurisdiction United Methodist Congress of the Deaf. Members of the multi-state region will head to Huntsville in July to learn about ministry for the deaf and hard of hearing, which has been a high priority for the church for the past nine years.   The purpose of the upcoming congress is to raise awareness about Deaf ministries and learn how we as a church can make the deaf and hard of hearing feel welcome at ...

Houston Third Ward Churches Bring Dental Clinic to Emancipation Park

6/13/2019
By Roy Maynard   Residents of Houston’s Third Ward lined up for the blessing of free dental care in May; the Texas Mission of Mercy dental clinic, brought to Emancipation Park by four area United Methodist Churches, served about 750 people who lacked the resources to see a dentist on their own.   The first patient, a student at the University of Houston who has no dental insurance, arrived at the park the night before—just for the opportunity to have about $2,000 of needed dental work done.   “...

Lake Houston UMC is Rising from the Water

6/13/2019
By Roy Maynard   Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters couldn’t dampen the spirits of worshipers at Lake Houston UMC when their sanctuary was destroyed, they brought lawn chairs and blankets and praised God in the parking lot for three Sundays.   “We brought faith and hope that something good would come from this,” said the Rev. Frank Coats. “And it has, because God is good. We’ve now broken ground on our new sanctuary.”   Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm in 2017, was notable not just for its ...

The Church Outside the Church: Kids Kaleidoscope and Bookworm Bus Established for Children

6/13/2019
By Lindsay Peyton   When Bishop Scott Jones spoke about the “We Love All God’s Children” initiative the Annual Conference this year, he recognized programs already in motion, building literacy, health and discipleship in the youngest and most in need. Pollard UMC Church, for example, has offered its preschool Kids’ Kaleidoscope for the past 40 years. In addition, new projects are in the works, like Pattison UMC’s BookWorm Bus, which will hit the road this summer.   Kids’ Kaleidoscope was ...

UMC Member Built 60 Beds for Needy Children Last Month: 100 on Wait List

6/13/2019
By Lindsay Peyton   Jack Seeley was looking for a new project, when he discovered Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a nonprofit that builds and delivers beds to children who otherwise would not have a place to sleep. Members of his church, First UMC in Beaumont, volunteered to help, and Seeley remodeled a church building to serve as their shop. Now the effort is underway, and there is already a waiting list for 100 beds.   Seeley, owner of Specialized Construction, has been working on commercial and ...

Peace with Justice Sunday - June 16

6/12/2019
Peace with Justice Sunday (June 16, 2019) is a United Methodist Special Sunday. (Your congregation may choose a different Sunday that is more convenient.) Peace with Justice Sunday is based on the ideas that the way to stand for justice is to simultaneously create pathways for peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. It is a day to take action by funding peace with justice programs in our communities.  When you give on Peace with Justice Sunday, your gift makes possible our critical ...

Loving Houston 101: How to Start A School Partnership

6/9/2019
You're invited to learn about starting a school partnership at this workshop June 11 from 9:30 - 11:30 am at  St. Paul's UMC, Houston June 11 from 9:30 - 11:30 am followed by a luncheon from 12:00 - 2:00 pm.  Hear from Houston Graduate School of Theology President James Furr and Texas State Board of Education's Lawrence Allen as we: Cast vision for church-school partnerships Explain the need for church partners in our schools Clarify the separation of church & state Walk through a step-by-step ...

Pastors, Churches Honored at Awards Banquet

6/5/2019
Methodist Retirement Communities Impact Award  - FUMC Huntsville, Rev. Thomas D. Irving, Senior Pastor Archivist Award - Bill Hardt, Conference Archivist 100% Apportionments Paid - West District, Superintendent Rev. Wanda Bess 100% Apportionments Paid - East District, Superintendent Rev. Dr. Richard P. White Eric Anderson Award - Rev. Tabitha Mock-Rankin, Chaplain, Wiley College One Matters Discipleship Award - Aldersgate UMC, Santa Fe, Rev. Hyeongdong Baek Distinguished Evangelist of ...

Ordinands Presented with a Special Gift from Laos

5/30/2019
By Lindsay Peyton  En Español   The stoles presented during ordination at the Annual Conference this year have an unusual origin. These red strips of fabric, decorated with a hand-stitched white dove traveled all the way to Houston from Laos, a country located between Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, China and Myanmar.   A handful of Methodist churches are being planted in Laos, and the Texas conference shares Bishop Scott J. Jones with the Laos Mission Initiative. Indigenous pastors perform the ...

The Texas Annual Conference: A Future with Hope

5/30/2019
There were over 3,400 delegates and guests that attended the 50th session of the 2019 Texas Annual Conference at the Hilton Americans in downtown Houston. Bishop Scott J. Jones preached an inspirational Episcopal Address, challenging everyone to “remember your baptism and be thankful” and to find hope, even when times seem hard. The theme to this year’s conference was A Future with Hope. To highlight the theme, the worship and communications team gathered stained glass photos from all over ...

Two Motions Pass in Strategic Mapping Vote

5/30/2019
By Lindsay Peyton   Strategic mapping helps the conference stay aligned with its mission. In addition to considering the budget, the process allows for greater clarity and focus.   Bishop Scott Jones explained in his keynote that, in the year ahead, strengthening Hispanic and African American congregations is a top priority. At the same time, the conference will examine ways to strengthen Latino congregations. Jones said other key objectives include promoting the “We Love All God’s Children” ...

A Future With Hope: Confidence in Times of Uncertainty

5/29/2019
By Lindsay Peyton  En Español   Bishop Scott Jones’s Episcopal Address at this year’s Annual Conference was a call to action. He implored members to find hope – even when times seem hard. He challenged all to explore possibility in what may seem like despair, and he instructed everyone to remember their calling as disciples of Jesus Christ.   “Remember your baptism and be thankful,” he said.   Jones gave an example of his own struggles with despair and search for faith after the passing of ...

Bishop Announces Seven Innovative Methodist Children’s Centers

5/29/2019
By Lindsay Peyton  En Español   The reason behind “We Love All God’s Children” is all in the name – it’s a call to help the youngest minds and bodies grow and develop in a nurturing, Christ-centered environment. At this year’s Annual Conference, Bishop Scott Jones gave an update on the initiative and shed light on plans for the future.   Jones said that each church in the conference is asked what is currently being done to reach children and how that can be enhanced.   “It’s about health, ...

How to say Goodbye to Current Pastor and Hello to the New One

5/29/2019
By Lindsay Peyton En Español   The UMC’s itinerant system grew from the practice of pastors traveling to various churches on circuits. These spiritual leaders are sent, not hired – and serve where Bishops appoint them. During our Annual Conference, we are reminded of the itinerant practice, allowing pastors to stay with a congregation for a certain period of time. While losing a pastor to a different congregation can be a difficult transition, saying hello to a new pastor has a purpose and can...

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