Being a Calm Presence in Anxious Times

10/17/2018
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...

Church Security Seminar: October 27, 2018

10/17/2018
Church Security Best Practices “How to Assess, Implement, & Develop A Church Safety Ministry” Glen Evans, founder of Church Security Alliance and co-author of the e-book Church Security Basics, will lead a seminar on Church Security on October 27, 2018 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church 3471 Westheimer, Houston, Texas 77027.  Register online at https://www.txcumc.org/securityreg.  There is no charge for this seminar.  Glen Evans answers the important questions the ...

African American Churches Come Together for ABIDE

10/11/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   As the Rev. Anne Fields looks out over her congregation at North Avenue UMC, Pittsburg, she is struck by a disturbing change. Pews which were once filled with grandparents, parents, and children all dressed in their Sunday best are emptier than they once were. The grandparents have remained faithful, and bring their grandchildren along with them to worship, but it seems an entire generation has wandered away from what was once the center of life within the community.   “One ...

Discipleship Pathways

10/11/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   Making disciples has been a part of the UMC since the days of John and Charles Wesley. In fact, it is even in the TAC mission statement: to equip congregations to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world to the glory of God. The Rev. Bob Johnson, Executive Pastor of Discipleship, Chapelwood UMC, is helping his people in his community to become, and grow, as disciples of Christ through a program called discipleship pathways.   “For a long time, ...

First Filipino American UMC: You Are Welcome Here

10/11/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   As the time for First Filipino UMC’s 34th Anniversary celebration drew near, the congregation filled with joyful chatter as worshippers warmly greeted each other. Flags from every nation graced the walls of the FFAUMC Event Center. Each table was decorated to reflect the colors and culture of a different nation. The delicious scent of traditional dishes such as Pork Adobo and Pancit mingled with American casseroles and African fare. Then the music began and it was time to ...

Paying it Back and Paying it Forward: The Kindness of Flood Buckets

10/11/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   On the morning of the Southeast District’s charge conference training, the Rev. Alicia Coltzer Besser, District Superintendent of the Southeast District, awakened to the news of Florence’s destruction. As she watched the morning news, images of men, women, and children fleeing the rising flood waters flickered across the screen. In an instant, she was back in those terrible days when Harvey hit, scrambling to get her pastors and their congregations any assistance she could. ...

St. Andrew Mt. Pleasant Embraces Change Through VCI

10/11/2018
By: Sherri Gragg En Español   What do you do when you realize the church you are becoming will no longer look like the church you have always been?   That was the question before St. Andrew Mt. Pleasant. The church, originally established as Tennison Memorial Methodist in the late 1800’s, lay its foundation stones in former Caddo Tribe territory alongside hog farmers and saloons in the early days of the American colonization of Texas. By the time Tennison Memorial was formally established as St....

Technology in Worship: Friend or Foe?

10/11/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   The Rev. Kate Walker, Deer Park UMC, is searching for ways to make church more interactive and technology is paving the way. Two large screens flank the front of the sanctuary, drawing the congregation’s eyes upward during worship, where they conveniently find song lyrics and sermon visuals including Mentimeter, a new cutting-edge interactive presentation software. A company representative told us that Walker is one a small number of pastors in the USA to use this Swedish ...

When is a Pumpkin Patch More than a Pumpkin Patch?

10/11/2018
By: Sherri Gragg En Español   October is the month of the pumpkin. There are pumpkin scented candles. Pumpkin flavored doughnuts and muffins. Even in Texas, where it is still hot enough to wear shorts and flip flops, there are pumpkin spice lattes on desks and in cupholders throughout the state. This year, Americans will spend an estimated whopping $575.26 million dollars on pumpkins during the month of October.   But when is a pumpkin patch more than a pumpkin patch? The answer is, when that ...

Heart and Mind Listening Sessions Scheduled for this Fall

10/6/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   Heart and Mind Listening Sessions give Texas Annual Conference delegates to the February, 2019 special session of General Conference the opportunity to hear from a wide range of voices concerning The Way Forward.   Four Sessions Scheduled The Heart and Mind Listening Sessions resolution, passed during the course of the 2018 Texas Annual Conference (TAC), charged the Core Leadership Team with the task of holding sessions throughout the Conference in order afford clergy and ...

Remember Lon Morris College Event

10/4/2018
Mid the pine hills of East Texas, in old Cherokee The Cherokee County Historical Commission, the gracious repository of Lon Morris College memorabilia, pictures, artifacts, displays and keepsakes, has planned this event "Remember Lon Morris College" to be hosted by First UMC Jacksonville on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 5-7 pm. There will be music, food, displays and speakers. All are invited. See flyer for additional information.   For details contact Rev. Barbara Hugghins at 903-586-2494 ...

Early Response Teams: NC is Now Able to Accept Volunteers

10/3/2018
North Carolina is now able to begin accepting volunteers to help clean up after Hurricane Florence. At this time, ONLY CERTIFIED AND BADGED EARLY RESPONSE TEAMS ARE BEING ACCEPTED. If you are an UMCOR-certified ERT with a current badge and would like to serve in North Carolina,  contact disasterresponse@nccum.org  or call the NC Conference Disaster Call Center at 1-888-440-9167.

Texas Annual Conference Receives Grants from American Red Cross for Harvey Relief Efforts

10/3/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: October 3, 2018   Houston— In September 2018, The American Red Cross awarded The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church a grant of $1,005,000 from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to be used in recovery efforts. This generous grant will be distributed through three disaster area relief centers in Beaumont, Lake Jackson and the Houston Metro area.   These funds will be used to rebuild 67 homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey and will help families in need ...

Trinity UMC Houston Hosts October UMM Events

10/2/2018
Saturday, October 6, 2018 Trinity UMC Faith and Community Breakfast and Brunch 8:00 AM  Breakfast and 11:00 AM Brunch Cost: Breakfast - $15   Brunch - $15   Trinity United Methodist Church's United Methodist Men are kicking off  Men’s Month with a dual event. The Breakfast and Brunch are being billed as an opportunity for church and community members of all ages to begin a conversation that will bring us all closer together in understanding and cooperation.  At each event attendees will have ...

Texas Conference UMC Laos Mission Trip June 30 to July 13, 2019

10/1/2018
Purpose of the Trip: To engage mission leaders in the Texas Conference UMC congregations who want to know the Laos Methodists and their work. To develop a long lasting connection between churches in the Texas Conference and Laos Methodist. Who Can Go: Methodist Clergy or Lay Members who are willing to be a leader in promoting the connection between the Texas Conference and Laos Congregations and institutions. When Will We Go: From the evening of Sunday June 30 to Saturday July 13, 2019. What...

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