Bishop Jones’s Retirement Moves From 2024 to End of 2022

6/23/2022
On June 16, 2022, Bishop Scott J. Jones submitted a letter to the South Central Jurisdiction and the Council of Bishops requesting retirement from the active episcopacy effective Dec. 31, 2022.   On June 16, 2022, Bishop Scott J. Jones submitted a letter to the South Central Jurisdiction and the Council of Bishops requesting retirement from the active episcopacy effective Dec. 31, 2022.   In making this announcement, Bishop Jones updated his statement that said, “At as of today…I am willing to ...

Methodist church sends $1.2M medical supplies to Ukraine

6/23/2022
By Lindsay Peyton   Getting needed medical supplies into war-torn Ukraine might seem like an insurmountable task. Routes for delivery by sea are blocked, and there are customs requirements to consider. On top of the logistical challenges are the surmounting costs, especially with jet fuel prices soaring. Nonetheless, a homegrown nonprofit in North Zulch, Texas is undertaking the cause – the Arlene Campbell Humanitarian Foundation. Founder and president Lena Denman is a member of FUMC ...

District meetings to educate congregations on future choices

6/23/2022
By Lindsay Peyton   The Future Discernment Task Force is coming soon to a church near you. The group is planning informative sessions throughout the Conference, stopping in each district.  The schedule of meetings can be found here on the Texas Annual Conference website.   Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Kip Gilts, who convenes the Task Force, explained that the group was established through a resolution at the 2021 Annual Conference. “The purpose was to establish a broad base of leaders within ...

Kids learn how to fly in VBS

6/23/2022
By Lindsay Peyton Pastor Develous Bright, at Salem UMC in Orange, Texas, celebrated his 60th birthday on June 12 and is also in his 20th year in ministry. Those two milestones prompted him to ponder his next steps, as well as his legacy. “What do I do with the rest of my life? What can I build that will last?” he asked. “You’ve got to find new ways of putting passion into your work. You have to see what you need to feed your soul.” He’s finding an answer – and his next steps – in flight. Bright...

Close Knit Church

6/23/2022
By Lindsay Peyton   Knit, purl, pray. The shawls made at Hemphill FUMC are designed to provide a loving embrace to those who will one day receive them – and to enfold them in the grace of God.   Pat Friese, who founded the church’s prayer shawl ministry in 2005, explained that the hand-knitted wraps are essentially stitched together with prayer. At the beginning of each group meeting, members join in prayer, asking that the garment be blessed as well as the future recipient.   As the women ...

Bishop Jones announces retirement

6/17/2022
June 17, 2022   To Lay and Clergy Members of the Texas Annual Conference   Dear Friends,   Yesterday I submitted my letter to the South Central Jurisdiction and the Council of Bishops requesting that I be granted retirement from the active episcopacy as of December 31, 2022.   Since the Judicial Council decision on June 1, I have prayed and thought a lot about my future. On that day I said “As of today . . . I am willing to stay as bishop of the Texas Conference for two more years.” Increasing ...

Annual Conference 2022 Wrap up

6/2/2022
  By Lindsay Peyton   “Praise the Lord My Soul” was the theme of the 53rd Texas Annual Conference, held May 29 through June 1 at Hilton Americas-Houston. The event returned to gathering in-person, after two years of virtual meetings.   Delegates experienced a variety of outstanding worship music that ranged from classical choir to instrumental to praise and worship. Bishop Scott J. Jones gave his Episcopal Address on Sunday, Rev. Wanda Bess of the West District preached on Monday and special ...

Bishop calls the church to love one another

6/2/2022
   By Lindsay Peyton   In the Episcopal Address at this year’s Annual Conference, Bishop Scott J. Jones challenged those attending to focus on unity – and to find a path toward greater togetherness through love. He asked, “What form of unity best fits our global, local, downloaded, decentralized form of Christianity today?”   His theme was drawn from John 13:34-35: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this ...

Bishop Jones to serve TAC until 2024

6/2/2022
By Lindsay Peyton   On the final day of the Texas Annual Conference, Bishop Scott Jones announced that he will remain at the helm of the organization. A standing ovation ensued, and applause filled the room. “I have a lot more that I intend to do for Christ,” he said.   The decision was made possible by the ruling by the United Methodist Church’s top court, the Judicial Council, that set Jan. 1, 2023, as the date when U.S. bishops facing mandatory retirement must step down.   The ruling came ...

Motion passes for three churches to disaffiliate

6/2/2022
  By Lindsay Peyton   During the recent 2022 Texas Annual Conference session, motions passed to allow three churches to disaffiliate from the UMC. Additional congregations are already in the discernment process. Treasurer Rev. Carol Bruse outlined the costs associated and the process involved in exiting the UMC.   She explained that the Book of Discipline offers two paths by which a local church may disaffiliate and depart with its property and other assets. One is under paragraph 2548.2 and ...

Wordling through the Texas Annual Conference 2022

6/2/2022
  By Lindsay Peyton   You only have six tries to come up with the right combination of five letters. That’s Wordle. The simple game has taken the internet by storm. It seems like everyone, everywhere is playing – even during this year’s Texas Annual Conference.   Each day of the Conference, a new puzzle was posted. Participants were invited to play by scanning a QR. Then, scores were shared on the TAC Facebook page.   Creating a Wordle puzzle specifically for Annual Conference attendees was the ...

School Shooting in Uvalde

5/25/2022
Statement from Bishop Scott J. Jones   The elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas yesterday was nothing short of an act of absolute evil -- we have seen too many innocent lives lost because of violence and we must do more to ask our government officials to act swiftly. God’s word speaks strongly to the inordinate importance of protecting and caring for His little children. I ask that you and your congregations join with me and the entire Texas Annual Conference in praying fervently for ...

Let’s bow our heads in prayer together

5/19/2022
By Lindsay Peyton   The Texas Annual Conference is encouraging members to bow their heads in the days ahead – and has created a prayer guide to lead the way on that journey. In addition, Bishop Scott J. Jones has prepared a video on prayer online.   The bishop described the story of John Wesley coming to the U.S. in 1736, when a storm began churning around his boat. “He was afraid to die,” Jones said.   Wesley prayed with the English passengers. Later, he witnessed as German Moravians on the ...

Church launches program for Gen Z and Millennials’

5/19/2022
 By Lindsay Peyton   At Journey of Faith UMC, church will be coming soon to a location near you. Imagine Bible study at an area restaurant or prayer at a laundromat. The congregation, located in Humble is starting a new program called “Church Can Happen Anywhere,” and the focus is on reaching millennials, individuals in their 20s and 30s.   “These days, they are not typically running to the church, ”Pastor Stephen Goldsmith explained. “This is about meeting them where they are. It’s all about ...

Church acquires gas station fueling youth ministry and more

5/19/2022
  By Lindsay Peyton  - En Español   When the current sanctuary at FUMC Pittsburg was constructed in 1905, the congregation had already been established for nearly five decades. Now, the structure with its gabled roof and towers has become a landmark in the town, and the church celebrates 165 years of history. As time passed, a number of buildings were added to campus. Some might be expected, like a fellowship hall and parsonage. Others are a little more unusual – a doctor’s office, grocery store...

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