History of National Mission Group Has Roots in Athens Texas

8/22/2019
  By Lindsay Peyton In the late 1970s, Pastor Craig Russell was serving as youth director at Chapelwood UMC, when he decided to bring a couple of van-loads of students to a summer camp offered by Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project), a nonprofit of the Tennessee Conference of the UMC. The ministry serves the physical, spiritual, social, and emotional needs of the people of the Cumberland Mountain range.   Driving back through East Texas to Houston from the service trip, one of his ...

Neglected Shelter Rebuilds Lives

8/22/2019
By Roy Maynard En Español Can even a neglected resale shop with used clothes and housewares help a local church make a difference in the community? For First United Methodist Church of Jasper, it’s a clear case of, “what, this old thing?”   When Rev. Drew Weber arrived in Jasper a couple of years ago, he wanted to do more for the Piney Woods Women and Children’s Shelter, a small nonprofit serving Jasper, Newton and Tyler counties. Weber learned the church had some property it wasn’t using ...

Personality Testing Improves Communication and Teamwork

8/22/2019
By Lindsay Peyton A lot goes into building a well-running ministry team. Each piece has to fit together in just the right way to make an efficient and productive group. Despite the careful consideration required, teams are too often formed simply by selecting whoever is available at a certain time. Or, leaders search for certain attributes in the members – or even people who think the same way as they do. In fact, piecing together a dynamic crew involves finding a variety of personalities who ...

Two out of Three Families Attend Church Because of Children

8/22/2019
By Roy Maynard En Español   Kingwood United Methodist Church’s Wrynn Homann knows how busy young families are, particularly in the fall, as school begins and everyone learns their new routines. But that’s also when families can feel the least connected—and when the church can step in. After all, two out of three families that attend church say they do so because of their children, the Pew Research Center reports.   “What we find is that young families aren’t just looking for things to do as ...

Spirit Journey 2019

8/21/2019
Spirit Journey 2019 will be held October 17—19, 2019 at Lakeview Conference Center in Palestine Texas.  This year's topic is Right Here Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness presented by Dr. Amy Oden. Spirit Journey is a spiritual formation-renewal program of THE UPPER ROOM®, sponsored by the Center for Congregational Excellence of the Texas Annual Conference. See Brochure Register Online  

700 Members of a Texas Church Left Their Church Building Behind

8/8/2019
  By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   Some 700 Members at Christ UMC in College Station have left the church behind – the building, that is. On a recent Sunday, the congregation hit the streets to help those in need, serving on a wide range of projects outside of church walls.   “It’s important that we don’t just do church; instead, we can be the church,” missions director Steve Godby explained.   He saw the Church Has Left the Building (CHLB) Day in action when he served as associate mission’s ...

A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed

8/8/2019
  By Lindsay Peyton   FUMC Dayton is preparing for its seventh school year helping young friends in need through its Friends In Deed program, which provides supplies, clothes, shoes, Bibles and gifts to children.   Linda Jamison was inspired to start the ministry after hearing about similar programs in other churches.   “I was a member of the staff parish relations committee, and new ministries came up in our discussions,” she said. “Our pastor at the time said we needed more ministries at our ...

Is Your Church Putting Out the Digital Welcome Mat?

8/8/2019
  By Shannon W. Martin   One of the biggest turnoffs for Millennials seeking a church is an outdated digital presence, according to the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. First time visitors are more likely to investigate you online prior to walking through the doors of your church. So, what does your digital welcome mat look like? We sat down with technology aficionado the Rev. David Dorn, Lead Pastor of Contemporary Worship at Marvin UMC in Tyler, Texas to talk about how to use technology to...

Local Pastors Preaching More in the Texas Conference

8/8/2019
  By Roy Maynard   More and more, retirees and second-career ministers are stepping in to fill empty local pulpits throughout Texas. As it turns out, there are plenty of Isaiahs here—God’s faithful who say, “here am I, send me.”   “I think when there’s a need, God raises up the people,” says Mary Smith, who is in her fifth year as a local pastor. “We need more pastors than we actually have, and you never know when you’ll get that call to ministry.”   Smith pastors two small churches in East ...

South Houston Church Gives it all Away One Truckload at a Time

8/8/2019
  By Lindsay Peyton   League City UMC regularly transforms into a food distribution center, opening its doors to Galveston County Food Bank’s mobile operations.  Volunteers from the church have stepped up to help with this cause for the past seven years. Together, they give away 40 pounds of food to each person, serving 100 to 300 families each time the food truck appears.     Longtime church member Terry Worthy took over the effort a year after Lucy and Frank Harvel got it going in 2012. The ...

Blueridge UMC UMM Offers Blueprint to Better Health

8/7/2019
Blueridge UMC UMM  will be hosting Blueprint to Better Health Saturday, AUGUST 10, 2019  from  9 AM to 1 PM. The event will include entertainment, raffle drawings, healthy snacks and gift cards. Groups who will be present include: Houston Fire Department     *  American Automobile Association        * LYFE on Wheels                 Blood Pressure Screening        *Scent & Things by Jone’       *Better Days Chiropractic YOLI -Better Body System   * NUTRITION HUB    *Health & Beauty –  * AVON ...

BMCR Offering a SANKOFA Celebration

8/7/2019
You are invited to join in a “Celebration” on Sunday, October 13, at Mt. Vernon UMC, 1501 Jensen Dr. Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) will explore the history of African Americans in the Methodist church, as a means of inspiring the church for the future. This is the meaning of the African word – SANKOFA to reach back as you move forward. Both clergy and laity will share their stories of life in the church prior to integration and throughout the 1900s. Additionally, a timeline ...

Harper UMC, Hempstead 135th Anniversary

8/7/2019
Harper UMC, Hempstead Celebrating their 135 year anniversary August 17-18, 2019. August 17 - will be Fun Day from 10am until 5 pm - there will be food and prizes available for those in attendance  Homecoming Sunday will begin August 18 at 3:30 pm with Rev. Dr. Vastine Watson as the guest speaker.  Following the service, dinner will be served  Events will be held at Harper UMC  41096 Harpers Church Rd Hempstead, TX 77445-3943 Contact Elizabeth Palmer at 713-614-6429 or at LarksLiz@yahoo.com ...

Message on the El Paso Shooting

8/6/2019
Bishop Jones asks those in the Texas Annual Conference to be in prayer for our country, and shares the sentiment from Bishop Earl Bledsoe's statement from the New Mexico Conference where the shooting in El Paso took place:    Psalm 34:18: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” As a country, we have experienced yet another crisis involving gun violence. This time it happened in one of our beloved cities in the New Mexico Conference. A young man bent on...

Trinity UMC, Houston Offers Civic Engagement Opportunities

8/5/2019
Census 2020 Training Let's Help Our Community Stand And Be Counted Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Faith Based Institutions Partnering With Census 2020  Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Join Us For Forming  A Complete Count Committee Trinity United Methodist Church 2600 Holman Houston TX Contact Dianne Iglehart for more information 713 851-0137  diglehar@att.net    Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar Training (VDVR) Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.  Keeping Our Communities ...

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