2020 Pre-Conference Meetings Rescheduled

The 2020 Texas Annual Conference Session has been established an all-virtual meeting via Zoom on August 14th. This one day event will have several important decisions made by Annual Conference delegates. Pre-Conference meetings (also via Zoom) have been scheduled and all delegates are invited to attend one of these important meetings: Sunday, July 19th at 6 pm for Central North, Southeast, and North Districts Monday, July 20th at 6 pm for Central South, East, and West Districts  Tuesday, July ...

Texas Annual Conference 2020 Update

Texas Annual Conference - August 14, 2020 The Annual Conference Planning Team has determined that in light of the current COVID 19 crisis the 2020 Texas Annual Conference will be all virtual on Friday, August 14th. Registration will still be necessary in order to receive the secure link to the Zoom Session of Texas Annual Conference. However, because of these significant changes registration will not be available until July 13. Registration will remain open through August 7th. Thank you for ...

Covid Update: Conference Staff Working Remotely

The United Methodist Service Center will be closed until further notice in an effort to provide social distancing during this time of caution. Minimal staff will be working in the office and other staff will be working remotely.  Please contact staff via e-mail if you need assistance. https://www.txcumc.org/staff

America, We Have a Problem

America, we have a problem. Texas, we have a problem. United Methodism, we have a problem. The problem is racism, and in recent weeks that problem has come to the forefront of our conversations and our attention. Some have rightly said to me, “Why are you all paying attention to this problem only now? It has been a problem for a long time.” There is no good answer to that question. But when an opportunity arises where attention is being paid - however late and inadequate it is - one should take ...

Churches Address Needs of the Underserved: Give Away $100K in New Clothes, and Provide Food to Homeless

By Lindsay Peyton   The lockdown did not stop United Methodists in Houston from giving back during the pandemic. In fact, churches stepped up to serve an even greater need in their communities. Bering UMC, Houston volunteers assisted with food distribution and found innovative solutions to help others. Boynton Chapel UMC, Houston members have spent the past couple of weeks distributing clothing to its neighbors in the Third Ward. Boynton Chapel UMC distributes clothing Boynton Chapel UMC ...

Methodist Churches Host COVID-19 Pop-up Clinic to Minimize Spread of Virus in Beaumont

Courtesy photo used with permission - Kim Brent / Beaumont Enterprise By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   Two congregations in the Texas Annual Conference – Trinity and McCabe-Roberts Avenue UMCs in Beaumont – are working together to offer free COVID-19 testing. A pop-up clinic, in partnership with American Family Care, opened June 22 through June 27 and continues June 29 through July 2.   Trinity’s senior pastor Rev. Tommy Williams said the idea for a testing site, sponsored by the church, came...

Middle School Students Choosing to Serve Their Neighbors This Summer

By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   Dayspring UMC’s annual iServe summer camp proves that middle school students can make a difference. The camp provides them with the skills they need to complete service projects in the greater Tyler area – whether that’s building a wheelchair ramp, mowing a lawn or working at the food bank. Organizers were able to take precautions against COVID-19 and keep iServe going this summer – which was good news to excited campers.   As everything shut down for the ...

Mission Trips on Hold – Not!  How Students are Finding a Mission Field in their Backyard this Summer

By Lindsay Peyton   While the coronavirus pandemic has placed most mission trips on hold, there are still plenty of opportunities for youth to spend the summer doing good works. After all, a mission field can be found in your own backyard.   Eddie Erwin, Director of Youth and Young Adults for the Texas Annual Conference has seen a number of congregations get creative during the last few months - finding new and exciting ways for discipleship to continue.   Here are the top seven ways students ...

Connect with Rev. Emily Everett, Global Missionary in Brazil

Rev. Emily Everett has been serving as a global missionary in Brazil for two and a half years. Every three years, United Methodist missionaries do what we call itineration, a time when they come home to visit churches and tell the story of what God has been doing in their place of service. Emily was set to itinerate in October and November of 2020. Due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty of what the fall will look like for church visits, she is moving online! Emily is setting up two initial zoom ...

Webinar: Methodist Hospital Update for Pastors Regarding COVID-19

Dr. Marc Boom, CEO of Methodist Hospital System,  Bishop Scott Jones and Mary Lou Reece hosted a webinar for all clergy of the Texas Annual Conference at 2 p.m. on June 25th. A live Q&A follows.  We continue to believe our religious organizations are serving very important purposes in this crisis, and we are grateful for our faith-based hospital leaders helping us doing our work. Scott J Jones  

United Methodists Set to Unveil “Dismantling Racism” Initiative

Nashville, Tennessee: United Methodist Church leaders will launch a plan of action to galvanize church members and others to actively stand against racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd and protests across the U.S. The “Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom” initiative is a multi-level effort throughout the church to initiate a sustained and coordinated effort to dismantle racism and promote collective action to work toward racial justice. The church-wide effort will kick off on ...

Innovative Church Teaches Members How to Find Meaningful Faith Experiences at Home During Pandemic

By Lindsay Peyton   While the coronavirus pandemic may have prevented church members from the routine of going to church,discipleship continued to thrive at Bellaire UMC. Innovation is the name of the game for the congregation led by Rev. Seann Duffin, Senior Pastor of Bellaire UMC. “The church isn’t the building; it’s who we are,” he said. “We’re forced to live that now.” His members are learning that they can still have meaningful experiences with faith at home – and that they don’t have to ...

Nine Churches in One Small Town Band Together to Become Stronger

By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Pastor Carmen Rickel of FUMC Elkhart brainstormed with the leaders of other churches in town about how to best serve the community. Banding together is nothing new in Elkhart; it is simply the way local churches operate. In fact, they are known as the United Churches of Elkhart, an ecumenical organization that unites congregations in worship, missions and outreach.   Since Pastor Carmen Rickel moved to Elkhart about four and a ...

Professional Furloughed Chefs Prepare Free Food at Houston United Methodist Church

Fopera By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   Picture a pop-up restaurant with a mission, serving up plates of hot meals, packing them to-go and loading up cars for neighbors in need of food. In the midst of the pandemic, St. Stephen’s UMC in Houston has opened Furlough Kitchen Houston. Senior pastor Rev. Nathan Lonsdale Bledsoe invites other congregations to follow this model.   On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, St. Stephen’s UMC, 2003 W. 43rd St, is almost transformed into a restaurant. Chefs are ...

Virtual VBS: Texas Churches Connect with Families While Social Distancing

By Lindsay Peyton   Churches in the TAC aren’t letting stay-at-home stand in the way of VBS. They have found new and innovative ways to still reach students in the summer – without the worry.   Longview FUMC goes virtual for VBS   Associate Pastor Romnie Scott at Longview FUMC decided to try something new this year – online VBS. “It obviously wasn’t our plan,” she said.   Still, the thought of gathering children and volunteers did not feel safe in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and ...

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