Small church making a big impact in Tyler

8/11/2022
   By Maleri McHam   Noonday FUMC is proof that even a small congregation can make a large impact in their community. In 2020, the church was in the midst of assessing their identity and started asking, what can we offer our community?   “As Christians we need to be meeting the needs of people around us,” says the Rev. Sunny Farley, pastor of Noonday FUMC. “I don't think people can hear the message of Christ until they see the message of Christ.”   Although the church is smaller in numbers, they...

Women bishops continue to shatter the stained glass ceiling

8/8/2022
Houston, Texas August 8, 2022 -- In the United Methodist Church, women have been shattering the stained glass ceiling for years, however only 15 women bishops are currently serving worldwide. Only one female bishop has served in the Texas Conference, Bishop Janice R. Huie. Bishop Scott J. Jones recently announced that the Texas Conference delegation unanimously endorsed the second woman from their region who could be elected bishop this November. The 36 member General and Jurisdictional ...

College Interns spend the summer learning about ministry

7/28/2022
By Malari Mcham Finding a calling to ministry is a journey and the College Pastoral Internship Project (CPIP) is there to help guide those who feel a pull. The CPIP, a part of the Texas Annual Conference, is created to assist young Methodists in discerning God’s call to ministry and Christian service. They serve in pastoral internships at local churches for the summer to gain first-hand experience in ministry. Interns get a closer look at life in ministry and build relationships to help them ...

Mission Milby brings light to underserved communities

7/28/2022
  By Dawson Bley - En Español   Standing between Milby High School and Deady Middle School, Mission Milby is positioned in a prime location to impact students and families in one of the most underserved communities in Houston. A nonprofit ministry designed to improve the quality of life through education, support and encouragement, Mission Milby has served as a steady source of hope for the past 20 years.    “I love helping at Mission Milby because I want the children, youth and families in the ...

New bishops to be elected in Houston

7/28/2022
  By Shannon W. Martin   Every four years, the United Methodist Church meets in five geographical areas, or Jurisdictions to elect new bishops. That is, until 2020 when the pandemic delayed the Jurisdictional Conferences. The Council of Bishops recently set the meeting date for these elections for early November.   The South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church will hold its Jurisdictional Conference in Houston from November 2-5, 2022, at the First Methodist Houston West. Along ...

Special Session set for churches exploring disaffiliation

7/28/2022
  By Shannon W. Martin   It’s the last thing anyone wanted, but United Methodist Churches across the country are asking: Do we remain in the United Methodist Church, or disaffiliate into another denomination?   In response to the denomination’s changing landscape, Bishop Scott J. Jones has announced a Special Session for the Texas Annual Conference to be held December 3, 2022, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Houston’s First Methodist Houston West. The agenda of the conference will be limited to matters ...

Texas church fostering hope for kids

7/28/2022
  By Maleri McHam - En Español   Across the nation, some 2.5 million children are put in situations where they are being raised by their kin after being removed from their biological parents. This is especially true in East Texas. That’s why Rev. David McGlocklin is bringing Kinship Ministry to the area, to provide these children and their caretakers with needed resources.   McGlocklin, who is the pastor at Cheatham Memorial UMC, was recently awarded a grant totaling $10,000 from the Texas ...

Church transforms preschool learning with $18K scholarships

7/14/2022
   By Lindsay Peyton   Jacqueline Gwin spent years working as a preschool director in the private sector. “Before COVID, it was difficult,” she said. “After COVID, it was even worse.” She decided to make a career shift and find a better fit at a Christian school. In time, she would land at the helm of Bear Creek UMC School. Her journey was nothing short of a God-directed Cinderella story.   “I wanted to make a difference, not just a paycheck,” Gwin said.   She attended a conference for Christian...

First black female senior pastor appointed to Westbury UMC

7/14/2022
  By Dawson Bley - En Español Dedicated to being “a church for all people with more than enough love to go around,” Westbury UMC in Houston recently appointed the Rev. Eleanor Colvin as its first black female senior pastor.  As a fourth-generation Methodist, Colvin is no stranger to the Church. She has ministered in a variety of capacities, serving as the Director of Communications for the Texas Annual Conference (TAC) and more recently as a pastor at St. Paul’s UMC in Houston and FUMC, College...

New church plant emphasizes small groups

7/14/2022
  By Lindsay Peyton   Rev. Dr. John Wayne McMann and his wife Lauren, with their two children and one on the way, recently relocated to Willis for their next great adventure. FUMC Conroe was preparing to launch a church plant in the community – and McMann was offered the opportunity to stand at its helm. “I’ve been interested in planning a church since I got out of seminary,” he said.   Still, when he received the call last December to see if he would be interested in the move, he was reluctant ...

Preparation most important part of hurricane response

7/14/2022
  By Alyson Rockhold - En Español Rev. Godfrey Hubert explains that disaster response is like youth soccer. It's heartwarming to see the enormous outpouring of love from churches, but it's also a bit disconcerting because of the disparity in execution. The Disaster Coordinator for the Texas Annual Conference explains that some teams perform like all-stars and others struggle. The difference lies mostly in training and preparation.   Seeing this need, Hubert and other church leaders began ...

A time for honest conversation

7/14/2022
  By Lindsay Peyton   “How is it with your soul?” These words were carefully selected by John Wesley to begin his “Class Meetings,” the original small groups of the early Methodist church. The question means so much more than “how are you doing?” It opens a conversation about grace and paves the way to a deeper examination of life. It’s a practice that Rev. Roger Clayton has adopted at Needville UMC.   The church’s small group, inspired by Wesley’s Class Meetings, begins with members going ...

SCJ Committee on Episcopacy Recommends Episcopal Election and Coverage Plan

6/29/2022
The South Central Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy has decided, in consultation with the College of Bishops, to recommend that the Jurisdictional Conference elect three new bishops in November 2022. With three elections, the SCJ would have a total of nine bishops available to be assigned to nine of the 10 current episcopal areas. The tenth episcopal area will be left open with episcopal coverage to be determined by the Council of Bishops upon recommendation from the SCJ College of Bishops ...

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.   In making this announcement, Bishop Jones updated his statement that said, “At as of today…I am willing to stay as bishop of the Texas Annual Conference for two more years.”   During the final day of the Texas Annual Conference session, held May 29 through June 1 at the Hilton Americas – Houston, ...

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 ...

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