Growing a Younger Generation of the Church: Pizza and Praise

6/26/2019
By Lindsay Peyton   Children’s ministry at FUMC Canton is taking off – and soaring to new heights as it develops its youngest disciples.   When the Rev. Adam Muckleroy was appointed to the church two years ago, he noticed that children’s ministry was practically non-existent.   “There was nothing in place,” he recalled. “It had fallen by the wayside. We were at a point where we needed to get something going again, and we wanted to make something happen.”      What the church did have going, ...

Ministry Storytelling Increases Generosity

6/26/2019
  By Lindsay Peyton En Español   Right before the offering each Sunday, many churches across the TAC use a powerful form of storytelling right before the offering to increase giving and maintain tithing. It’s subtle, but effective.   Each Sunday, the Rev. Pat Sparks uses this storytelling method with his church. He calls it the “Life Changing Story.” This serves as both as an opportunity to raise awareness of the church’s ministries, as well as a call to members, asking them to be generous and ...

One Church Saving Money by Sharing Space

6/26/2019
  By Lindsay Peyton   At first glance, Parkwood and Emanuel UMC seem to have little in common. Soon, however, the congregations will be sharing something big – their home and worship space. By working together, both congregations are already finding what they were looking for.   Parkwood UMC has struggled to fill its pews for a while, Pastor Royce Scott said. He has led the church for the past 15 years.   When Scott first arrived, his flock numbered about 30. He built it up to more 70 or 80. “...

Small Town Fireworks, Hotdogs, Fish Fry and Jesus

6/26/2019
  By Lindsay Peyton   Between watching fireworks light up the night sky and singing the Star-Spangled Banner, there are plenty of opportunities for fellowship during the Fourth of July. A few TAC churches are making the most of the holiday – by spending the day together.   The Rev. Cindy Doran, at Lufkin’s Bethlehem UMC, has planned Independence Day celebrations at the church since she has served as its senior pastor. The congregation has gathered for the event well before her tenure, for about...

Top Notch Literacy Training in Churches Prevents Summer Slide

6/26/2019
  By Lindsay Peyton En Español   HYPE Freedom Schools are built around stopping the summer slide -- that detrimental loss of learning that occurs over the break from the school. The program also instills a love of reading that can last way into the future. The TAC is hosting four Freedom Schools this summer – and doing its part to enrich children from the community.   Freedom Schools were developed by the Children’s Defense Fund and are rooted in the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964. ...

Lakeview Methodist Conference Center Names Joshua D. Pulver Chief Executive Officer

6/25/2019
Palestine, TX – After a comprehensive search by a Selection Committee and KALEIDOSCOPE inc., Lakeview Methodist Conference Center is pleased to announce that Joshua D. Pulver has been named CEO/President to the camp, conference and retreat center, effective September 16, 2019.   According to Jim McPhail, Lakeview’s Board Chair, “We know Josh will be a great fit for Lakeview as its new leader.  There is no doubt that the camping ministry is his calling. He has been a camp director at a Methodist ...

Perkins Offers Certification in Spiritual Direction

6/25/2019
SMU's Perkins School of Theology is offering a certification in spiritual direction. Their spiritual direction program seeks to equip individuals who feel called to serve as spiritual directors for others. Students complete a series of 8 courses over three years and attend regular meetings with their own spiritual directors.   Throughout the program, students are equipped to listen, pray, and ask questions in a fashion that encourages directees to look for the movement of the Holy Spirit in ...

Houston Methodist Hospital Named No. 1 Employer in Texas

6/17/2019
Forbes magazine has named Houston Methodist the No. 1 employer in Texas. I’ve heard from so many employees today about how proud they are to work here, and I want to be sure everyone knows about this recognition. Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers By State is based on an anonymous survey of 50,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees. Forbes partnered with a market research company to pinpoint the organizations liked best by employees in its ranking of America’s ...

Deaf Friendly Worship: Huntsville UMC Hosts SCJ Congress

6/13/2019
By Lindsay Peyton En Español   Huntsville FUMC is preparing to host the South Central Jurisdiction United Methodist Congress of the Deaf. Members of the multi-state region will head to Huntsville in July to learn about ministry for the deaf and hard of hearing, which has been a high priority for the church for the past nine years.   The purpose of the upcoming congress is to raise awareness about Deaf ministries and learn how we as a church can make the deaf and hard of hearing feel welcome at ...

Houston Third Ward Churches Bring Dental Clinic to Emancipation Park

6/13/2019
By Roy Maynard   Residents of Houston’s Third Ward lined up for the blessing of free dental care in May; the Texas Mission of Mercy dental clinic, brought to Emancipation Park by four area United Methodist Churches, served about 750 people who lacked the resources to see a dentist on their own.   The first patient, a student at the University of Houston who has no dental insurance, arrived at the park the night before—just for the opportunity to have about $2,000 of needed dental work done.   “...

Lake Houston UMC is Rising from the Water

6/13/2019
By Roy Maynard   Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters couldn’t dampen the spirits of worshipers at Lake Houston UMC when their sanctuary was destroyed, they brought lawn chairs and blankets and praised God in the parking lot for three Sundays.   “We brought faith and hope that something good would come from this,” said the Rev. Frank Coats. “And it has, because God is good. We’ve now broken ground on our new sanctuary.”   Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm in 2017, was notable not just for its ...

The Church Outside the Church: Kids Kaleidoscope and Bookworm Bus Established for Children

6/13/2019
By Lindsay Peyton   When Bishop Scott Jones spoke about the “We Love All God’s Children” initiative the Annual Conference this year, he recognized programs already in motion, building literacy, health and discipleship in the youngest and most in need. Pollard UMC Church, for example, has offered its preschool Kids’ Kaleidoscope for the past 40 years. In addition, new projects are in the works, like Pattison UMC’s BookWorm Bus, which will hit the road this summer.   Kids’ Kaleidoscope was ...

UMC Member Built 60 Beds for Needy Children Last Month: 100 on Wait List

6/13/2019
By Lindsay Peyton   Jack Seeley was looking for a new project, when he discovered Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a nonprofit that builds and delivers beds to children who otherwise would not have a place to sleep. Members of his church, First UMC in Beaumont, volunteered to help, and Seeley remodeled a church building to serve as their shop. Now the effort is underway, and there is already a waiting list for 100 beds.   Seeley, owner of Specialized Construction, has been working on commercial and ...

Peace with Justice Sunday - June 16

6/12/2019
Peace with Justice Sunday (June 16, 2019) is a United Methodist Special Sunday. (Your congregation may choose a different Sunday that is more convenient.) Peace with Justice Sunday is based on the ideas that the way to stand for justice is to simultaneously create pathways for peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. It is a day to take action by funding peace with justice programs in our communities.  When you give on Peace with Justice Sunday, your gift makes possible our critical ...

Loving Houston 101: How to Start A School Partnership

6/9/2019
You're invited to learn about starting a school partnership at this workshop June 11 from 9:30 - 11:30 am at  St. Paul's UMC, Houston June 11 from 9:30 - 11:30 am followed by a luncheon from 12:00 - 2:00 pm.  Hear from Houston Graduate School of Theology President James Furr and Texas State Board of Education's Lawrence Allen as we: Cast vision for church-school partnerships Explain the need for church partners in our schools Clarify the separation of church & state Walk through a step-by-step ...

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