Garage sale for God

8/11/2022
By Ronnie Crocker En Español   Diane Sullivan feels blessed to live in Deer Park, a leafy Houston suburb buoyed by a petrochemical industry that keeps the local schools, libraries, and other city services well-funded. Household income is above the state average, and the poverty rate is just 6.6 percent. “It’s an area where you’d want to live, especially if you have kids,” says Sullivan, who eight years ago moved back to the community of 35,000 with her husband, a Deer Park native.   She also ...

Local church provides safe space as schools move to four day week

8/11/2022
By: Maleri McHam - En Español   With several local school districts transitioning into a four day school week this year, FUMC DeKalb has stepped up to fill a need, providing students with a safe place to go on Fridays. Beginning this school year, students of DeKalb, Hubbard and Malta ISD’s will only be attending school Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Rev. Amanda Stratton, pastor at FUMC DeKalb said one major concern with this was the children “not having a safe place on Fridays ...

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...

Top five lessons bees are teaching the church

8/11/2022
   By Maleri Mcham   The bee is a complex insect living in community and working together to keep the hive running, much like Christians who live and grow together in faith. At Whitehouse UMC, people can find the connection between bees and faith at the monthly Beekeepers of East Texas Association meetings.     About 10 years ago, the Rev. Matthew Thomas, who was also a professional beekeeper, brought the beekeeper association to the church to host their meetings. Through hosting the beekeeper ...

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 ...

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