Trinity UMC to host Hurricane/Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Strategies

5/23/2019
Are You Ready? Hurricane/Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Strategies Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 8:15  a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Topic:  Are You Ready? Location: Trinity United Methodist Church  2600 Holman Houston, Texas 77004     Guest Speakers Mr. Walter Hambrick  City of Houston Transportation and Drainage Operations   Mr. Steve Costello, Chief Recovery Officer, City of Houston   Ms. Ellary Makuch  City of Houston Community and Houston Development Disaster Recovery Division   Myron Jones Harris ...

Fraud Prevention for Church Administrators & Church Staff

5/17/2019
The Center for Connectional Resources will be hosting a meeting discussing fraud prevention for church administrators Tuesday, May 28, 2019. This session will discuss fraud, prevention, and detection for the small nonprofit organization. Fraud and the church: Fraud can happen to any organization, regardless of type, size, location, etc. The nonprofit sector is one of the largest in our economy and most organizations in this sector are small organizations (including churches) with limited staff ...

Affordable Camp: Pasadena Texas Church Reaches Out to Community

5/16/2019
By Roy Maynard - En Español   It’s not exactly a traditional Vacation Bible School, but FUMC Pasadena’s KidzNMotion program has some similarities. There’s singing, there’s scripture, and there are plenty of activities, arts and crafts. It’s all just on a much larger scale.   “It’s really a mini-camp,” says J.T. LaRue, who serves as FUMC Pasadena’s Director of Nex/Gen Ministries. “It’s our way of reaching out to the community. And the rewards have been very, very great.”   KidzNMotion starts ...

Conference Wide Bible Study Kicks Off This Summer

5/16/2019
By Lindsay Peyton   This summer, everyone is invited to join in a Bible study group that spans the state – live and on Facebook. A new video series will take center stage, and voices from congregants across the conference will be featured in the discussion.   To illustrate Methodist values, a video series “Living Our Principles” takes viewers on a trip around the world to see integrity in action.   Audience members can take an armchair seat and travel to the farmlands of Kenya, the rural ...

Harvey Recovery: We have Labor, Money and Jobs

5/16/2019
By Lindsay Peyton   When Cypress UMC was spared from the devastation of Harvey, the church became a shelter in the storm -- specifically for Mennonites who specialize in disaster recovery.   Volunteers are still coming, more than a year after the hurricane hit Houston, Cypress UMC senior pastor the Rev. Tony McCollum said.   “We’re a long way from coming to a close,” he explained.   After Harvey, Cypress UMC members waded through high waters to check on the status of the church and found it ...

Holy Cow: East Texas Church Pays Bills with Herd of Holy Cows

5/16/2019
By Lindsay Peyton - En Español As a small congregation, Kirbyville UMC does not always have the available funding for needed repairs, Pastor Judy Kelfstrom explained. Church members found an unusual solution. They decided to pay the bills with beef from a herd of holy cows.   Pastor Kelfstrom has not traded in her shoes for cowboy boots just yet.   Still, she spends more time thinking about livestock than ever before – now that a herd of cows is part of her flock.   “We like to say that we’re...

Small Town Church Makes Big Difference with Literacy

5/16/2019
By Roy Maynard   A small church in an even smaller town is making a big difference for some Cass County elementary students. Douglassville UMC’s “We Love All God’s Children” initiative collects books for distribution at nearby schools and a Texas CASA facility.   “Back in January, I went to our UMC North District training, and I had the opportunity to talk to teachers,” says the Rev. Bobby Horn, the Douglassville pastor who has organized this effort. “I was shocked to find out how many ...

Worship: it is our Business

5/16/2019
By Lindsay Peyton   Each year, clergy and lay members head to the UMC’s Texas Annual Conference for worship, fellowship and business. There’s a lot of work to do – from ordaining clergy, and electing delegates to adopting programs, budgets and goals. Dr. Craig Gilbert explained that worship is a central component to completing the tasks at hand.   Gilbert serves as the conference’s worship coordinator. He maintains that the business and worship sections of the event are not separate – but ...

Appointment Announcements, May 14

5/15/2019
New appointments have been announced. The latest list of appointments is available at https://www.txcumc.org/appointmentannouncements

UMC Volunteers Respond to Houston Area Flooding

5/9/2019
Texas Annual Conference volunteers assembled 400 flood buckets, hygiene & schools kits for delivery to Texas flood victims in the Kingwood area where over 400 homes flooded Wednesday, May 8. Thanks to all the volunteers who pitched in from Strawbridge United Methodist Church, Humble Area Assistance Ministries and Elm Grove Elementary School all in Kingwood, Texas. The United Methodist Church Texas Conference Disaster Ministries staff is always ready when a storm strikes. Please let us know ...

Calling All Singing Clergy

5/8/2019
For the 2019 retiree worship service – Tuesday, May 28, at 2:00 pm - honoring our Retirees, we will once again have a “Clergy Choir.” The clergy choir will join in the singing of hymns during the service and then will provide a very special anthem in honor of our retiring clergy.   We want to again fill the choir loft to standing room only! Joining is easy, please come early for the rehearsal in the choir loft (front of the Grand Ballroom) on the day of the service. We will begin at 1:30 pm. The...

Clear Lake UMC Hosts "A Night of Methodist Music"

5/8/2019
Five churches wove their musical gifts together in beautiful ways for "A Night of Methodist Music"  Sunday, May 5 at Clear Lake UMC. A group of 120 singers and 36 orchestra members from Deer Park UMC, Houston Clear Lake UMC, Seabrook UMC, Pasadena, Asbury UMC and Pasadena, Sunset UMC performed both as ensembles and jointly, making this Music Festival grand in every way. Each church presented two pieces of music individually and then all five churches joined together for three special pieces. ...

50 percent of Students Leave Church: How One Church is Changing That

4/25/2019
By Roy Maynard Every church sees it—high schoolers walking off the graduation stage and seemingly away from their faith. How can churches curb this other kind of dropout rate? At Faithbridge Church’s ‘The Road’ ministry in Spring, Texas it’s all about developmental missions’ trips that help students define themselves in the context of God’s bigger plans.   “Our theory is that what causes a lot of that walking away is the kind of ministry the typical high schooler experiences,” says the Rev. ...

At Risk Children Learning to Read at United Methodist Church

4/25/2019
By Lindsay Peyton - En Español When Bishop Scott J. Jones spoke about “We Love All God’s Children," an initiative of the United Methodist Church, the Rev. Debbie Tipps was all ears – and ready to spring into action. On a recent visit to Tyler, the Bishop spoke about literacy. “If a child doesn’t grasp reading skills early on, they fall behind,” Tipps recalled. “It broke my heart when I started thinking about the kids in Henderson.”   She works as minister of congregational care and children ...

First Bilingual Retreat in Merged Spanish English Church: Forge Lasting Friendships

4/25/2019
By Lindsay Peyton - En Español Crossroads UMC recently hosted its first-ever bilingual women’s retreat. The church, which was born when Cokesbury and ChristWay joined in 2015, takes pride in being multicultural and serving multiple generations.  One of the ministry’s goals is to unite members across all lines.   Karina Martinez, wife of Crossroads senior pastor Cesar Martinez, enjoys working with the women of the church. “I had a call to God too,” she said. “We’re a team.”   She explained ...

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