Avoiding Clergy Burnout: Five Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Today

12/13/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   Everything was going great. Until it wasn’t.   One morning, when the Rev. Dr. Steve Wende was 40-years-old, he awoke to find himself wrapped in his wife’s arms. She was deeply concerned about him. The sheets beneath him were soaked in his tears. His neck was frozen in brutal muscle spasms. Wende had hit his ministerial “wall.”   Later that morning, when he finally made it into the doctor’s office, his physician had an important question for him.   “What are you doing to ...

Embrace the Quiet and Hear the Voice of God

12/13/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   An Invitation to Pause Each Wednesday, just before noon, worshippers quietly take their seats in the sanctuary of Memorial Drive UMC, Houston. They have gathered to pause in the middle of a busy day, in the center of a busy week, to make space to hear the voice of God. “Selah,” Memorial Drive’s contemplative service, is carefully designed to offer them that respite. Associate Pastor Victor Resendiz named the contemplative service “Selah” from the Hebrew musical term that is ...

Once a Bearcat, Always a Bearcat: Lon Morris College Remembers

12/13/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   For 158 years, Lon Morris College nurtured the minds, hearts, and souls of the young men and women who crossed its threshold in search of an education; They were not disappointed. According to former Lon Morris president, Dr. Faulk Landrum, the school was named one of three of the best two-year colleges in the United States by U.S. News and World Report for its stringent commitment to academic excellence.   But for the scores of students who proudly claimed the mantle of “...

Precious Christmas Memories

12/13/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   Members of the Texas Annual Conferenc share their favorite Christmas memories.   The Rev. Stephen Rhoads, Pollard Memorial UMC, Tyler One of my most vivid memories of Christmas occurred when I was six. My dad worked as a nurse for a hospital in Houston, and this hospital would offer a large Christmas carnival for employees and families. It was a wonderful event with games, crafts, Santa Claus, and a living nativity. I looked forward to it each year.   This particular year, my...

We Love All God’s Children Transforms Lives with Christian Social Innovation Centers

12/13/2018
By: Sherri Gragg - Español   A Life Changed Through Love On Thanksgiving night, the Rev. Jill Daniel, Director of We Love All God’s Children and her husband, Ken, joined hundreds of other Walmart shopper in pursuit of Black Friday deals. Suddenly, a voice rose above the roar of the crowd to call Daniel’s name.   A handsome young man pushed his way through shoppers to wrap the couple in his arms. After a moment, the Daniels recognized him as a child they had once served through their day school ...

What Can We Do? Breaking the Bonds of Human Trafficking

12/13/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   In 2016, as part of a Conference-wide effort to bring awareness to the problem of human trafficking, First United Methodist Church, Sugar Land, participated in a 5k and half-marathon in Katy, Texas. Through that event, the church was awakened to the tremendous needs of men, women, and children whose lives are bound by human trafficking. When church members returned home to Sugar Land, they had one burning question on their hearts-   “What can we do?”   Raising Awareness ...

You Can Be a Calm Presence in Anxious Times - The Center for Clergy Excellence Offers Support to Pastors

12/13/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   Pastoring can be difficult, but what about the moments when you as a pastor find yourself in an environment fraught with anxiety? There are times when you are stressed and so are your leaders. Your congregation buzzes with tension, and so do your colleagues. “How can a pastor be a calm presence in anxious times?”   Disrupting Anxiety to Lead Faithfully Over the course of four dates in November, The Center for Clergy Excellence strove to equip pastors to do just that. Jim ...

2018 Year in Review

12/12/2018
A lot has happened in 2018. Below are some of the most clicked and shared stories from the TAC this year to take a look back and reflect as we move into 2019.   Gastrochurch: Where Are They Now?    Rev. Meredith Mills had a problem. It was incredibly difficult to get her friends to attend church, and when they did, she felt they left again without ever digging into the deepest struggles of their faith.   So, she began to think, to pray, to dream. What type of worship would her friends want to ...

Loving All God’s Children Health Fair

12/12/2018
Loving All God’s Children Health Fair Saturday, February 16, 2019 Trinity United Methodist Church 2600 Holman 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.   Hosted by the United Methodist Churches in Third Ward   Featuring Panelists:  Dr. Natalie Carroll, OB/GYN   Dr. Jaime Lawler, OB/GYN   Dr. Ashley Butler, Clinical  Psychologist   Dr. Christopher Greeley, Pediatrician   Dr. Titilope Fasipe, Pediatric Hematologist   Dr. Brian Reed, Family Practice   The Methodist Children’s Home- Foster Care Program   Other ...

Lakeview Welcomes Interim CEO/ President

12/10/2018
Palestine, Texas – Lakeview Methodist Conference Center is pleased to welcome Reverend Dr. Mark H. Young as Interim CEO/President. Young comes to Lakeview after years of service with the Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. En Español   “Having known Mark for many years, it is exciting to have him leading Lakeview during this interim period, stated Monroe Walker, Chief Administrative Officer. “In the short time he has been here I have seen the Lakeview staff embrace him with ...

Resources for Advent and Christmas

12/9/2018
Advent and Christmas: Communicating Hope In a season of holiday haste and hustle, Advent calls us to slow down and prepare. In a world of darkness and violence, the church proclaims a message of light and hope. In a world of division and fear, the coming of the Christ child reminds us of the healing power of love.   Engage Your Congregation in Creative Christmas Outreach Advent is the perfect season to reach out to new people in new ways. As you plan your holiday outreach, engage your ...

TAC Delegation Update

11/29/2018
For personal reasons Rev. Matt Idom has stepped down from his role as a Texas Annual Conference delegate to General Conference. Rev. Jessica Lagrone will replace him in the delegation for the special session of General Conference meeting in February 2019. Lead Lay Delegate Reggie Clemons noted that this change won’t impact the delegation significantly. “Since we have routinely met with both members of General and Jurisdictional delegations as a regular group, the full delegation has been aware ...

Loving Houston 101: How to Start a School Partnership

11/26/2018
We Love All God’s Children would like you to know of an upcoming FREE workshop hosted by Loving Houston on December 4 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am.   A school partnership gives churches an opportunity to join God in what He is doing in the lives of hundreds of students, families, and school staff right in your neighborhood. By coming alongside your local public school, we can all positively impact the trajectory of children’s lives for generations to come.   This workshop will: Cast vision for ...

Trinity East Announces Developer Selection for an Affordable Housing Project

11/19/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 2, 2018 CONTACT: deon@warnerandassociates.com Trinity East Village CDC Announces Developer Selection for an Affordable Housing Project, to be located in the  2500 Block Of Mcgowen St. Between St. Charles and Live Oak and Raising Needed Funds for the Project Development at 2500 McGowen between St. Charles Street and Live Oak Street will provide affordable housing for tenants living  in the historic Third Ward, Texas community HOUSTON, TEXAS – Trinity East Village ...

A Fast-Paced Immersion in United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity

11/14/2018
In January 2019, Perkins School of Theology will be offering a hybrid continuing education United Methodist Studies course. This course is especially appropriate for educating UM confirmation teachers and UM church staff who don’t have a Methodist background. It will discuss United Methodist history, doctrine, and polity (church organization).The first offering of this course last year was a smash success. Here’s a testimony: https://smu.app.box.com/v/umcstudiespromo19  You can get more ...

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