UMCOR School Kits Help Children Find a New Normal After Harvey

2/22/2018
By: Sherri Gragg Struggling Children Lose Everything Students at Barbara Jordan Elementary in Richmond, Texas had only been in school for a few days when Fort Bend ISD canceled school due to Hurricane Harvey. Initially, the cancellation was only for two days, but Hurricane Harvey was far more destructive than anyone expected. The students did not return to their classrooms for almost three weeks.   When the boys and girls walked back into their school, the excitement over the start of a new ...

VCI: Athens UMC Finds a New Vision and a Path to the Future

2/22/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   As Rev. Jason Smith of Athens FUMC works on his sermon, bits of debris rain down on him from the ceiling. His laptop is powered by a nearby light switch, a necessary adjustment since the outlets in Smith’s section of the facility have stopped working.   But Smith couldn’t be happier. Sure, his facility is in dire shape, but his church is vibrant.   A New Season of Ministry Just a little over two years ago, Athens FUMC was struggling. “The church had been through a lot of ...

UMCOR Sunday - March 11

2/21/2018
Natural disasters may destroy homes, communities and cities, but they do not destroy the love of God. A new video highlights the long‑term, vital work of hope and healing accomplished by UMCOR, as well as the ways that connectional giving allows the work to be done at a moment’s notice. Share this powerful video with your congregation as we approach UMCOR Sunday on March 11.   UMCOR Sunday (fourth Sunday in Lent) Previously known as One Great Hour Of Sharing, this Sunday enables the United ...

Best Communication Idea Contest: Call for Entries

2/20/2018
The Conference Communications office is looking for a few great communications ideas!  Regardless of your size or location, we want your communications ideas for the third annual Best Ideas in Communications Contest. (i.e. Social media, brochures, photos, videos.)   We are looking for great ideas, small and large to highlight at the 2018 Texas Annual Conference. Winners will be recognized with a prize. Your success might be that your church started a Facebook page or did a special video for ...

Lent and Easter Resources – 2018

2/20/2018
The Easter Season, also known as Eastertide or the Great Fifty Days, begins on Easter Day and ends on Pentecost. Focusing on Christ's resurrection and ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), Eastertide is the most joyous and celebrative season of the Christian year. We celebrate the good news that in Christ’s death and resurrection we, and all creation, are continually being made new by God’s love and saving grace.   Worship Planning Resources  7 Ideas for Holy Week and Easter...

Worship Planner and Worship Leader Workshop March 3rd

2/19/2018
Worship Planner and Worship Leader Workshop Saturday March 3rd from 9am-1pm at Westminster UMC 5801 San Felipe, Houston TX 77057   Speaker Rev. Jackson Henry,  Director of Music Ministries at the General Board of Discipleship Ministries   Workshop Topics   Worship planning and resources CCLI top 100 songs in regards to Wesleyan theology Focus group on the United Methodist HYMNAL REVISION What are the obstacles for congregational singing and music in worship today?   This is for laity, ...

Prayers for Florida

2/14/2018
Please join me in praying for those who were injured and killed Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and for their families as well. - Bishop Scott Jones   UMC Bishops Mourn Victims of Florida School Shootings In the wake of the school shooting in Florida, the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has issued a statement of grief, mourning the victims of the shootings and called for prayers of repentance from the  culture of death and cycle of violence. The statement ...

SOS Buckets for Harvey Victims are “First Aid Kits for the Soul”

2/11/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   Throughout his ministry, Henri Nouwen served as a professor of theology on the campuses of some of the most prestigious universities in the world, but toward the end of his life the renowned priest and author returned to his truest calling- the pastorate. His chosen parish was L’Arche Daybreak, a community for the profoundly intellectually disabled in Toronto, Canada. Nouwen’s writings from his tenure at Daybreak reflect his deep belief that grief must be healed in the ...

A Golden Opportunity to Share the Love of Christ

2/8/2018
By: Sherri Gragg A Weight Lifted 2017 was a difficult year for Kimberly Cook. First her husband lost his job, forcing the family of six to depend on her income as an administrative assistant for Cypress UMC along with a small supplement from unemployment insurance. Then, Cook began suffering from a string of unusual health symptoms including heart failure and persistent abdominal pain. As a year of hospital visits drew to a close, a CAT scan caught a glimpse of something growing in her kidney. ...

Children’s Church: There’s No Place Like Home

2/8/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   In the spring of 2017, Elizabeth Gallardo arrived in Houston with her husband, Frank Acosta, to serve at Fairbanks UMC. Acosta and Gallardo had previously served as pastors for eight years in their home country of Cuba. Now God was calling them to a new season of ministry in Texas. Acosta would fill the role of Pastor of Hispanic Ministries, beginning a new Spanish language service at Fairbanks. Gallardo became the church’s Pastor of Youth/Children’s Ministries. Hispanic ...

La Familia Metodista

2/8/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   After a long hiatus, Hispanic Ministries has reintroduced the Texas Conference to ¡Avivamiento! On February 3rd, the gathering of Spanish-speaking churches throughout the Conference provided a venue for Hispanic members of the TAC to worship and fellowship together and learn more about the bright future of Hispanic Ministries. Bishop Scott Jones delivered the evening’s message.   Contagious Joy The excitement was palatable in the sanctuary of First UMC Pasadena as the praise ...

Love God? Serve A Neighbor in Need

2/8/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   Service to others is a Wesleyan tradition. In A Plain Account of Christian Perfection, John Wesley wrote, “One of the principal rules of religion is, to lose no occasion of serving God. And since He is invisible to our eyes, we are to serve Him in our neighbor.” The youth of St. Paul’s UMC have long embraced Wesley’s call. A heart of service is intentionally woven into the way they approach both their faith community and their neighbors in need.   The “Souper Bowl” The youth ...

Planting Seeds of the Gospel in Southeast Asia

2/8/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   In the heart of Southeast Asia, Laos lies nestled between Vietnam and Thailand. It shares a border with both China and Myanmar to the north, and Cambodia to the south. Three ethnic groups, each with their own language, share the diverse landscape across 17 provinces. Laotians are 67 percent Buddhist, 30 percent Animist, and 2 percent Christian. It is this challenging mission field to which Bishop Scott Jones has been assigned to serve as the bishop of the Laos Mission ...

Transforming Lives with the Creator’s Love

2/8/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   When Bishop Robert Hayes, Bishop-in-Residence at The Woodlands UMC, arrived in Oklahoma after his election to the episcopacy in 2004, an unexpected cultural education concerning Native Americans awaited him. “The more I listened,” Hayes said, “I heard a story that was so similar to my own story of growing up in a segregated society. Not only did my heart go out to them, but I was determined to share their story.” Hayes deep passion for Native Americans is shared by CONAM, ...

Resources for Ash Wednesday

2/6/2018
Ash Wednesday signals the beginning of Lent - a time of preparation leading up to Easter each year. In 2018, year it falls on Wednesday, February 14. Below is a collection of resources offered by the United Methodist Church to aid in planning services for the observation of Ash Wednesday.  Learn more about Ash Wednesday. A Service of Worship for Ash Wednesday https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/a-service-of-worship-for-ash-wednesday   When Did United Methodists Start the “Imposition of ...

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