Radio church for senior living facility

9/23/2021
 By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   St. John’s UMC Texas City and assisted living facility Elmcroft of the Mainland are neighbors, so close that the congregation could wave to residents. “They’re right next door,” Senior Pastor, the Rev. Stephanie Hughes said. Still, the two had never worshipped together. That is, until COVID-19 shook everything up. “It changed the game,” Hughes said.   Before the pandemic, church members would play games with Elmcroft residents and sing carols for the seniors at...

Church hosts speech therapy group for stroke patients

9/23/2021
  By Lindsay Peyton    On the first and third Thursday of each month, Strawbridge UMC in Kingwood becomes a refuge for individuals with aphasia, a condition that limits speech and language after a stroke or brain damage. The church has hosted the group for the past three years, providing therapy and a social outlet at no charge.   Anyone with aphasia is welcome to attend, organizer and church lay leader Kevin Larson explained. Participants have varying capabilities. “Some can speak in full ...

Hispanic Leadership Academy is ultimate training ground

9/23/2021
  By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   The Texas Annual Conference is debuting a new three-year program, the Hispanic Leadership Academy. Both theological and pedagogical tools will be incorporated to help laity reach their full potential and transform into leaders in their home churches.   Rev. Dayimi Pimentel serves as Racial and Ethnic Ministries Coordinator for the Texas Annual Conference. She explained that the Academy is designed to assist members of Spanish congregations in the Conference, ...

New church name same unified mission

9/23/2021
  By Lindsay Peyton     The name may be new, but the faces are the same at The Gathering Church in Texas City. Seated in the pews are members of Grace UMC and First UMC Texas City. The congregations merged earlier this year. Now, they are unified in mission and moving forward for the transformation of the world for Jesus Christ.   “We brought two churches together,” the Rev. James Littleton, Jr. explained.   The merger officially happened in February, but worshipping together was delayed until ...

District laity recognized with awards

9/23/2021
  By Lindsay Peyton    The East District is recognizing two outstanding lay leaders for their central role in ministry, with the Silver and Gold Award. The honor was created this year by Superintendent Rev. Dr. Richard P. White, along with the District Leadership Team. One male and one female laity member will be recognized annually in the future.     Virginia Henderson Winston and Wayne Haglund are the first recipients of the Silver and Gold Award. Both are from Lufkin and well known in their ...

Texas churches send supplies to Louisiana

9/9/2021
  By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   Churches from the Texas Annual Conference sent two large trucks of supplies to Ida survivors over the weekend. And churches will continue to fill up trucks and send them until their needs are met. On Sunday, Sept. 5, Bishop Scott J. Jones and his wife Mary Lou headed to Baton Rouge, unloading boxes of supplies alongside some 50 volunteers from Broadmoore United Methodist Church. And this is just the beginning of how the TAC Churches plan to help its Louisiana ...

2022 Apportionments won’t increase thanks to $400,000 gift

9/9/2021
By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   Relief is on its way for churches in the Texas Annual Conference. Usually, apportionments for the following year are calculated over the summer and statements are mailed to Conference churches on Sept. 1. This year, however, COVID-19 caused the Conference to take a second look at the amounts being requested. In this challenging time, a solution was found to help local churches continue to weather the storm. “This is good news,” Conference Treasurer Rev. Carol ...

Linden UMC opening school for underserved community

9/9/2021
By Lindsay Peyton   Members of Linden UMC are preparing to open the doors to a new day care facility this fall. “Now summer is over, and we’re ready,” Dr. Kelly Krone said. “We’ve got boxes to unpack and furniture to put together. It’s all starting to take shape.”   Krone was appointed to the church about a year ago. At that time, conversations about housing a day care had begun but soon stalled. The chief concern members had was space.   “At that time, they didn’t think it was something they ...

Church gives free haircuts

9/9/2021
   By Lindsay Peyton   Sending students back to school on the right foot starts with a great haircut at Journey of Faith UMC in Humble. On Sundays last month, the church turned into a barber shop offering children in the community haircuts free of charge. The smiling faces that accompany each new ‘do are well worth the effort, Rev. Stephen Goldsmith, Pastor of Journey of Faith explained.   Helping students head back to the classroom with confidence has long been a priority for Journey of Faith....

Pastors say hope prevails through Delta

9/9/2021
  By Lindsay Peyton   COVID-19 continues to plague Texas. In August alone, 3,300 residents died from the virus, the “Texas Tribune” reports. Hospitalizations increased, and by the end of the month, 13,768 Texans were hospitalized. Churches in the Texas Annual Conference have witnessed the rise of the Delta variant and are finding ways to hold onto hope in a tumultuous time.   At Emanuel Christian Family UMC in Pasadena, COVID-19 has been a factor since the very beginning. The church had only ...

A doctor’s perspective on Delta

8/26/2021
By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   Dr. Nicki Zeisig, a physician at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, works seven days in a row, in 12-hour shifts. Then, she takes a break to recuperate. Since COVID-19 hit, she explained, the week feels like it has been on repeat. She essentially answers the same questions over and over: When will my breathing get better? When will I get to go home? Am I getting better at all? Am I going to be okay? Then, since visitors are no longer allowed, she calls ...

A letter from Bishop Scott J. Jones

8/26/2021
   En Español       Friends,                        My heart continues to be heavy as I hear the stories of how the Delta variant of Covid-19 is sweeping across Texas at alarming rates, even personally affecting many of you and your churches. As your bishop and brother in Christ, please know that I am praying diligently for you.   I want to commend you for your leadership in adapting so precipitously – as the pandemic continues to be a constantly fluid and ever-changing situation. I hear ...

Faith and fatigue during fourth wave

8/12/2021
                                                                                                                          Photo by Mike Dubose, UM News By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   Churches in the Texas Annual Conference are bracing for the fourth wave of the coronavirus. According to the “Texas Tribune,” the spread of the Delta variant is causing a rapid increase in hospitalizations in Texas, faster than at any other point in the pandemic. A recent report showed 129,114 new cases in two ...

Faith grows in those with special needs

8/12/2021
 By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   When St. Peter’s UMC in Katy welcomes “all” families on campus, the offer couldn’t be more serious. A Special Needs Ministry for children, teens and adults provides a safe and calming space so that all God’s children feel they belong.   “God says, ‘All you need to do is open the door and let me do my work, the work that only I can do,’” Rev. Whitney Peper said.   Then, God accomplishes great feats. Peper heads the Special Needs Ministry. She explained that the ...

Free telemedicine links church and nursing students

8/12/2021
By Lindsay Peyton   The University of Houston is preparing a new training facility for nursing students. However, instead of the clinic being located on campus, or in an area hospital, it will be housed at St. Paul’s UMC in Houston’s Museum District. Professors and nurses from University of Houston will staff the clinic for the fall semester, and once it is up and running, the first group of students will step foot in the facility.     The clinic will offer services, free of charge, using ...

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