2018 Order of Elders Retreat

The 2018 Elder's Retreat will be held February 26-28 at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center.  This year's keynote Speaker will be Dr. Maria Dixon Hall who is currently the Senior Advisor to the Provost and Associate Professor of Organizational Communication, Director of Communication Studies, and adjunct associate professor of Homiletics at Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas.  Learn More Register online at: https://lakeviewmcc.org/ordersofeldersretreat/  

Powerful Biblical Truth for Tough Questions

By: Sherri Gragg   The Perkins School of Theology is excited to present Bishop Scott Jones and his son, Rev. Arthur Jones in the Houston Lay School this February 17, 2018. Father and son will present a dynamic one day program in which they will equip lay-leaders to address the toughest questions of faith through the power of Biblical truth. Lunch will be provided for the event, and participants will receive a gift with their attendance.   “It is a pretty unique opportunity to have a bishop ...

UMC Pastors Remember African American Heroes

By: Sherri Gragg   Dr. Martin Luther King was inarguably the most influential figure in the Civil Rights Movement. However, in a 1962 article for New York Amsterdam News, he pointed to ordinary citizens as the true heroes of the movement. “There must be literally thousands of unknown heroes across our Southland,” he said. (“People in Action: Unknown Heroes.” New York Amsterdam News, May 10, 1962) King’s reflections remind us of the power of faithful individuals to inspire the next generation to ...

Don’t Be Afraid: St. Luke’s UMC Presents Pastor Adam Hamilton

By: Sherri Gragg   St. Luke’s United Methodist Church will host Adam Hamilton, pastor of Church of the Resurrection, Kansas City, on the evening of March 15, 2018, at seven o’clock. Hamilton will speak on the subject of fear: how it both hinders and helps us, and how to live courageously in an anxious world.   An Epidemic of Fear American is suffering from an epidemic of fear. According to Hamilton, our heightened level of anxiety isn’t always in pace with our actual level of threat. “Since 911,...

Keltys UMC: Standing in the Gap for Children in Need

By: Sherri Gragg   Last Christmas, the officer in charge of the Lufkin Police Department’s “Blue Santa” program called Pastor Cindy Doran of Keltys UMC Lufkin with an unusual request.   “They had Blue Santa gifts for a family in my neighborhood and they wanted to know if I would be willing to take them to the children in their place,” Doran said. “They had just escorted the mother to jail the day before, and they didn’t want to further traumatize the children.”   The incident is one example of ...

Light and Laughter Return to Temple UMC

By: Sherri Gragg   A Path to the Future Psalm 91:11 promises, “Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.” It is a promise Temple UMC trustees desperately needed the first time they walked into their beloved church after Hurricane Harvey. The church where they had worshipped for decades, where they had celebrated marriages, baptized their babies, and found comfort in times of loss…was utterly devastated. When trustee, Charles Morgan, reached the children’s wing he noticed...

Permanent Endowment Fund Announces Important Changes

By: Sherri Gragg   The Permanent Endowment Fund (PEF) of Moody Methodist church is relaunching their grant application process with a freshly constructed website and online grant application system.   Since 1986, the Permanent Endowment Fund has awarded more than $16.5 million in grants to a variety of ministries in the Texas Conference in order to “advance the care of people in the Name and Spirit of Jesus Christ.”   For those ministries in the Texas Conference interested in applying for a ...

The Woodlands UMC Celebrates Forty Years of Ministry

By: Sherri Gragg   Forty years ago, The Woodlands UMC senior pastor, Dr. Edmund W. Robb III, pulled his U-Haul into the fledgling community of The Woodlands. As the moving van rolled to a stop, he took stock of the “soil” of his new church plant. There as an information center, a few new homes, and…pine trees. Lots of pine trees. “How am I going to do this?” he asked himself.   And then, he got busy planting the seeds of ministry.   The Seeds of Ministry Robb began by knocking on doors, ...

¡Avivamiento 2018!

You're invited to ¡Avivamiento 2018! Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 6:30 PM at:  First UMC-Pasadena 1062 Fairmont Parkway Pasadena, TX 77504 El evento tiene como propósito mantener a nuestras congregaciones informadas del enfoque que tendrá el Ministerio Hispano durante los próximos años de manera que todos podamos trabajar en conjunto para alcanzar la meta que nos hemos propuesto de hacer discípulos de todas las naciones y de aumentar la membresía de los Hispanos de nuestra conferencia. Obispo...

2018 Heartspring Tax Seminars for Clergy and Church Staff

Heartspring Methodist Foundation and the Texas Conference are again co-sponsoring seminars for clergy, and church staff or laity participating in the financial management of the local church.   TYLER Tuesday FEBRUARY 13, 2018 Marvin UMC 300 W. Erwin St. Tyler TX 75702 Presenter: Frank Sommerville   HOUSTON Monday FEBRUARY 26, 2018 St. Paul’s UMC 5501 Main St. Houston TX 77004 Presenter: Nate Berneking   Schedule: 8:45-9:15 am:      Registration 9:15-12:15 pm: Clergy Tax Seminar 12:15-1:30 pm:  ...

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Ecumenical Prayer Service

In observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is holding this ecumenical service at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Houston with 10 denominations represented and Dr. Harvey Clemons of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church preaching.  Date: Thursday, January 25 at 7 pm Learn more Location:  St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Houston 5501 S Main St.  Houston, TX 77004 www.stpaulshouston.org

Gastrochurch: Where Are They Now?

By: Sherri Gragg   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 attend? How could she incorporate deep teaching that met their needs? What would church need to look like to foster deep connections between its members?   And then it came to her. ...

Methodists, Mennonites, and a Neighborhood Transformed

By: Sherri Gragg When Penny Moore’s Cypress neighborhood suffered Harvey flooding, she worked alongside an army of volunteers to muck and gut her neighbors’ homes. In less than two weeks, the work was almost complete. Just as it seemed the worst was over, Moore learned of a family in need in Bear Creek.   A Different World “When I turned into that neighborhood, it was like a different world,” she said. Three to four feet of sewage-contaminated water had filled most of the homes in Bear Creek. ...

Parish Nursing: Ministry to Body, Mind, and Soul

By: Sherri Gragg, Photos by Sydnie Mares   Bob Atkinson leaned over the hospital bed where his wife lay cocooned in blankets. Maggie was slipping away, but taking care of Bob was a hard habit to break.   “Are you doing okay?” she asked him.   “Don’t you worry about me,” Bob said. “Linda is taking care of me.”   Holistic Healthcare As a parish nurse, Linda Jenkins plays many different roles. She is an educator and an advocate.  A health counselor and a liaison. A prayer warrior. A grief ...

reVision Houston: Reaching Kids on the Edge

By: Sherri Gragg   Luke chapter eight tells the story of a man who was driven to terrifying violence and destruction by his all-consuming personal torment. His community so feared him, that they exiled him to the tombs outside of their city where he was “kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles.” Luke 8:29 esv.   Until Jesus came.   A few short verses after this hopelessly lost man meets the Messiah, we find him transformed. The one who once “cried out day and night and cut himself,” ...

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