Together in Mission

Three teams. Three sites. Three days. This October, nearly 30 conference leaders practiced servant leadership at locations where the ravages of Hurricane Harvey are still evident some six weeks later.   This year’s ministry outreach marks the 10th year that the Texas Conference Bishop along with ministry ordinands, district superintendents, and Center directors have devoted action-packed days to mission work. “I believe we are the only annual conference that does this type of project on a yearly...

Attitude of Gratitude

It’s fairly easy to be thankful for friends, family and food at this time of year. Fall can also provide the opportunity to make gratefulness an intentional way of life beyond Thanksgiving. How can we maintain an attitude of gratitude in the midst of disaster and random violent tragedies? How can we teach and model this concept? How can we put gratitude in action? Gratitude is what prompts us to pull wet carpet out of a neighbor’s home, hand a hamburger out the window to a homeless person, or ...

UMW Assembly 2018

United Methodist Women Assembly 2018 is a time for fellowship, equipping for service and collectively experiencing God’s call to mission with women, children and youth. Through moving worship, inspiring speakers, engaging exhibits, riveting workshops and town hall-style meetings, participants will leave Assembly with knowledge, courage and determination to change the world as part of a daring and compassionate 150-year-old movement of women committed to turning faith, hope and love into action. ...

Third Sunday Native American Worship November 19:  Jorie and Christie West

This month CONAM welcomes back Jorie and Christie West, who are known for their unique blend of rich, beautiful harmonies.   After working for many years as studio musicians and backup vocalists on the mainland and in Hawaii, they began singing as Sayani (Cherokee word meaning Zion).   They are Cherokee, Creek, and Choctah.  Their 'Sacred Fire' album was written to share their family stories, both past and present, of life as Indians through language and music.     If you have heard them sing, ...

Join us in Prayer for Sutherland Springs

This was a senseless, outrageous and evil act. I am shocked and heartbroken. Our brothers and sisters need our love and prayer support. Please stop whatever you are doing today and throughout the coming weeks and join me in praying for the pastor and families of those who lost loved ones at 11:20 a.m. Scott J. Jones

Holy Family

East Downtown Houston (EADO) is changing as an arts district and residential area take root, bringing new life and color to the dreary former warehouse district.   God is doing something new in East Downtown Houston too. We recently sat down with pastor Jacob Breeze to learn more about Holy Family.   Holy Family is such an unusual church. Was this a dream of yours for a long time? This is something I felt led into, propelled into, wooed into by God. We have said from the beginning that Holy ...

Theology on Tap

Theology on Tap (TOT) is what happens when church and happy hour collide. Six times a year more than 150 young adults of all beliefs and perspectives gather at an inner loop ecumenical setting to have a beer together and discuss matters of faith. This innovative mixer of sorts is the brainchild of several pastors and youth leaders. Two years ago Chapelwood UMC’s young adult ministry leader Rev. Andy Cunningham rallied some young adult ministry leaders in central Houston to discuss how to engage...

102nd Homecoming Celebration - St. Paul, Port Arthur

St. Paul UMC, Port Arthur invites all for a good time in Christian discipleship and fellowship as we celebrate our 102nd Annual Homecoming with Guest Speaker, Rev. Irv White of Windsor Village UMC, Houston. The event will be held Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at 821 Texas Avenue, Port Arthur, TX 77640. For additional information, contact:     Jacqueline Gunner (409) 985-9977    

109th Anniversary - Trinity East UMC, Houston

You are invited to the 109th Anniversary of Trinity East UMC, Houston Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Guest Speaker Bishop Robert E. Hayes, Jr. (Retired) Senior Pastor, Reverend Marilyn M. White  Trinity East United Methodist Church  2418 McGowen Street Houston, Texas 77004  See Flyer

Burning Passion to Preach

Rev. William Sowell, who retired his fireman’s helmet in 2013, knows what it’s like to put his life on the line for something he believes in.  Sound familiar? It’s a theme repeated throughout his favorite book, the Bible.   Pastor Sowell’s calling is to help people. That’s what he enjoyed most about his nearly 30 years as a firefighter in Galveston, and what he loves now about his role as the third pastor of Galilee UMC in Texas City.     “There is no value in life without giving of yourself,” ...

CLT/DLT Launch Event

CLT/DLT Launch Event Nov 16, 2017 Join us for the CLT/DLT Training Event that will take place November 16, 2017 at Lufkin, First UMC (805 E Denman Ave, Lufkin, TX 75901), from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Lunch will be catered, so we need your RSVP by October 31st to to attend this event. See Flyer  

Crowdsource Rescue: Puerto Rico

The Fog of Disaster As Hurricane Harvey roared into Houston, data engineer Matthew Marchetti sat with his business partner Nathan Larson in their leaking office where they are normally busy running their business, Phase Four.   But this day was different because Harvey had arrived, and Harvey was no ordinary hurricane. Soon, Matthew watched in dismay as his phone began to light up as members of his church, Chapelwood UMC, began calling out for rescue to fellow members who were desperately trying...

It’s Raining Gift Cards

The spouses of UMC clergy delivered love, in the form of thousands of gift cards, to other UMC clergy spouses who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey’s widespread flooding.   Along the Texas Gulf Coast it’s raining again, but this time it’s raining gift cards.   When word spread that approximately 30 clergy in the Texas Annual Conference were personally dealing with water in their homes, dozens of other clergy spouses flew into action.   The annual Texas Conference Clergy Spouse Association ...

Kid-Sized Kindness

If her eyes are not focused on a favorite book, fourth grader Emily Trumbature has a knack to spot people in need most everywhere she goes. When a classmate forgot her lunch money, Emily paid her way. After meeting a homeless woman at the park, Emily rallied her mom to make a fast food run so she could bless the hungry lady with bags of food and bottles of water. When the woman thanked her, Emily replied, “Remember God loves you just like he loves me.”   Her adult-like behaviors are evident ...

Leading, Loving, Learning

Retreats bring a special opportunity to share new insights and inspirations in a large group setting. This fall, 16 church groups across the north, east and northwest experienced this firsthand at the kickoff retreats for a program called ABIDE.  Developed by small member church experts from Spiritual Leadership Inc., ABIDE places the focus on discipleship and spiritual growth instead of numerical growth.  As the Daingerfield FUMC team facilitator, Erica Koolstra enjoys leading her four ...

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