Singing for Hope

4/25/2019
By Lindsay Peyton Each year, singer songwriter Bill Nash joins the congregation at Pasadena’s Hope Community United Methodist Church in prayer. Then, at the end of services, he picks up his guitar and takes the stage.   He also tells his story and asks for help.   “When he makes his appeal, it’s pretty impressive,” Senior Pastor Jack Womack said. “It’s hard to say no.”   Nash tells the congregation about the non-profit summer camp he runs with his wife Kim.   Even though it happened decades ...

Thursday Night Church Works for Millennials: Weekends are too Full

4/25/2019
By Lindsay Peyton - En Español Churches across the nation are competing with soccer, baseball and sometimes just “sleeping in.” So one worship community in College Station, Texas decided to try something different to reach millennials. And it’s working!   Rev. Daniel Lumpee has always marched to his own beat.   His call to ministry came at a young age, at 13 years old, when most other kids had not even begun to think about their careers.   “God made it really clear that this is what I was ...

United Methodist Pastor Does Whatever It Takes to Serve: Veterans and Hungry Children

4/25/2019
By Lindsay Peyton Maud UMC is known in the community as the place to go for those in need. The church provides over 5,000 meals for hungry children each summer and has joined forces with a non-profit to serve veterans and others with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).   The Rev. Ross Hyde jokes that he is known as the “crazy preacher.”   “I’m out there,” he said with a laugh. “I’m not normal.”   One day, he’s in a suit; the next he’s in jeans, helping out at the thrift store or in the ...

PAUMCS Certification Available Online; Announces Conference Dates for April 2020

4/23/2019
Professional Administrators serving in local churches, districts, schools, annual conferences or the general Church can earn professional certification online. Online sessions allow participants to learn at their pace and it significantly reduces the cost of attendance. The full course is $300. Registration is now open. Register at https://gcfa.arlo.co/. For more details about the professional organization, visit www.PAUMCS.org.  The 37th Annual Conference of the Professional Administrators ...

United Methodists Edge Toward Breakup Over LGBT Policies

4/23/2019
By David Crary There’s at least one area of agreement among conservative, centrist and liberal leaders in the United Methodist Church: America’s largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors. The differences have simmered for years, and came to a head in February at a conference in St. Louis where delegates voted 438-384 for a proposal called the Traditional Plan, which strengthens bans on ...

Disaster Ministries Respond to Communities Hit by Tornadoes in East Texas

4/15/2019
On Saturday, April 13, 2019, several severe storms swept across the Texas Annual Conference as the southern edge of the season’s second “Bomb Cyclone” moved east across the south-central US.   Franklin, about 45 minutes north of College Station was hit hard as a confirmed tornado moved through Robertson County. Initial reports indicated that over 20 residences had sustained severe damage. Multiple injuries were also reported. Almost immediately, Rev. Polly Standing began coordinating with West ...

Annual Conference 2019: A Future With Hope

4/11/2019
By: Roy Maynard   The theme of the upcoming Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is “A Future with Hope.” As Bishop Scott J. Jones writes, “we must … remind ourselves that God is God and is still in charge. We belong to a pilgrim church that is not perfect.”   The Conference is a time to come together in unity and to “seek ways to move forward in a loving relationship with one another.”   The conference is slated for May 26-29 at the Houston Hilton-Americas; it’s moved back ...

Bikers & Tattoos: Sharing the Love of Jesus With Millions Across America

4/11/2019
By Lindsay Peyton - En Español A unique journey started when an unusual biker patch caught the attention of the Rev. Jamie Lea and his wife Kandace. It read, “Black Sheep: Harley-Davidsons for Christ.”   Before long, the pastor from Crosby UMC learned all about the Black Sheep Ministry, a Gospel for those who prefer two wheels and Harleys.   “It brings together our love of Christ and our love of bikes,” Rev. Lea said. “And Kandace and I love to ride.”   The story behind the 20-year old ...

Church Begins Awaken Service: Reaching Former Inmates For Jesus

4/11/2019
By: Roy Maynard There are always new faces at Bryan FUMC’s contemporary service—about a third of its attendees come from a nearby halfway house for women transitioning from prison, and for many, those services are their first taste of freedom.   The Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BVCASA) has a Transitional Treatment Facility just six blocks away. It serves both men and women who have just been released from prison, but the church mostly sees the women. That’s because ...

Easter Not About Eggs and Bunnies for These Texas Churches: New Ways to Share the Gospel

4/11/2019
By Lindsay Peyton - En Español A number of United Methodist Churches are ensuring that the reason of the Easter season does not get lost in the midst of egg hunts, colorful candy-filled baskets and bunny visits. Instead, congregations are talking about the resurrection in new ways and even different places, imprinting the story on greater numbers and even the youngest disciples.   At FUMC, Longview associate pastor the Rev. Becca Newcomb and children’s director Loren Buchanan have created a ...

Extra Innings: ‘Rac’ Slider and the Amazing Grays

4/11/2019
By: Roy Maynard Rac Slider’s days playing and coaching professional baseball are over, but the lessons he learned still apply today. As he participates in the De Kalb First United Methodist Church’s Amazing Grays group for seniors, playing 42, dominoes and other games, he shares his time and wisdom with his friends and visitors.   “Baseball is just like life itself,” says Rac (which is short for Rachel). “You have your ups and downs, you make your mistakes and try to correct them and go on ...

Learning Begins with Love: Church Partners with a University to Create a Charter School

4/11/2019
By: Roy Maynard For many years one United Methodist Church in Spring, Texas did not know how to connect with their community. Then they developed a strategy that began to pay off, which led them partnering with a large University to start a charter school.   For Pastor Luis of Cypress Trails UMC, the church’s charter school is another way to connect with families in an economically distressed area of Spring, Texas. And as families become more connected, the community becomes stronger, he ...

Small Town United Methodist Church Pastor Named Citizen of the Year

4/11/2019
By: Roy Maynard. Photo by: David Kapitan, Van Zandt News For Rev. David Cartwright, being recognized at the grocery store or on a downtown sidewalk is more important than the recognition he received last month, when the Wills Point Chamber of Commerce named him Citizen of the Year. But the Chamber says that the pastor, Rotarian and after-school tutor has made a real difference in the small town of about 3,500.   “David has been very willing to give tirelessly of his time and talents to the ...

Christ Centered Evangelism Conference: Bishops and an All Star Roster

4/10/2019
By Lindsay Peyton Sometimes it’s hard to remained focus on the main thing – even when staying true to your course is key.   “In difficult times, it is crucial to remember our most important values, purposes and activities and to live into them more fully,” said Bishop Scott J. Jones of the Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.   In other words, he said, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”   This phrase stuck out to the Rev. Kip Gilts, District ...

2019 UMM Conference

4/8/2019
2019 UMM Annual Conference The 2019 event will be held May 17-19, 2019 at Cypress Bend Resort. This year’s UMM Conference is hosting  a Golf Tournament &  Fishing Tournament at the Nation’s #1 Bass Fishing Lake! We’ll gather for fun and fellowship Friday night & the Golf and Fishing takes place Saturday morning. During the day Saturday there will be seminars and time for leisure! Saturday evening is when Prizes will be awarded, we’ll hear from our National Speaker and have a great time of ...

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