532 Churches Pay 100% Apportionments

2/12/2019
The Texas Annual Conference extends a special thank you to the 532 TAC congregations that paid their apportionments in full during this past year. See the full list .   

BMCR Holy Spirit Convocation Sunday

2/12/2019
Join BMCR at Journey of Faith UMC for a time of fervent prayer, uplifting praise, and a fresh encounter of the Holy Spirit. After it's all said and done, it is essential that our leaders and prayer warriors from around the Texas Annual Conference connect with the one who holds all things together.   'HOLY SPIRIT' CONVOCATION SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2019 3:00pm at 130 Atascocita Road Humble, TX 77396 REV. STEPHEN GOLDSMITH, Lead Pastor For additional information, please call BMCR President Frankie ...

Moody PEF Accepting Letters of Intent

2/12/2019
The Permanent Endowment Fund of Moody Methodist Church is currently accepting online letters of intent for 2019 Texas Annual Conference grants through Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Texas Annual Conference churches and affiliated institutes interested in applying for consideration must submit the letter of intent by the deadline using the PEF’s online grant application system. Letters of intent will not be accepted in any other format. For more information on how to apply, please visit the PEF’s ...

Third Sunday Native American Worship February 17

2/11/2019
February 17th Third Sunday Native American Worship will be a wonderful service with Bryan Jacobs speaking about his family's trip to New Zealand learning and sharing with the Maori people.  Bryan is also providing music and another member of the family will be speaking as well.     Stay for the potluck and more time with the family to hear about our indigenous brothers and sisters on the other side of the world.  Bring friends!! Date: February 17, 2019 Time: 4:00pm at   LOCATION: St. Marks ...

Church Photos Needed for Annual Conference

1/28/2019
The Worship Team for Annual Conference 2019 needs your help.  We would like to gather as many photos of our churches as we can to represent the beauty of all our churches across the conference. We’re looking for folks to submit images of the following: Any or all of your stained glass windows A shot of your sanctuary A wide shot of the exterior of your church A close up of the sign for your church outside A wide shot of the sign for your church outside Tips for shooting stained glass: Turn ...

Bethany: New Ministry, New Life

1/24/2019
By: Sherri Gragg En Español   New Mission, New Name The new year has big things in store for under resourced children throughout the Texas Annual Conference as the We Love All God’s Children Initiative takes bold new steps into the future beginning with a new name. Former Bethany UMC is now “We Love All God’s Children: A United Methodist Children’s Center.”   Throughout the last weeks of 2018, the campus underwent renovations to prepare for its new season of ministry. “We have worked diligently...

Childcare Deserts No More: We Love All God’s Children

1/24/2019
By: Sherri Gragg   Paycheck to Paycheck Imagine…   You are a single parent of two young children. Perhaps you have a good job in an office somewhere in Houston keeping the books or answering the phone.   Or maybe, your job isn’t that great. Perhaps you are one of thousands who work not one, but two jobs, in the fast food industry just trying to keep a roof over your children’s heads, food in their stomachs, and clothes on their backs.   Either way, you are living paycheck to paycheck.   Now, ...

Grace Upon Grace: A Texas Pastor Receives a Miracle Kidney Transplant

1/24/2019
By: Sherri Gragg  En Español   Rapid Decline Five years ago, when the Rev. Yuri Carralero left Cuba with his family for life and ministry in the United States, he was experiencing the early symptoms of kidney disease, but a trip to the doctor revealed his kidney function was holding steady at 97 percent.   Toward the end of 2017, only a few months after he and his family were appointed to Greggton UMC Longview, Carralero’s symptoms worsened dramatically. New testing revealed his kidney function...

Invitational, Relational, Intentional: A Simple Gospel

1/24/2019
Rev. Andrew Payne with his family. By: Sherri Gragg   A Simple Gospel In 1757, John Wesley wrote to a Miss Furly, challenging her to never lose sight of the foundation of her faith. “When I talked with you last, you could relish the simplicity of the gospel…Do not soften the plain, rough gospel: Do not measure back your steps to earth again.”   Throughout 2018, Lakeside UMC Houston relentlessly pursued the “simplicity of the gospel.” Growth in almost every area of ministry followed. “I really ...

Media Relations 101

1/24/2019
By: Shannon W. Martin When a crisis occurs, and the news media begins asking you questions, pastors are often pushed past their comfort zone. After all, Media Relations 101 is not a class offered in seminary! So here are five tips to get you started in dealing with the media, especially when your church reputation is on the line! 1. Be prepared The number one rule when talking to the media is, “be prepared.” When a journalist calls your church for an interview, ask for the journalist’s ...

Unity and Service: MLK Brunch Honors the Life and Sacrifice of Dr. Martin Luther King

1/24/2019
Photos by Dr. Vincent Harris   By: Sherri Gragg   Unity and Service Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) hosted “A Unity and Service Brunch” in honor of the life and service of Dr. Martin Luther King. The event, held at The Power Center, Houston, Texas, was attended by 382 people. This year’s theme of “Unity and Service” reflects BMCR’s new president, Mrs. Frankie Watson’s, theme for the three years she will hold the office. During her tenure, Watson will focus all BMCR’s initiatives and ...

What is General Conference?

1/24/2019
The United Methodist Church is hosting a special session of General Conference in February 2019, but what does that mean?   Officially, General Conference is the only body that can speak on behalf of the United Methodist denomination. The voting delegation is made up of almost 1,000 delegates comprised of 50% clergy and 50% laity who were elected as representatives by their annual conferences all around the world. This representative body is The General Conference, and it makes decisions ...

Dean’s Discussion: The Familiar Becomes Unfamiliar – Hearing the Prodigal Son through Music.

1/22/2019
Dean’s Discussion: "The Familiar Becomes Unfamiliar – Hearing the Prodigal Son through Music" will be presented by Duke Divinity School Dean Dr. L. Gregory Jones and Dr. Jeremy Begbie, distinguished professor of theology and pianist.  They will explore how our imaginations can be refreshed, so that we see familiar things in entirely new ways, and find new possibilities where we thought there none. Performing at the piano, Dr Begbie will show how music can help us re-hear one of the best known ...

We Love All God’s Children Health Fair and Peacekeepers Workshop

1/22/2019
Loving All God’s Children Health Fair Saturday, February 16, 2019 Trinity United Methodist Church 2600 Holman 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.   Hosted by the United Methodist Churches in the Third Ward   Featuring Panelists:  Dr. Natalie Carroll, OB/GYN   Dr. Jaime Middleton, OB/GYN   Dr. Ashley Butler, Clinical  Psychologist   Dr. Christopher Greeley, Pediatrician   Dr. Titilope Fasipe, Pediatric Hematologist   Dr. Brian Reed, Family Practice   The Methodist Children’s Home- Foster Care Program   Other ...

Art as Ministry: St. Paul’s Houston

1/10/2019
Photos courtesy Kelsey Johnson, Executive Director of Communications, St. Paul’s UMC Houston. Art by Ibraim Nascimento Santos.  By: Sherri Gragg   It began as so many beautiful ministries do, with a friendship.   The Rev. Nataly Negrete, Associate Pastor St. Paul’s Houston, met Helen Spaw one afternoon during an after-school program for St. Paul’s United Methodist children. Negrete was working in the program. Spaw, an art therapist, was teaching art. Connections were made. Friendship blossomed....

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