UMCOR Responds to Emergency in Brazil

1/26/2011
At least 20,000 people have been forced from their homes or left homeless by the intense rains that provoked deadly mudslides in the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. According to authorities, at least 806 people were killed and as many as 300 remain missing.   Bishop Paulo Lockmann, of Igreja Metodista em Brasil (IMB, the Methodist Church in Brazil) called the disaster “one of the most difficult moments of our ministerial life” and said, “I share the pain of our people.”   The most severely ...

United Methodist Publishing House Launches Mobile Application

1/26/2011
Looking for a mobile daily Bible study? Yes, there is an app for that, and it is currently free! The United Methodist Publishing House’s (UMPH) Daily Bible Study is now just a click or touch away.   Daily Bible Study is now available for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch devices. The application offers a daily thought, Scripture reading, commentary, and prayer and allows you to share content with friends via Facebook, Twitter or email. UMPH’s first mobile application is free through February in the iTunes ...

New Guidelines for Displays at Annual Conference

1/25/2011
The 2011 Session of the Texas Annual Conference will be held at The George R. Brown Convention Center and The Hilton Americas Hotel. The displays will be located in the George R. Brown meeting halls located next to the General Assembly Theater.   Please read the rules carefully, as there have been reservation changes, so that you fully understand our display procedures. The dates of Conference are May 29 – June 1, 2011.   All tables will be provided with covers and skirts and each table will be...

Texas Annual Conference 2012 Location Announced

1/25/2011
Plans are underway for the 2011 and 2012 annual conferences. Updated information regarding meals and meetings will be available in future editions of the Cross Connection.   The most current information always is available online at www.txcumc.org/TAC2011.   After making site visits in December to Bryan-College Station, the Galveston Convention Center and Galveston’s Moody Gardens, the Annual Conference Planning Team has recommended that the 2012 Annual Conference be held at the Galveston ...

2011 Prayer Conference

1/25/2011
What do you say when you pray?  This question is asked over and over again – by beginning pray-ers as well as the most experienced pray-ers.    Friendswood United Methodist Church will be hosting the 2011 Prayer Conference with Pastor Suzette Caldwell on February 26 – 27.   This two-day seminar with Pastor Suzette Caldwell will help take the mystery out of prayer and empower pray-ers with the information they need to pray effectively.  Pastor Suzette Caldwell, wife of Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell,...

Seeking Pastoral Wisdom - Order of Elder's Retreat

1/25/2011
The Order of Elders retreat is offered for your spiritual and physical renewal. This year it will be held at Lakeview, March 1-3, 2011.   Dr. Alyce McKenzie, Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology at SMU will be leading the retreat.   Bishop Janice Riggle Huie will have a special forum on Thursday morning and will preach at our closing worship.   Be sure to register by Feb. 23, 2011.   Download Brochure for more information  

This Week in Texas Methodist History

1/24/2011
Henry Young (Heinrich Jung) Preaches to Huge Crowd on Galveston Bay January 25, 1846 The earliest German Methodist preacher who can be identified in Texas is Henry Young (Heinrich Jung) who was transferred from the German Mission in New Orleans to Galveston by Bishop Soule at the Mississippi Annual Conference of December 1845. Most Methodist work among Germans was around Cincinnati, but by 1844 both New Orleans and Mobile had German Methodist missions. Young came to Galveston and according to...

More than Rubble: Haiti Displays Touch Hearts

1/24/2011
On Jan. 12, pedestrians traversing San Antonio’s Main Plaza moved swiftly from place to place in the uncharacteristically chilly temps.  Still they took time to notice the three tons of rubble tidily showcased in a 10-foot clear cube silhouetted against the age-old San Fernando Cathedral. The United Methodist Church placed the debris there – as well as in Atlanta; Kansas City, Mo.; and Charlotte, N.C. – to remind people that hundreds of miles away in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, an earthquake one year...

Haiti Photo Essay

1/20/2011
Deborah Hage, who has done work in a medical clinic, orphanage and school run by the Methodist Church of Haiti, recently returned from Port au Prince – following the one-year anniversary of the earthquake. See her photo-essay which was published online by “Summit County Citizens Voice.”  

U.M. Army to Host Golf Tournaments

1/20/2011
U.M. ARMY is hosting two Golf Tournaments in the Texas Conference in 2011 to help raise funds to continue to grow and expand the youth home repair mission ministry in the Texas Conference and into new regions.   The first is scheduled for Saturday March 26 at Gleannloch Pines in Spring, and the second will be at Raven’s Nest in Huntsville in the Fall (date TBA when the course schedule is available).   Additionally, one is being hosted in the North Texas Conference April 2 at Ridgeview Ranch in...

Social Principles Bulletin Inserts Available

1/20/2011
The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has developed bulletin inserts featuring individual United Methodist Social Principles. The new resource, designed to be included in church worship bulletins, can be downloaded for free from the agency’s Web site. Twelve Social Principles under the Social Community are in the first release of inserts. The inserts highlight positions approved by the denomination’s highest policy-making body, the General Conference, on issues such as immigrants, health...

UMCOR - Ways You Can Help

1/19/2011
SRI LANKA: NEARLY ONE MILLION PEOPLE AFFECTED BY FLOODING Nearly a million people have been affected by severe flooding in Sri Lanka since monsoon rains began to pelt the island nation on December 26. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), which has a program office in the hardest hit area, Batticaloa, is preparing to respond.   About 967,000 people have been affected, including nearly 200,000 who have been displaced from their homes, says the United Nations Office for the ...

Around the Conference – Recent Sermons

1/19/2011
The following links to sermons were selected at random for your enjoyment. They are listed in no particular order.   Rev. Ernie Turney – The Witness Bering Memorial UMC, Houston http://www.beringumc.org/wit.htm   Rev. Rob Renfroe – Mistaken Identity The Woodlands UMC http://www.thewoodlandsumc.org/message/traditional       Dr. Dave Meadows – Welcoming Christ into Our Lives Cornerstone UMC, Houston http://cornerstoneumc.org/wordpress/   Rev. Elizabeth Duffin – Here and Hereafter Lakewood UMC, ...

This Week in Texas Methodist History

1/19/2011
Wesleyan College Receives Charter January 16, 1844. Sam Houston had an interesting signature. The capital S in “Sam” was a bit ambiguous. It often looked more like an “I” than an “S.” The result was a signature that proclaimed “I am Houston.” On January 16, 1844 he used that signature to complete the process of chartering Wesleyan College in San Augustine. San Augustine was an important place in the Republic of Texas. The main land route by which immigrants, traders, and other travelers came ...

Haiti: After the Earthquake

1/18/2011
United Methodist News Service shares images from Haiti just after a massive earthquake hit in January 2010, and nine months later. All photos by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service. For more information about United Methodist efforts in Haiti, go to http://www.umc.org/haiti/ Related Article: Haiti Makes Slow, but Measurable Progress

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