UMTV Video: Rudy Rasmus' Church Growth Tips

2/7/2011
The Rev. Rudy Rasmus' challenge: Make the most of 52 Sundays a year. So far, he has been fairly successful. His congregation, St. John's Downtown United Methodist Church, has grown from nine members to 9,000. St. John’s touches lives in many ways — feeding the homeless by the thousands, operating a shelter and a medical clinic for anyone without insurance, and offering counseling, vocational training and transitional housing. See more   

Video: Prayer Service for Immigration Reform

2/7/2011
An interfaith prayer service was held on January 27, 2011 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston.   The service included Bishop Janice Riggle Huie of the United Methodist Church and as other faith leaders who represent the Greater Houston Area’s denominational diversity and whose mission is to join in faith, prayer and action calling on national leaders to adopt humane and ethical comprehensive immigration reform. If you missed it, video is now online.   Judicatory Leaders Reading ...

Where is my Cross Connection?

2/7/2011
Last week’s inclement weather closed UMR Communications in Dallas, which delayed the printing of the February 4 Cross Connection.   The paper will be in your mailbox soon, and is available online at http://www.txcumc.org/crossconnection.

UMCOR Advance: You CAN Make a Difference

2/3/2011
ARMENIA: ENDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING Alisa (not her real name) fell prey to a human trafficker in her hometown in Armenia. She was just 20 years old and the single mother of an infant child. The trafficker forced her into prostitution by threatening to take away her baby. He kept her enslaved and took all the money she made.   One night, more than a year after her ordeal began, Alisa happened to catch on a television news ticker the hotline number for UMCOR Armenia’s human-trafficking prevention ...

UMCOR Renews Commitment to Haiti a Year after the Quake

2/3/2011
On the occasion of the first anniversary of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) renewed its commitment to walk “hand-in-hand” with the Haitian people on the long road to recovery.   Global Ministries leaders Bishops Bruce Ough and Janice Huie, General Secretary Thomas Kemper, and UMCOR head, Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey, traveled to Haiti and met with Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti (EMH) officials, toured program sites, and renewed the promise of solidarity ...

Child Care for TAC 2011

2/2/2011
Parents of children-infant through 12 years of age, please go to: https://www.kiddiecorp.com/tackids.htm for information about childcare and how to register your child(ren) for TAC 2011 childcare.    There is no charge for childcare if you register before May 3, 2011. After May 3, 2011 there will be a $50.00 late fee for late registration, or for children who arrive for childcare and are not pre-registered. 

Breakfast with the Bishop Event Cancelled

2/2/2011
The minimum attendance needed was not reached for the Breakfast with the Bishop event scheduled for February 19 at Lakeview Conference Center, so it is being cancelled.   See letter from Richard Luna for additional information.  

Local Church Policy Updated

2/2/2011
The local church sample sexual ethics policy has been updated. You can download different formats of the document at: http://www.txcumc.org/sampleethicspolicy  

Change the world May 14th-15th 2011

2/2/2011
Globally, 16 thousand children die from hunger related causes every day. More than 49 million Americans struggle to put enough food on the table. Together, more than 11 million United Methodists can make a difference.   Change the World is a movement to connect United Methodists across the world in hunger relief on May 14th-15th 2011, one weekend-locally and globally. Is your church organization participating? Add your event now! Just fill out the form and we'll include your event on the Rethink...

This Week in Texas Methodist History

2/1/2011
Littleton Fowler Gives Medical Advice February 5, 1844 The letters in the Littleton Fowler Collection at Bridwell Library Perkins School of Theology, SMU constitute one of the most important sources about Texas Methodist history in the 1830s and 1840s. They are full of data about church affairs, preachers, circuits and so on. They also contain a great deal of information about politics, law, medicine, and agriculture.   The letter of February 5, 1844 from Littleton Fowler to Missouri Fowler is ...

Rethinking Worship

2/1/2011
This national event is designed to introduce Worship & Song, a new collection of song and worship resources developed jointly by The General Board of Discipleship and The United Methodist Publishing House. It will take place in Nashville, Tennessee March 1-3, 2011.   The event is open to all, but is geared toward musicians, pastors, and worship planners and leaders.   Learn More About This Event   Download Rethinking Worship & Song Event Brochure  

February Singles Events

2/1/2011
There are several churches around the conference with ministries focused on single adults. See what's going on in February at: http://www.txcumc.org/singlesevents Please to contact Sheri Kelley if you want to include your church's information.  

2011 Children's Ministry Forum

2/1/2011
The 2011 Children's Ministry Forum will be hosted by the Southwest Texas Conference and held in San Antonio, February 22-24. This conference is for children’s ministry leaders in large United Methodist congregations.   This event is sponsored by The General Board of Discipleship and resourced by Cokesbury and The United Methodist Publishing House.   Schedule Event Information Leadership Pre-Conference Seminars Workshop Information Hotel and Transportation Registration   Additional Event ...

Around the Conference - Recent Sermons for Your Enjoyment

2/1/2011
The following links to sermons were selected at random for your enjoyment.   Fight for What's Right, Talk About What's Left – Rev. Keith Whitaker FUMC Pearland http://www.4shared.com/video/WReEl8T7/2011_0130_Traditional_Sermon_K.html   What Gift Can I Bring - Rev. Stephanie Scott Pollard UMC, Tyler http://www.pollardumc.com/templates/System/details.asp?id=41208&PID=668535   The Big Picture – Rev. Tom Stephenson FUMC Orange http://www.fumcorange.org/sermons/   Recipe for the Good Life - Rev. ...

UMW Helps Produce Domestic Violence Documentary

1/31/2011
As a part of United Methodist Women's work to raise awareness in local congregations about the issue of domestic violence, UMW has joined with an interfaith collaboration to produce an hour-long documentary I Believe You: Faiths' Response to Intimate Partner Violence. Learn More      

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