Ivorian Group Barricaded Near Battle

4/7/2011
Bishop Benjamin Boni and others were locked inside the United Methodist radio station building in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on April 6, as fighting continued around the presidential palace nearby. The head of The United Methodist Church in Côte d’Ivoire had taken shelter in the lower level of the building, which is on the same compound as the bishop’s residence, regional church offices and Jubilee United Methodist Church. The station is about five minutes’ drive from the presidential residence, ...

Recent Sermons from Around the Conference

4/7/2011
The following links to sermons were selected at random for your enjoyment. They are listed in no particular order.   When God Calls – Rev. Paula Behrens Chappell Hill UMC http://www.chappellhillumc.org/newpages/Sermons.htm   Taming the Tongue – Dr. Tom Pace St. Luke’s – Houston http://www.stlukesmethodist.org/worship/sermons/     The Evangelist Has a Shady Past - Dr. Jerry Neff FUMC Conroe http://www.fumc-conroe.org/templates/System/details.asp?id=32980&PG=xcast&LID=1879   Going Deeper in Prayer...

Leadership Summit Survey and Video Available

4/7/2011
Bishops, past General and Jurisdictional conference delegates, annual (regional) conference leaders, young leaders and emerging leaders from all annual conferences were invited to take part in a webcast on April 6. The archived video is now online. Be sure to take the survey (Available through April 10)   Access the survey in other languages and read more information on the leadership summit at: http://www.umcleadershipsummit.org/ Learn more about the Call to Action report and ...

League City UMC to Make a Difference

4/7/2011
League City UMC will demonstrate how they can make a difference in the world during the Change the World event (May 14-15th) by bringing their sewing ministry group together to make items with special fabric from Cote d’Ivoire.    They will pick up 24 yards of fabric next week and plan to make aprons and pastor's stoles and other items to be sold at Annual Conference 2011 to help raise money for the Adopt a Student program for the students in Cote d’Ivoire.    As Cote d'Ivoire's conflict is ...

In Cote d’Ivoire, Prayers for a Quick Resolution

4/6/2011
As the conflict in Cote d’Ivoire appeared to be reaching its climax today, United Methodist Church sources there and in the United States called for prayer for a quick resolution and the restoration of peace in the West African country. “If ever there was a time to pray, this is it,” said the Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey, head of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). “Pray for a quick resolution, one that can bring peace.” In Abidjan, the Ivorian commercial capital, a spokesperson for ...

Leadership Summit Invites Global Sharing

4/6/2011
An April 6 webcast will help United Methodist leaders and church members focus on how to make the short- and long-term changes necessary to meet the denomination’s future challenges. The United Methodist Church Leadership Summit, slated for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Central Time, will be webcast from Nashville with conversation groups organized in episcopal areas. “The Council of Bishops and Connectional Table are hoping to create informed conversation about the adaptive challenge facing our church,” said...

Exploring General Conference Free Online Course

4/5/2011
“Exploring General Conference” (EGC101) is a free, basic online course that outlines how General Conference operates and how it can affect the lives of United Methodists everywhere. It is perfect for anyone attending General Conference, including communicators and delegates, and United Methodists interested in learning more about how the denomination makes decisions. This course is an ongoing session that you can access and explore at your own pace with discussion forums moderated by ...

This Week in Texas Methodist History

4/5/2011
Cornerstone Laid for Kirby Hall at SMU, April 3, 1924. As SMU was ending its first decade of existence, the School of Theology finally found a home of its own, Kirby Hall. The cornerstone of that building was laid during the Fondren Lectures on April 3, 1924. The cornerstone was laid by three MECS bishops, Boaz, Moore, and Mouzon and Bishop Herbert Welch.   Read more at the Texas Methodist History Blog  

Update: Cote d'Ivoire City of Abidjan Under Fire

4/5/2011
UPDATE: French and U.N. forces bombarded targets in Abidjan under the control of Laurent Gbagbo on April 4. The attacks were part of an effort to prevent pro-Gbagbo forces from using heavy weapons on the civilian population, news reports said. Meanwhile, more soldiers arrived in Côte d’Ivoire’s largest city to prepare for a final battle to oust Gbagbo, who has refused to relinquish the presidency since losing an election last November. Bishop Benjamin Boni, leader of The United Methodist Church ...

Women's Division Commissioning, Board Meeting Plenaries to be Streamed Live

4/5/2011
The Women's Division cordially invites you for as we commission 10 deaconesses and one home missioner Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm Eastern. Read a Lenten reflection by Scott and Mollie Vickery, both of whom will be commissioned on Thursday. Follow along with the service by downloading the Service of Commissioning Bulletin. (PDF, 17pp, 1800K)  Friday, April 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm Eastern Semi-Annual Meeting of Women's Division Board Directors: Opening Worship, Deputy General Secretary Harriett...

Chapelwood UMC Launches Roku Channel

4/4/2011
Chapelwood United Methodist Church is currently one of less than a dozen churches in the nation to have their own channel accessible on the new Roku streaming Internet player.  As explained on the official Roku Web site, www.roku.com, Roku is a little box that allows you to instantly stream tons of entertainment on your TV. Watch movies and TV shows from Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon Instant Video, listen to music on Pandora, catch the latest ballgame, and more — it's all available whenever you ...

Bay Area United Methodist Churches Care for Their Community

4/4/2011
The weekend of March 25-27, 200 volunteers from five United Methodist churches in the Bay Area joined together to help community members in need in Baytown and the surrounding area.   Called “Faith in Action: Bay Area United Methodists, United in Caring,” the weekend-long event challenged church members to put their “faith in action” by completing 44 service projects at over 30 sites within the community.  Projects included power washing, painting, yard work, cleaning, light repairs, building ...

Heartspring Methodist Foundation Funds Dreams that Spring from the Heart

4/4/2011
The generous and glorious return on investment – of time and resources – is among the reasons HeartSpring Methodist Foundation’s President and Chief Executive Officer loves showing up for work.   “I love going to my job, because 90 percent of my time is spent with churches or other people who want to help other people and do things to the glory of God,” said Rev. C.J. Taylor, who has served the people of the Texas Annual Conference through its foundation for 14 years.   With more than $77 ...

Newly Chartered Church's Mission is to "Shed God's Love to Inspire Christ-Centered Living"

4/4/2011
Say ‘hello’ to the newest church in the Texas Annual Conference - The Watershed UMC.  The Watershed chartered on February 6, 2011 in a service that was both meaningful and exciting.  The Watershed exists to “shed God’s love to inspire Christ-centered living.”  It began worshipping weekly in February of 2008 and has withstood hurricanes, the economic downturn, and the challenges of meeting in a school to become a thriving congregation averaging 140+ in attendance so far this year.    “When we ...

Scholarships Awarded to 61 Students from the Texas Annual Conference

4/4/2011
The Texas United Methodist College Association has announced that 61 students from the Texas Conference have received TUMCA scholarship funds for the current academic year.   TUMCA funds come from the United Methodist congregations in Texas for use by students from these congregations to attend Southwestern, Lon Morris, SMU, McMurry or Texas Wesleyan schools and universities.   These funds make the vital difference in opening the door to academic and spiritual growth on one of our fine campuses....

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