The Texas Conference Choir Clinic

3/8/2011
The Texas Conference Choir Clinic for 2011 will be held June 13-17th at the newly renovated Lakeview Methodist Conference Center near Palestine, TX.   This year is the 60th anniversary of the choir clinic and the theme for the week is “Seasons To Celebrate.”   Under the leadership of Worship Designer, Marcia McFee, attendees will lift up three of the Church’s most ancient celebrations: Epiphany (including birth of Jesus and Baptism), Easter (the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, Good ...

Intergenerational Ministry Summit

3/7/2011
Intergenerational Ministry Summit at Mt. Sequoyah March 24-26 Join those who have blended generations to become fruitful congregations. Keynote speaker: Tex Sample, a specialist in church and society, a storyteller, author, workshop leader and consultant, will keynote the Summit. Explore generational attitudes and differences and how they impact adult involvement in the local church. Learn from others about addressing those generational differences as you create mission teams, facilitate ...

Christ UMC Celebrates Restorative Justice Sunday

3/7/2011
Where else but in God’s house would you find prison inmates, preachers, guards, prison employees, volunteers, church members and families – with 4  to 70 year olds ­­– all sitting down together in fellowship and reveling in the joyful spiritual freedom that God provides? That’s exactly what happened at Christ United Methodist Church of Sugar Land on February 6, as they celebrated Restorative Justice Sunday.   Three inmates from the Carol Vance unit traveled from the prison and gave testimonies ...

Katy Prayer Quilt Ministry Delivers Quilt 200

3/7/2011
St. Peter’s UMC’s Prayer Quilt Ministry recently distributed its 200th quilt to someone in need of extra care and prayers.   This 3-year-old ministry uses donated fabrics to sew a unique quilt for each person. Recipients include church members as well as guests, members’ families and friends, and Katy-area residents. They may be experiencing the loss of a loved one, suffering from illness or injury, or dealing with some other difficult situation.   Once a quilt is completed, the group prays ...

Celebration Women’s Spring Conference - ‘Seeking True Happiness’

3/7/2011
Women today are a generation of seekers; our desire for happiness is one of the most basic facts of human existence. Walk into your favorite bookstore and you will notice shelves of books offering popular advice on how to live a happy life. Guidance on how to achieve happiness effortlessly — happiness that is typically associated with financial prosperity, professional success, physical appearance, material prosperity, cars, homes, dream vacations — has become a million dollar industry today.   ...

Multi Youth Group Lock-In

3/7/2011
First UMC Conroe is hosting “Dynomite Night” – Multi Youth Group Lock-In. The event is open to any youth group who wants to come. It will take place March 25 at FUMC in Conroe from 8:30 pm - 7:00 am. See Promotional Video.   Download registration form Contact Jonathan Davis for more information: jdavis@fumc-conroe.org      

Hispanic Ministries See Growth, Seek Partnerships

3/4/2011
Over the past several years, Hispanic ministries in the Texas Annual Conference have reported seeing significant spiritual and congregational growth. Because of this, the Texas Conference Committee on Hispanic Ministries is working on rebuilding itself to equip churches for growth in 2011 and beyond.   In February, the committee met to define their Kingdom concept and to begin developing a focused, yet comprehensive, vision and mission relevant to their mission field as well as their current ...

New Online Bible Study Explores Contemporary Faith Issues

3/3/2011
The United Methodist Church is set to debut an online Bible study beginning March 14, where participants will have an opportunity to explore and discuss contemporary topics and how they relate to the Christian faith in response to the call to Rethink Church. Participants who sign on for the Encounter Faith Bible study, available for free at RethinkChurch.org/encounterfaith, will be looking through a lens of faith at timely issues making headlines and creating conversation, such as the ...

Designated Relief Giving Soars in 2010: Missionary Support Holds Even

3/3/2011
Total United Methodist designated mission giving soared in 2010 as a result of response to the earthquake in Haiti. Designated gifts for missionary support held steady from 2009 to 2010. Figures released by The Advance for Christ and His Church, a designated mission giving channel, indicate that the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) received $62,338,768 through this source last year. Of this, $43,909,314 was earmarked for relief and rehabilitation in Haiti, devastated by an earthquake...

Around the Conference – Recent Sermons

3/3/2011
The following links to sermons were selected at random for your enjoyment.   The Marshmellow Test – Rev. Robert Stutes  Bellville UMC http://www.bellvilleumc.org/site/audiodownloads.asp?sec_id=140003433&dlyear=0&dlcat=Sermons   Fruit of the Spirit: Abiding - Rev. Jim Bass FUMC Friendswood http://www.friendswoodumc.com/templates/System/details.asp?id=24232&PG=xCast&LID=5921   Have You Heard What Was Said? – Rev. Tommy Burton Williams Memorial, Texarkana http://www.welcometowilliams.net/categor...

Missional Sewing Project - Special Fabric

3/3/2011
Do you sew?  Are you looking for a mission project? Do you want to be part of a team getting ready for annual conference? There is a project for you!    The Texas Conference received a large amount of fabric last April from our Methodist friends in Cote d’Ivoire. This fabric was designed especially for the Texas Annual Conference and was to be sold to help raise money to support the Cote d’Ivoire Adopt a Student program. Though some of the fabric was sold last year at conference and is still ...

Single Clergy Retreat April 12 - 14

3/2/2011
TAC single clergy are invited to attend an inspiring 3-day Renew Retreat provided by the Soderquist Center (all expenses paid except for travel).  Space is limited and priority is given to DCM participants.    Register as soon as possible by contacting Barbara Eoff at beoff@txcumc.org.     Additional Information 

De Kalb First United Methodist Church Celebrates 175

3/2/2011
De Kalb First United Methodist Church will celebrate 175 years of ministry with a special worship service at 10:50 a.m. Sunday, March 6, at the church’s sanctuary, 210 Austin Street in De Kalb, Texas.           Bishop Janice Riggle Huie of the Texas Annual Conference, will participate in the worship service and will be preaching the service as the church reflects on its history with an enthusiasm for the future.   The history of De Kalb First United Methodist Church, one of the oldest ...

GCFA Tax Packet

3/2/2011
Each year, the General Council on Finance and Administration posts a tax packet to their website that contains general information on tax issues of interest to United Methodist clergy, local churches, annual conferences, and others.   See the packet  

Imagine No Malaria Gifts top $15 Million

3/2/2011
Gifts to Imagine No Malaria recently surpassed $15 million, thanks to caring United Methodists who donated to special offerings and participated in fundraisers to wipe out the mosquito-borne disease. And every dollar helps. The World Health Organization reported that in 2008 there were 247 million cases of malaria and nearly a million deaths. In Africa, a child dies from malaria every 45 seconds; the disease accounts for 20 percent of all childhood deaths. Since The United Methodist Church ...

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