Grace's Kitchen - A 'God-Send' to Many

5/4/2011
One definition of the word Grace is an act or instance of kindness and courtesy. That could be one of the many descriptions of Grace’s Kitchen, a food ministry of Cedar Bayou Grace UM C.  Grace’s Kitchen has been providing a hot meal each Wednesday evening for anyone who walks through the doors. The dinner is served out of the Pruett campus located at 305 N. Pruett Street, from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Promptly at 6 p.m., diners line up to take home any food that is left.   Grace’s Kitchen began ...

Women's Quilting Ministry Celebrates Five Years With Donation to Shriners

5/4/2011
Five years ago, a group of ladies with a similar interest in sewing decided to form the Alba UMC Quilters. The organization started as a way for the ladies to visit and work on projects to share with home-bound individuals, care center residents, and those in hospitals.  Each fall, quilts and other creations are sold during the Alba Fair with proceeds providing for the purchase of fabrics and other sewing notions required for this on-going ministry.   While the primary item created by the ...

Spring Storms Special Hotline

5/2/2011
Spring Storms Special Hotline “Love your neighbor as yourself.” So simple. So powerful. So much at the heart of who we are as United Methodists. Does it make you wonder... who is my neighbor?   In Alabama and across the US South, survivors of this year’s historic spring storm season are still reeling. After the latest of these super storms raged through the region on April 27, killing hundreds and injuring many more, countless families now find themselves homeless and in need of care. Your ...

Ministry Team Helps Churches Connect in Mission Locally and Globally

5/2/2011
Many churches are doing great work in their local mission fields, but there are some who want to try new areas of ministry and aren’t quite sure how to get started. The purpose of Sending Ministries is to help churches achieve their ministry goals and impact their communities in new ways.   “Sending Ministries has representatives in each district who can help churches develop and grow in mission,” noted Rev. Noel Denison, chair of the Sending Ministries committee. “Our purpose is to educate, ...

United Methodists invited to “Be. Go. Do.” and Change the World

5/2/2011
Being disciples, going everywhere to make disciples and doing as the Lord commands, are the cornerstones of the United Methodist Church’s upcoming Change the World Day, and the spirit of Jesus’ Great Commission to the disciples.   “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you,” is the way Matthew records the Lord’s mandate. What the disciples are to “...

Recent Sermons from Around the Conference

4/28/2011
The following links to sermons were selected at random for your enjoyment. They are listed in no particular order.   Eyewitness News – Dr. Jerry Neff FUMC Conroe http://www.fumc-conroe.org/templates/System/details.asp?id=32980&PG=xcast&LID=1879   Jesus is Alive – Rev. Deborah Proctor Deer Park UMC http://www.dpumc.org/worship/sunday-morning-worship/sermons-online   Why Are You Telling Me About It? – Rev. Brad Morgan St. Paul - Bridge City http://www.gnugospel.org/gnugospel/Podcasts/Podcasts.htm...

Houston Red Cross Shelter Rally Saturday

4/27/2011
The Red Cross will be holding a shelter rally on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 9:00 AM – Noon   Meet the Red Cross disaster volunteers and staff who will support our shelters. RSVP to 713-313-1688   Event to be held at: Disaster Command Center 2700 Southwest Fwy at Kirby Houston, TX 77098   Download Flyer for Additional Information  

SPSARV to Host Webcast of Live Book Discussion on Addiction and Recovery

4/27/2011
The United Methodist Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence (SPSARV) will host on April 27, 2011, a live webcast on the autobiography Lust of a Dope Fiend with author Jerome Livingston about his deeply personal struggle to overcome addiction to drugs and alcohol and eventual recovery.   The online book discussion with author Livingston, which is set to air at 7:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, will delve into his powerful story where readers will hear firsthand about the dark world ...

Severe Weather Continues to Haunt South

4/27/2011
As severe weather in Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky added new woes to southern US states, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) worked with United Methodist annual conferences to assess damages and respond to survivors. Violent weather is expected to continue in the coming days.   At least seven people died and as many as 80 homes were destroyed in Arkansas on Monday, April 25, as a powerful storm, probably including tornadoes, and flooding impacted different parts of the state, ...

UMCOR - Ways to Make a Difference

4/27/2011
HOPE AFTER TORNADOES After 200 tornadoes came roaring through eight southern states between April 14 and April 16, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responded with emergency grants and provided disaster response personnel to support affected annual conferences. Read more.   Rev. Wayne Napier, disaster response coordinator for the Mississippi Conference, said the funds would be used to cover the costs associated with assessing damages, removing debris, processing and assigning work...

This Week in Texas Methodist History

4/26/2011
Baltimore Immigrants Shipwrecked at Velasco, May 1, 1835. The Addison family was one of the most prominent Methodist families in 19th century Texas. Oscar Murray Addison, Sr., was a member of the East Texas, Texas, and Northwest Texas Conferences. Three of his sons, James, John, and Oscar, Jr., followed their father into the ministry.   Read more at the Texas Methodist History Blog  

Pre-Conference Journal, Delegate Profiles Online

4/26/2011
2011 Pre-Conference Journal Clergy Delegate and Laity Delegate Profile Books   See Delegate Videos More Info on TAC 2011  

UMM - SCJ Gathering July 29-31

4/26/2011
The United Methodist Men of the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ) and the GCUMM invite all to attend the UMMen’ s SCJ Gathering on July 29-31, 2011.The Gathering will be held in First UMC in Wichita, Kansas, and hosted by the Kansas East/West Conference UMMen.   All who are able are encouraged to come to Wichita and feel the Spirit as it fills each of us in attendance. Have you ever experienced the sound and Spirit of 200 or more men worshipping and singing God’s praises together? Want to feel ...

Countdown to Conference - District Meetings Slated to Prepare Delegates

4/25/2011
The journey toward the 2011 Annual Conference is well underway for many leaders, and begins for all clergy and lay delegates at the upcoming pre-conference gatherings in all nine districts.   Participation in these meetings contributes to the efficiency of the annual conference gathering, as attendees are familiarized with key agenda items and have an opportunity to reflectively consider decisions prior to annual conference.   “The orientation provided in the district meetings acquaints the ...

Imagine No Malaria Efforts Prove Contagious

4/25/2011
Kim Granzow learned she could help to save 100 lives by giving just $28 a month for three years and decided she had no excuse not to do so.   Granzow of First United Methodist Church in Los Alamos, N.M., attended an Imagine No Malaria presentation after the denomination launched the initiative last April 25 on World Malaria Day.    “What really grabbed me,” she said, “was the fact that The United Methodist Church is stepping out in faith to eradicate deaths from malaria.”   In 2008, the World ...

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