Ivorian Church Leaders Give Prayer, Aid

4/3/2011
As fighting intensified in Côte d’Ivoire’s largest city, the United Methodist bishop and other religious leaders met and agreed to continue working together for peace.   Bishop Benjamin Boni met March 31 with Muslim and Celestial Christian (a traditional African religion) leaders and with the Vatican’s representative to Côte d’Ivoire. The four agreed to bring more religious leaders together and make an appeal for peace.   “We have been working together for a long time,” Boni said in an April 1 ...

Special Fabric Items Available at TAC 2011

4/3/2011
Many thanks to Clarita Young who is a member of the Rev. Artie Cadar’s Hispanic congregation at Friendswood UMC. Clarita has donated several items she made from the special Cote de Ivoire fabric. There are aprons of different sizes and pillows and a unique sewing kit which will be a great way for someone to organize all of their sewing notions.  Be sure to plan on visiting the display area at conference and seeing what all of our talented volunteers have made for you to purchase and enjoy while ...

Churches Respond as Cote d'Ivoire Conflict Spreads

3/31/2011
Four United Methodist churches in Côte d’Ivoire were aiding displaced people Thursday in the country’s commercial capital as forces loyal to the president-elect took control of more of the city of Abidjan.   Bishop Benjamin Boni and other United Methodist leaders also moved to a safe location in the city. Boni told United Methodist News Service that he believed all of the church’s ministers were safe, but he wouldn’t know for certain until Friday, March 31.   “We hope the situation will be ended...

Heritage Sunday - May 22, 2011

3/31/2011
The theme for Heritage Sunday, 2011, as set by the General Commission, is “Engaging in Ministry with the Poor: Our Heritage.” This theme will undergird the denominational emphasis on Four Areas of Foci affirmed by the General Conference arising out of work done by the General Secretaries of all the agencies, the Council of Bishops, and the Connectional Table. The theme for next year (2012) is “Stamping our killer diseases of poverty by improving health Globally: Our Heritage.” Each of these ...

Recent Sermons from Around the Conference

3/31/2011
The following links to sermons were selected at random for your enjoyment. They are listed in no particular order.   Where Are You– Rev. Elizabeth Duffin Lakewood UMC, Houston http://www.lakewoodumc.org/media.php?pageID=18   Be Perfect – Rev. Danny Wayman Williams Memorial, Texarkana http://www.welcometowilliams.net/2011/02/sermon-audio/   Asking God to Prove It – Rev. Peter Cammarano FUMC Port Neches http://www.fumcportneches.org/templates/System/details.asp?id=45661&PG=xCast&LID=5528   Don’t...

TAC 2011 DVD Report - Deadline Approaches

3/31/2011
Because this is an election year, which often impacts the business session agenda, the Annual Conference Planning Team has voted not to share institutional reports at the 2011 event.   Although we want to honor the relationship of the Annual Conference with its ministry partners, we also want to be good stewards of everyone’s finances and time. If you still wish to create a DVD report, we will gladly post it to the conference website and distribute copies to conference delegates. Reports will ...

Japan’s Churches to Help House Survivors

3/30/2011
Hundreds of thousands left homeless by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami or evacuated because of the continuing nuclear threat are struggling to regain the routines of daily life. To assist them, churches in Japan are working to find temporary accommodations for some of the survivors. The effort is being coordinated through the National Christian Council in Japan, which is working with Church World Service to find housing for 1,000 individuals. CWS estimates that some 300,000 people are living in ...

UMCOR - Ways You Can Make a Difference

3/30/2011
JAPAN: UMCOR AND PARTNERS RESPOND TO QUAKE SURVIVORS UMCOR is working to support the efforts of the Wesley Center in Tokyo to assist evacuees from the regions hardest hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The Wesley Center is a mission facility related to United Methodist Women.   Numerous evacuees, including foreign workers, came to the center from the devastated city of Sendai and also from the area around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which continues to threaten ...

‘Worship & Song’ Blends Old and New Tunes

3/30/2011
From the rousing “Jesus, Jesus, Oh, What a Wonderful Child” to the prayerful “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” the newly released “Worship & Song” collection offers something for just about everyone. “Worship & Song,” jointly developed by the United Methodist Board of Discipleship and the United Methodist Publishing House, contains 190 hymns and worship songs, including old-time gospel favorites and popular contemporary praise songs. New worship-planning resources in the collection supplement The ...

New Church Starts Worldwide Featured in Live, Interactive Webcast

3/29/2011
A live, interactive webcast on April 12 will put the spotlight on United Methodist evangelism and new church development in more than a dozen countries around the world. The broadcast will originate from the semi-annual meeting of the directors of the General Board of Global Ministries, the denomination's mission agency, meeting in Stamford, Connecticut. The theme is "Church Planting Worldwide." Online viewers can participate via social network such as Facebook and Twitter. The site of Global ...

UMM Quarter Campaign Nets $3,600 for Mission

3/28/2011
When 24 men agreed to save a quarter a day, persons who need Bibles, earthquake victims in Haiti and hungry people in America received gifts totaling $3,600. In March, 2010, Wayne Custer, president of the Northeastern Jurisdiction of United Methodist Men, challenged conference presidents to put a quarter a day away for the next 365 days. One year later, Custer found 24 conference presidents had accepted his challenge. They each brought in $91.25, giving a total amount of $2,190. Contributors ...

New Rule for Schools: More Clergy, More Funds

3/28/2011
United Methodist schools of theology that educate more students for ordained ministry in the denomination will get more church funding in 2012 under a new formula for distributing money from the Ministerial Education Fund. The Directors of The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry had approved the changes last fall, but tweaked the formula at the spring 2011 meeting to include money for full-time United Methodist faculty and senior administrators at the seminaries. That change...

One Great Hour of Sharing - April 3, 2011

3/28/2011
Encourage your church to participate generously in the One Great Hour of Sharing offering on April 3, 2011 and throughout the year.   Gifts to this offering lay the foundation of all of UMCOR’s work by covering the costs of doing business. This means that all gifts designated to specific programs can go 100% to those programs because UMCOR’s basic expenses are covered.   LIFE-CHANGING MINISTRY—A RESPONSE TO GOD'S LOVE Join United Methodists everywhere by participating in this special offering...

UMW: Apply for a Peace Seminar in Japan

3/28/2011
The Wesley Center (Tokyo) and Hiroshima Jogakuin University are co-sponsoring a peace seminar in Hiroshima August 3-9, 2011. U.S. college women (ages 18-30) will be joining 50 other college students from Japan and other Asian countries. The purpose of the seminar is to explore peace and reconciliation and to participate in the commemoration of dropping the atomic bomb August 6, 1945, by participating in the annual August 6th Peace Memorial Ceremony. Participants will: Explore present concepts ...

Celebrate HOPE for Teen Girls

3/24/2011
Celebrate HOPE with the Celebration Women’s Ministry National Spring Conference will take place in Houston April 8 -10.   Speakers include youth leader Lisa Mayhugh and Mak Young, Youth Director from Wesley UMC Nederland   • Meet other girls who love the LORD • Draw close to God through a weekend of FUN • Discover who YOU are through Christ • Fix your eyes on The Lord - Perfector of our faith   Invite your girlfriends or meet new ones! OR come with your mom when she attends the Womens’ ...

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