Children Learn About the World and Mission

5/10/2011
The Children's Fund for Christian Mission is a creative way to harness children's natural enthusiasm for learning about and caring for one another and the world. Teachers, teens, parents, pastors, and kids in United Methodist churches can use the online resources to connect with children and issues around the world.  Each year, mission educators from Global Ministries choose four under-funded projects--two from the US and two from the global church to emphasize what being in mission means. This...

Bishops to Change Ecumenical Agency

5/10/2011
United Methodist bishops have voted overwhelmingly to support folding the denomination’s ecumenical agency and its work into the Council of Bishops. The May 2 vote came at the urging of the Rev. Stephen J. Sidorak Jr., the top executive of the agency, the United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns. Under the proposal, the agency would cease to exist as a separate entity, and its staff members would work for the council as part of the newly created Office of ...

Survivors of Human Trafficking: Not Without Hope

5/10/2011
“Not without Hope,” the walls of the shelter seem to whisper to new arrivals, survivors of human trafficking in Armenia. Here, in an ambience of trust and encouragement, residents re-learn the meaning of hope after seemingly endless years of sexual servitude and forced labor.   The shelter is part of a broader human-trafficking awareness, prevention, and response program of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). This month, the United Methodist Women’s Division is joining UMCOR in ...

This Week in Texas Methodist History

5/9/2011
The unification of the Methodist Episcopal, Methodist Episcopal South, and Methodist Protestant Churches to create the Methodist Church in May, 1939, is widely known as the great historic event of 20th century Methodism. What is less well known is that several Northern and Southern churches merged with each other before their denominations did.   Read more at the Texas Methodist History Blog  

Singles Events in May

5/9/2011
There are several churches around the conference with ministries focused on single adults. See what's going on or learn how to add your events at: http://www.txcumc.org/singlesevents

Spring Storms Updates

5/9/2011
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was devastatingly hit by a mile-wide, swirling tornado on April 27, 2011, after some 200 tornadoes had already plummeted through eight southern states just days before. News reports said the outbreak was considered the deadliest in US history. It battered the south, leaving a swath of destruction that killed nearly 300 people in six states, flattened homes and businesses, and caused billions of dollars of damage. Alabama was the hardest-hit state, with an estimated 213 ...

Early ResponseTeam Plans Trip, Seeks Donations

5/5/2011
A Methodist Church Early Response Team from Texas is going to North Alabama May 18-21 to do some clean up work after the tornados there.   These teams are trained and credentialed responders whose mission is to ensure a "safe, sanitary, and secure" environment for the survivors, as well as provide a caring Christian presence. In talking to Amelia Fletcher of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church, I asked her about particularly needed items that the ERT team could bring ...

Recent Sermons from Around the Conference

5/5/2011
The following links to sermons were selected at random for your enjoyment. They are listed in no particular order.   Life Happens – Rev. Scott Rawlings St. Peter’s UMC, Katy http://www.vimeo.com/stpkaty   A Walk in the Light – Dr. John Robbins Marvin UMC, Tyler http://mumcfamily.org/media   Jesus is Alive – Rev. Deborah Proctor Deer Park UMC http://www.dpumc.org/worship/sunday-morning-worship/sermons-online   The Courage to Doubt, The Courage to Believe – Dr. James Killen FUMC Beaumont http:/...

UMCOR Update: Progress in Haiti

5/5/2011
The board of directors of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) approved three large grants for Haiti at their semiannual meeting, held in Stamford, Connecticut.   Two of the grants support UMCOR partners working in the area of decentralized, integrated, community-driven health care. Decentralizing health care is a priority of the Haitian government, since the January 2010 earthquake drove many survivors from the capital, Port-au-Prince.   “It is important to create a system of ...

This Week in Texas Methodist History

5/4/2011
C. A. Grote Reports on German Mission at Fredericksburg, May 5, 1851.   Read more at the Texas Methodist History Blog  

Church to Install an Outdoor Labyrinth

5/4/2011
After years of utilizing a canvas labyrinth on the gym floor, St. Paul’s UMC, Houston, soon will have an outdoor labyrinth that also will be available to the public.   “A labyrinth is a path that has been used by people of many different cultures over the centuries to find focus in life and grow closer to that which we call God,” explained Rev. Gail Williford, St. Paul’s Minister for Spiritual Formation and Discipleship.   The St. Paul’s labyrinth will be constructed of pavers on the lawn of ...

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, ...

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