Esperanza Computer Lab Offers Community New Opportunities, Hope

7/14/2011
Ministerio Esperanza en Cristo — known simply as Esperanza — is the center of the Hispanic Ministry of Chapelwood United Methodist Church, which serves the large immigrant community in Spring Branch. Esperanza’s After School Program recently received a generous grant through the Texas Connects Coalition to create an on-campus computer lab.   Texas Connects Coalition was formed by leaders from Austin Free-Net, the Metropolitan Austin Interactive Network, and Technology For All to provide ...

Love + Creativity + Connection = Recipe for Transforming Lives of Ivorian Students

7/14/2011
Jesus calls us to make disciples of all nations and to especially invite the little children to come to him, for of such is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 28:19, 19:14).   Thanks to the United Methodist Women and members of the Texas Annual Conference who have mixed together their love for God’s children, their creative talents, and the combined power of the United Methodist connection, we are doing just that.   In Cote d’Ivoire, thousands of children lack the opportunity to attend primary ...

UMCOR Update: Ways You Can Help

7/13/2011
JAPAN: FOUR MONTHS SINCE TRIPLE DISASTER The people of Japan observed a moment of silence yesterday to mark the four-month anniversary of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis that killed or left missing some 23,000 people and drove 150,000 survivors into evacuation camps.   Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey, head of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), and Melissa Crutchfield, UMCOR’s International Disaster Response executive, are traveling in Japan, visiting sites ...

TACCOR: Help Now

7/13/2011
When Christians ask “What can we do to help survivors of a disaster?” one thing is to provide for those who offer their time to put lives back together. When disaster strikes, your Conference will need churches to host teams of Early Responders from other Methodist Churches. Hosting can be as simple as just providing the space for a dozen hard working volunteers to rest up and eat a meal before another day’s work in your area.   Suggestions as to features and offers that will be helpful to them...

New Grants Offered by GCORR

7/12/2011
General Commission on Religion and Race is offering $300,000 in new grants for work on racial diversity, inclusiveness and racial justice within the United Methodist Church. Applications will only be accepted through July 31, 2011. The CORR Action Fund covers two different categories: Clergy Leaders and United Methodist Seminaries. The following descriptions provide information on the focus of each of the grants. 1.) The General Commission on Religion and Race Grant for Cultural Competency and...

July Singles Events

7/12/2011
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

GBOD Webinar calendar

7/11/2011
August 4 – Nominations Committee WHO: Nominations Committee WHAT: Basic training for church nominations committees who want to find leaders rather than “fill the lines on the form.” Your responsibility is to be the voice of God calling people into ministry! WHERE:  Your own internet connection OR gather at the church with the committee to watch together WHEN: August 4    6:30 PM CDT   Register at www.gbod.org/committee_resources   August 18 and 25 – a two part training for Finance Leaders WHO: ...

Choirs sought for General Conference 2012

7/11/2011
United Methodist choirs and ensemble groups from around the world may now audition online for an invitation to perform at the 2012 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly which meets in Tampa, Fla. beginning April 24, 2012. To apply for an invitation to General Conference, choirs and ensembles are asked to submit a letter of application to gc2012worship@gmail.com, including a brief bio and a YouTube video link of the group performing. The deadline for ...

Volunteer Marshals and Pages Needed for General Conference 2012

7/11/2011
Volunteers can now apply online to serve as marshals or pages during The United Methodist Church’s 2012 General Conference. The denomination’s top legislative assembly will meet in Tampa, Fla. April 24-May 4, 2012. Approximately 150 volunteers are needed during General Conference. Marshals and pages are responsible for their own travel and expenses. Marshals serve in the visitor and reserved seating galleries, assist visitors and special guests and check credentials for proper authorization. ...

This Week in Texas Methodist History

7/11/2011
The Texas United Methodist Historical Society announced their 2012 annual meeting which is scheduled to be held in March in Dallas. The theme will be “Texas Methodist Musical Heritage.”   Read more at the Texas Methodist History Blog  

10-Fold Live Webcast

7/8/2011
10-Fold  Live Webcast: Sunday, July 10, Videos shown all day. Webcast will go live at 5 p.m. ET; 6 p.m. CT.    The UMC has set a goal to build 400 new churches around the world by 2012. Patrick Friday, Global Ministries director of In Mission Together, and the people who are leading these life-changing efforts in Russia, Cameroon, Senegal, and Latvia will discuss this initiative. www.10-fold.org/live. Contact Rev. Noel Denison for more information at 713-464-1173, noel-denison@att.net.  

This Week in Texas Methodist History

7/7/2011
Death came to one of the most significant women of 19th century Texas Methodist history on July 10, 1891 when Missouri Lockwood Porter Fowler Woolam died at her daughter’s house in Chireno. She had been the wife of two Methodist preachers, had ridden circuits with them, attended camp meetings, and annual conferences. She was witness to many of the historic events of Texas Methodist history. One of her great contributions was the preservation of letters to and from Littleton Fowler.   Read more ...

Recent Sermons from Around the Conference

7/7/2011
The following links to sermons were selected at random for your enjoyment. They are listed in no particular order.   Come One, Come All – Rev. Tommy Williams Westbury UMC http://westburyumc.publishpath.com/sermon-audio-blog   In God We Trust - Rev. Deborah Proctor Deer Park UMC http://www.dpumc.org/worship/sunday-morning-worship/sermons-online   Living for Eternity - Rev. John Warren FUMC Orange http://www.fumcorange.org/sermons/   Rhythms of Grace – Rev. Bob Johnson Chapelwood UMC - Houston...

UMW 2012 Prayer Calendar

7/7/2011
Each year, United Methodist Women shares information and inspiration through the prayer calendar. This invaluable resource provides opportunities to learn more about what is happening in mission and to move us to put our faith, hope and love into action for people in our communities and around the world. See more information including pre-ordering instructions  

UMCOR Hotline - Latest Updates

7/6/2011
US: FLOOD CONCERNS CONTINUE In the UMCOR Notebook, the Rev. Lee Gale, Dakotas Annual Conference disaster response coordinator for North Dakota, shares about the flooding he witnessed firsthand in Bismarck, where the swollen Missouri River has caused massive flooding.   He writes, “Bismarck is now a city of contrast. In one section, floodwaters lap against homes, causing a great deal of concern on the part of the homeowner, while a few blocks away, another person’s greatest worry may be how low ...

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