Our June Drive May Be Over But, the Need is Still Critical

6/27/2011
Striving to meet needs, one kit at a time.   The following is a list of shipments that were distributed April/May 2011 to serve people affected by disasters around the world. Midwest Mission, Chatham, IL Destination Shipment Arkansas 504 health kits and 108 cleaning buckets Illinois 582 health kits and 1,700 cleaning buckets Japan 16,146 health kits Missouri 1,500 cleaning buckets South Dakota 36 ...

2011 School of Congregational Development

6/27/2011
The annual School of Congregational Development (SCD) July 27-31 in Dallas, Texas, promises to be a lively, spiritual, and inspiring experience: renewing faith in Jesus Christ; recommitting the church to mission and ministry; and educating church leaders on new ways to transform, rethink, and grow their churches.   Hundreds of participants will learn new ways to equip new churches and reinvigorate existing churches at this SCD 2011, sponsored by the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD), Path 1,...

ERT Basic Training and Recertification Courses

6/27/2011
Early Response Teams provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster; are trained and equipped to enter disaster sites; self-sustaining with their own transportation, fuel, food, equipment, and lodging. The next Early Response Team Trainings will be held: Saturday, July 9 at Grace Fellowship UMC in Katy Saturday, July 23 at FUMC Pearland   Re-Certification Course Now Offered The Texas Annual Conference, in partnership with UMCOR, is now conducting a recertification class for ...

Higher Education Institute Aims to Create Partnerships

6/27/2011
United Methodist higher education officials brainstormed about possible collaborative efforts during the 2011 Institute for Higher Education in Santa Fe, N.M., and a college and seminary signed an agreement to explore a new graduate studies partnership. The June 15-17 meeting, sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Division of Higher Education, focused on preparing the next generation of moral, Christian leaders to deal with ecological challenges of the twenty-first ...

This Week in Texas Methodist History

6/27/2011
Cumberland Presbyterians Defend Church State Separation July, 1838. In a nutshell, the founders of the Republic were adamantly opposed to entangling the affairs of church and state. They were so strong in their separationist beliefs that the first draft of the Texas constitution denied preachers the right to vote. It was modified to allow them vote but not hold office. Homer Thrall credits William Crawford, a member of the convention, for the amendment. The prohibition against clergy holding ...

Recent Sermons from Around the Conference

6/23/2011
The following links to sermons were selected at random for your enjoyment. They are listed in no particular order.   Come Holy Spirit, Come – Rev. Holly Ebel Lakewood UMC, Houston http://www.lakewoodumc.org/media.php?pageID=19   Rev. Chris Harrison – Less is More League City UMC http://www.lcumc.org/worship/viewasermon.htm   The Others - Rev. Billy Watson Russell Memorial UMC – Wills Point http://rmumc.posterous.com/pages/sermons   Life Giving Power -  Rev. Anna Lisa Callaway St. Philip's - ...

Leadership Change on Tap for World Methodists

6/23/2011
The world was a “fragile” place when the Rev. George Freeman assumed staff leadership of the World Methodist Council a decade ago. Less than two months after his election during the 2001 World Methodist Conference in Brighton, England, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania suddenly made it difficult for church members to obtain visas and travel internationally. The unstable financial market had an impact on the council’s budget. “The fragile nature of the whole...

UMW - Waging Peace with Prayer and Action

6/22/2011
Throughout the year 2011–2012, United Methodist Women is working on the journey of engaging in reconciliation. During the summer months of Schools of Christian Mission until International Day of Peace on September 21, 2011, you are invited to participate in Prayers and Actions for Peace as an expression of reconciliation. Submit a prayer for peace and find suggestions for action at UMWOnline.   United Methodist Women has a long history of working for peace and taking stands during critical ...

UMCOR Updates

6/22/2011
US: NEIGHBOR HELPING NEIGHBOR The Rev. Tom Hazelwood, head of the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR) US Disaster Response, was in Joplin, Missouri, the day after the tornado struck the town. He wrote about his experience in UMCOR Notebook, the organization’s blog.   Hazelwood returned to Joplin two days later and saw a town that was working hard to recover. “At UMCOR, we always say that the first response after a disaster comes from one neighbor helping another,” he said. And this is...

DISCIPLE Bible Study Mini-Training Event July 24th

6/16/2011
Are there people in your congregation who are hungering for the Word of God? DISCIPLE Bible Study can help transform your church into a biblically nourished congregation that nurtures and encourages people to live as disciples of Christ. FUMC Gladewater will host a DISCIPLE Bible Study Mini-Training event for facilitators on July 24th from 2:00 until 5:00pm. This training opportunity led by Jill Krone, DISCIPLE Bible Study Taskforce Coordinator for the Texas Annual Conference, is offered free ...

Around the Conference - Recent Sermons from Clergy

6/16/2011
The following links to sermons were selected at random for your enjoyment. They are listed in no particular order.   Here I Am – Rev. Seann Duffin Lakewood UMC, Houston http://www.lakewoodumc.org/media.php?pageID=19   Unsanitized – Rev. Allison Thompson Tyler - Marvin UMC http://mumcfamily.org/media   Who Do You Favor? – Rev. Suzy Reedstrom Memorial Drive UMC - Houston  http://www.mdumc.org/worship/sermons.aspx   Counting on the Presence – Phil Grose FUMC Sugar Land http://www.sugarlandmeth...

Choirs Sought for General Conference 2012

6/16/2011
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 ...

Leadership Summit: Responses, New Opportunity for Feedback

6/15/2011
During the April 6, 2011 UMC Leadership Summit, facilitators asked participants to send e-mails of questions during the webcast. Due to the volume of questions received, they selected for response the most representative questions in each topic area. They have posted some of the answers online and plan to post more in the future.   See the responses   You can use the comment space at the bottom of each section to post responses and engage in online dialogue with other church leaders throughout...

UMCOR Update

6/15/2011
US: HURRICANE SEASON HAS BEGUN Even as the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) continues to assist communities across the United States that were struck by this spring’s historic tornadoes, storms, and floods, it is preparing to meet the challenges of the 2011 hurricane season, which began June 1.   Read more about UMCOR’s response to the 2011 spring storm season. Learn about disaster response, spiritual and emotional care, case management, and other training UMCOR offers to United ...

2012 Planning Calendars Available

6/14/2011
Official UM Planning Calendars for 2012 are now available through United Methodist Communications. There are many types available through their online store including an electronic version for your device or computer calendar. Learn More

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