Recent Sermons from Around the Conference

3/9/2011
The following links to sermons were selected at random for your enjoyment. They are listed in no particular order.   ACT Now! – Rev. Jerry Neff  FUMC - Conroe http://www.fumc-conroe.org/templates/System/details.asp?id=32980&PG=xcast&LID=1879   The Kingdom is Like Hidden Treasure – Rev. Jeff Craft Edom UMC http://www.gbgm-umc.org/edomumc/sermons_online.htm      The Mountaintop – Rev. Stephanie Lind Holy Covenant UMC - Houston http://www.holycov.org/podcasts.html    Fruit of the Spirit: Abiding –...

UMCOR - Ways to Make a Difference

3/9/2011
GLOBAL: WORLD WATER DAY, MARCH 22 Alice Koech, a native of Tengecha, Kenya, knows all too well the struggle to obtain water. As a child, she would rise early in the morning to get water for her family before going to school. Accessing safe water is a challenge for the 20,000 residents of Tengecha. Women and children travel at least three miles each day to fetch water from the Mara River, which is often contaminated because it is shared by roaming animals. Hear Alice tell the story of the ...

This Week in Texas Methodist History

3/8/2011
The first Methodist preacher to have been born within the present boundaries of Texas was probably Andrew Davis, born at Jonesborough on March 10, 1827.   Read more at the Texas Methodist History Blog  

Resources for Lent and Easter

3/8/2011
  Devotions and Meditations Upper Room Online Daily Devotional Lenten and Easter meditations from UMW Reflections and features from Global Ministries Upper Room Daily Reflections Articles United Methodists called to 'Alcohol Free Lent' for 2011 Moving devotionally through Lent Journeying Inward and Outward: Creating a Holy Lent (Interpreter Magazine) Pastors debate value of Lenten sacrifices Lent: A Time to Fast and Pray Read and reflect throughout Lent (Suggestions for Lenten reading) Lent...

The Texas Conference Choir Clinic

3/8/2011
The Texas Conference Choir Clinic for 2011 will be held June 13-17th at the newly renovated Lakeview Methodist Conference Center near Palestine, TX.   This year is the 60th anniversary of the choir clinic and the theme for the week is “Seasons To Celebrate.”   Under the leadership of Worship Designer, Marcia McFee, attendees will lift up three of the Church’s most ancient celebrations: Epiphany (including birth of Jesus and Baptism), Easter (the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, Good ...

Intergenerational Ministry Summit

3/7/2011
Intergenerational Ministry Summit at Mt. Sequoyah March 24-26 Join those who have blended generations to become fruitful congregations. Keynote speaker: Tex Sample, a specialist in church and society, a storyteller, author, workshop leader and consultant, will keynote the Summit. Explore generational attitudes and differences and how they impact adult involvement in the local church. Learn from others about addressing those generational differences as you create mission teams, facilitate ...

Christ UMC Celebrates Restorative Justice Sunday

3/7/2011
Where else but in God’s house would you find prison inmates, preachers, guards, prison employees, volunteers, church members and families – with 4  to 70 year olds ­­– all sitting down together in fellowship and reveling in the joyful spiritual freedom that God provides? That’s exactly what happened at Christ United Methodist Church of Sugar Land on February 6, as they celebrated Restorative Justice Sunday.   Three inmates from the Carol Vance unit traveled from the prison and gave testimonies ...

Katy Prayer Quilt Ministry Delivers Quilt 200

3/7/2011
St. Peter’s UMC’s Prayer Quilt Ministry recently distributed its 200th quilt to someone in need of extra care and prayers.   This 3-year-old ministry uses donated fabrics to sew a unique quilt for each person. Recipients include church members as well as guests, members’ families and friends, and Katy-area residents. They may be experiencing the loss of a loved one, suffering from illness or injury, or dealing with some other difficult situation.   Once a quilt is completed, the group prays ...

Celebration Women’s Spring Conference - ‘Seeking True Happiness’

3/7/2011
Women today are a generation of seekers; our desire for happiness is one of the most basic facts of human existence. Walk into your favorite bookstore and you will notice shelves of books offering popular advice on how to live a happy life. Guidance on how to achieve happiness effortlessly — happiness that is typically associated with financial prosperity, professional success, physical appearance, material prosperity, cars, homes, dream vacations — has become a million dollar industry today.   ...

Multi Youth Group Lock-In

3/7/2011
First UMC Conroe is hosting “Dynomite Night” – Multi Youth Group Lock-In. The event is open to any youth group who wants to come. It will take place March 25 at FUMC in Conroe from 8:30 pm - 7:00 am. See Promotional Video.   Download registration form Contact Jonathan Davis for more information: jdavis@fumc-conroe.org      

Hispanic Ministries See Growth, Seek Partnerships

3/4/2011
Over the past several years, Hispanic ministries in the Texas Annual Conference have reported seeing significant spiritual and congregational growth. Because of this, the Texas Conference Committee on Hispanic Ministries is working on rebuilding itself to equip churches for growth in 2011 and beyond.   In February, the committee met to define their Kingdom concept and to begin developing a focused, yet comprehensive, vision and mission relevant to their mission field as well as their current ...

New Online Bible Study Explores Contemporary Faith Issues

3/3/2011
The United Methodist Church is set to debut an online Bible study beginning March 14, where participants will have an opportunity to explore and discuss contemporary topics and how they relate to the Christian faith in response to the call to Rethink Church. Participants who sign on for the Encounter Faith Bible study, available for free at RethinkChurch.org/encounterfaith, will be looking through a lens of faith at timely issues making headlines and creating conversation, such as the ...

Designated Relief Giving Soars in 2010: Missionary Support Holds Even

3/3/2011
Total United Methodist designated mission giving soared in 2010 as a result of response to the earthquake in Haiti. Designated gifts for missionary support held steady from 2009 to 2010. Figures released by The Advance for Christ and His Church, a designated mission giving channel, indicate that the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) received $62,338,768 through this source last year. Of this, $43,909,314 was earmarked for relief and rehabilitation in Haiti, devastated by an earthquake...

Around the Conference – Recent Sermons

3/3/2011
The following links to sermons were selected at random for your enjoyment.   The Marshmellow Test – Rev. Robert Stutes  Bellville UMC http://www.bellvilleumc.org/site/audiodownloads.asp?sec_id=140003433&dlyear=0&dlcat=Sermons   Fruit of the Spirit: Abiding - Rev. Jim Bass FUMC Friendswood http://www.friendswoodumc.com/templates/System/details.asp?id=24232&PG=xCast&LID=5921   Have You Heard What Was Said? – Rev. Tommy Burton Williams Memorial, Texarkana http://www.welcometowilliams.net/categor...

Missional Sewing Project - Special Fabric

3/3/2011
Do you sew?  Are you looking for a mission project? Do you want to be part of a team getting ready for annual conference? There is a project for you!    The Texas Conference received a large amount of fabric last April from our Methodist friends in Cote d’Ivoire. This fabric was designed especially for the Texas Annual Conference and was to be sold to help raise money to support the Cote d’Ivoire Adopt a Student program. Though some of the fabric was sold last year at conference and is still ...

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