Free Grief Workshop Offered at FUMC Gladewater

3/10/2011
Hospice of East Texas will be conducting free Grief Workshop at First United Methodist Church in Gladewater, TX. They will meet every Tuesday for 6 weeks, March 29 to May 3, 2011, 2:00-3:30 pm in Jeter Hall, 2-3:30pm. Facilitator will be Nora Gravois, LMSW-IPR, the Bereavement Coordinator for The Hospice of East Texas. All are welcome! C. White, Secretary, FUMC Gladewater, TX  (903) 845-2565 (from North District Website)  

UMM Expand Ministries

3/10/2011
United Methodist Men will expand their ministries to include DISCIPLE Bible Study in prisons, packaging events for Stop Hunger Now, training webinars and new resources. The National Association of Conference Presidents, meeting March 3-6 in Nashville, also agreed to continue support for the Meals for Millions program of the Society of St. Andrew. Wade Mays, an executive with the society, reported that United Methodist Men contributed $168,196 to Meals for Millions in 2010. United Methodist Men...

Survey Seeks Input on Building Vital Congregations

3/10/2011
A task force formed by the Council of Bishops and the Connectional Table has been working on a set of goals for congregations along with a tool to help congregations set goals. The Call to Action committee is creating a resource called The Ministry Plan. This tool will help you to identify strengths, current challenges, and ways to become a more vital congregation. You are invited to review the document and provide feedback. Your input will help to shape the planning guide and goals for United...

Task Force Charged to Respond to Judicial Council Decision No. 1150

3/10/2011
The Texas Annual Conference in May 2010 passed a resolution establishing a task force and to seek input from members throughout the annual conference regarding the issues surrounding the Judicial Council Ruling Number 1150.  The Task Force is holding five listening sessions throughout the annual conference, inviting members to provide their own reflections concerning the Annual Conference’s Model for Ministry and the April 2010 ruling. Issues to be addressed by the Task Force and the Annual ...

Why Does Lent Last 40 Days?

3/9/2011
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.  Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring."  The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan. Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection.  In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism.  Today, ...

2012 South Central Jurisdictional Conference Information

3/9/2011
The South Central 2012 Jurisdictional Conference will be July 18-21 in Oklahoma City. The site will be the Cox Convention Center in downtown OKC. The nearby Bricktown area, a reconstructed old warehouse district is a vibrant entertainment area now. With a river walk, retail shops, and multiple eating establishments, it will provide ample food options for delegates and visitors to the conference. The Oklahoma Area, led by Bishop Robert E. Hayes, Jr., will host the event.  A host committee, under...

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.   ...

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