Houston Native Named 2011-2012 Dempster Scholar

2/22/2011
Rev. Carolyn Davis is one of 13 students selected for the Dempster Graduate Fellowships, which supports students who are committed  to serving the church by becoming seminary professors who will educate the next generation of United Methodist pastors.   Davis was ordained a deacon in full connection in the Texas Annual Conference in May 2010.  Prior to her candidacy, she was a member of Bellaire UMC in Houston, Texas, serving in the church’s youth ministry program.   Rev. Davis has also served ...

The Vision for Lakeview Continues Under New Leadership

2/22/2011
As the new Superintendent of Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, I want to first thank the Board at Lakeview, Bishop Huie, and the members of the Annual Conference for the opportunity to serve with you at our Conference Center.   I am humbled and excited by the many words of affirmation and am reassured through your comments of the love for Lakeview and the importance it plays in the life of the church.   I write to share the convictions I have regarding Lakeview, those I shared with the ...

UMW Spring Celebration

2/22/2011
United Methodist Women of the Texas Annual Conference will be holding their 2011 spiritual growth retreat March 4-5, at Lakeview.   The theme for this year’s event is, The Joy of Sisterhood, focusing on the scripture, Colossians 1:3-6. Deputy General Secretary, Harriett Jane Olson from the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries will be the guest speaker.   Over the years, Harriett Olson has served the United Methodist Church in a variety of capacities; from being a director ...

Welcoming Certified Churches

2/22/2011
United Methodist Communications is pleased to announce a new online process for new and renewing welcoming certified congregations.   Instead of the “paper and pen” process that has been used over the last 10 years of the program, everything has been moved online using our Online Learning Center.   For those congregations seeking certification for the first time, the forum “Becoming a Welcoming Congregation” walks them through the activities they need to complete toward initial certification. ...

Costa Rica Mission Trip Opportunity

2/21/2011
Partners in Mission teams from the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church will once again be traveling to the beautiful country of Costa Rica.   The project for 2011 will be to return to Iglesias Metodista Evangelica Nueva Canaan located in the small town of Puntarenas, which is on the west coast of the country.    The teams will be completing the construction work that began in 2010, conducting VBS for the local children, and worshiping with the local congregation.            The main...

Disability Awareness Sunday

2/21/2011
Resources and information are now available for Disability Awareness Sunday 2011. Many churches are choosing to observe this special Sunday on February 27, but churches may choose any Sunday throughout the year.   Worship resources are available and can be used year-round.   This special Sunday gives every congregation the opportunity to challenge our hospitality and our inclusion of all persons into the full life of the church. This can be a time when persons with disabilities can offer their ...

Latest Youth News

2/21/2011
Download the latest Youth Newsletter   Topics include: Texas Youth Academy National UM Summer Event “Youth 2011” National Scholarships for Youth 2011 “Ignite” Mid-winter Retreats for Junior & Senior Highs District Summer Camp at Lakeview District Youth Coordinators CYC – Conference Youth Council contacts Collide 2011 Registration Closed  

Recent Sermons from Around the Conference

2/16/2011
The following links to sermons were selected at random for your enjoyment. They are listed in no particular order.   Discipleship - Rev. Garry Masterson Hardy Memorial, Texarkana http://www.hardyumc.org/#/sermons/jan-feb-sermons   Teacher - Rev. Jeff Olive Dayspring UMC, Tyler http://www.dayspringumc.com/create/sermons    Mathew 5: 13-20 - Rev. Jeff Gantz FUMCBay City http://www.fumcbaycity.com/sermons     Love, Finding the Real Thing - Rev. Robert Stutes Bellville UMC http://www...

You Can Make a Difference

2/16/2011
SIERRA LEONE: MORINGA TREE, “MOTHER’S BEST FRIEND” “Mother’s Best Friend” is just one of the names the Moringa tree goes by. The tree, native to the foothills of the Himalayas, but now widely cultivated in Africa, Central and South America, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, and the Philippines, is also known as the “miracle tree.”   UMCOR’s Sustainable Agriculture and Development program has played a pioneering role in Africa in the promotion of the Moringa as a source of nutrition, health, even ...

GBHEM Appoints Director of Young Adult Ministry Discernment and Enlistment

2/15/2011
Daniel J. “DJ” del Rosario has been named director of Young Adult Ministry Discernment and Enlistment in the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Division of Ordained Ministry. He accepted the position with the approval of the appointment by Bishop Grant Hagiya, Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, and will begin work on July 5. Rosario, who currently serves as pastor of Lynden United Methodist Church in Lynden, Wash., will provide leadership in developing of networks, programs, ...

150 Years of the Methodist Recorder

2/15/2011
An entry in a young British Methodist preacher's diary for April 4, 1861, reads as follows:   There is a new penny Wesleyan paper started called the Methodist Recorder. I received a specimen number today. It is Wesleyan, but does not appear to be in the least degree sanctioned by Conference authority. We shall see how it will get on.   One hundred and fifty years later, and still not sanctioned by Conference authority, the Methodist Recorder appears to have "got on" very well since that first ...

Task Force Charged to Respond to Judicial Council Decision 1150

2/15/2011
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 ...

UMCOR-Sager Brown Trip

2/15/2011
If you’ve never been to our UMCOR Relief Depot in Louisiana, it’s high-time you went!  Prepare to be exposed to one of the most effective and exciting ministries United Methodism has to offer!  Destination: UMCOR-Sager Brown, Baldwin, Louisiana  Dates: Leave Sun afternoon, March 6th and Return Fri, March 11th  Cost: $250 per person, includes lodging, meals, transportation, and a $20 non-refundable processing fee. Deadline: The $20 non-refundable processing fee is due immediately.  There are ...

This Week in Texas Methodist History

2/14/2011
Methodists Participate in Large Interchurch World Movement Meeting in Dallas February 1920. There is no finer example of the vision and optimism that characterized progressive Protestantism of the early 20th century than the Interchurch World Movement.    Read more at the Texas Methodist History Blog

Harvest of Hope

2/14/2011
UMCOM has produced a multimedia series focused on the challenges rural congregations face as they try to move from survival to revival. View a video on the rural roots of United Methodism. See the series.  

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