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.  

McCabe Roberts UMC Offers Ramsey's Financial Peace

2/11/2011
McCabe Roberts Avenue UMC in Beaumont, Texas is offering Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University.   This 13-week life-changing program taught by Dave Ramsey on DVD teaches families and individuals how to handle their money through common-sense principles and small group accountability.   The course is designed to teach you and your family how to get out of debt, stay out of debt, and build wealth.   Classes Begin February 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First UMC, Mont Belvieu 10629 Eagle Dr., Baytown,...

2011 Clergy Tax Seminar

2/11/2011
Heartspring Methodist Foundation and the Texas Annual Conference Center for Connectional Resources are sponsoring seminars for clergy, and staff or laity who participate in the financial management of the local church.   Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Marvin UMC in Tyler Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at St. Paul’s UMC in Houston Sign up soon!   Download flyer for additional information Register and Pay Online at www.heartspringmethodist.org    

Four Regional Clergywomen’s Consultations Planned for 2011

2/10/2011
Regional clergywomen’s meetings allow greater participation by all clergywomen, especially those from the Central Conferences, and provide an opportunity for deeper discussions about issues that might be unique to a certain area, the Rev. HiRho Park said. The first of four regional conferences in 2011 is scheduled for February 27 - March 2 in Lancaster, Pa. “Having regional consultations will provide opportunities for clergywomen from both the Philippines and Africa to have their first ...

Recent Sermons from Around the Conference

2/10/2011
The following links to sermons were selected at random for your enjoyment:   Lost and Found - Matthew 5:4, 6 – Rev. Peter Cammarano Port Neches FUMC http://www.fumcportneches.org/templates/System/details.asp?id=45661&PG=xCast&LID=5528   Sermon on Racism – Rev. Ken Calhoun FUMC Athens http://vimeo.com/channels/127136    Marriage in the Bible: Christ and the Church - Rev. Kip Gilts A&M UMC – College Station http://www.am-umc.org/sermon_transcripts2.htm   What is this 'Spirit of God'? – Dr. Frank...

Rescheduled - Leading Through the Land Mines of Church Finance

2/10/2011
The seminar titled Leading Through the Land Mines of Church Finance which was scheduled for February 10 in Livingston is being rescheduled.  It will now take place March 10, 2011 at Wesley Memorial UMC in Huntsville.   Come hear an expert panel of clergy and lay leaders discuss solutions to the most common church finance challenges   Receive guidance and encouragement on how to avoid and lead through financial challenges in your church—for just $10.   In addition to the seminar, all ...

UMCOR - You Can Make a Difference

2/9/2011
UMCOR: ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING Mohammed and other farmers in the Port Loko District of Sierra Leone lost their sight due to “river blindness,” a disease caused by parasitic worms transmitted by black flies. They were no longer able to tend their fields and support their families.   Thanks to the support of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) for the West Africa Initiative and the Community Blind Farmers Association, Mohammed and the other blind farmers are learning how to return ...

This Week in Texas Methodist History

2/9/2011
On February 8, 1839 Joseph P. Sneed crossed the Sabine River at Gaines Crossing on his way to Brazoria Circuit. The previous December Bishop Thomas Morris had appointed him to the Brazoria Circuit of the Texas District of the Mississippi Annual Conference. February 8 was a Friday, but Methodists in the Republic of Texas had preaching any day they could get it, not just on Sundays, so Sneed preached that night.   Read more at the Texas Methodist History Blog

Mission Never Stops: 10-Fold Continues

2/9/2011
On the tenth day of each month, you are invited to join an inspiring conversation with a missionary, executive, or advocate through 10-Fold.   This month, Join in conversation with Joseph Bradley, a mission intern from the Texas Conference. Bradley is serving and improving the lives of children in Cambodia. He will share stories and answer questions about his calling and his ministry, and how his work directly affects children who are on the street, orphaned, or in need of care to become ...

University Senate Approves Online Education Plan

2/9/2011
Students pursuing ordination in The United Methodist Church will be able to complete up to two-thirds of their seminary classes online, as long as those classes are offered by one of the 13 United Methodist theological schools or Asbury Theological Seminary.   A statement issued on January 27 by the University Senate and the Commission on Theological Education said that “online education is a growing opportunity for innovative teaching that will likely reduce the role that geography plays in ...

College Station Church Hosts Area Revival

2/8/2011
Lord, send a revival, and let it begin with me! Are you tired of the mean spirited nature of our world today? Would you like an infusion of love and hope in your community? Christ UMC in College Station will host REVIVEBCS, March 6-8, 2011, in what is hoped to be a mere spark that will re-ignite the fires of Bryan and College Station’s heart and vibrant spirit. By reaching out to others across the community and across boundaries that often see things differently, the church hopes to impact the ...

Friendswood UMC Presents Prayer Conference 2011

2/8/2011
Over the years, churches and religious institutions have sought to answer the questions, “What do you say when you pray? Or, “How do we pray effectively?” Friendswood UMC will offer a 2-day conference that will address these questions and others concerning prayer.   “The event will bring new energy and understanding to the meaning of prayer,” says Diane Taylor, Communications Director for Friendswood UMC. “Can you imagine what would happen if the members of a church began praying powerful ...

New Church Leadership Institute - A Discernment Retreat for Potential Church-Start Pastors

2/8/2011
Leadership is the critical factor to successful church starts. What defines effective leadership, and how can pastors explore and cultivate the unique leadership skills this calling requires? New Church Leadership Institute (NCLI) is a discernment retreat for potential church-start pastors, created to share best practices  around leadership, church-start models and community building. These insights have been identified and validated across United Methodist Annual Conferences, as well as within ...

Protecting Innovative Works Created through Ministry Activities

2/8/2011
What do patents, copyrights and trademarks have to do with ministry? The short answer is that patents, copyrights and trademarks protect creativity. A major source of creativity is ministry activities in the local church and other religious organizations.   Saturday, February 19 at 9:30 a.m., Trinity UMC Houston will present a workshop whose focus is protecting works and ideas created through ministry activities. Creativity in ministry produces kingdom work. Five primary ministry areas that ...

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