United Methodist Church Agency Mourns the Loss of Life in the Tucson Shooting

!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> The General Board of Church & Society of The United Methodist Church joins the nation in grieving the shooting incident Saturday in which six people, including a nine-year-old girl were killed in Tucson, Ariz. We pray for comfort for those families from this terrible tragedy. We also pray for full healing and recovery for the other 12 injured victims, including U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.   Read the full statement....

Prayer Service and Call to Action for Immigration Reform

An inter-faith prayer service is scheduled for January 27, 2011 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston.   This service will include Bishop Janice Riggle Huie of the United Methodist Church as well as other faith leaders who represent the Greater Houston Area’s denominational diversity and whose mission is to join in faith, prayer and action calling on national leaders to adopt humane and ethical comprehensive immigration reform.   Download the flyer to learn more.  

Unity Matters Works to Resolve, Transform Conflict

“All pastors deal with conflict but we must all remember to stay focused on the One we serve.” This is what Rev. Kathy Harrell says is important in her role as an extension minister at Unity Matters Corporation where she helps others work through a variety of difficult situations. Her ministry is focused on conflict resolution, conflict transformation, and teaching leaders to be effective at leading during times of stress and conflict within church, community, and organizational settings. Her ...

Singles Events in January

There are several churches around the conference with ministries focused on single adults. See what's going on or learn how to add your events at: http://www.txcumc.org/singlesevents

GBHEM Scholarship Applications

United Methodist Students, Fall 2011 scholarship applications opened January 4, 2011. Due to an overwhelming increase in applications received with the online application, the GBHEM Scholarship deadlines AND requirements were changed in 2011. Learn More at: www.gbhem.org/scholarshipapplication.  

This Week in Texas Methodist History

Texas Conference and East Texas Conference Meet at San Augustine January 8, 1845. The 1844 General Conference of the MEC authorized dividing the Texas Conference at the Trinity River. The two new conferences would be known as the Western Texas and Eastern Texas Conferences until 1846 when the MECS renamed them the Texas and East Texas Conferences. Read more at the Texas Methodist History Blog  

Welcoming Ministry Resources

UMCOM has put together a collection of resources focused on helping leadership and parishioners consider different ways to be more welcoming to visitors and others whose lives their ministries touch.   7 Practical Elements of Welcoming offers several ideas and resources. More items are available at http://www.umcom.org/welcoming including:   Welcoming Training Manual One-Hour Welcoming Training Session (PDF) Ideas That Show We Care (PDF) Welcoming Tips (PDF) Mystery Guest Audit ...

Church Growth Lay LeadershipTraining Has Something for Everyone

The Central South District is offering leadership training for lay leaders Sunday, January 30, from 2 - 6 p.m. at the First UMC –West Campus. The theme for the event is: C-H-A-N-G-E (Choose to Have a New Growth Experience).   The training will provide opportunities to address both the programming and administrative aspects of church ministry. “We are very excited about this training opportunity,” said Rev. Lawrence Young, District Superintendent of the Central South District. “Strong and ...

Early Response Team Training - Jan. 15

The next early responder team training will be held Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM at St. Peter’s UMC, Katy.   The mission of an early response team is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster.   Teams are trained and equipped to enter a disaster site soon after one strikes. They are self-sustaining with their own transportation, fuel, food, equipment, and lodging already covered. The cost is $25.00 per person and lunch included.   Contact Persons...

Perkins Lay School of Theology

Spirituality and the book of First Corinthians are the topics for the semi-annual Perkins Lay School of Theology at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 22. Specifically, the topics and instructors are 1st Corinthians: Then and Now by Jaime Clark-Soles, Associate Professor of New Testament, Perkins School of Theology and SoulSolutions: Living a Life of Holy Adventure by Frederick W. Schmidt, Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality and Director of Spiritual Formation and ...

Church Prays for Peace and Hopes for End of Turmoil

Following a dispute over the November 28 election that meant to end an eight year crisis, the Western African country, Côte d’Ivoire is paralyzed by a three-week long curfew and violence in some cities. For the United Methodist Church in Cote d’Ivoire, this has become an opportunity to reinforce its ministries, though it is threatening the continuation of its spiritual enlightenment activities.   In the southern government area and the northern rebel’s areas, the situation is not alike. What is...

GBCS Offers Leadership Development Opportunities for “Social Justice-Minded Students"

Get started now to meet the Jan. 10, 2011, deadline to apply for a 2011 Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship in Washington, D.C. The EYA program is for 18 to 22-year olds with an interest in exploring issues of public policy, social justice advocacy and social change.   Sponsored by the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS), the nine-week summer internship program is for young adults representing the five ethnic minority caucuses of The United Methodist Church: Native Americans, ...

Recent Sermons from Around the Conference

The following links to sermons were selected at random for your enjoyment. They are listed in no particular order.   Dr. E.B. Beasley. - "Who Sets Your Agenda?" FUMC Humble http://www.fumc-humble.org/templates/System/details.asp?id=41415&PID=574216   Rev. Gary Bagley – The Witness Bering Memorial UMC http://www.beringumc.org/wit.htm   Rev. Stephanie Lind – Star-Struck Houston Holy Covenant http://www.holycov.org/podcasts.html   Rev. Greg Smith – I’ll Follow the Son Splendora Countryside http:...

Young Adults In Mission

What do you want to do with your life? People never tire of asking young people this question. Everyone has their own answer. Here is one more: become a US-2 or Mission Intern. Who is eligible? If you are between the ages of 20 to 30 and are committed to addressing the root causes of injustice so that the gospel is lived out alongside communities and organizations seeking peace and systemic transformation, consider applying to become a United Methodist US-2 or Mission Intern. US-2s serve in ...

Russell Memorial UMC Re-Defines “Church Burning”

The two men who pled guilty to burning down Russell Memorial UMC are facing life in prison. The church itself is facing new life, which began on February 4 – when the fire was set.   “I knew at 5:45, when I got the phone call that the arsonists had gotten us,” said Larry Turner, the church’s lay delegate to the Texas Annual Conference. “It seemed to change our whole church immediately. While firemen were fighting fire on one side, the church members were setting up the fellowship hall for Sunday...

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