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.  

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 ...

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