Japanese Christians Begin Relief Work

The United Church of Christ in Japan has established a disaster relief center in the Tohoku District in northern Japan, which was severely affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The Rev. Jeffrey Mensendiek, a United Church of Christ missionary who serves as director of youth ministries at the Emmaus Center in Sendai, helped set up the center. “We also have people going out into the community to gather information about how people are coping in the (area’s) evacuation centers,” he wrote...

Online Course on Faith and Immigration

The Rev. Jim Perdue, National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry missionary assigned to the Desert-Southwest Annual (regional) Conference, will present a free webinar on the intersection of the Christian faith and immigration. The seminar will be April 25-June 17. It will explore various Bible verses as well as the book “Christians at the Border.”   The course is open to people who commit to leading at least one related study in their congregation, region or religious community. To register, ...

TCU Wesley - Launch 2011

The TCU Wesley Foundation is holding an event in April for students accepted for entry in the fall of 2011.   Join in for a day of fun with college-bound students and get a taste of life in active campus ministry. Link up with current students, take a tour of campus and freshman dorms, listen to a student panel with current members of the TCU Wesley, and attend a TCU vs. New Mexico baseball game.   Where: TCU Wesley Foundation: 2750 West Lowden Street Fort Worth, TX 76109 When: Saturday, April ...

Youth Interested in Conference Youth Council

Each Spring, the Conference Youth Council (CYC) has a meeting in which 6 at-large youth members are elected to the CYC. Elected at-large members serve alongside the other district representatives who serve on the CYC. On Friday-Saturday, April 1-2, the Conference Youth Council (CYC), is having an open house and at-large member election at First UMC Lufkin, Youth & Worship Center (http://lufkinfirst.com).   Any youth who are in grades 6-11 and interested in participating on the CYC are welcome ...

United Methodist Women Reach Out to Japan

United Methodist Women are praying for the Japanese people and for all of the missionaries and mission institutions in the country that was hit by earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown on March 11. Harriett Olson, deputy general secretary of the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries, conveyed the concerns of the organization of women organized for mission. Ms. Olson said that daily messages are received from the Wesley Center in Tokyo and the Asian Rural Institute in ...

Kim Cape Elected General Secretary of GBHEM

The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Board of Directors unanimously elected the Rev. Kim Cape to lead GBHEM as its new general secretary, Bishop Marcus Matthews announced Friday. The directors voted during their March 17-19 spring meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Cape, the former executive director of New Church Growth and Transformation for the Southwest Texas Annual Conference, said GBHEM’s job as the leadership agency is to “help folks see where God is leading” and that one ...

552 Congregations Saluted for Honoring UMC Core Value of Connectional Giving

On behalf of the ministries and mission of the Texas Annual Conference and the whole United Methodist Church, I want to recognize and thank every church that paid 100% of its apportionments. I also express my appreciation to those congregations that stretched and worked to do the best possible toward reaching 100% of their goal. I am aware that some congregations went into their reserves while others made heroic efforts in this difficult economic year. Thanks to all of you.   Our conference ...

Texas Conference Archives Acquires Permanent Home

It is the mission of the Commission on Archives and History to (1) to preserve the official records of the Texas Annual Conference; (2) to assist local churches preserve their own historical records and (3) to provide a ministry of education and interpretation about the history of the Texas Annual Conference.   The Commission met recently to discuss permanent placement for the Conference’s historical records. A new project is underway to build a facility to house archival records, along with ...

This Week in Texas Methodist History

A standard feature of larger Texas Methodist churches in the 20th century was a men’s Sunday School class taught by a dynamic teacher. Marvin Methodist church in Tyler had one of the outstanding teachers in all of Methodism, Galloway Calhoun, teacher of the Friendly Class. Calhoun began teaching on March 23, 1930 and continued until his death in 1962. Read more at the Texas Methodist History Blog

Around the Conference – Recent Sermons from Clergy

The following links to sermons were selected at random for your enjoyment. They are listed in no particular order.   Are You Perfect? - Rev. Carol Turner Cedar Bayou Grace http://www.cedarbayougrace.org/news/audiovideo/sermons-resources   Lord, Teach Us to Pray - Rev. Deborah Proctor Deer Park UMC http://www.dpumc.org/worship/sunday-morning-worship/sermons-online   John 8:2-11- Rev. Jason Burnham St. Luke’s Bryan College Station http://www.sermoncloud.com/st-lukes/   Be Perfect - Rev. Danny ...

Cote d'Ivoire Special Fabric Project

Representatives from Holy Covenant, Servants of Christ and Chapelwood sewing ministries met Wednesday, March 9, at the Texas Annual Conference Service Center in Houston to share ideas about how they might contribute to the missional sewing project. Many ideas were discussed and patterns were shared by those in attendance.    Several toddler aprons have been made by conference staff and there was excitement about having more of these made to sell. Each person left with at least 12 yards of ...

Early Responder Team Training

The next ERT Training will be held Saturday, March 19 at First UMC Pasadena from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.   Early Response Teams provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster; are trained and equipped to enter disaster sites; self-sustaining with their own transportation, fuel, food, equipment, and lodging.   Download Registration   Contact Rev. Clay Whitaker at: 281-917-6309 The training costs $25 and includes lunch.  

Grant Enables UMM to Recruit Mentors for Children of Incarcerated

A $7,300 grant from the Human Relations Day offering will enable the General Commission on United Methodist Men to continue its effort to recruit adults to serve as mentors of children of incarcerated parents through the Amachi program of Big Brothers – Big Sisters. In 2010, the commission led facilitation meetings in 12 annual conferences; the sessions led to 41 adults agreeing to serve as mentors through the Amachi program. Those annual conferences continue to recruit persons who are willing ...

Japan Emergency Update: UMCOR Responds

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has partnered with the United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ) and first-responder GlobalMedic to bring immediate relief to communities in Japan affected by last week’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami.   A grant to the UCCJ will help the church respond to the most pressing humanitarian needs in the wake of the crisis, including clean drinking water, food, basic cooking and eating supplies, clothing, and fuel (mainly for heating).   In ...

UMCOR - Ways to Make an Impact

LIBERIA: REFUGEES POUR IN FROM COTE D’IVOIRE At least 80,000 refugees have fled political unrest in Cote d’Ivoire and taken up sanctuary in neighboring Liberia, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In all, more than 450,000 Ivorians have been displaced since fighting broke out following contested presidential elections. United Nations observers of the November 2010 elections certified that Alassane Outtara won the elections, but incumbent Laurent Gbagbo has refused to...

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