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 ...

Celebrate Dawson’s Ministry at Retirement Event February 25

2/7/2011
For over 100 years the Dawson name has resonated through the halls and sanctuaries of Methodist Churches across the Texas Conference, as four generations of Dawsons served and ministered to their congregations.   This month we will celebrate the rich heritage of the Dawson family’s legacy as served out through the ministry of Rev. Von Dawson. For more than 40 years, Von has given of himself to be a pastor, mentor, friend, motivator, and Christ-like example. More recently, he gets to add “chief ...

TAC Develops Training Partnership with Bolivian Pastors

2/7/2011
A group of Bolivian Methodist pastors came to Galveston in mid January for an intensive training course in psychosocial ministry titled: “Effective Pastoral Response to Persons in Crisis.” This course was offered by the Texas Annual Conference through a grant made by The Methodist Hospital.   Moody Memorial UMC and its members hosted the group and provided facilities while serving in an advisory capacity to the project. Members of Friendswood UMC, Christ UMC (Howard Street), and Mission Milby ...

UMTV Video: Rudy Rasmus' Church Growth Tips

2/7/2011
The Rev. Rudy Rasmus' challenge: Make the most of 52 Sundays a year. So far, he has been fairly successful. His congregation, St. John's Downtown United Methodist Church, has grown from nine members to 9,000. St. John’s touches lives in many ways — feeding the homeless by the thousands, operating a shelter and a medical clinic for anyone without insurance, and offering counseling, vocational training and transitional housing. See more   

Video: Prayer Service for Immigration Reform

2/7/2011
An interfaith prayer service was held on January 27, 2011 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston.   The service included Bishop Janice Riggle Huie of the United Methodist Church and 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. If you missed it, video is now online.   Judicatory Leaders Reading ...

Where is my Cross Connection?

2/7/2011
Last week’s inclement weather closed UMR Communications in Dallas, which delayed the printing of the February 4 Cross Connection.   The paper will be in your mailbox soon, and is available online at http://www.txcumc.org/crossconnection.

UMCOR Advance: You CAN Make a Difference

2/3/2011
ARMENIA: ENDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING Alisa (not her real name) fell prey to a human trafficker in her hometown in Armenia. She was just 20 years old and the single mother of an infant child. The trafficker forced her into prostitution by threatening to take away her baby. He kept her enslaved and took all the money she made.   One night, more than a year after her ordeal began, Alisa happened to catch on a television news ticker the hotline number for UMCOR Armenia’s human-trafficking prevention ...

UMCOR Renews Commitment to Haiti a Year after the Quake

2/3/2011
On the occasion of the first anniversary of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) renewed its commitment to walk “hand-in-hand” with the Haitian people on the long road to recovery.   Global Ministries leaders Bishops Bruce Ough and Janice Huie, General Secretary Thomas Kemper, and UMCOR head, Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey, traveled to Haiti and met with Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti (EMH) officials, toured program sites, and renewed the promise of solidarity ...

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