2011 Special Sundays

General Conference created six unique Special Sundays to help congregations work with communities, rebuild shattered lives, strengthen self-sufficiency, encourage partnerships, nurture Native American ministries, model peace and justice, provide scholarships and loans for United Methodist students, and much more.   Human Relations Day Sunday – January 16, 2011 The 1972 General Conference established Human Relations Day to promote support for Community Developers, United Methodist Voluntary ...

Celebrate "Week of Prayer" for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity invites the whole Christian community throughout the world to pray in communion with the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” (John 17:21). 2011 theme: One in the Apostles’ Teaching, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread and Prayer (Acts 2:42). The scheduled dates are January 18-25, 2011. “United Methodists respond to the theological, biblical, and practical mandates for Christian Unity by firmly committing ourselves to the cause of Christian Unity at local,...

Human Relations Day Sunday – January 16, 2011

The 1972 General Conference established Human Relations Day to promote support for Community Developers, United Methodist Voluntary Services and Police-Community Relations programs.   In 1989, the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program replaced the Police-Community Relations Program. More than 30 church-based Community Developers work in racial- and ethnic-minority communities in the United States and Puerto Rico (57 percent of the offering).   A multiracial network of grassroots social-justice...

Rethink Church Site Re-Designed

The United Methodist Church has officially launched a newly redesigned site for young adult spiritual seekers, RethinkChurch.org, which invites visitors to question, discuss, get involved and make a difference. The site is the successor to 10thousanddoors.org. Visit the Rethink Church site.

Radical Hospitality and Encounter with Jesus in the High Andes of Bolivia

As the cold July winds enveloped the eleven thousand foot high rural community of Cotani in the high mountains above Cochabamba, Bolivia, the warmth of radical hospitality and passionate Gospel celebration nurtured more than 600 hundred women, men and children from Cotani and neighboring communities in a 2 day “encounter with Jesus.” event.   The Cotani Methodist Church has been blessed by a partnership in mission connection with the Texas Conference through the ministry of the Lakewood United ...

Taking Ministry to New Heights

This article is part of a series offering a snapshot of extension ministries of the Texas Annual Conference. Please watch the conference website and Cross Connection for future articles.   By Brant Mills, Web Content Manager Chaplain Captain Buddy Walker has served in many places around the world while working as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force. His journey has taken him through a variety of diverse ministry settings and given him the opportunity to serve in many capacities as an extension ...

Encounter with Christ – Reaching Beyond the Boundaries

By Brant Mills, Texas Annual Conference Communications A presentation on October 8 at St. Paul’s UMC brought supporters of the Encounter with Christ ministry together to learn how to help more than 220 million people for whom poverty is a daily reality.   The ministry is a missional initiative of the General Board of Global Ministries, and a permanent fund, which began in 1992 to support a mission partnership with Methodist churches throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.   Encounter ...

New Demographic Analysis Tool for Churches

The Center for Congregational Excellence is offering a new tool to all churches within the Texas Annual Conference.   Churches can now access reports and schematic maps containing demographic analysis of their area from an online system available through Mission Insite at missioninsite.com.   Data provided by Mission Insite contains current year updates for population, households and families in the study area, as well as age, income, ethnicity, phase of life (generational) and MOSAIC ...

Texas Gift Funds New Opportunities to ‘Encounter Christ’

Wilson Boots and Rev. Richard Laster, when the Texas Annual Conference made its first donation of $40,000 to Encounter with Christ in 2004 (Archive Photo).     By Eleanor L. Colvin, Director of Communications A harvest of ministry partnerships and a potential for mission is being reaped throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, as a result of seeds planted in the Texas Annual Conference in 2004.   Encounter with Christ in Latin America and the Caribbean started in 1992 as a missional ...

?A Don’t-Miss Event: September Workshop for Worship Design and Leadership in Changing Communities

Passionate worship is a hallmark of a vital congregation, and an area that requires ongoing revitalization. The TAC Passionate Worship Team invites you to participate in a two-day conference at Westbury UMC next month to learn how to create environments for impactful life change. Space is limited, so register soon. “The One Body: Worshipping Together event I attended helped us develop a process for worship planning focused on the team and integrating all elements of worship; music, preaching, ...

15th Annual Inspire Women Conference

Created for Worship March 27, 2015 6:30 pm-9:30 pm Place: First Methodist Church|10570 Westpark Dr Houston, TX 77042 Cost: $25 http://inspirewomen.org/ai1ec_event/inspire-womens-15th-annual-conference/?instance_id=221   Featuring Mary Beth Chapman, Author, President of Show Hope and wife of Grammy and Dove Award winning recording artist, Steven Curtis Chapman. Anita Carman, Founder & President of Inspire Women Chrystal Evans, Daughter of Dr. Tony Evans and Author of Kingdom Woman Mark ...

Course of Study Schedule Available

The list of faculty and courses for the course of study program held in Jacksonville, Texas is now available.   See the Schedule (.PDF)   Contact Director Dr. Jimmie A. Reese for more information at jareese@aol.com

ERT Training February 7

Sign up for ERT training and Re-Certification training held Feb 7th at West District offices.    The mission of an early response team is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster. The team is neither a first response group of emergency workers nor a recovery, rebuild or repair team. Rather, teams are trained and equipped to enter a disaster site soon after one strikes. They are self-sustaining and have their own transportation, fuel, food, equipment, and lodging ...

Volunteer Training Opportunity for Bilingual Spanish and English Speakers

Volunteer Training Opportunity for Bilingual Spanish and English Speakers Saturday, September 6, 2014 First United Methodist Church 1320 Main Street Houston, TX   (Training is being offered free to volunteers) 10:00 AM: sign in and coffee / 10:30 AM – 12 noon: training / 12 noon: lunch provided Contact Shirley Broome at sbroome@txcumc.org or 713-521-9383 to register.   Learn More (PDF)

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