Social Principles Bulletin Inserts Available

The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has developed bulletin inserts featuring individual United Methodist Social Principles. The new resource, designed to be included in church worship bulletins, can be downloaded for free from the agency’s Web site. Twelve Social Principles under the Social Community are in the first release of inserts. The inserts highlight positions approved by the denomination’s highest policy-making body, the General Conference, on issues such as immigrants, health...

UMCOR - Ways You Can Help

SRI LANKA: NEARLY ONE MILLION PEOPLE AFFECTED BY FLOODING Nearly a million people have been affected by severe flooding in Sri Lanka since monsoon rains began to pelt the island nation on December 26. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), which has a program office in the hardest hit area, Batticaloa, is preparing to respond.   About 967,000 people have been affected, including nearly 200,000 who have been displaced from their homes, says the United Nations Office for the ...

Around the Conference – Recent Sermons

The following links to sermons were selected at random for your enjoyment. They are listed in no particular order.   Rev. Ernie Turney – The Witness Bering Memorial UMC, Houston   Rev. Rob Renfroe – Mistaken Identity The Woodlands UMC       Dr. Dave Meadows – Welcoming Christ into Our Lives Cornerstone UMC, Houston   Rev. Elizabeth Duffin – Here and Hereafter Lakewood UMC, ...

This Week in Texas Methodist History

Wesleyan College Receives Charter January 16, 1844. Sam Houston had an interesting signature. The capital S in “Sam” was a bit ambiguous. It often looked more like an “I” than an “S.” The result was a signature that proclaimed “I am Houston.” On January 16, 1844 he used that signature to complete the process of chartering Wesleyan College in San Augustine. San Augustine was an important place in the Republic of Texas. The main land route by which immigrants, traders, and other travelers came ...

Haiti: After the Earthquake

United Methodist News Service shares images from Haiti just after a massive earthquake hit in January 2010, and nine months later. All photos by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service. For more information about United Methodist efforts in Haiti, go to Related Article: Haiti Makes Slow, but Measurable Progress

Confirmation Breakfast with Bishop Huie

2010-2011 Confirmation Candidates, you are invited along with parents, pastors, Christian educators, youth leaders and teachers for youth fellowship to come have breakfast and hear Bishop Janice Riggle Huie’s testimony and call to our youth to make disciples of Jesus Christ.   This gathering will take place at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center on Saturday morning, February 19, 2011 and will give confirmation youth a chance to visit each other and get to know the Bishop of The Texas Annual ...

Weekend Retreat for Young Adults

And You Give Yourself Away weekend retreat for Young Adults for 40 and under couples or singles will take place January 21-23, 2011. We are extending the online registration deadline to Monday January 17th at 9pm. If you miss the deadline, you may contact the retreat registrar Meg Edmondson at, to see if you can still get in. See flyer for tentative schedule and additional info   Register for this event   Cho-Yeh Camp and Conference Center 2200 S. Washington Ave., ...

Art and Religion Tackle Capital Punishment

The author of the novel, Dead Man Walking, will moderate a conversation of religious leaders whose business is life.   Bishop Janice Riggle will join Cardinal Daniel Dinardo of the Roman Catholic Church; Bishop Mike Rinehart of the Evangelical Lutheran Church; Rabbi David Lyon of Congregation Beth Israel and other leaders for the “Religious Leaders Dialogue on the Death Penalty” at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall on January 18 at 7:30 p.m.   Moderated by Sr. Helen Prejean, author of the book ...

Christ UMC Sugarland Member Given National Prison Fellowship Award

Robert Crenshaw, a member of Christ UMC of Sugar Land, was recently awarded the National Prison Fellowship Shining Star Award.  This award recognizes a select few of the outstanding employees and volunteers who serve in Prison Ministries all over the United States.   It is based on significant contributions made to further Christ UMC Sugarland’s Prison Fellowship’s mission which is, to seek the transformation of prisoners and their reconciliation to God, family, and community through the power ...

Ministers Week Set for February 7-9 at Perkins School of Theology

Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University will host Ministers Week February 7-9, 2011 at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center on the SMU campus.   “What’s a Christian to Do? – Thinking Faithfully about War and Peace in Troubled Times” is the theme for this year’s gathering.   Registration, pricing, event details, and lodging information are available at     Lectures to Be Presented Joseph L. Allen, Professor Emeritus of Ethics at Perkins, will present...

PIM Seminar Focused on Strengthening Mission Leaders

Partners in Mission is offering a seminar to help you become a better leader in Missions for your church. The event will be held February 12, 2011.   United Methodist volunteers have become one of the greatest resources for Christian outreach in today’s world. Tens of thousands of volunteers reach out in ministry to neighbors near and far.    “Participating in missions is a life changing experience for the individuals of our churches.  To be better at missions is our goal and inviting Dr. ...

UMCOR - Ways You Can Help

HAITI: ONE YEAR OF RELIEF AND RECOVERY A year ago, on January 12, an earthquake shook Haiti and provoked massive damage. About 75 percent of the capital city crumbled, and rubble was piled high in the streets. Some 3 million people were affected, including a million left homeless and hundreds of thousands dead or injured.   Over the course of the past 12 months, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has worked with partners in Haiti and the United States to bring relief and recovery ...

Young Adult Retreat Promises Rejuvenation, Fellowship and Renewal

Texas Annual Conference young adults are invited to take some time apart to be filled by something other than the daily grind. The “And You Give Yourself Away” retreat aims to provide a refreshing break for busy young adults, with the added bonus of meeting and fellowshipping with other United Methodists.   Not only is this the first conference-wide young adult retreat, but it’s the first substantial undertaking of the young adult ministry in a quite a while. Rev. Dan Conway, the TAC director of...

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.  

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