March 2011 Singles Events

3/2/2011
There are several churches around the conference with ministries focused on single adults. See what's going on in March 2011 at: http://www.txcumc.org/singlesevents

Young Adults: Step Out! Become a Global Justice Volunteer or Summer Intern

3/2/2011
Applications Due March 31, 2011 Young people are needed to live out their faith through social justice by interning and volunteering around the world and in the United States this summer.   Global Ministries needs Global Justice Volunteers and Summer Interns, young adults who can work for about two months with community organizations and faith-based partners to listen, learn, practice social justice, advocate with the disenfranchised, be in solidarity, and make a positive difference with ...

Church Court Clarifies Voting Eligibility

3/1/2011
When United Methodists start electing clergy delegates this spring to the denomination’s top legislative meeting, several new groups will be eligible to vote for those representatives. The new categories of electors for the 2012 General Conference were clarified by the denomination’s Judicial Council in a special called session Feb. 12. The nine-member council serves as the church’s “supreme court.” The new categories — related to elections conducted by the denomination’s annual (regional) ...

UMCOR - Ways You Can Help

3/1/2011
PAKISTAN: FLOOD EMERGENCY FAR FROM OVER “The people who were very poor in Pakistan were made poorer by last year’s flooding there,” said David Sadoo, International Disaster Response executive for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). “Lay that natural disaster on top of already existing security issues, and it’s a very difficult situation.”   Sadoo traveled to Pakistan last December with personnel from partner agency Church World Service to assess UMCOR’s continuing response to the ...

UMW Spring Celebration

3/1/2011
Texas Conference United Methodist Women’s Spring Celebration spiritual growth retreat will be held March 4-5 at Lakeview Conference Center.   The speaker will be Harriett Jane Olson, Deputy General Secretary, UMC GBGM Women's Division.  Clergy and Lay Leaders will direct 8 focus groups on the joy of sisterhood. For additional information and registration details, visit: www.txconfumw.org.   

Youth Academy Deadline Approaches

3/1/2011
The 2011 Texas Youth Academy will be held June 26-July 9 at Southwestern University. TYA is a Senior High youth intensive discipleship experience.   If your youth are planning on attending, the registration deadline is March 7th. Additional information is online at: www.texasyouthacademy.org.  

Celebration Women's Ministry Spring Conference

3/1/2011
The 2011 Celebration Women's Ministry Spring Conference will take place April 8-10.     The registration deadline, March 20, is just around the corner.   Speakers include Rhea Briscoe; Dr. Shirley Arnold; and Mak Young.   Additional information: http://www.CelebrationMinistries.org.  

Brazoria UMC Celebrates 175 Years

3/1/2011
Imagine a rural congregation serving their community for 175 years, across the 19th, 20th and into the 21st Centuries. First United Methodist Church of Brazoria was established in 1836 as a direct response to Texas’ independence from Mexico. In those days, Protestant congregations could not legally be established in Texas. Imagine a rural congregation, usually no more than 50 people, standing the test of time and events. Events such as the Civil War, Reconstruction, the advent of electricity, ...

Anonymous Donor Gives $100,000 to GBHEM Scholarships

2/28/2011
A United Methodist elder, who has a long history with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, and his wife have donated $100,000 to the Special Seminary Scholarship Fund to help those seeking ordination in The United Methodist Church. “I was able to graduate from seminary with no debt because of scholarships, and my wife and I wanted to help others do that,” he said. They asked that the donation remain anonymous. “Those who enter ministry without significant debt are better ...

Historical Society Meeting in March

2/28/2011
The Texas United Methodist Historical Society will be meeting at Chappell Hill United Methodist Church and Brenham from March 24-26.  The theme of the meeting is Robert Alexander and His World 1811-2011.    The meeting will begin on Thursday, March 24, at noon with registration.  The Rev. Paula Behrens, the host pastor will welcome the group at 1:00 p.m. The Rev. William Lanigan, the Texas Conference historian will speak on the life of Robert Alexander, one of the first commissioned Methodist ...

Webcast: UMCOR Sudan, Feb. 28

2/28/2011
Join UMCOR-NGO for an interactive discussion on its water, sanitation and hygiene projects (WASH), education, agriculture, as well as school reconstruction work in Sudan on Monday, Feb. 28.   More information via UMCOR  

UMCOR: You Can Make a Difference

2/24/2011
HAITI: BUILDING A COMMUNITY-RESPONSIVE HEALTH SYSTEM In the rural Leogane District, epicenter of last year’s earthquake in Haiti, access to health and other services is limited at best. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with partner organization Global Health Action (GHA) to meet basic health and development needs of the poor there.   With UMCOR support, GHA has developed a program to offer continuing education, training, support, and equipment to a core group of ...

Despite Tough Times, Church Giving Rises

2/24/2011
At a time when fixing the church roof or hiring a youth pastor might take precedence over supporting world mission, overall giving increased to the global United Methodist Church. Fifteen of the denomination’s 59 U.S. annual (regional) and missionary conferences paid 100 percent of the money asked of them to support the denomination’s ministries around the world. The total collected was $27.8 million short of the $157.2 million budgeted and agreed to by members of the denomination at the 2008 ...

Global Church Membership Tops 12 Million

2/24/2011
While The United Methodist Church’s U.S. membership has continued to shrink, its growth elsewhere in the world has put it over the 12 million-member mark for the first time, newly released statistics show. The church’s membership in Africa, Europe and Asia grew from 3.5 million to 4.4 million in the five years ending in 2009, according to the United Methodist Council on Finance and Administration. In that time, worldwide membership increased from almost 11.6 million to nearly 12.1 million. “The...

“Angels and Demons” Concert at St. Paul’s UMC Houston

2/23/2011
The Bay Area Chorus of Greater Houston (BAC) will present a concert at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church following the theme of “Angels and Demons.” St. Paul’s Choral Scholars, a choir of select high school musicians that leads the church’s 9:45 a.m. Sunday worship services, will be among the choirs showcased in this concert, which will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 27.   Repertoire spanning 300 years reflects the enduring influence of angels, as portrayed in works by George Frideric Handel, ...

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