Welcoming Ministry Resources

1/6/2011
UMCOM has put together a collection of resources focused on helping leadership and parishioners consider different ways to be more welcoming to visitors and others whose lives their ministries touch.   7 Practical Elements of Welcoming offers several ideas and resources. More items are available at http://www.umcom.org/welcoming including:   Welcoming Training Manual One-Hour Welcoming Training Session (PDF) Ideas That Show We Care (PDF) Welcoming Tips (PDF) Mystery Guest Audit ...

Church Growth Lay LeadershipTraining Has Something for Everyone

1/5/2011
The Central South District is offering leadership training for lay leaders Sunday, January 30, from 2 - 6 p.m. at the First UMC –West Campus. The theme for the event is: C-H-A-N-G-E (Choose to Have a New Growth Experience).   The training will provide opportunities to address both the programming and administrative aspects of church ministry. “We are very excited about this training opportunity,” said Rev. Lawrence Young, District Superintendent of the Central South District. “Strong and ...

Early Response Team Training - Jan. 15

1/5/2011
The next early responder team training will be held Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM at St. Peter’s UMC, Katy.   The mission of an early response team is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster.   Teams are trained and equipped to enter a disaster site soon after one strikes. They are self-sustaining with their own transportation, fuel, food, equipment, and lodging already covered. The cost is $25.00 per person and lunch included.   Contact Persons...

Perkins Lay School of Theology

1/5/2011
Spirituality and the book of First Corinthians are the topics for the semi-annual Perkins Lay School of Theology at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 22. Specifically, the topics and instructors are 1st Corinthians: Then and Now by Jaime Clark-Soles, Associate Professor of New Testament, Perkins School of Theology and SoulSolutions: Living a Life of Holy Adventure by Frederick W. Schmidt, Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality and Director of Spiritual Formation and ...

Church Prays for Peace and Hopes for End of Turmoil

1/4/2011
Following a dispute over the November 28 election that meant to end an eight year crisis, the Western African country, Côte d’Ivoire is paralyzed by a three-week long curfew and violence in some cities. For the United Methodist Church in Cote d’Ivoire, this has become an opportunity to reinforce its ministries, though it is threatening the continuation of its spiritual enlightenment activities.   In the southern government area and the northern rebel’s areas, the situation is not alike. What is...

GBCS Offers Leadership Development Opportunities for “Social Justice-Minded Students"

1/4/2011
Get started now to meet the Jan. 10, 2011, deadline to apply for a 2011 Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship in Washington, D.C. The EYA program is for 18 to 22-year olds with an interest in exploring issues of public policy, social justice advocacy and social change.   Sponsored by the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS), the nine-week summer internship program is for young adults representing the five ethnic minority caucuses of The United Methodist Church: Native Americans, ...

Recent Sermons from Around the Conference

1/4/2011
The following links to sermons were selected at random for your enjoyment. They are listed in no particular order.   Dr. E.B. Beasley. - "Who Sets Your Agenda?" FUMC Humble http://www.fumc-humble.org/templates/System/details.asp?id=41415&PID=574216   Rev. Gary Bagley – The Witness Bering Memorial UMC http://www.beringumc.org/wit.htm   Rev. Stephanie Lind – Star-Struck Houston Holy Covenant http://www.holycov.org/podcasts.html   Rev. Greg Smith – I’ll Follow the Son Splendora Countryside http:...

Young Adults In Mission

1/4/2011
What do you want to do with your life? People never tire of asking young people this question. Everyone has their own answer. Here is one more: become a US-2 or Mission Intern. Who is eligible? If you are between the ages of 20 to 30 and are committed to addressing the root causes of injustice so that the gospel is lived out alongside communities and organizations seeking peace and systemic transformation, consider applying to become a United Methodist US-2 or Mission Intern. US-2s serve in ...

Russell Memorial UMC Re-Defines “Church Burning”

1/3/2011
The two men who pled guilty to burning down Russell Memorial UMC are facing life in prison. The church itself is facing new life, which began on February 4 – when the fire was set.   “I knew at 5:45, when I got the phone call that the arsonists had gotten us,” said Larry Turner, the church’s lay delegate to the Texas Annual Conference. “It seemed to change our whole church immediately. While firemen were fighting fire on one side, the church members were setting up the fellowship hall for Sunday...

2011 Special Sundays

1/3/2011
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

1/3/2011
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

1/3/2011
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

1/3/2011
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

7/16/2010
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

1/20/2010
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 ...

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