From Stressed Out to Emotionally Well

By Lindsay Peyton   Ready to hit pause and reset before you start living again? The TAC may just have the perfect solution this November. The TAC has partnered with the Upper Room, to hold a transformative retreat featuring Rev. Junius Dotson, general secretary of Discipleship Ministries. The two-day session is designed for clergy and laypeople who want to move away from feeling overwhelmed, depleted and depressed – and want to step into the light, toward spiritual well-being.   “They’ll learn ...

Historic Houston Church Survives Fire

  Photo by: Rev. Jon Eichler  By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   St. Mark’s UMC in Houston survived a fire on Friday, Sept. 20. After the flames were extinguished, the community rallied around the church in efforts to preserve the historic structure. The restoration work continues, and members have found a temporary worship space in nearby schools.   Senior Pastor Rev. Emily Chapman arrived on the scene of the fire before anyone else. “I beat the fire department there by three minutes,” she ...

Take a Walk in Your Community to Uncover New Community Needs

By Roy Maynard   Take a walk—that’s what Dr. Deborah Vaugh, senior past of Abiding Faith UMC, Houston recommends. Getting out into a community can help reveal needs, like the need for a neighborhood food pantry that Abiding Faith has worked to fill in recent months.   That new ministry, now called Abba’s Pantry, was named Rookie of the Year by the Houston Food Pantry at its recent Partner Conference.   “Like everything else, it starts with the need,” Vaugh said.   Two church members, Barbara...

Texas Churches Offer Shelter, Hope in Imelda Aftermath

Tropical storm Imelda left immense flooding in its wake. Many communities, still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, reported damage beyond belief. Area churches have jumped into action to help wherever they can. This story is the first in a series shining a light on the hope these congregations have brought to their neighbors.   Every year, Faith UMC in Fannett hosts a pumpkin patch -- a fall favorite local school fieldtrips. Each child who attends goes home with a pumpkin. After the storm ...

On a Firm Foundation: 2019 Cabinet Mission

Please be in prayer for the Texas Annual Conference Cabinet as they spend the week in mission. They are currently in Mercedes Texas building a house for a family in need. See photos in the gallery below: 

Family and Friend / Pew Rally: Pleasantville UMC, Houston

Pleasantville UMC Houston is hosting a Family and Friend / Pew Rally October 13 at 3:00 PM in their sanctuary.    The guest speaker will be Bishop Michael Bouldin.    Pleasantville UMC 8425 Tilgham St Houston, TX 77029  

Bishop Jones Featured in Texas Impact's Weekly Witness Podcast

Bishop Scott Jones was interviewed this week for Texas Impact's Weekly Witness podcast. Listen online.   

Building Strong Neighborhoods Through Affordable Home Ownership and Community Gardens

By Lindsay Peyton   The first step in learning how to best serve a neighborhood is getting to truly know the place and the people who call it home. Rev. Paul Richards-Kuan has spent the past three years doing just that at St. Paul’s UMC in Houston. He has found members of a dream team who want to make a positive impact in the East End of the city. Together, Richards-Kuan is moving forward and is already making a difference by building intentional community, based on prayer, hospitality and ...

Historic Church in Double Bayou Spared by Tropical Storm Imelda

Rev. Mary Shotlow By Roy Maynard   As Rev. Mary Shotlow of St. Paul UMC in Double Bayou watched Tropical Storm Imelda inch nearer to the Texas coastline, her memories of Hurricane Harvey were on her mind.   “Harvey was horrific for us,” she said. “We had a lot of water in Double Bayou. It just completely flooded the area. It put people out of their homes, and some houses had up to seven feet of water.”   But Imelda’s floodwaters—though destructive enough in other areas of southeast Texas—...

Pastors Envision an Overground Railroad to Help Refugees

By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   United Methodist pastors and volunteers are still at work helping a refugee mother and her child. Her journey is far from over – but luckily help pouring in from the crew of volunteers is only growing. This is the second story in our series about “Maria.”   Once asylum seekers are granted permission to stay in the U.S., they often face a whole new set of challenges. Many have little to nothing in their pockets and have spent days or even weeks without food or ...

Strategic Mapping Team Releases Proposal and invites TAC to Listening Sessions for Feedback

By Roy Maynard   What’s the future of the Texas Annual Conference? According to church leaders conducting “listening sessions” throughout the conference in late September and October, it could be leaner, more efficient—and closer to home.   “The trends we see are a desire for a closer connection and that’s going to require a deeper commitment to decentralization,” says Rev. Matt Stone, pastor of Dayspring UMC in Tyler. “The Conference wants to regain a sense of the personal—stronger relational ...

TCCSA 2019 Fall Retreat

The Texas Conference Clergy Spouse Association Fall Retreat is scheduled for October 25-26, 2019 at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center Register Online at: REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 7, 2019 - Any registrations after that date must be approved by Kay Peschke. Registration and payment online is highly encouraged. However, if you prefer to pay by check, you may register online and mail a check for payment (payable to TMF) to Kay Peschke ...

McMahan Chapel Day 2019

McMahan Chapel Day 2019 is scheduled for Saturday, October 12, 2019 beginning at 10:30 a.m. McMahan Chapel 2240 McMahan Chapel Road San Augustine, Texas 75972 Contact: Sharron Mills Phone: 936.275.6843 Email:  

Flood Buckets and Volunteers Needed

Photo by Shannon Martin Texas Annual Conference officials delivered eight pallets of flood buckets and hygiene kits to five different locations across Southeast Texas on Friday. If your church needs flood buckets or would like to assemble them, please contact 

St. Mark's UMC in Houston Damaged by Fire Amid Area Flooding

Senior Pastor Rev. Emily Chapman leads a prayer of thanksgiving with firefighters after the fire at her church was extinguished.    Well after the floods of yesterday, one of our Houston churches experienced a fire today. This is St. Mark's UMC, in the Heights neighborhood.  There is quite a bit of damage in the Educational Building and some smoke damage but it appears to be repairable. As a member Cindy Freeman said, "we'll be fine in time".   

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