Theology on Tap

Theology on Tap (TOT) is what happens when church and happy hour collide. Six times a year more than 150 young adults of all beliefs and perspectives gather at an inner loop ecumenical setting to have a beer together and discuss matters of faith. This innovative mixer of sorts is the brainchild of several pastors and youth leaders. Two years ago Chapelwood UMC’s young adult ministry leader Rev. Andy Cunningham rallied some young adult ministry leaders in central Houston to discuss how to engage...

102nd Homecoming Celebration - St. Paul, Port Arthur

St. Paul UMC, Port Arthur invites all for a good time in Christian discipleship and fellowship as we celebrate our 102nd Annual Homecoming with Guest Speaker, Rev. Irv White of Windsor Village UMC, Houston. The event will be held Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at 821 Texas Avenue, Port Arthur, TX 77640. For additional information, contact:     Jacqueline Gunner (409) 985-9977    

109th Anniversary - Trinity East UMC, Houston

You are invited to the 109th Anniversary of Trinity East UMC, Houston Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Guest Speaker Bishop Robert E. Hayes, Jr. (Retired) Senior Pastor, Reverend Marilyn M. White  Trinity East United Methodist Church  2418 McGowen Street Houston, Texas 77004  See Flyer

Burning Passion to Preach

Rev. William Sowell, who retired his fireman’s helmet in 2013, knows what it’s like to put his life on the line for something he believes in.  Sound familiar? It’s a theme repeated throughout his favorite book, the Bible.   Pastor Sowell’s calling is to help people. That’s what he enjoyed most about his nearly 30 years as a firefighter in Galveston, and what he loves now about his role as the third pastor of Galilee UMC in Texas City.     “There is no value in life without giving of yourself,” ...

CLT/DLT Launch Event

CLT/DLT Launch Event Nov 16, 2017 Join us for the CLT/DLT Training Event that will take place November 16, 2017 at Lufkin, First UMC (805 E Denman Ave, Lufkin, TX 75901), from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Lunch will be catered, so we need your RSVP by October 31st to to attend this event. See Flyer  

Crowdsource Rescue: Puerto Rico

The Fog of Disaster As Hurricane Harvey roared into Houston, data engineer Matthew Marchetti sat with his business partner Nathan Larson in their leaking office where they are normally busy running their business, Phase Four.   But this day was different because Harvey had arrived, and Harvey was no ordinary hurricane. Soon, Matthew watched in dismay as his phone began to light up as members of his church, Chapelwood UMC, began calling out for rescue to fellow members who were desperately trying...

It’s Raining Gift Cards

The spouses of UMC clergy delivered love, in the form of thousands of gift cards, to other UMC clergy spouses who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey’s widespread flooding.   Along the Texas Gulf Coast it’s raining again, but this time it’s raining gift cards.   When word spread that approximately 30 clergy in the Texas Annual Conference were personally dealing with water in their homes, dozens of other clergy spouses flew into action.   The annual Texas Conference Clergy Spouse Association ...

Kid-Sized Kindness

If her eyes are not focused on a favorite book, fourth grader Emily Trumbature has a knack to spot people in need most everywhere she goes. When a classmate forgot her lunch money, Emily paid her way. After meeting a homeless woman at the park, Emily rallied her mom to make a fast food run so she could bless the hungry lady with bags of food and bottles of water. When the woman thanked her, Emily replied, “Remember God loves you just like he loves me.”   Her adult-like behaviors are evident ...

Leading, Loving, Learning

Retreats bring a special opportunity to share new insights and inspirations in a large group setting. This fall, 16 church groups across the north, east and northwest experienced this firsthand at the kickoff retreats for a program called ABIDE.  Developed by small member church experts from Spiritual Leadership Inc., ABIDE places the focus on discipleship and spiritual growth instead of numerical growth.  As the Daingerfield FUMC team facilitator, Erica Koolstra enjoys leading her four ...

United Methodist Vocabulary Quiz

10/23/2017 invites you to take a short quiz to test your knowledge on some of the vocabulary words we use when talking about The United Methodist Church. Take the quiz at:  

Celebrating 184 Years

It’s birthday time for McMahan Chapel, the oldest Protestant church serving in continuous ministry in Texas. Mary Lou Reece, wife of Bishop Scott Jones, will be the guest speaker at the annual celebration service Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. “I’m honored to be a part of history this month,” Mary Lou said, “and meet many of the longtime members who are continuing the legacy. Mary Lou’s life is one of rich service and leadership, both within the UMC and in business. She is President ...

Convocation on Creative Communication

In less than the time it took to write this sentence, 7,785 tweets were published. There were 62,973 Google searches, 1,097 YouTube videos viewed. (Internet Live Stats, n.d.) In a world inundated with information, it is more important than ever before for clergy and lay leaders to harness the power of creativity to share the gospel.   The Fall Convocation on Creative Communication is a wonderful opportunity for Tx UMC leaders to develop creative communication skills. The conference is offering a...

Fun Fall Ministry Ideas

Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a season for everything. In United Methodist circles the autumn tends to bring a back-to-school, back-to-church routine rich with opportunities for new ministry ideas that engage new audiences.   Pastors and Pets Over the past 14 years, the annual Blessing of the Animals has become a beloved tradition at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Houston. People and their pets gather for the festive outdoor worship service, evoking Psalm 98:4: "Make a joyful noise ...

Luther: Monk, Excommunicant, Revolutionary

As a miner and ore smelter, Martin Luther’s father knew what it meant to forge a livelihood out of backbreaking labor. Like most parents, he wanted better for his son. He dreamed of a future for young Martin in which he would he would provide bread for his family’s table with his mind instead of his hands. Martin, his father decided, would be a lawyer.   But deep within Martin Luther lay slumbering the heart of a revolutionary. At the age of 21, he left his studies to choose the very hard labor ...

Meeting Special Needs

Woodlands UMC “God moves here every day,” said Chris Robbins, Woodlands UMC Special Needs Ministry Coordinator. It is a testimony echoed by both the volunteers and the families the ministry serves.   Woodlands UMC’s “Special Blessings Ministry” began in 2004 to serve six families with young special needs children in need of care during the worship service. As the children grew, and their needs changed, “Special Blessings” grew along with them. In 2007, Woodlands UMC formed “Remix,” a youth ...

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