VBS Photo Gallery from Summer 2019

8/1/2019
Thank you to all who submitted photos to our VBS photo contest! Several photos were submitted highlighting summer fun and vibrant youth ministries. We chose "Kids from FUMC Gladewater leading closing worship" - submitted by Beth Lee as the winner. (What's better than youth stepping up to lead worship?) There were several great submissions to the contest. See the Gallery on Facebook: Even if you missed the contest, you can still share your photos and discuss the winners on the original FB ...

TUNE UP Worship Band Gathering

7/31/2019
Join Mark Swayze, DeAndre Johnson, and Craig Gilbert for the sixth annual "TUNE UP worship band gathering" Aug. 17, 2019 at Christ UMC, Sugar Land. For those who have never experienced this event, it is an opportunity for contemporary worship musicians to learn and grow with specific learning tracks for worship leaders, vocalists, drummers, guitarists (all varieties), keyboardists, and sound techs. There will also be sessions available on a range of other topics vital to contemporary worship. ...

Back to School: Free Resources for Churches, Free Backpacks for Children

7/25/2019
  By Shannon W. Martin   With the end of summer right around the corner, families across the TAC are already beginning to think about their children going back to school. But for families who are low income, this can be a dreaded time of year, with school supplies costing anywhere from $200 to $375 annually.    So, the TAC is coming alongside churches to provide communications resources for a Back-to-School Sunday, including free graphics, social media posts, the Bishop’s prayer, and other ...

Families of Special Needs Children Surprised by Support from Youth Workers

7/25/2019
  By Lindsay Peyton - Español   There’s an army of youth in the UMC marching out into the world to make a difference. U.M. ARMY stands for “United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission by Youth.” High school and college students serve adults who are unable to maintain and repair their homes. While combining their strength to help others, these cadets enjoy spiritual growth, fellowship and leadership development along the way.   A recent group of projects in Athens, Texas brought together U.M. ARMY ...

God Commands Us to Welcome the Immigrant

7/25/2019
By Roy Maynard - Español   We must welcome the strangers, Bishops of the five United Methodist Church Episcopal Areas in Texas along with several retired Bishops say—and show them the love and hospitality of Christ.   They’ve penned a letter to the Church calling for non-partisan solutions to the immigration crisis at our nation’s southern border.   “I take the Bible very seriously; God commands us to welcome the stranger and help them feel at home among us,” said Bishop Scott J. Jones of the ...

New Initiative Being Launched to Strengthen the African American Church

7/25/2019
By Roy Maynard   Hoping to reverse recent trends, Bishop Scott J. Jones has launched a project that he hopes will strengthen the African-American churches in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The African-American Church Initiative (AACI) will focus its efforts on 12 to 18 churches this year and next, with training for both clergy and lay leaders.   “Over the last decade or two, many of the African-American churches have decreased in membership and resources,” said the ...

THE DOORS ARE OPEN: East Texas Church Helps Fellow Sanctuary from Closing

7/25/2019
By: Mye Owens Republished with permission. Original post FLINT, Texas (KETK) Every year thousands of churches across the country are being forced to sell their property or even close doors, some right here in East Texas. Sunday morning service is a tradition for millions, but for a church in Flint, its been a struggle to keep people in the pews. “This whole story begins with the membership of Flint United Methodist Church reaching out to DaySpring and saying hey we know that God is not ...

Back to School Prayer Gathering

7/24/2019
Join us in getting the school year off to a strong start by praying for our schools and volunteers together. A back to school prayer gathering event will be held Friday, August 16, 2019 from 7:00PM - 8:30PM at: City of Refuge Church 3150 Yellowstone Blvd Houston, Texas 77054 Register here   Back to School activities from Loving Houston    

Houston Lay School of Theology - August 16-17, 2019

7/24/2019
Join us for a two-day event by Perkins Lay School of Theology Location: St. Paul's UMC 5501 Main Street, Houston, TX 77004   Free evening lecture: Advice We Wish We'd Taken! The Proverbial Wisdom of the Bible   Register for a day-long class: Wise Up! Four Biblical Virtues for Navigating Life  Advanced registration will be open through August 9, 2019. Registration will also be available at the door.   Schedule: Friday, August 16 7:00 p.m.- Doors open 7:30 to 9 p.m.- Free Public Lecture: "Advice ...

Small Membership Church Committee Training Days

7/24/2019
In an effort to make the Small Membership Church training days available to more people, we are having 5 training dates this year at various places around the conference. A Small Membership Church is defined as one that averages less than 100 in Sunday morning attendance. This represents the majority of churches in the conference.    Join us for a training day at one of these locations: August 3rd                             FUMC Crockett August 10th                          FUMC Center August ...

Letter: Methodist Bishops Call for Non-Partisan Border Solution

7/22/2019
Nonpartisan Solutions Needed We greet you in the name of our Lord. Together, we have watched with anguish the unfolding immigration crisis taking place along our southern border. Across our state, United Methodist churches are reaching out with compassion and aid to those who are suffering. We also count Border Patrol officers and those who work with agencies serving asylum seekers as members of our churches, and we know they are doing their best to respond to an overwhelming situation... See...

Church Grows by 100 Members Due to Welcoming Ministry

7/10/2019
Photos Courtesy of Kristie Wood and Michael Vaughn By Lindsay Peyton   Making everyone feel welcome is the mission at A&M UMC. Senior pastor Preston Greenwaldt counts 101 new members who have joined since January – all drawn to the warmth of the church.   “Almost all of them say, ‘This feels like home,’” Greenwaldt explained.   July marks his fourth year as the senior pastor of the church – but he and his wife Kristin both attended the church while in college. When they walked in to assume ...

Church Transformed Into a Children’s Center for Literacy and Health

7/10/2019
En Español The bountiful 48,000 square foot space that held Bethany United Methodist Church for 68 years has been given new life and a new name, the United Methodist Children’s Center.   Bishop Jones expressed thanks to the past members of Bethany UMC, Houston for the vision they had along with the conference for the future of the children in this community.   “I believe this first Children’s Center will change the trajectory of the lives of under served children in this community.   He ...

Expert Shares Tips on How to Empower Youth in Leadership

7/10/2019
By Lindsay Peyton   Clay Smallwood, director of student ministries at Lakewood UMC, Houston has some suggestions for ways to make youth ministry a success at your church, especially when it comes to empowering youth in leadership.   With 12 years of experience in student ministry and a master’s degree in youth ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary, Smallwood lives and breathes the topic every day.   “If we can get this right and make students spiritual leaders at 14 to 18 years old, when ...

How to Get Plugged in to Missions Work in the UMC

7/10/2019
Mission work is not just for full time missionaries, everyone in the United Methodist Church can get involved. We talked to South Central Jurisdiction mission advocates David and Elizabeth McCormick while they were visiting our Annual Conference recently and followed up with a phone interview.   They explained the different ways we can serve in mission work, as short-term volunteers or serving as full time missionaries.   “A lot of the UMC members don’t even realize that the national UMC has a ...

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