The Mission Field Outside Our Doors: We Love All God's Children

By: Sherri Gragg In the opening moments of his Episcopal Address at the 2017 Conference, Bishop Scott Jones quoted second century Christian philosopher Aristides’ description of early Christians. “they love one another…If they see a stranger, they take him home and are as happy as though he were a real brother…” (The Apology of Aristides) Jones then challenged the conference to hold fast to the example of the early church in the way we love each other and minister to the mission field just ...

BMCR Annual MLK Jr. Brunch

MLK, Jr. Brunch Celebration  Monday, January 15, 2018 (10:30am to 12:30pm) The Power Center 2401 South Post Oak Road Houston, Texas 77045 Learn more at

“Don’t Kick the Dog”- How to End Christmas Conflict at Last

By: Sherri Gragg In one of the most popular holiday movies of all time, Christmas Vacation, Clark Griswold is a man in crisis. He has done everything in his power to ensure the perfect family Christmas but, despite all of his planning and hard work, he finds he is utterly inadequate to withstand the nemesis of every holiday gathering…  Family.   In one scene, Clark turns with stunned horror to his cousin Eddie and says, “Just can’t believe you’re standing here in my living room, Eddie.”   ...

Trinity UMC to Host Collaborative Health Fair

Trinity UMC, Houston will be hosting the Third Ward Collaborative Health Fair on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Participants: D.A.W.N -Third Ward Multi-Purpose Center (Diabetes Awareness and Wellness Network}  City of Houston Health Department          M.D.Anderson-Faith, Health Collaborative Initiatives in Congregations Houston Methodist Hospital     Central Care Health Clinic- Riverside Campus University of Houston- T.O.R.C. (Texas Obesity Research Center) Location:...

College Pastoral Internship Program

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 College Pastoral Internship Program! This Pastoral Internship Project for College Students was designed to encourage a diverse group of gifted young candidates to enter pastoral service in the Texas Annual Conference, and to equip local congregations to identify and encourage persons with appropriate gifts and graces and a clear sense of call to commit to pastoral ministry, the Center for Clergy Excellence offers a pastoral internship for college ...

Get Spiritually Fit in 2018

The Texas Annual Conference and GBHEM are offering two Resiliency Workshops for Clergy, Lay Ministers, and staff. January 31st in Longview and February 1st in Baytown. Come join us at a special Resiliency Workshop for Clergy, Lay Ministers, and Church and District staff. Guest presenter – Chaplain and Retired Brigadier General Ray Bailey Description of the Workshop: Spiritual fitness” is the development of those personal qualities needed to sustain a person in times of stress, hardship and ...

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A Season of Gratitude

Interpreter Magazine's final issue is focused on gratitiude. You can read this issue by clicking  on the individual articles listed below, by clicking here on ISSUU (best used on tablets) or by downloading the PDF. Interpreter, a publication of the United Methodist Church, will cease publication with the November- December 2017 issue. UMCOM is encouraging audiences to subscribe to United Methodist Now  - a free biweekly eNewsletter for church members.  Living in Gratitude, http://www.interpret...

Perkins Houston-Galveston Open House

The Perkins Houston-Galveston Extension Program is hosting an Open House at St. Paul’s UMC, Houston on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 pm. Speakers include Bishop Scott Jones and Dean Craig Hill. An overview of the plans for Extension Program will be given, as well as an update on the process. Please RSVP to Dr. Dallas Gingles at Address: St. Paul's United Methodist Church 5501 Main St. Houston, TX 77004 Learn more about the Houston-Galveston Extension Program   

Preaching After a Catastrophe

Dr. Richard Lischer offers the following ten suggestions for preaching after a catastrophic event Don’t try to encompass the meaning of the event. Although you are expected to reflect upon it by means of God’s Word, you aren’t expected to explain it or to have mastered its significance. Don’t be too quick to extrapolate on the implications of the event. Here the preacher is merely relying on TV analysis and conventional wisdom, both of which are available outside the church. Don’t get caught up...

2018 Program Calendars

11/28/2017 is offering Black Friday discounts on 2018 Program Calendars through December 1, 2017. Wall calendars, desk blotters, pocket calendars and classic book style versions are available.  

Gratitude in the Midst of Loss

In Paul's letter to the Philippians, he writes these well-known words: "Rejoice in the Lord always." (Phil. 4:4, emphasis added.) And try as we might to follow Paul's admonition, there are times when it is just plain hard. There are times, in other words, when tragedy strikes, natural disasters occur, death lands on our doorstep or disease and heartache abound. Is it possible, even amid tragedy and loss, to find something to rejoice about? Is it possible to give thanks for the thing that ...

Texas Conference Receives Grant for Harvey Relief

We are proud to announce that The Texas Annual Conference has received $500,000 in funding from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund!  These funds will be put to work to help repair around 50 homes and go toward rebuilding the lives of approximately 120 people in the Greater Houston area over the next 120 days.   The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (HHRF) was established to provide support and relief to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey in the Harris County and Houston area (which may include City ...

Texas Conference Runs Hurricane Harvey Ads

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – NOVEMBER 11, 2017 To raise money for Hurricane Harvey rebuilding, The United Methodist Churches in the Texas Conference are running newspaper, radio and billboard ads beginning this Sunday. Ads will run across major markets across the Texas Conference. Money for the advertising was given by a grant from United Methodist Communications and other generous donors. The ad reads:  Headlines fade. Water recedes, we’ll still be there. It will take years to clean up the ...

Catalyst for Renewal

Some leaders are hardwired for leading change; others have to learn to discern the ideal combination of wisdom, skills and accountability. Several leaders from the Texas Annual Conference (TAC) learned this firsthand at a Turnaround Pastor training session in Houston.   Since the two-day boot camp training is based on scientific research using The Birkman Method, TAC Birkman consultant Rev. Peter Cammarano of Chapelwood UMC Lake Jackson was more than intrigued. He attended along with Associate ...

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