First United Methodist Church Bryan Celebrates 150 Years of Ministry with a Year of Service

4/26/2018
In 1868, a Methodist circuit rider, the Rev. H.V. Philpot, rode into the vibrant railroad town of Bryan, Texas. Soon he began holding worship services in the largest room in town- a theater space located above a saloon. As the numbers of worshippers grew, they were able to build a chapel on the land donated to the congregation by the local railroad. Church records show that first member of the newly established Methodist church was a Mrs. Smythe in June of 1868. This year, FUMC Bryan will ...

FUMC Pearland Takes the Church into the Streets

4/26/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   What does it mean to “Be the Church?” First United Methodist Pearland, believes the church is more than Sunday morning worship, teaching, and fellowship. Each year, on “Be the Church Sunday,” they seek to share the love of Christ with their neighbors through service.   Taking the Church into the Streets On April 8, 2018, FUMC Pearland celebrated their sixth annual “Be the Church” outreach initiative. The day of service is a church-wide event that unites an intergenerational,...

Mount Vernon Women’s Month Honors Outstanding Women of Color

4/26/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   Dr. Ruth Simmons May is Women’s Month at Mount Vernon UMC, a time to highlight the achievements of African American women in both the church and community. The highlight of this year’s events will take place on the third Sunday of May as Dr. Ruth Simmons speaks during morning worship.   As a young woman, Simmons, the daughter of sharecroppers and the youngest of 12 children, launched her stellar career in academia when she received a scholarship to Dillard University. After ...

Pray. Move Your Feet. Now…Dance!

4/26/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   “Why me?”   When La’Meka Spells-Johnson of McKinney Memorial UMC, La Marque returned home from a family vacation last fall, she found that her home had been spared the incredible destruction of Hurricane Harvey. Her family, friends, and neighbors however, had not been so fortunate.   As the waters receded to reveal the scope of her loved ones’ losses, Spells-Johnson began to struggle with feelings of guilt. “Why me?” she asked her pastor. She just couldn’t understand why her ...

Tent to Home: A Harvey Survivor Finds Hope

4/26/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   In January of this year, Pyppa Johnson, Disaster Director, Texas Annual Conference, received a call concerning a man in urgent need. James Alexander, a 72-year-old retired truck driver was living in a tent on his property in Pine Hurst, Texas.   Losing Hope Alexander’s home had been condemned after suffering catastrophic flooding during Hurricane Harvey. He had called multiple organizations seeking help, but had come up empty-handed. When Johnson arrived on Alexander’s ...

Worship, Fellowship, and Business: The 2018 Texas Annual Conference

4/26/2018
By: Sherri Gragg Each year, lay and clergy delegates from throughout the Texas Annual Conference gather to participate in a time of corporate teaching, worship, fellowship and attend important business sessions. This year 2,400 plus lay and clergy delegates, as well as several hundred guests, will meet at The Woodlands UMC to learn how to more effectively make disciples of Jesus Christ, address decisions, and assess the past year of ministry.   We Love All God’s Children Childhood literacy is a...

Ars Moriendi with Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark Soles

4/25/2018
Monday May 7 at St. Paul's UMC, Houston RSVP: http://www.stpaulshouston.org/events 

TAC 2018 Religion and Race/Church and Society Breakfast

4/25/2018

“Go and Make Disciples” Hispanic Ministry Answers the Call

4/12/2018
By: Sherri Gragg - En Español   The Rev. Arturo Cadar, Coordinator of Mission Field Development, and a leadership team of clergy and lay leaders, have developed an in-depth discipleship development program for Hispanic UMC congregations. The intensive program, “The Disciple Making Movement” seeks to fulfill Christ’s command to make disciples through a return to Wesleyan discipleship methodology. “For a long time, we haven’t done discipleship the way Wesley did discipleship,” Cadar said, “...

First UMC Sealy Spreads the Joy of Easter One Egg at a Time

4/12/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   Small Church, Huge Hunt   When First UMC, Sealy began their annual Palm Sunday Eggstravaganza, they made an intentional decision to include their community. That first year, the church hid 8,000 candy-filled eggs in Abe and Irene Levine Family Park in Sealy, Texas. When Church Administrator, Leslie Ellis, reflects on the inaugural event, she can’t help but laugh. “We thought 8,000 eggs was so much,” she says.   This year, the Eggstravaganza welcomed 800 children to hunt for ...

Happy Birthday! The UMC Celebrates 50 Years of Ministry

4/12/2018
By: Sherri Gragg    A New Denomination is Born As the ecumenical movement gained strength in the late 1960’s, the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren committed to form a new denomination in the service of Christ. The two denominations shared important similarities. Philip Otterbein, co-founder of the United Brethren, was a friend of Francis Asbury. Additionally, the doctrinal statements for the two denominations were closely aligned. In the conviction that “we are stronger ...

Like a Kid at Christmas: Blind Worship Director Finally Has the Braille Resources He Needs

4/12/2018
  By: Sherri Gragg   Called to Worship “Worship is everything,” said Dominic Bray, Contemporary Worship Leader of Winterfield, UMC, Longview.   Bray has always felt closest to God during worship, whether he is on stage leading worship during the Contemporary Service at Winterfield, or alone with his guitar. Serving as a worship leader is incredibly fulfilling for Bray. When he first began leading worship at Winterfield, the congregation was hesitant, timid to sing along. Now, each Sunday when ...

Playing Tag on the Church Lawn: Children’s Ministry Returns to Community of Love UMC

4/12/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   Angleton, TX is the picture of small town life in South Texas. There are American flags and barbeque. Pick-up trucks and baseball hats. Market Days at the fairgrounds and Wildcat football on Friday nights. Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood, at the corner of West Live Oak and Hancock Street, rests Community of Love United Methodist Church. Large trees anchor the rear of the grassy corner lot, and one can imagine children playing tag in the shade of their branches on Sundays...

The Cy-Hope Disaster Recovery Network

4/12/2018
The Cy-Hope Disaster Recovery Network in Houston has been established to provide long-term recovery assistance for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, as well as lay the groundwork for an organized and rapid response to future disasters.   When the Reverend Doctor Godfrey Hubert was on sabbatical in 2010, he answered a question that changed the course of his ministry at The Foundry UMC. “If your church ceased to exist tomorrow, would your community miss you?” Hubert returned home from ...

Trinity UMC: A Church Determined to Bridge the Privilege Gap for Kids

4/12/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   The Reverend Jill Daniels, Associate Pastor of Trinity UMC Beaumont, can’t stop thinking about children in need. Children hiding from a gunman when they should be working on their geometry homework. Children terrorized by war and starvation. The children Jesus welcomed and blessed when all others turned them away.   Most of all, her heart is broken for needy children close to home. “In 2016, we began looking at the Mission Insight reports for Beaumont,” Daniels said. “We ...

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