Let the Music Play: One Young Man’s Incredible Gift

6/28/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   Colton Hill is many things. He is gifted intellectually, a technological wizard, and a musical prodigy. He is a good friend, a beloved brother, and a cherished son. He is all these things and more.   And oh yes, he just so happens to have been blind since birth.   “Colton has Leber Congenital Amaurosis, or LCA,” his mother, Brandy, said. “It is a rare genetic disorder that only affects about 30,000 people in the United States. There was a whole process to work through with ...

Liberated by the U.M. ARMY

6/28/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   For the past two years, Wonda Corcoran’s world has narrowed with each breath she has taken. Corcoran suffers from COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Each day, COPD has stolen a little more of her breath, and another slice of her independence. As the disease progressed and Corcoran was no longer able to climb the steps to her front door, she became virtually homebound. Outings with friends gradually gave way to doctor’s appointments which demanded someone carry her ...

Meet Your Missionary- The Rev. Doug Childress

6/28/2018
By: Sherri Gragg - En Español   The Texas Annual Conference Center for Missional Excellence welcomed the Rev. Doug Childress and his wife, Kulli Toniste, UMC Global missionaries to Estonia, on Friday, June 15th with a reception at the Conference Mission Center in Conroe. Childress was also hosted by Chapelwood UMC June 15th-16th. As a missionary with UMC Global Missions, Childress serves in one of the most challenging mission fields in the world. “According to the BBC, Estonia is the least ...

Parkway UMC Kids Fill the Bookshelves of Harvey Victims

6/28/2018
Parkway UMC members purchase books from offerings raised by children in their church. By: Sherri Gragg   Each year, the children’s ministry of Parkway UMC designates their children’s worship offering to meet a missional need. The first offering of 2018 was donated to the “We Love All God’s Children” book fair. The purpose of the book fair is to replace children’s books destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.   The Power of Books According to Julie Baker-Fink, President of the Barbara Bush Houston ...

Scott Gilpin: In Love With Hope

6/28/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   Saturday, September 21, 2013 Scott Gilpin stopped by the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya to run an errand. Instead, he bore witness to a terrorist attack that changed his life forever.   Terror in Nairobi As Scott Gilpin walked across the parking lot of the Westgate Mall, a car screeched to a stop in front of him. As the door flew open, men armed with AK-47s rushed toward the mall entrance, firing as they ran. Immediately, a security guard fell dead. Over and over again, the ...

There’s No Place Like Home: Bethany UMC’s Youth Say “Good-Bye”

6/28/2018
By: Sherri Gragg   In January 1950, Bethany UMC Houston held its first worship services in the auditorium of a local junior high school. Two years later, they moved onto the property from which they would passionately serve their community for the next 66 years. Especially the children.   Jesus Loves Me, This I Know Every Sunday, year in and year out, Bethany UMC taught countless children that Jesus loved them as they rocked them in the nursery, welcomed them into Sunday School, and walked ...

Texas Churches of United Methodist Church Awarded $1,050,000 for Harvey Relief

6/27/2018
Thanks to a $1,050,000 grant from the Rebuild Texas Fund, the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church will now be able to repair Hurricane Harvey homes in 13 underserved counties. “The United Methodist Church has been on the ground since day one and we are in this for the long haul,” says Scott Moore, Disaster Response Coordinator for the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. “We will continue to rebuild homes across Texas until they are done.” Through this ...

Fight Night at Tomball UMC (event cancelled)

6/25/2018
Fight Night at Tomball UMC scheduled for August 16, 2018 has been cancelled.

50 Ways to Welcome Your New Pastor

6/21/2018
Churches can always find new ways to help new pastors make a positive transition. The Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary has posted a list of 50 ways to welcome a new pastor and includes ideas such as: -Begin praying daily for the new pastor and family, even as you continue to pray for your departing pastor and family. -Make sure the pastor’s spouse and children, if applicable, are invited to Sunday School and other appropriate small groups. -Have a small group on...

Bishop's Statement on Behalf of Immigrant Children

6/19/2018
Like many of you, I am incredibly and deeply disturbed that innocent, immigrant children are being separated from their parents.   Recently, the United Methodist Board of Church and Society released a statement, which in part says: “Jesus is our way, our truth and our life. The Christ we follow would have no part in ripping children from their mothers’ arms or those fleeing violence. It is unimaginable that faith leaders even have to say that these policies are antithetical to the teachings of ...

More than 200 Local Teens to Spend Next Week Restoring More than 20 Homes Flooded in Hurricane Harvey

6/16/2018
Houston, TX – From Sunday, June 17 through Thursday, June 22, more than 130 high school students, 70 middle school students, and 80 adults will participate in the annual SUMMIT local serving experience hosted by Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Memorial.  Middle school volunteers will work with Loaves and Fishes, Magnificat House, and prepare health kits for the homeless, while high school volunteers will deploy to more than 20 homes in the Greater Fifth Ward that were flooded in Hurricane...

Meet Your Missionaries

6/12/2018
The Texas Annual Conference Mission Center in Conroe invites you to meet your missionaries as they welcome Rev. Doug Childress, Missionary in Estonia and his wife Kulli Toniste.   The reception will be held Friday, June 15th from 1:30pm—3:00pm at the TAC Mission Center                                                                                                  3765 N Loop 336 East Conroe, TX  77301   Refreshments will be served.   Contact Christine Riggle at the Mission Center for directions...

!Celebracíon! “¿Quién es Mi Familia?”

6/7/2018
By: Shari Gragg En Español Celebración, the Hispanic Ministries 2018 Texas Annual Conference worship service, was a beautiful evening of joyful worship and teaching. The Rev. Arturo Cadar, Coordinator of Mission Field Development presided over the evening.   Bishop Scott Jones drew the evening message from Matthew 12:46-50. “Tonight,” he said, “we will ask the question, ‘Who is my family?’” Jones went on to remind attendees that Jesus continually reached across boundaries of status, race, and ...

2018 Texas Annual Conference Ministry Awards

6/7/2018
The Rev. Vickie Simons welcomed attendees to the Texas Annual Conference Awards Banquet. The invocation, provided by Bishop Scott Jones, was followed by the sponsor’s welcome provided by Ron Jeannette, CEO of Methodist Retirement Communities. The awards are as follows:   100% Apportionment Districts Awards Presented by Mrs. Peggy Miller   East District- The Rev. Dr. Richard P. White, District Superintendent West District- Don House, The Rev. Wanda J. Bess, District Superintendent      MRC ...

Episcopal Address: The Main Thing

6/7/2018
By: Sherri Gragg En Español   Bishop Scott Jones anchored his Episcopal Address with Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16. This passage, which the Bishop asserted has weighed heavily on his heart as of late, challenges Believers to live lives of love, unity and maturity as the Body of Christ.”   “As United Methodist Christians,” the Bishop said, “the main thing is our mission. We were not born out of doctrinal disagreement but out of a deep compassion for people in the suburbs in England who were not being ...

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