How to Get Plugged in to Missions Work in the UMC

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 ...

Small Church Takes Bishop’s Challenge, Donates 776 Books to Local School

By Lindsay Peyton - En Español   Phelps UMC in Huntsville may be a small church – but members recently proved that the size of their hearts is what matters. The Rev.Aaron New, lay leader Allen Sapp and lifelong member Cindy Rohe recently gifted 700 books to the community, thanks to donations of church members. They hope their gift will inspire others to follow in their footsteps – and help send kids on a journey of learning and literacy.   Rohe and Sapp were both sitting together at the Annual ...

Vacation Bible School Photo Contest

We are looking for a great image to promote VBS this summer. Please submit your best photo as a comment on the Facebook post below or email Contest ends July 31, 2019, and is open to all churches in the Texas Annual Conference.  

Cultivating Families Works to Get Faith-Based Communities Involved in Adoption and Foster Care

Denise Hansen is passionate about finding families willing to adopt or foster a child. She has personally fostered four and adopted one — and encourages her friends to open their homes to children in need.  She discovered Cultivating Families, a nonprofit that inspires faith-based communities to care for foster and adopted children and learned that founder Rev. Amy Bezecny was doing on a large scale exactly what Hansen wanted to accomplish. See the full article at  

Growing a Younger Generation of the Church: Pizza and Praise

By Lindsay Peyton   Children’s ministry at FUMC Canton is taking off – and soaring to new heights as it develops its youngest disciples.   When the Rev. Adam Muckleroy was appointed to the church two years ago, he noticed that children’s ministry was practically non-existent.   “There was nothing in place,” he recalled. “It had fallen by the wayside. We were at a point where we needed to get something going again, and we wanted to make something happen.”      What the church did have going, ...

Ministry Storytelling Increases Generosity

A church outside of Houston is using telling their ministry stories prior to the offering to encourage generous giving. Each Sunday St. Peter’s UMC focuses on a different ministry, like their Power UP VBS. This year’s VBS focused on the fruit of the spirit and old video games like Marie Kart. Pictured above from left to right with a group of children are: Rev. Alex Zeisig, Associate Pastor, (Luigi); Amanda McDaniel, West Campus Children’s Coordinator, (Princess Peach); Rev. Parker Zimmerman, ...

One Church Saving Money by Sharing Space

By Lindsay Peyton En Español   At first glance, Parkwood and Emanuel UMC seem to have little in common. Soon, however, the congregations will be sharing something big – their home and worship space. By working together, both congregations are already finding what they were looking for.   Parkwood UMC has struggled to fill its pews for a while, Pastor Royce Scott said. He has led the church for the past 15 years.   When Scott first arrived, his flock numbered about 30. He built it up to more 70...

Small Town Fireworks, Hotdogs, Fish Fry and Jesus

  By Lindsay Peyton   Between watching fireworks light up the night sky and singing the Star-Spangled Banner, there are plenty of opportunities for fellowship during the Fourth of July. A few TAC churches are making the most of the holiday – by spending the day together.   The Rev. Cindy Doran, at Lufkin’s Bethlehem UMC, has planned Independence Day celebrations at the church since she has served as its senior pastor. The congregation has gathered for the event well before her tenure, for about...

Top Notch Literacy Training in Churches Prevents Summer Slide

  By Lindsay Peyton En Español   HYPE Freedom Schools are built around stopping the summer slide -- that detrimental loss of learning that occurs over the break from the school. The program also instills a love of reading that can last way into the future. The TAC is hosting four Freedom Schools this summer – and doing its part to enrich children from the community.   Freedom Schools were developed by the Children’s Defense Fund and are rooted in the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964. ...

Lakeview Methodist Conference Center Names Joshua D. Pulver Chief Executive Officer

Palestine, TX – After a comprehensive search by a Selection Committee and KALEIDOSCOPE inc., Lakeview Methodist Conference Center is pleased to announce that Joshua D. Pulver has been named CEO/President to the camp, conference and retreat center, effective September 16, 2019.   According to Jim McPhail, Lakeview’s Board Chair, “We know Josh will be a great fit for Lakeview as its new leader.  There is no doubt that the camping ministry is his calling. He has been a camp director at a Methodist ...

Perkins Offers Certification in Spiritual Direction

SMU's Perkins School of Theology is offering a certification in spiritual direction. Their spiritual direction program seeks to equip individuals who feel called to serve as spiritual directors for others. Students complete a series of 8 courses over three years and attend regular meetings with their own spiritual directors.   Throughout the program, students are equipped to listen, pray, and ask questions in a fashion that encourages directees to look for the movement of the Holy Spirit in ...

Houston Methodist Hospital Named No. 1 Employer in Texas

Forbes magazine has named Houston Methodist the No. 1 employer in Texas. I’ve heard from so many employees today about how proud they are to work here, and I want to be sure everyone knows about this recognition. Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers By State is based on an anonymous survey of 50,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 500 employees. Forbes partnered with a market research company to pinpoint the organizations liked best by employees in its ranking of America’s ...

Deaf Friendly Worship: Huntsville UMC Hosts SCJ Congress

By Lindsay Peyton En Español   Huntsville FUMC is preparing to host the South Central Jurisdiction United Methodist Congress of the Deaf. Members of the multi-state region will head to Huntsville in July to learn about ministry for the deaf and hard of hearing, which has been a high priority for the church for the past nine years.   The purpose of the upcoming congress is to raise awareness about Deaf ministries and learn how we as a church can make the deaf and hard of hearing feel welcome at ...

Houston Third Ward Churches Bring Dental Clinic to Emancipation Park

By Roy Maynard   Residents of Houston’s Third Ward lined up for the blessing of free dental care in May; the Texas Mission of Mercy dental clinic, brought to Emancipation Park by four area United Methodist Churches, served about 750 people who lacked the resources to see a dentist on their own.   The first patient, a student at the University of Houston who has no dental insurance, arrived at the park the night before—just for the opportunity to have about $2,000 of needed dental work done.   “...

Lake Houston UMC is Rising from the Water

By Roy Maynard   Hurricane Harvey’s floodwaters couldn’t dampen the spirits of worshipers at Lake Houston UMC when their sanctuary was destroyed, they brought lawn chairs and blankets and praised God in the parking lot for three Sundays.   “We brought faith and hope that something good would come from this,” said the Rev. Frank Coats. “And it has, because God is good. We’ve now broken ground on our new sanctuary.”   Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm in 2017, was notable not just for its ...

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