Together We Serve: Third Ward Collaborative Health Fair

By: Sherri Gragg   Stronger Together “We are stronger together.” This guiding beacon of our connectional system has led the United Methodist Church to join hands to advance the Kingdom of God across the globe. Together we have fed the hungry, comforted the suffering, and sought justice for the oppressed. Together we have taught children to read, sheltered the victims of violence and disaster, and taken the good news of the Gospel throughout the world.   And together four churches from Houston’s...

UMC Women’s History: Jessie Daniel Ames

Jessie Daniel Ames -- Image courtesy of the Austin History Center, a division of the Austin Public Library (Image: By: Sherri Gragg   From Problem Child to Activist Jessie Daniel Ames was a problem child. Her unwillingness to conform to the strict Victorian societal expectations of her youth prompted her parents to frequently send her away from the dinner table for her poor manners. The fiery child spent many evenings taking her meals in the kitchen alongside the servants. It was ...

Discovering a With-God Kind of Life

A celebratory gathering on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Celebration of Disipline with Richard Foster and Nathan Foster at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Student Ministries Building Sunday, April 8 at 6 p.m. FREE Renovaré was founded by Celebration of Discipline author Richard Foster to help people pursue renewal in Christ through relationships, retreats, and print and online resources.

Share Your Stories

Is your church planning something special for Easter? Do you have any stories about evangelism in your ministry? How is your church responding to poverty? We would love to hear about your stories and more!  Email Editor, Sherri Gragg at  

Third Sunday Native American Worship March 18: Crystal Battise Stephenson

Our speaker this month, Crystal Battise Stephenson, will be speaking on the topic of overcoming obstacles.  I think that we can all really benefit from a discussion of this topic.  If you were blessed and were at Third Sunday last year when Crystal gave her testimony, you will be aware that you do not want to miss this.  If you were not able to hear Crystal last year, take my word for it - you will want to be there.   We are also blessed that Joanna and Neal Thompson will perform for us.  And, ...

UMCOR Sunday - March 11

Natural disasters may destroy homes, communities and cities, but they do not destroy the love of God. A new video highlights the long‑term, vital work of hope and healing accomplished by UMCOR, as well as the ways that connectional giving allows the work to be done at a moment’s notice. Share this powerful video with your congregation as we approach UMCOR Sunday on March 11.   UMCOR Sunday (fourth Sunday in Lent) Previously known as One Great Hour Of Sharing, this Sunday enables the United ...

Best Communication Idea Contest: Call for Entries

The Conference Communications office is looking for a few great communications ideas!  Regardless of your size or location, we want your communications ideas for the third annual Best Ideas in Communications Contest. (i.e. Social media, brochures, photos, videos.)   We are looking for great ideas, small and large to highlight at the 2018 Texas Annual Conference. Winners will be recognized with a prize. Your success might be that your church started a Facebook page or did a special video for ...

Lent and Easter Resources – 2018

The Easter Season, also known as Eastertide or the Great Fifty Days, begins on Easter Day and ends on Pentecost. Focusing on Christ's resurrection and ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), Eastertide is the most joyous and celebrative season of the Christian year. We celebrate the good news that in Christ’s death and resurrection we, and all creation, are continually being made new by God’s love and saving grace. For 2018, Easter falls on April 1st.    Worship Planning ...

Thank You for your Generosity

TAC extends a special thank you to the 551 congregations that paid their apportionments in full in 2017.  See the full list (PDF)

Praying Our Way Forward: Seeking God's Face in Uncharted Territory

By: Sherri Gragg   Phase two of the “Praying Our Way Forward” initiative began January 1, 2017. During this season of seeking God’s leading for the future of the United Methodist Church, each annual conference will spend a week of focused prayer in preparation for the Special Session of General Conference, February 24-26, 2019.   Recently, we had the privilege of speaking with District Superintendent of the Central North District and Cabinet Dean Rev. Kip Gilts about “Praying Our Way Forward.”  ...

Sharing God's Love with Food from the Heart

By: Sherri Gragg   “Are they here yet? Are they here yet?”   Each Thursday, the children begin stopping by the Lead Counselor of Duke Elementary Crystal Bryant’s office in anticipation of a special delivery. The children aren’t excited about new playground equipment, or an ice cream party. They are eager to receive the food bags from Shepherd of the Heart UMC, Pearland that will feed them all weekend long.   According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 13 million American children live in ...

UMCOR School Kits Help Children Find a New Normal After Harvey

By: Sherri Gragg Struggling Children Lose Everything Students at Barbara Jordan Elementary in Richmond, Texas had only been in school for a few days when Fort Bend ISD canceled school due to Hurricane Harvey. Initially, the cancellation was only for two days, but Hurricane Harvey was far more destructive than anyone expected. The students did not return to their classrooms for almost three weeks.   When the boys and girls walked back into their school, the excitement over the start of a new ...

VCI: Athens UMC Finds a New Vision and a Path to the Future

By: Sherri Gragg   As Rev. Jason Smith of Athens FUMC works on his sermon, bits of debris rain down on him from the ceiling. His laptop is powered by a nearby light switch, a necessary adjustment since the outlets in Smith’s section of the facility have stopped working.   But Smith couldn’t be happier. Sure, his facility is in dire shape, but his church is vibrant.   A New Season of Ministry Just a little over two years ago, Athens FUMC was struggling. “The church had been through a lot of ...

Warm Bread and Good Conversation - A Recipe for Simple Church

By: Sherri Gragg   Simple Church began with a question- “What if?” What if we stripped church down to its most basic form? Get rid of the building. Shelve the programs. Whittle the budget down to bare bones. What would be left?   Teaching, of course, but our communities of faith are also about the relationships we build with each other so…good conversation is a must. Simple Church founder, Rev. Zach Kerzee, thought back to where those two elements were the most purely present in his own life, ...

Welcome to a Church Where the Bread is Fresh, the Coffee's Hot… and the Waves are Epic

By: Sherri Gragg   Galveston is a city of beautiful old churches. Churches crowned with soaring steeples, and adorned with breathtaking stained glass and magnificent pipe organs. At first glance, Galveston Central Church is much the same.   But look deeper. This church is utterly different.   Come As You Are Step inside the doors on a Sunday morning to find that a section of wooden pews has been replaced with sofas, loveseats and recliners. A modern worship band goes through instrument checks on...

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