Pre-Conference Meetings

3/18/2019
Pre-conference meetings will be held in your district in April. Resolutions will be discussed.  SUNDAY, APRIL 28 at 3:00 PM North District - Jesse Brannen     Longview-Greggton  1101 Pine Tree  Longview TX 75604 Southwest District - Gail Ford Smith     Richmond-Faith 4600 FM 359 Richmond, TX 77406 SUNDAY, APRIL 28 at 7:00 PM Central North District - B.T. Williamson     Klein 5920 FM 2920 Spring, TX 77388 Northwest  District - Jesse Brannen     Chandler-Lake Palestine 2889 FM 315 S  Chandler, ...

Bishop Jones Delivers Rodeo Houston Tickets Donated to Young Refugees

3/17/2019
The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo donated tickets to a group of refugees from St. Luke’s UMC, Gethsemane. The young men, who play on a soccer team, had never been to the HLS&R before.

Church Photos Needed for Annual Conference

3/17/2019
The Worship Team for Annual Conference 2019 needs your help.  We would like to gather as many photos of our churches as we can to represent the beauty of all our churches across the conference. We’re looking for folks to submit images of the following: Any or all of your stained glass windows A shot of your sanctuary A wide shot of the exterior of your church A close up of the sign for your church outside A wide shot of the sign for your church outside Tips for shooting stained glass: Turn ...

Church Security Seminar: April 27, 2019

3/17/2019
The Texas Annual Conference Center for Connectional Resources will be offering a security seminar APRIL 27, 2019 for clergy and lay leadership including trustees, council, church administrators, and other church staff.   SPEAKER: Sgt. Roy L. Guinn   LOCATION: CHRIST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 4201 STATE HWY 6 S COLLEGE STATION, TX 77845-8967   DATE AND TIME: APRIL 27, 2019 from 9:30 AM TO 2:00 PM Cost: FREE Lunch will be provided   TOPICS COVERED: How to assess your safety and security needs ...

Brown Bagging it for Lent

3/14/2019
By: Sherri Gragg   Lenten Lunches Five churches in the Southwest District share a long history of Christian fellowship. Each Lenten season, they join together weekly to prepare their hearts for the season and celebrate their connection. First UMC Fulshear, First UMC Brookshire, Pattison UMC, First UMC Sealy, and Felipe UMC each take turns hosting the brown bag lunch on Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. “We come together as Methodists often do, over food, but the real emphasis is on our ...

Considering a Contemporary Service? First UMC, Bullard Offers Seven Helpful Tips

3/14/2019
  By: Sherri Gragg   After months of prayer and planning, First UMC, Bullard launched its new contemporary worship service, “encounter,” on January 20, 2019. The Rev. David Brasher shares the lessons his church learned through the process.   1. Know Your “Who, How, and Why.” The leadership of First UMC, Bullard began the process of establishing a new contemporary service by slowing down long enough to ask themselves three questions: “Why do we want to begin a second service?” “Who are we hoping ...

Growing Small: It's a Wesleyan Tradition

3/14/2019
By: Sherri Gragg - En Español   Hispanic Ministries is partnering with the Joel Comiskey Group, an internationally recognized non-profit consultant ministry dedicated to empowering local churches to grow through the small group movement. Hispanic clergy and laity will learn key strategies for forming small group ministries during a Joel Comiskey Group Conference, March 29th-31st.   We recently sat down with the Rev. Arturo Cadar, Coordinator of Mission Field Development, to learn more about the...

Making the World a Better Place: John Esquivel Receives 2019 Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award

3/14/2019
By: Sherri Gragg - En Español Service to Church, Community and World John M. Esquivel, member of FUMC Houston, is the 2019 recipient of the Woodrow B. Seals Laity Award, awarded annually by the Perkins School of Theology to a layperson who “embodies the Christian faith and commitment of service to Christ in the church, community and world as exemplified by Judge Woodrow B. Seals.” Seals, a dedicated and influential layperson, was instrumental in the development of the Perkins School of Theology...

Mighty Methodists: Lexington UMC Children’s Outreach is 20 Years Strong

3/14/2019
By: Sherri Gragg   In an unusual partnership between Lexington UMC and the Lexington Independent School district, school buses filled with shouting and giggling children roll up to the church each Wednesday evening for the “Mighty Methodists” program.   This year, the program has experienced its highest enrollment in its 20-year-history as dedicated volunteers welcome 97 students, grades K-12, to the church each week for an evening of food, faith, and fun.   The model for Mighty Methodists is ...

Pitching a Tent for the Perfect Preschool

3/14/2019
Photo by Tim Mozingo, Daily Sentinel By: Sherri Gragg   Lining the Sidewalk Lisa Labosky has served the First UMC Nacogdoches Preschool for 27 years, 22 years in the classroom, and for the past 5 years, as the Preschool Director. During her tenure, she has witnessed FUMC Nacogdoches Preschool’s ceaseless commitment to quality early childhood Christian education. Parents in the community were always eager to secure their children a spot in the school but around three years ago, the competition ...

The Main Thing

3/14/2019
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. In difficult times, it is crucial to remember our most important values, purposes and activities and to live into them more fully. Reducing anxiety and recovering our purpose is the best way forward.   General Conference 2019 was a deep disappointment to many United Methodists who hoped for a change in our doctrine and discipline concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer people. To those who are LGBTQ and their families ...

Apply for Certification in Spiritual Direction at Perkins

3/13/2019
The Office of External Programs at Perkins School of Theology is currently accepting new applications for the Certification in Spiritual Direction program.  The CSD 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 ...

Lakeview Summer Camp 2019

3/13/2019
“Lakeview Methodist Conference Center is excited about summer camp 2019! Our theme is "Under Pressure"  and the verse comes from Romans 12:2 "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.“   “Our youth are blasted everyday with worldly pressures about how they should act, look, talk or be.  Our hope is that we can use scripture to show the hollowness of this pressure and teach them who the Lord sees when he looks at them,” says Bradley Doherty ...

Third Sunday Native American Worship, March 17

3/13/2019
Please come and hear our CONAM Elder, Rev. Don White, retired United Methodist Pastor, speak abouthow the world (and our country) needs Native Culture and Native Values right now - more than ever.  Don has been working with our CONAM committee from the beginning and has a history of a wonderful connection with Alaskan Native Peoples.     We will also hear from Crystal Battise Stephenson and will enjoy music with James Stephenson.  What a wonderful experience we will all have!!  And, of course, ...

United Methodist Men’s Top Golf Outing

3/13/2019
The Clearlake United Methodist Men announce a Men’s Ministry Brotherhood “Event”-Saturday, May 18, 2019 9am to Noon to be held at Clear Lake United Methodist Church’s Wesley Center. Registration starts at 9:00am with the Event beginning at 9:30am. The Event will include the keynote speaker Pastor Bert Bagley of the Moody Permanent Endowment Fund. Clear Lake UMC Pastor Preston Morgan will also speak and lead a panel discussion on Men’s Ministry topics. There will also be tables featuring Men’s ...

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