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Prayer Vigil for Our Immigrant Neighbors

10 hours 49 min ago
On Tuesday, August 29th from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Bering Memorial UMC, in partnership with Texas Impact, will be hosting an interfaith prayer vigil and information session as SB4 goes into effect. They will gather to pray for immigrant neighbors and law enforcement and offer information for congregations.

Church Videos Engage

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:00
Forty-five percent of people surveyed are watching over an hour of video each week on Facebook or YouTube, and viewers are watching over 100 million hours of Facebook video each day. This positions the churches of the Texas Annual Conference to use video in new ways to connect and promote the work they are engaged in to help others glorify Christ.
Brant Mills, Associate Director of Media of the Texas Annual Conference shares a few ways that churches can begin to use video to get their message out.
“Videos tell the churches story in such a captivating way,” says Mills. “And with all the free and low-cost resources available today, practically anyone can share informative videos about their ministry online to a wide variety of audiences in a myriad of ways.”
Sermons Online
The primary way a church can begin to use video is through ‘sermons on demand’ or through live streaming sermons. This is a great way for people in your congregation to watch sermons when they are traveling or sick or to just catch up on a series. Some churches even have ex-pat followers.
“Posting these videos as an archive on the church website is always a good idea,” Mills says. “But some churches are going a step further and cutting short snippets of dynamic, poignant moments each week and sharing short sound bites of the message through social media channels.”
Full Sermon (More Examples at http://www.txcumc.org/sermonarchives)

Sermon Snippet:

Another great idea for churches is to host a Post Script video after the sermon. This would give church members a chance to ask questions about the sermon by texting their questions to the church. The pastor would answer these questions in an interview format and post the video to the website. “I really love the Post Script video idea. It allows leaders to cultivate great conversations and dive deeper into the theological questions about Sunday’s sermon,” Mills says.

Post Script Entry Form / Follow Up

Q&A Format:

Get to Know Us
Another way churches use video is to promote the church either internally (during the worship service) or externally (on the web site).
One great option is to give a church tour and display it on the church website. “The new narthex design may be really nice, but you don’t just want to display empty facilities. Show off your ministries and the work you are doing in the community with video of people occupying those areas actively,” says Mills. Mills explains that it is important to show kids playing on the playground and people talking at your welcome center or coffee area to display who you are. These promotional videos can also highlight staff and volunteer roles, testimonials and community needs. Mills says it is important to discuss milestones as well as community needs and offer ways for viewers to connect and get involved.
More and more ministry leaders are developing promotional videos to tell the story of what is happening in the lives of their church. They are teasing sermon series, upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. Mills recommends keeping these videos short -- one to two minutes max. “Focus on the best elements and always leave the audience wanting more” he says. There is an opportunity here to highlight who you are as a church and bare your soul, Mills explains. One way a church can set itself apart is by discussing events in the news and offering perspective on local or national issues. “This shows you care and are engaged,” says Mills.
Promotional Video Examples:

We would love to hear from you if your church is using video in interesting ways. We are always looking for blogs at http://www.txcumctoolbox.com/

September Vision Days

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:00
The ministry landscape is changing on a global scale, and many believers – and churches may not be ready. Instead of trying to get people in the pews on Sunday, what if the Church got creative about venturing out to wherever people gather? One such church in Florida has launched a Burritos and Bible ministry in the corner of a Mexican food restaurant. Others are starting spiritual discussions anywhere from parks to tattoo parlors.
Clergy and laity across the Texas conference will have the opportunity to be re-energized in the Wesleyan tradition of relational evangelism this September. Christ Church UMC in The Woodlands is hosting a Fresh Expressions Vision Day from 9am-3:30pm on September 28 and Longview FUMC is hosting the same type of event on September 30.
Many who have experienced this type one-day interactive workshop are raving fans. Anna Rohde, administrative assistant for the North District says, “It really helps to hear inspiring examples of how we can be more like John Wesley by going where the people are.” After a Fresh Expressions ministry representative held a brief training at the North District training this spring, attendees wanted more. “The Introduction to Fresh Expressions was by far our most popular workshop and greatly helped attendees begin to think about the church in ways other than organized religion on Sunday morning,” notes District Superintendent Rev. Chuck Huffman. Thus the idea was born to offer a full Vision Day in two locations as a catalyst to help participants see creative new mission fields in their own regional contexts.
“This style of interpersonal outreach addresses the people that may never darken the doors of a church,” adds Rev. Morris Matthis, Director of the Center of New Faith Communities for the TAC. “Vision Day will teach us how to do that, and be a unique workshop for pastors, evangelism chairpersons, leaders and laity alike.” Invitations also have been extended to the Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma Conferences.
 Chuck is intrigued with the idea of a kayak ministry. “I could see something where folks meet on weekends for a devotional and share time before they head out on the water,” adds Chuck. “I can also think of so many opportunities in our area with regard to select ball teams that travel and play various places year round. We pastors may gripe that this takes people out of traditional church instead of seeing this is a fresh expression opportunity to offer a worship service to hundreds of people gathered for competitive events.” He is encouraged to hear about ministries cropping up in coffee houses to microbreweries.
Dr. Marc Donaldson, associate pastor of Christ Church UMC in The Woodlands finds it interesting that Fresh Expressions is an international movement gaining momentum in the United States. “I’m excited to partner with Fresh Expressions and host this Vision Day,” he says,because it seems like people are less inclined to come to church and less interested in a traditional church model. God has given a vision to some of our people here at Christ Church for doing church differently to reach unique people groups. Fresh Expressions will help us clarify that vision. If you feel the same way about your mission field you should come to The Woodlands Vision Day at Christ Church on September 28.”
Chuck believes the September Vision days will help identify the ‘pioneers’ that are gifted to lead these types of new faith community efforts. “How exciting that these grassroots efforts can percolate up through the laity,” he adds, “and if our job is to make disciples, this Vision Day will open up interesting and exciting possibilities to do that -- with more impact.”

Save By Registering Now
The early bird price (available before September 15) is $25 for the day and $35 thereafter.
To attend September 28 go to http://freshexpressions.org/event/woodlands-vision-day/
To attend the September 30th event, register online at http://freshexpressionsus.org/event/vision-day-longview.
*Childcare at the Longview event is available with a reservation.

Additional information at http://www.txcumc.org/fresh

Meet A.J. Dallas

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:00
Truth be told, TAC College Pastoral Intern Aaron Dallas, Jr. (A. J.) started actively serving in church ministries at the young age of seven. He now finds himself serving as an intern at Foundry UMC in Cypress and enjoys reflecting on his journey to this point.
With parents who both balanced dual careers including pastoral roles, he recognizes his childhood was sculpted and molded in faith. Additionally, a variety of roles built his leadership skills along the way. A.J. knows that faith permeated his athletic and academic life in high school where he served his varsity teammates as prayer captain. “As I grew older I began to serve in children's ministry, as an usher and greeter,” A.J. shares. “I always sensed that my vocation was to preach but it took time to gain clarity in my daily journey.”
He continued his family’s legacy by attending Texas Southern University, and getting involved in a Christian organization called Intervarsity. There he served as the Evangelism and Discipleship Coordinator and facilitated Bible Studies on campus. Adds A.J., “All of these roles helped clarify my calling. I accepted my call to preach my freshman year with guidance from my Intervarsity leader. Looking back, I see how each of these various steps played a huge role in my becoming a pastoral intern.”
This summer, A.J. is experiencing hands-on ministry opportunities while serving at Foundry UMC under Rev. Ray Hughes. “The best part so far has been preaching my first sermon,” he says. “After the services, two tearful ladies told me how my message spoke directly to them, which left me completely speechless at first. That same day, I learned that a young man accepted his calling to preach.”
He has enjoyed debriefing and reflecting with Pastor Ray, and feels privileged for this unique training. Adds A.J., “Pastor Ray has given me the opportunity to take a front row seat to observe counseling sessions, sermon preparation, and talking to companies that visit the church for business-oriented matters. I have definitely learned that the role of the pastor extends way outside of the pulpit.”
Providing time for intentional discernment and observation, the pastoral internship has reaffirmed A.J.’s commitment to pursue pastoral ministry. “I have seen God at work through me as I share his word, mentor youth at the church, and through a number of our outreach initiatives,” he shares. I definitely want to seek other college students who feel like they have a call to ministry, and share my experience in this program. Hopefully I can get some of my college friends to understand what an awesome opportunity it is to serve a church for 10 weeks as a pastoral intern.” 

Mentoring Toward Ministry

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:00
Thanks to a Young Clergy Initiative grant from the Global Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Lakeview Methodist Conference Center will receive $64,700 over the next four years to expand and strengthen The Andrews Program (TAP). Created in 2012 through a generous gift from Dr. Duane and Patty Andrews of Tyler, TAP seeks to identify and encourage young persons who feel God is "tapping" them to serve. According to Lakeview President Rev. Matt Idom, TAP’s mission is to help assist each student as they discern their specific paths to ministry.

Rev. Patricia Lund, associate pastor at FUMC Athens, is excited to oversee the grant because she felt a nudge toward ministry at Lakeview camp years ago, and has been helping Matt with students and this program since the summer of 2015.  “Students that sign up to be in TAP are letting their families, pastors, District Superintendents and Lakeview know they are discerning their next steps,” explains Patricia. “As their call reshapes them, we will be here to answer questions about ordination and connect them to other programs.”
Nicholas Trainer, a member at Wesley Beaumont and a freshman at McNeese State University, is already stretching his ministry leadership muscles. He says, “The thing that excites me most is the TAP program gives all of us a chance to meet other students with the same values. I am already volunteering to lead in new ways at my home church, Wesley Beaumont.”
The TAP grant will also help fund three scholarships for TAP students to attend Texas Youth Academy and help two college students to attend the Texas Annual Conference.

This summer, 83 students signed up for the TAP Program during camps at Lakeview, bringing the total number to 205. These students, under the TAP expansion, will receive birthday cards, and other personalized mail and an invitation to the upcoming TAP retreat in 2018. “I’m excited to send our 30 college students care packages and get them excited about getting mail,” says Patricia.
College aged TAP students also have the opportunity to apply and work at Lakeview as part of summer staff. Katie Gage, a sophomore at John Brown University and from Lanes Chapel UMC, was on staff this summer. “TAP is a great way for young people to connect with others experiencing the same call to ministry,” shares Katie, adding, “I am proud to be a member.”

Caroline Collins, Friendswood UMC, a sophomore at Southwestern University signed up this summer and knows she wants to be an elder. “What excites me the most is learning about the ordination process and those I will meet walking this path of life with me,” she says. “I am currently in the exploring candidacy stage of ordination in the UMC so my next step is attending Candidacy Summit 2017.”
As TAP grows, Lakeview expects to see more pastors for The Texas Annual Conference develop out of the program. “I heard my call to ministry when I was 14 years-old, right here at Lakeview,” Matt shares. “With so many people receiving a call to ministry at camp, I am glad we have a program to help follow up with and encourage young persons on their journeys of discernment. Indeed, Lakeview is the Cradle of the Call.”

Miracles in Mission

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:00
Serving God by Serving the Needy
When the pastor of FUMC, Bullard approached Hazel to lead the church mission program, she knew right away that she wanted to begin close to home. With a passion for the suffering, and a meager $200.00 annual budget, Mission House was born. Hazel quickly realized that $200.00 per year was insufficient to meet her neighbors’ many needs, so she shared her vision with her community. Miracles followed as volunteers joined her in service, and donations poured in to help bridge the gap in funding.
For the first few years, Mission House’s ministry was small- a feeding program that met the needs of seven or eight families each month and a food pantry. But Hazel soon discovered that God wanted Mission House to be more.
God’s Direction in His Miraculous Provision
One cold winter day, a man stopped by the church to ask if Mission House might have coats to fit his four sons. At first, Hazel wasn’t optimistic. After all, Mission House ran a feeding program, not a clothing closet.
Then Hazel remembered some bags of donated clothing that had been in the floor of the food pantry for months. She brought the bags out, and placed them on a table in front of her visitor.
“Here,” she said, “you can look through these to see if you can find anything.”
One after another, the gentleman pulled four coats from the bags…each a perfect fit for one of his sons.
Hazel saw God’s direction in the midst of His miraculous provision. She began a clothes closet ministry that day, and asked Katherine Bunce to lead it. 
The miracles didn’t end there for the clothing ministry. One day in the middle of winter, the inventory of clothing dropped dangerously low. Katherine stepped into the closet, and bowed her head in prayer.
“Father, this is your closet. Please fill it.”
Within an hour several people arrived with large bags of clothing donations. God had miraculously provided again, but He was far from finished. In fact, His plans for Mission House were bigger than Hazel and her army of volunteers could have ever imagined.
God Goes Before Us- The Mission House Clinic
In 2006, God grew Mission House through the establishment of the Mission House Clinic in the former FUMB church parsonage. “We created makeshift room dividers by hanging bedsheets on wires,” Hazel said. “We had a donated exam table, one doctor, and one nurse practitioner.”

Today, four doctor and several nurses are joined by other volunteers to provide medical care to more than 1,400 patients each year. Local dentist, Dr. Brandon Allen, has offered his services at the clinic as well. Each week patients have access to psychiatric under the care of Dr. David Self. This fall Mission House and Clinic will host an official grand opening for their beautiful new facility that will house all three ministries- food pantry, clothing closet, and clinic under one roof. It is beyond anything Hazel could have imagined.
“When I walked in the doors of our new building for the first time I just kept repeating, ‘This is all God,’ Hazel said. “This ministry has taught me that God truly goes before us. He knows what we need before we do.”


Transforming Men’s Ministry

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:00
Leaders in United Methodist Men (UMM) across the globe are working to implement a new model and vision for men’s ministry. Dan Ramsey, who has served as UMM president from the local church to the national level, recently stepped in as Interim UMM President for the Conference and is leading this charge. He has seen men’s ministry done well and is excited to share ideas, make new connections and restart this powerful discipleship tool within the local church. He’s currently focused on 1) rebranding, 2) recruiting and 3) resourcing. “Bishop Jones is very supportive of our efforts to reboot men’s ministry in the Texas Conference and beyond,” Dan shares.
  • Rebranding:  Dan believes UMM can benefit from a fresh identity and new energy. “It feels like I’ve been involved in UMM since the beginning of time,” says this 30-yr veteran of the Houston police force, “but that’s because I’ve seen and been a part of so many activities that have impacted lives in a powerful way. UMM leaders are starting to refer to it simply as men’s ministry to help revitalize this great aspect of the local church.” He says another recent initiative is breathing life into this impactful area of ministry. Three years ago UMM started a national contest to create competition among local men’s groups. “Our national Top 5 competition is giving us the opportunity to find amazing stories of men’s ministry at the local and district and conference levels that we can then share what a solid men’s ministry looks like and inspire others with new ideas,” he says. He gives a shout out to Wiley FUMC in north Texas for placing in the Top 5 two years in a row, and number four in the country.”
  • Recruiting: “Developing principled Christian leaders is the primary mission of our denominational men’s ministry,” adds Dan, “which is reinforced by the TAC goal of training lay and clergy leaders. As Interim President, I want to spark leaders at the local church and district level to share what’s going on in men’s ministry across the conference.” He knows there are men in the conference that would consider stepping up to be leaders that would encourage men’s groups and scouting chapters to be more effective at making disciples for Christ. “The men’s ministry at Jones Memorial UMC is to be commended for their strong hunger advocacy and round-the-clock Upper Room prayer line commitment,” adds Dan. To help rebuild men’s ministry in the TAC at the local, district or conference level, contact Dan.
  • Resourcing: I am also very excited to remind our local churches of the resources available to strengthen their leadership development efforts.” Dan recommends the Advanced Lay Speaking course to UMM leaders seeking to have an impact on others, and points to the online training available to help youth to be effective leaders through scouting.
Rich Rewards
As a leader in men’s ministry since the 1960s, Dan has built an amazing network of friends across the country, and served in countless other rewarding activities. “When I was the national UMM president,” he shares, “we did a mission project at a local school during annual meeting week. We suspected many of the children in this underprivileged elementary school would go hungry over spring break, so we bagged rice and beans for the entire school.” His heart was warmed at their response. “The kids drew pictures and sent us notes of how much they appreciated this -- and that -- along with knowing that might have been all they had to eat that week, is one of the highlights of my long involvement in men’s ministry.”
Additionally, another ministry moment from Dan’s leadership highlight reel is more recent and more personal. “As a former Houston policeman, I knew what the officers in Beaumont and Baton Rouge experienced when they lost fellow officers in recent years,” recalls Dan. He was able to take several cases of the devotional, Strength for Service, which was initially created by an Eagle Scout and printed by the United Methodist publishing house, at their tough time of loss. “I have been through similar shocks like this and really wish a devotional had been around when I was a policeman. So, it is always a special opportunity for me to make an impact on the lives of first responders and help ease their burden.”
Dr. Jesse Brannen, director of the TAC Center for Congregational Excellence applauds Dan as a longtime UMM leader, knowing this is one of the keys to the health and vitality of the local church. “I can already see that Dan is giving this program a new energy that will translate into more active men’s ministry across our connection.”

Trinity UMC Hosts Free Health Fair Planning Event

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:00
FREE TRAINING Saturday September 16, 2017 10:00 am Trinity United Methodist Church 2600 Holman Houston, TX 77004.

A health fair can be easy to organize if you allow enough time to plan and promote, use a step-by-step approach, and invite a variety of health- and wellness focused organizations to offer their expertise.

MD Anderson Cancer Center is offering a free training with an easy-to use evidence based guide on how to plan a health fair that could benefit your congregation and community. Join us and learn more about this curriculum that can help make the healthy choice the easy choice.
Event Flyer

Trinity UMC Hosts Mental Health First Aid Training

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:00
Written By Dianne Akins Iglehart, Trinity United Methodist Church
On Saturday, August 5th several congregants and congregations received an 8 hour Mental Health First Aid Training held at Sat. James Episcopal Church and conducted by NAMI of The Greater Houston Area, and Eagleton Consultants Firm of Houston. The captive audience was led by Mrs. Angelina Hudson, the Education Director of NAMI, and Mr. Gary Eagleton of Eagleton Consultants.
They were a dynamic team of experts that gave all participants a strategic applicable toolkit of strategies to use to help individuals and families that need resources and appropriate actions to take to get professional assistance, heal and reconcile.  The training was a great start and example of ecumenical sharing of ideas, information, needs, and collective resources to better serve our families, congregations, neighboring communities and mission fields. It only takes a spark to get a fire going!
We are fired up and ready to serve. We hope to keep this momentum going in the Third Ward Community. 

“Know Thy Neighborhood”

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 00:00

St. Mark’s newest clergy member already has his eyes – and heart – focused on his new mission field just miles from his new church on Pecore Street in Houston. The area is dubbed “Near Northside” and is considered a forgotten space between the upscale Heights area and the low income Fifth Ward area near the towering Houston skyline. Russell is getting outside of the church walls to facilitate unlikely relationships between the least, the last and the lost and provide a community to “do life together” in an environment where the gospel can be lived out.

Although his new appointment is still very new, he has already joined forces with Rev. Emily Chapman and lay leader Janet Allen to explore some unique outreach opportunities in Near Northside. Having experienced the rewards of a ministry in southwest Houston called the Fondren Apartment Ministry (FAM), Russell felt God calling him to develop a similar community in St. Mark’s virtual backyard.

FAM’s intentional community facilitates relationships between refugees, immigrants and local Houstonians in a missional Christian community including shared meals, prayer, worship and support. For the residents of all ages and nationalities, this faith-based “experiment” has yielded transformation, encouragement and friendships more common to a “house church.”

Now that Russell feels called to create an environment for these kinds of relationships in Near Northside, he will draw on his experience and lean heavily on the Holy Spirit’s leading. He envisions himself on the starting line of an incredible, yet unpredictable journey.  Russell is asking himself, “How do we do this? Where do we start?”  and adds, “Determining the next steps – that’s one of the charming and scary things about a ministry like this. We will need to practically build the plane as we fly it.”

His spiritual path to this point in time has prepared him for such a time as this. Russell received his call to ministry while working as an electrical engineer, and got to know Rev. Hannah Terry while they were both exploring the ordination process. When Hannah guest lectured for his evangelism class at Perkins, he was so intrigued to learn about her role in the Fondren Apartment Ministry (FAM) that he took a day off work to shadow her and visit Community Night there. “That was October 2013 and I continue to describe that as my personal Aldersgate moment,” Russell shares. “I found this sacred chaos playing out before me and realized this was the kind of ministry I want to do. I even set up part of my Perkins internship within FAM, which deepened my pastoral experience in this type of environment.” As St. Mark’s starts its own Near Northside community, the church will continue in partnership with FAM.

Adds Russell, “I deeply appreciate this time of deep focus on listening for the movement of the Holy Spirit – which is necessary because there is no formula for this. I love that Intentional Communities are deeply relational and that we are empowering laity to live in the neighborhood in a life-giving way.” He expects prayer, hospitality and justice to drive this new ministry’s success.

As a leader, Russell tends to go in a certain direction and encourage others to join him. He is also an encourager when others have new ideas and projects. “To grow as a leader, I learn by doing and by talking to mentors,” he shares. “I also tend to derive leadership principles from books that aren’t always about leadership topics. I’m reading a book about how our brains work, and from that I’m learning other important aspects of leadership.”

Russell is not going into Near Northside with zero relationships. “One of my first connections is with a Near Northside resident named Grace Bukuru, a refugee from the Congo, who I am helping to learn English,” he shares. “Now that I am in this new appointment, I am adopting pastor Emily’s ‘never eat alone’ recommendation. This will help me quickly get to know church members and neighborhood insiders.”

Rev. Hannah Terry, Executive Director of FAM in southwest Houston says, "It's been a joy to watch the Holy Spirit at work with Russell and Grace, who met through Russell's life in the FAM community and Grace's participation in FAM gatherings. I cannot wait to see how God will multiply intentional Christian community in Near Northside. This type of expansion and growth demonstrates our UMC connection at its best."

Russell is excited about the hands-on, entrepreneurial adventure that awaits him at St. Mark’s. He enjoys talking about this kind of ministry so early in the process because it allows others to experience the experimental side of it and learn how these types of ministries get started. Adds Russell, “I am comfortable taking risks and look forward to seeing how God leads us in Near Northside.”

Third Sunday Native American Worship August 20: Bryan Jacobs

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 00:00
We welcome you at St. Mark's UMC, Houston (Patterson) on August 20 at 4 pm to listen to Pastor Bryan Jacobs (Seminole, Creek). 
After that, please stay with us for potluck.  
DATE:  August 20, 2017
TIME: 4:00pm
St. Marks United Methodist Church
1615 Patterson St., Houston, Tx.
(One block south of I-10 & west of I-45
Close to I-10 and Shepherd Dr.)
Potluck and fellowship follow the service
Third Sunday Speakers – 2017
  • September 17 - Jim Cochran, Christian Lay Minister (Cherokee)
  • October 15 - Pastor Melody Jacobs, Christian Speaker (Mescalero Apache)
  • November 19 - Sayani, NAMA Award Winning Music Ministry(Cherokee/Creek/Choctaw)
  • December 17 - Rev. David Wilson, Supt of OK Indian Missionary Conference (Choctaw)

National HBCU Leading in Transformation Conference

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 00:00
Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century will debut our latest program the National Network of Young Adults (NNYA) during the first-ever national conference designed for young adult students who attend United Methodist affiliated Historically-Black Colleges and Universities.  
The first-ever National HBCU Leading in Transformation (LIT) Conference is Thursday, September 21 in Atlanta, Georgia on the campus of Clark Atlanta University. This one-day, power-packed conference will offer relevant workshops and community service opportunities focused on social justice, ministry, and academics. The college-aged young adult leaders how attend will learn strategic models and best practices to strengthen our communities and our churches.
We need your support to get the word out to United Methodist Affiliated HBCU’s in your area and to young adults in your areas who you would want to be equipped to lead.
You would agree that our work to inspire, engage and equip young adults between the ages of 18-35 to a great network of other discipline young adults, campus ministers and mentors with the goal to build a pipeline of effective leaders to serve within our church and respective UMC affiliated HBCU campuses.
The National Network of Young Adults Program Coordinator Nathalie Nelson Parker has provided leadership to a design team for a program that will challenge, empower, and inspire all who attend. I invite you to take advantage of this opportunity by identifying some young adults who you can register and send. Partner with us to help grow leaders that will strengthen black churches and our community. Registration for the National LIT Conference is only $30, and all details are at NationalLITConference.com.

Please Report Flooding or Homes Damaged in Your Area

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 00:00
Disaster ministries would like to know of any problems in your area. If you suffered (or are aware of areas that suffered) flooding or damage to homes, please contact Rev. Scott Moore, smoore@txcumc.org.


McMahan Chapel Celebrates 184 Years

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 00:00
McMahan Chapel Day: celebrating 184 years of continuous service on Saturday October 14, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
McMahan Chapel
2240 McMahan Chapel Rd
Bronson, Tx 75930
(10 miles East of San Augustine, TX to Spur 35)
Mary Lou Reece, wife of Bishop Scott Jones, will be our guest speaker.
Covered Dish lunch follows service in the Jack and Charlsie Maund Museum and Event Center.

Good Shepherd UMC 25th Anniversary Celebration

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 00:00
Good Shepherd UMC will be holding their 25th Anniversary Celebration Sunday September 17, 2017 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
In September of 1992, Pastor Bill Haygood led the initial worship service of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in the Fairfield Athletic Center Gym.  25 years later,  Pastor Bill will lead a celebration event in the church’s new 1200 seat worship center. Good Shepherd has been blessed from humble beginnings to become one of the 150 largest United Methodist Churches in America. www.goodchurch.us.
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
20155 Cypresswood Dr., Cypress, TX, 77433
Mark Eaves, Director of Media Ministries

Pastor Matt's Doubt

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 00:00
Rev. Dr. Matt Russell - pastor at St. Paul's UMC, Houston shares his story of faith in a recent feature by The Houston Chroncle:

Bishop Jones on KSBJ Sunday

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 00:00
Tune in to KSBJ at 11 a.m. this Sunday, August 6, 2017 to hear a devotional by Bishop Scott Jones titled "Enter His Gates."  How to Listen If you're in the Houston Area tune in to KSBJ 89.3 at 11 a.m.

Stations in various markets around Texas also carry their programming. See options for listening.

You can also listen online at KSBJ.org or NGENradio.com

KSBJ Mobile App (compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Android) - Apple | Android

NGEN radio Mobile App (compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Android) - Apple | Android



Some Wireless Microphones May Soon Be Illegal to Operate

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 00:00
In 2014, the FCC adopted rules to implement a change to existing television band and repurposing some UHF television band frequencies for new wireless broadband services.
What this means is that churches and others using wireless microphones need to be aware that it will soon be illegal to use some currently legal equipment operating in specific frequencies as they may cause interference with others who now own the bandwidth and will be operating equipment in that space.
This affects equipment operating in 600 MHz frequencies – specifically the 617-652 MHz and 663-698 MHz frequencies. All wireless microphone operations in the 600 MHz service band must cease no later than 39 months after the close of the incentive auction. The 39 month window closes on July 13, 2020.  
However, some regions will need to stop operating such equipment sooner as the FCC states: “if such operations could cause harmful interference to any 600 MHz service licensee’s operations.” In some cases, 600 MHz service licensees have already begun field application testing.
Members of UMITA, An Association of United Methodist IT professionals have put together a white paper outlining the issues and include some tips and links to rebates from some microphone companies to replace your equipment with compliant models.
See White Paper
FCC 14-50
FCC 15-140

Sermons Around the Conference

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 00:00
The following links to sermons were selected at random. They are listed in no particular order.

Philippians - Mind Of Christ
The Foundry, Houston – Rev. Theresa Fauser
Moving From Burnout to Balance: "Living Into the Simple Life"
FUMC Livingston – Rev. Steve Woody
Sunday Message - 7/30/2017
Russell Memorial UMC, Wills Point - Rev. David Cartwright
Thank You for Serving Others
Jones Memorial UMC - Rev. Kenneth Levingston,
Swiping Right: Relationships and Real Romance
The Story, Houston – Rev. Eric Huffman
Want more? See a listing to links of video, audio and text sermons from around the conference at: http://www.txcumc.org/sermonarchives