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Eco-Palms for Palm Sunday

published 1/26/2011
Purchasing Eco-Palms benefits the environment, empowers small-scale farmers and creates local jobs while helping rural communities prosper. The harvesting of Eco-Palms preserves the vitality of forests in places like Guatemala and lessens the risk of these forests from being converted into agricultural fields.   Buying Eco-palms directly from the grower eliminates the need for a contractor and allows for more money to stay within harvesting communities. It also increases employment ...

Lay Speakers’ 8th Annual Meeting

published 1/21/2011
Lay Speakers’ 8th Annual Meeting Convenes Feb. 25-27 at Glen Lake Each year the Lay Speaker Ministries offers an introduction to lay speaking and opportunities for lay persons to further their education and to fulfill requirements for continuing certification. The Lay Speaker Annual Meeting prepares lay speakers for service with training courses and certification for areas of ministry such as leading meetings, prayers and study programs, assisting in worship services and providing support to ...

Wesley Heritage Tour

published 1/14/2011
An Invitation from Bishop Mike Lowry: Jolynn and I would like to invite you (clergy and laity) to join us for 9 incredible days exploring John Wesley’s England. I have become even more certain that it is vital that we better understand the Wesleyan way of faith development so that we might more effectively become the church that God calls us to be in the 21st century. The trip departs Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport for London on July 13. The basic price of the tour is $2,698 plus the ...

Advancing the Kingdom

published 1/3/2011
By Rev. Gary Lindley Executive Director for Church Growth & Development For more than 30 years, United Methodists throughout the Central Texas Annual Conference have invested in Church Growth SHARES to start new churches. These investments are paying high dividends in 2010. In May, Wesley United Methodist Church — Ghanaian Community of Faith — began in Arlington with the help of SHARE funds. The church is primarily serving those who have immigrated here from the West African nation of Ghana. ...

In mission wherever you are

published 1/3/2011
Throughout our lives — no matter what our circumstances — most people have an overwhelming desire to be useful and to help others. It’s that desire and her faith that have driven Susan Smith, who turns 90 on Jan. 7, to organize a craft group that has produced 530 hand-crafted items for people in need over the last year. The group of 25 participants are residents at Wesleyan Homes, Inc. in Georgetown (Temple District). They add to their numbers one Wesleyan visitor from Minnesota who donated her ...

Christmas Greetings

published 12/20/2010
Christmas greetings from your conference staff: (front row l-r) Rev. Gary Lindley, Carol Roszell, Rev. Karen Granderson, Lisa McCutcheon, Carolyn Stephens; (second row l-r) Vicki Eldredge, Susan Briles, Dr. Georgia Adamson, MaDora Ratliff, Shawn Marie Riley, Pattie Wood; (back row l-r) David Stinson, Krystle Robert, Rev. Henry Radde, Rev. Harvey Ozmer. Not pictured are Bishop Mike Lowry, Tracy Dean, Jeff Jones, Rev. Kay Hawkins, Joy Roberson, Catherine Simpson.

Exodus Project Underway

published 12/15/2010
A Message from Bishop Mike Lowry   I am pleased to announce the Center Directors for the Central Texas Conference. They will be taking office at the Annual Conference session in June 2011 (appointment effective date of June 1, 2011).             • Assistant to the Bishop and Executive Director of the Center for Leadership:             Dr. Georgia Adamson               • District Superintendent for New Church Starts and Executive Director of the Center for Evangelism & Church Growth:          ...

CTCYM Group Registration

published 11/29/2010
Group registration is now open for Central Texas Conference churches planning to join a CTCYM mission project next summer. Registration brochures and forms were sent to every church in October. Leaders can also download a registration form at www.ctcym.org. A $100 deposit per trip is due by Thursday, Dec. 9. Add a $50 late fee for group registrations postmarked after Dec. 9. Group registration will close Thursday, Jan. 6. Once a group is registered, leaders will receive more detailed ...

Christian Leaders

published 11/29/2010
 

Rethinking Mission at Resurrection

published 11/23/2010
Members at First United Methodist Church in Cleburne put a new twist on brown bagging it last Saturday, Nov. 20, as part of their mission to rethink church in the Cleburne community. “We have really taken a risky step forward in rethinking how we are the church in our community,” states Mauri Ford, director of outreach ministry. Church volunteers donated, assembled and gave away nearly 200 free Thanksgiving meal brown bags as part of what felt more like a neighborhood outdoor picnic than a ...

Wreaths - Killeen First UMC

published 11/22/2010
Community is grateful for First Killeen’s wreaths for vets. See links for 2 articles. http://www.news8austin.com/content/headlines/275296/volunteers-craft-holiday-wreaths-for-fallen-soldiers   http://www.kdhnews.com/news/story.aspx?s=46620  

Mosquito Man Succumbs to INM

published 11/16/2010
A rogue Mosquito Man invaded the 2010 Annual Conference last June to challenge Central Texas Conference congregations to join in the Imagine No Malaria worldwide fight to stamp out malaria by 2015.             Altogether the conference committed to raising $140,000 — an amount very close to the goal of $1 per member or $164,400 — in the Imagine No Malaria campaign. About $35,000 came in cash donations at Annual Conference and another approximately $105,000 came in pledges. Most of those pledges ...

Alignment Approved!

published 11/16/2010
A total of 632 members at the Called Session last Saturday, Nov. 13, gave a resounding, close to 100 percent vote of support for the Central Texas Conference’s new alignment plan. The Exodus Project: A Transformational Roadmap for a Church in Transition was the single item of business on the Called Session agenda, and members meeting at First United Methodist Church of Mansfield took just over two hours to complete their task. In a statement during the opening worship, Bishop Mike Lowry referred...

CTC Team at Red Bird Mission

published 10/26/2010
The cold wind will not blow through the cracks and holes of the Curry house this winter. The frigid air will look for a place to enter, but it will be stopped because of the work of a team of volunteers to the Red Bird Mission. The construction team from the Central Texas Conference consisted of nine women and one very patient man. The team arrived at Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Ky., on Oct. 3 after a day of travel from their respective churches in Arlington, Benbrook, Burleson, Cleburne, Acton...

CTC Team at Red Bird Mission

published 10/26/2010
The cold wind will not blow through the cracks and holes of the Curry house this winter. The frigid air will look for a place to enter, but it will be stopped because of the work of a team of volunteers to the Red Bird Mission. The construction team from the Central Texas Conference consisted of nine women and one very patient man. The team arrived at Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Ky., on Oct. 3 after a day of travel from their respective churches in Arlington, Benbrook, Burleson, Cleburne, Acton...

CTC Team Bound for Haiti

published 10/6/2010
Mission in Haiti By Rev. Laraine Waughtal Central Texas Conference Disaster Response Coordinator & Pastor at Bluff Dale and Morgan Mill United Methodist Churches   Friday 10-15-10 | We Will Return Our final day in Haiti was a wonderful and heartbreaking experience like so many other days. We went to Grace Children's Hospital, which was founded in 1967 and is recognized as Haiti's leading medical institution. It is the flagship ministry of International Child Care. The United Methodist Church ...

Conference Alignment Proposal

published 10/1/2010
Now available to review and download is the Central Texas Conference alignment proposal, The Exodus Project: A Transformational Roadmap for a Church in Transition. Members will vote on the proposal at the Nov. 13 called session. Click here, for the Conference Alignment Proposal, The Exodus Project.

God at Work In Central Texas

published 9/22/2010
A 100-year anniversary is a once-in-a-lifetime benchmark for most folks. That’s why the Centennial Celebration of the Central Texas Conference on Saturday, Oct. 23, is such a significant event. Every since the Northwest Texas Conference of the then Methodist Episcopal Church split in 1910 to create the new Central Texas Conference, God has been changing lives through the discipleship building in our local churches and many outreach ministries.   Stories of a Bygone Era There is a now comical ...

See, Study, Question Alignment

published 9/22/2010
  Conference Members Have Multiple Opportunities to See, Study, Question Alignment Prior Nov. 13 Voting   Voting members of the Central Texas Annual Conference will have opportunity to vote on the new conference alignment plan at a called session on Saturday, Nov. 13, hosted at First United Methodist Church of Mansfield. In preparation for that time, the Conference Alignment Task Force will provide multiple means for members to see, study and ask questions about the alignment plan. First, on ...

Fall Fundraising Events

published 9/14/2010
Quilts, quilts and more quilts. They are generally the biggest attractions at most local churches’ annual fall fundraising events. Over the 100-plus years that churches in Central Texas have been raising funds for mission and special ministries, members have been gathering to work on quilts, crafts and treasurers from the kitchen. It’s an American tradition based on the concept of the “Lord’s acre” — part of each year’s fall harvest would be designated for the Lord’s work. Patchwork quilts ...

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