Giving Back and Giving Forward

published 4/14/2011
  Giving Back and Giving Forward Glen Lake Camp & Retreat Center in Glen Rose has been named recipient of the 2011 Central Texas Annual Conference offering. More than 18,000 children, youth and adults visit the campsite each year for meetings, retreats and as part of the summer and mid-year camping and retreat programs. Besides the Annual Conference offering, which will be received during the June 5-8 meeting in Waco, the folks at Glen Lake Camp will be asking individuals and local churches for ...

Village Garden to Feed Neighbors in Need

published 4/14/2011
Community Garden Sprouts at First Hurst UMC to Feed Neighbors in Need In early April, volunteers from First United Methodist Church of Hurst planted a community garden that will benefit their neighbors in need. The garden was funded in part by a grant from the Public Health Department and is being administered by the Tarrant Area Food Bank. For several months, First Hurst volunteers planned the garden and constructed raised planting beds on the church’s campus northeast of downtown Fort Worth. ...

GC 2012 Petition Submissions Welcome

published 4/4/2011
From April 1 to Sept. 27, United Methodists can submit petitions for consideration by the 2012 General Conference, the denomination’s top legislative body. According to church law, “Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference … .” Detailed instructions for submitting a petition are available on the General Conference website. Petitions must be typed and may be submitted via email to, through the ...

UMC Leadership Summit

published 3/23/2011
  The United Methodist Church Leadership Summit   Webinar: Wednesday, April 6 | 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.   The Council of Bishops, in cooperation with the denomination’s Connectional Table, is sponsoring a series of conversations about adaptive challenges facing the church and how we might embrace and sustain change. The Leadership Summit calls together for prayer, discernment and holy conversation a cross-section of leaders and provides shared experience for ...

Shine God’s light! Shine it bright!

published 3/10/2011
“Shine God’s light!” “Shine it bright!” were the call and response for the Central Texas Conference’s youth-led Mid-Winter 1 worship service. This became the mantra for the service as each speaker and prayer leader ended with “Shine God’s light!” and the congregation responded with “Shine it bright!” The theme for the 2011 Student Leadership Team Mid-Winter retreats was “Radiate.” Focused on leadership, each retreat encouraged the youth attending to “Radiate” God’s love through the gifts God ...

Hurst Man Certified in Ministry for Men

published 3/10/2011
Joseph Silvas, a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Hurst, was certified as a men’s ministry specialist during the March 3-6 meeting of the National Association of Conference Presidents of United Methodist Men. A former captain in the Army Reserve and a company commander of a drill sergeant unit, Silvas has served as a detention shift supervisor for a juvenile center, a senior drill instructor for Harris County Juvenile Boot Camp, an adult probation officer, and a prison guard. He has...

Imagine No Malaria

published 3/7/2011
INM Blog Updates Watch here for regular blog updates on the Imagine No Malaria initiative in the Central Texas Conference. Jeremy Kasper, field representative for Imagine No Malaria, has been visiting with local churches across the conference area and will be sharing details on the advancements our churches are making.   Imagine No Malaria Lenten Devotional With the Conference’s emphasis on Imagine No Malaria, this opportunity for ...

Mansfield/Waco Churches Are Reaching Around the World

published 2/28/2011
Rewritten March 1, 2011 “God Is Big Enough” is the message twin brothers Revs. Mike and Steve Ramsdell shared as one of them was undergoing treatment for cancer last year. They had no idea the message would travel around the world and change so many people’s lives. This special message began with Waco First United Methodist Church where Steve serves as senior pastor, according to his brother Mike who is at Mansfield First United Methodist Church. “Steve got the idea when he was undergoing ...

Texas crime victims brace for deep GOP cuts to services

published 2/18/2011
Crime victims may be among those who take the deepest cuts as Texas legislators try to eliminate an estimated $27 billion shortfall. Although the budget battle is just beginning, the consequences could be dire for state victim services as legislators scrutinize the $3 billion Texas Department of Criminal Justice budget. The House appropriations bill does away with all funding and staffing for the $2 million Victim Services Division. The Senate bill calls for cutting its budget almost in half. “I...

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 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.  

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