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COMMUNICATIONS – United Methodist Communications

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Texas Annual Conference: Online Payments

The Texas Annual Conference will now be accepting online payments for your apportionments. If you choose to use this service, you must make your payments by the 20th of every month. Visit: https://public.serviceu.com/paymentform/17188/?orgkey=e8fba79f-b11a-487c-bf4f-7f09c3839620 For more information contacty Peggy Z Miller, Treasurer’s Office of the Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church at pzmiller@methodists.net or 713.521-9383. Please have a

Wiley College: A Cappella Choir

Wiley College A Capella Choir to perform at Wesley McCabe United Methodist Church on February 16, 2014 at the 10:30 a.m. worship service.   Wesley McCabe UMC will be hosting the famous Wiley College A Cappella Choir.  All are invited to come and enjoy their prerformance during the morning worship service.  Ms. Lynzey Guidry, a student at Wiley College,

Monday Morning Clergy Quadrant Meeting Required Reading for February and March 2014

  In February I’d like to ask everyone to bring at least one book that has been meaningful to them in their faith and ministry with a short synopsis and recommendation. This little book:  The Triple-Soy Decaf-Latte Era will be discussed in March.  Thoughtful, easy, short read. http://www.amazon.com/The-Triple-Soy-Decaf-Latte-Era-Fundamentally/dp/0615525032/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390922587&sr=1-1&keywords=the+triple+soy+decaf+latte+era Thanks. Bill

Course of Study News

Dear Local Pastors, The following Course of Studies Classes are closed by request of the faculty members for the Spring:  COS 112-Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit and COS 214-Preaching If an application is received indicating a student wants to take either one of these, I will call them and see if we can place them elsewhere. Jimmie Reese, Director Course of

Divorce Care

A support group and educational program for Adults will be offered this fall at:

Longview First United Methodist Church

November 4, 2014

Tuesday Evenings 6-7 pm

13 weeks

400 N Fredonia St.

Longview, TX  75601

Divorced? Separated? There is help.  Divorce care is a weekly group that can help you heal from the hurt.  In a warm and caring environment, you will learn practical advice that can help you deal with the challenges of divorce.  Best of all, you will gain hope for the future.

Contact: Steffani Chapman  903 753-4463 Ext. 23 or schapman@longviewfumc.com

Also Being Offered:

Divorce Care for Kids provides a safe, fun place where your children will learn to understand their feelings, express their emotions appropriately, feel better about themselves, and develop skills needed for coping with divorce.

Contact: Nathan Firmin 903 753-4463 Ext 24 or nfirmin@longviewfumc.org

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BIG HOUSE 2015 Group Registration

Hello Everyone! I hope you are all doing well as we get ready to head back to school!

BIG HOUSE 2015 Group Registration will open on Sept. 1st and there are some exciting new things we wanted to share with you.

First – this year we will allow you to bring students who have completed the 5th grade and are going to 6th grade.

Secondly, we will have a Test Camp for those of you that would like an extra day of BIG HOUSE. This will run into August. The dates are July 29 – Aug. 2. The total cost of this camp will be $140. Once this camp is full, the camp is full and we will not offer a second 4 day camp in 2015. We will see how this camp goes in 2015 as to whether we add more in 2016.

Once you register for camp, you have 2 weeks to send your deposit to be officially registered. If you have any questions, please let me know and I will be happy to assist you. Thank you all! We look forward to serving with you and your students!

Kristen Cleveland – Director – kristenbighouse@gmail.com


BIG HOUSE Group Registration 2015

Group Registration Opens Sept. 1, 2014 and closes January 1, 2015

Total Cost for Regular Thursday through Sunday Camps – $125
Total Cost for Test Camp Wednesday through Sunday Camp – $140
Individual Registration FOR ALL CAMPS will be sent out January 15, 2015 and will be due:
by April 1, 2015 (forms, church roster, final payment due) – $125 per person Regular Camps – or – $140 Test Camp
April 2 – May 1, 2015 – $140 per person Regular Camps – or – $150 Test Camp
May 2 – up until 2 weeks prior to camp – $150 per person – or – $160 Test Camp
There are no refunds on group or individual registration. You may substitute registrations for campers up until 2 weeks prior to camp.

TMF Invites You to the Academy of Faith & Money



The Texas Methodist Foundation invites you to participate in an extraordinary gathering focused on creating a culture of generosity within your congregation. TMF is collaborating with Horizons Stewardship Company to bring the Academy of Faith and Money to Houston in November.

The Academy offers three full days of current, practical teachings on stewardship, featuring two of the best thought leaders on generosity – Clif Christopher, author of Rich Church, Poor Church and Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate, and Michael Reeves, co-author of Extravagant Generosity.

The Academy of Faith and Money will be held on November 11-13, 2014. Classes include topics ranging from a foundational theology of generosity to personal finances, from year round stewardship to preaching, and much more.Sessions begin at 10 am on Tuesday and 8:30 am on Wednesday and Thursday.  The Academy will conclude at 3 pm on Thursday afternoon.  Plenary sessions will occur during the day with optional breakout sessions offered in the evening. Click here for descriptions of plenary and breakout sessions.

The Academy for Faith and Money will be held on November 11-13, 2014, at the Houston Marriott North. The cost to you is $499 if you register before September 15, after which the cost goes to $699. This fee covers classes, materials and three lunches (does not include hotel).
If you would like a room at the Houston Marriott North, a group rate of $139 plus tax is available for this event. Hotel reservations must be made through our registration process. The hotel will ask for your credit card upon check-in.

Limited scholarships are available through TMF. To learn more, contact Joyce Russell at jrussell@tmf-fdn.org

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Joyce Russell at 800/933-5502 or jrussell@tmf-fdn.org. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Locke Sig

Tom Locke
President, Texas Methodist Foundation

Save the Date!

What:   Gobble Wobble – Newgate Mission’s Annual Run-Walk Fundraiser- Longview, Texas

When:  Saturday, November 22, 2014

              9 a.m. (Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.)

Where: Paul Borman Trail on the loop across from Austin Bank

Needs:  Runners, walkers, families (dogs are welcome) sponsors, teams.

Clergy Spouses Meetings & Events

Saturday, September 13 at noon.  Lunch at the District Parsonage in Longview, Texas

917 Hillcrest, Longview TX  75601

Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18. Clergy Spouses Fall Retreat at Lakeview Methodist Retreat Center in Palestine, Texas

Saturday, December 6 at 5 PM (Tentative time). District Christmas Party at Carnegie Library, 2nd Floor, Jefferson, Texas

Wesley Work Days

Time to get ready for a new school year and we need your help! Just a couple of weeks of Summer left. Still time to make a difference. Join Us!

August 19th  and 20th  from 9 am to 4 PM

Our “To Do List” for the Work Days:

—Finish up Kitchen Makeover

—-Yard Work

—–Cleaning and Organizing

—–Flower Beds

—–Small Repairs and Painting

—–And Other Projects!


Spiritual Formation at Gilmont

Gilmont is a Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center located near Gilmer, Texas. It is a place of intentional focus on spiritual renewal for all ages and for a larger Christian community.  Gilmont is used frequently by local Emmaus Groups for their weekend retreats. Visit www.campgilmont.org  to find out more about their facilities and workshop offerings.

Gilmont is excited to welcome you to be part of new spiritual formation opportunities for adults this fall.  These are wonderful opportunities for local churches in East Texas.

Midweek Sabbath Awakening, with Rev. Wendy Miller, Upper Room author of Learning to Listen: A Guide for Spiritual Friends, September 22-24, 2014.

Renovaré at Gilmont November 7-9, 2014 with Renovaré board members, Dr. Chris Hall and Rev. Linda Christians.

Women’s Retreat February 6-8, 2015 with Margot Starbuck, author of Small Things With Great Love.  Will explore “Is God For Me.?”

Come enjoy a few days of renewal or make a day trip.  Click on each link above for more including special rates for couples and day trips.  Call 903-797-6400 or email campgilmont@aol.com with your questions.

The attached flyer has a bit of info about each of these retreats.

(2014_15 Gilmont Spiritual Formation Flyer)

September: Monday Morning Clergy Quadrant Meetings


TIME: 10 am 


First Monday        September 1      LABOR DAY  Meeting moved to Tuesday, September 2 at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas

Second Monday   September 8      Pittsburg First UMC

Third Monday       September 15     “The Gathering” at Lakeview this week, meeting postponed.

Fourth Monday    September 22      Greggton UMC, Longview

Fifth Monday        September 29      Hardy Memorial UMC, Texarkana


September Reading Material for Discussion:

“Ultimately Responsible: When You’re in Charge of Igniting a Ministry” by Sue Nilson Kibbey

The Throwaway Children

East Texas Performing Arts presents:  The Throwaway Children

Written with a Christian world view, this original drama highlights the ongoing global crisis of human trafficking. “Twenty-seven million salves; more than any other time in the history of the planet,” are the opening lines of The Throwaway Children.  Featuring eight East Texas youth, audiences will walk away with hope, despite becoming aware of the harsh and traumatic effects slavery has on its victims.  Mercy and grace are extended to the perpetrators and their victims in this play, written, directed, and choreographed by Sara Whitaker.  Human trafficking affects the affluent and the poverty stricken in both rural and urban areas.  Though this play presents difficult material, it offers a redemptive solution.  In God’s eyes, there is hope for all people.   The men and women who have fallen into prostitution still have value and purpose.  Location:  Jefferson Transportation and Visitor Center, 305 E. Austin.  Friday, August 15 @ 7:30 PM and Sunday, August 17 @ 7:30 PM at the Jefferson Transportation and Visitor Center 305 E. Austin Jefferson, TX

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door.