Lay Servant Training

North District

Lay Servant Training

Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21

At Lakeview Baptist Assembly

Lone Star, Texas

+See attached flyer

2015 Lay Servant Registration Form

Clergy Reading Assignment – Update

FYI from Rev. Richard Heyduck:


The weather conditions have slowed my acquisition of the book, and with my Quadrant meeting coming Monday, I looked for some alternative ways to discover the book’s content. I’ve found these two links to be helpful. They may be helpful to others in a similar situation as well.


Bible Study

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ:

Thinking of Him DVD Bible Study


The Lord has placed on my heart a great need in our community, that we should be thinking more about God.  We hope to offer a Community-Wide Bible study, sometime after Easter at the congregation where I am currently serving as pastor.  And I thought that your congregation might wish to consider the study, as well.


I have been working diligently on a DVD Bible Study, “Thinking of Him.”  The book is already available on Amazon, (just search for “Thinking of Him,” by Paula Behrens), and the DVD is a new addition (already available on my Pulpit Stole Etsy site – to be released on soon).


I am currently seeking a few pastors/church leaders who would like to review the materials and send feed-back.  Constructive criticism, given in the Love of Christ, will also be prayerfully considered.  To receive a free copy of the DVD Bible Study (8 sessions) and the book, Thinking of Him, please send an email to, with the address of where you would like to receive the materials.


Maybe some of the Texarkana area congregations might like to work together,

in a Community-Wide effort, using the Eylau UMC facilities or theirs (or both).


If you care to watch how I explained the study in our local congregation, I’ve included the Sunday sermon link.  A preview video is at the end of the message.  I was pleased to see that the congregation responded very enthusiastically, taking 20 preview DVD’s to hand out to friends.


Here’s the sermon link:


Or if you would like to watch the video clip only visit:


Please, feel free to give me a call if you would like to visit further

(979) 337-1394.


Grace & Peace,

Reverend Paula Behrens


Eylau United Methodist Church

5214 Highway 59 South

Texarkana, TX 75501

979-337-1394 (cell)


Lay Servant Training Registration

2015 Lay Servant Registration Form

Attached please find the North District Lay Servant Training registration form for the upcoming training in March.


Anna M Rohde


Texas Conference

The United Methodist Church

District Administrative Assistant

1511 Judson Rd. , Ste A

Longview, TX  75601


903.758-6115 fax

District Pre-Conference Meetings 2015

Attention:  Pastors and Lay Delegates to Annual Conference 2015


District Pre-Conference Meetings 2015





April 26


Beaumont Wesley

3 pm

April 27


College Station-Christ

7 pm

April 28



7 pm

April 29

Central South


7 pm

April 30

Central North

The Woodlands

7 pm

May 3



7 pm

May 4



7 pm

May 5



7 pm

May 6


Missouri City-First

7 pm


Chuck Crain – In Concert

**In Concert**

Chuck Crain, one of Branson, Missouri’s premiere performers.

February 28 at 6 PM

McCary’s Chapel United Methodist Church

5758 Old Hwy 135N

Liberty City, Texas

Admission:  One non-perishable food item per person

Chuck Crain flier 2014 McCarys

Small Church Retreat 2015

Attached is information for the 2015 Small Church Retreat at Lakeview.

This year’s training will be on worship.

We consider a small church one that averages 100 or less in average worship attendance.

Thank you for your help.

Dick White Quitman/Liberty UMC’s & Chair of Small Membership Church Committee for the Texas Annual Conference



Wellness Program 2015

Dear Clergy and Spouses,


To bring you all up-to-date…

Group Health Benefits and Clergy Excellence have been working hard to improve and add to the TAC Wellness programs for 2015. You may have noticed some of the changes we have made to our Wellness offerings in the form of new and increased incentives. We are very focused on continuing the success we have been experiencing and reaching out to as many clergy and spouses in the Group Health Plan as we can. All this work is paying off with our ability to keep health care costs down and improve the overall wellbeing of many of our clergy.


The new Wellness Now Newsletter link is below along with the links to the new Lenten Weight Loss incentive. The 2015 Rebate offer is also currently in effect until September.


Wellness Now Newsletter


On the website:

Lenten Weight Loss Jump Start 2015 information -

Lenten Weight Loss Jump Start 2015 form -

Attached are both as files.


2015 A la carte fitness Rebate – on the website at

Attached is the Policy and form.




Nancy Slade

Executive Assistant to Gail Ford Smith, Director

Center for Clergy Excellence

Texas Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church

5215 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

713.521.9383, Ext. 322 Fax 713.523.9173




Texas Conference Safe Sanctuary Committee Member, Mrs. Melba Spann, is our new contact person for support of North District Safe Sanctuary this year.  One of the goals the Safe Sanctuary Committee set for 2015 is to support and encourage all churches in the Texas Annual Conference to submit their Safe Sanctuary policy to their District Superintendent office and to Mr. Dan Ramsey.


In an effort to reach this goal, the district office is requesting that each church heck on the status of their Safe Sanctuary Policy. Each church should have an updated Safe Sanctuary policy on file (preferably electronically) with the district and with Mr. Dan Ramsey.  (Feel free to contact Mr. Dan Ramsey at You can email  your safe sanctuary policy to Lonna Nunn at or if necessary, mail a copy to her at 4008 Moores Lane, Texarkana, TX  75503.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Clergy Reading Assignment



March 2015 Clergy Monday Morning Quadrant Meeting Reading Assignment