Support Philippine Typhoon Relief Efforts

If you are interested in supporting the relief efforts in the Philippines, here are some ways in which to do that:

  1. Make checks out to the Texas Annual Conference with “Philippine Typhoon Relief” in the memo line, and send them to the Conference Office (5215 Main, Houston, TX 77002).  They will send your money directly to the appropriate organizations in the Philippines.
  2. If you would like to ensure that your funds are going specifically to UMCOR to help with the relief efforts, make checks out to the Texas Annual Conference with “UMCOR Philippine Typhoon” in the memo line.  Send those to the Conference Office as well.
  3. “Together in Hope” is a 501(c)(3) that is working with Methodist Churches in the typhoon area.  Here is a link to their website if you would like to donate through them:

Annual North District Leadership Training Event

The Annual NORTH DISTRICT Leadership Training Event

Sponsored by the North District Leadership Team

           Saturday, January 10 at Greggton United Methodist Church

1101 Pine Tree Rd., Longview  75605

9 am to 12:15 PM


Sunday, January 11 at Atlanta First United Methodist Church

701 Lindsey Lane, Atlanta, TX  75551

2 PM to 5:15 PM

Event Speaker:  Rev. Dr. John Whitehurst, pastor of Grace Crossing United Methodist Church of Longview, Texas.

                                   Topic:  Community Engagement


WORKSHOPS To Be Offered:

Staff-Pastor Parish Relations Committee with District Superintendent Bill Taylor

The Staff-Pastor Parish Relations Committee is the administrative unit in the local church where staff and congregational interests are integrated to focus on the mission of the church. This training will cover the committee basics and functions as well as review the keys to having an effective Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee in your church.

TACCOR-Texas Annual Conference Committee on Relief with DeWitt Cox

The TAC Committee on Relief continues to work on preparing for any new disasters that may arise. Their mission is to provide a caring Christian presence to those who have been affected by disaster. Volunteers are needed in each district to accomplish their mission. They offer training for Early Response Teams and are the contact for collection of UMCOR kits. They create the policy and protocol for local Disaster Reponse Plans.

Teens, Twenties and Thirties(Connecting with Teens, Twenties, and Thirties) with Rev. Dr. John Whitehurst

During this session Rev. John Whitehurst, pastor of the Grace Crossing United Methodist Church in Longview, shares insight from his own experience of focusing ministry on “younger” ones in our community.  John’s presentation is designed to provide inspiration and direction for local churches in order to help provide excitement, as well as basic steps in preparation for ministry to generations which are not a common sight in the life of the traditional United Methodist Church.

Leadership “for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14)  with Rev. Melissa Crawford

The Book of Esther is presented in first person story form and then a message is delivered in a leadership application.  Rev. Crawford designed and created authentic costumes from the women of the Bible. Her first person presentation of Esther will bring the Bible character alive and real to those who attend with a timeless message.  

Taking the Mystery Out of Apportionments with

Rev. Dr. Elijah Stansell, Conference Dir. Connectional Resources/Fiscal Officer-Treasurer

The word “apportionment” is part of our unique United Methodist Vocabulary. Even though most of us support the concept, there are questions such as: What exactly is an “apportionment?” Where does the money go? How is our local church “apportionment” determined?  What does “connectional giving” mean?  These, and a variety of other quandaries are regulars among the United Methodist faithful. In order to come to understand apportionments more completely Dr. Elijah Stansell, Treasurer of our Texas Conference, presents insights for understanding in order to assist the local church in “taking the mystery out of apportionment giving.”

Extravagant Generosity:”Successful Financial Stewardship Strategies.” With Jeff Powers and CJ Taylor

Workshop description coming soon!

Each workshop will be held twice, choice of two for the day. All are welcome!

There will also be a “Missions Fair” available; you may browse the booths and learn more about the following ministries:

Texas Annual Conference Committee on Relief

HELP Workshop for Local Church Staff

Music for Worship

VBS-FREE materials, suggestions and handouts

Summer Youth Activities

Kilgore College Wesley Foundation

Northeast Texas Community College Wesley Fellowship    

Heartspring Methodist Foundation

Asbury Child Development Center of Longview  

Newgate Mission of Longview   

Food Banks and Community Projects   

Lakeview Methodist Conference Center   

Free Pancake Breakfast!

Free Pancake Breakfast


You are cordially invited to a FREE Pancake Breakfast on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Providence Place.  Our goal is to ‘empower’ our community with the information and resources to help those they serve. 

The topic will focus on the Center for Higher Independence (CHI) at Providence Place and how the program helps young adults with disabilities learn to take responsibility for their lives. They manage tasks of daily living in a way they never dreamed possible – shopping and cooking for themselves, cleaning their homes, managing their money – and open up bright new futures for themselves.  You will also meet and hear from the CHI team members about how the program works.  Space is limited please RSVP by October 3, 2014.

A delicious pancake breakfast will be prepared and served by our CHI Culinary Arts students and we invite you to stay after the presentation and take a tour of our campus.

If you have any questions, please contact Mia Buentello at or 210-696-2410.

The Pumpkins Are Coming!


St. Luke’s United Methodist Church



Begins Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Come visit the patch with hundreds of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.

Pumpkin sales are Monday through Friday 4 – 6 PM, Saturday 10 am to 6 PM and Sunday 12 PM to 6 PM

401 East Main St.

Kilgore,  TX  75662

Great Family Photos opportunities. Events planned every weekend in October.

Don’t miss Family Fun Day and the Fall Market on October 18!!  Filled with something for the whole family!!

See you in the Patch!

TMF & Horizons: The Academy of Faith & Money




November 11-13 in Houston, Texas

These three days are loaded with practical, current teachings! You will walk away with tangible, inspiring ways to improve generosity in your church!Click here to check out the topics—including how to ask for money, year-round stewardship, preaching tips, and so much more.

TMF and Horizons want to help you create a culture of generosity.

It’s easy to register:  click here! The cost to you is $499 if you register before September 30, 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. Hote reservations must be made through our registration process. The hotel will ask for your creit card upon check-in.

Limited scholarships are available through TMF. To learn more, contact Joyce Russell at

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions:  Joyce Russell at 800/933-5502 or

Methodist Children’s Home: Golf Classic!

Join us for the 2014 MCH Golf Classic!

Help support Methodist Children’s Home in offering hope to children, youth and families!

MCH will host the 2014 Golf Classic at Twin Rivers Golf Club in Waco on Friday, October 17. Register today and invite your friends to come out for an enjoyable day of golf. 

The format for the tournament is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Awards and dinner provided by Rudy’s will follow the tournament.

Click HERE to sign up now! 

Sponsorships are also still available.

Click HERE to view the sponsorship packet.

Can’t attend but would like to contribute? You can make a donation by clicking HERE.

Contact me at 254-750-1316 or for more 

information on how to participate. 

Thank you in advance for supporting this ministry. We hope to see you there!

Allison Crawford
Director of Volunteers and Events

HELP- I Have Questions!

HELP- I Have Questions! An Educational/Informational Workshop has been set for this fall for Local Church Staff and Clergy

The workshops will be led by District Administrative Assistants, Lonna Nunn and Anna M Rohde. They will be held simultaneously (same location-different room)with the Monday Morning Clergy Quadrant Meetings  at 10 am on the following dates and locations:

Monday, September 29 at 10:00 a.m. at Hardy Memorial UMC in Texarkana

Monday, October 6 at 10:00 a.m.  at Marshall First UMC

Monday, November 10 at 10:00 a.m. at Pittsburg First UMC

Monday, November 17 at 10:00 a.m. at Longview First UMC

All are welcome and you can attend one or all workshops.  This is an informal question and answer session that will cover charge conference reports, salary sheets, Vital Signs reporting, Laity training, Church Resources, Emails and much more.  

Lay Servant, Lay Speaker Training

Lay Servant, Lay Speaker Training in the NORTHWEST DISTRICT

Save the date……..November 15, 2014 at Asbury United Methodist Church

3201 West Northwest Loop 323

Tyler TX 75702

Contact Rev Karen Jones

Lay Servant Academy

NORTH DISTRICT 2014 FALL Lay Servant Academy October 11

Hughes Springs First United Methodist Church       

301 Taylor

Hughes Springs, TX  75656

See Attached Flyer with Registration form

Director of Lay Leadership Academy

Rev. Ross Hyde


Ministry Need

Harleton United Methodist Church has a ministries with “Bikers for Christ”, a non-denominational group of men and women who have dedicated themselves to serving those on the fringe, including prisoners. “Bikers for Christ” work with the Darrington Unit prison system located in Rosharon, Texas. Rosharon is a small town west of Alto. Some will be surprised to know that there is an accredited four-year seminary within the prison. About 160 inmates are enrolled. When they graduate they perform chaplain duties throughout the prison system in Texas. Each year “Bikers for Christ” conduct a paper drive (copier paper) for the seminary. Last year they delivered 84 cases of paper, 100% of the needs of the seminary. This year the goal is 100 cases.

Our church will contribute to the paper drive. We ask others to consider also contributing. Paper is heavy so checks make it easier and discounts are available for large cash purchases. Currently, copy paper is about $24.00 at Sam’s Club and $28.00 at Office Depot. Checks, made out to Charlene Montana, can be sent to me at:

Harleton UMC

P.O. Box 336

Harleton, TX 75651

Thank you for considering this very worthwhile ministry,

Joe Turner, CLM, Harleton UMC