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Date Change: Methodist Youth Day

     Due to scheduling and booking conflicts with Daingerfield State Park there is a date change for Methodist Youth Day.  It will NOT be Saturday August 16th but rather it will be Saturday August 23.   For more info goto: https://www.facebook.com/events/1409021646040955/ and  https://www.facebook.com/events/1380052125614825/ Aaron Dudley Office 903-856-2839   Cell 903-720-5164 North District Youth Coordinator

A Message from Bishop Janice Riggle Huie

Dear Friends in the Texas Annual Conference, Grace and peace to you in the name of our Resurrected Savior. As you are aware, a series of spring storms bringing devastating tornadoes and floods have swept across the Southern section of the United States during this week.  Hundreds of homes and two United Methodist churches, one [...]

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The Texas Annual Conference has a new online Safe Sanctuary Training. The conference also has a new company for running background checks. Please read the following links very carefully. Thanks!

Methodist Youth Summer Info.

Hey Youth Leaders and Pastors, summer is finally here!

As you get geared up fulfilling all your summer plans don’t forget Methodist Youth Day at Daingerfield State Park, August 23 noon to 6 PM.  This event is taking the place of SYNC Retreat this year and is going to be a time to meet other Methodist youth ministries and be connectional.  For more information about the camp out Friday night, Saturday activities and the evening worship service, click on the links below.

If your group is planning on camping out, be sure and call Texas State Parks at 512-389-8900.

I hope to see you in August!
Aaron Dudley

North District Youth Coordinator

Girls Chrysalis Flight

To: Pastors, Youth Leaders, or Parents—who might know of students who could participate in…

What: Girls Chrysalis Flight

Who it’s for: Girls, age 15-18

When: Thursday morning, June 26 to Saturday evening, June 28.

Cost: $45

*All girls need a sponsor, someone who has attended an Emmaus or Chrysalis retreat.

The deadline for applicants is June 16th, so please follow up soon! 

Contact Cheryl Perry to register: cheryl.perry@parisrmc.com or 903-517-0901

Or contact Lesley Dotson: lesdotson@aol.com or 903-826-0038

An information page about the history and purpose of Emmaus/Chrysalis retreats is attached.

Student Campus Ministries

The Texas Annual Conference has Student Campus Ministries on the following campuses:

Texas Southern University

University of Houston

Prairie View A&M University

Texas A&M University

Lamar University

Sam Houston State University

Stephen F. Austin University

Kilgore Junior College

Tyler Junior College

University of Texas at Tyler

Wiley College, Marshall


The students from your local church will be leaving for college campuses soon.   The United Methodist Church Student Campus Ministries at the college campuses listed above are available to them with a welcoming, safe, encouraging Christian environment while they are away from home and their home church.  The directors of these student campus ministries prepare bible studies, mission trips, fellowship activities, worship, free weekly meals and so much more for the students. Some campus ministry buildings also offer students the use of computers for school homework.  To help make the connection between the students and this ministry, local churches can provide contact information for each student to the head of The Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry, Rev Carmen Rickel. Simply follow the link below, complete the form and submit. Rev Rickel will forward the contact information to the Campus Ministry Director of the school the student is attending so a postcard, email or text can be sent inviting them to visit their ministry.  Campus Ministry is a wonderful source for your students to stay connected to God and church will away at school.

Here is a link to an easy fill in page https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dHdsM1BtS1hfN2hnNHRSTEFFTEc0bFE6MQ

Also, if you need further information or have other questions, you may contact Rev Carmen Rickel at   crrickel@hotmail.com or  936-598-7388.

Mother’s Day Out Program

Winterfield United Methodist Church of Longview, Texas has a

Mother’s Day Out Program

that will begin operation on September 3rd.  Applications for Certified Teachers, Aides and children registration are now being accepted.

Contact Liana Niblett – MDO Director at 903-753-4825

Summertime Fun for Clergy and their Families


The North District Annual Clergy and Family Picnic is set for Saturday, August 2 at Hardy Memorial United Methodist Church

Make plans to come enjoy a meal together, meet our new pastors and their families and fellowship in God’s Grace.

Childcare will be available with indoor and outdoor fun for the children.

Hardy Memorial UMC is located at 6203 N Kings Hwy., Texarkana, Texas 75503. Phone:  903.793-1116


June 28, 2014

Longview First United Methodist Church

400 Fredonia St., Longivew, TX 75601

                                                          8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

                                     Contact: Stephanie Chapman 903.753-4463

$30 includes printed manual with lunch, photo-ID badge & T-shirt


$20 includes USB Flash Drive manual with lunch, photo ID badge & T-shirt

(Be sure to bring an electronic device with you to open the manual)


The mission of an early response team is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of disaster.  The team is neither a first response group of emergency workers nor a recovery, rebuild or repair team.  Rather, teams are trained and equipped to enter a disaster site after First Responders clear the area to clean and prepare for the rebuilding.  They bring, in the name of Christ, immediate assistance to ensure no further damage is done.  Their mission is from one to three days.

The Texas Annual Conference, in partnership with UMCOR, is now conducting Early Responder Training using approved UMCOR curriculum, as well as certified ERT-trainers.  Early responders representing our conference must have this training to help survivors make their residence safe, sanitary and secure.


1.       Go to link http://taccor.org/training.htm to register. In the left column, click on your training.

  1. Safe Sanctuary, including proof that one’s background check has been successfully run within the current year, is a prerequisite.  We need a copy of your Safe Sanctuary Certification and a verification of your Background Check from the person running BG checks at your home church.

a.       If you are not SS certified in the Texas Conference, go to http://www.txcumc.org/safesanctuary . Follow the instructions and take the test. Then, print the Certificate.

b.       Fill out “Consent to Perform Criminal History / Background Check.”, at your home UMC.  If your church does not participate in the conference program, we will supply the form at the training.

2.       Bring exact cash or check to the training:

District Job Openings:

Music Director Position available at St Mark’s UMC in Marshall, TX. This position will require the director to work with the Pastor in choosing music for Church Services. This will also include Choir practice. This person will also be responsible for directing the choir on Sunday mornings and Special Events as requested. Please contact St. Mark’s UMC at 903-935-9791, 1101 Jasper Dr. Marshall , TX 75672-2431 for an application.

Child Care Worker Position available at St Mark’s UMC in Marshall, TX. This will be for two Sundays a month. The schedule is 8:45 to 11:15 on Sunday mornings. There may also be other times that a Child Care Worker is needed for Special occasions. Please contact St. Mark’s UMC at 903-935-9791, 1101 Jasper Dr. Marshall , TX 75672-2431 for an application.

The people of Greggton United Methodist Church are seeking a full-time servant leader to guide our children’s ministry in making disciples of Jesus Christ.  For an application, job description, and copy of the vision of the church, please contact Sonya Cline at sonyac@greggton.org, or 903.759.3831.  The applications, job description and the vision of the church may also be picked up in the church office at 1101 Pine Tree Road, Longview, Texas 75601. Applications will be received through June 23.

Asbury House Child Development Center

Please read below a letter from Mrs. Pam Surles, Director of the Asbury House Child Development Center of Longview, Texas:

Dear Friends of the North District: 

 It is with mixed emotions that I offer my resignation as Director of Asbury House effective July 4, 2014.  I have been tremendously blessed by my association with this ministry for the past 30 years and I am extremely grateful for all that I have learned from you and for the many friends I have made.  It has been my honor and privilege to work with each of you and it is my prayer that Asbury House will continue to provide excellent care for the less fortunate children in our community.

 I have the opportunity to direct a school which is only open September through May, allowing me to have more time off.  This school has been a tremendous blessing to my life and I pray the transition will go smoothly and the new director will be as blessed. 

 I am grateful to each of you for the love and support you have given to me and Asbury House.  I have made wonderful friends and will miss working with each of you.  Asbury House will be closed the week of June 30 – July 4th and I will not return after our vacation.

Part-Time Children’s Director

Pittsburg First United Methodist Church is seeking a Part Time Children’s Director. This is a paid position for 10-12 hours work per week. Please send your resume to office@fumcpittsburg.com or call 903.856-2839.