In her book Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other LiesI’ve Loved, Duke professor Kate Bowler writes about the time she visited Lakewood Church in Houston for worship. Worshiping there one Holy Week, she recalls the smiling parking lot attendant waving and hollering over to her to say, “Happy Good Friday!” Lakewood Church is where Joel Olsteen…Read More »
Bishop Robert Schnase is announcing the appointment of Rev. Laura Merrill as superintendent of the Capital District of the Rio Texas Conference, effective July 1, 2021. Merrill currently serves as Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Clergy Excellence. She joined the conference staff as director of connectional ministries in 2016, after six years as superintendent…Read More »
The Action Support/Juanita Peterson Grant 2021 is now open. Find the grant application here.
Recently I shared with leaders in the district that I have accepted a new appointment beginning July 1st. Bishop Schnase has introduced me as the pastor he intends to appoint as senior pastor at University UMC in Austin. I also asked that our prayers join Bishop Schnase’s as he discerns the right next District Superintendent…Read More »
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Deadline: Monday, April 19, 2021 Action Support Grant The purpose of the Capital District Action Support Committee is the facilitation of outreach ministries to relieve human suffering and the establishment of new and creative forms of such outreach within the district. The committee gives priority to: *Ministries tied directly to the United Methodist Church or…Read More »
Think and pray about how your congregation can respond – locally, district-wide, conference-wide and statewide. Click here for a form that churches can use to assess needs in the community. If you need more information or further guidance, contact Jim Street, Capital District Disaster Response Coordinator. If you’d like to help financially, you may choose to give to your local church, for…Read More »
The weather this week is quite a change from last week! I pray you and your families are safe. The winter storm left many throughout the Austin area without power/heat and/or water. I am grateful for the many ways our Capital area churches have already been the hands and feet of Christ during this time. Some…Read More »