A Word from DS Teresa Welborn – 5/29/2020

As we look to Pentecost, I think of the sermons I’ve preached in the past. Those sermons were often filled with themes of waiting and the gifts of diversity and unity. But as I read Acts 2 this year, I am drawn to the idea of the future and what exactly that might mean for…Read More »

A Word from DS Teresa Welborn – 4/24/20

Here in Central Texas the Spring and the Easter season take place at about the same time of the year. Colorful wildflowers and birdsong remind me of the One who makes all things new (Isaiah 43:19). It is a season of miracles with new life springing up all around. Growing up in a Christian home,…Read More »

A Word from DS Teresa Welborn – 4/9/2020

This Holy Week will be one we remember forever. I continue to be amazed at the creative ways churches are worshiping and celebrating this holy season of Lent. This past Sunday I saw houses with palm branch arrangements hung on the door. One pastor asked church members to make a brief video of themselves acting…Read More »

A Word from DS Teresa Welborn – 3/27/2020

Grace and peace to you, the wonderful churches of The Capital District! I remember you in my prayers and give thanks for the ways that you continue to be church. Even in this time of uncertainty where we are engaged in social distancing and sheltering in place, you worship in new and creative ways, you…Read More »

God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God!

As news about the coronavirus continued to unfold, I learned a lot.I learned there are many prayers to pray and songs to sing while washing my hands thoroughly for 20 seconds.|I learned I touch my face too much.I learned some people buy more toilet paper than they need.I learned a new phrase – social distancing….Read More »

A Word from DS Teresa Welborn – 3/13/20

As we follow news about the COVID-19 virus, we invite you to continue monitoring guidelines from health officials and the city of Austin. To the clergy and churches of the Capital District UMC: My devotional reading this morning took me to Romans 8:18-25. “We were saved in hope. If we see what we hope for, that isn’t…Read More »

A Word from DS Teresa Welborn – 3/5/2020

We recently hosted Rev. Dr. Joseph Daniels from Emory Fellowship in Washington, D.C. Sharing about his ministry overseeing a church and an affordable housing project, he had words of challenge and inspiration for us. At that District Professionals meeting, I also shared information about the district’s current apportionment giving. Our overall giving to apportionments in the…Read More »

A Word from DS Teresa Welborn-2/5/2020

Valentine’s Day is coming up and I have to say I’ve never been a big fan of this holiday. During my long years as a single pastor, I enjoyed an Austin music station’s “Anti-Valentine’s Day” show. Even now as a married person, I resist the message that somehow being coupled is the cultural norm and…Read More »

A Word from DS Teresa Welborn- 1/8/2020

Like many elementary schools, the one my daughter attends has a school t-shirt for sale as a way of drumming up school spirit. Each year the t-shirt is designed by students who are invited to submit ideas and drawings. This year’s design was a combined effort – a compilation of a few different submissions including…Read More »

A Word from DS Teresa Welborn – 12/4/19

I’ve always been impressed with people who are able to get out Christmas letters every December. My late father-in-law sent such letters for decades to an ever growing list of relatives and friends and colleagues. I joked that his stamp buying alone must have kept his local Post Office in business. The letter updated everyone…Read More »