I created this simple journal as a way for children to continue processing their feelings and experiences in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. I join many others in wondering how this season is impacting our children. Booklet Version Download Here For commercial printers: print 2 sided; flip on short side Single Sheet Version Download Here

A Word from DS Teresa Welborn-7/16/2020

Like many parents of school-age children, I am wondering what the upcoming academic year will look like. I cannot imagine how difficult it is to make decisions about the school year. These decisions are complex – What is best for all children. For teachers. For parents? Any decision made will be imperfect and no doubt…Read More »

A Word from DS Teresa Welborn 6/19/20

Summer stretches before me and I don’t have any plans for vacation and travel. The same may be true for some of you. While many businesses are re-opening in limited ways, it is difficult for me to think about vacation with social distancing still in place and Covid-19 cases on the rise again in the…Read More »

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 »