Jun
10
to Jun 16

MISSION SERVICE PROJECT 2018

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Mission Service Project 2018
 
Sunday, June 10, 2018 5:30 PM
Saturday, June 16, 2018 6:30 PM                 

 

CHECKS PAYABLE TO: El Valle District of the UMC
Mail:  c/o Susan Hellums;  4200 N. McColl Road;  McAllen, TX  78504

 

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Our goal is to share God's love as we go out to serve in God's name!
Mission Service Project (MSP) is a week-long Senior High youth mission week based on sharing God's unconditional love as we share our God given gifts with others in our community.
MSP is a ministry of the El Valle District of the Rio Texas Conference in South Texas.
WE PROVIDE
1.      Planned and coordinated Christ-centered mission experience
2.      Local host church, meals, snacks and t-shirt
3.      Mission experience site, materials and coordination (building and/or other)
4.      Daily Devotion Guide – specific to the weeks activities

YOU PROVIDE
1.      One to three teams with 8-10 Senior High youth (entering 9th grade - graduating12th grade) and at least 2-3 adults (depending on group size). 
2.      Your transportation to Host Church and to mission experience each day
3.      $250 per person Mission Participation Fee (total per person)
4.      We go into mission as “construction team.” You will need your own tools and ladders.  Other simple “tools” may be needed depending on mission experience.  You will be notified.
5.     Completed Team Application and Team Commitment Questions, ALL individual missioner’s/ person’s paperwork, including insurance for each team member.  Additionally, for adult leaders (18 and older) the Supervision and Care of Youth and Children/Child Protection/Safe Sanctuaries Training Certificate and evidence of approved Background Checks.  
Important Dates for Deposits / Fees / Paperwork
CHECKLIST
____DUE MAY 2:     $50 per Missioner/Person DEPOSIT and TEAM APPLICATION   
        AFTER MAY 2:   $75 per Missioner/Person*
____DUE MAY 16:  Finalized t-shirt sizes & count (order goes in this date)
    **Team / Participant deposit, no longer refundable

____DUE MAY 30:  $200.00 per Missioner/Person PARTICIPATION FEE (non-refundable)         
AND COMPLETED PAPERWORK  
         **NO ADDITIONS after May 30.

 

 

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Jun
6
to Jun 9

4TH RIO TEXAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE JUNE 6 - 9, 2018

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The 2018 Rio Texas Annual Conference will be held June 6-9 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. This year's theme is "From Come & See to Go & Do: Rethinking the Five Practices."  It has been ten years since the release of Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Robert Schnase, Bishop of the Rio Texas Conference. Much has changed in those ten years.

The conference will focus on the shift from attractional assumptions toward missional strategies. In the past, churches assumed that people would go to church if it provided excellent, welcoming worship services. Church pastors, delegates, and lay leaders will learn the importance of taking the Christian faith out into their networks and neighborhoods.

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May
12
to May 26

ADVANCED LAY SERVANT COURSES OFFERED IN MAY OPEN TO ALL LAY SERVANTS IN RIO TEXAS CONFERENCE

Coming in MAY!

 Registration Form

 Advanced Lay Servant Training:

From Your Heart to Theirs: Delivering an Effective Sermon

May 12 and May 26, 2017

at Boerne UMC, 205 James Street Boerne, TX 78006

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:   April 14, 2018
Mail this form to:

Hill Country District Office
222 Sidney Baker South, Suite 528

Kerrville, TX 78028
FAX: 830-896-6407

 Name
Address
Email
Phone
Church
Special Needs

Registration Fee $40.00 (includes lunch & book) Make checks payable to:
Hill Country District and mail with completed form to District Office.

For more information contact one of the following:
Scott Maderer,
HCD Lay Servant Director
csmaderer@gmail.com
Tel 210-862-3978

 

 

 

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Jul
24
11:30 AM11:30

Weekday Ministries Training Event

Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 --Register by August 1, 2017*
Time: 8:30am Check In
Trainings: 9:00am -1:40pm.  Lunch is provided.
Location: Oak Hill UMC, 7815 Hwy 290 W, Austin, TX
$25 Registration Fee per Registrant

Please join us for this great training opportunity to learn specific skills in working with children in a Christian environment!  Intended for teachers or volunteers working with preschool age and early elementary.  

Online Registration is OPEN for individual or group registrations

Several different workshops are available for a total of 4 training hours. Certificates will be issued upon class completion. Workshop descriptions will be published and sent to the individual emails when released. 

Church Mutual will be leading a session regarding risk and the preschool.  The Center for Child Protection will be offering the Stewards of Children Training.  This abuse prevention and awareness program is the scientifically proven to change attitudes regarding child abuse.  Several of our key presenters will be returning with topics such as: "Love" &  "Logic" - In Your Classroom and many more. 

Register online or print and mail forms with payment to:

Capital District UMC
Attn:  Weekday Ministries
1221 W. Ben White Ste 201-A
Austin, Texas 78704

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Jun
7
to Jun 10

3rd Rio Texas Annual Conference June 7, - 10, 2017

Letter from Conference Secretary: 3rd Rio Texas Annual Conference

January 03, 2017/ Austin W. Newton

En español      

3rd Rio Texas Annual Conference
June 7-June 10, 2017
Corpus Christi, TX

The 3rd Session of The Rio Texas Annual Conference will be held June 7-10, 2017 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi. This year's theme is "Focus on Fruitfulness." The conference will open Wednesday evening with worship to inspire and ground us as spiritual leaders from across the conference. During the three days, we will dialogue with one another, learn from one another, pray and worship together, and be renewed and inspired for the work to which Christ is calling us.
 
We are excited to announce that the Rev. Adam Hamilton, author, and pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas will be our conference teacher. Rev. Hamilton will teach three ninety-minute sessions during our plenary time.

This year's service of commissioning, ordination and recognition will take place on Friday evening. Annual Conference will end at noon, Saturday, June 10, 2017, with the fixing of appointments and sending forth. 

Together the faith leaders of the Rio Texas Annual Conference will be formed to boldly follow Jesus Christ with excellence and fruitfulness.
 
There will be more details to come through Unidos and riotexas.org.
 
Mickey T. McCandless
Rio Texas Conference Secretary

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Mar
18
8:30 AM08:30

Commuter Core Godly Play Training: SEGUIN TX 2017

Are you signed up yet? Registration for the first module closes Monday!
Commuter Core Godly Play Training: SEGUIN TX 2017
Sacred StoriesSaturday March 18, 8:30am to 5:30pm
Parables - Saturday April 8, 8:30am to 5:30pm
Liturgical Action - Saturday May 6, 8:30am to 5:30pm

First United Methodist - (830) 379-4112 - office@seguin-fumc.org
710 N. Austin St Seguin, TX 78155

The Commuter Core model covers the same essential training as our Core Training for all Godly Play teachers in the Godly Play room, but takes place during three separate Saturday modules. You will learn the processes and Core stories of Godly Play as well as the theology behind these practices. Modules may be attended in any order, over time and location. Participants may build credit toward Core Training certification, which is awarded after completion of all three modules. This model underscores the action/reflection aspect of Godly Play training by allowing participants new experiences between training dates, which they then bring with them to the next Commuter Core module.

Please note, you must register separately for each Saturday.
Having trouble with registration?  
Info@GodlyPlayFoundation.org
Copyright © 2017 Godly Play Foundation, All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:
Godly Play Foundation
PO Box 3331
Sewanee, TN 37375

http://www.godlyplayfoundation.org/contact-us/

 

 

 

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Mar
1
to Apr 3

Time to Fill the Truck for Disaster Survivors Again Lenten Disaster Clothing Drive. March 1st, Ash Wednesday - Week of April 3rd

Remember last year, when Johnson City finished filling the collection truck for the annual disaster used clothing drive? 

When the truck left JC, it was jam-full to the doors with used clothing. Problem was, it hadn’t finished making all its stops — there were more to go — so a second truck had to be re-routed to finish the run.

Let’s do it again!

It's the annual interfaith clothing drive that stocks the warehouse ahead of the spring flood and tornado season, so when a disaster requires quick delivery of used clothes, it’s ready to go.

In Johnson City, the First United Methodist Church heads the drive, but all churches (clubs, businesses, and individuals) are welcome to participate, and obviously lots do so. The campaign officially starts on March 1st, Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Churches will collect clothes until the week of April 3rd, when the truck begins picking up the collections.

The truck is from the Seventh-day Adventists, who make the rounds of participating churches across Central Texas, then take it all to the Adventists’ warehouse in Alvarado, south of Ft Worth, where the clothing is sorted, sanitized, packaged and stored to await a call from a disaster manager who needs it. 

When that call comes, the Adventists load their truck and the next morning it’s at the disaster shelter, waiting for survivors to come put on fresh clothes.

“But that plan only works if we have done our part first,” explained Pastor Lee Romero of the First United Methodist Church in Johnson City. 

“It starts with you cleaning out your closets of clothes you’ll never wear again, and bringing them to your church, or to ours. We’ll store it until the truck comes, then send it on its way.”

Last year, more than two dozen churches and countless individuals donated to the campaign, from Lampasas down to Carrizo Springs. There’s always room for more.

“Last year, the semi was so full after it stopped here, we literally had to jump out and slam the door,” Romero recalled. "Luckily, the Adventists already had a second truck making part of the route, so it finished the part the semi couldn’t hold. We’d sure like to fill that second truck, too.”

The campaign needs work clothes the survivors can wear to clean up their homes. That includes, shoes, hats, and belts. They do not accept used underwear, swimsuits, or socks. They don’t have to be on hangers, or even clean…that’ll be taken care of in the processing. Boxes and bags of clothes all are OK.

“We know we’re still a month away from the official start date,” Romero said, “but now’s the time to be rooting through the closets and setting aside what you don’t want. And, yes, we’ll take donations early.

“Sometime later this year, somewhere, somebody you’ll never know will bless you for it.”

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Jan
27
to Jan 29

RIO TEXAS CONFERENCE DISTRICTS' YOUTH MIDWINTER 2017

SIGN UP TODAY FOR REVEAL USING THIS LINK!

 Rio Texas Conference Districts is offering a Midwinter retreat at Mount Wesley for making disciples of Jesus Christ!

 Hosted by West District, Hill Country District, Crossroads District  

 Register online before the deadline January 15th. 

 EVENT DATE, COST AND ATTENDEES

The Midwinter "REVEAL" Retreat is open to all middle school and high school students (grades 6th-12th). Camp begins Friday, January 27, 2017 at 7 PM. Camp will end Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 11:30 PM before lunch.

 Cost is $150 for all youth and $100 for adults.

***Two forms are attached that will need to be filled out and signed upon arrival for each student***

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Jan
21
9:30 AM09:30

HILL COUNTRY DISTRICT TRAINING EVENT, EQUIPPING THE SAINTS 2017

Plan to be at Fredericksburg UMC
28 Workshop Selections
Meet and hear the new Bishop.
Learn something new to help Your congregation be more effective in your community.
8:45 - 9:15 a.m. Registration
9:15 - 9:45 a.m. Worship
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Workshop sessions
Come and enjoy Mission Displays from District Churches and Walk the Labyrinth.
Call the District Office for more information.

 

 

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Jan
15
12:30 PM12:30

SIGN UP TODAY FOR YOUTH MIDWINTER 2017

SIGN UP TODAY FOR REVEAL USING THIS LINK!

 Rio Texas Conference Districts is offering a Midwinter retreat at Mount Wesley for making disciples of Jesus Christ!

 Hosted by West District, Hill Country District, Crossroads District  

 Register online before the deadline January 15th. 

 EVENT DATE, COST AND ATTENDEES

The Midwinter "REVEAL" Retreat is open to all middle school and high school students (grades 6th-12th). Camp begins Friday, January 27, 2017 at 7 PM. Camp will end Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 11:30 PM before lunch.

 Cost is $150 for all youth and $100 for adults.

***Two forms are attached that will need to be filled out and signed upon arrival for each student***

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Nov
25
to Dec 17

DEADLINE FOR SHIPPING TREATS FOR TROOPS

Deadline for shipping a box to an APO address for Christmas delivery is Dec 17, according to the Post Office, but that is for delivery by Christmas Eve, and doesn’t allow for glitches along the way. To make sure it’s there on time, ship earlier. To give recipients time to enjoy gifts such as holiday decorations before Christmas, ship as many days before the 17th as you want them to have your box. Ship now and they can hang tinsel on the Thanksgiving turkey; ship mid-Nov and they’ll put your Santa up on Dec 1. A wreath shipped Dec 1 can be hanging mid-month. Our church will ship early in Dec, a little later than I’d like, but we’re also filling shoe-boxes for Operation Christmas Child, and we don’t want to walk on that collection. Any date after mid-Nov works fine. And you don’t have to wait until all your boxes are filled…they can go as you have ‘em ready.

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Nov
13
3:30 PM15:30

Sunday, November 13, 2016 Welcome Reception Bishop and Esther Schnase, Austin, Texas

Bishop and Esther Schnase Welcome Reception

Hill Country District Superintendent, Rev. John A. Wright, encourages every HCD clergy to extend an invitation to clergy, staff and congregation members to welcome Bishop and Esther Schnase to the Rio Texas Annual Conference Join us at any one of the four gatherings throughout the conference.

Sunday, October 9, 2016          Sunday, October 16, 2016
3:00 - 4:30 pm                         3:00 - 4:30 pm
Grace United Methodist Church   Northern Hills Ministry Center
Corpus Christi, Texas                  San Antonio, Texas

Sunday, October 23, 2016         Sunday,  November 13, 2016
3:00 - 4:30 pm                           3:30 - 5:00pm
First United Methodist Church     Oak Hills United Methodist Church
Mason, Texas                              Austin, Texas

Together we will share a time of fellowship and prayer, celebrating the beginning of our ministry together in Rio Texas.

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Nov
6
8:00 AM08:00

Harvest Sunday 2016

Rio Texas Conference - Harvest Sunday 2016
Sunday – November 6, 2016
Or any Sunday that is convenient for the local church

Through this special offering approved by the Annual Conference, Rio Texas Conference congregations will support their district’s designated hunger ministry as well as Food Pantries in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and the Indigenous Women’s Vegetable Gardening and Leadership Project, Guatemala.

Participation in this offering embraces the UMC’s goals of “engaging in ministry with the poor” and “combating the diseases of poverty by improving health globally.”

The 2016 Harvest Sunday offering will be divided as follows:

  • 1/3 of the total collected in each district will be returned to that district for hunger ministries there 
  • 2/3 of the total offering will be divided equally for: 
     
    • Food pantries in the El Valle District
      Several of the poorest counties in the country can be found in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.  In some parts of the Valley, 1 in 2 children go to bed hungry every day.  A portion of the Harvest Sunday offering will be used to help provide food for our neighbors in special need in the Rio Grande Valley, right here in our annual conference.
       
    • Indigenous Women’s Vegetable Gardening and Leadership Project, Guatemala - Advance #3021566
      Forty Mayan women are being trained in organic farming techniques and they in turn will train another 850 more women in their communities.  Benefits of the project are (1) promotion of organic farming, which preserves the land; (2) improved family nutrition; (3) preservation of native food crop species; (4) promotion of women’s leadership skills; and (5) creation of a model of development that can be replicated elsewhere. This project complements the current geographical mission study on “Latin America.”

Congregations will not receive special Harvest Sunday offering envelopes this year, in an effort to send 100% of the funds received toward these urgent needs.  Congregations are asked to send their 2016 Harvest Sunday offering directly to the Conference Treasurer’s office.
Thank you for your generosity toward our neighbors in need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oct
23
3:00 PM15:00

Sunday, October 23, 2016, Welcome Celebration for Bishop and Esther Schnase, First United Methodist Church, Mason, Texas

Bishop and Esther Schnase Welcome Reception

Hill Country District Superintendent, Rev. John A. Wright, encourages every HCD clergy to extend an invitation to clergy, staff and congregation members to welcome Bishop and Esther Schnase to the Rio Texas Annual Conference Join us at any one of the four gatherings throughout the conference.

Sunday, October 9, 2016          Sunday, October 16, 2016
3:00 - 4:30 pm                         3:00 - 4:30 pm
Grace United Methodist Church   Northern Hills Ministry Center
Corpus Christi, Texas                  San Antonio, Texas

Sunday, October 23, 2016         Sunday,  November 13, 2016
3:00 - 4:30 pm                           3:30 - 5:00 pm
First United Methodist Church     Oak Hills United Methodist Church
Mason, Texas                              Austin, Texas

Together we will share a time of fellowship and prayer, celebrating the beginning of our ministry together in Rio Texas.

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Oct
16
3:00 PM15:00

Sunday, October 16, 2016, Welcome Celebration for Bishop and Esther Schnase, Northern Hills Ministry Center, San Antonio, Texas

Bishop and Esther Schnase Welcome Reception

Hill Country District Superintendent, Rev. John A. Wright, encourages every HCD clergy to extend an invitation to clergy, staff and congregation members to welcome Bishop and Esther Schnase to the Rio Texas Annual Conference Join us at any one of the four gatherings throughout the conference.

Sunday, October 9, 2016          Sunday, October 16, 2016
3:00 - 4:30 pm                         3:00 - 4:30 pm
Grace United Methodist Church   Northern Hills Ministry Center
Corpus Christi, Texas                  San Antonio, Texas

Sunday, October 23, 2016         Sunday,  November 13, 2016
3:00 - 4:30 pm                           3:30 - 5:00 pm
First United Methodist Church     Oak Hills United Methodist Church
Mason, Texas                              Austin, Texas

Together we will share a time of fellowship and prayer, celebrating the beginning of our ministry together in Rio Texas.

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Oct
9
3:00 PM15:00

Sunday, October 9, 2016 Welcome Celebration for Bishop and Esther Schnase, Grace UMC, Corpus Christi, Texas

Bishop and Esther Schnase Welcome Reception

Hill Country District Superintendent, Rev. John A. Wright, encourages every HCD clergy to extend an invitation to clergy, staff and congregation members to welcome Bishop and Esther Schnase to the Rio Texas Annual Conference Join us at any one of the four gatherings throughout the conference.

Sunday, October 9, 2016          Sunday, October 16, 2016
3:00 - 4:30 pm                         3:00 - 4:30 pm
Grace United Methodist Church   Northern Hills Ministry Center
Corpus Christi, Texas                  San Antonio, Texas

Sunday, October 23, 2016         Sunday,  November 13, 2016
3:00 - 4:30 pm                           3:30 - 5:00 pm
First United Methodist Church     Oak Hills United Methodist Church
Mason, Texas                              Austin, Texas

Together we will share a time of fellowship and prayer, celebrating the beginning of our ministry together in Rio Texas.

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Oct
1
to Oct 31

PUMPKIN PATCH FUMC NEW BRAUNFELS, 10/01-10/31,2016

  FUMC NB Youth

PUMPKIN PATCH 2016

The FUMCNB Pumpkin Patch is not only a GREAT fundraiser, but an AWESOME community outreach!

Our youth's BIGGEST fundraiser is right around the corner. The pumpkins are coming! Portions of our pumpkin patch proceeds fund scholarships for youth to attend camps and mission trips. Additionally, we donate some of the proceeds to charities that support youth in our community! YOU CAN HELP! We need volunteers to work shifts in the patch. 

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May
15
4:00 PM16:00

ALL LAY DELEGATES IN THE HILL COUNTRY DISTRICT-DISTRICT CONFERENCE NOTICE

ALL LAY DELEGATES IN THE HILL COUNTRY DISTRICT-DISTRICT CONFERENCE NOTICE
Just a reminder – our Hill Country District Conference will be Sunday, May 15, 4:00 p.m. at the Blanco United Methodist Church.

The agenda, the district nominations, and the district budget for 2017 has been emailed to our clergy delegates. They are requested to pass this along to their lay delegates.
There are very few changes in those leading in the various positions and there will be no change proposed for our district budget.

Rev. Bill Johnson and the Committee on District Superintendency are sponsoring a reception following the District Conference that will honor our retiring District Superintendent Bill Henderson. Rev. Johnson has asked, at Rev. Henderson’s request, that any retirement gifts be directed to the new Casa del Buen Samaritano, a new dormitory being purchased for relief work with Mission: Border Hope in Eagle Pass.

Plan to be there at this important meeting and celebrate Rev. Bill Henderson's retirement. Any local church members who would like to attend the reception are invited to come as well.

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Apr
9
9:00 AM09:00

Go Preach! A Primer for Beginning Preachers Advanced Course

There’s a great opportunity to enhance your skills as a servant leader coming up in April.  Hill Country District Lay Servants are presenting an advanced lay servant class, Go Preach! on April 9 and 23 at Johnson City UMC.  The class is 9:00 – 4:00 for 2 Saturdays and students will learn about leading worship and writing a sermon and then present their own sermons at the 2nd class.  This class meets one of the requirements for becoming a certified lay speaker.  There are no prerequisites for the class and is open to anyone that would like to attend.  The cost of the class is $40 and that covers the book, the class and lunch each day.  Registration forms are available at hcdumc.org and should be mailed to: 

Hill Country District Office

222 Sidney Baker South, Suite 528

Kerrville, TX 78028 or FAX to 830-896-6407

 

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Mar
11
to Mar 13

Lay Servant MInistry Advanced Class at Mount Wesley March 11-13,2016

Director of Laity in Leadership for Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church,Jodi Cataldo, will be the guest presenter for this weekend at Mount Wesley.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The God’s Mission… Our Journey course provides a solid foundation for those serving in mission among lay servants and volunteers in mission. This course will help participants have a better understanding of a holistic approach to participation in God’s mission to the world and will equip lay servants for more effective missional engagement in their own communities and beyond— locally and globally.  
For those seeking certification as a UMVIM team leader, this course would then be followed up by UMVIM team leader training through the participant’s jurisdiction to provide specific logistical information, policies and practices.

Your Lay Servant/Speaker application must be on file with your District to qualify for this course. 

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