News, 4/10/2020

Enable HTML to see imagesApril 9, 2020Enable HTML to see imagesVirtual Choirs Inspire Social Connection During Easter and BeyondCoronavirus can’t stop choirs in the Texas Annual Conference. When the pandemic required social distancing in March, it seemed choir rehearsal would become impossible, especially when the recommended gathering size dropped below 10 and then shelter-in-place became the standard. Rev. Suzi Byrd, Pastor of Music and Worship at St. Stephen’s UMC in Houston, however was determined to keep the music going.

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Easter Is the Turning PointEaster is the place where God put our mortality in a new perspective. Yes, all human beings will die at some point.Yes, tragedies occur. Yes, pandemics happen. But these evil realities are not the end of the story.Enable HTML to see images

Methodist Church Shares TV Broadcast with Sister Churches During CoronavirusCoronavirus did not thwart plans at Trinity UMC in Beaumont to keep its congregation connected. Senior pastor Rev. Tommy Williams explains that his church has worshiped live for decades, appearing on KFDM TV Channel 6 every Sunday morning. Now, the congregation is welcoming guest pastors from sister churches to join the broadcast, so they can reach out to their congregants as well.Enable HTML to see images

Despite the Virus, Churches Get Innovative in Celebrating Palm SundayFirst UMC Brenham and Wesley UMC in Beaumont aren’t letting coronavirus stand in the way of celebrating Palm Sunday. Both of these congregations in the Texas Annual Conference have discovered innovative ways that their members can join together – celebrating from the safety of their vehicles – to worship and have fellowship.
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Amid Pandemic, Lydia Patterson Faces Difficulties Due to Border ClosingLydia Patterson Institute was already technologically equipped for the coronavirus-related shutdown of all schools in El Paso, Texas, that began March 16. The bad news is that because of a shutdown of the Mexican border a few blocks away from the school, parents have not been able to cross from Juarez to pay their children’s tuition.

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Churches Work Together to Host Health FairsBefore the coronavirus started to shut our country down, St. Stephen’s UMC in Houston partnered with its neighboring church, St. James Lutheran and HISD to host the Northwest Community Health Fair. Together, the churches brought together 119 volunteers to serve 700 guests. The effort, senior pastor Rev. Nathan Lonsdale Bledsoe said, was such a success that St. Stephen’s plans to make it an annual event.



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