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Recently Read: Finding Community With Bread Church – Local parish comes together around baking

by Melanie Haupt, Memorial United Methodist Church is an unassuming house of worship on Berkman Drive in Northeast Austin. The grounds are immaculately groomed, and an LED sign alerts drivers to watch out for children and informs the neighborhood that Bread Church meets on the third Thursday of each month (this month meets July 28). The […]

Recently Read: Texas couple fights for custody of adopted Mexican girl

Their story dates back to 2002, to an impoverished neighborhood in Matamoros, a city of a half-million people across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas.

A trinity of churches find connection their greatest ally

The Waples Memorial, Trinity, and Price Memorial United Methodist Churches of Denison, TX, recently joined together in a cooperative way to form a “trinity of churches.” Gary Carter of Waples Memorial UMC reports on the success of this creative ministry.

Faith is balm for ‘collective grief’ after tragedy

By Julie Yarbrough, Special Contributor… “We know that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” (Romans 5:3-4, CEB) When an entire community is stunned and shocked by large-scale loss, most recently the explosion of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, a kind of collective grief envelops everyone touched by the tragedy. Usually […]

When it happens where you live

By Cheryl Smith, Special Contributor… As any realtor will tell you, the most important factors in buying property are location, location, location. Where you are really does make a difference. Before June 2011, by virtue of my distance from it, I could ignore the state-imposed death penalty in Texas. Sure, I might have known that […]

UM pastor on pre-Easter double slayings: ‘Evil is not the last word’

The Rev. Keith Head’s last Easter before retiring as a United Methodist pastor proved tragically memorable, as he had to address the slayings of a prominent couple in his congregation – a case that has made international news. Mike McLelland, district attorney of Kaufman County, Texas, and his wife Cynthia, were found shot to death […]

Aging Well: Senior keeps Sundays ringing

As you drive the streets of picturesque Jefferson, Texas, you will likely see the historic First United Methodist Church with its steeple stretching into the sky. At a glance, the white wooden structure sitting on a hillside seems as though it could be the opening scene of a nostalgic Hallmark movie. On Sunday mornings the […]

Bearing prayerful witness to a ‘legalized killing’

By Cheryl Smith, Special Contributor… “You know, he was the first baby I ever held,” she said softly with a gentle lisp. “He was the first baby that they ever trusted me to hold. I still remember that.” She mopped her brow in the heat. Her dark eyes and chocolate skin contrasted with my fair […]

Lon Morris College exploring merger or sale

Financially teetering Lon Morris College is exploring merger with or sale to another school. The two-year, United Methodist-affiliated college in Jacksonville, Texas, furloughed nearly all of its employees last month, after failing to meet three straight payrolls. It also suspended summer classes, and brought in Bridgepoint Consulting of Austin, Texas, to consider financial restructuring options. Based on Bridgepoint’s assessment, Lon […]

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