Oct
21
8:30am 8:30am

Early Response Team Training - FUMC, Portland

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Registration - 8:00AM to 8:30AM
Instruction - 8:30AM to 4:30PM

October 21, 2017
First UMC, Portland
St. Christopher's by the Sea Episcopal Church
820 Wildcat Drive
Portland, TX 78374
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR TRAINING

Q: What is ERT and how do I get certified? Click Here to learn more

Q: I already have an ERT badge that is no more than three years old. How do I sign up for deployment? 
Click Here to register your individual or small group. 

Q: I had an ERT badge, but it is more than three years old. How do I recertify?
Take our online ERT recertification process. 

Q: I'd like updates on Hurricane Harvey. Where can I find those? 
Visit our Hurricane Harvey page for the latest news, information, and immediate need. 

Q: I can't attend an ERT Training. Is there any way I can help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts? 
You can give online to our Rio Texas Disaster Response

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Oct
21
10:00am10:00am

Safety Trainings: Module #1-3 Online

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Training is one of the four pillars of the preliminary Rio Texas Child, Youth, and Vulnerable Adult safety policy.

Safety Training is part of the three step certification process. This certification ministry, Trusted con Confianza, requires 3-4 hours of online or in person training every two years. For information on this process, check out: riotexas.org/safesteps

Trusted con Confianza training (Step 3)

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After completing the Safe Gatherings application and reviewing Safe Gathering's online safety training, persons will attend a TRUSTed con Confianza training. This training can be completed in 3 separate sessions (1 hour each) or persons can choose to complete the training via one longer session (2 hours).

Need your webinar presented in Spanish? Let us know using this form.

Training Dates Poster

Trusted con Confianza Evaluation

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Oct
21
10:00am10:00am

Wespath HealthFlex Exchange Presentation - New Braunfels

The Rio Texas Conference is committed to caring for those who serve and providing benefits that assist clergy and lay employees in optimizing their well-being. As announced at 2017 Annual Conference, a significant change will occur for Rio Texas Conference health care plan participants beginning on January 1, 2019, enabling the flexibility to select from a menu of HealthFlex options that best fit their needs. It’s an exciting time to embrace the possibilities this change will provide.

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Oct
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Safety Trainings: Module #2 Online

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En español    

Training is one of the four pillars of the preliminary Rio Texas Child, Youth, and Vulnerable Adult safety policy.

Safety Training is part of the three step certification process. This certification ministry, Trusted con Confianza, requires 3-4 hours of online or in person training every two years. For information on this process, check out: riotexas.org/safesteps

Trusted con Confianza training (Step 3)

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After completing the Safe Gatherings application and reviewing Safe Gathering's online safety training, persons will attend a TRUSTed con Confianza training. This training can be completed in 3 separate sessions (1 hour each) or persons can choose to complete the training via one longer session (2 hours).

Need your webinar presented in Spanish? Let us know using this form.

Training Dates Poster

Trusted con Confianza Evaluation

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR MODULE 2 FOR OCTOBER 23

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Oct
24
9:00am 9:00am

Safety Trainings: Module #1-3 at Cimarron Praise, Converse

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En español    

Training is one of the four pillars of the preliminary Rio Texas Child, Youth, and Vulnerable Adult safety policy.

Safety Training is part of the three step certification process. This certification ministry, Trusted con Confianza, requires 3-4 hours of online or in person training every two years. For information on this process, check out: riotexas.org/safesteps

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Trusted con Confianza training (Step 3)

After completing the Safe Gatherings application and reviewing Safe Gathering's online safety training, persons will attend a TRUSTed con Confianza training. This training can be completed in 3 separate sessions (1 hour each) or persons can choose to complete the training via one longer session (2 hours).

Need your webinar presented in Spanish? Let us know using this form.

Training Dates Poster

Trusted con Confianza Evaluation

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR MODULE 1-3 FOR OCTOBER 24

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Oct
26
to Oct 28

Reimagining Faith Formation with Children and Youth

The 2017 Symposium - "Reimagining Faith Formation with Children and Youth - will explore the lives of today's children and youth (and their families) and propose new approaches for developing innovative approaches to fostering faith maturing.  

The $325 registration fee includes the new book, all materials, refreshments, and 5 meals: Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast-lunch-dinner, and Saturday breakfast. 

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Oct
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Safety Trainings: Module 3 online

safe trainings.jpeg

Training is one of the four pillars of the preliminary Rio Texas Child, Youth, and Vulnerable Adult safety policy.

Safety Training is part of the three step certification process. This certification ministry, Trusted con Confianza, requires 3-4 hours of online or in person training every two years. For information on this process, check out: riotexas.org/safesteps

Trusted con Confianza training (Step 3)

trusted con confianza.jpeg

After completing the Safe Gatherings application and reviewing Safe Gathering's online safety training, persons will attend a TRUSTed con Confianza training. This training can be completed in 3 separate sessions (1 hour each) or persons can choose to complete the training via one longer session (2 hours).

Need your webinar presented in Spanish? Let us know using this form.

Training Dates Poster

Trusted con Confianza Evaluation

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR MODULE 3 FOR OCTOBER 30. 

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Nov
4
10:00am10:00am

Wespath HealthFlex Exchange Presentation - San Angelo

The Rio Texas Conference is committed to caring for those who serve and providing benefits that assist clergy and lay employees in optimizing their well-being. As announced at 2017 Annual Conference, a significant change will occur for Rio Texas Conference health care plan participants beginning on January 1, 2019, enabling the flexibility to select from a menu of HealthFlex options that best fit their needs. It’s an exciting time to embrace the possibilities this change will provide.

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Nov
11
10:00am10:00am

Wespath HealthFlex Exchange Presentation - Beeville

The Rio Texas Conference is committed to caring for those who serve and providing benefits that assist clergy and lay employees in optimizing their well-being. As announced at 2017 Annual Conference, a significant change will occur for Rio Texas Conference health care plan participants beginning on January 1, 2019, enabling the flexibility to select from a menu of HealthFlex options that best fit their needs. It’s an exciting time to embrace the possibilities this change will provide.

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Nov
13
to Nov 14

SMU Perkins: The Power of the Story - 2017 Fall Convocation on Creative Communication

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The Rio Texas Annual Conference is invited to come to Perkins this fall to participate in an incredible event:

Perkins Fall Convocation on Creative Communication, “The Power of the Story," November 13 & 14, 2017.

Why register for this event? I can give you 3-2-1-1 reasons!

Hear 3 fabulous keynote speakers – Anne Lamott, Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle, and Professor N.T. Wright.

Engage with 2 Perkins preaching professors – Alyce McKenzie and Wes Allen.

Choose 1 workshop from these seven options to stretch your creativity:

  • Are Only Five People Reached by Your Social Media? Make Google Work for God 
  • The Liberation that Liberates: Preaching the Gospel that Transforms Us Inside and Out 
  • Preaching the Parables 
  • Video Gaming the Gospel 
  • S.L.A.M.  (Spoken Language Arts Methods) 
  • Novel Preaching! Fiction Writing Strategies for Sermons
  • Prophetic Preaching in the 21st Century: How do Ancient Texts Speak to Issues of Economic Justice 

Earn 1 CEU by registering for and attending the convocation.

Take advantage of special pricing by registering NOW for this very special event.

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Nov
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Wespath HealthFlex Exchange Presentation - Austin

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The Rio Texas Conference is committed to caring for those who serve and providing benefits that assist clergy and lay employees in optimizing their well-being. As announced at 2017 Annual Conference, a significant change will occur for Rio Texas Conference health care plan participants beginning on January 1, 2019, enabling the flexibility to select from a menu of HealthFlex options that best fit their needs. It’s an exciting time to embrace the possibilities this change will provide. 

The HealthFlex Exchange is tailored with choices to cover the spectrum of health; from those suffering from chronic illnesses to those who are in the best shape of their lives and alleviate some of the financial burdens associated with healthcare expenses. Although 2019 seems distant, clergy and church leadership are encouraged to prepare for the change by taking advantage of learning opportunities and sharing vital feedback as part of a successful implementation. 

As part of this transition, the Health Benefits Team is holding four presentations this fall across the conference. All clergy, SPRC Chairs, and Finance Committee Chairs are encouraged to participate in one of the events. Other decision-making lay leaders are also welcomed. The presentation will provide an introduction to Wespath HealthFlex Exchange, share how the Conference is working to fund health care in the future, and discuss the transition timeline. Since this change will impact church budgeting, it is important that the clergy and lay leadership learn about this healthcare shift, ask questions, and share feedback with the Health Benefits Team. 

Below is the list of scheduled presentations. Attendees are not restricted to an event within your District; all events are open to all Rio Texas churches. 

Oct 21: First UMC, New Braunfels, 10 a.m. – noon (572 W San Antonio St) 

Nov 4: First UMC San Angelo, 10 a.m. – noon (37 East Beauregard, San Angelo) 

Nov 11: First UMC, Beeville, 10 a.m. – noon (106 E Cleveland St, Beeville) 

Nov 14: St. John’s UMC, Austin, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. (2140 Allandale Rd., Austin) 

Dec 2: El Buen Pastor, Edinburg, 10 a.m. – noon (705 E University Dr, Edinburg) 

Please share this with the people in your congregation who will best represent your church in health care and budgeting decisions. If you have any questions, please call the conference office at (210) 408-4549. 

We look forward to seeing you this fall, 

Health Benefits Team, Board of Pensions 

Rio Texas Conference 

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Dec
2
10:00am10:00am

Wespath HealthFlex Exchange Presentation - Edinburg

The Rio Texas Conference is committed to caring for those who serve and providing benefits that assist clergy and lay employees in optimizing their well-being. As announced at 2017 Annual Conference, a significant change will occur for Rio Texas Conference health care plan participants beginning on January 1, 2019, enabling the flexibility to select from a menu of HealthFlex options that best fit their needs. It’s an exciting time to embrace the possibilities this change will provide.

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Global Migration Sunday
Dec
3
12:00am12:00am

Global Migration Sunday

Global Migration Sunday has been set for December 3, the first Sunday of Advent. On this date, all United Methodist churches are asked to gather an offering dedicated to responding to human suffering caused by migration. United Methodists will have an opportunity to support millions of displaced people throughout the world, as well as deepen the church’s understanding of the biblical call to welcome and care for the displaced.

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Jan
8
12:30pm12:30pm

Perkins School of Youth Ministry Conference and Certification Courses

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We're at work designing next year's conference to give you refreshment, inspiration, and equipment to fulfill your calling in youth ministry with renewed passion and vision. Our specialized ministry training is intentionally practical and intentionally theological.

Perkins School of Youth Ministry will be held January 8-11, 2018, with Youth Ministry Certification Courses running concurrently, January 6-12, 2018. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Jan
12
to Jan 15

Winter Retreat for 6-12th graders- hosted by Las Misiones District

The Las Misiones District Winter Retreat for students grades 6-12 will be January 12-15, 2018 at Camp Zephyr near Mathis, TX. The Holy Spirit was certainly present at last year’s Winter Retreat and we expect God will certainly move this year as well!

We’ll have times of worship and teaching, as well as breakout sessions, fun games, talent shows, karaoke, meals together, and so much more. The whole weekend will be about encouraging students to follow Jesus with the entirety of their lives so they might go back to their homes and schools to help others follow Jesus.

The cost will be $160.00 per person and scholarships will be available and can be requested on the online registration page. It is expected that churches send at least 1 adult for every 5 students going. 

Registration Available Now
Click Here

Questions can be directed to Clay Smallwood at clay@theu.org.

  • Check in at Camp Zephyr begins at 8pm on Friday Jan. 12
  • Winter Retreat is over at 10:30am on Monday Jan. 15
  • All adults coming must have a background check performed by their individual churches.
  • Each church must bring a check or money order for the total number of participants from their church to registration at Camp Zephyr on Friday Jan. 12.
  • All participants will receive an email with a packing list and all necessary information on Thursday January 4.
  • Scholarships can be requested in the registration link below.
  • Churches must send 1 adult for every 5 students.
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Clergy Sexual Ethics Training - San Antonio
Jan
22
10:00am10:00am

Clergy Sexual Ethics Training - San Antonio

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In keeping with the Rio Texas Conference Sexual Ethics Policy and at the direction of Bishop Schnase, a team has met to begin planning this important training. 

Beckey Posey Williams, Senior Director for Sexual Ethics and Advocacy for The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, will be the presenter. 

Planning team members include:
Rev. Laura Merrill
Rev. Kendall Waller
Rev. Dr. Tanya Eustace-Campen
Rev. Isidro Pina
Rev. Laura Brewster
Rev. Sharon Freeto
Rev. Teresa Welborn
Rev. Diana Phillips

As stated in the policy, “Attendance at quadrennial sexual ethics training is mandatory for all clergy and laity under appointment.” A copy of the policy can be found on the Rio Texas Conference website under Administrative Services. More information will be forthcoming soon.

 

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Clergy Sexual Ethics Training - Kingsville
Jan
23
10:00am10:00am

Clergy Sexual Ethics Training - Kingsville

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In keeping with the Rio Texas Conference Sexual Ethics Policy and at the direction of Bishop Schnase, a team has met to begin planning this important training. 

Beckey Posey Williams, Senior Director for Sexual Ethics and Advocacy for The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, will be the presenter. 

Planning team members include:
Rev. Laura Merrill
Rev. Kendall Waller
Rev. Dr. Tanya Eustace-Campen
Rev. Isidro Pina
Rev. Laura Brewster
Rev. Sharon Freeto
Rev. Teresa Welborn
Rev. Diana Phillips

As stated in the policy, “Attendance at quadrennial sexual ethics training is mandatory for all clergy and laity under appointment.” A copy of the policy can be found on the Rio Texas Conference website under Administrative Services. More information will be forthcoming soon.

 

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Clergy Sexual Ethics Training - Austin
Jan
24
10:00am10:00am

Clergy Sexual Ethics Training - Austin

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In keeping with the Rio Texas Conference Sexual Ethics Policy and at the direction of Bishop Schnase, a team has met to begin planning this important training. 

Beckey Posey Williams, Senior Director for Sexual Ethics and Advocacy for The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, will be the presenter. 

Planning team members include:
Rev. Laura Merrill
Rev. Kendall Waller
Rev. Dr. Tanya Eustace-Campen
Rev. Isidro Pina
Rev. Laura Brewster
Rev. Sharon Freeto
Rev. Teresa Welborn
Rev. Diana Phillips

As stated in the policy, “Attendance at quadrennial sexual ethics training is mandatory for all clergy and laity under appointment.” A copy of the policy can be found on the Rio Texas Conference website under Administrative Services. More information will be forthcoming soon.

 

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Clergy Sexual Ethics Training - San Angelo
Jan
25
10:00am10:00am

Clergy Sexual Ethics Training - San Angelo

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In keeping with the Rio Texas Conference Sexual Ethics Policy and at the direction of Bishop Schnase, a team has met to begin planning this important training. 

Beckey Posey Williams, Senior Director for Sexual Ethics and Advocacy for The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, will be the presenter. 

Planning team members include:
Rev. Laura Merrill
Rev. Kendall Waller
Rev. Dr. Tanya Eustace-Campen
Rev. Isidro Pina
Rev. Laura Brewster
Rev. Sharon Freeto
Rev. Teresa Welborn
Rev. Diana Phillips

As stated in the policy, “Attendance at quadrennial sexual ethics training is mandatory for all clergy and laity under appointment.” A copy of the policy can be found on the Rio Texas Conference website under Administrative Services. More information will be forthcoming soon.

 

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Jul
10
to Jul 14

YOUTH 2019

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“Love others well, and don’t hide behind a mask; love authentically. Despise evil; pursue what is good as if your life depends on it. Live in true devotion to one another, loving each other as sisters and brothers.” (The Voice Translation)

 

Every four years, youth from throughout the United Methodist Church gather for four days of discipleship, fun, and fellowship at the YOUTH event. The event is filled with interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service opportunities, and fellowship time. Expect inspiration, support, and challenges to authentically experience what it means to be United Methodist. Our hope is that the Rio Texas Conference will be represented by youth from each of our districts and local churches.

Contact Rev. Dr. Tanya Campen if you are a ministry leader interested in bringing a group of youth and adults to this exciting event.

FOLLOW OR CONTACT Y19:

FOR UPDATES:

E-mail: Youth2019@UMCdiscipleship.org

Phone: 615.340.1780

Twitter: @Youth2019

Instagram: @Youth2019

Facebook: Facebook.com/Youth2019

#Youth2019

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Jul
10
to Jul 14

Youth 2019

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Every four years, youth from throughout the United Methodist Church gather for four days of discipleship, fun, and fellowship at the YOUTH event. The event is filled with interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service opportunities, and fellowship time. Expect inspiration, support, and challenges to authentically experience what it means to be United Methodist.

http://youth2019.com/

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Oct
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Safety Training: Module #1 Online

safe trainings.jpeg

Training is one of the four pillars of the preliminary Rio Texas Child, Youth, and Vulnerable Adult safety policy.

Safety Training is part of the three step certification process. This certification ministry, Trusted con Confianza, requires 3-4 hours of online or in person training every two years. For information on this process, check out: riotexas.org/safesteps

 

Trusted con Confianza training (Step 3)

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After completing the Safe Gatherings application and reviewing Safe Gathering's online safety training, persons will attend a TRUSTed con Confianza training. This training can be completed in 3 separate sessions (1 hour each) or persons can choose to complete the training via one longer session (2 hours).

Need your webinar presented in Spanish? Let us know using this form.

Training Dates Poster

Trusted con Confianza Evaluation

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR MODULE 1 FOR OCTOBER 16

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Oct
7
8:00am 8:00am

[REGISTRATION CLOSED] Early Response Team Training - First UMC, Austin

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REGISTRATION FOR THIS DATE AND SITE IS CLOSED. 
First UMC, Austin
1201 Lavaca St.
Austin, TX 78701

Q: What is ERT and how do I get certified? Click Here to learn more

Q: I already have an ERT badge that is no more than three years old. How do I sign up for deployment? 
Click Here to register your individual or small group. 

Q: I had an ERT badge, but it is more than three years old. How do I recertify?
Take our online ERT recertification process. 

Q: I'd like updates on Hurricane Harvey. Where can I find those? 
Visit our Hurricane Harvey page for the latest news, information, and immediate need. 

Q: I can't attend an ERT Training. Is there any way I can help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts? 
You can give online to our Rio Texas Disaster Response

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Oct
6
to Oct 8

2017 Clergy Spouse Retreat

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2017 Clergy Spouse Retreat

Introduction to the Enneagram: A Tool for Self-Discovery and Spiritual Transformation

The Enneagram, an ancient and newly discovered tool, can help us answer questions and so much more. It represents nine distinct strategies for relating to self, other and the world. Each of the nine strategies has a different pattern of thinking, feeling and acting that comes from a deeper inner motivation. The introduction to the Enneagram will focus on its use as a tool for understanding ourselves and those who are important to us. 

Presenter: Julianne Hunnicutt

 When: October 6-8, 2017  

Location: Cathedral Oaks Worship & Retreat Center,                                                                       1225 County Rd., Weimer, TX 78962   (979) 263-5935                                                               

Cost: $115 per person                                                                                                                Limited full and partial scholarships are available. 

COME JOIN US!  REGISTER TODAY!

Click here to register at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clergy-spouse-retreat-tickets-35460356882

For more detailed information about the clergy spouse retreat and a list of items to bring with you, please see brochure here

Contact Person: Clergy Spouse Retreat Coordinator:  Rebecca Sweet                                   Email: rebecca59sweet@yahoo.com

Conference Staff: Eve Albert  Email: evealbert@riotexas.org /210.408.4551

 

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Oct
5
to Oct 7

Reimagining Faith Formation with Children and Youth

The 2017 Symposium - "Reimagining Faith Formation with Children and Youth - will explore the lives of today's children and youth (and their families) and propose new approaches for developing innovative approaches to fostering faith maturing.  

The $325 registration fee includes the new book, all materials, refreshments, and 5 meals: Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast-lunch-dinner, and Saturday breakfast. 

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