Aug
27
to Sep 1

Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation

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Make plans now to attend the Five Day Academy at the Oblate Retreat Center in San Antonio.

The theme is “Salt & Light: Taking in and pouring out as Gospel Living” (Matthew 5:13-16)

August 27 – Sep 1, 2018

For More Information Contact Rev. Donna Strieb
Coordinator, Academy for Spiritual Formation in the Rio Texas Conference dstrieb@ahumc.org

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Sep
29
to Sep 30

Safe and Healthy Churches 2017: Ending Family Violence

On September 29-30, 2017 FaithTrust Institute and InFaith Community Foundation are offering a groundbreaking training to infuse faith communities with the tools and knowledge they need to address domestic violence, child abuse and other forms of relationship violence. "Safe and Healthy Churches: Ending Family Violence" Training focuses on educating a team within each church community, to create a core leadership with a shared mission of preventing violence, supporting victims and holding perpetrators accountable.

This training has been offered regionally in several locations across the U.S. including Minneapolis, San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle. The 2017 training will be held in Austin, TX. The regional approach is part of an ongoing effort to create a broad-based response to the issues, and build an ecumenical network for education, training, support, and activism within and amongst the churches.

TRAINING DETAILS:

This two-day training, offered by InFaith Community Foundation and facilitated by FaithTrust Institute, is designed to help Christian pastors and lay leaders understand the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and the ramifications of violence on individuals, the church and the community. It also equips churches to develop protocols to protect victims, prevent future harm, and respond effectively and sensitively to victims/survivors, their families, and abusers.

The training will also address issues particular to individuals serving in leadership roles, including four break-out sessions that focus on:

  • Domestic Violence Response: Pastoral Care
  • Child Abuse Prevention and Response
  • Healthy Teen Relationships

Who should attend: 
This training is for church teams of two-four people
. Leaders such as a pastor, a youth or children's pastor, a lay leader from the church council, a Christian education leader and/or Sunday school teacher, and/or a parish nurse.

InFaith Community Foundation is generously covering all training expenses for attendees (including one night’s hotel) as a means to further individual Christian church responses to family violence, and also reinforce an ecumenical response within the region. Churches from Texas are invited to apply.

Online registration here

InFaith Community Foundation is a national charity with a mission to serve donors, spread joy, and change lives through charitable giving. To learn more, visit:  www.InFaithFound.org .

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Oct
1
to Oct 12

Educational Opportunity: The Apostle Paul’s 4th Missionary Journey Cruise

Announcing October 2017 Educational Opportunity: The Apostle Paul’s 4th Missionary Journey Cruise! With special guests: Worship Leader Bishop Mike Lowry (From our Conference, currently serving as Resident Bishop of the Central Texas Conference) and Drs. John McKellar and Todd Renner, Co-Pastors of White’s Chapel UMC)

This is your invitation to join Tour Host Pastor Diana Phillips, as we embark on a fascinating and inspirational journey following Paul’s missionary voyages. This 8-day program sails from Rome to Athens stopping at the Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Valetta, Chania and Santorini! Experience the sights sounds, and scripture as it comes to life during times of practical Bible study, powerful worship opportunities and fun-filled fellowship. More than the places we visit, the people to whom we meet/visit will make all the difference during this once-in -a lifetime pilgrimage of faith!

Your pilgrimage departs the US on October 1, 2017 returning to the US on October 10, 2017. (There is an optional Rome Pre-Tour and an Athens and Corinth Post-Tour please see the brochure for more information).

If interested, or the least bit curious, please contact Pastor Diana Colonial Hills UMC office # 210-349-2401, or diana@chumc.org and she will be happy to provide you all the details!
 
You can also check out the EO website http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/pauls-4th-missionary-journey-cruise#.WHbcpvkrLIU  I am told this modern/luxury 690 guest—Azamara Journey -our home for the eight-day pilgrimage, is a small adventure in itself!

Important Registration Information:
Tour Host: Rev. Diana K Phillip
Host ID# 54082
TOUR: Pj17 

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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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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. Click here: Clergy_spouse_retreat_2017brochure

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
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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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 will be available on the conference website by August 28.

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

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Son Days Camp
Jun
25
to Jun 29

Son Days Camp

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A week of fun in the Son!  JUNE 26 - JUNE 30, 2017

For children entering 3rd-6th Grade

Capital District's 2nd annual Son Days Camp for children entering 3-6th grade brought children and volunteers from 8 Austin area churches and still has room for more next year! Son Days Camp meets the last full week of June at Crossroads Retreat Center in Caldwell, Texas.  Crossroads is set apart in the serene (sandy!) woods of east Texas and has a great outdoor chapel, indoor chapel, several bunk filled cabins, dining hall and activity center.  The many amenities also include a ropes course, sport field and volleyball court.  Children spend their days in rotations learning and participating in global and local ministries, arts and crafts, making delicious desserts and bible study.  Our theme this year was, "Kids Can Make Peace".  Children heard from many voices alternate ways of communication in difficult situations and how to make inner peace with Jesus so we can change the world!

Our camp counselors have all been trained by standards set by the State of Texas and the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Our aim is to create an atmosphere of inclusiveness and guidance to set as example the lessons that Jesus taught us in a serene and nurturing setting.  Each day children will be able to select small group activities such as arts or sports and will begin and end with large group time of worship in either indoor or outdoor sanctuary.

Camp Directors are Martha Calhoun, Children's Ministry Coordinator of the Capital District UMC and Kristen Hillert, Children's Director at Servant Church, Austin.

Interested in being a camp counselor?  We need leaders and assistant leaders 16 years old and up!

Contact Martha Calhoun:  
cdchildren@capitaldistrictumc.org
Capital District Office
512-444-1983
The Cross Roads Retreat Center
1-979-567-7974
www.crossroadsretreat.org

 

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Aug
19
10:00am10:00am

Stir the Waters with Robert Schnase, Bishop of the Rio Texas Conference

  • 404 West Chapoy Street Del Rio, TX, 78840 United States (map)
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Stir the Waters

Call to Methodists and their friends at Del Rio and Brackettville

El Principe de Paz UMC, Brackettville
404 West Chamoy St. 
Del Rio, TX
10 am - 12 pm

FUMC, Del Rio
100 Spring St. 
Del Rio, TX 78840
Dedication of Stained Glass Windows
August 19
4 pm

Refreshments after each service. 

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Aug
19
8:30am 8:30am

Weekday Ministries Training Conference

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 in 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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Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century Gathering
Aug
19
8:30am 8:30am

Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century Gathering

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What if there was a place where predominantly and historically African-American congregations could go to get resources, ideas, and coaching that will help them become more effective disciple-making ministry and centers? What if joining this process could be unbelievably easy and affordable? And what if your church could join right now? Well, all of this is available through a single click, phone call or email to enroll your church as a “Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century” (SBC21) Partnering Congregation!

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Aug
6
to Aug 10

Children's Camp - Sierra Vista UMC

Children's Camp hosted by Sierra Vista United Methodist Church

Children who are entering 3rd through 6th grades in fall, 2017, are invited to attend this camp to experience God’s love and grace through outdoor activities, crafts, scripture activities, music, guided play, and fellowship. This camp will be held at Camp Butman near Merkel, and cost per child is $250. Dates for the camp are August 6 through 10, 2017.

Children interested in attending need to complete the church registration form, as well as the Camper Release form required by the camp facility. Parents can also get more information in this letter to parents.

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Jul
17
to Jul 21

Rio Texas Youth Assembly 2017 - Sacramento

Cost: $275.00 per camper (Cashier’s check or Money Order made out to El Valle District Youth and Camping)

Registration deadline: Friday, June 23rd

Late Registration: AFTER Friday, June 23rd* (+$25 late fee per camper)
(* forms MUST be received, NOT postmarked, by given date)

Send to: El Valle District Youth and Camping 1909 W. Harrison Ave Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 428-0200

Download the forms here 

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UM ARMY @ FUMC Brackettville
Jul
16
to Jul 21

UM ARMY @ FUMC Brackettville

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  • Camps run Sunday-Saturday
  • Takes place December, June and July
  • For students grades 9-12
  • Sites are made up of community residents who need help with home repairs and upkeep
  • Client Night – UM Army invites those whom we have served to a dinner at our host church and they are given the opportunity to speak to the young people about what their service has meant. (Definitely a highlight of the week!)
  • Prayer Stations
  • Youth Advisory Board Member
  • Cost is $250/participant
  • 4 mission weeks available
  • Cross Tracks Church; Dec 27-31
  • Lockhart FUMC; June 18-24
  • LaGrange FUMC; June 25-July 1
  • Brackettville; FUMC July 16-22

 

For more information please visit riotx.umarmy.org or contact Jenny Monahan at jennymonahan@umarmy.org

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BASIC UM Army @ FUMC San Angelo
Jul
16
to Jul 20

BASIC UM Army @ FUMC San Angelo

  • Camps run Sunday-Thursday
  • Takes place June and July
  • Sites include nonprofit organizations and churches
  • Students grade 6-8
  • Cost is $200/participant
  • Prayer Stations
  • Youth Advisory Board Members
  • 3 mission weeks available
  • Dates:
  • BASIC @ Rockport FUMC; June 11-15, 2017
  • BASIC @ Dripping Springs UMC; June 25-29, 2017
  • BASIC @ San Angelo FUMC; July 16-20, 2017

 

For more information please visit riotx.umarmy.org or contact Jenny Monahan at jennymonahan@umarmy.org

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