The United Methodists of The Rio Texas Conference are focused on reaching out to the people of South Texas. Some of our churches are located in some of the fastest-growing areas of the country. Others are located in areas where people are struggling with issues of poverty, lack of affordable housing, and a loss of hope. We are committed to providing vital missions, vital congregations, and strong leaders to connect our churches to the people.
Our mission field spans South Texas. Our churches are in large cities and small towns from Austin to McAllen, from San Angelo to Victoria in vibrant cities, historic small towns and struggling communities.
I just attended the first annual CMN conference in Dallas this past week and I got a word from God! CMN [Church Multiplication Network] is the Assembly of God church planting network. Since 2008, CMN has helped launch 3400 plus churches and trained over 7500 planters. The worship was intense and the speakers were inspirational!
The churches of the Rio Texas Annual Conference are working to create fresh expressions of church, taking the gospel to where the people are. El Divino Redentor, McAllen Pan de Vida ministry is a two-year old effort for residents in Mission who do not belong to a church.
Spring Creek United Methodist Church spent Advent reaching outside the walls, designating an offering to build homes, and taking Christmas Eve worship to Haven for Hope.
Each year, Spring Creek collects a Christ Child offering. This year, the goal of the offering was to raise $57,000 to build a house with Habitat for Humanity. The idea to construct a home was related to work at their own facility.
Hurricane Harvey made initial landfall on the Texas coast on August 26, 2017. While the initial response to those in need was overwhelming, the real work of restoration is only beginning.
St Mark UMC; Servant UMC; and FUMC, Austin recently participated in the Cold Shelter Program in Austin. Front Steps and Austin Area Interreligious Ministries (AAIM) developed the Cold Weather Shelter Program several years ago. They coordinate local churches and community volunteers to provide shelter in church facilities on nights when the temperature drops to freezing.
After nearly 20 years, Chapel for God’s Country Ministries finally raised $1.8 million in private and corporate donations to build a chapel at the Torres Prison Unit in Hondo.
However, Tom Patterson, who serves on the prison ministry’s board, said $200,000 is still needed for stained glass windows and to furnish and equip the sanctuary that will hold 300 inmates of all faiths.
Story and Photos by Laura Bray
Two months since Harvey made landfall. Surely all the Early Response Team (ERT) work is done, right?
After six weeks in Victoria, teams have completed 106 chainsaw jobs, 29 cases of interior clean-up and tarped 49 roofs. Over 100 work orders remain open with more expected to come, which does not include work orders in the Coastal Bend area.
Rio Texas Annual Conference
16400 Huebner Road | San Antonio, Texas 78248 | 210-408-4500
...and all throughout the mission field of south Texas