First United Methodist Church, in Donna received an award of appreciation from Rivas Elementary for their Backpack Ministry. This outreach began in 2012 after conversations between Pastor Ray Perales and Donna ISD administration. Seeing the greatest need at Rivas, which serves children from the “Little Mexico” area, the church began with five backpacks, and has grown to filling up to fifteen each week, with every backpack providing food for the student and his or her family for the weekend. Pushing beyond the church walls, the congregation also provides Christmas food baskets to these families, visiting with them and praying with them in their homes.
The reality of global migration and the various push factors are an ever-present reality for us. Our ministry and mission context are stewarding presence and relationships along 460 miles of the U.S. / Mexico border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that over the first quarter of 2019, a total of 98,876 apprehensions of family units, unaccompanied children, and single adults have occurred as reported by the Del Rio, Laredo, and Rio Grande sectors.
As a conference, the definition of the humanitarian response mandate and systems of support needed grows sharper each week as the flow of migration increases.
Until May 12th, 2019, all the names placed on the stained glass windows were of men. Not one woman was named although women have worked side by side with their male counterparts since the establishment of La Trinidad UMC and the effort of the Methodist ministry through South Texas.
Rev. Dr. Roberto L. Gómez, the former pastor of La Trinidad UMC, noticed the omission and had a vision of having a stained glass window dedicated in honor of a worthy woman who made significant contributions to the Hispanic/Latino Methodist ministry.
Raquel’s name came to mind.
Due to changes in this year’s annual conference, the opportunity for clergy to participate in a clergy choir looks a little bit different. Please make a note of the following details:
At Annual Conference this June 5-8, we will elect delegates to the 2020 General & Jurisdictional Conferences. Clergy interested in serving as delegates are invited to submit this form available to indicate their interest. All clergy members in full connection (Full Elders and Full Deacons, including those approved for ordination at this year’s Clergy Session), whether or not they declare their interest to serve or furnish information on this form are eligible for election (¶35 Article IV, 2016 Discipline).
Dallas, Texas: United Methodist News Service
Dallas, Texas: The General Conference Committee on Reference has determined that 78 petitions submitted for consideration by the 2019 General Conference are in harmony with the purpose of the special session to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri.
First United Methodist Church: Del Rio and Principe de Paz UMC have joined forces along with 13 other local churches to reach out and assist those in need.
Shipments of nonperishable food and health essential kits have arrived from UMCOR and will be distributed very soon to refugees that will be released and who will be traveling on buses from our area.
The churches have received two shipments thus far of this humanitarian aid. They are expecting a larger third shipment which will be to be delivered to Principe De Paz United Methodist Church on Monday, April 15.
I swore I wouldn’t be ‘that parent’, but I didn’t make it past October of her kindergarten year. Of course, it was an early dismissal day, I had made adjustments to my work schedule, and then ministry happened…
Inspired by a guest lecture on ‘Border Stories’ by Bishop Robert Schnase at Texas State last fall, a group of students from the United Campus Ministry at Texas State spent their spring break in Eagle Pass with Mission: Border Hope.
Students of the United Campus Ministry at Texas State prepared ashes from last year’s palms through a prayerful liturgy. They practiced creating and filtering the ashes to be ready for Ash Wednesday worship.