Upcoming Mission-Focused Events in North Texas
Opportunities to educate, attend are abound in the coming months
The Center for Missional Outreach is putting the finishing touches on a series of written resources designed to meet needs we’ve heard you express in the past year. These resources will be available online in January, and, in addition, the CMO staff will be thrilled to come alongside your congregations in a teaching and/or coaching mode to help you make the most of these resources.
Some of the topics for these resources are how to start or deepen your church-school partnership; how to become an advocate for public education in Austin and in Washington D.C.; how to build relationships through mission; how to defuse white fragility; and learnings from the Zip Code Connection experience about how to be in ministry with our neighbors.
We look forward to serving and equipping the churches of the North Texas Conference in this way in 2019. For more information, contact any of the CMO staff.
Nov. 16: Faith and Family Night with the Allen Americans
Come watch some hockey, listen to the Connections Band and contribute to disaster relief efforts … all in one night at the Allen Events Center! The Americans will donate a minimum of $1,500 to the North Texas Conference’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. In addition to that donation, the team will contribute $4 for every ticket sold.
Nov. 16-17: Red Letter Revival
Red Letter Christians – a group that mobilizes individuals into a movement of believers who live out Jesus’ counter-cultural teachings – will convene a gathering in Dallas on Nov. 16-17 of leaders from Dallas and around the country to preach about the Jesus of the poor and marginalized, the gospel that welcomes the immigrant and seeks protection for those made vulnerable amidst today’s rising Christian nationalism.
Nov. 20: Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
All are welcome at this free community service at Congregation Shearith Israel to share faith and inspiration. Fellowship and Dessert Reception to follow. All donations – monetary and perishable – will be donated to North Texas Food Bank.
Nov. 26, 28: White Fragility discussion group
In this groundbreaking and timely book White Fragility Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility. This discussion group is designed to help pastors in the North Texas Conference come to terms with the racist structures and systems that control many of our public spaces, including our churches, and the racist tendencies that society has ingrained on us.
Nov. 27: Giving Tuesday
In 2017, millions of people from 150 countries raised over $300,000,000 on Giving Tuesday. This year, United Methodists will once again come together as a part of that movement to advance vital ministries around the world. There are hundreds of ways you can #GiveUMC.
Dec. 2: Hearts of Hope
First UMC Allen will host a dinner (4:30-6:30 p.m.) supporting Lauren and Steven Hosack, the current volunteer directors at the House of Hope in Puerto Lempira, Honduras. The funds raised at the event with cover the Hosack's living expenses and construct a home for the family.
We pledged to send 300 teams to the Rio Texas Conference in 2018, 2019 and 2020. So far, 88 trips are either planned or have already happened. Help us keep an accurate count as you plan trips for the rest of 2018 and into 2019, text 300toRio to 66866. Also, matching grants are available for NTC churches that need financial assistance in sending a Hurricane Harvey recovery mission team to Rio Texas.
Published: Thursday, November 15, 2018