January 16, 2009
Published on 1/16/2009
'Biggest Loser' to appear at Methodist hospitals
Bill Germanakos, the fourth season winner in the popular reality TV series The Biggest Loser will be the special guest at two weight management workshops Jan. 24 at Methodist Dallas and Methodist Mansfield Medical Centers. The workshops, hosted by Methodist Weight Management Institute,
are designed to inspire, motivate, and educate people who want to make a healthy change through medically-managed and/or surgical weight loss.
“I became half the man, so that I could be twice...
Rev. Joerg Rieger featured public radio
North Texas Conference clergy member Rev. Joerg Rieger, Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology at Perkins School of Theology, SMU, was featured on the Nov. 21 National Public Radio (NPR) weekly radio program, “Religion and Ethics News Weekly.”
The program, which focused on the question of whether the United States can be defined as an empire in either a traditional or modern sense, cited both Dr. Rieger’s monograph, Christ and Empire, and his co-edited collection of...
Revs. Bishir, Spencer complete 'Disaster Academy'
Rev. Marji Bishir, NTC Disaster Coordinator, and Rev. Rob Spencer, senior pastor of Ridgewood Park UMC, Dallas, and the disaster coordinator for the Dallas Northeast District, recently completed four days of training at the 2008 United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) “Connecting Neighbors” Advanced Disaster Academy.
The event, on the Baldwin, LA, campus of Sager Brown Depot, was designed to provide certification for attendees to teach local churches disaster preparation...
Stonebridge UMC goes on road with 'Godspell Jr.'
BY AMY PAWLAK
Stonebridge UMC, McKinney
Each year, the children’s and youth music ministry at Stonebridge UMC, McKinney, warms worshippers hearts with their performances on Sunday mornings and at special events.
The church family hears the strong voice of God through their tender voices, but this incredible ministry doesn’t limit itself inside the walls of Stonebridge UMC alone. Every summer it reaches God’s people across the country as the Upper Alley Singers...
News From Across The Conference
Around the Conference
Chapel Hill UMC, Farmers Branch, announces the workshop “Learn Your Spiritual Gifts,” Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m. to
9:00 p.m. and Feb. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The workshop will be led by Rev. Marilyn Dickson, First UMC, Richardson. For more information, call Sherry Vinyard, 972-241-3491.
Larry Bell, brother of Rev. Janet Bell Odom, Camp Wisdom UMC, Dallas, died Jan. 2. Funeral services were held Jan. 10 in Jacob’s Chapel UMC, San Antonio.
Conference 2009 Calendar Highlights
Education, Growth Opportunities
UMW Spiritual Growth Retreat
Jan. 16-17, Prothro Center, Lake Texoma
Town and Country Ministers Retreat
Feb. 2-3, Prothro Center, Lake Texoma
Perkins Ministers Week
“Worship for the 22nd Century”
Feb. 2-4, SMU
UMCOR Train the Trainer
Early Response Team
Feb. 6-7, Plymouth Park UMC, Irving
All Means All,
Called to Witness Campaign
Feb. 7, Northaven UMC, Dallas
Clergy Women’s Annual Retreat
The Bishop : Getting our priorities straight
BY BISHOP W. EARL BLEDSOE
North Texas Conference
Well the holidays are behind us, and the New Year is before us. I’m excited about the work that is before us. I will be getting out into the districts, visiting the churches, trying to put places to the many faces that I have met so far in the Conference. So many of you have greeted us with extravagant hospitality, and your letters, cards, and calls have made this transition a lot easier for us.