From:                                                       Taryn Brannen

Sent:                                                         Tuesday, May 8, 2018 12:51 PM

Subject:                                                   Northwest District Newsletter





Northwest District 

 Of The United Methodist Church


My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19



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From our District Superintendent

Marlin Fenn


Welcome Taryn Brannen to our District staff!  Taryn started May 1st in the District Office and is bringing a wonderful set of gifts to our district.  She has excellent experience in data management and is a worship leader in the Core worship experience at Marvin church.  Welcome her as you have an opportunity.



I haven’t seen one in several years, but I used to see bumper stickers on the back windows of pick-ups that said, “C12B1”.  As I recall, it was a promotional sticker for the Masons. C12B1 reads “See One To Be One”.  I wonder how effective that membership drive was.  Sometimes our churches take that approach to making disciples.  We wait until people take the first step to become part of our church and then welcome them according to whether or not we think they will fit in. 


Faith sharing requires that we take some initiative to encourage people in their relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  We are called to share God’s love in ways that build hope.  Sharing faith, however, requires having faith.  As pastors, it is our role to encourage a constant deepening of faithfulness in those we serve.  Part of that growth in faith involves sharing faith with others. 

When our quadrants meet next Monday and Tuesday we will continue the discussion of how we equip and encourage our disciples to grow in their ministry of faith-sharing and invitation.


Northwest District Office
324 West Elm Street
Tyler, TX 75702
Office : 903.593.1861
Fax: 903.593.0074


Rev. Marlin Fenn
District Superintendent

Martie Belt
District Administrator

Taryn Brannen
Administrative Assistant


Remember to check out the District Website for News & Updates


Texas Annual Conference Website















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TYLER -      Being held at Marvin UMC
                      **May 14th @10:00
                      September 24th @ 10:00
                      October 15th @10:00

MINEOLA -  Being held at Mineola First UMC
                      **May 14th @ 2:00
                       September 24th @ 2:00
                       October 15th @ 10:00

ATHENS -   Being held at Athens First UMC
                      **May 15th @ 10:00
                      September 25th @ 10:00
                      October 16th @ 10:00

PALESTINE - Being held at Palestine First UMC
                         **May 15th @ 2:00
                         September 25th @ 2:00
                         October 16th @ 2:00




The Way Forward Live Stream

Bishop Scott J. Jones will host the Texas Annual Conference Way Forward Live Stream on May 12, 2018 from 10-10:45 a.m. Commission on a Way Forward members Jessica LaGrone and Leah Taylor will join the Bishop to update us on recent decisions from the Council of Bishops and to answer as many live questions during that time as possible. Feel free to join us at St. Luke’s The Story, 3471 Westheimer (at Edloe), Houston, Texas or live at (this page will not go live until May 12, 2018).  Bishop Jones will also be available afterwards to answer questions on-line after the live stream.



Seminar for Church Security

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At Annual Conference at The Woodlands


Church Administrators/Treasurers/Financial Administrators/Trustees/Church Leaders



You are invited to attend a seminar on:

James F. Napolitano


Tuesday, May 29, 2018 -  10:00 am to 11:30 am

Woodlands United Methodist Church
Second Floor Children’s Room # 34

James F. Napolitano has over 30 years of combined law enforcement and private security experience.  He has led seminars and has appeared on news programs as a security expert.  Mr. Napolitano is currently the Chief of Police for the City of Montgomery, TX and the owner and President of Universal Safety & Security Solutions, LLC, a firm located in Conroe, TX.  Mr. Napolitano has worked in the Oil and Gas Industry, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Secret Service.  With 22 years of service as a U.S. Special Agent, Mr. Napolitano has been involved in all aspects of protection for Presidents, Vice-Presidents, First Families, Dignitaries, and events deemed as high threats.  James F. Napolitano has the expertise to answer your security questions and to help you implement proper security controls.
Plan to attend and bring your questions.  We look forward to seeing you at Conference.

Note:  There is no charge to attend.
Contact:  Peggy Miller 713-521-9383



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May 12- The Way Forward Live Stream
May 27-30 - 2018 Texas Annual Conference at The Woodlands
June 13-19 - Local License Pastor School at Lakeview
July 8-13 - N/NW District Camp at Lakeview
August 7-Nominations Committee Meeting 10 AM at Marvin UMC
August 7- Finance Committee Meeting 1 PM at Marvin UMC
August 14- Bishop Jones Visit at Dayspring UMC 
August 25 - NW District Picnic at Bullard UMC
September 17-18-Clergy Gathering 2018 at Lakeview


You can always check the District website for upcoming events.  Just click the link below:

****Our district website is currently under construction so be sure and check it in the near future for upcoming events!



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TYLER, TX. 75702



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Wesley House is a residence hall located in the heart of the Tyler Junior College campus and operated by the United Methodist Church.  Located next door to Campus Safety and across from the Rogers Student Center, Wesley House serves as home to as many as 80 women and men.  It is a Christian environment with opportunities for Bible study, worship, and fellowship.  The staff includes an ordained minister and several Christian leaders, including Christian resident assistants and a community director.

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Lunch is served free to students of Tyler Junior College from 11am to 1pm on Tuesdays, as an outreach ministry of Wesley House.  As many as 200 students a week will come to eat lunch, receive scripture cards, fellowship and participate in lunch time Bible studies.



 It costs approximately $300 per week to sustain this ministry.  Contribute all or part of that amount by sending a check to Wesley House, earmarked “Tuesday Lunch.”
Cook a warm meal!  Students love receiving hot meals prepared just for them!   Popular menu items include chili, fried chicken, and pasta.  Bring your meal ready to serve with all needed paper goods.  Enjoy interaction with students as you serve!  Contact Wesley House to schedule your special Tuesday!
Send cookies!  Homemade cookies are always welcome!  Students love receiving them!  Approximately 32 dozen cookies are needed for the students, and an extra dozen for the staff would be great!  Contact Wesley House to let us know when you can supply cookies!  Include info on your church, worship times and programs that would appeal to college age students in your cookie packs!

Cash contributions to cover the cost of cardstock and printing of scripture cards are welcome.  These cards contain a scripture passage, a welcome statement, contact information for prayer support, and the schedule of activities at Wesley House for the week.  They invite students to participate in these activities.
Your support of this important outreach to college students will be most appreciated!

Rev. Dr. Sunny Farley
Director and Campus Minister                                                                                                                                      
1400 E. Lake Street, Tyler, TX 75701 





Registration is open NOW so go online and sign up for summer camp TODAY!!







EMERGING LEADERS ENDOWMENT ~ (Letter from Bishop Jones)

I often say that the three most important factors in a vibrant, healthy congregation are leadership, leadership, and leadership. Lay leader-ship is crucial, and we are working at developing the best laity we can. But laity tell me that the quality of their pastor is also very important.

I am very proud that the Texas Annual Conference has a process for investing in young clergy leadership. The median age of active United Methodist clergy in our conference is 54 years old, which does not fare well for our churches in the next decade. The goal of the Emerging Leaders Initiative is to create a new generation of the United Methodist clergy for the future of the Texas Annual Conference. Thanks to the generous donors of the permanent endowment fund like Moody Methodist Permanent Endowment Fund, we currently have $5 million to identify, recruit, train, and support clergy across all our districts. But we still have a long way to go. As your Bishop, I thank you for supporting this effort in the past, and I am asking you to look to the future as well. Please consider ways to contribute to this fund to make sure the next generation of United Methodist leaders are within reach for our denomination.

Grace and peace, Bishop Scott J. Jones


ELE works to attract, encourage & develop young people on their journey to ministry.  Your church is encouraged to use special offering opportunities to contribute towards the endowment.
Please make checks payable to : Heartspring Methodist Foundation, memo ELE #44480 and mail  to:

Emerging Leaders Endowment
Texas Annual Conference The United Methodist Church
5215 Main Street Houston, TX 77002




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Texas Youth Academy is an incredible opportunity for current 10-12th grade students, who are ready to go deeper in their discipleship journey, already hearing a call into ministry, or wanting to be a part of a community that tackles theology.  We’ve asked each of the districts to have at least three students and one staff member to join us for our tenth academy!  Our priority registration is open now through March 18th, and students will accept based on availability after that.  More information, space to nominate students, and applications can be found at


We also have a new web space for young people in the Texas Conference, This has information about our events, opportunities, trainings, forms, and lots more for our youth, young adults, and those that work with our young people. 


We also have a couple of monthly emails that we send out to those who work with the different groups.  If you’d like to also receive them, let me know, and I’ll add you to the list. 


Young Adult Email - 

Youth Email -


If there are any other ways I can be of assistance to your districts, please let me know. 



Eddie Erwin

Director of Youth & Young Adults

Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church

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Texas Conference Established Three Regional Offices
The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church has established three new regional offices and a new URL for Hurricane Harvey. The regional offices are being funded by a grant from United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and are in Houston, Lake Jackson and Beaumont. More information can be found at on how to reach the regional offices and how to donate to hurricane victims or be on a work team.
“We still have thousands in our communities who have hurricane related damage. To be connected to one of our three regional offices, just fill out the forms at and one of our project coordinators will be in touch with you by phone or email,” says Scott Moore, Mission Center Executive Director.
The conference has raised over 1.5 million for hurricane recovery, but we still have a long way to go, Moore explains. And to do that The United Methodist Churches in the Texas Conference have been running social media, newspaper, radio and billboard ads throughout the Fall months. Money for the advertising was given by a generous grant from United Methodist Communications and other generous donors.
The ad reads:  Headlines fade. Water recedes, we’ll still be there. It will take years to clean up the destruction from Hurricane Harvey, but we will continue to work side-by-side with survivors until they are on their feet. 100 percent of your donations goes directly to recovery efforts. Every bit of it. 1-833-TX-RECOV
The ads will be supported by posters, and a magazine, which every church and stakeholder will be receiving this week. Each piece is designed to create awareness, but also drive people to the website to give so we can continue rebuilding.
“While we are enjoying the holidays in our comfortable homes with family this year, there are still thousands of people whose homes are in disarray,” says Director of Communications Shannon W. Martin. “If everyone who sees and hears this message will just give a little something back, it will make a significant impact on the lives of those who lost everything.”
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The Texas Annual Conference has established three regional offices to help with Texas Recovers. If you need help please  contact us below to submit a form requesting assistance. Someone will contact you as soon as they can. 


Houston Office

Karen Preston-Fernandez

Lake Jackson Office

Rachel Brownlie

Beaumont Office

Linda Buser





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Thank you to the following churches that have  paid 100% of their District Apportionments as of April 30th

Jacksonville First                Union, Palestine
Fields Chapel                     Brushy Creek
Pierce's Chapel                  Lindale
Dew                                    Hainesville
Bethlehem                          Liberty
Lanely                                 Cedar Street, Tyler
Oakland                              Golden
Quitman First                      Whitehouse
Malakoff                              Brownsboro
Bullard First                        New Summerfield
Frankston First                   Big Sandy
Pleasant Retreat                Rusk First  
Union Chapel, Van             Tyler Asbury
Smith Chapel                      Johnson Chapel
Palestine, Westwood          New Community
Mt Selman

Thank you to the following churches that have paid 100% of their Conference Apportionments as of April 30th
Brushy Creek
New Summerfield
New Hope
Pierce's Chapel
Earle's Chapel
Union, Palestine