From:                                                       Taryn Brannen

Sent:                                                         Wednesday, September 5, 2018 11:15 AM

Subject:                                                   Northwest District Newsletter - September 2018




Northwest District 

 Of The United Methodist Church



For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

September Newsletter


From our District Superintendent

Marlin Fenn




Charge Conferences are on the way!  Charge Conference is a time to celebrate the grace of God that has enabled us to serve our communities well.  It’s also a time to celebrate the vision God gives us for how we can serve in the year ahead.  Our conversation will be about how we have followed that vision to make new disciples.  Last year, 39 of our churches celebrated at least one Profession of Faith.  I’m praying for even more this year. 


I am particularly interested in the stories of our churches that are making new disciples through outreach ministries.  When we build relationships with people in our communities by loving them well we have opportunities to grow in our own relationships with God and invite people to grow in theirs with us.  Sometimes they start attending our churches as well.  Let me know if you have stories of how your church is doing this. I want to hear those stories; they may be good to share with other churches as well.


Who outside your congregation has your church loved well?  How did your church encourage them to deeper faith?  And how are our communities more like the kingdom of God because of the work we have done?  Those are stories we need to share and celebrate!  That’s what we’ll do at Charge Conference this year.  Please be sure your Lay Leader, Council Chair, P/SPR Chair, Trustee Chair, Finance Chair, and Outreach, Mission and Evangelism reps come with you as well as any other professing members who should be present for the conversation. 


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

Cross Connection





TYLER -  Being held at Marvin UMC
                     October 15th @10:00

MINEOLA - Being held at Mineola First                  
                       October 15th @ 2:00

ATHENS -  Being held at Athens First
                     October 16th @ 10:00

PALESTINE - Being held at Palestine First

                       October 16th @ 2:00


**Please note that all September meetings have been cancelled.





September 3

Labor Day Office Closed

September 5
Grief Share @ Marvin UMC


September 8
Tour De TAC (Bicycle Tour Meeting) @ Athens FUMC
September 9

Tour De TAC (Bicycle Tour Meeting) @ Mineola FUMC
September 10

Tour De TAC (Bicycle Tour Meeting) @ Marvin

September 17-18
Clergy Gathering 2018 @ Lakeview

September 28-29
Texas Conference Spouses Fall Retreat


October 2-4
Retired Clergy & Spouses Retreat

October 5

Peace of Mind Conference 2018 @ Green Acers

November 12-14
Office Closed (DAA Training Event in Lufkin)

November 15
Office Closed (CLT & DLT Joint Training Event)

December 24- January 1
Office Closed

January 3
Early Report Day

January 7
Report Day





There is a new web space for young people in the TAC

This has information about our events, opportunities, trainings, forms, and more!
Eddie Erwin
Director of Youth and Young Adults TAC

September 8-9 

Ichthus 9th Grade Retreat @Camp Cho- Yeh

September 17-22 

Youth Worker Spiritual Retreat Cruise

Nov 9-11

The BIG Event 6th Grade Retreat @Camp Cho-Yeh

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



Church Vital Signs

Be sure to REGULARLY input your church Vital Signs

Worship Attendance
Professions of Faith
Hands on Mission

Contact the District Office if you need help.



Thank you



Wesley House

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.


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  




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




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. 


This is the information on


Houston Office

Karen Preston-Fernandez

Lake Jackson Office

Rachel Brownlie

Beaumont Office

Linda Buser