On behalf of North Texas Journey, Rev. Nikki Stahl and Cathy Hansen (Friends Congregational Church Church – College Station) would like to extend a warm invitation for all Heart of Association members to join us on Journey #17 taking place Thursday, September 29th – Sunday, October 2nd.
The Journey actually started in the Brazos Association (prior to Brazos & South Texas Association merger to Heart of Texas Association), before moving to North Texas. Every Journey since then has included pilgrims and/or team leads from our Association. This year Cathy will be serving as Lay Leader and Nikki will be serving as Spiritual Leader. The hope is to have a good participation from the Heart of Texas Association.
What is the Journey?
The Journey is a three-day spiritual renewal experience based on the Cursillo tradition. The Journey is intended to strength the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. It is designed for active church members and leaders who want to rekindle their faith or renew their vision!
2022 UCC Southern Regional Retreat October 14-16, 2022 Camp Weed & Cerveny Conference Center – Live Oak, Florida
Greetings to the UCC Women of the Florida, South Central, Southeast, and Southern Conferences!!
Have you ever attended one of the Southern Regional UCC Women’s Retreats? If you have, I expect you will be coming to Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center in Live Oak, Florida October 14-16, 2022. You value the inspiration, camaraderie, making new friends and reconnecting with old ones, learning new skills, and listening to God in a natural setting.
If you have never been to our retreats, you are in for a treat! We are meeting in the same beautiful northern Florida setting on a small lake where we met in 2013. It has a lovely chapel looking out on the water, nice two-bed rooms with private baths, an inspiring outdoor patio area with rocking chairs overlooking the lake, a large dining room with great food, and trails through the woods. A perfect spot to retreat from our everyday lives.
Our keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson, Associate General Minister, Wider Church Ministries and Co-Executive for Global Ministries. She is a dynamic speaker and a friend to all. Her rich experiences and leadership qualities are most impressive, and she has been a part of the Florida Conference over the years.
The retreat will begin on Friday with dinner and go through Sunday morning breakfast and closing worship. Your registration fee includes two nights lodging, and meals Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast.
With the reality of COVID and many health concerns, our retreat last October was held virtually. We have high hopes of meeting in person this year but continue to be cautious. The Early Bird Registration, due by June 15, includes a $20 discount off the Final Registration, due by September 1. Registration for a double room is $175 for Early Bird and $195 for Final. Additional prices are on the registration form and in the information document.
For more information about the retreat, please click here. You will find on-line and paper registration forms, an information document, a resource list for “Who’s at the Table” (Racial Injustice & Racial Inequalities), directions for knitting or crocheting boobies (service project), list of items for hygiene kits for Church World Service (service project) and flyer to post to promote the retreat.
We hope to see you in October as we share a weekend of inspiration, fellowship and friendship.
Southern Regional Planning Team Clarice Mitchell, Southeast Conference Betty Griffin, Southern Conference Jasmine Quinerly, South Central Conference Leslie Etheredge, Associate Conference Minister, FL Conference, UCC Barb Coons, Registrar, Southwest Region Dyanne Edds, Co-Chair, St. Petersburg Bunny Gruntler, Co-Chair, Miami Vonshelle Beneby, St. Johns Region Ginny Sommerville, Gold Coast Region Marty Synott, Central West Coast Region Rhea Taie-Tehrani, Miami-Dade Region
You may also contact Registrar Barb Coons at 239-549-8283 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for a flyer for the event or see below!
Pastor Carla would like to draw your attention to the following articles in the most recent HOT Association Newsletter below!
1) SPRING ASSOCIATION MEETING VOTING RECAP
2) REMEMBERING REDEEMER UNITED CHURCH UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
We mourn the decision of Redeemer Church in Zuehl to leave the United Church of Christ. Please keep them in your prayers and if you know of any who may be seeking support during this time of transition, please let us know how we can be of support to them. Read more below from remembrances compiled by Heart of Texas Association Minister, Rev. Nikki Stahl.
3) RECOGNIZING OUR LICENSED MINISTERS
4) SOUTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE ANNUAL MEETING
5) In case you missed Pastor Rene Slataper, interim minister at Hope United and member in discernment from Congregational Church of Austin, as part of April 7th Thursday’s For the Soul program entitled “Make Visible.”
6) INVITATION TO JOURNEY # 17
Pastor Carla has spoken before about this 3-day retreat and has been praying for one to be organized that Faith Church folks could attend. She will be serving on the Clergy Team for this event. Please see below for details and let her know if you would like to attend!
7) UCC HISTORY & POLITY
8) HYGIENE KITS COLLECTION AT ANNUAL MEETING (LINK TO PDF FLIER, TOO)
Heart of Texas Association Spring Meeting @ Sat Apr 30, 2022 10am – 1pm (CDT)
There will be a zoom option (more info coming) but we hope that as many that are able and willing to come in person will as there is a possibility that we will have 1) an ecclesiastical council and 2) the welcoming of a church new start into full membership.
Please plan on attending and/or sending your church representatives so we can meet quorum, but even more importantly, we can live as fully and joyfully into our covenantly relationship.
10:00-10:30 Registration and Gathering Time 10:30 Business Meeting Begins
Working on lunch options. If any church would like to sponsor, please reach out to Carl Schwartz-King at email@example.com.
Prayers as our time of Epiphany ends and we move through Ash Wednesday this week and on into Lent.
I pray that your Advent and Christmas Time was/is meaningful for you and your congregations. There were/are so many beautiful activities happening across the Heart of Texas Association in your local congregations and settings. It was/is beautiful to behold each setting celebrating the incarnation of the divine in sometimes unique, sometimes familiar ways.
As the new year begins, I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of an Association Minister. According to the job description one of the main focuses is to support local congregations via lay leaders, local clergy, and local clergy’s families. In an effort to live into these expectations, I’m looking for ways to connect one-on-one and in groups in addition to visiting your local congregations. Additionally, is the call to foster connections between the 20 wonderful churches of the Heart of Texas Association and create ties to the South Central Conference and beyond. Following are some efforts to live into these efforts:
First Tuesday of every month from 9:30 am – 11:30 am on zoom (for now). We can adjust time and place as we continue to move out of COVID. Part of this time will be fellowship and sharing, and the rest of the time we will creatively engage in the Marks of Ministry as we all strive to be healthy, well-rounded, growing clergy, regardless of our settings. Begins January 4th.
Added bonus: the weekly Conference Cafe (Wednesday from 9:30 – 10:30) has been a wonderful way to connect with clergy all over the South Central Conference. Although not strictly Heart of Texas Association, a good number of HOTA clergy are regularly attending. We have a lot of fun wondering and stretching our theological understanding on such topics as what is a soul?, what does incarnation really mean?, and so on.
First Wednesday of every month from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm on zoom. We will gather for a time of fellowship, sharing and dip our toes into educational pieces important for lay leaders. Begins January 5th. I could use your help in updating contacts (name & email) for your 2022 Lay Leaders. Click here for form or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
These are both come and go so feel free to attend as you are able, for as long as you are able, even if it is to just pop on and say hello! Separate invites will be sent out to each group.
Annual Meeting Planning There is still time for both lay and clergy to jump in and help with 2022 Annual Meeting. Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 6th at 12 pm. Email me for the zoom invite.
Invite me to Worship with You So far I’ve been able to visit Bethany (San Antonio), Open Cathedral (Leander), Hope United (Georgetown), Trinity Church of Austin, Friends Congregational (College Station), Faith UCC (Bryan) and Faith UCC (New Braunfels). I have planned visits for St. John’s UCC (Burton), Touchstone UCC (Boerne), St. Peter’s UCC (Coupland), Redeemer UCC (Zuehl), and St. Paul’s UCC (Corpus Christi). If you aren’t on this list, let’s plan a date!
Schedule a One-on-One I’m available for safe in-person visits, zoom or a good-ole fashion phone call.
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