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Disaster Relief

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Five things you can do through UMCOR to help disaster relief.  Please pray for those whose lives have been impacted by Harvey. Please also pray for Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators, and the many volunteers who are working tirelessly to provide relief.  Make relief kits...

When Harvey Comes to Town: An Important Update

Posted by Rev. Ben Trammell on

Friends, Thursday I drove to Houston and back. On I-10 and all around Houston, there were signs instructing drivers to fill up their gas tanks because there was a storm brewing in the gulf. We need full tanks to get through the storms that are forming in the gulf, in our world and in our...

A Letter from Lo

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Dear Friends,   I have to say this has been one amazing summer. And although the heat doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon, I can definitely feel that this season is coming to a close. Maybe it’s all the classroom supplies that are starting to fill the aisles of...

Take Courage, Be Not Afraid

Posted by Rev. Ben Trammell on

But Jesus immediately said to them:“Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”-Matthew 14:27  Friends,         There are few instructions or commands found in scripture that occur anywhere near the frequency of “Do not be...

You Have Been Chosen

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Friends,                 Maybe it was the trip back to East Texas for the 4th but home has been on my heart. I remember when I was in college the first time standing in my parent’s kitchen that I said that it...

"That's Why We Built the Church"

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Friends, It is Vacation Bible School week. The building has been filled to the brim with children, students, and adult volunteers. It has been large, loud, and filled with energy. It has been fantastic. There are churches that seldom hear the laughter of children blessing the walls by bouncing...

It's Hot!

Posted by Rev. Ben Trammell on

So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.-Galatians 6:9 Friends, It is hot. I mean…really hot.  This spring the weather was wonderful, and it held on longer than I dared hope, but as a result, there seemed to be no...

The Best Is yet to Come

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Friends,   It is annual conference week, which means lay leaders and clergy from churches all over the Rio Texas Conference are gathered in Corpus Christi to worship, learn, and ‘conference’ together. Conferencing goes back to 1744 when John Wesley gathered other leaders of...

Cynical, Bitter, & Apathetic

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We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28 Friends, We are told in scripture that God made a good world but that humanity quickly made a mess of things. We wake each day as heirs of a good world in which much has...

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