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The Epworth League

February 25, 2020

Young adults, particularly single ones, rarely find their way to the pew and when they do, often the church is not quite sure what to do with them. It is a conundrum that weighs heavily on the minds of religious researchers and church leaders alike. How do we make space for young adults to feel welcomed and valued? How do we provide discipleship and leadership opportunities for millennials or the rising gen Z, not to mention offer space for community?

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JFON and Texas Impact Collaborate to Mobilize People of Faith for Immigration Reform

January 06, 2020

Our New Year Spotlight shines on San Antonio Region Justice For Our Neighbors (SARJFON), which provides quality, affordable legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers, and its 2019 collaboration with Texas Impact, which advocates for freedom, justice, and economic opportunity for all people, consistent with the values of mainstream faith communities.

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Bynum Miers Stewarded Potential, Moment by Moment

January 06, 2020

by Tom Locke, TMF President

Bynum Miers was a McMurry graduate, committed Methodist, and avid philanthropist. On Christmas Day, we lost a stalwart champion of TMF. And I lost one of my dearest friends.

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Matryoshka Haus

December 30, 2019

Shannon Hopkins, Matryoshka Haus Creative Director

As we begin 2020, TMF shines a light on a story of faith and innovative ministry, Matryoshka Haus. In 2019, TMF Grants provided a grant to this UK-based ministry that is expanding its mission in the United States and working with UMC conferences and congregations.

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Reflections on John Lennon, Mark Beardsley and Jesus Christ

December 18, 2019

by Tom Locke, TMF President

The anniversary of the death of John Lennon just passed. As you recall, Lennon was killed by a deeply troubled young man with a gun on the streets of New York, December 8, 1980 (nearly 40 years ago . . . hard to believe).

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Iconoclast Artists: Standing as Close to Jesus as We Can

December 16, 2019

Matt Russell, Executive Director, Iconoclast Artists

We’re turning our Christmas Season Spotlight on Houston to highlight Iconoclast Artists, a free arts program in Houston and Galveston, Texas, that gives young creative minds from disadvantaged situations a chance to speak out through written, visual and performance art.

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Corazon Ministries: Blessed to Be a Blessing in the Heart of San Antonio

December 10, 2019

Corazon Ministries Board President Kristen Salazar

Our Christmas Season Spotlight is shining a light on the life-changing work of faith-based organizations in Texas, New Mexico and beyond. Our TMF Grants Ministries team led by Jacki Lammert is proud to have had opportunities to support the work of these ministries in 2019. These leaders and organizations are meeting needs of all sizes in their communities.

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There’s More to the Story - Q&A with Joy Horak-Brown

December 02, 2019

Joy Horak-Brown, President and CEO, New Hope Housing

2019 gave TMF Grants Ministries opportunities to witness many milestones in the life-changing work of faith-based organizations in Texas, New Mexico and beyond. This Christmas season, we want to share the success and perspectives from leaders whose organizations are excelling at meeting needs of all sizes in their communities.

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I Think God’s Been Talking to Me

October 30, 2019

by Gil Rendle, retired TMF Sr. Vice President

In the 21st Century post-scientific, pragmatic, individualized world, Christians still talk about the Holy Spirit – at least in our liturgies and prayers on Sunday morning.

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A Conversation with Cheryl Westbrook - Loan Officer

October 21, 2019

Cheryl Westbrook, TMF Loan Officer, Longview Office

TMF Loan Officer Cheryl Westbrook is a self-proclaimed people person who is passionate about helping others. She was a loan officer at Heartspring Methodist Foundation for seven years before it formally merged with TMF in January 2019.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Rev. Arturo Cadar

October 08, 2019

This week Rev. Arturo "Artie" Cardar reflects on how his experience with many different cultures that share a common language prepared him to lead and support Hispanic ministries in "building bridges."

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Gladys Ochoa

October 02, 2019

by Gladys Ochoa, L3 Incubator Facilitator, Northwest Texas Conference

This week TMF is honored to have Gladys Ochoa share her multicultural heritage story with us. As facilitator of the L3 Incubators for the Northwest Texas Conference, Gladys accompanies her husband, Rev. Dr. Jorge Ochoa, in the training of pastors and church leaders in his role of director of the Hispanic / Latino Movement and Church Development.

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