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Our TMF blog shares stories and essays inspired by our purpose: to help individuals, families, congregations and like-minded organizations achieve their God-inspired potential.
“I want to help the church do something so wonderful, it’s obvious God’s work is in action,” said Ellen “Pinky” Snow when asked about desired outcomes for her endowment to support local mission work through the First United Methodist Church in Angleton, Texas.
by Betsie McClimans, Mercy Street Program Director, Community Care, as told to TMF
Betsie McClimans is the program director of community care at Mercy Street Church, a worship community that is affiliated with Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston and is in partnership with Santa Maria Hostel. She explains how their relationship with TMF Grants Ministries supports their innovative outreach to women in recovery using art.
by Dr. Tony McCollum, Senior Pastor, Cypress UMC
In August 2017, our congregation embraced a new mission statement after two years of prayerful reflection and intentional conversation. We confidently declared that Cypress UMC is in ministry to “build bridges and create community that connects people to Jesus’ life-giving story.” Then Hurricane Harvey made landfall and wrought destruction on our neighbors and thousands of others.
by John Thornburg, TMF V.P. of Area Staff
There’s nothing quite so evocative for story telling as the act of looking at a family photo album. Pictures capture milestones in the life of a family, or memories of a treasured trip with a friend or loved one. They capture moments of pain and poignancy, moments of decision, and times of resignation, resolve and resilience.
by Justin Gould, TMF Vice President of Foundation Relations
Charitable contributions to TMF have enormous potential to transform lives, churches, and communities. While the impact of donor support can be observed most prominently in Texas and New Mexico, our reach is increasingly global. As donors consider an ever expanding breadth of charitable opportunities they must remain mindful of recent changes in the tax laws.
Interviewer: When TMF Area Representatives are asked to assist churches, whether it is with generosity, purpose, or something in between, what guides your work? Richard: TMF Area Representatives have a set of seven stances that truly guide our work with churches.
by Curtis Vick, TMF Executive Vice President
Reflecting on my childhood, I have a clear memory of the Woolsey family. They sat in the first pew of our church, where my father was a minister. Although they had no children of their own, they were surrounded by kids every Sunday morning. When time came to collect the offering, they gave every child a nickel. Each child heard the satisfying clink as he or she put their nickel on the plate each week.
by Tom Locke, TMF President
Recently, in the pocket of a suit I was wearing, I found the notes for my comments at the memorial service for my friend Rev. Tom Graves in 2012. Reading through those reflections, I was struck by how timeless Tom’s values are, and how the things he taught me about life continue to be so relevant to today.
by Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, TMF Leadership Formation
In an excerpt from her monograph, Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land: A Call for Resilience in Uncertain Times, Bishop Janice Riggle Huie reflects on how her father modeled resilience. Her reflection introduces an exposition and courageous discussion of today’s time of anxiety, uncertainty and accelerating change in the Church.
Breaking out of boxes. No doubt you’ve heard people talk about the importance of breaking out of old boxes as a prerequisite to doing new things. It is a frequently repeated idea. However, what is not so often considered is that breaking out of boxes is a discipline to be practiced, not a quick fix that suddenly sets someone free.
Rev. Steve Miller, Project Director and Founder of US-CLO
As we enter 2019 this week, we share an essay by Rev. Steve Miller, 2018 Ashoka Fellow and Founder of the HBCU Truth and Reconciliation Oral History Project and the Unites States Christian Leadership Organization, known as US-CLO. This New Year brings a significant milestone in Rev. Miller’s nearly 20-year pursuit of a framework and action plan for racial healing and reconciliation, which he describes as the cornerstone of his ministerial calling.