Greetings,

I don't know about you, but I was really struck by Jeff's message this past Sunday. And by struck, I mean he stepped on my toes a bit! Truth be known, I like when a message hits me like that. It reminds me that the Holy Spirit is working to convict me of where my life is out of balance or off center from God's perspective. 

What was it that Jeff said that got to me, you ask? I can't say exactly. What I can say is that I realize that too often I'm measuring my life and my happiness by the lives of those around me. My contentment is wrapped up in how my life compares to their life.  Or, at least how my life compares to my perception of their life. 

I'm not sure that parable of the vineyard workers ever really impacted me the way it did Sunday, but I'm glad it did. Just realizing the error of my ways has made life better. This is, of course, on ongoing process. 

I say all that to say how good it is to be in this place and to feel the Holy Spirit at work so obviously and powerfully. I feel it when we gather together in worship. I sense the presence of God in the chatter and laughter of people in the new cafe. God is up to something here in this place, I just feel it deep in my bones. I hope that's true for you. I hope it's true enough that you invite others to come and experience the presence of God in and through the people of First Methodist Conroe.


Thanks for being God's hand in my life. Much love to you all, 

Mike Lindstrom
Executive Pastor at First Methodist Conroe


News & Upcoming Events
Ann Lee's Celebration of Life, Love, & Music
Saturday, January 13 at 11 a.m.
Sanctuary

Join us as our church and our community gather in celebration and remembrance. Everyone is invited as we honor and remember the life of Ann Lee.

Ann gave a great deal in love, music, testimony and faith to her family, friends, church and community.  In our sadness, let us rejoice because she was a part of our world.
Friday Mornings in the Scriptures:
Journeys of Paul
Begins Friday, January 12 at 9:30 a.m.
Room 113

This five-week study will take a close look at each journey made by this great missionary of the church.  The study is open to all.  Bring your bible, an open mind, and a willing heart to learn. This discussion-based study is facilitated by Tommi Hamilton. 
Acolyte Training
Sunday, January 14 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
3rd grade and older

Children are invited to our acolyte training! Acolytes light the altar candles at the start of worship and help the pastors with communion. 

To register your child, please click hereParents are asked to attend this training.
Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith
Begins Wednesday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Ages 25-45

Adults are invited to join us at the church this eight-week study of the Christian faith that will benefit anyone regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey. We'll also have some built in social outings so everyone can get to know each other better. This study is led by Bryan and Christy Moore. 

For more information about this study or to sign up, click here!
Men's Camping Trip
Friday, January 19
Huntsville State Park

FMC invites all men to go camping at Huntsville State Park. This is a great opportunity for fellowship and enjoying the great outdoors with other men at the church. We have a total of 24 spots available, so sign up ASAP if you want to ensure your spot!  For more information or to sign up, click here !
Trip to the Holy Land
Tuesday, October 2 through Friday, October 12

Travel to the Holy Land and be  filled with new
insights and understanding of the life and land of
Jesus. W alk in the in the footsteps of Jesus and visit places of biblical importance such as the Mediterranean Sea, Armageddon, and  Road to Damascus.

If you would like more information about this trip of a lifetime, click here.
Caring Ministry
Cancer Support Group
Wednesday, January 10 from noon to 1:15 p.m.
Asbury Room

For more details, contact Janet Cable at 936-756-3395 or jcable@fmconroe.org.
Grief Support Ministry
Monday, January 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Room 115

For more details, contact Chris Gritzmacher at 936-524-0584.
Care Quilt Ministry
Tuesday, January 30 from 9 a.m. to noon
Room M2

For more details, contact Marty Lopez at 936-756-3076.
Discipleship Ministry
January Prayer Calendar

Our January Prayer Calendar is now available!

For anyone wishing to get a copy, simply click here or grab a copy after worship service.

This month, we focus spiritual gifts. The term, spiritual gift, comes from the Greek phrase Chrismata or Charisma, and is defined as, "a gift of grace." This means we, as Christians, are given a "favor" or a "special gift" to do the work of ministry on behalf of, and empowered by, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Missions Ministry
Pillows for Patients
Monday, January 22 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
Wesley Room

United Methodist Women (UMW) invite all willing hands to stuff and/or stitch little cough pillows for hospital patients. If you would like to join, contact Betty Hosterman at 936-539-1536. This is event is sponsored by UMW.
Youth Ministry
*Deadline Extended for Registration*
Ignite 2018 Mid-Winter Retreat
Friday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 18
Carolina Creek Camp
Huntsville, Texas
7th grade through 12th grade

This year the theme is Unity in Christ.  During this weekend retreat, our students will talk about what this means and will share in fellowship, worship and Christian community with other students from around the Texas Conference.  

The cost is $125 to attend.  The completed registration form and a $50 payment is due Sunday, January 21.  The balance of the registration fee, $75, is due February 10.  Both male and female adults are needed to serve as cabin counselors and small group leaders. 

Click here to access the registration form.

For more information, contact Ruth Ann Person at 936-697-9097 or rperson@fmconroe.org.