The Hub Newsletter
August 2019 | 8th Edition
Church Anniversary Celebration
Kingsbury UMC 135 years
El Campo Wesley Chapel 132 years
Nixon Harris Chapel 109 years

If your church is celebrating an anniversary, let us know! We want to celebrate with you all that God has done in the ministries of your church.
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From the Desk of the Superintendent
W e are pleased to present this 8 th  edition of  The Hub , our Crossroads District online newsletter, where we attempt to highlight and showcase the amazing efforts of churches of our District to share God’s love in your communities along with our hopes to be in support. It has been a privilege to place a spotlight on the many exciting and creative programs and ministries occurring throughout the District that are providing vital resources, life-transforming services, and offering a vital witness in ways that glorify God. We long for the Hub to continue and grow to become an even more reliable resource to help celebrate, promote, and support the ministries of your churches. We hope you will continue to feel free to share information that you would like to communicate throughout the district using this resource. We also extend special thanks to Ruth Lopez, our District Administrative Assistant, for doing a great job in producing this newsletter over this last year.

With this edition of the Hub, we lift up a number of programs and activities offered by our churches which we all may be able to participate in, such as the Luling Summer Reading Program, the Shoe Drive for Alzheimer's at Bastrop, the Backpack blessing at Manor, Kingdom Kamp, and others. We also promote some continuing education events offered through our Conference that may be of special interest. Highlighted here is the  Preaching Seminar with Dr. Wes Allen from Perkins School of Theology  on August 24 th  that will be held at Northern Hills UMC   in San Antonio. He will offer some very helpful and practical approaches to preparing relevant sermons on a weekly basis.
 
Then as we prepare for the busy Fall season ahead, we extend a reminder about our  2 nd  Annual   Koinonia-Fellowship/Picnic  that will be held at Cathedral Oaks Worship and Retreat Center on Saturday, August 10th from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. We hope you will consider attending our Koinonia-Fellowship/Picnic which is our district-wide celebration where we will introduce newly appointed clergy in the district and celebrate all appointments that were established by our Bishop at Annual Conference. Please know that it is not too late to register your plans to attend this event, and thank you all who have already registered. Later in August on the 27th, we will have our first District Professionals meeting since Annual Conference. At this meeting, we will discuss plans for our 2019 Annual Charge Conference season. 

Our prayers are with all of the churches of the Crossroads District and their leaders as we embark on a new season of ministry that God has granted for our witness and service in this unique and special time in the life of the Church. We pray that we will be richly blessed in all of our endeavors for the Kingdom to the honor and glory of our dear Lord.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Marcus A.L. Freeman, II I

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

August 24th – Preaching Seminar with Perkins School of Theology Professor Dr. Wes Allen at Northern Hills UMC in San Antonio

August 26th – An Ecumenical Adaptive Leadership Seminar at Woodland Baptist Church in San Antonio
Early registration costs until Aug. 9!!

Details and flyers found on the Crossroads District website.


BORDER CONVOCATION

September 2018, leaders involved in migration response and advocacy from the Rio Texas Conference – UMC and the Conferencia Anual Oriental – Iglesia Metodista de Mexico met in San Antonio to share experiences and the status of response developments and envisioned the work to be done through respective and collective bi-national work. Much has transpired since then. The Rio Texas Conference collaborative migration infrastructure response from Brownsville to Del Rio connecting to San Antonio is coalescing and becoming more clearly defined.  

We now look to convene leaders again for a Border Convocation in San Antonio. This will be a time to receive current information, collective analysis and reflection of migration response and advocacy, envisioning next steps and strategies, and a time for community building, networking, prayer, and fellowship.

Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church & Conferencia Anual Oriental de la Iglesia Metodista de Mexico

University United Methodist Church
San Antonio, Texas
September 20 & 21, 2019