Pollard Theater Center

This fall production will be presented as a “dinner and a show”. On Thursday and Friday evenings, September 28 and 29, the Spirit Life Center Gym will be transformed to an elegant dining room and a scrumptious dinner will be served at 6:00 pm. At 7:30 pm, the actors will take the stage in the specially set Parlor Theater. On Saturday and Sunday, September 30 and October 1, dinner will be served at 12:30 pm, before a matinee performance at 2:00 pm. All tickets for dinner and a show are $37.50 with a discount offered on the purchase of seats for a table of eight.

Now, about the play!

Sylvia is a must-see if you’ve ever wondered what would happen if Man’s Best Friend could talk! It’s a clever and heartwarming play written by A. R. Gurney whose concern is a dog named Sylvia, how she affects the couple who adopts her, and what comedy results. Arnold Sherman, Pollard’s Director of Music and Fine Arts, is the director. A wonderful menu is being planned for the dinner, and we’re excited to welcome you to this special benefit for our Founders’ Center. As the venue is small, reservations should be made early! The online box office opens September 1 at showtix4u.com, or call our box office at 903-521-0069. If there are questions, please feel free to call our church office at 903-597-2571.

Flood Bucket Drop Off Information

You may drop off flood buckets at the following churches:

Tyler, Pollard ~ 3030 New Copeland Rd., Tyler ~ 903.597.2571
Lakeview Methodist Conference Center ~ 400 Private Rd. 6036, Palestine ~ 903.538.2711
Tyler, Marvin ~ 300 West Erwin, Tyler ~ 903.592.7396
Palestine, Grace ~ 2130 County Club Rd., Palestine ~ 903.723.6143
Tyler, Dayspring ~ 310 West Cumberland Rd., Tyler ~ 903.581.0550
Russell Memorial ~ 315 S. Fairfield, Buffalo, ~903.873.2569

Listed below are materials needed for a flood bucket:

Flood Bucket Materials – 1 Bucket = $65

5-gallon bucket with resealable lid
Buckets from fast-food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and cleaned
Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner
Advertisements on the outside are acceptable
Liquid laundry detergent
One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) only
Liquid household cleaner
12‐16 oz. liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water
No spray cleaners
Dish soap
16‐28 oz. bottle any brand
1 can air freshener
Aerosol or pump
1 insect repellant spray
6‐14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover
1 scrub brush
Plastic or wooden handle
18 cleaning wipes
Handi Wipes or reusable wipes
No terry cleaning towels
Remove from packaging
7 sponges
Remove from wrapper
5 scouring pads
Remove from wrapper
No stainless steel, Brillo pads, or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in)
50 clothespins
One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines
Cotton or plastic
24-roll heavy-duty trash bags
33‐ to 45-gallon sizes
Remove from the box
5 dust masks
2 pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves
Should be durable enough for multiple uses
Remove from packaging
1 pair work gloves
Cotton with leather palm or all leather
Place all liquid items in the bucket first. Place remaining items in the bucket, fitting them around and between the liquid items. Sponges, scouring pads, clothespins, and trash bags can be separated in order to fit all of the items in the bucket. Ensure the lid is closed securely.

Important Notes

All items must be new except for the actual bucket and lid.
All cleaning agents must be liquid and in plastic containers. No powders, please.
If you cannot find the requested size of a liquid item, use a smaller size. Including larger sizes of any item will prevent the lid from sealing.
If all of the items on the list are not included, please put a label on the bucket indicating what has been omitted.
Cleaning kits are only used within the United States. They are not opened to verify the contents unless there is indication that some items have been omitted.
UMCOR does require that all patriotic symbols be removed from the kit contents. For example, if an item in a kit has a stamp that contains the American Flag, that stamp must be removed, covered or blacked out.

We will post a list of local churches that are prepared to be evacuation housing if the need arises.


District Committee on Ordained Ministry (DCOM) Training is being offered in two locations. The Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) is asking all DCOM members – officers and committee members – to attend one of these two important training events. These training events are offered every 4 years and are a good way to stay informed about all matters related to the important work of the DCOMs. Lunch will be provided.

Locations (choose one):
• October 19, 2017 (9 am – 1 pm) at Kingwood UMC
• October 5, 2017 (9 am – 1 pm) at Lanes Chapel UMC in Tyler

Pre-Retirement Seminar – Beginning Again

November 8-9, 2017

This seminar is designed for clergy and spouses to help prepare them financially, emotionally, and spiritually for the “third part” of life. Sessions will include presentations from the Wespath & Group Health, TAC retirees, and others. Information will presented regarding pensions, taxes, insurance, estate planning, ending well, crucial conversations, and much more. Signup when you arrive for a short private session with the representatives from Wespath during free time.

For more information and registration use the link provided below:



You are invited to attend the
Texas Annual Conference
Candidacy Summit!

The Summit is a multi-day event during which all Conference candidates for licensed and ordained ministry entering Exploring Phase of candidacy receive accurate information about the entire candidacy process; begin meeting together in small groups with trained Exploring Mentors; and have an opportunity to worship, share their call stories, and take required psychological tests.

This year Candidacy Summit is scheduled for January 12-13, 2018 at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center near Palestine, Texas and August 3-4, 2018 at Camp Allen near Navasota, Texas.
To apply, please:

• Complete the application form; provide a valid email address as all communication will be by email;

• Obtain your District Superintendent’s signature;
• Add a check for $100 written to the “Texas Annual Conference” (to cover psychological assessment costs); and
• Mail signed application with check to:

Texas Annual Conference
Attn: Deann Saxton
5215 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002

The deadline to turn in an Application is November 15, 2017 for the January Candidacy Summit and June 1, 2018 for the August Candidacy Summit. After your Application is received, you will receive a packet with complete instructions. If you have additional questions, please contact Deann Saxton at dsaxton@txcumc.org or (713) 521-9383 Extension 306.



2017 Clergy Gathering!

The Gathering – 2017

 Registration Link:  http://www.txcumc.org/2017gathering

The Clergy Gathering is a special time for renewal, relaxation and conversation with your peers. All clergy persons are invited to attend—this includes provisional and ordained elders, provisional and ordained deacons, associate members, and part or full time local pastors.

For 2017, The Gathering will be Monday – Tuesday, September 18 – 19 at Lakeview (only one night).

Our speakers this year will be Dr. Michael Slaughter of Tipp City, Ohio, and our resident Bishop, Scott J. Jones.

College Pastoral Internship Project

Pastoral Internship Project for College Students To encourage a diverse group of gifted young candidates to enter pastoral service in the Texas Annual Conference, and to equip local congregations to identify and encourage persons with appropriate gifts and graces and a clear sense of call to commit to pastoral ministry, the Center for Clergy Excellence offers a pastoral internship for college students.

Interns are sent to serve local churches for several weeks each summer. Interns receive a stipend for their work and connect with one another at orientation and reflection retreat gatherings. Host churches will agree to provide the interns with housing (if needed), mentoring, and a full range of exposure to all facets of pastoral ministry.

At the end of each summer, pastoral interns return to college not only with local church experience, but with relationships designed to sustain them throughout lifelong careers in ministry. For more information click on link below.

College Pastoral Internship Project