First United Methodist Church
Monday, August 29, 2016
To Know God and Make God Known
The church is located at the corner of Nall and Eugene Streets
(1826 Nall St. Port Neches, TX 77651).
We are three blocks north of Magnolia (FM 366) on Nall. Parking is located
in the back of the building.
The church office is open Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm and closed for Lunch 12-1pm.
Fridays we are open from 8am-12pm.
CONTEMPORARY PRAISE & WORSHIP AT 9:00 AM
TRADITIONAL WORSHIP AT 11:00 AM
From the Pastor
Dear Church Family, Not only have we been in a time of transition here at FUMC, Port Neches, but this is also a time of transition for our conference, the Texas Annual Conference. Many of you may know that Bishop Janice Riggle Huie is preparing to retire at the end of August after 12 years as our bishop. This is somewhat of a bittersweet time for me because Bishop Huie is the only bishop that I have known as a pastor. Bishop Huie appointed me to my first congregation, she commissioned me, and she ordained me. Our bishop has also been a strong advocate for raising up young clergy and I have benefitted greatly from her leadership. And so now as we prepare to say goodbye to Bishop Huie I thought I would tell you a little bit about what it means to be a “bishop” in The United Methodist Church and then invite you to meet our new bishop in September. The United Methodist Church has something called an “episcopal polity” which basically means that we are governed in a way in which our chief local authorities are leaders known as bishops. The word “bishop” actually comes from an anglicized version of the Greek word episkopos which means “overseer” and our bishops are elected to oversee an annual conference (like our Texas Annual Conference). Bishops in the UMC are somewhat different from bishops in other denominations, like the Roman Catholic Church and the Episcopal Church, in that Methodist bishops are not a special set aside order of pastors. Instead, bishops are ordained elders (like myself) who are elected to take on the position of bishop. United Methodist bishops are elected for life, can serve up to 12 years (three 4-year terms) in a conference, and are responsible for ordaining and appointing clergy to pastor churches. Bishops also perform a slew of administrative duties, preside at annual sessions of conferences, have authority for teaching and leading the church on matters of social and doctrinal importance, and serve to represent the denomination in ecumenical (inter-denominational) gatherings. Truly, though, it is the power to appoint clergy to pastor churches which is of the utmost importance for our bishops. As Bishop Huie retires on August 31st we will then welcome our new bishop, Scott Jones, who has been serving as the bishop for the Great Plains Conference for the last 12 years. Bishop Jones has overseen a large amount of positive change in his conference, and is generally regarded as an excellent bishop, so we should be in a good position as he begins to reside over our conference. Bishop Jones is eager to meet the people of the Texas Annual Conference and, as it so happens, he will be coming to visit our district first! On Saturday, September 24th Bishop Jones will visit the Southeast District at 9:30 AM at Wesley UMC in Beaumont. The best part is that everyone is invited to meet our new bishop. I especially urge all of our lay leadership at FUMC, Port Neches to come to the meeting, but anyone who is interested can attend. And so, if you would like to take part in the welcome celebration then please let me know so that I can RSVP for you. This is an exciting time for our conference and I hope you can join in on the excitement!
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways, Michael