The Methodist Women would like to invite you to a special event on February 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall. They will be hosting a very special guest, Mary Linda Portner, Director of Development for the Texas Annual Conference, as she shares her responsibilities in this position.
Ms. Portner spent many years as a Director of Advancement at St. Pius X High School in Houston, Texas. Having no interest in leaving this job, she nevertheless felt an urging, a nudging in her heart causing her to respond and deciding to answer God’s call when she learned of the Texas Conference’s need for a Director of Development.Hers is the first permanent Directorship created due to the essential nature of this job; that of taking on the critical challenge of ensuring the conference of funding programs vital to the future of the UMC Texas Conference. Not just any programs, but programs that are at the heart of the growth of, and the future of the United Methodist Church in the Texas Conference.
Programs include literacy programs through We Love All God’s Children, Emerging Leaders Initiative, land acquisitions for future church plants, and Hurricane Harvey recovery.
Ms. Portner will be sharing information about the Emerging Leaders Initiative with the group on Tuesday morning, February 26. This program seeks to create and sustain programming that ensures the United Methodist witness to the Gospel will remain vital and dynamic. It supports the theology and practice of the United Methodist Movement while developing a new generation of leaders.
One of the most interesting aspects of this Initiative is for churches to host interns for a period of 10 weeks. This is a hands-on internship with a young person who commits to working with the host church in areas of their interest and expertise. That may be working with children, youth, senior groups, pastoral care, outreach, and a variety of other areas.
Everyone is invited to attend this informal meeting, Tuesday, February 26 at 11:00 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Remember, every member of FUMC is invited and encouraged to attend. Be inquisitive. Be informed. Be there!

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