Action Support Ministries Grant Application 2019

 Grant Guidelines- Deadline is Friday, March 23, 2018

The purpose of the Action Support Ministries of the Capital District Board of Missions is the facilitation of outreach ministries to relieve human suffering and the establishment of new and creative forms of such outreach within the district.

ASM gives priority funding to programs that address this purpose. The committee gives priority to:

  • Ministries tied directly to United Methodist churches in the Capital District or to initiatives of the District itself
  • Ministries that address a critical and/or unique need in their mission field
  • New and expanding ministries or established ministries that are actively seeking outside community and funding partners, but have few large donor or governmental grant options
  • Ministries that demonstrate substantial buy-in from their local congregations (as appropriate), including funding, volunteer, advisory and administrative support
  • Funding for program costs over staff and administrative costs

All applicants should be prepared to meet with the Action Support Committee for a short 15-20 minute interview on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Lake Travis United Methodist Church, located 1502 RR 620 North. The interview schedule will be emailed to you on or about Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

Grant application has been closed.

Commission on a Way Forward

A Way Forward  A Special Session of the General Conference called by the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church will be held in February 23 – 26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops.  More news, information and resources regarding GC2019 can be found here.
Resources for information and conversation are provided below:
The Commission on a Way Forward is offering several videos that document the experiences, hopes, dreams, concerns, approach, and learnings of the 32-member Commission, which recently completed its report that will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The purpose of the videos is to give viewers “a sense of how the Commission built relationship and community, how it developed and worked to maintain hearts of peace as we accomplished our work, and how the Commission developed the plans that the church will see in its report,” said the Commission moderators Bishops Ken Carter, Sandra Steiner Ball and David Yemba.
 “We hope that you will take these gifts and use them to prepare for the upcoming General Conference.  We hope that you will listen deeply for God’s voice and wisdom in the midst of our words.  We hope that you will get a sense that this work is not and will not be easy, but that we have a choice of approaching our work with either a heart of war or a heart of peace,” said the moderators in a letter accompanying the videos. The moderators said they hoped the delegates to the 2019 General Conference will be inspired and motivated to intentionally choose to prepare and to act and respond to General Conference with a heart of peace.  “We have learned that this makes all the difference in how we treat one another and therefore listen to one another.” Click here to read the full letter of from the moderators.  
Jasmine Smothers, Julie Hager Love and Tom Berlin are all Commission members who are also clergy serving in the SEJ. In this interview they reflect on their experience and their hopes for the future of the United Methodist Church.    YouTube:  
Bishops Gregory Palmer and Robert Schnase, who are members of the Commission, talk about how the work of the Commission points to the larger mission of The United Methodist Church. (Length 5:35). YouTube  
Patricia Miller, Executive Director of the Confessing Movement, and Matt Berryman, former Executive Director of Reconciling Ministries Network, talk about their friendship and their experiences serving together on the Commission. (Length 7:55) Download:

Reflections on General Conference 2019 by Teresa Welborn

Our Prayers Join Together

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. – Philippians 4:6-7

In less than a week, General Conference will be well underway. As I tie up loose ends this week and begin to pack, I’m also taking time to look back through the correspondence I’ve received from United Methodists across the connection. Letters and emails have arrived from all directions reflecting a wide range of theological perspectives. As I read again the letters and emails from people, they more often than not conclude with some reference to prayer. “My prayers are with you…”, “I am praying for all the delegates and for this General Conference…”, “I pray that you may…..”, “My prayer is that General Conference will….”
I know I am bolstered by the prayers of many and that’s humbling.
Reflecting on the power and mystery of prayer, I remember the prayer beads we received at the 2016 General Conference. We were encouraged to use them in times of worship and prayer.  You can read more about those prayer beads pictured here at
One morning, the devotional based on the confessional prayer in The Great Thanksgiving:

            Merciful God,

            We confess that we have not loved you

              with our whole heart.

            We have failed to be an obedient church.

            We have not done your will,

              we have broken your law,

              we have rebelled against your love,

              and we have not loved our neighbors,

              and we have not heard the cry of the needy.

            Forgive us we pray. Free us for joyful obedience,

              through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

During that devotional, the worship leader guided us by beginning a prayer, “As a denomination, we have not done your will when we______” and then she invited us to complete the prayer in silence by adding our own individual petitions. As the worship leader continued guiding us, our individual prayers continued: “We have broken your law by_______”, and “We have not loved our neighbors when _______.”
I remember being struck by the great number of conflicting prayers that must have been lifted up to God that morning. The prayers no doubt as disparate as the letters I’ve been receiving.
The prayer time left me pondering once again the great mystery of prayer and the great mystery we know as God. Like anyone, I have my own prayers, hopes, and desires for General Conference 2019. But my faith and hope is in God and God alone. God who hears all our prayers, as diverse and conflicting as they are. Bishop Wallace-Padgett has been instrumental in leading the prayer efforts for General Conference says, “Our prayer focus is two-fold: We are praying that God will help us to fulfill the mission of the church, and we are praying to be one in Christ. “ Find prayer resources at

Be encouraged!,



Meet Me in St. Louis

As The United Methodist Church’s special called session of General Conference approaches, my mind moves back and forth from what I’ve experienced in the past to what I anticipate for the future. I do not have extensive General Conference experience, but I have some. I attended the 2008 General Conference as the first reserve delegate from the Southwest Texas Conference. I served as a delegate in 2016 for the Rio Texas Conference and will head to St. Louis later this month as a delegate.

In recent days, I find myself reflecting on past experiences and wondering about the future. I know I’m not alone in my thinking back and looking ahead. Here I join the many different people from many different places who are sharing their thoughts and hopes. I will meet some of you face to face in St. Louis. Others of you can meet me right here in this blog where I will share a few of my reflections over the next few weeks.
As I write these words, I’m taken back to memories from my childhood. Long before I ever knew what General Conference is, I knew about the beauty and power of worship. I grew up at Ingleside United Methodist Church. Among my many memories of worship is one preacher who loved the hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy” so much he made us sing a verse every Sunday morning:

                        Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

                        Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee;

                        holy, holy holy! merciful and mighty,

                        God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

My home church was no grand cathedral, but in my child’s mind it was magnificent. Participating with the community in weekly worship was a discipline I enjoyed. Singing hymns together, approaching the communion rail for bread and cup, reciting affirmations, and passing the peace – I looked forward to it all. I have come to believe that the power of my experience in worship was shaped as much by the people present as the building itself.
At General Conference, it is worship that I look forward to the most. When we say we are a global church, it is worship that celebrates some of the best of who we are together. One of my favorite memories from 2016 was when the Danish choir KEFAS sang. You can hear that offering of theirs here:  Look for opportunities to experience some of the worship at General Conference 2019 through UM Communications’ live-streaming services.
When leaving worship at Ingelside UMC, one is met with the stained glass image of Jesus shown here. He is so many things to me in this image. He is a peaceful presence. He is open and receptive. He is moving towards me. He is alive, in healed and resurrected form. And He is holy, with halo aglow.
While I can’t predict what will happen in St. Louis, I pray God might work within my own hardened heart to make me more like Jesus. A peaceful presence. Open and receptive. Moving towards others. I pray I approach General Conference as the holy work that it is. And I pray I have the eyes to see the resurrected Christ in our midst.
Be encouraged!


Youth Mid-Winter 2019

Youth Mid-winter – February 23, 2019 

Capital District Midwinter
Saturday, February 23
McKinney Falls State Park
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 20

Registration and info here.

A word from District Superintendent Teresa Welborn – 2/1/19


Attention Capital District leaders:

Please plan to join me at the Capital District’s annual RETHINK LEADERSHIP training event on Saturday, February 9th from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm at Dripping Springs United Methodist Church. We are excited to welcome Bishop Robert Schnase as our plenary speaker. A day of learning will continue with a variety of workshops led by conference and district leaders. No pre-registration is necessary except for Trusted con Confianza training. Please see the attached flyer for schedule and more information.


I look forward to seeing you there!