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March 24, 2023

Into The Wilderness Lent Series

Dear Church Family,

It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of Lent. I have enjoyed exploring the book of Exodus with you throughout the season as a part of our Wilderness series. You will not want to miss this Sunday as we learn that even when we fall, God is committed to being in relationship with us.

Palm Sunday, which kicks off Holy Week, is a little more than a week away. I encourage you to take the entire Holy Week journey with your church family. We will have special services on each campus for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. Then, on Easter morning, we will not only be celebrating Christ’s resurrection at each of our regular worship services, but we will be having a special Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt for families at 10 a.m. on both campuses. You can learn more about all of these opportunities below.

Additionally, we are also offering the opportunity for you to dedicate Easter lilies in honor or memory your loved ones. Lilies are $30/each and may be purchased online. The deadline is next Sunday, April 2. More information is below.

I also want to share some information on transitions happening on our West Campus. Starting this Sunday, our children and youth will be gathering in their new spaces in the 3663 Westcenter building for Sunday School at 10 a.m. Altar-Umoja returns to Hinson Chapel for worship starting this Sunday at 11 a.m. and will meet for “Swallowship” in Room 320 following their service. Next Sunday, The Source will move to Room 320 in 3663 Westcenter and slightly adjust their worship time to begin at 11:00 a.m.

These moves are exciting and will not only help us to be better stewards of the financial resources we have been entrusted with, but it will put our ministries in right-sized spaces that will bring renewed energy and growth.

Finally, I want to update you on our One Together Stewardship Campaign. Currently, we are only $21,652 short of reaching our $2 million goal in pledges toward General Ministries and $20,540 short of reaching our $300,000 goal in pledges towards Missions. We are so close! If you would like to make a pledge, you may do so at

We are in the midst of renewal and revival at First Methodist Houston. I can feel the Holy Spirit moving among us as we grow healthier and stronger every week. We have so much to be thankful for. Thank you for your faithfulness and commitment to Christ. Thank you for being the church!

See you Sunday!


Pastor Lance

Senior Pastor Lance Richards
First Methodist Houston
[email protected]

Here’s Some Of What Else Is Happening At First Methodist!

Kent Marsh Hearing God – Developing a Conversational Relationship with God

Kent Marsh will do a repeat of the Dallas Willard Book, Hearing God– Developing a Conversational Relationship with God, beginning Monday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the West Campus. Room number to follow. To register, please contact Kent Marsh at [email protected] The book is available on Amazon.

Astronomy Night

Coming Soon! Astronomy Night at the West Campus hosted by FMH member Ralph Phillips and the Fort Bend Astronomy Club.

ESL Classes Volunteers

ESL Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30PM, 3663 Westcenter Dr. Houston 77042, March 21-May 25 For information on how to volunteer, contact Paula Niz at [email protected]

Egypt and Israel Trip

This spring, you can join Lance Richards and Ann Spears on a 14-day tour of Egypt and Israel. See the Pyramids of Cairo, the desert of Sinai, the Red Sea, the Dead Sea, the shores of Galilee, the gates of Jerusalem, and much more! For more information or questions about the trip, please email Pastor […]

Lifeline Donations

Lifeline is accepting donation items for the winter season. We accept the following items: Hygiene Items New Socks New Underwear Reading Glasses Backpacks/Sturdy Bags Belts T-shirts Unstained/Unripped casual clothing Items may be placed in the donation bins on Sunday mornings or brought to the welcome desk Monday – Thursday. For more information, contact Alexis McCarty […]

Tuesday Bible Study

Join us for Tuesday Bible Study with Ruthie Estes. We meet each Tuesday from 12PM – 1PM, in the Fellowship Hall of our Downtown Campus. All are welcome to join. In the next 5-weeks for Tuesday Bible Study, we will focus on “The Mission Of Jesus”, by Ray Vander Laan Feel free to bring your […]