Knitted Together for God’s Good Work: Spring Spiritual Retreat 2021
“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
NOTE FROM OUR PRESIDENT, CAROLYN MILBY:
Please join the Texas Conference United Methodist Women as we grow spiritually at our Spring Spiritual Growth Retreat to be held by zoom on February 20, 2021. We will open the zoom for visitation with one another at 9:30 and the program will begin at 10:00am. We hope to end in a two hour time frame. Registration is below in order for us to be aware of those registered and allow for donations to be made.
Our speakers are outstanding! The Keynote speaker is Bishop Bob Hayes, who is currently the Bishop in Residence at The Woodlands United Methodist Church. Those who have heard the Bishop speak know you will be filled spiritually by his words, and if you have not had the pleasure, you are in for a treat!
Our spiritual speaker is Rev. Lynn Willhite. Following her call to the ministry, while teaching mathematics at Texas A & M, she earned a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and became an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. She served twenty-seven years as a pastor in the United Methodist Church until her retirement in 2011. Following her retirement, Rev. Lynn felt called in a new direction. She founded WE CARE Palestine, Texas, a non-profit organization based on the Christian commandment to love your neighbor as you love yourself. She has always had a special place in her life for United Methodist Women, and I know we will be blessed by her message.
Combine the two speakers with information about events of United Methodist Women that are up-coming, and our in remembrance portion of the program, we feel you will go away with joy and love in your heart!
REV. LYNN L. WILLHITE
Lynn was born and reared in Palestine, Texas. She attended Palestine schools, graduating as a valedictorian from Palestine High School. Lynn is married to her high school sweetheart Leon, who also was born and reared in Palestine. They have two grown children and are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.
Lynn earned degrees in mathematics from Texas Christian University and Texas A&M. She taught in the mathematics department at Texas A&M for three years, two as a graduate assistant and one as an instructor. Following a call to ministry some years later, Lynn earned a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and became an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. She served twenty-seven years as a pastor in United Methodist churches until her retirement in 2011.
Throughout her ministry, one of Lynn’s passions has been reaching outside the church with the love of Christ to help those in need both in the community and beyond. As pastor, she led youth mission teams to work on home repair in Mississippi, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Kansas. She led adult mission teams to work on hurricane repair in Florida, Beaumont and Galveston.
Following her retirement, Lynn felt called in a new direction. In 2016, she founded WE CARE Palestine, a non-profit organization based on the Christian commandment to love your neighbor as you love yourself. The mission of WE CARE Palestine is to help neighbors restore their community through intentional relationships. Lynn continues as CEO of the organization that has grown to include over 200 individuals who have committed to doing caring acts in the community and 18 Block Leaders who commit to knowing their neighbors, being a good neighbor and helping their neighbors know one another. Soon the organization plans to build and staff a Friendship House in an underserved area of Palestine to serve a mission center for the benefit of the children and families of that community.
BISHOP ROBERT HAYES
Bishop Robert E. Hayes, Jr. is a retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church.
He was born in Houston, Texas, to Dr. Robert E. Hayes, Sr., and his wife, Dorothy Willis Hayes. Following in the tradition of his grandfather and father, Bob is the third generation of Methodist ministers in his family. Growing up in a Methodist parsonage, the call to ministry came early, and at age 13, Robert gave his life to Christ. He says that his life was shaped by his father’s preaching, and his mother’s knowledge of the great hymns of our Methodist heritage.
Bob completed his undergraduate studies at Huston-Tillotson College in Austin, Texas, majoring in English, and did his seminary graduate work at Perkins School of Theology, SMU, Dallas, Texas. He later completed his D.Min. at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. He was ordained both a deacon and an elder by Bishop Kenneth Copeland in the Texas Annual Conference. He has served McCabe UMC, Longview, Texas, Blueridge UMC, Houston, Texas, and the Riverside UMC, Houston, Texas. He also served as Superintendent of the Houston Southwest District and Conference Treasurer of the Texas Annual Conference (2001-2004).
Robert E. Hayes, Jr., was elected to the episcopacy by the South Central Jurisdictional Conference in Corpus Christi, Texas, on July 15, 2004, the first of four bishops that were elected, and was assigned to the Oklahoma Area.
Bishop Hayes has served on numerous boards and agencies. Robert Hayes is married to Deliliah “Dee” Bernard Hayes. He is the father of three grown children: Joya, Robert III, and Ryan.