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Texas/Louisiana

U. M. ARMY – Texas Conference is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with offices in College Station, Texas and Tyler, Texas. U. M. ARMY (United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission by Youth) began in 1979 with a youth mission trip to  Athens, Texas, where youth groups from several Houston churches gathered to provide home repair assistance to people in need.

Today this organization has grown to more than 30 separate missions throughout East and Southeast Texas and Louisiana with over 3,500 youth and adult volunteers annually. Our mission is two-fold; serving people in need, and providing young people an opportunity to mature in their faith-walk and life skills through Christian service.

Our mission is accomplished every summer when thousands of youth and adult volunteers sacrifice a week of their vacation to join God’s ARMY. Using a local Methodist church as a base where they gather to have their meals, sleep in classrooms, and worship in the Sanctuary. Participants spend each day of the week providing free home repairs for low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners in the surrounding area.

 

Looking to participate with us?  Not sure when or where to go?  Check here regularly for updates on weeks and locations.

U.M. ARMY TX/LA REGION SUMMER 2021 MISSION WEEK OFFERINGS

 

TRADITIONAL ($275 per person)

  • Churches from various locations travel to one centralized community with host church(es).
  • Overnight – Sunday through Saturday.
  • Offer full-service coordination – leadership roles, site coordination, budget, etc.
  • Director creates teams based on safety guidelines and consults with Site Coordinator about project assignments.
  • Kitchens provide meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks).
  • Programs provide on-site worship, and other activities, in a distanced/safe manner.
  • U.M. ARMY t-shirts and giveaways provided.
  • Access to U.M. ARMY registration system and website for mission week planning and support.

 

LOCAL ($225 per person)

  • Churches participate with other churches within their general community (recommend 30 minute driving distance max).
  • Day camp model – shower and sleep at home; some meals could also be at home.
  • Host church can be shared (rotating between local churches who are attending) or one central location throughout the week.
  • U.M. ARMY organizes Director and Program Coordinator – on site for the week.  
  • Worship and activities would be held locally, at the identified host church(es), in a distanced/safe manner.
  • Local church(es) will provide kitchen support for all applicable meals; participating churches would be responsible for all meal-related expenses.
  • Mission week budget will be used to provide building materials, program materials, giveaways, and other mission week expenses (not food).
  • Director creates teams based on safety guidelines and consults with Site Coordinator about project assignments.
  • Access to U.M. ARMY registration system and website for mission week planning and support

 

ON DEMAND/FAMILY ($100 per person)

  • For individuals or families (not church groups) who cannot participate in U.M. ARMY group models (Traditional or Local)
  • Mission in a box supplies provided for each registered participant (T-shirt, Prayer Journal, U.M. ARMY Logo Items: Bandana, Sunglasses, Pen, Sticker, Button/Lanyard; Mission Suggestions, Daily Duty Roster) 
  • Access to U.M. ARMY pre-recorded worship
  • Participate in this 3 day model as an individual or with your family.
  • Cost per person will not exceed $300 for a family of more than three people.

U.M. ARMY Refund Policy

As U.M. ARMY and local churches are all adapting to an uncertain and changing world, the U.M. ARMY Board has enacted a new, uniform Refund Policy in an effort to establish financial expectations that protect both U.M. ARMY and the local church. Please contact your Regional Director if you have any questions. 

We look forward to being in ministry with you!

Fee and Payment Schedule:

Registration Fee Per Person Per Week - $275 

Group Registration requires a $25 Application Fee to offset pre-camp administration costs and use of the online system

  • Within 30 days of registration – Group Deposit equaling $75 per person due (non-refundable)
    • If registering on/after March 1, deposit ($75/person) payment is due at time of registration
  • April 1 - Group Count Covenant -- Regional Director will confer with Participating Church Coordinator to complete Covenant and confirm participation numbers
  • May 1 - for June camps; June 1 - for July camps - Final payment due

The number of participants in a group may be increased (as availability permits) or decreased, with confirmation from the Regional Director.  Paid individual participants may request to be transferred to a different week within the same mission season.  Any and all requests must be submitted in writing (email, fax, or letter).

In the event of a group cancellation before April 1st, the full Registration Fee, minus the group deposit, can be refunded. After April 1, any individual cancellation that decreases the number committed to in the covenant described above, will result in the entirety of that individual deposit being forfeited without written approval of the Regional Director.

Any cancellation of a group or participant within two (2) weeks of camp will not receive a refund.

For questions about this policy, please email or call your specific Regional Director.

Extenuating Circumstances

In the event of a cancellation of mission weeks by U.M. ARMY, a full refund will be provided upon request.

In the event of the necessity of an individual participant cancellation for circumstances, including, but not limited to illness, accident or unforeseen emergency, transfers of funds to the remaining mission week balances may be considered at the discretion of the Regional Director.

Upcoming Mission Opportunities

Location Dates Mission Type
FUMC Lufkin May 16 - 22, 2021 College/Young Adult Register
FUMC Madisonville June 6 - 12, 2021 High School
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Participants must have completed 8th grade or higher

Register
FUMC Huntsville June 6 - 12, 2021 High School
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Participants must have completed 8th grade or higher

Register
TBA - High School & Mixed Age Options Available June 6 - 12, 2021 High School
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Participants must have completed 8th grade or higher

Register
FUMC Caldwell - Mixed Age June 13 - 19, 2021 Mixed Age
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Completed 6th-12th Grade

Register
FUMC Orange - Hurricane Relief June 13 - 19, 2021 High School
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Participants must have completed 8th grade or higher

Register
TBA - High School & Mixed Age Options Available June 13 - 19, 2021 High School
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Participants must have completed 8th grade or higher

Register
FUMC Whitehouse June 20 - 26, 2021 High School
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Participants must have completed 8th grade or higher

Register
TBA - High School & Mixed Age Options Available June 20 - 26, 2021 High School
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Participants must have completed 8th grade or higher

Register
TBA - High School & Mixed Age Options Available June 27 - July 3, 2021 High School
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Participants must have completed 8th grade or higher

Register
FUMC Crockett June 27 - July 3, 2021 High School
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Participants must have completed 8th grade or higher

Register
TBA - High School & Mixed Age Options Available July 4 - 10, 2021 High School
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Participants must have completed 8th grade or higher

Register
FUMC Orange - Hurricane Relief July 11 - 17, 2021 High School
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Participants must have completed 8th grade or higher

Register
TBA - High School & Mixed Age Options Available July 11 - 17, 2021 High School
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Participants must have completed 8th grade or higher

Register
FUMC Orange - Hurricane Relief July 18 - 24, 2021 High School
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Participants must have completed 8th grade or higher

Register
FUMC Jasper July 18 - 24, 2021 High School
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Participants must have completed 8th grade or higher

Register
TBA - High School & Mixed Age Options Available July 18 - 24, 2021 High School
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Participants must have completed 8th grade or higher

Register
TBA - High School & Mixed Age Options Available July 25 - 31, 2021 High School
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Participants must have completed 8th grade or higher

Register
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Youth Advisory Board

U.M. ARMY is blessed to have youth participate from all over the Texas Annual Conference – from Texarkana to Galveston and Jasper to College Station.  Because of this participation, we want to hear from these youth to find out how we can make U.M. ARMY better!

The goal of the Youth Advisory Board is to provide a youth perspective on the U.M. ARMY programming material presented from year to year in an effort to improve the quality of the product being put forward; to help U.M. ARMY – Texas Conference, and by extension U.M. ARMY National, find ways to appeal to a broader spectrum of participants, both now and in the future.

But, the word “board” is a bit deceiving.  There is no group that meets throughout the year and discusses different topics.  The only meeting would happen once, after the camp season, and would be between the youth, their youth worker or parent, and a member of the U.M. ARMY – Texas Conference Board of Directors or Staff.

If you know of any youth that might be willing to serve in a Youth Advisory Board role, let us know, or have them fill out this Information Form.

Board of Directors

Name Title Contact
Stacy Buntin Past President Email
Sarah Millerhouse President Email
Rev Clint Wyllie Vice President
Marty Harris Treasurer Email
Lisa Gill Secretary
Todd Harris National Representative
Mark Brown National Representative
Geoffrey Schroyer Ex Officio & National Representative
Patrick Foster Email
Eli Bates
Rev Sadie Brink
Anne Eaves
Rev Mak Percival
Colleen Russell
John Taylor
Corey Voskamp
Lyle Dyson
Jodie Felder
Andrew Sherman
Julie Lafosse Louisiana
Brian Smith (Ex-Officio) Executive Director (Staff) Email
Jack Matthews (Ex-Officio) Regional Director (Staff) Email
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