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San Marcos, TX UMC

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.� - 2 Peter 3:18

Fall 2017


Starting Back Wednesday, September 13th! 4:45pm Children’s Choir– Sanctuary

5:30pm Free Meal– Fellowship Hall

5:45pm Handbells– Sanctuary

6:00pm Childcare (infants– preschool)- Room 120 Kid’s Club (K-3rd Grade)- Room 122 Preteen Nights (4th-5th grade)- Fellowship Hall Classroom 2 Unite Youth Group (6th-12th grade)- Simon Bldg. Suite 2 Book of Acts– Room 129 Divorce Care– Room 125 Managing Our Finances God’s Way– Room 127 (starting October 4th) Young Women’s Study– (starting October 4th) Revelation– Room 130

7:00pm Adult Chancel Choir– Sanctuary *for more information about our Fall classes see pages 9-13 2

IN THIS ISSUE Sharp Points | 4

Meet Pastor Russell | 5

New Members | 5

Stephen Ministry | 7

New Fall Classes | 8-11


points “One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed, and I will declare your greatness.” Psalm 145: 4-6 How would you tell the story of our church family? Who These are just four stories, four encounters I’ve had with are we? What’s the most powerful experience of God’s the work of our Lord in and through the part of His Body activity you’ve experienced in our fellowship recently? we call First UMC. How about you? If someone – a new neighbor, a searching friend, one of your co-workers – Last Sunday, as I was leading the Prayers of the People, I asked you about your church, how would you tell our stoheard Samir’s voice floating down from the balcony – ry? It’s true that many times we find that for which we with all of us, this little boy prayed, “hear our prayer”. I look! Are you expecting God to show up here, to speak to told him after worship that he helped me hear the words you, work in you, bless you, through our fellowship? of God. We are greatly blessed, dear friends and partners in A couple of weeks back, a young man who’s recently be- ministry! Our Lord has given us to one another, to San come very involved in our church’s leadership said to me, Marcos, and to the world – and is always with us in our “I can’t believe there’s so many things happening here! service and love. Remember what He has done for you! I’ll bet most of the church has no idea what all is going on every day!” I agree with him! Your servant in Christ Jesus, Jarrell A couple of months ago, one of our church family’s elder statesmen sent me an idea for the property we are planning to purchase from Frost Bank: an ambitious, visionary concept of multi-level parking, condominiums, office space, worship space, and more. He’s got more than four-score and ten years, and still dreaming of our larger future! Monday as I was leaving the church for lunch, a young woman stopped as she was walking by and asked me if I worked at the church; when I told her I do, she asked if I’d mind showing her around, because she’s a new student at Texas State, and wants to find a church home while she’s here. After our walk-through, she thanked me and told me, “I’ll see you on Sunday.” 4

Hello, church family! In all the hustle of packing, moving, and being busy with summer commitments, I did not have a chance to properly introduce myself to you through the summer newsletter. So, I will attempt to make up for that now by telling you where I come from and how I got here:

One of our underutilized hymns is often only sung during or after baptisms, the lyrics of the refrain are: “[NAME, NAME] God claims you, God helps you, protects you, and loves you too.” In the verses of the hymn, the congregation declares that the baptized now belongs to God, is part of the family of faith, is helped by God, and that the church will support them when they struggle.

I say I’m from the Dallas area, but I’ve lived in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, went to college in Arkansas, and seminary in North Carolina. Due to all that moving around, it is easy for me to feel at “home” in various places, but it is in the Church that I found a place to belong. When you are the new kid or guy in town, fitting in, or feeling like you belong can be difficult, especially in the early days of residing in a new place.

We might not want to sing this song to those that visit our church the moment they arrive, but I believe it would be a good practice for those that have found a place of belonging to reach out to visitors (and draw in those that haven’t darkened our doors) by extending this invitation and declaration of belonging in some way/shape/form. So, how are you going to communicate to others that God claims, My life experiences of moving around led me to believe helps, protects, and loves them? And how are we going to that part of what it means to be human is to be in search of find a way to communicate that this church does the a place to belong. Part of belonging is to find people to same? whom one can belong. And part of being a created being is to realize to Whom one belongs. In all of this, there is a Pastor Russell need for a relationship – the people, place, and/or God must claim the one(s) in search of a place to belong.

our new church members Nancy Bogart- Thorpe Kelsi Springer Jeremy & Jill Burns Suzette Thorpe- Johnson Bobette Elliott 2017 Confirmation Class Jake Ardrey, Logan Ardrey, Doug & Cheryl Puddy Matthew Beach, Raeh Corl, Jessica Ramos Aiden De la Rosa, Aiden Wanner


Find help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce.

Wednesdays 6:00-7:30pm September 13th- December 13th Room 125 13 week support group FREE childcare is available. Register on-line or by phone (512) 392-6001. More information on page 9.

LADIES, COME JOIN US! NEW 6-week Ladies’ Bible Study Starting Monday, September 18th 5:30 p.m. Simon Bldg. Suite 2 (Youth Room) More information on page 9.

Please call or text Maureen Sharp at 361-652-1429 to register. 6

Learn to Love You rself

Jane Scarborough, Stephen Minister

“How do

you learn to like yourself?”, was a question posed by a lady among a group of friends recently. Circumstances prevented us from asking her what she meant and discussing the question, but I have thought about the topic every day since then. Probably, she, like many of us is very familiar with her inner critic - the voice inside our heads that judges you, belittles you and constantly tells you are not good enough, reminding you of every mistake you have made. How could you have been so stupid? You are such an idiot; you are a phony, etc., etc.

matters. The inner critic isn’t harmless. It inhibits you, limits you and stops you from pursuing the life you truly want to live. It robs you of peace of mind and emotional well-being and, if left unchecked long enough, it can even lead to serious mental health problems…What if the critic is true? It doesn’t matter. Negative self-talk is never in your interest. There is always a different, kinder, better way to treat yourself that doesn’t involve negative labels and self-destructive mindsets. In any situation you can focus on what you did wrong or what you did well and what you can do better next time.”

It is a voice that I have heard many times, but one that I have learned, with God’s help, to control. Usually “Miss Goody Two Shoes” (the name that I have given that inner critic) appears in the middle of the night. I learned to say to “her”, “stop it”, and would make myself get out of bed to read, to work a puzzle, to meditate on my breathing or a mantra, or anything that forced me to concentrate on something else. I often prayed thanking God for loving me and for everything good and wonderful in my life. I learned to provide an inner voice that reminded me of things that I accomplished or that I did right that day very simple, concrete things such as filling the hummingbird feeder with a syrup that I had made.

A good friend painted a self-portrait that I love. It is titled, “Even Me?”. In the painting is a cross on a hill and at the bottom of the hill is a small, insignificant, obviously over weight person, looking up at the cross that has a crown of thorns and nails. Yes, God died for even you. He loves you. He wants you to be happy and find joy in the life that he has given you.

Stephen Ministers are congregational members trained to offer high-quality, one to one Christian care to people going through tough times, such as divorce, death, loss of job, financial problems, illness, or some other life crisis. This inner critic is NOT a voice from God and it is deThe Stephen Minister meets once a week with the care structive. Dr. Jennice Vilhauer, director of outpatient psy- receiver for about an hour to listen, care, encourage and chotherapy treatment program at Emory Healthcare, provide emotional and spiritual support. The relationship writes, “ Like it or not, everything you say to yourself is confidential.

If you feel that God might be offering you a way to receive help in managing a difficult time in your life, the first step is call one of our pastors or one of our Stephen Leaders, Carolyn Benitez (512-395-5411) or Cheryl Puddy (512-644-8031). 7





Wednesday, September 6th 6:30pm in Fellowship Hall

Please bring your favorite home-made OR store-bought ice cream (and an ice cream scoop) to share! Come enjoy your church family with this evening of fun!

Brookdale North: 2nd Thursday at 4:00pm Brookdale South & Regents: 4th Thursday at 4:00pm

Join the Care Core team and Pastors for worship with Holy Communion followed by fellowship with residents. These events are open to all, especially those who would like to explore helping with the Care Core visitation team.


Adult Studies

Would you like to make new friends in the church? We have a fun way to make that happen: share dinner once a month with seven other people! We call it Dinner for Eight, and singles and couples are all welcome to become part of a group.

NEW SUNDAY CLASS: METHODISM 101 Sundays (starting September 17th) 9:30-10:30am in Class Room 1 in the Fellowship Hall

Starting in September, everyone in your group will bring supper to one of the homes, usually once a month. It’s a wonderful way to make new friends and share great food and fellowship!

New to FUMC? Been here a while and ready to dive deeper? Want to know more about our church and the Methodist Movement?

If you are interested, please call or e-mail Maureen Sharp by September 15th. The more, the merrier! Maureen’s e-mail is, her home phone number is 512-396-0307, and her cell phone number is 361-652-1429.

Then United Methodism 101 is for you! This 6 week study is a wonderful opportunity for fellowship inquiring into our faith, our church, and our discipleship. Circle Discussions led by Bob Perdiue ( and Billy Dirkes ( 8

NEW LADIES SUNDAY CLASS LADIES BIBLE STUDY CIRCLE OF FRIENDS BIBLE CLASS Mondays (starting September 18th) 5:30pm in Simon Bldg. Suite 2

Sundays (starting September 17th) 9:30am in Todd Hall Room 107

NEW 6-week Ladies’ Bible Study Living Love email so we can be When We Disagree by Melissa Spoelstra. sure to have enough participant workbooks for Relationships are messy. We're all different and everyone. imperfect, and we can struggle to get along -especially with those who disagree with us. September 17th -A Woman Overwhelmed Often we find ourselves divided -- even as This five-week study offers personal stories and Christians. How can we work out our biblical strategies for addressing worry, uncerdifferences and disagreements with humility tainty, and isolation, and encourages us to disand grace, always showing the love of Christ, cover the depths and heights of God’s love and while still remaining true to what we believe? power by recognizing the spiritual beauty that The answer is living and sharing the radical love surrounds life’s messes. When we learn to be of Jesus Christ, and we'll unpack what this overwhelmed by God, our days are no longer means and how we can live it out day by filled with frustration, fatigue, and stress, but with day. Living Love When We Disagree includes peace, hope, love, and joy instead. five days of lessons for six weeks, combining study of Scripture with personal reflection, appliOctober 22nd -Numbers cation, and prayer. In this six-week study, you’ll learn how God can fill the ache inside of you and help you focus on To register, please call or text Maureen at 361faith in the midst of life’s joys and pains. Imag652-1429. ine being on the verge of realizing all your dreams, but all you can focus on is how long it took to get where you are. It’s hard to relate to BOOK OF ACTS the story in the Book of Numbers about a group Wednesdays (starting September 13th) of people who wandered in the desert for forty 6:00pm in Room 129 years, unable to enter the Promised Land because of their grumbling and complaining…until We will be starting with Chapter 14. Class led by we take a closer look at ourselves. Del Brown. December 3rd –The Wonder of Christmas This four-week study centers on looking to the Christmas story and the stories of real people today to find inspiration and ideas for reflecting the light of Jesus at Christmas time and throughout the entire year. The Christmas season is always filled with wonder, but this year rediscover the true wonder of Christmas by sharing the love of Christ with others. The devotional, a beautiful companion volume that functions beautifully on its own, offers four weeks of daily devotions on four elements of the Christmas story. Each devotion includes Scripture and a reflection and prayer.

DIVORCE CARE SMALL GROUP Wednesdays (starting September 13th) 6:00 -7:30pm Room 125 Divorce can be a painful experience. You don’t have to go through it alone! Divorce Care is a weekly support group led by church members Amy Meeks and Pat Johnson, who have both experienced divorce. The Christian-based program helps people hurting from the pains of divorce and separation deal with the past and move forward to rebuild their lives. FREE MEAL AND CHILDCARE AVAILABLE. For more information or to register go to 9


Ruth Phillips will get things started, but the group will be yours. We will supply the first book, Ordinary Graces by Lucinda Secrest McDowell, for devotional time and discussion starters.

Wednesday (starting September 13th) 6:00pm in Room 130 The last book of the Bible, the Revelation, is one of the most influential, and most misunderstood, books of the Bible. Many people are frightened by its images of plagues, violence, and evil; it’s been used to threaten and manipulate people. But the vision was meant to encourage, to offer hope and promise to Christians.

MANAGING OUR FINANCES GOD’S WAY Wednesdays (starting October 4th – November 15th) 6:00pm -7:30pm in Room 127

This fall Jarrell will be teaching a class on Revelation, to look at what the book is really saying and give us a way of approaching this wonderful part of scripture. There’s no book to buy, just bring your Bible, your questions, and a willingness to engage with the text. Here’s the schedule of classes: 13 September: Opening Words to the Church – chapters 1-3 20 September: The Scroll – chapters 4-5 4 October: 7 Seals, 7 Trumpets – chapters 6-11 11 October: Evil, Part 1 – chapters 12-13 18 October: The Glory of the Church – chapters 14-15 1 November: Evil, Part 2 – chapters 16-18 8 November: Salvation – chapters 19-20 15 November: The New Jerusalem – chapters 21 -22 Come join our study of this powerful witness to the Grace and Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ!

A YOUNG WOMEN'S STUDY AND SUPPORT GROUP Wednesday (starting October 4th) Time & Location: TBA In October we are starting a new Wednesday night group. We want to encourage young women to come together for support, fellowship, prayer and class studies. We hope to start this so you could come right from work or while your kids are at Children’s choir and take advantage of eating here at the church.

Did you know there are over 2,350 verses in the Bible about money? Did you know that nearly half of Jesus’ parables are about possessions? The Bible is packed with wise counsel about your financial life. In fact, Jesus had more to say about money than about heaven and hell combined. Co-developed with Purpose Driven Ministries and Pastor Rick Warren, this 7-week, videobased, small group study, provides another option for studying biblical financial management in a personal or small group setting. This workbook/study guide goes along with the Managing Finances God's Way DVD where you will hear from five renowned experts on the following topics: In this seven-week, video-based, small group study, you will hear from 5 renowned experts on the subject of biblical financial management. Lessons include: - The Big Picture by Rick Warren - Dedicate It All to God by Chip Ingram - Plan Your Spending by Ron Blue - Giving as an Act of Worship by Chip Ingram - Saving and Investing by Ron Blue - God’s Solution to Debt by Howard Dayton - Enjoy What God Has Given You by Chuck Bentley One study guide/workbook is recommended for each participant if used in a small group. Class size is limited to 10 participants. Please register by emailing Carolyn or call the church office (512-392-6001).



United Methodist Women UMW DISTRICT MEETING Saturday, September 9th St. Paul’s in Kerrville

UMW EXECUTIVE BOARD Monday, September 11th 9:30am in Todd Hall


MARTHA CIRCLE Tuesday, September 19th 9:30am in Todd Hall

RACHEL CIRCLE Thursday, September 28th 7:00pm in Todd Hall

HANDS OF HOPE LUNCHES October 2-5, 2017

HIGH SCHOOL HANGOUT Mondays (starting September 11th) from 5:30-7:00pm in the Youth Study This is a time for all high school youth, 9th-12th grade, to hang out and fellowship with one another. We will have different devotionals and bible studies throughout the school year as well as other fun activities.

UNITE SMALL GROUPS Wednesdays (starting September 13th) from 5:30-7:30pm in the Youth Lounge Come learn and fellowship with us. This school year we will be going through THE TEEN COMPASS. This study’s goal is to help teens cope more effectively with the stresses of growing up in the 21st century and helps them think of the church as a rest stop in their busy lives and a resource when they are in need of help. After-school bus pick up will be provided for youth attending Goodnight Middle School, Miller Middle School and the High School. E-mail Emmy at to save your seat!

BIG CHURCH NIGHT OUT Sunday, October 8th at the Cedar Park HEB Center

UMW will serve lunches to Hands of Hope class.

United Methodist Men MEN’S BREAKFAST 1st Wednesday at 6:30am Fellowship Hall All are invited to breakfast for FAITH, FOOD & FELLOWSHIP. September 6th: EVERYONE is welcome to attend and come show their support for Coach Withers, TX State Head Coach.

An amazing night of live music with Newsboys, Sidewalk Prophets, 7enth Time Down, Derek Minor, Blanca and illusionist, Brock Gill. RSVP by September 27th to get a ticket and join in on the night of FUN and FELLOWSHIP.

MOVIE NIGHT Sunday, November 12th 5:00pm-7:00pm All youth are invited to join us in the Youth Lounge as we enjoy snacks and a movie. Please bring a friend! 11



We need parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends to nurture our children each Sunday and/or Wednesday. If would like to volunteer, or want more information about children’s ministries, contact Katrina 512-392-6001 or

CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL The curriculum we use is called The Gospel Project. The Gospel Project website says this about the curriculum: “The Gospel Project® is a chronological, Christ-centered Bible study for Kids, Students, and Adults that examines how all Scripture gives testimony to Jesus Christ. Over the course of three years, participants will journey from Genesis to Revelation and discover how God’s plan of redemption unfolds throughout Scripture and still today, compelling them to join the mission of God. -Project/The-Gospel-Project-for-Kids?Sz=60

CHILDREN’S FALL SUNDAY SCHOOL Starting September 3rd Sunday school time 9:30 – 10:30

DO YOU HAVE A CHILD IN THE 4TH OR 5TH GRADE? We are re-organizing a program just for the preteens. The program will involve bible study, worship, games, mission, snacks, lock ins, and socials etc… We need all parents who are interested in a program for their preteens to come to a meeting Wednesday, September 13th at 6:00 in Fellowship Hall Classroom 2. We want to know if you are interested and get your input in revitalizing this program for your preteen. Contact Katrina if you have any questions.

PRETEEN NIGHTS Fun for 4th – 5th graders Fellowship Hall– Classroom 2

Preteen Nights is a fun place for preteens who are in 4th – 5th grades to grow in their faith through worship, mission projects, games and Nursery 1 (room 113) infants to crawlers fellowship with their friends. Preteen Nights coinNursery 2 (room 111) toddlers/walkers cides with our regular youth group (6th – 12th 2/3 year old class (room 115) age 2 as of Sept. graders) as well as adult studies for parents. We 1st 2017 meet from 6-7:30 pm. Come at 5:30 for a free Pre K, Kindergarten & 1st grade class (room 118) family meal! FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO 2nd & 3rd grade class (room 120) SIGN UP YOUR PRETEEN CONTACT Katrina Allison Preteens 4th & 5th grade class (room 122) (512-392-6001/

DO YOU FEEL CALLED TO HELP IN THE CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES OF OUR CHURCH? At present we are in dialog on upcoming programs for our children. If you feel called to participate in the brainstorming, planning and implementation of these programs please call Katrina at the church office 512-392-6001 or

FIRST PRETEEN NIGHTS (September 13th): Preteens please bring your parents as they must attend a short parent orientation during this event for you to participate in our preteen programs. Come out and enjoy board games, fellowship and a free meal and the chance to learn about our fall lineup of opportunities for all ages to Grow spiritually, Serve others, and Deepen relationships. For more information, contact Katrina Allison 512 392-6001/ 12


Ticket proceeds will be donated to PanAmerican Health Service, Inc., a nondenominational Christian, non-government organization that currently operates in the mountains of northwestern Honduras near Lake Yojoa in Peña Blanca, Honduras, Central America. The vision statement of this organization is “to develop happy, healthy, productive children through nutrition and education”. Four members of San Marcos FUMC, Dr. SueAnn Harrison, Steve Floyd, Ben Rodriguez and Rev. Todd Salmi, served this summer on a mission team supporting the PAHS organization. More information on PAHS can be found at

Wednesdays (starting September 13th) 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Kindergarden – 3rd graders come join Kids Club experience fellowship and fun through Bible verses, crafts, games and play time. At 7:30 any children whose parents are still in classes will be combined to watch an age appropriate movie. Childcare is provided for younger children with center play. Check signs for room numbers.

Pumpkin Patch

Opportunities to Serve

October 1st –31st The “Pumpkin Patch” provides an interesting and fun activity for picture taking and interaction with our local community citizens. Pumpkins will be delivered October 1. Chairwoman for this year is Lou Marie Heath, who needs volunteers for setting up, selling and maintaining the “patch”. Proceeds from the sale of the pumpkins will go to a local charity (yet to be determined) and to the “For His Glory Orphanage” in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The Mission Committee is fully immersed in the implementation of plans for two important projects which will occur this fall: the Second Annual LEGS conference and the Pumpkin Patch.

2017 LEGS CONFERENCE (Ladies Empowered by God’s Spirit) Saturday, October 28th from 11:00 am to 3:30pm First United Methodist Church

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE On-going projects: Meals on Wheels, the Box Top Education Collection, Redwood Food Distribution, El Buen Fish Fry, and the Soup Kitchen at Jackson Chapel.

The 2nd annual LEGS conference will focus on bringing local women together for an afternoon of fellowship and self-nourishment. Included in the conference activities are four breakout sessions, lunch, a keynote speaker and entertainment.

The Mission Committee appreciates your support in these projects.

Breakout sessions will be led by Katrina Allison, Dr. Brenda Boucher, Shaila Martin and Brian Hurt and will include the topics of “becoming whole” after brokenness, spiritual gifts, the power of health and the power of prayer. Attendees of the 2017 L.E.G.S. conference will be entertained by Johanna Haley who will transform into two women from the Bible in costume and conversation. The keynote speaker for the conference will be the granddaughter of the founder of the Pan-American Health Service, Inc. 13

“Hallelujah Chorus!” Children’s Choir

Music TRADITIONAL MUSIC The traditional music at FUMCSM, under the direction of Jody Bagley, is offered for the glory of God and is meant to be spiritual enhancement for more meaningful worship experience. There are many opportunities for musicians at our church.

Rehearse Wednesdays from 4:45-5:30pm in the Sanctuary We welcome children, grades 1st-5th to come sing with us! We begin our fall rehearsals on September 13th and sing several times throughout the semester.


Chancel Choir

Rehearse Wednesdays from 5:45-7:00pm in the Sanctuary

Rehearse Wednesdays at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary The Adult Chancel Choir is always looking for new members willing to rehearse on Wednesday evenings and sing on Sunday mornings at the 11:00 service. Regular attendance is encouraged but not mandatory!

The Handbells ring once a month for the traditional services. Our fall rehearsals resume September 6th. If you would like to participate in any of these groups or would like your musical talents to be featured, please contact Jody Bagley at

Wednesday, September 6th 6:30 p.m. Fellowship Hall Please bring your & WELCOME BACK

favorite home-made OR store-bought ice cream (and an ice cream scoop)

to share! Come enjoy your church family with this evening of fun! 14

Bobcat Welcome


Sunday, September 10th 12:15pm Fellowship Hall

Everyone is invited to come enjoy lunch and welcome back Texas State students, faculty and staff. Invite a friend or two and register here: Sponsored by:

we’d love to share with you what God is doing

“Taste and see the goodness of the Lo

Sunday, September 10th Starting at 9:30am stop by and see what our Children, Youth & Adult Sunday classes are studying. For more information contact Brian ( 15

LADIES BIBLE CLASS Sundays @ 9:30am (starting September 17th)

Todd Hall Room 107 Please email to be sure we have enough participant workbooks for everyone.



Starting September 17th

9:30-10:30am Fellowship Hall- Rm 1

Questions or more information: Bob Perdiue ( Billy Dirkes ( More information on page 8. 16


Wednesdays starting September 13th 6:00-7:30pm Fellowship Hall- Classroom 2 Parents are required to attend a short orientation on September 13th. More information on page 12.

If would like to volunteer, or want more information about children’s ministries, contact Katrina Allison 512-392-6001 or 17


Wednesdays (starting September 13th)

______pm in Room_____

Join Jarrell and look at what the book of Revelation is really saying and give us a way of approaching this wonderful part of scripture. More information on page 10.

WEDNESDAYS Starting September 13th 18

6:00-7:00pm Room 129

A Young Women's Study and Support Group Wednesday (starting October 4th) Time & Location: TBA More information on page 10.


FINANCES GOD’S WAY small group Bible study


October 4th – November 15th

6:00pm -7:30pm Room 127

To register email Carolyn ( or call the church office (512-392-6001). More information on page 10. 19



Wednesdays (Starting, Sept. 13)

5:30-7:30pm Simon Bldg. Suite 2

Youth, grades 6th-12th come learn and fellowship with us. Current Study: THE TEEN COMPASS More information on page 11. 20

Be part of a new group of friends, who share dinner at each others’ homes once a month! Singles and couples welcome!

Call or e-mail Maureen Sharp to sign up! (512-396-0307 or More information on page 8.



Ladies Empowered by Gods Spirit


10.28.17 Tickets are now on sale! $30 each or sponsorship is $350. More information on page 13.

Pumpkin Patch WORKOUT Sunday, October 1st Burn through some calories with a pumpkin patch “workout”!

Help UNLOAD PUMPKINS! To sign up to help, contact Lou-Marie ( or 512-667-7980) 22

Have unwanted items? DONATE them to Twice Blessed Consignment Shop.

Items Accepted: •Furniture •Household Items •Women’s Clothing Proceeds support our local community. Twice Blessed supports the Salvation Army, Hays Co. Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, the Woman’s Center, Society of St. Stephens, UCM Wesley & First UMC.

In MEMORY of James Childress

Ed & Marguerite Thompson Foundation Sanctuary Preservation Doris Ann Childress Foundation Sanctuary Preservation Evolyn Terpening Memorial Fund Mary Lou, Jim & David Randall & Families Memorial Fund Lana King Foundation Ministries & Missions Lewis & Elsie Stover Memorial Fund Bruce & Gloria Ingram Memorial Fund Jay & Ellen Albritton Memorial Fund Mary Cude Memorial Fund Marilyn Stephens Memorial Fund Carol Ann Lee Memorial Fund Katherine Snyder Memorial Fund George & Bobbie Gilbert Foundation Sanctuary Preservation

In MEMORY of Bill Daniels Terry & Carol Serur

In MEMORY of Wayland Endsley Ed & Marguerite Thompson

Foundation Sanctuary Preservation

In MEMORY of Curtis Jenkins Betty Burnaman

Foundation Sanctuary Preservation

In MEMORY of Ken Moss Ted & Frances Breihan Homer & Ruby Spear Darlyne Lowman Beth Morrisset Crusaders Class Lewis & Elsie Stover George & Bobbie Gilbert

Vacation Bible School Memorial Fund Memorial Fund Parking Lot Fund Foundation Sanctuary Preservation Memorial Fund Foundation Sanctuary Preservation

In MEMORY of Wileda Rea Bruce Harper

Memorial Fund 23

Memorial Fund

Sunday Worship Traditional 8:15am (Weekly Communion) Contemporary 10:45am in Fellowship Hall Traditional 11:00am

Sunday School Adult, Children & Youth 9:30am

Church Office Hours M-F 9:00am-12:00pm; 1:00pm-3:00pm 129 W. Hutchison St. San Marcos, TX 78666 (512) 392-6001 WWW.FUMCSM.ORG

Connect With Our Staff PASTORS Rev. Jarrell V. Sharp, Senior Pastor x303 Rev. Russell Bowlin, Associate Pastor x304 PROGRAM MINISTRIES Katrina Allison, Children x311 Emmy Laffere, Youth x315 WORSHIP Jody Bagley, Director of Music Justin Stephens, Contemporary Worship Leader Ricky Almazan, A/V Coordinator ADMINISTRATION Lydia Reynolds, Business Manager x301 Shelley, Office Manager x306 WESLEY NURSE Carrie Standlee x308 DAY SCHOOL & AFTERSCHOOL (512) 396-3236 Gwen Burton, Director TWICE BLESSED 124 W. Hopkins (512) 396-1752 Tues-Fri: 10-4:00pm Saturday 10-1:00pm 24

Fall 2017