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Lent 2018

San Marcos, TX UMC

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IN THIS ISSUE Sharp Points | 4

A note from Pastor Russell | 5

Stephen Ministry | 6

Amazon Smile Program | 7

Up coming Events | 8-11

Parking Lot Update | 13


points "...He saw a great crowd; and He had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd..." Mark 6:34 Do you remember taffy? It's not very common anymore many sweets are less of a mess, and sweeter, and not as hard on teeth - but it used to be a favorite treat. Warm taffy could str-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-tch into shapes and dimensions impossible for anything else. Or remember silly putty? On one hot summer day, my sister and I tried to stretch a can of silly putty the whole width of the parsonage, and almost made it!

Himself get so stretched that He no longer knew His "right" shape. He saw the way life was pulling His friends and Himself, and took action to go away and rest (Mark 6: 31). Do I know myself, know God's intention for my life, well enough that I can realize when I get "bent out of shape"? Am I willing to do something about it? Second, Jesus could distinguish between the vitally important, the simply urgent, and those things that were expected of Him. It was urgent that He and His disciples came away to rest - but filling the spiritual hunger of the crowds was for our Lord vitally important, and He did so in a way that defied everyone's expectations. At the end of that day, it was urgent that the crowds be sent home, and the disciples get away for rest, but it was vitally important that Jesus renew His Life with the Father - so He sent the disciples off in the boat, said goodbye to the crowds Himself, then spent most of the night in prayer (Mark 6: 45-46). Can I be that clear about those people and things which demand my attention? Can I give myself permission to not live up to everyone's expectations of me, so that I can work on that which is vitally important?

Ever felt like you were being stretched like taffy or silly putty: pulled in different directions, pulled out of shape, your life, maybe even your soul, distorted, contorted? Family pulls you, work pulls you, church pulls you, community groups pull you - and within each of those areas, multiple demands pull you in a variety of directions, all at the same time! Pretty quickly, your life begins to seem unrecognizable. St Mark tells a story about Jesus and His disciples being stretched: the disciples had been away doing the work to which Christ had set them; word had come of the Baptist's murder by Herod; Jesus calls them away to rest, with a boat ride and some quiet time, but on arriving at their destination, they find huge crowds of people, needing Him, then hungry at the end of the day. Talk about stretched! Physical exhaustion, grief, emotional turmoil, spiritual depletion, disappointment of plans disrupted, resentment of others' needs or even their presence - each one of these realities pulls at Jesus' disciples, pulls at you and me, and pulls at Jesus. Honestly, it's a comfort to me to know that Jesus knows what it feels like to be pulled out of shape.

Are you feeling stretched? pulled out of shape? If so, what do you intend to do about it? Do you know what your life is meant to be, who you are, so that you can discern when you're being stretched like taffy? If not, how do you plan to explore the landscape of your own soul, the "undiscovered country" where our Lord meets us? And how then, might you allow God to restore you, renew His image in you, so that others glimpse a beloved friend of the Lord rather than a pawn of the world? Sisters and brothers, pray for me, as I pray for you.

I invite you to sit with that story (Mark 6: 30-52) and listen to what the Spirit has to say to your own soul. For me, it offers a couple of words: first, Jesus didn't let

Your servant in Christ Jesus, Jarrell 4

aPastor note from Russell I will admit, that even though I try not to be, it always makes me a little sad to see what I’ve built come crashing down. But the reality is, unless that structure was torn down, those blocks could not be used to build the next tower or the next structure. And that is what he is teaching me (even if he doesn’t know it) - to not cling so tightly to the things that I have created and to be ready for something new to take its place.

“Just as I watched over [Israel and Judah] to uproot and tear down, and to overthrow, destroy and bring disaster, so I will watch over them to build and to plant," declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 31:28

God’s promise in Jeremiah 31:28 serves as a bookend to God’s call of Jeremiah in chapter 1, verse 10. Lent is a season for such things. A time for self-examination, confession, repentance, etc. A tearing down in order that a new thing might happen. Lent is a journey to the cross- a journey to destruction. But death and destruction are not the end, rather they are the means through which new life comes to us in the Resurrection!

About a year and a half ago, I told myself that not everything I write will be about having a child or being a father. But sometimes, the things that the youngest member of our little family teaches me are too simple and truthful not to share.

I have rediscovered a love for playing with blocks. I I wish you a blessed Lent. Wait for the Lord, whose don’t think the love ever left me, I simply stopped day is near! playing with blocks. But we were given a huge box full of MEGA BLOKS® for Christmas, and they have become a staple of playtime. For those that don’t know, these blocks are the larger cousins of the more well-known LEGO®, and they’re safer for younger children because they don’t pose a choking hazard. I love to build with these blocks. I will take several minutes to construct large towers that test the structural integrity of plastic joined only through a snug fit. I love to build large towers because it gets the attention of the little one in our house, you know, the one for whom the blocks are really intended. It is really quite funny to watch him discover a tower that is nearly as tall as him. His eyes widen and his mouth forms an “O” shape as he says “Oooo,” then circles the tower with a few side steps. Finally he reaches out, and the tower tumbles down. 5

Rejoice in the Lord

Jane Scarborough, Stephen Minister

The following quotes are placed on the wall above my desk and computer so that they can be easily seen and read each day:

and frustration. That lesson is to draw close to God and God’s people. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:7-9:

“So everyone can see that our glorious power is “There are far greater things ahead than any we from God and is not our own. We are pressed on leave behind.” C. S. Lewis every side by troubles, but we are not crushed “ Write it on your heart that every day is the best and broken. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God nevday in the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson er abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. The end of 2017 brought many unexpected health problems to my husband and I. Yet we are looking forStephen Ministers do not have all the answers, but they do ward to many challenges and learning opportunities in 2018. God has blessed us with an acceptance of our situa- love God and God’s people and have a desire to serve God by helping others walk through difficult times and tion and a determination to face it with love and grace. circumstances. They are good listeners and offer unconditional acceptance to hurting people. They don’t criticize All of us have faced or are facing trials, and it is the life or offer advice. They are trained lay people who will help lessons we learn from living through those setbacks that make us who we are. The Stephen Ministers at San Mar- an individual walk through the confusion, stress or lonelicos United Methodist Church have dealt with many mis- ness of a life change or crisis. If you have a question or would like to learn more, please contact one of our pastors fortunes and have acquired an understanding that allows them to keep going when human nature seems to demand or one of our Stephen Leaders, Carolyn Benitez (512-395that they give up and quit. They are eventually able to find 5411) or Cheryl Puddy (512-644-8031). peace in the midst of their circumstance rather than anger

Want to become a Stephen Minister? Informational Meeting: Sunday, February 11th 6:00pm in the Gregg Education Wing Room 129 6

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Special Events

Adult Studies


SISTERS IN CHRIST BIBLE STUDY Mondays at 5:30pm Starting a new study February 26th Suite 2 of the Simon Bakery Building


Do you want to make a difference? All ladies are invited as we begin studying Make a Difference – Following your Passion and Finding Your Place to Serve by James A. Harnish. This study “draws on biblical wisdom to provide practical guidance to help disciples connect their passion with the world’s great need.

7th grade and up (adults who haven’t been confirmed are welcome too)

ASH WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 14TH 7:30am in Lowman Chapel 12:00pm in Lowman Chapel 6:30pm in the Sanctuary

Please contact Maureen at 361-652-1429 (text or call) to order your copy of the book. We welcome all women who want to learn more about God in a supportive, fun group!

BLOOD DRIVE Wednesday, February 14th 2:00pm-6:00pm

CRASH COURSE IN CHRISTIANITY Wednesdays: Beginning February 21st 6:00-7:00pm in Room 129

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"Crash Course in Christianity" could be more accurately described as a look at 6 different subjects that have been an important part of or influenced the Christian movement and made the Church what it is today. More or less, what I have WORSHIP AT ASSISTED LIVING tried to do in designing this course is to take the pertinent things I learned in seminary classes and COMMUNITIES pare them down into 6 one-hour sessions. So, this  Brookdale North: course is designed for those that want to learn 2nd Thursday at 4:00pm more about the Church, or have always attended worship/ Sunday school but want to learn  Brookdale South & Regents: more about the who/what/when/where/why of 4th Thursday at 4:00pm the Christian faith. It is my intention and belief that both the new Christian and the lifelong Join the Care Core team and Pastors for churchgoer will walk away from each session worship with Holy Communion followed by fellowship with residents. These events are open with new knowledge of and appreciation for the to all, especially those who would like to explore Church. I hope that you will join me and others on this 6-week journey during Lent and the first helping with the Care Core visitation team. week of Easter! 8


United Methodist Women

Every Monday from 5:30-7:00pm in the Youth Study


Join us for fellowship. This a time for all high school youth, 9th-12th grade, to hangout and fellowship with one another. We will have different devotionals and bible studies throughout the school year as well as other fun activities.

3rd Tuesday of the month 9:30am in Todd Hall  

February 20th March 20th



Every Wednesday from 5:30-7:30pm in the Youth Lounge

4th Thursday of the month 7:00pm in Todd Hall  

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, 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. Contact the church office to save your seat!

February 22nd March 22nd

United Methodist Men MEN’S BREAKFAST 1st Wednesday of the Month at 6:30am in the Fellowship Hall All are invited to breakfast for FAITH, FOOD & FELLOWSHIP.  March 7th  April 4th

CONFIRMATION INFORMATION MEETING February 11th in Sanctuary Parents and their prospective youth, 7th grade and up, interested in being confirmed in the church are invited to an informational meeting on February 11th in the Sanctuary at 5:00 pm. This is an important question and answer meeting about our 13 week confirmation course called THE QUEST, designed and led by our Senior Pastor Jarrell Sharp. If you are unable to attended, please feel free to contact Jarrell Sharp at (512)-392-6001 or on his cell (361)-652-9481.

Youth For all UNITE Youth announcements & information join our Remind group by texting @uniteyg to 81010

FIRESIDE BIBLE STUDY Every Sunday from 5:00pm-6:30pm

NO YOUTH EVENTS All youth are invited to join us at The Brown’s Home to enjoy s’mores and fireside chats as we MARCH 11th-17th explore our faith to learn more about the word There will be no Youth events the week of Spring of God! Please feel free to bring a friend! For Break. Have a Happy and Safe Spring Break! directions and more information please contact Jamie Brown at (512)-393-4425. 9


Opportunities to Serve

In May we will start collecting used school supplies to be sent to children in Mexico

Our Church mission committee has planned a year of commitment to our fellow human beings. Each day we have an opportunity to help someone. Pray first and then come and be a part of what God has in store for our community. Mission team: Chris Rodriguez, Bill Nicholas, Darlyne Lowman, Betty Nash, Sue Ann Harrison, Emmy Laffere, Bobbie Gilbert, Kathi Ritch, Cindy Brooks and Vicki Janek.

SCHOOL FUEL Come help pack 671 sacks of food at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday during school year at 211 Lee St. (Centro Cultural Hispano—the old Bonham school). It takes 45 minutes of your time. Go to website ( or call Vicki Janek for more information.


BORN LEARNING ACADEMY This is a United Way initiative, which helps families and caregivers to turn everyday moments into learning for children before starting kindergarten. During the six week program, Our Mission team will prepare and serve evening meals for participants on dates yet to be determined. Contact Bill Nicholas for further information 512754-4935.

February 13th - 14th The Mission Committee will be decorating/ selling/delivering strawberries in the Fellowship Hall. For details on how you can help, please call Chris Rodriguez 512-395-4593 or e-mail her at


MISSION SERVICE PROJECT High school students along with other adults will be heading to the valley on June 10, 2018. Our first group of youth attended MSP in June 2000.

MARCH 8th - 10th


Bring your clean (NOT DIRTY, TORN, WET, MOLDY, STAINED) clothes to Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings between the hours of 9:00am10:30am. We need lots of children’s clothes in particular. Let your friends and neighbors know. Mission work times (1) after Wednesday supper March 7, (2) March 8 from 9am to 5pm, (3) March 9 from 9am to 5pm and (4) March 10 from 9am to NOON. The clothes left will be picked up by The Seventh Day Adventist to be sorted, sanitized, packaged and stored until needed. The Adventist said that the Methodist Churches in our District provide the biggest and highest quality source of clothing all year. Call Vicki Janek 512-392-4866 or 512-557-4868.

(Ladies Empowered by God’s Spirit) is scheduled for July 14, 2018. Stay tuned for further information on this event.

SCHOOL BACKPACK FAIR In August, 2018 we are undertaking a new project “School Backpack Fair”. Still in the planning stages, we are hoping to sponsor 50 students with a backpack and school supplies. Stay tuned for further details.

Little Lamb’s Ministries Special thanks to Carrie Standlee, Wesley Nurse for her continued help and support for this ministry. Check it out on Facebook…….free diapers for families who sign up. Contact Chris Rodriguez to help.

TREATS FOR TROOPS Collection of items will begin in May for mailing in June so the troops will get the goodies by the 4th of July, 2018. 10


Church Council February 19 at 6:00pm in Fellowship Hall

In October 2018 our Mission team voted to split the earnings between Project Transformation (a Rio Texas sponsored mission to engage young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, support children in holistic development and connect churches with community) and School Fuel.

Mission February 20 at 5:30pm in Room 127

Board of Stewards February 26 at 5:30pm in Room 204

Angel Tree

Board of Trustees

In December look for the Angel Tree in Todd Hall full of angels. Each angel is a child in the Head Start program. Thanks to every one that supported the Angel Tree in 2017. A total of 79 children were given gifts.

February 27 at 6:00pm in Room 129

Worship Committee March 6 at 6:00pm in Room 129

BOBCAT MUSCLE A local project with college students to provide some “muscle” in the community wherever needed from building a ramp to clearing a garden.



February 13 at 6:00pm in Room 123

March 8 at 7:00pm in Room 129

Discipleship Committee

A regional project, which we hope to repeat the good work that Pastor Russell and Erin and Chris Rodriguez did when responding to help in Rockport when Hurricane Harvey hit in August 2017.

Mission March 20 at 5:30pm in Room 127

Finance Committee

There is always an opportunity to help… remember our mission “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Hebrews 10:23-24

March 20at 6:00pm in Room 129


March 27 at 6:00pm in Room 129

Nurture Committee March 21 at 10:00pm in Todd Hall


Ministry Coordinating Board February 12 at 5:30pm in Todd Hall

Currently all Church Committees are focused on streamlining budgets for 2018. Budget requests have been made and should be finalized by the end of February.

Discipleship Committee February 13 at 6:00pm in Room 123

Finance Committee February 13 at 6:00pm in Room 129 11

Church Vitality Attendance: Sunday School Discipleship Team

Nov. Nov. Nov. Nov. Dec. 5 12 19 26 3 83 84 98 80 90 9 12 6 10 9 18 17 19 20 19

Adults Youth Children

Dec. 10 86 13 19

Dec. 17 99 7 20

Dec. Dec. 24 31 33 40 2 5 7 15

Wednesday Connect Estimates 9/13 Discipleship Team















Volunteer Hours








December 2017

November 2017 Nurture Team: Care Corp Visiting Bus Ministry-Sundays Wed./Youth 5 Drivers

Mission Team:

98 Hours ~6 riders/Sun ~20 riders/Wed ~ 40 hrs.

Little Lambs


Twice Blessed

325 + hours

Foundation parking lot planning

12+ hours

Nurture Team: Cookie Decorating Party Cookies baked Starry Night Care Corp Visiting Bus Ministry-Sundays Wed./Youth 5 Drivers

Mission Team: Angel Tree Gifts True Meaning of Christmas Little Lambs

Twice Blessed Ministry Trustees: Clean-Up Day

1,000+ 98 Hours ~6 riders/Sun ~20 riders/Wed ~ 40 hrs. 74 happy children 11 volunteers 2 ½ hours 100+ participants 6 people/ 5 hours 325 + hours 12 hours

What insights about your congregation (it’s capacity for making disciples, its connectedness to the mission field/community, and others) does this data give you? 12

PARKING LOT UPDATE January 18, 2018 The topographic survey has been completed by Byrn Surveying and has been given to JD Engineering to prepare a preliminary plan for the parking lot. The engineer states is in the final phase of plan design. When received, it will be reviewed by Pat Johnson, Chris Secrest, Dennis Phillips and Athena Reiche to recommend any changes. Once the final plan is completed and approved by the appropriate committee, we will proceed getting landscape and lighting plans required by the City. At that time, we will apply for a building permit. While waiting on the City’s approval, we will get construction, landscaping and lighting bids. When the City approves the building permit, we will start construction.


Welcome Back: February 6 @ Wimberly UMC Local Gathering: March 6 Women’s Walk #2182: April 26-29

Interested in going on a walk? contact Linda Contreras 512-754-7173.


Wednesdays (Beginning February 21st)

6:00-7:00pm Room 129 6 Sessions: H H H H H H

Baptism Scripture The Godhead Church History Discipleship Imitating Christ

Information Meeting Sunday, February 11th 5:00pm in Sanctuary 7th grade and up (adults who haven’t been confirmed are welcome too) 14


spring clean your closet


MARCH 8th – 10th

Bring your clean (please no dirty, torn, wet, moldy or stained) clothes to Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings between the hours of 9:00am-10:30am. We need lots of children’s clothes. To volunteer contact Vicki at

Mission work times for the clothing distribution.

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Wednesday, March 7th at 6:30pm Thursday, March 8th from 9am to 5pm Friday, March 9th from 9am to 5pm Saturday, March 10th from 9am to NOON

QUESTION? Contact Vicki at 512-392-4866 or 15



Friends that walk together… grow strong together!


Thursdays 9:00am at CTMC

Questions? Contact Carrie Standlee, Wesley Nurse 512-392-6001 X308



Susan Yeargan

In HONOR of Beth Morrisset Karl & Louise Rugaard Christopher Rugaard

Tomorrow Campaign Tomorrow Campaign

In MEMORY of Tom Hamilton

In HONOR of Kristin Wingard Terry & Carol Serur

Phyllis Whitaker Susan Yeargan George & Bobbie Gilbert Stanley & Ruth Ault Beth Morrisset

Tomorrow Campaign Tomorrow Campaign Tomorrow Campaign Tomorrow Campaign Foundation Sanctuary Preservation Mike & Kay Willoughby Tomorrow Campaign Ed & Marguerite Thompson Tomorrow Campaign Ken & Sylvia Medcalf Tomorrow Campaign Larry & Kathie Patterson Tomorrow Campaign Pam & Mark Sadler Tomorrow Campaign Brenda Remme Tomorrow Campaign Ken & Liz Weatherspoon Tomorrow Campaign Jim & Ann Cauthorn Tomorrow Campaign Rhonda Ellis Tomorrow Campaign Bruce & Gloria Ingram Tomorrow Campaign Ellie Stewart Tomorrow Campaign Peter Baen Tomorrow Campaign H.C. & Brenda Kyle Tomorrow Campaign Jim & Amy Pendergast, Jr. Tomorrow Campaign Carol & Terry Serur Tomorrow Campaign Beverly Owen Tomorrow Campaign Bruce Harper Tomorrow Campaign

Tomorrow Campaign

In HONOR of Lowell and Janey Bynum Caroline Poe

Memorial Fund

In MEMORY of Jean McCaskill Sharon Kurtz

Tomorrow Campaign

In MEMORY of Maudeen Allen Ed & Marguerite Thompson Memorial Fund Sharon Kurtz Tomorrow Campaign

In MEMORY of James Childress Lana King

Mission Fund

In MEMORY of Rev. Bob Breihan Becky Jenkins Sharon Kurtz

Tomorrow Campaign Tomorrow Campaign

In MEMORY of Kelly Franks Mike & Kay Willoughby

Tomorrow Campaign

In MEMORY of John Gaddie Beth Morrisset Donna Gaddie

Traditional Music Fund

Foundation Sanctuary Preservation Memorial Fund

In MEMORY of Howard Yeargan 19

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 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 20

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