San Marcos, TX
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.â€? - John 7:38 Summer 2017
IN THIS ISSUE Pastoral Transition | 4-5
Pentecost Sunday| 6
Stephen Ministry | 7
Upcoming Events | 8-10
Committee Updates| 12-13
Saying Goodbye â€œMay the Lord bring good to you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be kind to you. May the Lord show favor toward you, and give you peace.â€? Numbers 6:24-26
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Express love, regard and appreciation to Todd as he transitions to the UCM Texas State.
Send notes and letters of encouragement to the Salmi family. Share stories and acknowledge how their ministry has affected your life. Avoid calling Todd to come back to do weddings, funerals, baptisms, etc. This will allow him to fully engage at the UCM Texas State and establish Russell as our associate pastor at First UMC from the beginning.
Attend the church luncheon honoring the Salmi family on Sunday, June 25th at 12:15pm in Fellowship Hall. Fried chicken will be provided. Please bring a side or salad to complete the meal. There will be a basket available to place cards.
Be in prayer for the Salmi family as well as the UCM Texas State for their future and new ministry opportunities.
Saying Hello â€œTherefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.â€? Romans 15:7
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Open your hearts and welcome Russell, Erin and Josiah to our church family.
Send cards of encouragement or notes welcoming the Bowlins to First UMC of San Marcos. Cards can be mailed to 703 Anaqua, Victoria, TX 77901 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org Begin daily prayers for Pastor Russell, Erin and Josiah as they prepare to move to San Marcos. Pray for their grief as they leave their community in Victoria; anxiety for moving and coming to a new place; transition into our church family; future at First UMC and new ministry opportunities.
Invite the Bowlins to be a part of your bible study or small group. Ask them to go out for dinner. Tell them about community events and offer to accompany them. Introduce yourself, more than once! We have to learn three names, the Bowlins have many names to learn. Wearing your name tag the first few weeks will help put names with faces.
Come greet Russell on his first official Sunday as our Associate Pastor on July 2nd. Watch the bulletin and weekly e-mail for more information about a welcome reception. Consider your role in welcoming the Bowlins. Do you like to cook or bake and would like to bring them a home cooked meal? For those of you donâ€™t like to cook consider giving a gift card to your favorite restaurant. Making list of recommendations about where to go in town (ex. pharmacy, doctors, automotive repair, places to relax, walking trails) or just a simple encouraging note are also very helpful and welcoming.
PENTECOST & CONFIRMATION
& CHURCH LUCHEON
JUNE 4th @11:00am
Pentecost and Confirmation
LUNCHEON Sunday, June 4th @12:15pm
Brisket, Sausage & dessert will be provided. Bring a side or salad to complete the meal.
Jane Scarborough, Stephen Minister Recently I joined “pinterest” thinking it would be a good place to find good lo-cal recipes – at least that’s what I was told. It is a great place to find ideas for almost anything – but if you are easily overwhelmed with too many choices, don’t go there. I found not just a few recipes – but thousands of them!
The most important question in anyone’s life is the question posed by Pilate many, many years ago. “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?”. There is no other question more important. It is a choice between life or death, a choice between a meaningful, abundant life or not. Choosing to accept Jesus and trying to follow his teachings has been a choice I will never regret. It has made all the difference. Writing this article was a choice I made influenced by my love for Jesus and the thought that someone this summer might read our newsletter and learn or remember that there are people in our church willing to help individuals who are experiencing a difficult time.
Our lives are filled with choices – all day, every day – and the choices we make shape our lives. Every day I pray that God will help my family and I make good decisions. There are so many voices in our society that want to influence our decisions all claiming to be “the best” or “the right” choice. Is there a politician alive who doesn’t know the best way to solve any problem? The amount of time, energy or thought I must spend on an activity often impacts my choice of whether to do the activity and discerning possible consequences of my actions causes me to “think twice” about doing something. So many influences, so many choices – life can become quite a challenge.
Death, divorce, loneliness or a loss of job are just a few examples of situations that can overwhelm a person. Stephen Ministry is a one to one caring ministry, provided by lay people who are equipped and empowered to provide high quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. There are Stephen Ministers available to people in our church and community.
If you sense that God might be offering you a way to receive help in managing a difficult time in your life, the first step is to talk to Pastor Jarrell Sharp or to our Stephen Leader, Carolyn Benitez at 512-395-5411. All inquiries are confidential. 7
A LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING
RSVP to the church office by August 6. Materials for the trees cost from $4 to $8 per house. Donations are appreciated. Reminder no childcare provided
Special Events FAMILY CRAFT NIGHTS June 20th, July 18th, August 15th (3rd Tuesday of the month) 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm Place TBA
Worship at Assisted Living Communities Brookdale North: 2nd Thursday at 4:00pm Brookdale South & Regents: 4th Thursday at 4:00pm
Bring a child, niece, nephew, grandchild, neighbor child! Your kids will love spending time with you and creating something together! It’s fun making memories and bonding with Join the Care Core team and Pastors for others in our community! worship with Holy Communion followed by fellowship with residents. These events are open June - The Kindness Rocks Project to all, especially those who would like to explore This project was created to spread inspiration helping with the Care Core visitation team. and motivation for unsuspecting recipients through random inspirational rocks dropped along the way. Make your own inspiration rocks to share. For more information about this project visit www.thekindnessrocksproject.com. Ladies Bible Study RSVP to the church office by June 11. Donations are appreciated. Mondays at 5:45pm Reminder no childcare provided
Simon Bldg. Suite 2
To sign up, please contact Maureen Sharp at 361-652-1429 or email@example.com.
July – The Butterfly Effect Kathryn Brady a District Conservationist for Hays Country USDA-NRCS will share about the butterfly and it’s effect on our world as we create our own colorful butterflies. RSVP to the church office by July 9. Reminder no childcare provided. Donations are appreciated.
Book of Acts Wednesdays at 6:00pm Room 129
Humbly in Prayer
August – Family Tree
Wednesdays from 6:30-7:00pm & Sundays 9:30-10:30am Lowman Chapel
Family like the branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. Make your own family tree. 8
MISSION SERVICE PROJECT (MSP)
Wednesdays at 7:00pm Todd Hall
For more information or questions contact Brian Hurt at 512-757-1234 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The senior high students as well as some of the adults from our Church will be going to McAllen, Texas to help repair underprivileged families’ homes. Youth groups from all over Texas will be working together as the hands and feet of Christ to serve families in the community. We will come together each night for awesome praise and worship as well! Please be in prayer for our team and the family we will be serving for the week.
United Methodist Women UMW Host Cottage Kitchen Friday, June 16 11:00am– 1:00pm Charles S. Cock House Museum
YOUTH POOL-SIDE BIBLE STUDY June 21th- August 2nd
Enjoy a delicious meal, complete with tea or coffee and a choice of homemade desserts, for only $8. All proceeds benefit the Heritage Association.
All youth are invited to join us for Bible study and fellowship at the Floyd’s pool. Please invite friends as we ‘dive’ into the Word and enjoy cooling off during the hot summer days as well! We will meet at the Floyd’s, 2404 Missy Lane, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings during the summer. Come when you can and please bring a friend!
United Methodist Men Men’s Breakfast
1st Wednesday at 6:30am Fellowship Hall
August 7th-11th To celebrate the end of the summer and the beginning of a new school year the youth are invited to come and enjoy some fun events. They will include a movie night, trip to Schilitterbahn and more! Please make sure you are subscribed to the weekly UNITE Youth News for all event information. To subscribe please send an email to email@example.com
All are invited to breakfast for FAITH, FOOD & FELLOWSHIP. We will not meet on July 5th.
Youth CONFIRMATION AND SENIOR CELEBRATION
NEEDED: SUMMER SUNDAY CHILDREN’S LEADERS
In celebration of our Confirmands and graduating Seniors we will be having a pool party at the Floyd’s house from 5-7:30 p.m. All youth are invited to join us as we congratulate them on these A Fun Way to serve GOD great accomplishments! Please RSVP by May We are looking for loving adults to teach God’s 26th to firstname.lastname@example.org Children at both 9:30-10:30. Each class will have a team of leaders so vacations are not a problem. If you are interested and available, contact Katrina Allison : 512-392-6001/ email@example.com. 9
Opportunities to Serve
LITTLE LAMBS MINISTRY
What was once called the Little Lambs Diaper Bank has been renamed Little Lambs Ministry TREATS FOR TROOPS and reorganized. Packages of free diapers will May14 - June 11 be given to participants who are registered with “Goodie Bags” filled with treats will be sent to our program and who attend an educational troops from Ft. Hood who are currently serving in program for one hour. Volunteers are needed Afghanistan. The bags will arrive in time for the to make presentations to young parents on 4th of July celebration and will include items topics ranging from finances to gardening to such as individual packs of chips, jerky, ramen child development or to assist in other ways noodles, deodorant, etc. A complete list of during the presentation. Volunteers interested in this ministry may contact Chris Rodriguez at treats can be found on the blue buckets in firstname.lastname@example.org. Todd Hall and Fellowship Hall. Place your donations in the blue buckets between May 14 and June 11. Please contact Chris Rodriguez at SAVE THE DATE: OCTOBER 28th email@example.com if you have L.E.G.S. CONFERENCE questions, can help with packaging or would like to make a monetary donation. (Ladies Empowered by God’s Spirit) Breakout sessions on (1) gifts of the spirit, (2) brokenness, (3) prayer and (4) nutrition will be SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE offered led by the following presenters: Brenda Deadline to donate June 5th Boucher, Katrina Allison, Shala Martin and Brian Our congregation is helping students in Mexico Hurt. A catered luncheon will be provided. by recycling partially used school supplies such Money raised from the conference will go to the as spirals, tablets, markers, and backpacks. A Pan American Health Services in Honduras. Four list of appropriate used items can be found in members of our congregation, Sue Ann and Sunday school fliers. New school supplies have Steve Harrison, Ben Rodriguez and Todd Salmi also been purchased with donated funds. will be participating in that mission service If you have questions or can volunteer to help project May 22 – 27. It is planned that the main with this project, please contact Cindy Brooks at speaker for the L.E.G.S. Conference will come firstname.lastname@example.org. from a representative of the Pan American Health Services or from the group participating in the service project. Please pray for the L.E.G.S. conference and help to spread the Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to word about it in our city and local area. homes the weeks of June 5 – 9 and July 31 – August 4. Please contact Jenny Flauto at 512PUMPKIN PATCH 396-2703 if you can assist. Delivery of the pumpkins will be October 1. The mission committee is looking for individuals or LIVE LIKE ALANNAH groups who would consider “running” the Continue to spread the word of scholarship pumpkin patch for a week. This would include moneys available to junior and senior high opening and closing the patch and emailing school students interested in a mission trip. They thank you notes to helpers. Proceeds from the do not have to be a member of our congregapatch will be split between a Haiti orphanage tion. Individuals can donate to the scholarship and a local charity, which will be decided in the fund and donations will be matched up to future. To volunteer, please contact Chris $2,000 yearly. Application forms may be Rodriguez at email@example.com. obtained by contacting Emmy Laffere at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Rodriguez at email@example.com.
MEALS ON WHEELS
FARWELL LUNCHEON Sunday, 12:15pm June 25th Fellowship Hall Fried chicken and dessert will be provided. Please bring a side or salad to complete the meal. There will be a basket available to place cards.
Please pray for Emmy, our Senior High youth group and adult volunteers as they travel to McAllen for their yearly Mission Service Project (MSP). From June 11th â€“ June 17th they will work to help repair underprivileged familiesâ€™ homes. Youth groups from all over Texas will be working together as the hands and feet of Christ to serve families in the community. 11
UPDATE Your FUMCSM-Church Council 2017 members are working to make God glorified in ALL aspects of our church.
DISCIPLESHIP Brian Hurt and the Discipleship Committee have been adding new classes and celebrated a successful Egg Hunt.
MISSIONS Chris Rodriguez and the Mission Commission have been busy with a wonderful SHARE distribution. The “left-over” clothes went to Ft. Worth with the Seventh Day Adventist who will package clothes for disaster victims. Mark your calendars for LEGS Conference-Oct. 28, 2017.
Nurture Carolyn Benítez and the Nurture Committee have been extremely busy visiting and serving Holy Communion with our Homebound and assisted living friends. Nothing elevates your spirit more than caring for others. Please call Carolyn to help with this ministry (512) 395-5411. They need people to volunteer.
Worship Caroline Weaver and the Worship Committee continue to enhance worship for all ages. Our Identity service is continuing to grow.
Evangelism For the first time in several years, we are proud to announce First UMC has an Evangelism Committee again. Cheryl Puddy is leading this awesome group and is already bringing others into our church. Remember, evangelism is a responsibility of ALL of us [The Great Commission]. DSA, Twice Blessed, UMW, and UMM all informed us of thriving ongoing activities. The Board of Stewards (Methodist Foundation, Stewardship & Finance, SPRC, and Trustees) all gave an account of positive strides. Please share ideas, comments, and/or suggestions to each Ministry chairperson or Billy Dirkes (Church Council Chairman) 512-653-4360. 12
Greetings from Your Board of Trustees Your 2017 Board of Trustees have been busy! We are continuously improving our Lock Down & Shut Down procedures-thank you to Nancy Strunk and those who have contributed ideas. Eric Brown and friends have almost finished the Sanctuary stage-handrails. Room 107 has had a Bobcat makeover. Come by and visit with a Bobcat! Dennis has completed: Various projects at the Parsonage, roof access, elevator area problems, junk runs, parking lot repairs, and constant sidewalk improvement grant paperwork. The following projects are in the process of being completed or maintained: broad Wi-Fi band width (Ben R.), playground gate latch (Dennis), three A/C units need repair (Dennis), DSA playground improvements (Gwen), night lighting improvements (Shawn), Memorial Garden (Mary Jo/Nancy ), basement clean-up (Athena/Don), new water fountain (Don), and SB1 renovations (Dennis). We are praying our church qualifies for a grant from the city to improve our exterior sidewalks, handrails, and handicap access. Please join us praying and hoping this project can be started this summer. Any questions, comments, or ideas-please contact the Project Manager listed next to the project and/or Dennis Phillips (512) 757-1312.
Phyllis Melsha Irvin & Tami Sahri (Saura, Kolton & Konner) Fraye Stokes Tim & Christy Cruz Tims (Caitlin & Aimee) 13
Wednesdays June 21th- August 2nd
4:30-6:00 p.m. Mr. Steve’s house (2404 Missy Lane)
All YOUTH are invited to ‘dive’ into the Word and enjoy cooling off during the hot summer days as well! Bring a friend!
UNITED METHODIST WOMAN
Host Cottage Kitchen Friday, June 16th 11:00am-1:00pm Charles S. Cock House Museum Enjoy a delicious meal, complete with tea or coffee and a choice of homemade desserts, for only $8. All proceeds benefit the Heritage Association. 14
Humbly Together in
Todd Hall- Lowman Chapel 6:30pm - 7:00pm
A time to come together in prayer.
1st _ 3rd
Wednesdays 7:00pm Todd Hall Nothing is required for the class but your presence. Please contact Brian Hurt at 512-757-1234 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. 15
FAMILY 3RD TUESDAY OF THE MONTH 6:00 PM â€“ 7:15 PM PLACE TBA
AUGUST JULY JUNE
Come create memories and bond with others in our community! Your kids will love spending time with you and creating something together! Donations are appreciated. Reminder no childcare provided.
The Kindness Rocks Project: June 20th This project was created to spread inspiration and motivation for unsuspecting recipients through random inspirational rocks dropped along the way. Make your own inspiration rocks to share. For more information about this project visit www.thekindnessrocksproject.com.
RSVP to the church office by June 11.
The Butterfly Effect : July 18 Kathryn Brady a District Conservationist for Hays Country USDA-NRCS will share about the butterfly and itâ€™s effect on our world as we create our own colorful butterflies.
RSVP to the church office by July 9.
Family Tree: August 15 Family like the branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. Make your own family tree.
Materials for the trees cost from $4 to $8 per house. RSVP to the church office by August 6. 16
Ladies Empowered by Gods Spirit
Let’s send “goodie bags” to troops from Ft. Hood who are stationed in Afghanistan, arriving in time for the 4th of July.
Place items in designated containers in Todd & Fellowship Halls between May 14 – June 11.
SAVE THE DATE: AUGUST 9th 2:00-6:00pm in TODD HALL 18
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 Dr. Bill Daniels Charlotte Sontag Memorial Fund Trey & Linda Berry Memorial Fund Frost Bank: Downtown Branch Memorial Fund Bruce Harper Memorial Fund Rex Cole Memorial Fund Harry & Ellie Stewart Memorial Fund Milby Class of 1956 Memorial Fund Bruce & Gloria Ingram Memorial Fund Jim & Carol Ainsworth Memorial Fund Guinn & Loretta Murray Memorial Fund John & Sandra Glorioso Memorial Fund Lynn & Gene Majors Memorial Fund Tom & Marjorie Turner Memorial Fund Rodger & Louise Zimmerman Memorial Fund
In MEMORY of Holtermann Family Karen Holtermann Activity Center Renovation In MEMORY of Rev. Nell Linebarger James Bleckley FUMC Martindale Geoffrey Connor FUMC Martindale Cathy Lusk FUMC Martindale Dan McLendon FUMC Martindale Ken Oden FUMC Martindale Melissa Whitaker FUMC Martindale Bruce & Gloria Ingram Memorial Fund In MEMORY of Joel Roberts Bruce & Gloria Ingram Memorial Fund In MEMORY of Dottie Sims Bruce & Gloria Ingram Memorial Fund 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 email@example.com Rev. Todd Salmi, Associate Pastor x304 firstname.lastname@example.org PROGRAM MINISTRIES Katrina Allison, Children x311 email@example.com Emmy Laffere, Youth x315 firstname.lastname@example.org WORSHIP Jody Bagley, Director of Music email@example.com Justin Stephens, Contemporary Worship Leader Ricky Almazan, A/V Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org ADMINISTRATION Lydia Reynolds, Business Manager x301 email@example.com Shelley, Office Manager x306 firstname.lastname@example.org WESLEY NURSE Carrie Standlee x308 email@example.com DAY SCHOOL & AFTERSCHOOL (512) 396-3236 Gwen Burton, Director firstname.lastname@example.org TWICE BLESSED 124 W. Hopkins (512) 396-1752 Tues-Fri: 10-4:00pm Saturday 10-1:00pm 20