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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new! –2 Corinthians 5:17

God’s Story at FUMC this Lenten Season


IN THIS ISSUE Mission & Vision

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From the Pastor’s Desk

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Children’s Ministry

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Music Ministry

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Ministry Matters

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Letter From the Editor

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Calendar

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What’s Coming Up

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Celebrations and Concerns

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From the

Pastor’s

y Father goes on working, and so do I. John 5:17 The Holy Spirit…will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26 Dear Friends, I compose this on March 2nd, the day after Ash Wednesday, day two of Lent. And it’s hard to believe that it is indeed March and Lent, and that Easter is around the corner! Lent of course is great time to at least try to step back a bit from all the “worldly” demands of life and focus (or refocus) on the life and sacrifice of Jesus, the Passion, the Resurrection, life itself. I hope you will commit yourself to this endeavor, perhaps using the suggestions in the “40 days of Love” handout, or perhaps through the more classical spiritual disciplines, such as fasting, daily prayer and Scripture study, worship, solitude, etc. I have started reading Richard Rohr’s new book, “The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation.” In it Rohr pushes hard on the premise that the Trinity has largely been MIA – Missing in Action from Christian practice. He quotes Karl Rahner: “We must be willing to admit that, should the doctrine of the Trinity have to be dropped as

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false, the major part of religious literature could well remain virtually unchanged.”

Grace and Peace,

Pastor George

That the Trinity is not a static doctrine but an attempt to articulate the experience of the Divine.

Rev. George Lumpkin has served as Senior Pastor of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church since June of 2015. He has been serving as an ordained minister in Texas for more than 25 years.

Rohr says, “Instead of God being the Eternal Threatener, we have God as the Ultimate Participant – in everything – both the good and the painful. Instead of God watching life happen from afar and judging it, how about God being inherent in life itself?“ He goes on to say “The Trinity reveals God as with us in all of life instead of standing on the sidelines, always critiquing which things belong and which things don’t.“ I have a classical theological education in which we were taught much about how to think about God and not much on how to be with God. It was a paradigm that that tended to be transactional and propositional rather than relational and mysterious. The later, of course, is not “safe.” It would require giving up control, and so could be dangerous, scary, unpredictable. And possibly much more fun. A much more exciting adventure. A better story. Rohr reminds me that I still have lots to learn, and lots to unlearn. Keep praying, my friends. Keep the faith, be courageous, remember one another. And as always, it continues to be my pleasure and privilege to be your pastor.

About the Season of Lent Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which began on Ash Wednesday (March 1st), and ends on Holy Saturday (April 15th). The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter. The First Sunday describes Jesus’ temptation by Satan; and the Six Sunday (Passion/Palm Sunday) Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and his subsequent passion and death. Lent can also be viewed as a kind of “Christian New Year.” A time to make spiritual resolutions and dedicate ourselves to a Christian lifestyle and practice. Some folks “give up” something, such as a bad habit or practice. Others might “add something,” such as a healthy habit or a spiritual practice. For example: -Daily Prayer & Meditation -Fasting -Scripture Reading & Study -Service -Worship -Simplicity -Solitude -Confession Think and pray as to how you might practice Holy Lent in preparation for Easter. fredumc.org 4


SHARING THE TRUTH

of the Gospel of Jesus

reehouse Kids’ Club has been in full swing since September. We play games, sing songs, eat snacks and tell Bible stories. But we don’t just tell Bible stories, we incorporate ways for the kids to experience Bible stories. Recently, we did the story of the plagues and played a relay game that had the children running to ten different stations to complete a task that related to that plague. The tenth station was a foam board cut out like a doorway that the kids had to paint a red line around. This was a hands on illustration of the Passover and 5

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the Israelites painting the blood of the sacrificed lamb around their doorway. As I watched the children do this, one of them caught my attention. He didn’t want to just paint a stripe or a line, he wanted to cover the whole doorframe with red paint. It made me wonder if he understood that we are completely forgiven and completely covered by the blood of Christ when we accept Him as our Savior. Another way we incorporate Bible story experiences is by preparing a snack that relates to the story. Usually we give them the snack and ask them if they can figure out what story


we are doing. Making some snacks has been a lot of fun: we made a snake out of bread dough with peppercorn eyes and a pimento tongue when we learned about the serpent in the garden. There were the rainbow cupcakes when we learned about Noah, and for Joseph’s coat of many colors we put together graham crackers, frosting and colorful striped candy. For the plagues the snack was cherry jello with gummy fish (the Nile turned to blood with dead fish), ho hos made with eyes and pretzels (locusts), and crackers with cheez whiz and chocolate sprinkles (gnats). When I was telling this to someone a comment was made, “bordering on absurd.” While I think it was said in jest, it got me to thinking and asking myself two questions, “is it absurd to make the Bible stories, God’s power and the truth of His word meaningful and alive to children?” and “What is the most important thing for children to learn while they are here at the church?” We currently use The Gospel Project for our curriculum. One of the reasons I choose it for our afterschool program is because every story comes back to Jesus. The most important thing for these kids, and anyone else, to learn and know for themselves is that Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead. That is the message of the Bible. That is the essence of the Gospel. The Gospel has the power to transform hearts and lives like nothing else. That is the power of God. The story of the plagues and Passover has a lot of disturbing imagery. So what do we do? Do we water down the message of the Bible when things get ugly? Do we try to keep things looking pretty because we think kids can’t handle it? What about the cross? The brutality of what Jesus endured during His trial and while on the cross was horrific. Do we spare children from the physical, emotional and spiritual suffering that Jesus went through because of our sin?

Have you ever noticed in the story of the Passover that God had the Israelites select a lamb and take special care of it for four days? You know how kids get with cute animals, they get attached to them. When it was time to sacrifice the animal, I imagine it was an emotional time for the kids and adults. As tears probably rolled down their faces, they had to take the lamb’s blood and put it around the doors of their houses. That is not a pretty picture. Sin isn’t pretty. They needed to know, and we need to know, that only God could save them. Children need to hear the truth of God’s Word and a bold presentation of the Gospel. If God didn’t spare the children of Israel from this, than neither should we. We tell the stories and share the Gospel in a way that helps them know in their hearts and minds how much God loves them and what He’s done for them. We do it in ways that help them experience the story and provoke curiosity. For all our children, we should want for them a passionate, vibrant, fully committed relationship with the One True Living God! That begins with knowing the truth of who God is and knowing who we are. So is that absurd? Maybe it is to some people. Nevertheless, I will continue to press on and follow Jesus’ command, “let the little children come to me.” Their future depends on it.

Many blessings, Lisa Lisa Davis serves as Children’s Director for FUMC. During the last 7 years , she has taught God’s Word to children as a children's leader at Bible Study Fellowship, Sunday School and at multiple VBS programs. This has developed a passion in her for the Bible and for children to know it. She is excited to bring children and their families closer to Christ.

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Riser Project ur Chancel Choir is beginning a fund drive to purchase a set of portable ‘seated’ choir risers to be used in worship/concert music settings requiring the choir to sing in a location other than the choir loft! Many of our congregation will remember the choir singing for Easter or Christmas when they had to be seated in the chancel area and not the choir loft. 7

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In those events the risers has to be built for that purpose using lots of lumber and screws and time. When the choir sings away from our campus for events like the Summer Celebration at Lady Bird Park or our Palmz in the Platz worship, we take some older riser units which don’t fit together and are somewhat dangerous because of the gaps that chairs can fall through… and usually do!


One of the goals of the Chancel Choir is to find more opportunities outside of our walls to go and present the gospel through music to our community in a variety of different ways. Having the risers gives us another dimension to reach out and share the message of Christ to our neighbors and friends in Fredericksburg. Risers that seat 50 people are costly and can’t be absorbed into the operational church music budget. The actual brand of risers hasn’t been decided on at this point, but the cost will likely be in the $7,000 to $12,000 range. Obviously this will take some time, but the Choir Council decided to go ahead and get started. The choir will be doing some activities in the future to help in this process including participating in the Pecan Grove Store Flea Market in April . Anyone interested in giving up and beyond your tithe to help the choir reach the goal is invited to direct the gift through the office to the Choir Riser Fund. Don Doss joined the FUMC staff in April of 2007 having served in several other Boerne and Kerrville churches. Don is FUMC’s Director of Music Ministries, and he oversees all of the musical groups and music ministry work that happens here. He personally directs the Chancel Choir and the Praise Team as well as the Kid’s Music Academy.

7 LAST WORDS

for Good Friday The Chancel Choir with orchestra will present Theodore Dubois’s “The Seven Last Words of Christ” on Good Friday, April 14th at 7 p.m. “The Seven Last Words” was written and first performed in 1867, and has been revered as a classical standard in the observance of the Passion of our Lord.

Theodore Dubois was born in France in 1837. He spent most of his life in Paris where he studied at the Paris Conservatory. While he was not recognized as one of the great musicians of his time, he was highly respected by his more famous contemporaries, including Franz Liszt (who gave him musical encouragement), Cesar Franck, and Camille Saint-Saens. Dubois was the organist and choirmaster at the Church of St. Clotilde in Paris (where Cesar Franck also served at one time) when he wrote “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” This composition was first performed in 1867 for the Good Friday service at the Church of St. Clotilde. Even though Dubois composed several other works (orchestral, choral and organ), very few of them are still performed today, with the exception of “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” Dubois is probably not known so much today because he composed very much in the musical style of his day, which today we consider overlyromantic. In this sense, “The Seven Last Words” is very much a “period” piece, in that its style is representative of another time and place– namely, the gilded age of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Our Chancel Choir has performed this work at least three times that we know of, but not since the 1980’s. The work includes three soloists, the soprano sung by Pam Wilhite, the tenor sung by Pam’s brother Philipp Dieter, and the bass sung by Jim Wilhite. The choir will be accompanied by an orchestra along with Judy Hickerson on the organ and Emily Junes on harp. Music has a way of reaching further into the heart than most other mediums. At this most important time of year as we remember the incredible gift of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, let’s be sure to invite those friends that need to hear this message as we reach out into our community. Let’s give the Holy Spirit a chance to reach hearts by bringing those in need of his love. Pray for this important musical outreach event! fredumc.org

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MINISTRY MATTERS God’s Love in Action

ur faithful Wonder Workers have already put the new powerlift to good use! The monofilament wires used to support banners behind the chancel area were hopelessly tangled and couldn’t be straightened out from the ground. Further, they discovered a knot up near the ceiling that could not have been undone from the floor level. The powerlift allowed them to get up and untie the knot and unwrap the wires, putting them back in working order for the Altar Guild group. Thank you to our Wonder Workers (who certainly live up to their name), and our Fredericksburg UMC Foundation who provided the grant for the lift. 9

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ecently, the Living Well Learning Center donated a gift card to our Biblical Garden for a new tree as a gift of appreciation for the use of our building. With the help of master gardener, Peggy Benson, the brand new apricot tree has been purchased and planted. The Living Well students are pictured above with Peggy surrounding the donated tree. Living Well Learning Center is an organization that supports and encourages highfunctioning adults with special needs to grow in independence and leadership. They meet each Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.– 3 p.m. with Fredericksburg UMC as their home base. To learn more about the program, visit www.livingwelllearningcenter.org. To learn more about our biblical garden, visit fredumc.org/new3/?page_id=3077551 fredumc.org

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WORLDWIDE MISSION responding to the refugee crisis ear Friends, Following is part of a letter from George Barnette, our Hill Country Missions Chairman. As you know, immigrant issues are politically sticky and delicate right now, but it seems to me that when children are hungry, the Body of Christ's simple duty it to share our plenty with those who have so little. If you would like to help, our April Communion Rail offering will go to the Laredo United Methodist Church to help with food ministries. If you need to pass on this one, blessings all the same! Remember, we are still all in this together, trying to figure it all out together. So, please let us all keep it in our prayers. "And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward." -Matthew 10:42 Grace and Peace, Pastor George

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Good news from Laredo — food is now able to move more efficiently across the river to feed the Cuban refugees trapped on the other side in Nuevo Laredo. Bad news — the churches on this side still have to pay Mexican customs to get the relief supplies across, at least for the moment. The Holding Institute in Laredo has been taking the lead in getting food across to the churches in Nuevo Laredo, who prepared it for the morethan-1,000 Cubans waiting to learn whether they’ll be allowed into the U.S. as refugees. They have received truckloads of food, mostly from Cuban immigrant groups around the country, and money from churches such as ours in the Hill Country District. Problem was, Mexican customs said a truckload of food was a commercial quantity, requiring the payment of


hundreds of dollars in fees, which the Holding Institute couldn’t afford. So the Holding Institute unpacked the trucks on the U.S. side and carried smaller quantities, two carloads, across each day to provide that day’s meals, paying much smaller fees at the border for each load. That has diverted much of the money received — an estimated $5,000—to pay federal government fees instead of buying more food, but there was no option: no fees, no food deliveries at all. Now they’ve reached an agreement with the help of the Nuevo Laredo

city government, persuading customs to reduce the import fees on the food for the refugees, and they’re working on getting a humanitarian permit, which will let them cross the big truckloads with no duty payments at all. Which doesn’t mean the need is over — it just means money we send now will go directly to feed the refugees, rather than be partially diverted to the government. George Barnette Missions Chairman Hill Country District United Methodist Church

A WORD FROM

the Rio Texas Conference

ear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Your congregation is an exemplary leader in the Rio Texas Conference. This is evidenced by your contribution of 100% of your Conference and District apportionments for the year 2016. The purpose of this letter is simply to take just a moment to congratulate you on your leadership. We are grateful for the willingness of your congregation to give so much to help carry out the ministry of our Lord and Savior both in the Rio Texas Conference and worldwide. This is sent with prayers that God’s blessing will continue to be with you in your local church. May we all move forward together on our journey in Christ. Sincerely, William C. Wyman, Jr. Conference treasurer

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GENERAL CONFERENCE 2019 a call to prayer ear Friends, I am pleased to invite you into a special work of prayer for our Church. The 2016 General Conference asked the Council of Bishops to take up the challenge of offering leadership to our churches at this critical time when talk of schism and the nature of our unity is in the air. The Bishops offered a proposal to form a Commission on the Way Forward, which is now in place. The mission that has been developed for the Commission expresses the intention to "bring together persons deeply committed to the future(s) of The United Methodist Church, with an openness to developing new relationships with each other and exploring the potential future(s) of our denomination." Bishop Ken Carter, Bishop Sandra Steiner-Ball and Bishop David Yemba will convene the Commission, consisting of an additional 32 persons. They will be considering the legislation from the 2016 General Conference and the language in The Book of Discipline that deals with homosexuality, as well as looking at new ways of expressing connection. I am inviting United Methodist Women to join our bishops, The Upper Room and the United Methodist Men to hold this work 13 Vol. 22 March/April 2017

and these 35 people in prayer. Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and Bishop Al Gwinn have led an effort to assign conferences a specific week during the next 18 months to pray for the Commission and its work. Find the scheduled prayer weeks for your Conference at www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/ POWFschedule. Each week also has a suggested prayer focus on spiritual resources the Commission members will need. You might include this as you pray with the Prayer Calendar each day or in your local, district and conference meetings, and spiritual growth events. The list of Commission members is posted at umc.org. You may want to pray for each member by name and you may also want to let them know that they are in your prayers. Council of Bishops is preparing a plan to conduct additional and complementary work in annual conferences designed to broaden the conversation with hundreds of lay and clergy members. Please include these processes in your prayers as well. The Commission will have the benefit of a variety of presentations, and will bring its members' own wisdom and life experience to the work. These sessions have the potential to bring


additional insights and clarity. You and other members of United Methodist Women in your conference have wisdom to offer and you have worked on speaking about this as part of our mission study on The Bible and Human Sexuality. I ask you to consider what you could bring to these conversations "at such a time as this." It will also be important for the Commission and the Council to hear from youth and young people in this way. United Methodist Women can ensure that our younger members and other young people are heard. Finally, let's remember that our God is in the business of using imperfect vessels to

do kingdom work. Each of us individually and as members of the community of faith strive to grow spiritually so that we can be both faithful to our calling and fruitful in God's mission in the world. May this be a time of profound spiritual growth for the members of the Council, and the Commission and for all of us as we seek God's will for The United Methodist Church. Thank you sisters [and church], for responding to this call to be about the work of prayer and powerful conversation. From Harriet Olson, chief executive officer of the United Methodist Women’s national administrative and policymaking. Her bio is below.

Harriett Jane Olson has served as chief executive officer of the United Methodist Women’s national administrative and policymaking arm since 2007. United Methodist Women is a nearly 800,000-member organization within the United Methodist Church in the United States. United Methodist Women members give about $15 million a year for work with women, children and youth in the United States and around the world. UMW operates and/or owns the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City, a retirement home for deaconesses and missionaries in North Carolina, a publication and distribution network, and a series of mission education and leadership development events annually. Through these events and our connections around the world, UMW staff and members are inspired, prepared, encouraged and celebrated for their direct service and advocacy for justice. A Harvard Law School graduate, Ms. Olson practiced real estate and environmental law (1983-96) at a N.J. law firm that is now part of Day, Pitney, before working for the church full-time. From 1996-2007, Ms. Olson was senior vice-president for publishing, editor for church school publications and United Methodist Church book editor at the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, TN. Ms. Olson has a bachelor's degree from Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y., where she serves on the board of trustees. Fredericksburg UMC has an active group of United Methodist Women. To learn more about getting involved with UMW, contact our president, Leta Ann Metzger at letaannm@gmail.com. fredumc.org

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The Not So Fun Stuff

Tricia Small is one of the newest member to the FUMC family. She graduated from UT Austin with a journalism degree, and joined the staff in November of 2014 She is passionate about transforming lives by sharing the love of Christ. 15 Vol. 22 March/April 2017


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ello Church! Your friendly neighborhood communications director here bringing you our Spring edition of The Thread.

At the beginning of Lent a couple of weeks ago, Pastor Sid introduced “A Forty Days of Love Spiritual Adventure During Lent.” Most of us go through life “giving up” something for Lent, but this guide encourages us to focus on giving OURSELVES, asking us to intentionally pour out love on others each week.

know it is purposed by God to teach us more about Him. With every step along this new journey, I see new opportunities to grow in patience, to practice grace and to show kindness. Zac and I are learning more about honoring our families, about giving selflessly, and about supporting and encouraging each other. Pretty good preparation for marriage, am I right? I can hear God calling me to Himself, putting His desires in my heart and asking me to respond to each circumstance with His love. I don’t get it right every time, but I am confident in the One who is faithful to complete the good work He started.

Just days after Pastor Sid and I made the guide available, I received a handwritten note in the mail from a member of our Praise Team thanking me for the work I do. (Week One of Forty Days of This type of spiritual growth, I think, is the spirit Love encourages sending handwritten notes). of the Lenten season. I grew up really not That note changed my entire day. I felt so understanding Lent at all. Honestly, I grew up not encouraged, and it made me really understanding Jesus at all, and isn’t ...but grow in the grace that the very thing Lent seeks to correct? want to share the feeling with everyone else around me. and knowledge of our We don’t just tell the stories of Jesus in the wilderness and recount the journey This stuff matters, friends. Acts of Lord and Savior Jesus that led Him to the cross, but we love and kindness, no matter how Christ. To Him be the intentionally refocus our attention, small or seemingly insignificant, glory, both now and to whether it’s in giving something up or are transformative and life-giving the day of eternity. adding something in, to understand the because they are done in the heart and mind of Jesus. —2 Peter 3:18 example of the One who is love Himself, our Lord and Savior. Giving freely Pastor Sid’s exercise of practicing love for these without expectations and without strings, but weeks of lent asks us to step outside of ourselves simply to bless others, in turn also blesses us as and think about how we can bless others. It shifts more of Christ’s life is lived through us. our focus away from our own self-involved day-to -day lives and brings us back to the cross. But the Many of you know I got engaged last month idea isn’t just to follow the guide because you’re (remember last February when I wrote to you supposed to do these things for this set number of about how February was my least favorite month days, and then you’ve put in your time. You’ve of the year? Yeah. I take it back). Let me tell you done your good deeds. You’re good for the year why I think weddings became a thing, my friends. until Lent rolls around again. God came up with a great plan to prepare two people for the stresses that come with married life. That’s not the point, just like wedding planning isn’t the point of the marriage. It’s just a step, one You have shifting family dynamics as we all small part of the journey, a season of preparation. prepare for a new season, a lot of emotions, big With each act of love and kindness, Christ’s life financial decisions, and months and months of within us grows stronger. And that is everything, planning and preparing and working out big friends! Allowing our own self to be diminished details and little details for two lives to become so He can shine forth. So while Lent is a set-aside one life under the leadership of God. Big breath. time to intentionally practice spiritual discipline, these spiritual fruits will become part of our own This is all good news, though, friends. I am nature as we are continuously, day by day, year grateful. I am grateful for Zac, my husband-to-be by year, remade in Christ’s image. Thank you, and his wonderful friendship. I am grateful for Lord, for that promise! each trial or tricky circumstance that we happen upon in this new season of preparation, because I Peace, Tricia

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20 6:30am Bacon & Eggs GroupGroup-FH 10:00am Music Club Board Meeting 12:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous 12:00pm Lunch BunchBunch-Rm 2 12:00pm Rotary Group 2:00pm Hannah CircleCircle-Rm 2 5:30pm Volleyball Practice 6:30pm Disciple 1 7:00pm Boy Scout Meeting

21 7:00am Men's BreakfastBreakfast-City Cafe 8:00am Wonder Workers 9:00am Living Well Learning Center 9:00am Prayer Shawl Ministry 10:00am 747 Bible Study 12:00pm Al Anon - Rm 11 12:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous 5:30pm Girls Basketball

22 9:00am Quilters 9:30am Windcrest Retire Retir 10:00am Fredericksburg 12:00pm Alcoholics Ano 3:30pm Tree House Kid 5:30pm Grief Support G 5:30pm Middle School Y 6:00pm Bell Choir 6:30pm High School Yo 7:00pm Chancel Choir P 7:00pm Overcomers Gro

26 UMCOR Trip 9:00am Contemporary Worship 9:30am Agape Hour 10:00am Sunday School 11:10am Traditional Worship Service

27 6:30am Bacon & Eggs GroupGroup-FH 10:00am Cards for Christ 12:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous 12:00pm Lunch BunchBunch-Rm 2 12:00pm Rotary Group 5:30pm Volleyball Practice 6:30pm Disciple 1 6:30pm Stephen Ministry Leadership 7:00pm Boy Scout Meeting

28 7:00am Men's BreakfastBreakfast-City Cafe 8:00am Wonder Workers 9:00am Living Well Learning Center 9:00am Prayer Shawl Ministry 10:00am 747 Bible Study 12:00pm Al Anon - Rm 11 12:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous 5:30pm Girls Basketball

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3 6:30am Bacon & Eggs GroupGroup-FH 12:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous 12:00pm Lunch BunchBunch-Rm 2 12:00pm Rotary Group 5:00pm Trustees Meeting -Rm 12 5:30pm Volleyball Practice 6:30pm Disciple 1 7:00pm Boy Scout Meeting

4 7:00am Men's BreakfastBreakfast-City Cafe 8:00am Wonder Workers 9:00am Living Well Learning Center 9:00am Prayer Shawl Ministry 10:00am 747 Bible Study 12:00pm Al Anon - Rm 11 12:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous 5:15pm Living Well Learning Center Board Meeting 5:30pm Girls Basketball 5:30pm Mission Committee Meeting

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11 7:00am Men's BreakfastBreakfast-City Cafe 8:00am Wonder Workers 9:00am Living Well Learning Center 9:00am Prayer Shawl Ministry 10:00am 747 Bible Study 12:00pm Al Anon - Rm 11 12:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous 5:30pm Girls Basketball

12 9:00am Quilters 10:00am Fredericksburg N 12:00pm Alcoholics Anony 3:30pm Tree House Kids 5:30pm Grief Support Gro 5:30pm Middle School Yo 6:00pm Bell Choir 6:00pm Scout Leaders' Me 6:30pm High School Yout 7:00pm Chancel Choir Pr 7:00pm Overcomers Grou

17 6:30am Bacon & Eggs GroupGroup-FH 10:00am Music Club Board Meeting 12:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous 12:00pm Lunch BunchBunch-Rm 2 12:00pm Rotary Group 2:00pm Hannah CircleCircle-Rm 2 5:30pm Volleyball Practice 6:30pm Disciple 1 6:30pm Emmaus Community Gathering 7:00pm Boy Scout Meeting

18 7:00am Men's BreakfastBreakfast-City Cafe 8:00am Wonder Workers 9:00am Living Well Learning Center 9:00am Prayer Shawl Ministry 10:00am 747 Bible Study 12:00pm Al Anon - Rm 11 12:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous 5:30pm Girls Basketball

19 10:00am Fredericksburg N 10:00am Knopp Retiremen 10:30am Knopp Nursing H 12:00pm Alcoholics Anony 3:30pm Tree House Kids 5:30pm Grief Support Gro 5:30pm Middle School Yo 6:00pm Bell Choir 6:30pm High School Yout 7:00pm Chancel Choir Pr 7:00pm Overcomers Grou

25 7:00am Men's BreakfastBreakfast-City Cafe 8:00am Wonder Workers 9:00am Living Well Learning Center 9:00am Prayer Shawl MinistryMinistry-Library 10:00am 747 Bible Study 12:00pm Al Anon - Rm 11 12:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous 5:30pm Girls Basketball

26 9:00am Quilters 9:30am Windcrest Retirem 10:00am Fredericksburg N 12:00pm Alcoholics Anony 3:30pm Tree House Kids 5:30pm Grief Support Gro 5:30pm Middle School Yo 6:00pm Bell Choir 6:30pm High School Yout 7:00pm Chancel Choir Pr 7:00pm Overcomers Grou

PALMZ IN THE PLATZ 11:00 Worship at Marktplatz (126 W. Main)

16 HAPPY EASTER 7:07am Easter Sunrise Service 9:00am Contemporary Worship 9:30am Agape Hour 10:00am Sunday School 11:10am Traditional Worship Service

23 9:00am Contemporary Worship 9:30am Agape Hour 10:00am Sunday School 11:10am Traditional Worship Service 5:00pm Bowling Event 3:00pm Music Club Concert

24 6:30am Bacon & Eggs GroupGroup-FH 10:00am Cards for Christ 12:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous 12:00pm Lunch BunchBunch-Rm 2 12:00pm Rotary Group 5:30pm Volleyball Practice 6:30pm Disciple 1 30 6:30pm Stephen Ministry Leadership 9:00am Contemporary Worship 7:00pm Boy Scout Meeting 9:30am Agape Hour 10:00am Sunday School 11:10am Traditional Worship Service

9:30am Knopp Retirement 10:00am Fredericksburg N 12:00pm Alcoholics Anony 3:30pm Tree House Kids 5:30pm Grief Support Gro 5:30pm Middle School Yo 6:00pm Bell Choir 6:30pm High School Yout 6:30pm SemiSemi-Circle


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7 12:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous

9:00am Living Well Learning Center 9:30am Helen Tainter Circle 12:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous 12:00pm Prayer Service 2:00pm Friendship Circle 4:00pm Kid's Music Academy 5:15pm Women of Wonder Reunion Group 5:30pm Girls Basketball 6:30pm Praise Team Rehearsal 7:00pm 747 Bible Study

12:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous

27 9:00am Living Well Learning Center 9:00am UMW Craft Workshop 9:30am Heritage Communion 12:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous 12:00pm Prayer Service 4:00pm Kid's Music Academy 5:15pm Women of Wonder Reunion Group 5:30pm Girls Basketball 6:30pm Praise Team Rehearsal 7:00pm 747 Bible Study

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8 12:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous

14 15 12:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous 12:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous 7:00pm Good Friday Musical Presentation

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22 8:30am Rotary Training Event 9:00am Youth Dodge Ball Tournament 12:00pm Alcoholics Anonymous

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Special Events Palmz in the Platz Sunday, April 9th at 11 a.m. Marktplatz (126 W. Main) *Our annual Palmz in the Platz Palm Sunday Celebration is coming up on April 9th. Join us for morning worship at Marktplatz, followed by some free lunch, and an Easter egg hunt for all kids 5th grade and younger.

Family Fun Night Sunday April 23rd from 5-8 p.m. BB’s Billiards & Bowling (758 S. Washington St.) *Cost for two games and shoe rental is $7. Contact Kenneth Williams at kennethwms@gmail.com to sign up.

Children Treehouse Kids’ Club

Easter Egg Hunt Sunday April 9th at 12:30ish Marktplatz (126 W. Main) *Our children’s ministry is organizing the annual Easter egg hunt following Palmz in the Platz. All kids 5th grade and under are invited to participate in the hunt beginning around 12:30 p.m. (following worship and fellowship/meal time).

Wednesdays After School *Contact Lisa Davis at 997-7679 or lisa@fredumc.org for more info.

Kid’s Music Academy Thursdays After School *Contact Don Doss at 997-7679 or don@fredumc.org for more info.

Children’s Sunday School Holy Week *Palmz in the Platz– April 9th (details above) *Maundy Thursday– April 13th at 7 p.m. *Good Friday– “The Seven Last Words of Christ” Musical Presentation– April 14th at 7 p.m. *Easter Sunday– April 16th at 7:07, 9, & 11:10 a.m. *Celebrate the passion of Jesus and the joy of Easter with us during Holy Week! For more details about any of the Holy Week services, call the church office at 997-7679. 21

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Sundays 10-11 a.m. *Contact Lisa Davis at 997-7679

Youth Back Porch Nights Wednesdays in the youth room (back porch) Middle School at 5:30 High School at 6:30 *Contact Joel Griffin at joel@fredumc.org for more details.)


Youth Sunday School

Easter Egg Help

Sundays 10-11 a.m. in the youth room (back porch)

A few weeks before Palmz in the Platz in the Fellowship Hall

*Contact Joel Griffin at joel@fredumc.org for more details

*Be on the lookout for baskets of plastic eggs, scriptures and goodies in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings a few weeks before our Easter egg hunt on April 9th. If you can spend a few minutes in between your regular Sunday services stuffing some eggs to bless children in our community, our children’s ministry team would greatly appreciate it!

Music Bell Choir Rehearsal Wednesdays at 6 p.m. FUMC Sanctuary

Chancel Choir Rehearsal

41&Change Coffee Sales

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. FUMC Sanctuary

March 19th and April 23rd Fellowship Hall, Agape Time

*Contact Don Doss at 997-7679 or don@fredumc.org for more info.

41&Change coffee is now offered on the THIRD Sunday of each month. Remember that this high quality, Central American coffee is not only delicious, ethically sourced and a great way to raise money for local ministry, it also helps fund scholarships to send kiddos in Nicaragua to Young Life Camp so they can hear about the love of Jesus! AND it’s a great way to raise money and spread awareness for the individual ministries of our church. Want to host sales for a month (or two or three!)?Contact Brenda Miiller at lecrecep@hotmail.com to learn more about our coffee for camp program.

Praise Team Rehearsal Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. FUMC Sanctuary *Contact Don Doss at 997-7679 or don@fredumc.org for more info.

Music Club Concert Pianist Doug Montgomery Sunday, March 19th at 3 p.m. FUMC Sanctuary

Sonic Escape (flute and violin) Sunday, April 23rd at 3 p.m. FUMC Sanctuary *Free community event. Click this link to learn more about Doug Montgomery, Sonic Escape, and the Fredericksburg Music Club.

Ministry Opportunities Church Prayer Day Each Thursday, Pastor George invites you to join him in the sanctuary at 12 p.m. for prayer and communion. If you need prayer, or want to serve as a pray warrior for our church, our community, our country and our world, you are welcome!

Lenten Clothing Drive March 5th– April 2nd Contact: Beth Brady (lnbbrady@ctesc.net) It’s time once again for our annual predisaster Lenten clothing drive! Our missions committee is working with other churches in the Hill Country District to provide gently used clothing and new socks and underwear to those who have been effected by natural disasters. Your spring cleaning will be a blessing to those in need! Drop your clothes off in one of the donation boxes located in the Fellowship Hall or Children’s Wing anytime between now and April 2nd. fredumc.org

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March 1 Kathy Doerr 2 Deborah Sly 2 Kris Weaver 2 Jessica Habecker 3 Becky Wallace 4 Janice Langerhans 4 Carol Batterton 4 James Barnhouse 5 April Cade 6 Barbara Loyd 6 Henry McAnally 7 Charlize Davis 7 Tom Cleckler 8 Jerome Hubalek 8 Ellen Althaus-Day 8 Connie Cowan 9 Bill Borron 9 Eric Williams 9 Blake Neffendorf 9 Lucas White 10 Geneva Tatsch 10 Dick & Jane Bowersox 11 Vickie Schmidt 11 Jan Williams 11 Sharon Massey 11 Dennis & Erika Benfield 12 Marvel Popisil 12 Mark Matlock 12 Bud & Gayle Harris 13 Phyllis Guthrie 14 Bill Harrell 14 Robert & Agnes Houy 15 Charlie Koym 15 Evelyn Stork 15 Jennifer Doss 16 Cindy Harper 15 Elmer & Sharon Wahrmund

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16 Joyce Fiedler 16 Jim & Jeanne Warren 17 Rachel Andreassian 17 Brandon Sanchez 19 Linda Treibs 19 Danielle King 20 Karen Cottingame 20 Wayne & Sharon Massey 21 Russell Rice 21 Hugh Reeves 21 Wanda Detmar 21 Gregg & Kristin Hagelstein 22 Noemi Cain 23 Fred Kunz 23 Daniel & Kathleen Norris 24 Jeffrey Hallford 24 Jim Johnson 24 Amelia Crunk 25 Sandy Doudna 26 Linda Lee 27 Tom Canfield 27 Sue Graham 27 Marti Perkins 27 Bryan & Miranda Rogers 28 Richard Johnson 28 Chelsea Campbell 29 Clark Perkins 29 Adam & Kristi Stafford 30 Joseph Barr 31 Dan Geistweidt 31 Garet VonNetzger 31 Becca Allen 31 John Delamater

April 1 Jake Reynolds 2 Janice Stephenson 3 Dawn Beckendorf 3 Carolyn Munroe 3 Bill & Heather Davis 4 Erin Gilliam 4 Arian Ramons 4 Zeleste DeLeon 5 Jadyn Doss 5 Craig & Michelle Reson 6 Mary Whitworth 7 Paul Panaceck 7 Morgan McBryde 7 Olivia Longley 7 Robert & Lou Colie 8 Vance Houy 8 Bryson Wallace 9 Fran Turner 9 Lana Dorriety 9 Mackenzie Straube 9 Jack & Lucy Ann Arnold 10 Betha Cox 10 Ray & Vedena Brown 11 Connie Whiting 11 Jade Whiting 12 Allen Spousta 12 Stan Swindle 12 Dusty Smith 12 Delaney Whitworth 12 Melvin & Lena Mueller 13 Ben Ferris 14 Nancy Wieting 14 Rich Prokopetz 14 Audrey Benfield

15 Jerry Bane 15 Glenda Riefler 15 Randye McAnally 15 Julie Davies 15 Judy Moellering 15 Patrick Elliott 15 Lauren Nevels 16 Derek Whitworth 17 Camey Stewart 18 Shannan Prokopetz 19 Lindsey Grona 20 Sandi McGill 20 Steve Wehmeyer 20 Eric Whiting 22 Barbara Banks 22 Kathy Stull 23 Kristi Stafford 23 Dan Strelke 23 Jonny & Diane Ohlenburg 24 Megan Smith 24 Jake Davies 25 Ray Brown 25 David Wieting 25 Benny DeLeon 25 Dawson Ball 26 Martin Ball 27 John Freeman 28 Cecile Peterson 28 Charles Newman 28 Ken Cooke & Christine Granados 29 Ken Peacock 29 Sherry Hudson 30 Jimmie Tree 30 Larry J. Stanley 30 Rita Rice 30 Frances Baethge

¡ Dates and names in bold are anniversaries.


CONTINUING CONCERNS Nursing Home & OUR Military Retirement Center Carolyn Allen Ruth Braeutigam Clarence Durst Carol Dwyer Imogene Friedrich Anne Houy Fred Mesch Desmond Sagebiel Mabel Teschner

Romilda Jaimson Audrey Kothmann Norma Peterson Marvin Prochnow Marvel Pospisil Melrose Sultemeier Jimmie Tree Fred Kunz

OUR Missionaries

Scott Benfield Khristy Brazell Roland Cleveland Adam Duecker Gary L. Goin Dylan Guess Houston Haley Chance Harling Wacey Holladay Mark Klaerner Bryce Klein Jason Loving Alec Maples Quentin Moellering

James Muncy Dennis Ray Phillips Chris Pieper Steven Ramsey Tyler Remini Jeffrey Schmidt Jason Smith Bruce Stafford Perry Waters Charlie Watson Ash Westerfield Weston Williams Dara Wydler Steve York Joshua Weaver Ethan Waterman

Here I am. Send me.

Central Asia: Brian & Cynthia -Isaiah 6:8 Eastern Asia: Misti Ecuador: Ecuador: Tim & Daina We also want to Madagascar: Adam & Suzie, acknowledge Jana and Leigh, Phoebe, Emma, Baylee & River who are serving the Japanese Detroit .We support them Nicaragua: Sara & Joey, Risa, inwhen possible, and hope to Micah & Jace ad them to our regular Philippines: Marsha support list in the future. Connect Online!

www.fredumc.org

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www.facebook.com/pages/Fredericksburgwww.facebook.com/pages/Fredericksburg-UnitedUnited-MethodistMethodist-Church/217593975003835

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Fredericksburg United Methodist Church 1800 North Llano Fredericksburg TX 78624-2917 **************************************

Connect with our staff Rev. George Lumpkin……Senior Pastor (glumpkin59@hotmail.com) Rev. Sid Spiller……..Associate Pastor (sid@fredumc.org) Don Doss……………………Director of Music Ministries (don@fredumc.org) Joel Griffin…………………..Director of Youth Ministries (joel@fredumc.org) Lisa Davis……………..Director of Children’s Ministries (sharon@fredumc.org) Tricia Small…………………Director of Communications (tricia@fredumc.org) Judy Hickerson……………..Organist Linda Klein………………….Office Manager (linda@fredumc.org) Selena Hendrix……………...Director of Finances (selena@fredumc.org) Florie Hernandez……………Custodian Tammy Amerson-Wilson RN………Wesley Nurse (TAmerson-Wilson@mhm.org)

Regular office hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.—5 p.m., closed 12-1 p.m. for lunch, and Friday from 8 a.m.—12 p.m. You can reach the office at 830-997-7679, or visit fredumc.org to learn more about our worship and ministries.

The Thread Volume 22  

Our March/April edition of the Thread is here! Learn about mission and ministry this Lenten season at Fredericksburg UMC!

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