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For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1Corinthians 1:18

August 2012 Volume 1, Issue 8

Inside This Issue:

The Circuit Writer • What a Find!, page 2 • Words From Wesley, page 2 • Church Calendar, page 3

We all Scream For…. ICE CREAM! Sunday, August 26th the Shiner United Methodist Women will host our annual “ICE CREAM SOCIAL” along with a “SILEN AUCTION” in the Activity Center. This is your chance to bring your most favorite home made ice cream recipe and win the coveted “Ice Cream Scoop” award. The social starts at 5:00 p.m. when we partake in a variety of sandwiches, chips, dips and deserts. Then we get to feast on the delicious home-made ice cream and choose a winner. In the past years we have had many different types of ice creams from vanilla to Raspberry Sorbet! Along with our ice cream we can enjoy all the items in the Silent Auction. If you have anything that you would like to add, you can bring it Sunday at the social or anytime during the week to the church office. This is always a fun time trying to out bid one another on the item that we just have to have! So, bring the kids and come out and enjoy a day of good food, good fellowship; and an all around good time at our Annual Ice Cream Social and Silent Auction.

• Across The UMC, page 4 • Faith is Fun, page 5 • FUMC Youth News, page 5

Shiner FUMC on Facebook Facebook, the social networking service, has over 900 million users. The website provides an easy way for people to stay in touch and share information about what is going on in their life. Chances are you know more than a handful of people that make use of Facebook. Well, our church is also using the website to connect with members and friends in Shiner and anywhere else someone may log in. We want you to find us on Facebook. Get online and visit ShinerFUMC and click the “Like” button at the top of the page. When you do, you’ll be able to receive: >

Scripture reminders


Prayers for the day


Interesting articles


Church photos


Event Updates

You can also share your thoughts and questions. So, we hope you’ll join the fun. See you at church and online!

The Circuit Writer

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What a Find! Last month a man cleaned out his deceased grandfather’s house. He found much of what you might expect from an abandoned home. Let’s cut to the chase and just call it all junk. Well, not all of it! In fact, some have labeled one of his finds as “cardboard gold.” Stored away in the attic was a box of mint-condition baseball cards with names like Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Cy Young and Christy Mathews. You baseball buffs are probably drooling. For the rest of you, just know the cards have been conservatively valued at $3 million. Go check your attics! Trading cards aside, it isn’t uncommon to be amazed at what we find when we are searching for God. Life and faith with God are not rigid. God moves in powerful ways, opening our eyes to newness each day. The kingdom of God is very near. Chances are, however, you and I have missed it many times. It hasn’t been covered in dust, stored away in an attic. No, we’ve probably been looking elsewhere, looking for something else or just not paying attention. But when we seek, we find, and then we realize God is working all around us—what a find! Blessed Beyond Belief,

If you seek it like silver, and search for it as for hidden treasures—then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:4-5

Theological Word to Know Hosanna This comes from the Hebrew word “Hoshana.” It translates “save, pray,” or “O save now!” The Jewish Feast of Booths includes this cry. It is also a part of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

Church Email Words From Wesley

“I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion without the power. And this undoubtedly will be the case unless they hold fast both the doctrine, spirit, and discipline with which they first set out.”

Beginning this month, our church is mailing out a weekly newsletter—by email. It’s not exactly a newsletter, but it does include a few words from our pastor, John Fletcher, about some things going on at church. There are also links to inspiring stories and interesting articles. The email is open to anyone who wants to stay in touch with our church, and, although we don’t want to say it’s the best part, it is free! So, get on your computer, IPAD or Smartphone and go to to sign up today. The first email is scheduled for the first week of the month.

7 LAMB 8am, Men’s Breakfast Shiner Quilters Club Meeting


8 UMW at 6:30 p.m.



9-11am, Food Pantry


9-11am, Food Pantry

2 Aerobics Activity Center 8:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.



26 Ice Cream Social Activity Center 5:00 p.m.

Aerobics Activity Center 8:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

20 Aerobics Activity Center 8:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

19 Lunch Bunch @

Aerobics Activity Center 8:00 am

28 8am, Men’s Breakfast

21 8am, Men’s Breakfast Aerobics Activity Center 8:00 am Emmaus at La-

Aerobics Activity Center 8:00 am

14 8am, Men’s Breakfast




9-11am, Food Pantry

30 Aerobics Activity Center 8:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

9-11am, Food Pantry

23 Aerobics Activity Center 8:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

9-11am, Food Pantry

16 Aerobics Activity Center 8:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.

F.U.S.E. Vacation Bible School—Activity Center 6th—9th 5-6:30 p.m.

13 Aerobics Activity Center 8:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.




Nursing Home Devotion at 3:00 p.m.

5 Communion Sunday

The fist Sunday of every month is devoted to our programôô outreach program LAMB and Food Pantry








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The Circuit Writer

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News From Around the United Methodist Church NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — United Methodist Communications has received two gold Hermes Creative Awards for the agency’s e-newsletter MyComand the redesign of its official website Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for those involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional and emerging media. was redesigned last year. MyCom was created in response to the needs of local churches for marketing and communication support.

NFL lineman takes God and gridiron to youth NEW PROVIDENCE, Bahamas (UMNS) — New York Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty went on the offense for God at a two-day football camp for more than 50 young Bahamians. Besides introducing them to the workout regimen of a professional football player, he also emphasized the importance of having a spiritual presence in their lives. The camp was a partnership between Canty’s foundation and The United Methodist Church’s Western North Carolina Annual (regional) Conference.

Community rallying together

The United Methodist Church exists to To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

UM pastor takes arrest in stride SAN ANTONIO (UMNS) — A recent night in jail made headlines but is nothing new to the Rev. Lorenza Andrade Smith, a United Methodist pastor who has been living on the streets, offering ministry to the homeless for the past year. She turned herself in July 1 on a warrant and ticket for “camping in public.” It is the second time she has spent time in jail for this offense. The court had given her the option of a $150 fine or community service. She refused both because she says she wants to make the point that the homeless often are jailed for minor offenses and cannot pay fines or do community service. “Old tickets pile up, they get stopped for some silly reason and they get arrested again. They leave kids behind,” she said. “It is really a tragedy.”

EDGERTON, Ohio (UMNS) — The community is rallying around members of the Edgerton United Methodist Church after their church building burned July 17, ac- Stories on this page are provided by United Methodist cording to a report on FireCommunications. Summaries of stories, UMTV videos fighters believe lightning was the cause of the massive and other information from the United Methodist News blaze. "The only thing you could see through the whole Service are received via a weekly email digest. You can smoke, I mean you couldn't see nothing except for the access the complete versions of the stories at cross — the cross that was lit on the front of the church," said church member Jaenice Hill.

The Circuit Writer

Faith is Fun

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YOUTH NEWS It’s already August and what a fantastic time of year for the youth of our community. The kids are wrapping up their well deserved break from school and most extracurricular sports and activities. There’s been somewhat of a break within the Shiner FUMC youth program, as well, but we’re happy to have kept our Sunday School class going strong through the summer which is something that hasn’t always happened at Shiner FUMC. The after school program F.U.S.E. took a break during July, but will return for a week this month. We are going to host Vacation F.U.S.E. August 6-9 from 5 to 7 pm at the Activity Center. This will be a traditional style F.U.S.E. event but instead of one day a week in August, we will put 4 days into one week, at a little bit later time of day, in hopes that we can introduce some new kids and new volunteers to our program.

Newsletter Articles Needed Our church newsletter provides an easy and reliable way to keep in touch with our members and friends and provide useful information related the events and activities at our church. We hope you will help us by sharing the newsletter with your family and friends. Also, we hope you will help us build our newsletter. We need your info about upcoming events. We want your church pictures of members working together and/or enjoying fellowship. If you have something to include in an upcoming edition of our newsletter, make sure to get the information to our church office. Finally, let us know what you think about the newsletter. We want to make sure it remains an easy way for you to stay connected and to share information about what is going on at Shiner FUMC.

If you are interested in volunteering or helping with the Vacation F.U.S. E. we are in need of adult and/or high school mentors & kitchen help from 5 pm to 7 pm. We will also need hot dog wieners, hot dog buns, water balloons, markers, crayola’s, construction paper, glue and glue sticks. I am very excited about the upcoming school year for our youth program and always welcome ideas, concerns &/or questions, so feel free to contact me anytime. And get out there and invite a child and their family to church! Blessings always, Tiffany Weiser, Youth Director

Shiner First United Methodist Church P.O. Box 122 102 Church Street Shiner, TX 77984

Rev. John Fletcher, Pastor Mary Kristynik, Church Coordinator Tiffany Weiser, Youth Coordinator

Phone: 361: 594. 3830 | Fax: 361. 594. 3660 Sunday School 9:30 am | Sunday Worship 11:00 am Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm /ShinerFUMC

Reading With the Pastor

Happy Birthday

We yearn for a stronger connection to God. Many of us recognize prayer as an important part of that connection. Yet, praying can seem like a daunting and almost impossible task. Paul Escamilla shows us how we can learn to pray through the noise of life. John blogs at

Name: Dixie Tucker/Alan Timm 8/3 Name: Laura Kaspar Amber Kelton 8/6 Name: Linda Truman 8/19 Name: Nancy Littlefield Courtney Truman 8/22 Name: Betty Britsch/Dick Nance 8/25 Name: Barbara Tieken Mimi Schaefer 8/28 Name: Nathan Fletcher 8/29 Name: Linda Rigby 8/30 Name: Dan Kaspar Adam Brunkenhoefer 8/31 Happy Anniversary Name: Mike & Sharon Kelton 8/11 Name: Mike & Doris Partin 8/28

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The September 2012 edition of our church newsletter.