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FUMC Newsletter
FEBRUARY 2015
426 St. Paul, Gonzales, TX 78629
Phone: 830-672-8521 Fax: 830-672-4612 www.fumcgonzales.org
2014 Christmas Pageant
Hey y’all! My name is Ruth Harnett and I am your new
Youth Pastor. I am originally from South Carolina, but I
currently live in Kentucky where I just graduated from
Asbury Theological Seminary. A few things y’all need to
know about me are I am engaged and getting married on
April 11th to my best friend David Smith, I have the cutest
dog in the world Sinopaw, I love Chick-Fil-a, and ever since
I gave my life to Jesus I have had a heart and calling to
Youth Ministry. I am so excited to move to Gonzales and I
am looking forward to meeting each of y’all in February!
email: ruthfumc@gvec.net
Cell: (843) 992-9204
Sunday February 8th we will have a covered dish luncheon to welcome Ruth and
David. The meat will be provided so bring your favorite side dish/dessert for this special
potluck to welcome Ruth Harnett and her fiancée, David Smith, to Gonzales!
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Welcome to our new members!
Lee and Dana Williams
and their daughter Jordan
Altar Flowers for February are given by:
February 1
Sally and Vic Brown
In Honor of Our Children, Our Grandchildren,
and Our Great-Grandchildren
February 8
Dorothy Green
In Memory of Dikes Green
Shirley and Bob Spoon
In Memory of Grace Carleton Keck
February 15
Doyle, Wendy, and Kiley Allen
In Memory of Colby Parker Craig
Emily Neuse
Glenn Preuss, II
Jason and Stephanie Carter
In Memory of Loved Ones
February 22
Cara Nell and John Decker
In Memory of Olga and Wilfred Baron
Al and Katie Garrett
Happy House Bake Sale
Sunday, February 8th
Between Services
EARTH ANGELS
Earth Angels are always working on
projects to benefit local citizens and local
groups. We are beginning a new Gonzalesthemed quilt project as well as continuing to
create quilts and to donate quilts to others.
Women who are interested in quilting make
up our group called Earth Angels. Meetings
are usually held at 6:00 PM on the second
Tuesday of each month, in the First United
Methodist Church Fellowship Center. A typical
meeting involves an inspirational reading
followed by the mentioning of persons who may
be in need of prayers or in need of being
“wrapped in God’s love” by the presentation of
a quilt. Members share ideas, show quilts they
have made, and engage in quilting
projects. Earth Angels also enjoy going on
road trips to area quilt shops and quilt shows.
Fellowship and sharing play a major role in
Earth Angels. Feel free to visit our next meeting
on February 10, 2015; we’d love to have you.
Staff
Rev. Andy Smith, Senior Pastor
Ruth Harnett, Youth Pastor
Willa Keck, Children’s Ministry Director
Felicia Cantu, Office Manager
Rosemary Hindman, Business Manager
Shirley Goss, Wesley Nurse
Craig Aamot, Music Minister
Christina Menking, Organist
Bill Meadows, Pianist
Sandra Jandt, Happy House Director
Rosannah Green, Attendance
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Thank You
Book Club News
Dear FUMC,
Thank you for your kind donations and support at
the bake sale I put on. Your donations bought
toys for unfortunate children this Christmas. Your
donations gave some people a Merry Christmas.
Love, Grace Morgan
Thank you for all your help in getting John to the
Dr. Thank you for all the prayers.
The Boyd Family
Lenten Living
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18
this year. Christians have observed this season of
the church year since the fourth century. It’s
traditionally a time of reflection, penitence and
spiritual renewal before Easter.
During Lent, some Christians give up
something that hinders their relationship with God.
Others do something extra for their spiritual growth
or make a special sacrifice. The key is to make
Lent a memorable season of sincere spiritual
growth — a time that can set the tone for the rest
of the year.
The Book Club met
on our usual fourth
Thursday meeting day,
January 22, to discuss
this month's selection,
Killing Patton, the latest
of a
series by Bill
O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. The book was an
interesting read and a very thorough account of
the Battle of the Bulge and the last years of
World War II, describing in detail the conflicts
between enemies and Allies and their leaders
with fascinating glimpses into the lives and
personalities of these people. We all agreed
that we learned things we did not know before.
Detailed maps of the battles and movements of
troops helped make the scenes come alive in
ways that previously read WWII books did not.
Patton himself was a very complex general
who was either loved or hated, but evidence
seems to be that he was mastermind warrior
who died under unusual circumstances. The
authors did not subscribe totally to a conspiracy
theory but certainly think more investigation
should have been done at the time of his car
accident and death.
Ordinary Grace, a coming-of-age novel by
William Kent Krueger, is our February
selection. The story is told by a young boy, the
son of a Methodist minister, and the setting is
the small town where the father pastors. It is a
mystery and love story told with humor, pathos,
and lots of grace...ordinary and extraordinary.
Norma Fink will lead our discussion.
Everyone is welcome! See you at 9:30 on
February 26!
Martha Jo Whitt
STATISTICAL REPORT DECEMBER 2014
DATE
7
14
21
28
8:30
144
115
157
—
10:45
100
150
175
139
TOTALS:
AVERAGES:
416
139
564
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TOTAL
244
265
332
139
SS
90
92
95
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OFFERINGS
$ 15,810.55
$ 20,076.20
$ 11,818.75
$ 24,733.00
980
245
277
92
$ 72,438.50
TOTAL EXPENSES FOR THE MONTH:
$ 29,207.91
NET GAIN OR LOSS FOR THE MONTH: $ 43,230.59
APPORTIONMENTS PAID TO DATE:
___ 100%
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February Birthdays
2/1
2/2
2/3
2/4
2/5
2/6
2/7
2/8
2/9
2/10
Felicia Cantu
Jeanette Mayer
Daniel Lester
Travis Raabe
Marie Currie
Tyler Morgan
Josh Lucas
Lacey Ploeger
Kelly McGuffin
Thom Raabe
Chelsea Petty
Samantha Barnick
Samantha Turk
Bryan Logan
Amanda Reed
Edith Lucas
Bill St. John
Sue Gottwald
Helene Seidel
2/11
2/12
2/13
2/14
2/15
2/16
2/17
2/18
2/19
2/20
Jaylen Johnson
Danni Lester
Kyle Crozier
Isabella Crawford
Kara Watts
Christi Leonhardt
Anne Boothe
Jackie Hodgkiss
Brevin Wilson
Paden Boothe
Kohen Mills
Sheila Pruett
Scott Bakken
Stayton Lester
Jennifer Almaguer
Kathleen Howard
Jacey Lester
Sue Ortman
Bernice Heldarsen
2/22
2/23
2/26
2/27
2/28
Lynda Frazier
Bill Weaver
Dyna Dubose
Travis Keck
Mike Kosser
Trent Schauer
Tommie McMurtry
Barry Boothe
Billy Boothe
Gay Riedel
Josh Avant
Jarren Johnson
Twan Brady
Bryce Carleton
ANNIVERSARIES
IN
2/04
Martha Jo & John Whitt
2/05
Joyce & Dannie Schellenberg
Janet & Mike Yoakum
2/08
Natalie & Philip Storey
2/11
Jo Ann & Scott Keck
2/14
Linnea & Bob Cowan
Leann & Pete Wilkerson
Laura & Wade Zella
2/16
Pat & Lynn Wilburn
February 18
Service at 6:00 p.m.
in the Sanctuary
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FEBRUARY WORSHIP ASSISTANTS
February 1, 2015
February 8, 2015
February 15, 2015
February 22, 2015
8:30 A.M. SERVICE
Mallory Clack
Braden Clampit
Jaylen Johnson
10:45 A.M. SERVICE
Peyton Ruddock
Weston Ruddock
Sadie Thibodeaux
Emmitt Currie (Lead)
Gary Clack
Bill DeBerry
Dena Fritz
Commie Hisey
Pal Lester (Lead)
Eldon Farek
Dick Goss
Shirley Goss
Greg Griffin
USHERS
Forrest Penney
Willa Keck
Lisa Barnick
Willa Keck
LITURGIST
CHILDREN’S SERMON
8:30 A.M. SERVICE
Brody Borrer
Hadley Borrer
Josie Stowers
10:45 A.M. SERVICE
Parker Storey
Kylee Watson
Trent Wilkerson
Emmitt Currie (Lead)
Kenneth Fink
Herman Grauke
Joe Britt Hindman
John Lucas
Pal Lester (Lead)
Beverly Malatek
Cheryl Meadows
Bobby Morgan
Ray Nietsch
USHERS
Amanda Reed
Lisa Gindler
David Bird
Lisa Gindler
LITURGIST
CHILDREN’S SERMON
8:30 A.M. SERVICE
Ashtyn Kardosz
Brendon Mercer
Daniel Sullivan
10:45 A.M. SERVICE
Ava Medellin
Baron DuBose
Weldon Holub
Emmitt Currie (Lead)
Ronnie Menking
Travis Schauer
Greg Sengelmann
Steve Taylor
Pal Lester (Lead)
Leslie Ploeger
Mary Tomas
Justin Pope
Kelly Allen
USHERS
Terry Towns
Commie Hisey
Eldon Farek
Commie Hisey
LITURGIST
CHILDREN’S SERMON
8:30 A.M. SERVICE
Megan Tenberg
Jordan Williams
Natalie Tenberg
10:45 A.M. SERVICE
Morgan Farrar
Faith Lester
Sadie Morgan
Emmitt Currie (Lead)
John Whitt
Martha Jo Whitt
Billy Boothe
Sue Boothe
Pal Lester (Lead)
Jeffery Braune
Mike Davis
Bitsy Henderson
Greg Griffin
USHERS
Allison Davis
Emmitt Currie
Gene Kridler
Emmitt Currie
LITURGIST
CHILDREN’S SERMON
ACOLYTES
ACOLYTES
ACOLYTES
ACOLYTES
If you are unable to serve on the date scheduled, please contact the church office, 672-8521.
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Children’s Corner
“For God so loved the World that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will
not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16 NLT Happy Valentines!
February Events:
Sun, Feb 1 –Communion and Worship at Romberg House at 2:30pm. Any children wishing to help
Pastor Andy at Romberg, contact me at 857-6630.
Wed., Feb 4 – Pioneer Club, afterschool – 5:30pm
Sun, Feb 8 – Happy House Bake Sale in Narthex, Pot Luck luncheon to Welcome Ruth and David,
Confirmation.
Wed, Feb 11 – Pioneer Club, afterschool – 5:30pm
Sat, Feb 14 – Happy Valentines! God Loves You!
Sun, Feb 15 - Confirmation classes
Wed, Feb 18 – Pioneer Club, afterschool – 5:30pm; Ash Wednesday-All are welcome to the Ash
Wednesday Service @ 6pm.
Sun, Feb 22– Confirmation classes
Wed, Feb 25 - Pioneer Club, afterschool – 5:30pm
Important Note: The Children and Youth Led Services originally scheduled for Feb 22 have been
postponed until later in the Spring.
Highlights of Months to come:
March - Butterfly caterpillars arrive in March. Date to be announced.
March 9-13 - GISD Spring Break, Watch for more information on an activity that week. No Pioneer Club.
Wed, March 25 – Spaghetti Supper tickets go on sale.
Sun, March 29, Palm Sun - All Children invited to participate in Palm Processional. Hosanna Choir will
sing at both services. Spaghetti Supper Tickets on Sale.
Wed, April 1– Easter Egg hunt, 5:15pm.
Fri, April 3 – Good Friday Service, Evening Service
Sun, April 5 - Easter Sunday with Butterfly Release between services
Wed, April 15 – Last Day of Pioneer Club
Wed-Thur, April 23-24 - Help prepare for Spaghetti Supper
Fri, April 24-Spaghetti Supper
Sat, May 9 – Confirmation Retreat
Sun, May 10 – Senior Recognition
Sun, May 17 – Confirmation Sunday
Mon, June 22 – Annual Splashway Trip (tentative date)
July 13-17 - Vacation Bible School, “Everest”—SAVE THE DATE!!!!
July 26 -29 - Cathedral Oaks Summer Camp for exiting 3rd-5th graders
August- Lego Camp is coming!!
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Wesley Nurse News
“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”
Proverbs 3:24
Sleep is essential to your well-being. It is necessary for the body to recharge its batteries, heal its
wounds, rest the spirit, and regroup for another day. Everyone needs good quality rest, deep,
uninterrupted sleep for at least 6 or more hours a night, or you may experience fatigue, moodiness,
irritability, poor memory, decreased dexterity, decreased energy level, and possibly depression.
Whether related to stress, illness, or just a long day, people often have difficulty falling asleep.
Establish a bedtime routine that prepares you and your mind for sleep. The room should be dark, a
comfortable temperature, and quiet to allow the mind to relax. A light snack of carbohydrates
(yogurt, apple, cheese, or granola) before bed may be helpful but heavy spicy foods, alcohol, or
caffeine will keep you awake. Remember a bedtime prayer for additional comfort and relaxation.
“So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.” Hebrews 12:12
Sleep apnea, a repetitious stop and start in bedtime breathing, will cause chronic fatigue which then
impacts clarity of thinking and levels of activity. A variety of issues such as weight, snoring, alcohol
intake, or physical make-up may cause this condition. If you are consistently tired after a long night’s
sleep you may not be getting sufficient oxygen during sleep. Consider seeing a physician as this
treatable condition is a risk for high blood pressure and severe cardiovascular problems. Many things
can cause a poor night’s sleep also: excessive napping, physical ailments, excessive worrying, or
even hormonal changes.
Shirley Goss, RN 673-1031
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Where has 2014 gone? The years seem to be flying by at a faster rate with
each passing year.
Blessings to each of you as we begin 2015! The purpose of United
Methodist Women calls us to know God and to experience freedom as whole
persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and
to expand concepts of mission through participating in the global ministries of
the church. Our emphasis is to help women, children, and youth of our
community and throughout the world.
As members of Gonzales UMW, we are asked to answer the call to step out in faith to meet
our local pledge of $1,600 and to share what we have with those less fortunate. We did so in 2014.
Can we do so again for 2015?
On December 1st United Methodist Women hosted the annual Christmas Luncheon in the
Narthex at 12 P.M. Twenty-one attended enjoying a time for lunch and fellowship. Christina
Menking and Bill Meadows provided lovely entertainment while we visited and ate. Thank you to
all who attended and brought your favorite salad or dessert. You truly made it a festive affair.
We will NOT be having a January unit meeting, however the Wesleyan Circle will meet at
5:30 p.m. on January 13th for their pledge service.
Invitation to Join
If you think that you might be interested in joining United Methodist Women, please come to
the meeting on January 13th at 5:30 in the Narthex. We will have a light meal and our program. We
would love to have you visit our group.
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UMW Study
UMW will host a study on February 2nd. We invite anyone in the church to attend. Letters
will be sent to surrounding communities.
The study entitled, “How Is It With Your Soul?” is written by Priscilla Pope Levison &
John Levison. The Study Guide is written by Faye Wilson. Framed within four verbs, “pray,”
“learn,” “mentor” and “transform,” the study gives an overview of the setting for this question -“How Is It With Your Soul?” – in Methodist class and band meetings, and moves in a trajectory
from the individual to the church to the world. The study is bookended by key Wesleyan questions
such as: “Have you carefully abstained from doing evil?” “Have you zealously maintained good
works?” and “Have you constantly attended on all the ordinances of God?” The writers lead the
readers to reflect on their own responses by focusing on the four aforesaid verbs, pray, learn,
mentor, and transform, and learning insights from the lives of leaders from the Bible as well as
those from Christian mission history. This intriguing study will be lead by Pastor Andy Smith.
Come for coffee, juice and pigs in the blanket at 9:30 a.m. The study will begin at 10
a.m. We will break for lunch at noon provided by the UMW members. The study will end at 3pm.
The study will last for 4 hours in order to meet study guideline requirements.
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Thank You
Thank you to everyone who donated socks, underwear, and warm-up pants for the children
in our community. They have not been counted but the extra large plastic bag Cheryl took was
filled to capacity. We also received a $100.00 dollar donation to the sock tree project. This will be
used to purchase warm-ups and other sizes of undies as needed.
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