Keller UMC News                                                                        October 10, 2017
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Congregational Care
Your church family wants to know when you have a life event! Please call the office at 817-431-1332 and let us know if you or a loved one are hospitalized, or if there has been a birth, death or wedding in your family. If you are in need of pastoral care, please let us know as well and a minister will respond. 

Prayer Requests

Randy Randerson
Ron Lanier

Sympathy Requests
Lawrence Roach and family in the loss of his spouse, Betty Roach.

Barbara Brooks and family in the loss of her spouse, Larry Brooks.
Reception for Pastor Stacy this Weekend

As you may have heard in worship this past weekend, Pastor Stacy has resigned to allow more time to discern her call to ministry and spend time with her family. I encourage you to stop by the Narthex this weekend, October 14 and 15, before and after worship to thank her for her time of service here and wish her well.
October 11: 
Baked Ziti with a fresh house salad and garlic bread. 
Kids option-spaghetti. 

Click here for pricing and future menus.
Empty Nesting Group Begins October 11
 
Wednesdays at 6:30pm in DAC 414, this group connects moms who are "rearranging their nest" and creating a new normal. Share your experiences and navigate this time in your life in a safe environment. We will use the book,  Rising Strong, by Brene Brown.  Purchase a book here. RSVP to  Victoria Wilson
Connection Groups

Interested in joining a small group?  Click for complete listing of Connection Groups .
Early Response Training

If you are interested in becoming a trained Early Responder with the Central Texas Conference, training classes are required. Click here to register for current training opportunities!
Kids Hope Has a Need

If you have a two-drawer, filing cabinet with key (both drawers must lock), Kids Hope is in need of one. Contact  Janna Elliott if you can help!
Holy Land Tour
February 27-March 8
 
Time is getting short to sign up for the 2018 Holy Land Trip! Deadline is November 14 to be guaranteed a spot with our group. Contact Jan Valend y at 817-431-1332. Download the printable brochure or pick one up at the Welcome Desk. 
Vivaldi's Gloria

KUMC Chancel Choir and orchestra  will present Gloria in all worship services December 9-10.  All are invited to sing for this special musical worship with no pressure to join an ensemble. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 6:30-7pm.   Get rehearsal schedule and details here  or contact Trey West.
October 14 and 15  
A Different Economy
Matthew 16:5-11a

When we measure, judge and assign value based on cost and time, we never have enough. The economy of Christ is different from our economy. Where we see shortages, Jesus invites us to see abundance. Where we see giving away as reducing our resources, Jesus teaches us that we actually gain more through generosity than we could ever lose. What would it look like to really live in God's economy of enough and quit living out of shortages and scarcity?

Saturday:
5pm with our Praise Band

Sunday:
8:15am with Brass Ensemble and Organ
9:30am with our Praise Band
11am with Chancel Choir, Brass Ensemble and Organ
 
Pick up a shopping list at the Welcome Desk this weekend  and shop for any or all items on the list. (Feel free to bring more than one of a particular item if you wish to purchase in bulk.) Items will be accepted in the Sanctuary through November 5. The annual  Shared Blessings  food drive benefits our neighbors  who are experiencing food insecurity this holiday season. It is one way we Connect with God's Family so the world may experience Christ's love. 
Your Hospitality is Needed!
 
October 21, KUMC will host  Toward Peace & Trust-Finding a Way Forward at the Table . This is an opportunity for laity and clergy in the Central Texas Conference to consider the critical conversations our denomination is having regarding church unity and inclusion of LGBTQI persons.  As there will be many people throughout our building from 9:30am-12:30pm, we would like to have a large group of volunteers to show hospitality. If you're interested in serving, co ntact Kim Kuhlman !
 
Wednesdays through October 25, 6:30-7:30pm, join Pastor Jim in DAC 417 for a session dealing with  Grief and SpiritualityThose facing loss of any kind will discover user friendly steps and resources that lead to a way forward . RSVP to  Victoria Wilson . Childcare available by reservation - email  Victoria .
Men's and Women's Choirs
 
Love singing but can't commit to it every week? You're invited to sing with Grace Notes (Women's Choir) or the Keller UMC Men's Choir! Each choir sings in worship 2-3 times a year and rehearses the Wednesday before the Sunday on which they sing. Men's Choir will sing in 8:15 and 11am worship on October 29 and rehearse Wednesday, October 25, from 6:30-7pm in the Music Suite. For more information, contact Trey West.
 
Our 8th  annual Sharing the Joy, sponsored by the UMW, is November 11 and 12 in the FLC. This world market event supports local and international non-profit and fair trade organizations, ministries that help those in need from digging water wells to assistance for the homeless. Fair trade organizations offer products such as paper bead jewelry, oil-drum art, home d├ęcor items, organic coffee and chocolate and so much more. It is a great place to find Christmas gifts that are unique as well as give gifts to nonprofit organizations in honor of a loved one. Support your neighbors at home and around the world!
Children's Ministries
Be a Part of Trunk or Treat!

Sunday, October 29, KUMC hosts our annual Trunk or Treat for the community! T here will be trunks to treat, crafts, games, live music, food booths and more. Bring your friends, wear your costumes and have fun!  Students and adults are encouraged to decorate your cars and pass out candy for kids to enjoy! Prizes awarded for the best overall car, most creative car and most interactive car.  Crafts, games, and food booths open 4:30-6pm in the FLC and front FLC Parking Lot. Trunk or treating 6-6:30pm in the back FLC Parking Lot. (Anyone hosting a trunk needs to be set up and ready for trunk or treating by 5:45pm). 
 
Volunteer opportunities: crafts, games, parking attendant, greeter, food service, set-up 3-4:30pm, clean up 6:30-7:30pm.

Acolyte Training

At Keller, children in third-sixth grade are invited and encouraged to assist in Worship by serving as an acolyte. Each week in Worship acolytes bring in and carry out the light of Christ. A training which teaches the symbolism and ritual of acolyting, as well as the mechanics, is offered each fall. This fall's training is   Sunday, October 22, at 4pm. A parent or guardian should attend with their child. Please contact Jenny Smith to sign up.
Youth Ministries
Youth Parent and Student Informational Meeting

Sunday, October 15, youth parents and students are encouraged to attend a meeting at 12:15pm in the YAC. There will be an update on the search for our new Youth Director and activities and volunteer needs will be discussed. Contact  Martha Houghteling for details! 
7th-12th Grade Opportunities

Connection Groups
A great way for students to get to know each other better, build strong relationships with other students and adult mentors and begin to understand the importance of accountability within their peer group. Contact  Martha Houghteling for details!  
Journey
 Sunday, 9:30 and 11am
Collide 
Sunday, 5:30-7pm