Branching Out Newsletter
 Weekly News
Week of April 4th to April 11th
Sunday Worship Services
9:00 am Traditional Service
11:15am Contemporary Service
Choir Practice: Tuesdays 6:30 pm in Sanctuary

Praise Band Practice: Wednesdays 6:30 pm in Sanctuary
Sunday, April 15th
Psalm 27:1; 13-14
Matthew 5:43-48
1 John 4:18-21
You will notice that we are doing Sunday announcements differently. 

The liturgist will no longer ask the congregation if there are announcements to be made. Instead, the announcement must be emailed to Pastor Darlene by Tuesday morning.

If there are a lot of announcements, it might mean that we have to limit the number of announcements and prioritize them based on the date of the event.  
We welcome our newest members, Beth and Brandon Wilson , who joined KUMC on Easter Sunday!
Lighten Your Life for Lent
Sponsored by: The Young Adults of Kyle UMC

DATE: Saturday, April 21 st

TIME: 8am – 1pm

WHERE: Kyle UMC Family Life Center

Anyone in the Kyle/Hays community in need!

Bring your clean/gently used items from the Lighten Your Life for Lent drive to the church during business hours or on Sunday’s during church hours by Monday, April 16 th . If you have clothing hangers or clothing racks we can use, bring those as well!

Sign-up to help sort items April 16 th – 20 th , pick-up larger furniture items from members homes (April 20 th ), and/or to help at the sale itself (April 21 st ). A sign-up genius is available online ( ) or in the Fellowship Hall!

Most importantly, spread the word and invite people who could benefit from this event!
Children's Church is coming to KUMC!

Starting April 8th, KUMC will now be offering Children's Church as an option during the 11:15am service! As always,children are welcome to remain in service with their families if you choose.

Children will start in the service with their family and after children's time with Pastor Darlene, they will have the option to go to the Fellowship Hall for Children's Church. They will then return to the service to take Communion with their families.
Children's church will be available for all children that are potty trained through 2nd grade. Younger children will still be able to go to the nursery

So what happens in Children's Church?
Children will be given a kid-friendly message based on the scripture reading for the day, and will do games, activities, crafts and songs to go along with the lesson!

If you have any questions regarding children's church or if you would like to volunteer to help with children's church, please contact Children's and Youth Ministry Director, Alissa Villarreal at or 361-441-4206
Are you familiar with The United Methodist Church’s Lay Servant Ministries?   A Lay Servant serves the local church in ways in which his or her witness, leadership and service inspires others to a deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship.  

The Lay Servant Ministries is offering an Advanced Course, “From Your Heart to Theirs” on  May 12th and 26th  at Boerne United Methodist Church.  

Registration deadline is  April 14th.  Registration forms are located in the Fellowship Hall.

Spring Harvest Healthy Food Drive Challenge -  going on now till May 15
Kyle UMC is taking part in the Hays County Food Bank Spring Harvest Healthy Food Drive Challenge. The drive focuses on donations of fresh, homegrown produce and healthy canned goods like tuna, tropical fruits and low sodium soups. We are also asking for any gently used or extra cookware you may have like pots and pans. The Food Bank will pass these on to their clients. You can drop your donations off in the shopping cart that will be in the Fellowship Hall.  For more information, contact Jodie Claes at  (512) 787-6711  or .

Ramp Build -  Saturday, April 14
Our first ramp build of the year is scheduled for Saturday, April 14. We will carpool to the job site from the church. As long as you have a willing heart, we will be glad to have you join us. Youth 6th grade and up are welcome to attend. A sign-up sheet is in the Fellowship Hall. For more information, contact Paul Mojica at  (512) 787-5036  or .

True Vineyard Ministries -  Sunday, April 15
We will be hosting a True Vineyard Ministries Trunk Show  Sunday, April 15.  The TVM crew will be bringing their beautiful products to sell that benefit their outreaches and facilities in Rwanda.

Missions Team Meeting - Thursday, April 26 (this is a date change)
The next meeting will be Thursday, April 26 in the FLC at 6pm. We need your help in order to continue nurturing the members of our community.
We are Blood
Sunday, May 20
Kyle UMC will be hosting a mobile blood drive next month! Come lend a helping arm and save local lives. Online appointments will be up and running soon. For questions specific to our drive, contact Jodie Claes at (512) 787-6711 .

Our Blessings Box is getting utilized by the community, which is great, but that also means that it is getting emptied out quite frequently. Please consider donating non-perishable food items, diapers, personal care items and snack food items (goldfish, raisins, etc) if you are able.

One person from the community told us she visits the Blessings Box at least twice a week and is especially grateful for the diapers and kid friendly foods. She says she stops by on the way to take her kids to the park and can almost always find a snack for them.
Computer Corner

Brad Johnson will be writing a weekly posting of the most commonly asked computer questions… ask “the computer guy” on our News/Events page on the KUMC Website.
UMW News


The next KUMW Cheer Circle meeting will be on Monday, May 14th at 11am in the Family Life Center and will be hosted by Shirley Ellis. We will be working on our Spring mission activities.

The Cheer Circle meets on the second Monday of each month at 11am in the Family Life Center. We share a devotional, fellowship and friendship. A light lunch is served.

We invite ladies interested in learning more about what we do to share in God’s love to please come and visit the Cheer Circle. We welcome new faces and new ideas. We enjoy working on our ministries and helping support local charities; focusing on women and children’s needs. If you want to hear more about this wonderful opportunity of faith and service, please join come us or call Circle Leader Lynne Kyle at 512-504-3888 or Secretary Shirley Ellis at 512-262-7292 with any questions or if you need a ride.

April 2018 UMW TWILIGHT CIRCLE - General United Methodist Women Meeting - Topic" School Fuel in Hays County
The next KUMW GENERAL MEETING of all UMW members will be on Thursday, April 12 th  at  7 p.m. in the KUMC sanctuary. We will have an enlightening speaker from School Fuel. This meeting will take the place of the usual Thursday night Twilight Circle meeting. We will be working on our Spring mission activities, nominating someone for Special Recognition, and determining our Fund Raiser for the year. 
We invite ladies interested in learning more about what we do to share in God’s love to please come. New faces and new ideas are most welcome. We enjoy working on our ministries and helping support local charities; focusing on women and children’s needs. If you want to hear more about this wonderful opportunity of faith and service, please join come us or call our President Lynette Barker at 512-504-3211, Cheer Circle Leader Lynne Kyle at 512-504-3888 or Secretary Shirley Ellis at 512-262-7292 with any questions or if you need a ride.
Young Adults Group
The Kyle UMC Young Adults group is made up of all church attendees (no church membership required) between the ages of 18 - 40! Young Adults at KUMC currently serve in various areas of worship and church life including the Sanctuary Choir and Praise Band, the Missions Committee, Sunday School Teachers/Support Teachers, the Youth Leader, and many more. In addition, the group coordinates the Reverse Advent, support each other through a Facebook group, and will present other service and social activities near future.

If you are a member or simply attend KUMC and would be interested in getting involved with this wonderful group of Young Adults, please contact the Young Adult Representative, Krystyn Jensen at or 512-618-7478. 
VBS is available to all kids entering Kindergarten to entering 5th grade. More details to come!

For questions regarding this year's VBS,
please contact Alissa Villarreal at
Vacation Bible School 2018!

Mark your summer calendars! This year we are doing VBS a little differently . It is going to be a one day event on Saturday, July 28th from 10:00am to 5:00pm with a family party starting at 5:00pm!

We will continue the VBS celebration on Sunday, July 29th as we invite families to attend the 10:00am service and the kids to sing the songs they learned.
VBS Decorating and Planning Meeting

Wednesday, April 11th at 6:30pm
Family Life Center

All are welcome!
Children's Sunday School Curriculum - Holy Moly!
Come Join us for Sunday School! We are starting a new, exciting Children’s Sunday School curriculum called Holy Moly!  

Holy Moly strives to ignite a biblical imagination that lasts a lifetime—an innovative Sunday school curriculum for kids in preschool through grade 5. With a combination of animated videos, creative activities, and age-appropriate Bibles, Holy Moly brings the Bible to life. Every Holy Moly lesson follows a four-part sequence: Discover, Relate, Connect, and Create. Each week, kids watch an animated Bible story video, talk about the story, read their Bible Storybook or Bible, and try a creative leaflet activity.

All children are invited to join us Sundays at 10:00am in the Family Life Center for Sunday School. 

For questions regarding Sunday School, or if you are interested in teaching Sunday School, please contact Children’s Director, Alissa Villarreal at .


Children's Church every Sunday during the 11:00 Service

Vacation Bible School , Saturday July 28th
Join us for
Confirmation Sunday!

Sunday April 29th at 10:00am.

Join us in celebrating with our youth as they confirm their Christian faith and begin their lifelong journey with Christ.

It is a fifth Sunday so there will be one service at 10:00am with a potluck following.
Bring your favorite dish to share!

The Youth will be providing the music for this service as well! If you are a youth (grades 6-12) and are interested in singing or playing an instrument for this service, please let Alissa Villarreal or our Music Director, Danton Bankay know.

Youth Group Needs
Youth Group is looking for people or groups to sponsor their snacks (or meal) each Sunday! First Sunday of the month we do a Fellowship meal, but every other Sunday we just have snacks! 

A HUGE THANK YOU to those who have provided snacks so far! The youth appreciate your support very much!

If you are interested in providing a snack for our youth, please contact Alissa Villarreal at
Youth Group
We will meet every Sunday from 6-8pm in the Youth Room in the Family Life Center.

Youth entering 6th grade-12th grade are invited to join us for food, fellowship and fun!
 We will do a meal during Youth Group on the first Sunday of the month--all other youth group meetings will include snacks. 

If you have any questions, or issues with the new time, please contact Youth Director, Alissa Villarreal at .
Youth Sunday School

Spending time in community with other believers is an important part of every student’s spiritual journey. That’s why Bible Studies for Life: Students is designed around a plan to help disciple to students with wisdom, starting with real-life issues and connecting them to God’s Word in an intentional way.

In Jesus Changes Everything , students will learn that Jesus is calling, and when we answer, everything changes

Session 3: Jesus Rules                                                                              March 18th
Scripture: Mark 4:35-41
Bible Point:  You can trust Jesus in the storm.

Session 4: Jesus Saves                                                                              March 25th
Scripture: Luke 2:4-20
Bible Point: Jesus was born to bring us into a relationship with God.

Session 5: Jesus Heals                                                                             April 1st
Scripture: Mark 5:22-24, 35-43
Bible Point: Jesus brings healing into our lives.
Prayer Ministry meets every Tuesday at 2 pm in the Sanctuary

  USHERS NEEDED - Please help!
         If you attend the first service, please consider serving as an usher 
     Regular or occasional volunteers are welcome 
Please contact George Davidson (518-466-0301 or
Please visit and click on "ONLINE GIVING/E_TITHE at the top of the screen to get started. 

Directions on how to do this are located in the Front of the Sanctuary or in the Fellowship Hall.
Küber -- When you need a Spiritual lift...
The United Methodist Church not only supports helping conserve our earth's resources but also helping those who might need a lift to church. That's why we're starting our latest ministry: Küber. Küber is KUMC's way of giving our congregation a spiritual lift! (thanks  Paul Mojica )
If you feel called to share your ride, please let us know! If you're someone who needs a ride, let us know that too! We would love to help match people up.
email: kuber [at]
Dates To Remember!

4/11 Praise Band Practice 6:30pm (Sanctuary)
4/11 VBS Decorating and Planning Meeting, 6:30pm FLC
4/14 Ramp Build
4/15 True Vineyards Trunk Show (FH)
4/15 Youth Group 6-8pm FLC
4/16 Disciple Bible Study (FLC)
4/17 Prayer Ministry Meeting 2:00pm (Sanctuary)
4/18 Choir Practice 6:30pm (Sanctuary)
4/18 Praise Band Practice 6:30pm (Sanctuary)

If you would like to submit something for the weekly newsletter, you need to submit on Mondays, so we can send it out by Wednesdays. 

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