Branching Out Newsletter
 Weekly News
Week of April 25th to May 2nd
Sunday Worship Services
10:00am in the Sanctuary
Choir Practice: Tuesdays 6:30 pm in Sanctuary

Praise Band Practice: Wednesdays 6:30 pm in Sanctuary
Sunday, April 29th
Confirmation Sunday

Exodus 3:7, 10-11
Exodus 4:10-13
1 Timothy 4:12, 14-15
Join us for
Confirmation Sunday!

Sunday April 29th at 10:00am
in the Sanctuary

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!
My Beloved KUMC family,

For the past seven and half years, you have embraced me with open arms as your Music Director. I have felt your unconditional love through it all. And it is that unconditional love that makes saying goodbye so difficult. As difficult as it is though, the time has come for me to move on to a new chapter in my life. My last Sunday with you as Music Director will be Sunday, May 13th. I wish God's blessings upon you as you continue to change lives in this part of God's kingdom. Thank you for all that you have done for me.

Danton Bankay
Director of Music
Kyle United Methodist Church
Church Council Meeting
Monday, April 30th
at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary

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 .

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 .
Barn Raising 3/24/18:

First, I am extremely sorry I did not get this out till now but WOW, what a success! Over 30 parishioners showed up to help. Y'all are AMAZING and our church looks incredible! I know I am kind of new in the church but I am so proud to say I worship with each and everyone of you.
Thank you so much for the hard work and what a joy it was to see so many people working together, taking pride in our church home. Not only should you feel good about the work you did but I hope you will always know how appreciated you are. Thank you again and way to go!

Tammy Swaton
-          Pews and wood polished and brass cleaned.
Fellowship Hall:
– Kitchen cabinets organized
– Got air conditioning running
– Computer hooked up in office and information moved from old to new
– Toilet seats repaired or replaced.

 Family Life Center:
– Ovens and refrigerators cleaned.
– Kitchen cabinets organized

– Moved propane BBQ to under over hang between FLC and FH
– Repositioned stakes on the tree on the side of the sanctuary
– Moved hay bales from front of church to dumpster
– Weeded and trimmed bushes and removed weeds from playground
-- Mowed and edged
– Cleaned out storm drains in front of the church
– Power washed church exterior
– Cleaned out gutters around FLC

A special thanks to those who prepared the meal and provided the music!

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.
SPONSOR a Youth Group Meal!
Providing a meal for our youth group is a great way to show our kids how important they are to the church and how much you care!

We welcome individuals, families or groups who would like to sponsor snacks (or a meal) each Sunday! First Sunday of the month we do a Fellowship meal, but every other Sunday we just have snacks!

If you are interested in providing a snack for our youth, please contact Alissa Villarreal at
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.

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. 
We will need all hands on deck to make this year's community outreach project a success. Please prayerfully consider serving this amazing mission to share the love of Christ with children in our community.

Positions needed:
Assembly Leader
Science Leader
Music Leader
Recreation Leaders
Bible Storytellers
Group Guides
Youth Helpers
Nursery and Preschool Leaders
Registration Team
Decorating Team
Kitchen Help
Family Party Set up and Clean up
And many more!

If you are unable to help that day, you can also sponsor a child for only $5 so that we can make this amazing opportunity available to all!

Let Alissa Villarreal know if you would like to help with this year's VBS! Sign up sheet coming soon!

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 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
VBS Decoration Creation Meeting

Wednesday, May 16th at 6:30pm
Family Life Center --All are welcome!

** We are in need of the following to borrow for VBS as props, please let Alissa Villarreal know if you have something we can use!

  • Tents
  • Bag chairs
  • Artificial Christmas Trees
  • Canoes, Kayaks, Oars
  • Life vests
  • Ice chests, camping lanterns, other camping equipment
  • Pop up canopies
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
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
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!

4/25 Praise Band Practice 6:30pm (Sanctuary)
4/28 Youth Music Practice 3:00pm
4/29 Confirmation Service at 10:00am with potluck following
4/29 Youth Group 6-8pm FLC
4/30 Church Council Meeting 7:00-8:00pm (Sanctuary)
5/1 Prayer Ministry Meeting 2:00pm (Sanctuary)
5/1 Choir Practice 6:30pm (Sanctuary)
5/2 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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