Branching Out Newsletter
 Weekly News
Week of January 24th to January 31st
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, January 28th

Genesis 41:38-46 (NRSV)

The Church office will be open Monday thru Wedneday 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Other hours by appointment. Contact Pastor Darlene Boaz to make an appointment at
In the very near future, the Trustees will
re-key the locks on the Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary. 

In order to get an accurate number of keys, please send an email to  if you think you need a key to the building.
All Ages Welcome! Adults come re-watch a childhood favorite and introduce your kids to the wonders of Toy Story! You can bring your own chair or blanket.

Family Movie Night Fundraiser
featuring Toy Story 2!

Friday January 26th at 6:30pm
in the Family Life Center

Suggested Donation of $1/person at the door to support Youth Midwinter Retreat.

Concessions will also be sold.


On Saturday, February 10th, treat yourself to the night out and leave the kids with us! KUMC Youth are offering a babysitting service as a fundraiser for Midwinter Retreat!

February 10 * 5:00-9:00pm
Dinner * Games * Crafts * Movies * Outdoor time
$10/child with $20 max per family

RSVP by February 9th. Sign up sheet in Fellowship Hall or Sign up on Signup Genius.

UMW News


The Circle meets on the second Monday of each month at 11am in the Family Life Center or at a member’s home. We share a devotional, prayers, fellowship, friendship and we work on our current Missions. A light lunch is served. 

We invite anyone 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 call Circle Leader Lynne Kyle at 512-504-3888 or Secretary Shirley Ellis at 512-262-7292 with any questions.

  The Kyle United Methodist Women are starting a second Circle!
            It will be held the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. This month we will have our first meeting on January 11th, in the corner classroom by the kitchen, in the Family Life Center. All women interested are invited to come.

If you have any questions, please call Lynette Barker at  512-504-3211 . No need to bring anything, just come and enjoy the fellowship. Learn how involved our UMW is in local and international missions. Find out what you can do! If you hesitated to get involved before, now is the time to act! Everyone matters, everyone can do something for others. No woman is too young to participate, no woman is too old. We want you! 

Sincerely, Lynette Barker, President Kyle UMW
Cheer Circle is collecting items to create Hygiene Kits for UMCOR. The goal is to make at least 25 kits. If you are able, please donate supplies from the list below.  UMCOR is very specific on items needed so please follow the list exactly.  Collection box will be in the Fellowship Hall till February 11 th.

Hygiene Kit Materials

1 hand towel
o    15 x 25 inches to 17 x 27 inches
o    Kitchen, cleaning, and microfiber towels not acceptable

  1 washcloth

1 comb
o    Comb needs to be sturdy and longer than 6 inches long
o    No pocket combs or picks please
o    Rattail combs and combs without handles are acceptable with a minimum of 6 inches of teeth

  1 metal nail file or nail clippers
o    No emery boards, please

1 bath-size soap
o    3 oz. and larger sizes only
o    No Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture content
o    Do not remove from original packaging

1 toothbrush
o    Adult size only
o    Do not remove from original packaging
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. 

Sunday, February 18 th
4pm – 6pm

Krystyn Jensen’s Home
Lovely Ladies of KUMC, you are welcome to the first Ladies Only Social Night! This will be a new monthly social activity that we hope any/all ladies of the church will consider attending. The hope is to get to know one another outside of our Sunday morning, or committee meeting setting.

In February we will be having fun playing various classic games (ex. Scrabble, Yahtzee, Skipbo, Dominos, Mexican Train, and many more)! Future activities could include Coloring Nights, Painting with a Twist, Movie Nights, etc.

Please come and bring your favorite appetizer to share and get ready to have a wonderful time! Contact Krystyn Jensen for more information at
Lighten Your Life for Lent

Do you have gently used or never worn clothing, shoes, and accessories lying around your home? What about kitchen items, bedding, décor, or furniture that is still in good condition, but you do not need/want it anymore? If so, Lighten Your Life this Lenten season! Please collect the suggested items below February 14 th – April 1 st . Then, bring your items (washed/cleaned) to the Family Life Center so that volunteers can sort the items in preparation for a Free Garage Sale hosted by the KUMC Young Adults!

On April 21 st , members of our local community will be invited to our Free Garage Sale (more details coming soon) and they can shop for items that they need for their families/homes.

Suggestions for Donation Items
Dress, Casual, and Athletic Clothing (infants – older adults) 
Shoes (infants – older adults)
Accessories (scarves, coats, jewelry)
Wall décor

If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Taylor (512.993.9499) or Krystyn Jensen (512.618.7478). 

Hays CISD is collecting children’s books this month. If you have books you are willing to part with we will be collecting them and delivering to our neighbors in the old library. You can place books in the black shopping cart in the Fellowship Hall.
The official update on our first blood drive of the New Year is in and we had 22 whole blood donations (affecting 66 lives). Thank you all so much for trying to give, giving and sharing the word.  The next drive at Kyle UMC is Sunday, May 20. 

Big reminder to everyone who isn’t sure if they can donate, don’t self defer. Their guidelines change all the time. Just call and ask.
VBS Planning Meeting
February 3rd, 10:00am in the Family Life Center

It's time to start thinking about Vacation Bible School again! Join us for a planning meeting, Saturday, February 3rd at 10:00am in the Family Life Center.

All are welcome to attend! We look forward to all your input on ways we can improve this wonderful community event!
Breakfast Tacos

Youth Group will be selling Breakfast Tacos the first Sunday of the month through February before Sunday School and Services.

Tacos will be $2 each. Proceeds directly benefit students attending the Mid-Winter Retreat in February! Thank you for your support!

** Any Youth that can, please come at 8:00am on Sunday to help prepare the tacos and sell before and after the first service.


The winter season of the City of Kyle's adult kickball league is in full swing at Gregg-Clarke Park. Come out and watch our church team, Pray Ball (wearing bright neon green t-shirts), represent Christ in the community. 

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 .

Holy Moly Unit 3: 12 New Testament Stories

Jan 14th: The House on the Rock Matt 7:24-27

Jan 21st: The Sower Matt 13:3-9, 18-23

Jan 28th: The Mustard Seed Mark 4:30-32

January 26th- 6:30pm Family Movie Night Fundraiser playing Toy Story 2!

February 11th- Jesus Love Me Party during Sunday School

March 25th- Easter Egg Hunt and Potluck Picnic after the second Service
Jesus Loves Me!
Valentine's Party

Sunday, February 11th
during Sunday School
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
January 26th - Movie Night Fundraiser for Midwinter

February 4th - Breakfast Taco Sales

February 10th - Parent's Night Out Fundraiser for Midwinter

Feb. 23-25th : Midwinter Retreat at Camp Tejas in Giddings, Texas. Details to below!

March 9th - Spring Break Lock-in! Details to come!
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.

Our Midwinter Retreat for youth this year is going to be at Camp Tejas in Giddings, Texas.

**More detailed information was emailed to parents of youth on 1/9/17. If you did not receive this email or if you have any questions, please contact Alissa Villarreal at or 361-441-4206.

February 23-25 at Camp Tejas in Giddings, Texas

Registration Dates: December 1,2017- January31,2018
Late Registration February 1-15, 2018
Cost: Regular Registration$150 |Late: $175***

***We are doing fundraising for the event. Our goal is to raise at least half of the cost of the fee for each of the youth that attend. 

If your youth is interested in attending, please sign up here: mid-winter-2018/  

Payment will be given to the church with your permission slip.

For more information on Camp Tejas:
By popular request, we're having another Youth Lock-in to kick off Spring Break!

Friday, March 9th at 8:00pm to Saturday, March 10th at 8:00am.

More details and Sign Up to come!

Easter Egg Hunt
and Potluck Picnic

Sunday, March 25th after the second service!
Prayer Ministry meets every Tuesday at 3 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!

1/24 Praise Band Practice 6:30pm Sanctuary
1/26 Movie Night Fundraiser, 6:30pm FLC
1/28 Youth Group 6-8pm FLC
1/29 Disciple Bible Study 6:30pm
1/30 Prayer Ministry 3pm Sanctuary
1/30 Choir Practice 6:30pm
1/31 Praise Band Practice 6:30pm

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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What committee or group is doing it?
What day? Time? Location? Deadline?
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