As we near the beginning of my renewal leave, I want to introduce you to Rev. Dr. Scott Youngblood. Scott is both and friend and colleague to Travis and me, and I could not feel more at ease entrusting you to his care and leadership during the time I am away. He is deeply committed to Christ's Church and is a gifted preacher, teacher, and pastor. Just as it took us a bit of time to get to know one another, so too will you come to know my friend as you share life together over the next six months. However, just as I offered you a few things about me right out of the gate, here are few tidbits about my golf-loving, star-gazing, image-making substitute.

"Dr. Youngblood is a lifelong Methodist, baptized, confirmed, called to preach, ordained and served under appointment in the Central Texas Conference for 41 years. He retired in 2018 but is now in his third Interim Pastor role.  He and Kathey have been married for 48 years and have two sons and two grandchildren.  They were born in and have lived in Tarrant County for 50 years.  Dr. Scott is a golfer, cyclist, photographer, astronomer, fisherman and lover of God."

On a personal note, I will miss being with you. It fills my soul to worship with you each week, to learn and grow together as we live into the sanctifying grace of God that calls us to not grow weary of being "perfected in love" - even when it is hard.

Travis, Erin, and I will be using the beginning of my time away to live into the love of Christ as we share holy time together. We will undertake The Epic Adventure which will see us explore most of the upper eastern seaboard and New England before returning to Texas via the Blue Grass state some four weeks later. Along the way, we will enjoy as many unique experiences as we can find and for which we all have energy, make lots of videos and take tons of photos. Travis and I want to fill the trip with countless experiences that Erin will be able to look back on and say, "I did this with my Daddy."

Friends, there are really no words to express my gratitude for your gracious reception of the news that I would take this leave. In fact, I was amazed to learn that many of you had already approached Doug, Chickie and others asking if some kind of leave might be provided, not knowing that the Cabinet was already at work on it. I don't know why it should surprise me. After all, that's just another example of the many ways you live out love every day.

I look forward to sharing worship with you again tomorrow as we celebrate the gift of Jim Swinford's life at 2pm in the sanctuary and again on Sunday as we gather for worship. Dr. Youngblood will be leading worship with me Sunday. I'll preach. He'll pray. I will undoubtedly shed tears of sadness, knowing I will miss you, and relief, knowing that I cannot support Travis in his quest to life well now without stepping back for a bit.

However, I will close with a little something I hope will put a smile on your face.
With much love,
Pastor Lara
aka Your Vicar
September Missions update

As we creep ever closer to September, I wanted to update you on a few of the Martin missions.
Beacon House resale shop has been doing great work since reopening a few months ago. As you know, Beacon House provides the funds for the majority of our mission work. Congratulations to Leda Oliver ( and Cheryl Stark ( for the time and leadership that they provide.
Community pantry has been providing a select group of 8 cleaning and hygiene products to all our clients since we opened after the initial closure. Previously the pantry provided a variety of 12 items, selected by our clients. We made this change to make it simpler as we have been delivering these items in the circle drive outside of Coble house. Each client/family is provided the items once per month. We serve an average of 40 client/families per week at an average cost of $8 to $10 each. Thank you to Anne Unrue ( Teresa Cochran, Linda Gardner and a host of others that lead this wonderful group of volunteers.
Backpack mission is scheduled to begin the week of September 6. This mission supplies a weekend of food and snacks for grade school children from Shady Brook elementary and Oakwood Terrace elementary. We provide for 30 students from each school. Providing for one student has an average cost of $25 per month. Denise Campbell ( Gwen Stoddard, Cathy Patrick ( and Kari Northup provide leadership and communication with the schools and the many volunteers that assist in packing the goodies.
The wheelchair ramp ministry has rested during the summer months and is also ready to get started in September. These projects are coordinated by the “Texas Ramp Project” and Martin typically builds one per month. The cost of these ramps varies, depending on complexity and length, from $350 to $600 per ramp. This mission has been led by the talented Jeff Corbet who has decided to take a break. Mark Bush ( and Doug Northup will be coordinating these projects.
I am providing this information as I know many of you enjoy participating and supporting these missions with your prayers, presence, gifts and service. It is time to stock our shelves, purchase our materials and tools and get started. If you are interested in contributing to any of these missions, you can make a contribution via check, online or cash. Simply make a designation of “Missions” and or any of these specific missions.
If you are interested in participating in these missions, or any of our other missions, or have any questions you are welcome to contact me at or contact one of the leaders above.
Doug Northup, Director Mission and Outreach
Prayer Concerns & Sympathy
Please continue to check the Facebook Prayer Page for daily updates or concerns. To be redirected to the Martin UMC Care Team Prayer Ministry page, click here:

Please join us in extending our love and sympathy to the family of Jo Lou Christensen who died the morning of 8/27. There will not be a funeral service, per her request.
Viewing will be held on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at
Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst.

Martin Community:
Jay Bradford, Rosemary Dawes, Rev. Travis Franklin, Rev. Lara, Erin, Michael and Meagan Franklin, Jay & Irene Gilpin, Emily Herbison, Dusty Mann, Susan & Mitch McCumber, Melissa Norton, Catherine Ross, Dottie Rust, Phyllis Shepherd, Priscilla Shipe, Marcie Smith

Family & Friends:
Alexandra Autry, Lisa Book, Clara Bush (Mark Bush's mom), Ryan Campanaro, Jill Davis, Rich Falcone, Lynn Flaherty, Maxie Garrett, Carolyn Guice, Maxann Hancock, Sandy Hill, Russell Hurt, Bill Jensen, Rita Morris, Jody Murphy, DJ & Lona Rater, Ben Richey, Zane Richey, Paula Steele and family and friends on the death of Gary Steele, Monette Tawbush & family, Deb Viney, Glendora Waldrup; Britton Woods, Seth Woods, Jayla's Mom, J. Lee & Laura Whittington on the death of their daughter, Jordan.

Names remain for two weeks
unless otherwise requested.

Please remember to notify Deanna
regarding any changes to the prayer list.