Kyle UMC Weekly Newsletter
December 16th thru December 22nd, 2020
Sunday Worship Services
Services will be streamed on Facebook and posted to YouTube until further notice
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Join us in person at 9am for short worship in the Family Life Center or at 11am on Facebook Services are available to view on YouTube later in the day

Virtual Children's Christmas Pageant
11am on Facebook

Our last in-person Sunday worship gatherings of 2020 will be held this week. We’ll meet in the family life center at 9am for the nativity story, 10am in the Fellowship Hall for Adult Sunday School and gather again at 4 pm in the back parking lot for a special Blue Christmas service (see details below). Want to join the church? The last opportunity of 2020 will be this Sunday morning!

Stay tuned as we discern what 2021 will look like. We anticipate continuing the small 9am socially distanced service and the online 11am service on January 3 with a new sermon series, “The Bible in 40 words.”

Blue Christmas – Church Parking Lot on Sunday, December 20 at 4pm. Gather around the fire pit for a special service for a quiet service anyone experiencing grief during the holidays

Advent Adult Sunday School: Songs of the Season- Sundays at 10 AM in the Fellowship Hall Join us as we read the songs from the Gospel of Luke that were sung around the birth of Jesus. If you'd like to join virtually, Zoom ID is 842 3999 1297 and the password is "Alleluia."
Christmas Eve,
Thursday, December 24th – 4-6:30 pm

Come & Go Blessings in the Sanctuary

Stop by the Sanctuary (or just the front porch) for a blessing from Pastor Stella. Enjoy the decorations and the sacred space of the sanctuary. 

Church members will be asked to choose a time and sign up online so that we will be spread out over the time period for safety, but no one will be turned away on Christmas Eve – you may just have to wait a bit to come in. 

7:30 PM Christmas Eve on Zoom- Sign on and worship with your church family. Sign on information will be provided.
Fill the Stable Project

During Advent, the congregation at KUMC prepares our hearts for the Christ child by remembering that Christmas is not our birthday but Jesus' birthday. Every year we have a “Fill the Stable” mission focus for Advent to reorient our giving in this season toward others in Jesus’ name. In honor or memory of a loved one, you can purchase an animal or a share of an animal through Heifer International to help “fill the stable” for Christmas Eve.

Heifer gives livestock and training to people around the world, following up on how they are doing, and transforming communities in the process. The most beautiful of the Heifer principles is called “Passing on the Gift.” After their projects are established, families that received resources from Heifer pass on these gifts to other families in need in their community, allowing them to help others as they have been helped.

Please select your animal donation option using the button below. You will be able to fill in the name of your loved one as well. You will be given Payment Options and Honor Card options after you fill out this form.
Well Church Family, it appears the Grinch has stolen our Giving Tree! (Maybe he took it to the North Pole to fix that one light that was out on the side??)

But... hats and gloves are still very much needed as the weather gets colder! If you have any to donate, please place them in the Blessings Box.

We'll pray that whoever ended up with our tree needed it more than we did.

Alternative Free Garage Sale-Plan B

As with most things in 2020, we have had to regroup and get creative. We were not able to do our Annual Free Garage Sale in April due to COVID restrictions but Shannon Taylor has come up with a great alternative solution to help us de-clutter and enrich the lives of others in need.

During the holidays, use your extra time to clean out your closets, garages and attics. We will be donating our items this year to Arms of Hope, a not-for-profit Christian care organization that assists children and single-mother families in need. For more information, visit

Bring your clean, undamaged clothing, toys and household items to the Family Life Center on Wednesday January 13- Friday January 15 from 10am-1pm or Friday January 15 from 5-7pm. Items must be bagged or boxed. No large appliances or mattresses will be accepted. Masks required. Arms of Hope will collect our donations on Saturday, January 16th.

Volunteers are need to accept donations at the above listed days and times. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jayme Bryson at 512-539-8972.
Bring your own coffee and lawn chair and join us for Coffee Under the Tree every other Tuesday at 9:30am.

December 8th
December 22nd
The UMW would like to thank all the church members who brought yummy baked goods to the Bake Sale on December 5th . We would also personally like to thank Addison Johnson for his beautiful wood carvings that we sold at the Craft and Gift Market. Everything he donated was sold! All of the efforts brought the church $500.00. GOD BLESS YOU!!


During this time of sheltering in place, we have all longed for a touching connection with our world, our faith and our friends. With this in mind, Kyle UMW is offering a weekly devotional to be emailed, texted or mailed directly to you. You don’t have to be a member of Kyle United Methodist Church to receive it. Just contact Lynne Kyle at 775-338-2014 (mobile) or 512-504-3888 (home) or


The Cheer Circle met on Monday, December 14th . We filled the Season of Giving Christmas Bags for the Kyle Housing Authority. The bags were delivered on Tuesday, December 15th . We have also been blessed to set up a neighborhood bookshelf with books in the KHA office.

We continue to meet and follow COVID protocols and Kyle city requirements. We take temperatures, sanitize and space out chairs and wear masks. We will not be serving lunch until further notice.

The Cheer Circle meets on the second Monday of each month. We share a monthly devotional, prayers, fellowship and friendship. We invite interested ladies to please come and visit the Cheer Circle. We welcome new faces and new ideas. We enjoy working on our local and global missions; 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.
Bible on Tap is now meeting in person and virtually!

Join the group on Monday evenings at 7pm in person or via Zoom for a casual bible study! Both options are available! We're going to begin meeting in person again on the outdoor patio at Ilario's starting on Sept. 28th.

Contact Krystyn Jensen at for the link to join!
All Sunday School is virtual for now, but this is a great opportunity to build that family faith formation at home! Check our KUMC Children's Ministry Facebook page for resources!

Check out our New Virtual Classroom for Children's time videos, Sunday School Lessons, bible story videos, games and craft ideas!
Virtual Youth Group

**No youth Sunday School or Youth Group on Sunday Dec 27th. Enjoy the holiday weekend with your families!

Sunday School: Sundays at 10am
Youth Group: Sunday nights at 7pm!

Zoom links on KUMC Youth Facebook or Instagram!

Rio Texas Conference Mission, Service and Justice Opportunities for November and December 2020

Click here to view opportunities to serve!
Online Giving Opportunities

Your online giving remains critical for our continued ministry. We know this is a time of financial stress, but please give to your church electronically or by mail if you are able. Help us continue to be the church for a community in need.

Online: Click the button below or go to and click the green online giving button at the bottom of the home page.

By Mail: PO Box 69, Kyle, Texas 78640
*We will not be in the office regularly at this time.

Please leave a message on the office phone at 512-268-2331 or email

You may contact Pastor Stella at 512-415-6708 or

Children and Youth Ministry Director Alissa Villarreal is available
at 361-441-4206 or
Our purpose is to serve God by dedicating ourselves to pray each day for each person, need and concern as listed in both the confidential prayer list and the persons named in the church bulletin and newsletter. We welcome anyone who would like to join us. For more on joining, contact Natha Caldwell.

Prayer request slips are available in the sanctuary pews and may be placed in the offering plate on Sunday to be given to the pastor. Persons may also contact Natha Caldwell (512-618-3908) , Joann Runkle (832-741-7237) or Pastor Stella Burkhalter (512-415-6708) with requests (please include both email and phone info for us).

Prayers for Our Homebound
Craig Christiansen, Alice Herzog,
Paul Nipper

For All God’s People
Melanie Tiemann, Margaret McGuiness, Cody Childress, Jean Moser,
Lorene Whitten, Olga Parker,
Kathryn Roark, Dave Brown,
Curtis Rosenthal, Alva Baker,
Jean Bahney's sister Mary,
Tiffany Rabb, Susan Logan,
Monica Althenn, Erin Norton,
Shannon Taylor, Isaac Pucket

Prayers for Military
Andrew Klemme
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