Branching Out Newsletter
 Weekly News
November 20th through Nov 27th, 2019
Sunday Worship Services
9:00am in the Sanctuary

11:15am in the Sanctuary
Choir and Praise Band practice Sunday mornings before each service.
Sunday, Nov 24th

  2 Chronicles 7:11-18  
Matthew 18:15-20

  “Pray Together”

Join us in Welcoming these New Members into our family
at Kyle UMC!

Jennifer Holling and her sons,
Joseph and Jacob

Toney and Carolyn Quillen

Jesse and Nancy Tamayo
The Church offices will be closed Wednesday, November 27th thru Friday, November 29th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
E-mail Security Issue

If you receive an email from Pastor Stella requesting gift cards or stating there is an emergency, please disregard. Pastors have been being used in an e-mail scam recently, and unfortunately, Pastor Stella has been added to the club.

Pastor Stella is not currently asking for anything by e-mail, but if you'd like to turn in your pledge cards at church, she will definitely take them!

Tony Briones- New Music Minister

It is with pleasure that we announce that a new Music Minister has been hired. 

Antonio (Tony) Briones is a senior at Texas State University and is on track to graduate in May 2020. His goal is to remain in this area for a middle- or high-school teaching position.

Tony has experience in music ministry at three churches: formerly at Groves United Methodist and currently serves two churches: Staples United Methodist and Kingsbury United Methodist. He also teaches voice, piano, guitar and ukulele for Curious Chords and comes to us with Jenny Sandoval’s recommendation. Tony has experience playing in several bands and currently plays keyboard/backup singer for Son Latino Show Band. Tony is very enthusiastic about worship music for choir and praise band. 

Please welcome him warmly when he is introduced on Sunday, December 8 . Thanks to the interview committee: Lynette Barker (SPRC), Pastor Burkhalter, Ting Chang (Praise Band), Nancy Davidson (SPRC Chair), Paul Mojica (congregation at-large), Joann Runkle (Lay Leader), Terry Runkle (Lay Leader), Ed Winn (SPRC).

Blessings Box News

We want to take a moment to thank the church and the community for your support of the Blessings Box. Thanks to you, the Blessings Box has been well stocked for the past couple of months and we have been able to help feed those that are hungry in our community.

As we move into the colder season, we ask that donations do not include items in glass jars (baby food, sauces, etc) because they might freeze and broken glass is a safety issue.

Angel Tree Update: Thank you to everyone that has selected an Angel to purchase for. We still have 12 Angels left on the tree! If you would like to select an Angel, please contact the church office and we can let you know who is left. You can also make a monetary donation (or gift card) to help the Missions team complete the purchases.

The agency we are working with this year is CASA of Central Texas. CASA advocates for abused and neglected children in the court system by recruiting, training and supporting community volunteers. Our Youth Group has helped to select 50 Angels for our tree this year.
When you select your Angel we also ask that you pray for each one of them by name. The total amount spent on each child should be in the $30-$50 price range. Items on the wish list are suggestions from their CASA volunteer, you are not expected to purchase everything on the list. 
With each Angel you will find a heart clipped to it. Please fill out the heart with your information and drop it in the labeled box. This way we can keep track and make sure all the Angels make it back in time. 

Gifts should be brought unwrapped and placed under the Christmas Tree in the Fellowship Hall by Sunday, November 24 . Make sure to include the Angel on the gift so
it goes to the right child. The Youth Group will be delivering the gifts on Sunday, December 1.
For any questions or concerns please contact Natalie Simcoe 512-422-4309 .
Hanging of the Greens

Stay after the second service on Sunday, November 24th for the Hanging of the Greens as we prepare the church for Advent. We will begin at 12:30pm.
Fill the Stable Project begins Dec 1st

During Advent, the congregation at KUMC prepares our hearts for the Christ child by remembering that Christmas is not our birthday but Jesus' birthday. Our “Fill the Stable” mission focus for Advent reorients our giving in this season toward others in Jesus’ name. Instead of buying a poinsettia 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.

For more information on Heifer International, visit
The Annual Gift and Craft Market is just around the corner!

Saturday, Dec 7th from 10am-2pm

Come shop for gifts and goodies and help support local vendors and your church!
Vendor spaces still available.

Youth Group will have a booth selling handmade items and the church will be selling pulled pork sandwich plates at the craft market to raise funds for the church. If you are able, please sign up to help serve the day of the event or provide supplies! Click the button below to sign up for youth or food service and donations!

Your UMW is sponsoring a Christmas Bake Sale as part of the Annual Gift and Craft Market on December 7. All the proceeds help KUMC directly!

We invite all our church family to bake or purchase your favorite cookies, cakes, pies, cup cakes or sweet treats and contribute them to our sale. We do ask that cookies be pre-packaged in plastic zip lock baggies (2 large or 4 small per bag) for ease in selling. We will take care of pricing!!

Please deliver your baked goods to the FLC Kitchen on
Friday, December 6th from 4:00 to 6pm Or Saturday, DEC 7 by 10am.

Sunday Dec 22nd at 11:15am Service

All children are welcome to participate and can join in that morning- no practice needed! Youth will do the readings.
Sunday, Dec 22nd
during Sunday School

Join us to celebrate the reason for the season- Jesus' birthday! We'll celebrate at 10:00am during Sunday school and then get ready for the Children's pageant.
Donuts and Fellowship

Did you know that the donuts we enjoy every Sunday are provided by generous donations from our congregation? This is the last quarter of the year so lets have donuts every Sunday!

Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall or talk to Jayme Bryson about how you can get involved!
Bible on Tap

Bible on Tap meets every Monday, 6:30pm at Aviator Pizza for an hour long bible study, which covers a current event topic that provides countless opportunities for discussion and biblical reference! All are welcome, not just members or people who attend KUMC! No bible needed and no homework/materials to prepare ahead of each meeting. 

Come join this wonderful group of non-perfect Christians who get together each week to support each other as they explore, learn, and go deeper into their faith. 

Faithful Heart Yoga

Instructor: Krystyn Jensen, 200-hr certification

Fourth Sunday of the Month
12:30pm – 1:30pm

KUMC Family Life Center

Open to anyone who wants to feel a Christian connection while working to heal and/or strengthen your body while building your connection to Christ!

COST: $5/person (for family rates, contact Krystyn Jensen, ); 10% of all monies collected will be donated to KUMC!
The members of the Living the Questions Adult Sunday School class invite you to join in a study of John Wesley and Methodists, the beliefs and actions that started the group of believers called Methodists.

The class will consist of some readings, some presentations, and an extended dialogue about what it means to us today. Travel with us from Epworth, Lincolnshire in 1703 through time attending Oxford, during ordination in the Anglican church, on a trip to the New World in 1735 to preach in Georgia, and onward to return to England, Aldergate Street, and the continued the development of a group of Methodists, in both England and America, as Methodism was born. Live the Questions with us in the faith journey.

We invite you to join us at 10:00 on Sunday mornings in the Wallace Classroom.
United Methodist Women News

We invite anyone interested in learning more about what we do to in service and to share in God’s love to please come and visit our Circles. 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. 


The Cheer Circle will not formally meet in December but attend and enjoy the annual UMW Christmas party. The next meeting will be held on Monday, January 13 th at 11am in the FLC corner Classroom.

The Cheer Circle meets on the second Monday of each month at the time and location above. We share a monthly devotional, prayers, fellowship, friendship and a light lunch.

If you want to learn more about this wonderful opportunity of faith and service, please call Circle Leader Lynne Kyle at 512-504-3888. We can provide a ride too.
***Please register by Dec 1st to let us know you are attending. Please let us know if money is an issue, we want everyone to attend and have some sponsorships available.

Chaperones! We need you! The more chaperones we have signed up, the less time we each have to stay awake! Please sign up if you're able to help!
Sunday Night Youth Group

Who wants to come hang out with some awesome youth?!? We are in need of adults to help with Youth Group. Can't help every Sunday? That's ok! Help when you're able. We have to have a minimum of 2 adults each Sunday for Safe Gatherings ratio so that gives us an opportunity to have lots of adults impact the lives of the kids in our growing youth group!

Can't help on Sundays? You can support our youth by providing meals and snacks.
If you'd like to volunteer or want more information, please contact Alissa Villarreal at or 361-441-4206.
Confirmation is an opportunity to respond to the grace of God available to us, as acknowledged in baptism, and to promise to live as a person of faith.Confirmation classes journey together toward their first profession of their intent to live as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

At KUMC our Spring Confirmation Class will begin in January and will continue through the Confirmation ceremony on Easter Sunday.  Confirmation is available for youth 6th-12th grade. Please let Alissa Villarreal know by November 30th if your child would like to join our Spring Confirmation Class.
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).

Current Prayer List:

Prayers for Our Homebound
Craig Christiansen, Alice Herzog

For All God’s People
Erik Curtis, Melanie Tiemann,
Nancy Davidson,Tristan Villarreal,
Margaret McGuiness, Beverly Corzan, Thelma Foye, Cody Childress,
Penny Karanas, Sybil Ellison, Dianne Hyde, Jean Moser, Lorene Whitten

Prayers for Military
Andrew Klemme, Jon Vahl

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.
 Tuesday- Thursday from 9am–2pm.
Appointments can be made by calling 512-268-2331
or Pastor Stella at 512-415-6708.

Nov 23- Steel Magnolias Performance, 2pm , FLC (time was incorrect last week)
Nov. 24- Hanging of the Greens, 12:30pm
Nov. 24- No evening Youth Group
Nov 25- Bible on Tap, 6:30pm, Aviator Pizza, Kyle
Nov 26 - Prayer Group Meeting, 1:30pm, Sanctuary
Nov 27-29 - Church offices closed
Dec 1- Fill the Stable Project begins
Dec 7- Gift and Craft Market 10am-2pm, FLC
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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