Branching Out Newsletter
 Weekly News
March 4th thru March 11th, 2020
Sunday Worship Services
9:00am in the Sanctuary

11:15am in the Sanctuary
Choir and Praise Band practice Wednesday evenings.
Sunday, March 8, 2020

     Psalm 121:1-8 
John 3:11-17


“Help for the Helpers”

Daylight Savings Time is this SUNDAY!

Don't forget to Spring Forward!

Church Council Meeting

Sunday, March 8th, 12:30pm
We will be celebrating our scouts on Sunday, March 8th and would like to invite all Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to participate in the services that day! The sermon that day is "Loving God through Service".

We will need acolytes, greeters, ushers, scripture readers and some older scouts to do Children's Time. Please contact Alissa Villarreal at or 361-441-4206 to let her know what you would like to help with and which service (or both!) you can attend! Don't forget to wear your uniforms!
Join us to make Pretzels for Lent during Sunday School, Sunday March 8th!
How are pretzels and Lent connected? Pretzels were developed as an option to satisfy fasting laws of the time. Eggs, fat, and milk were forbidden during Lent. So, the remaining ingredients that one could use included water, flour, and salt. A young monk baked the first pretzel — making a Lenten bread of water, flour, and salt, forming the dough into the prayer position of the day and baking it as soft bread.
As the story goes, the pretzel is in the shape of arms folded in prayer. The three holes in a pretzel are also said to represent the Holy Trinity. Pretzels can be a wonderful way to teach children the value of prayer during Lent.
The Path to God from Kyle, Texas

How can you get to God from where you are?

At Kyle United Methodist Church, we will observe the traditional season of Lent, a time of preparation for Easter, by considering this question. 

Each week, we will consider a different way that can connect to God, no matter what your spiritual life has been like in the past. If your faith life has felt a bit empty, predictable, or non-existent, this season will refocus and deepen you to make this Easter the most meaningful yet.

Click here for a list of pathways and practices. Click here for video inspiration from people walking these pathways.
Join us for a Spaghetti Dinner! Wednesday, March 11th in the Family Life Center!
We'll start serving at 5:30pm with music and message starting at 6:00pm.

Grocery Distribution begins at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.

Community meal and food distribution are FREE and all are welcome!
Please share with anyone in need!
Easter Lillies

If you would like to purchase an Easter Lily in Honor or in Memory of someone to be displayed during the Easter Services, please fill out the bulletin insert and place in the offering plate with your payment.

You will be able to take your lily home after the 11:15 Easter Service.
Save the Date for our Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 5th at 12:30pm

We will need donations of FILLED Easter eggs for the hunt!

We're encouraging you to LIGHTEN YOUR LIFE FOR LENT!

Go through those extra closets and dresser drawers and pass on what you no longer need. 

On April 25th, we're doing our Annual Free Garage Sale. We have seen in the past that this is a church-wide event, and we're getting some extra help from partner agencies this year. 

We're doing it a little differently this year. When you bring your items, please have clothes items sorted by gender (in a perfect world, also by size, but we know how hard that can be), and household items sorted together. We'll be receiving items for donations from Sunday, April 19th through Thursday the 23rd at the church. Please hang on to them until then because we simply don't have the space at church.

We've done this twice in the past, and we've heard testimonial after testimonial about how helpful it is for our community. God has moved mountains for people through this act of service, and people are already asking about this year's date. Please prayerfully consider what you're able to donate and know that it matters. People receive help they desperately need, and they see Christ moving. 

Please contact Shannon with questions. 
Bible on Tap

Bible on Tap meets every Monday, 7:00pm at Ilario's Italian Restaurant 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 Lenten Study, Embracing the Uncertain by Magrey R. deVega.

We promise engaging dialogue on each topic.

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 next Cheer Circle meeting will be held on Monday, March 9 th at 11am in the FLC corner Classroom. We will be working on the upcoming Easter Brunch and Spring General Meeting. Please come and join us!

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.
Donuts and Fellowship

Let's start the new year with donuts/goodies every week. Time to sign up! The list is in the Fellowship Hall on the table next to the blue donation box or click the button below to sign up! This way, everybody gets to participate!

Contact Christie Meyer about how you can get involved!
VBS Planning Meeting

Tuesday, March 24th at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall

Come learn about this year's theme "Knights of the North Kingdom" and help us plan a great event! Learn about decorating and volunteering opportunities!
Children's Sunday School- Elementary age

Last January we added bringing offering to Sunday School and this year we are adding Memory Verses!

One of the most important things for young minds is to plant the word of God as early–and as often–as possible. Teaching the Bible to young ones, and then helping them to memorize it verse by verse, plants important spiritual seeds in their minds and hearts that will sprout into faith for years to come!

We will work on one bible verse every 3 weeks with activities and bible stories each Sunday that relate to that verse! Please help your kids practice their verses at home! We will be asking them to recite it at the end of the 3 weeks. We'll have fun prizes for remembering their verse!

Our verse for March:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:
The old has gone, the new is here!
 2 Corinthians 5:17
Sunday Night Youth Group
Join us Sunday evenings from 6-8pm for fun, fellowship and worship! Open to all 6th-12th graders and their friends!

Upcoming events:
Mar 8- Youth Group Lesson on Lent, Lenten Pretzel making

Mar 15- No Youth Group (spring break)

Mar 22- Prayer Labyrinth at Seton (meet at Seton hospital at 6pm)
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.
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

P rayers for Our Homebound
Craig Christiansen, Alice Herzog,
Jack Nipper

For All God’s People
Erik Curtis, Melanie Tiemann,
Margaret McGuiness, Cody Childress,
Jean Moser, Lorene Whitten, Lisa Starlin, Natha Caldwell, Olga Parker, Kathryn Roark

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.

March 8- Scout Sunday, both services
Mar 8- Pretzel Making for Lent during Sunday School
Mar 8 - Church Council Meeting, 12:30pm
Mar 9 - Cheer Circle Meeting, 11:00am, FLC
Mar 9- Bible on Tap, 7:00pm, Ilario’s, Kyle
Mar 10- Prayer Ministry, 1:30pm, Sanctuary
Mar 11- Dinner Church, 5:30pm, FLC
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