Branching Out Newsletter
 Weekly News
December 11th through December 18th, 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, December 15th

Isaiah 35:1-10
Luke 14:46-55

 “Unwrap Joy”

Sunday, December 22nd
Cantata at 9:00am service in the Sanctuary. 
Children’s Christmas pageant at 11:15am in the Family Life Center.
Happy Birthday Jesus party for children at 10:00am.
Tuesday, December 24th
Christmas Eve services at 5:00pm and 7:00pm in the Sanctuary.
Sunday, December 29th
One service at 10:00am in the Family Life Center.
Wednesday, Dec. 11th! Come get fed! Serving starts at 5:30pm in the Family Life Center. Music and Message start at 6pm. Grocery give away for those in need starts at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.

Contact Pastor Stella at if you'd like to help!
Join us for Las Posadas on Wednesday, Dec 18th!

We will have special visitors on Wednesday at 6:30pm. Members of El Buen Pastor UMC in San Marcos are including us in their Posada, a custom during which they reenact Mary and Joseph's journey to find lodging. They will come to the sanctuary door and sing some traditional songs for us (accompanied by accordion) and share with us the story. Afterwards, we'll share refreshments in the Fellowship Hall. Stop by, even just for a few minutes, and help us extend hospitality. Tamales, queso and bunelos will be served.
Gift and Craft Market Update

Thank you to everyone that donated your time, energy and food (man was that pulled pork good--Thanks Paul Mojica!) to make this year's Gift and Craft Market a success!

We met a lot of wonderful people from the community, Pastor Stella made a little friend in her Storytelling Tent and we even gained a new kid for youth group!

All in all, it was a great day and we were able to raise over $1400 for the church! We were so blessed by everyone's support!
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
Christie and Katie Meyer are taking orders for Poinsettias for Christmas Services. Katie is raising money to travel to Hawaii with her dance team.

$13 each (cash or checks accepted). Make checks payable to Christie Meyer.

Email orders to Christie at or Complete sign up sheet in Fellowship hall. Make sure to list who it is from and if the poinsettia is in Honor or Memory of someone. You make take your poinsettia home after the 7:00pm service on Christmas Eve.

Deadline for Orders Dec 11th.
We invite Children and youth and their families to join us as we journey through Bethlehem together! Sunday Dec 15th at 6pm.

We will park and meet at Barton Middle School and then walk across as a group to the event at the Fellowship at Plum Creek Church. * We will enjoy hot chocolate and cookies at the event but no other food will be provided. Please eat before coming if you think you might be hungry.

What is A Night in Bethlehem? A Night in Bethlehem is a living nativity story where you and your family will be guided through the story of the birth of Jesus. This year, Mary and Joseph will be your guides as you experience the journey to Bethlehem to fulfill the census. After your journey with Mary and Joseph, our modern area will have hot chocolate and cookies, Christmas music and dancing from Dance to Glory Studios. You can also meet the shepherds and pet the animals and even take a picture in Bethlehem clothing at our free photo booth.

How much does it cost to go to A Night in Bethlehem? Nothing. Everything is absolutely free for you and your family to enjoy the story of Jesus’ birth. We hope to make A Night in Bethlehem a family tradition.
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

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. This way, everybody gets to participate!

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

*We are also in need of someone to take over Donut Coordinator job for Jayme for 2020! If you are interested in scheduling the donuts, please contact the office or Jayme Bryson.
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. 
*Due to the Christmas schedule, Faithful Heart Yoga will meet at 12:30pm Sunday, December 15th this month and return to its normal 4th Sunday in the new year.

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.
Kyle UMW Annual Christmas Party for the Women of the Church

December 14, 2019 at 7:00pm
at the home of Natha Caldwell
and Carole Coburn. 
333 Silverado Drive, Kyle, TX 78640 

If you would like to bring a snack, please bring a small amount of finger food (nothing that requires a fork)

IF participating in the gift exchange then bring a gift not to exceed $5. This is the type of exchange where gifts can be "stolen" twice and is a lot of fun.

This year we have selected the 24 elderly and disabled residents of Kyle Housing Authority. We feel this is a segment of the population which is often overlooked at this time of year. 

At the suggestion the housing authority manager we are providing gift bags which include a fleece throw. We are also including microwave popcorn, hot chocolate mix and a small portion of home baked goods. 

These bags will be delivered the week before Christmas. If anyone in the congregation would like to donate towards the purchase of these items, it would be greatly appreciated. Any donations may be given to Lynne Kyle, Lynette Barker or Shirley Ellis.  
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.
Sunday Night Youth Group

Youth Group will meet at Barton Middle School this week at 6pm and head over to A Night in Bethlehem at Fellowship at Plum Creek. Pick up will be back at Barton Middle School at 8pm.

We will have our Lock-in at Epic Fun Friday, December 20th and then take a break for Christmas. Youth Group will start back up on January 12th.
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

For All God’s People
Erik Curtis, Melanie Tiemann,
Margaret McGuiness, 
Thelma Foye, Cody Childress,
Dianne Hyde, Jean Moser, Lorene Whitten, Jeff Earle

Prayers for Military
Andrew Klemme, Jon Vahl

Prayers in Sympathy
 The family of June Polk
The family of Michael Kennedy

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.

Dec 11th- Dinner Church, 5:30pm in the FLC
Dec 14th- UMW Christmas Party, 7pm, Natha Caldwell's House
Dec 15- Faithful Heart Yoga, 12:30pm, FLC
Dec 15- A Night in Bethlehem visit, 6pm*, Fellowship at Plum Creek
Dec 16 - Bible on Tap, 6:30pm, Aviator Pizza, Kyle
Dec 17- Coffee Hour, 9:30am, Starbucks in Target
Dec 17- Prayer Ministry, 1:30pm, Sanctuary
Dec 18- Las Posadas in the Sanctuary, 6:30pm*
Dec 20- Youth Group Lock in at Epic Fun
*see details on Facebook and in the newsletter. 
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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