Branching Out Newsletter
 Weekly News
February 12th thru February 19th, 2020
Sunday Worship Services
9:00am in the Sanctuary

11:15am in the Sanctuary
Choir and Praise Band practice Sunday mornings before each service.
Sunday, February 16th, 2020

     Deuteronomy 30:15-20
  Matthew 5:17-20, 43-48

“But I Say to You...”

Welcome our New Music Minister, Fred Ratliff

SPRC and Church Council is pleased to introduce our new Music Minister, Fred Ratliff, Fred is a retired public-school music teacher, also with considerable experience as a church music/choir director. Fred is multi-talented: he sings bass with the Wimberley Community Chorus and also plays trombone with the Wimberley Valley Big Band and Community Band. He plays piano, organ, trombone, and string bass.

In his response to our ad, Fred wrote his beautiful Christian testimony that his mother taught him as a very young child: There’s within my heart a melody Jesus whispers sweet and low. Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still, in all of life’s ebb and flow. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, sweetest name I know, fills my every longing, keeps me singing as I go.” 

Please welcome Fred as he joins us on Sunday, February 16. We are further blessed that his wife of 53 years, Annette, will be a part of our choir.

February Dinner Church is Wednesday, February 12th and the meal is going to be Red Beans and Rice with Cajun entrees! Dinner will begin at 5:30pm with music and message beginning at 6:00pm. Service is casual so come when you can!

We will have a grocery distribution in the Fellowship Hall starting at 6:30pm.

Dinner Church meal and grocery distribution is FREE to all in the community. Please help us spread the word to those in need!

Sharing God's LOVE with our Community
Youth Group
Youth Group put together close to 100 personal care kits and delivered them to the Hays Clothes Closet.

We volunteered at the closet sorting, hanging and organizing clothes for students in need in Hays CISD. We can't wait to go back!
Children's Ministry
Last Sunday, during our Jesus Loves Me Party, the children made Valentines with Bible Verses to put on food to go in our Blessings Box!

We learned that Jesus loves us and wants us to love our neighbors as ourselves.

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.   The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these."
Mark 12:30-31
Sunday, February 23 rd
9:30am – 12:30pm

Kyle United Methodist Church is hosting a blood drive! Come lend a helping arm and save local lives. It’s easy, just click here to make an appointment online. We’ll be stationed in the Church Parking Lot.

If you have eligibility questions, check out We Are Blood’s website . If you have more specific questions or would like assistance signing up, call We Are Blood at 512-206-1266.

For questions specific to our drive, contact Natalie Simcoe
at , (512) 268-2331.

*Remember! Eat a full meal before donating and bring your photo ID.
Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper

February 25, 2020
6:  PM – 7:30 PM in the Family Life Center

$5 per person / $20 per family of 4 or more

As always guest of the church are free!
Proceeds will benefit the Hays County Food Bank

Please sign up if you would like to donate items needed or volunteer.
Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday, February 26th
7:00pm in the Sanctuary
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 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 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!
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 February:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not
on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
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.
Save the Date for our Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 5th at 12:30pm
DEADLINE to register is February 15th!

Midwinter 2020 will be Feb 29-March 1st at Camp Buckner. Cost is $110 to attend (fundraising/sponsorships available). Payment will be made to the church.

Please register ASAP if you want to attend--there are a limited number of spots available for each gender, a waiting list will begin after the allotted spaces are filled.

The following links are for the registration sites for midwinter participants, please be sure to fill out the correct link for the gender identification of the participant. This registration includes both students and adult volunteers.

Female participant link:

All forms needed are in the files portion of our KUMC Youth Facebook page. All forms must be presented at check-in for each participant, and if you are sending adult volunteers they need to be safe gatherings certified.
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:
Feb 15th- Deadline to sign up for Midwinter Retreat

Feb 23rd - Parent/Teen Date Night, 6:00pm

Feb 29-Mar 1 - Midwinter Retreat

Mar 1st - No evening 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.
Parent/Teen Date Night

Sunday, February 23rd, 6-8pm

February is all about LOVE! We want to celebrate God's love for us and strengthen the love we share as families.

Parent's and caregivers are invited to join us for a fun, no pressure night of food, games, prayer and communication! We'll learn about our love languages and how to speak them to each other during this new phase of life in your families!
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, Elizabeth Scala, 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.

Feb 12- Dinner Church, 5:30pm, FLC
Feb 12- Missions Meeting, 6:45pm, FH
Feb 17- Bible on Tap, 7:00pm, Ilario’s, Kyle
Feb 18- Coffee Hour, 9:30am, Starbucks in Target
Feb 18- Prayer Ministry, 1:30pm, Sanctuary
Feb 23- Blood Drive, 8:30am-12:30pm
Feb 23- Faithful Heart Yoga, 12:30pm, FLC
Feb 25- Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner, 6pm, FLC
Feb 26- Ash Wednesday Service, 7:00pm, Sanctuary
Feb 29- Mar 1 - Youth Midwinter Retreat
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